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TRT14: Day 8

TRT14: Day 8

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The final full day of our tour was a trip into what would have been considered “bandit” territory during the Vietnam War – the Mekong Delta where some islands had 90 percent support for the Vietcong. But for us it was a much more peaceful and contemplative trip, starting with a detour to the Cau […]

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TRT14: Day 7

TRT14: Day 7

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

This would turn out to be a highly emotional day for all concerned. Packed and ready to return to Saigon, we had two very important stops en route. First we went to Nui Dat and stood on the village’s main road, a strand of bitumen that was once the Australian Army Base’s air strip. We […]

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TRT14: Day 6

TRT14: Day 6

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

An exploration of Vung Tau revealed its many roles in the lives of the Aussie troops, many of whom passed through on their way to the Task Force base, or returned later for a few days R&R in the bars (salubrious and otherwise) of this town that was also once a holiday resort for French […]

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TRT14: Day 5

TRT14: Day 5

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

This was a physically very demanding day a visit to the Minh Dam caves in the Long Hai Hills. These caves, some several hundred metres into the heart of the mountains, served as the Vietcong’s local head quarters throughout the Australian’s presence at their Nui Dat. They survived both carpet bombing from the air and […]

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TRT14: Day 4

TRT14: Day 4

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Day 4 dawned with another early start as we left our hotel in Saigon city centre and headed up to the site of the battles of Coral and Balmoral. We were joined on the trip by Mr Fuong, a former VietCong soldier had operated in that area (albeit a couple of years after Coral-Balmoral). Overnight we’d […]

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TRT14: Day 3

TRT14: Day 3

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

An early start saw us at Saigon River docks by 07:45, ready to board our speedboat to the Cu Chi Tunnels. We differ from most tourist groups in this regard if no other: we go up and back by boat and we visit both tunnel systems. The furthest away tunnels are at Ben Duoc (which […]

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TRT 14: Day 1

TRT 14: Day 1

| August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A taste of old Saigon Our group arrive from different parts of Australia and on different airlines. We had a former soldier (though he was way too young to have served in Vietnam) and his dad, the family of a now departed member of Sandy’s 3 Field Troop, and a keen military historian. It was a small […]

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TRT 14: Day 2

TRT 14: Day 2

| August 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our first day proper begins with a short walking tour from the Liberty Central hotel, near Ben Thanh market, to the centre of the city. Notre Dame Cathedral, the city hall and the Central Post Office, designed by the same M. Eiffel who built the tower in Paris are fairly obvious reminders, if any were […]

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Vietnam’s Greatest Danger

Vietnam’s Greatest Danger

| September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Sappers War tells the whole story

Sappers War tells the whole story

| August 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

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