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.

Starting at: $4,357 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The breathtaking Ha Long Bay  Throwing fishing nets along the river in Vietnam. Credit: Amanda Mack  Terraced rice fields in Vietnam. Credit: Hoang Long Ly  Temple of Literature, Hanoi  The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi  Da Nang Harbor  Terraced rice fields near Da Nang
  Traditional musicians   The village of Hoi An, a World Heritage site  The canals of Hoi An  Khai Dinh Tomb in Hue. Credit: Keren Su/Danita Delimont  At the Tomb of Khai Dinh in Hue  Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue  Pavilion at the Tomb of Minh Mang in Hue  Woman working with flowers on the Mekong. Credit: Nhiem Hoang  Floating market on the river  Skyline of Ho Chi Minh City at dusk  History Museum, Ho Chi Minh City  Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

Discovering Vietnam

16 days from $4,357 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

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.

or Call 855-330-1542

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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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Nov 28 - Dec 13, 2016 Departure
Bryce Beemer

Bryce Beemer

Dr. Bryce Beemer has lived, worked, and researched in Southeast Asia for more than seven years, primarily in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. His first visit to Thailand was as an exchange student in 1990, and he travelled to Burma only a few years later. Bryce received his PhD in Southeast Asian and World History from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research is on cultural exchange with a focus on art, religious practices, dance, theater, and music; and on pre-colonial warfare and slavery. He has published numerous articles on the topic of slavery and cultural exchange and received several awards for original and innovative research.

Bryce has a deep passion for the Southeast Asian arts, artisans, and performers and has incorporated interviews and art historical analysis into his work. He enjoys sharing this passion for Southeast Asian culture and history with others and has delivered lectures on these topics to audiences in the U.S., Thailand, Burma, and India.

Jan 5 - 20, 2017 Departure
Jonathan GoldbergBelle

Jonathan GoldbergBelle

Dr. Jonathan GoldbergBelle serves as Senior Director of International Programs at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin with a focus on the study of the great epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, both in their classical and present day forms.  Dr. GoldbergBelle remains a student of South Asian Literature, particularly contemporary fiction, and of Asian Philosophy and Religion with an interest in the development and spread of Buddhism from India throughout Asia.  

His most recent university courses include “Colonial and Post-Colonial Identity in South Asia”, “The Pacific War: World War II in East Asia”, and “Spaces of Encounter in East Asia”.

Dr. GoldbergBelle has a broad interest in Viet Nam.  He has been studying the influence of both India and China on Southeast Asia and how elements of those two cultures have been adapted over time by the varied linguistic and cultural groups the region.  With his experience of the history and practice of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, India, China, Korea and Japan he is fascinated by the shapes that Buddhism has taken in Southeast Asia.  His study of Europe’s exploration and colonization of Asia particularly in South Asia has led to his desire to explore in more depth the colonial process in Southeast Asia including the Japanese occupation of French IndoChina in WWII.  

Dr. GoldbergBelle has been in the field of International Education for over 30 years.  He has organized and led study programs to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  Most recently he has taken groups to China, Korea, Japan, India, and Thailand.

Feb 13 - 28, 2017 Departure
Ginger R. Davis

Ginger R. Davis

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.