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 was on display at the Dong Nai Museum, Bien Hoa, until November 2017 when the Vietnamese Government gifted the cross to Australia. The cross is on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
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, please download a bilingual standard notification form.
The fax number for Dat Do District People’s Committee is:
+84 254 3688 245……. From outside Vietnam
0254 3688 245…………From inside Vietnam
The telephone number is:
+84 254 3688 285.........From outside Vietnam
0254 3688 285..............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