"Grocers and Gunners tours to Vietnam"

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Posted By: John Verhelst
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 9 Jan 2023
Phil Brookes is a member of the RAASC Vietnam Veterans Association and the Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Association and they have been organising and leading the "Grocers and Gunners" tours to Vietnam since 2009. These tours are all for a good cause as during the tour they raise funds for charities in Vietnam. In 2012 they raised around $1600 for the Hanoi Blind School and two H'mong village schools in Sapa. There is a tour brochure link below for your information. There is also a 2012 tour article, published for the Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Association.

The tour is designed for those who have an interest, not only in Australia's military commitment to Vietnam, but also an interest in the culture of this fascinating country. It's four/five star, all inclusive and designed for couples.

Phil has travelled regularly to Vietnam since 1996 on business and private touring, and has a good knowledge of the country. On past tours, the Australian Defence Attache has joined the tour group for one of our dinners, which has been an added bonus. An invitation will be extended to the current attache to join us for our next tour.

Accommodation for the 2013 tour is:

Saigon: Caravelle Hotel
Vung Tau: Imperial Hotel (built on the site of the Badcoe Club)
Danang/Hoi An: Vinpearl Hotel
Hanoi: Melia Hotel
Ha Long Bay:La Bhaya Cruises
Sapa: Victoria Resort

As you can see from the flyer and article, we spend a bit of time poking around Nui Dat, many memories here and still a few discoveries. We would look forward to some of your members joining us on our next trip. We always have a great group and a great time.


Tour Brochure

2012 Tour Article