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Return to Viet Nam
This page documents the preparation and later the trip of the return to Nui Dat by Archie Moore and Neil Ure
The Idea Behind the Return
For the passed 3 or 4 years I have had this idea to go back. It's not about killing old ghosts because I don't really think I have any. It's about going back to a place where I spent two years of my young life. Going back to a place that as a 19 year old I lived but did not see anything. It's like going back to your home town for a visit after 20 years. I know there is nothing there now but I would still like to visit, after all it was a place that shaped my thoughts and feelings for the last 30 years.
At 19, coming from the small rural community of Kaikoura it was a way to see
the world, or so I thought. I was not prepared for it very well. This return
visit is a chance to see the country I thought I was going to see back then.
Although we are retuning to the old base areas we are also going to visit places
we didn't 30 years ago.
In the end I wrote my own itinerary, took it to the travel agent and said, "book this". After several consultations we have come up with what suits Neil and I. I have been in contact with Allan Davis, a vet and his Vietnamese wife, Ahn, who own a bar in Vung Tau, The Etamoghar Pub. Allan and Ahn have offered to help us get to Nui Dat, the Horse Shoe and other places. They have kept me informed of transport and accommodation details. This has helped me with our travel agent.
The planning is done and the 12 May 2000 we were on our way.