A Sample 21-Day Tour Itinerary:
The following itinerary is an example that is based on a three-week (21 day) study tour in Vietnam. Its length and focus can be customized to fit the needs of university faculty members, students, and specific course objectives.
Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
Attend an orientation and briefing on safety, health and emergency planning, and then explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Attend a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit Ho Chi Minh City’s historic sites, attend a lecture on Vietnamese business culture and take a boat trip along the Saigon River.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the local headquarters of a leading multinational company to learn about their business strategies in Vietnam. In the evening participate in a fun Vietnamese cooking-class/team competition event.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the American Chamber of Commerce to learn about the key trends and issues facing foreign businesses in Vietnam. Then visit the local manufacturing plant of a Vietnamese firm to learn about their business and export strategies.
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the local headquarters of a global law firm to learn about the legal environment of doing business in Vietnam, then attending networking session among university student peers.
Days 7-8: Ho Chi Minh City-Vung Tau
Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to the beach resort of Vung Tau to enjoy the beach and other resort activities.
Day 9: Vung Tau-Ho Chi Minh City-Hue
Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and then fly to Hue, a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dinner on the Perfume River. Visit the night market.
Day 10: Hue
Visit to the key historical and cultural sites of Hue such as The Imperial Palace, The Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Tombs.
Day 11: Hue
Go on a cycling tour in the Hue countryside to see rice cultivation and the traditional way of life in rural Vietnam. Understand the business of rice cultivation and exportation.
Day 12: Hue-Hanoi
Fly from Hue to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital that is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. Join groups of local students to have dinner and explore the city of Hanoi together.
Day 13: Hanoi
Visit key historical and cultural sites of Hanoi such as Ho Chi Minh’s Tomb, The War Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake and One Pillar Pagoda.
Day 14: Hanoi
Visit a free-trade zone to learn about the operations and activities of these zones. Then attend a briefing at the US Embassy about U.S.- Vietnam trade relations.
Day 15-16: Hanoi-Ha Long Bay
Take a bus to Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam that is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone karst islands topped by trees. Spend the night in the area.
Day 17: Ha Long Bay-Hanoi-Danang
Fly from Hanoi to Danang, a coastal city of 1.5 million people in central Vietnam that is known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port.
Day 18: Danang
Visit the local manufacturing plant of a Vietnamese SME to learn about their business and export strategies. In the evening attended networking session with local students from business universities.
Day 19: Danang
Visit a rice farming community to learn about the business of rice cultivation. Enjoy a local dinner with a family.
Day 20: Danang
Final debrief and farewell dinner.
Day 21: Danang-Ho Chi Minh City-Return Home
Check-out of hotel; catch flights home, or remain in the region to join another tour, internship, or for personal travel.