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By Gary McKay

A traveller's advisor to the Australian battlefields and cemeteries in Viet Nam written for individuals really holidaying in Viet Nam in addition to the "wannabes" who imagine they may visit Viet Nam.

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It is noisy, energetic, vibrant, colourful and definitely the commercial capital of Viet Nam, so visitors should be aware that it is more expensive than the rest of the country. As Saigon, it was the seat of government of the Republic of Viet Nam (1955–1975) and the military hub of operations during the war. The city was viciously attacked during the Tet Offensive in early 1968, and its capture in 1975 was the ultimate prize for the communists. During the war Saigon was a place most people simply passed through—arriving, departing or going on R&R.

Other fiendish inventions include a pit trap in which a series of crossbow bolts are fired from several directions when the victim hits the bottom of the pit. Battlefields pages 22/8/03 5:05 PM Page 43 about 20 000 dong (A$2) per round. 30 Browning machine gun. Next to the ammunition shop at the shooting range is an Iroquois helicopter on a plinth, and various hulks of vehicles and aircraft are scattered around. Dien Ben Duoc Three hundred metres down the road from the entrance to the Cu Chi tunnel complex is Dien Ben Duoc, a seriously large and quite magnificent temple and war memorial to the Viet Cong killed in the Cu Chi region and Binh Duong Province.

The temple of Dien Ben Duoc is certainly worthy of a visit for anyone coming to Cu Chi and to miss it would be a shame. Near the temple is a riverside restaurant, which is recommended for lunch after visiting the tunnel complex. The return trip to Ho Chi Minh City will take at least three hours in the heavy afternoon traffic. As an alternative to the road trip, I suggest returning by boat to Ho Chi Minh City along the Song Sai Gon to avoid traversing the bad access road and repeating the scenery.

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