Vietnam Trekking Experience

Trek Details

The Second Indochina War (Vietnam War) was Australia’s longest continuous military engagement. It was the most divisive conflict in Australian history and became a watershed in Australian political stature. Today the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam enjoys peace and limited prosperity.

This is historical journey that will take in iconic significant military locations along with experiencing the personal war time experiences of your trek leader and trek historian. Conducted over 10 days this adventure will visit, the Cu Chi tunnels, the Temple at Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), in Nui Dat, and the Long Tan battlefield. We go on to visit the Long Hai Hills, in the Minh Dam Secret Zone, Reunification Palace (formerly the Presidential Palace) and its war room underneath the building, the War remnants Museum and also take in some cultural highlights of Saigon including the famous Ben Thanh markets where you can buy that souvenir you always wanted.

This tour will also include a trek from the provincial town of Xuyen Moc to the battle site at Nui Le, approximately 25 kilometres. The trek will be through primary and secondary jungle over mostly flat terrain, but will not be easy going. With EE’s own Al Forsyth as your commander, you will move as a platoon patrol, with your guides telling you how the Australian soldiers operated against their foe.

The following day will continue through the jungle and be completed early the next morning where we will meet up with historian Gary McKay who will conduct a battle brief. McKay was a young platoon commander when he took part in this last major battle of the Viet Nam war. He was a platoon commander in Viet Nam in 1971 and was the last Australian wounded in action in Viet Nam and also the last to be awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the battle at Nui Le. After the briefing a short memorial service will be held to remember all those who fell during the Second Indochina War.

This is a true mixture of incredible Australian history, amazing culture and beautiful geography…and should not be missed. For anyone who has trekked Kokoda, this is a must do to follow up from that experience.

Departure Dates

Contact EE directly to express your interest and see our EE calendar to view dates of upcoming treks.

Price & Inclusions

Price on application – ex Brisbane *Flight upgrades and single supplement available.

Contact EE to obtain pricing.

Price will depend on numbers.

Please note: Flights can be organised by Executive Excellence. Single room accommodation also available. Please confirm airfare costs at the time of booking.

Your trek costs include:

  • six week adventure fitness preparation program
  • all meals during the trek
  • all accommodation in Vietnam
  • professional & experienced trek leader
  • all transfers in country
  • personal travel insurance
  • trek gear – includes back pack, sleeping bag, trek shirt
  • entry to museums

Your trek costs do not include:

  • personal expenses eg. phone calls, beverages at the hotel etc
  • any inoculations required
  • boots, a small amount of personal trek clothing and wet weather gear
  • connecting flights to and from Brisbane
  • international airfares

Private Group Departures

Private departures are available on each of our adventures. This enables you to choose departure dates that are suitable for your family, business or sporting group. We will advise you on the best months of travel to each destination. Private departures require a minimum of 10 trekkers.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Saigon and transfer to hotel for orientation brief.
Day 2 Tour Cu Chi tunnels, visit Dien Ben Duoc memorial and take a boat trip down the Saigon River.
Day 3 Journey by Hydrofoil to the sea side resort of Vung Tau. Tour White Villa and China Beach. Pre acclimatisation walk.
Day 4 Drive to Nui Le. Visit Long Hais, visit Minh Dam and enjoy a late afternoon trek back to Vungtau.
Day 5 Day tour to explore Xuyen Moc area. Camping trip to Nui Dat.
Day 6 Visit Nui Dat, Longtan battlefield site and horseshoe. Conduct a special service to pay our respects to those who fought. Finish the day with a sightseeing tour of Saigon.
Day 7 Continue sight seeing tour and transfer to airport.

Training

Six weeks remote or supervised.

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