A TRIP to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam was enjoyed by students from Years 11 and 13 at St Benedict’s School history department.

The visit included a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where they filed respectfully past Ho Chi Minh’s body.

They also went to the site of the Battle of Long Tan (1966) and to an Australian army base, with its memorial for soldiers lost in the battle.

The trip ended at Diem's presidential palace, now the Reunification Palace.

Sixth-form student Chris Moran said: "Seeing the size of the Cu Chi Tunnels, where the Vietnamese people were forced to live during the war, gave us a real insight into the living conditions. "

Elikem Nornoo, of Year 5, said: "The lack of anger and vengeance in a country which has been through so much was humbling.”