By Gary McKay
A traveller's advisor to the Australian battlefields and cemeteries in Viet Nam written for individuals truly holidaying in Viet Nam in addition to the "wannabes" who imagine they could visit Viet Nam.
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Extra resources for Australia's Battlefields in Viet Nam: A Traveller's Guide
2 During the 1960s the Viet Cong dominated the whole Cu Chi district and the local people were probably pro-VC. Situated at the end of the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail, the tunnel system provided a vast staging area for North Vietnamese Army troops and supplies coming south. It was estimated that the NVA could concentrate up to 10 000 troops within seven days if they wanted to defend the area. These enemy were likely to be three Main Force regiments, each of which contained three battalions, together with six independent Main Force battalions, the Phu Loi Local Battalion and six local companies.
Battlefields pages 22/8/03 5:04 PM Page 12 It was amazing to experience the lack of animosity toward us. 3 Veterans going back who find that they want to contribute something to Viet Nam should contact the Australian Vietnam Veterans Reconstruction Group through the Veterans Affairs Department. Finally, a word of caution to returning veterans. Viet Nam is a land of constant change and it seems that only religious buildings and French colonial-era structures have withstood the ravages of progress.
If not, you will have to obtain your own. Battlefields pages 22/8/03 5:04 PM Page 14 Package tours ‘in country’ are not likely to be allinclusive and you may find ‘hidden’ fees and charges creeping into the cost during the activity. Most hotels can arrange tours to particular sites but again you should check to see exactly what is included in the fee. Permits and escorts The land in Viet Nam is owned by the government, and landholders hold leases only. To visit locations regarded as ‘sensitive’, a special permit is needed from the government.