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.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
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.”
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William Bach joined the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Vietnam as an infantry officer in 1966. After 20 months of combat duty, Bill left Vietnam and the Marine Corps with a Purple Heart and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He returned to Vietnam in 1969 with the U.S. Department of State and served throughout the country in various senior advisory and political reporting positions until the war’s end in April 1975. Considered one of State's top Vietnamese linguists, Bill continued his Foreign Service career, serving with distinction in Nigeria, Venezuela, Germany, Australia, Bosnia, and, from 1995-98, once again in Vietnam. Bill earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1984, and served on the National Security Council for a year. Bill was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany from 1987-91, where he worked and reported extensively on Gorbachev's Perestroika policy, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and on German unification. Returning to Vietnam to open the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi from 1995-98 as the Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy, Bill established groundbreaking exchange and educational programs to advance human rights, democracy, rule of law, and privatization--once again winning State Department honors for performance and linguistic ability. Bill was promoted into the senior Foreign Service in 1999, and served as Political Adviser to the American commanding general for peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, where he helped facilitate the return of the victims of ethnic cleansing to their former homes, such as Srebrenica. During his 40-year military and diplomatic career, Bill published articles in several foreign affairs journals and testified before Congress on various international issues. Bill and his wife, Thanh-Huong, have two grown children and live in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Born in Hanoi in 1970, Nguyen Nguyet Cam attended Hanoi National University, earning an undergraduate degree in English language and literature. After moving to California in 1995, she entered the M.A. program in the Group in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley where she completed a thesis on the history of spy fiction in southern Vietnam. She has taught Vietnamese literature at UC Berkeley for almost a decade. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Berkeley, writing a thesis on the canonization of Nguyen Du's The Tale of Kieu as the national Vietnamese poem. In addition to her academic work, Nguyen Nguyet Cam has completed numerous literary translations, including Vietnamese versions of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web and Trumpet of the Swan (Kim Dong Publishing House) and English language versions of Vu Trong Phung's novel Dumb Luck (University of Michigan Press), a volume of short stories by Nguyen Huy Thiep entitled Crossing the River (Curbstone Press), and the collection of Vietnamese folk-tales, Two Cakes Fit for a King (University of Hawaii Press).
Dr. Ginger R. Davis is an author and historian who recently returned to the U.S. after living in Hanoi for the past nine years. She arrived in Vietnam on a Fulbright fellowship and served as lecturer at Vietnam National University, Bach Khoa University, and Hanoi University. Dr. Davis specializes in colonial and Cold War era Vietnam, with a special emphasis on U.S.-Vietnam relations as well as Vietnamese cultural values and identity formation.