Discovering Vietnam

Savor breathtaking beauty and enduring traditions as you travel from Vietnam's imperial cities to the Mekong River Delta, where you will experience local cuisine and get an up-close look at a farming settlement near Da Nang.

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 Khai Dinh Tomb in Hue. Credit: Keren Su/Danita Delimont  The breathtaking Ha Long Bay  The village of Hoi An, a World Heritage site  The canals of Hoi An  Dà Nang Harbor  Rural Dà Nang, where endless rice paddies checker the land  At the Tomb of Khai Dinh in Hue  Pavilion at the Tomb of Minh Mang, Hue  Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue  Throwing fishing nets along the river in Vietnam. Credit: Amanda Mack  Women in a boat along the Perfume River  Traditional musicians   The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi  The Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City

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This was our first Smithsonian tour and we were impressed! It combined first class transportation and accommodations with intelligent and thought provoking seminars plus knowledgeable tour directors and study leaders. It won't be our last Smithsonian Journey. 

Carol R.


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Nina Hien

Nina Hien

Jan 5 - 20, 2015

Nina Hien is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in media studies, visual culture, and art of the United States and Southeast Asia. Nina has a special interest in Vietnam, the country where her father grew up, and has conducted ethnographic research for many years in Ho Chi Minh City. There she focused on the use of photography as a modern practice and technology and sought to understand how the Vietnamese comprehend visual images. Nina earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her most recent publications include two essays in the Trans Asia Photography Review about documentary photography and digital photo retouching in Vietnam. She has also written about Vietnamese food, culture, and globalization, in such publications as a book chapter in Food: Ethnographic Encounters, edited by Leo Coleman. She currently teaches at New York University at the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought and at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

David Lamb

David Lamb

Feb 16 - Mar 3, 2015

During a 40-year career with United Press International and the Los Angeles Times, David Lamb gained a reputation as the quintessential foreign correspondent. He has reported from more than 100 countries on all seven continents and covered many of the world’s most compelling news stories, from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. His reporting has been nominated for eight Pulitzer Prizes. In 1968, David volunteered for an assignment in Vietnam as a battlefield reporter for UPI. He spent two years there, then returned in 1975 to cover the fall of Saigon for the Los Angeles Times. Two decades later, in 1997, The Times sent him back to Vietnam for four years, this time based in Hanoi, to run the paper’s first peacetime Indochina bureau. “To discover that Vietnam is a country, not a war, was an extraordinarily rewarding and fascinating experience,"  he recalls. David is the author of six books. His most recent book is Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns.

James Anderson

James Anderson

Dec 3 - 18, 2015

James Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A historian of premodern China and Vietnam, Anderson’s first book was The Rebel Den of Nung Tri Cao: Loyalty and Identity Along the Sino-Vietnamese Frontier (University of Washington Press, 2007).  He is co-editor with Nola Cooke and Li Tana of The Tongking Gulf Through History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and co-editor with John Whitmore of China's Encounters on the South and Southwest: Reforging the Fiery Frontier Over Two Millennia (Leiden: Brill, 2014, forthcoming).  His recent articles include “Distinguishing between China and Vietnam: three relational equilibriums in Sino-Vietnamese Relations” in Journal of East Asian Studies (2013).  Professor Anderson served as Executive Director of the academic consortium Southern Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies (SASASAAS) from 2007 to 2010. He has been active for many years in promoting international education and study abroad opportunities at his home university in North Carolina.