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Long Tan Cross - update

Long Tan Cross

The Long Tan Cross (LTC), located in Ba Ria-Vung Tau (BRVT) Province approximately 110 km east of Ho Chi Minh City, marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. This Battle, which took place on 18 August 1966, was Australia's single most costly engagement of the Vietnam War, with the loss of 18 Australian soldiers.

A cross was first erected on the site in 1969 when the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, which fought in the Battle, was on its second tour of duty . The original cross was later removed by the Vietnamese and is now on display at Dong Nai Museum, Bien Hoa. A replica now stands on the same site.

Visiting the Long Tan Cross

Due to sensitivities regarding the memorial and because it is located on relatively isolated, non-public land, those wishing to visit the site must notify the Dat Do District People’s Committee in writing by fax 3 days in advance of their visit, either individually or through a travel agent.

Local authorities recommend visitors utilise a travel agent as notification should be in Vietnamese language and should include names and passport numbers of visitors, as well as their intended day/time of visits to the LTC. For individuals wishing to notify directly, a bilingual standard notification form is available to download here.

The fax number for Dat Do District People’s Committee is:
+84 64 368 8245……. From outside Vietnam
064 368 8245…………From inside Vietnam

In recognition of sensitivities associated with the LTC, visitors should conduct themselves with appropriate decorum and observe the following protocols in order not to jeopardise continued access to this important site:

• No medals or military uniforms to be worn
• No flags to be raised or displayed
• No music to be played
• Any speeches made at the site to be low key and short

Official Services at the Long Tan Cross

In recognition of the importance of the LTC to veterans and others who wish to recognise Australians who served in Vietnam, local authorities permit the Australian Consulate-General to organise two annual official commemoration services at the LTC on behalf of the Australian Government:

1) Anzac Day Dawn Service on 25 April, commencing 5:15am

2) Vietnam Veterans’ Day Service on 18 August, commencing 3:30pm.

Travel Agents in Ba Ria-Vung Tau (for reference)

OSC Vietnam Tours
9 Le Loi Street, Ward 1, Vung Tau City
Tel: +84 64 385 2008 or 381 0515 or 325 4008
Fax: +84 64 385 2318

Vung Tau Tourist Corporation.
29 Tran Hung Dao Street, Vung Tau City.
Tel :+84 64 385 7527 or 351 1043
Fax : +84 64 385 2284