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

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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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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.   

Nina Hien

Nina Hien

Jan 7 - 22, 2016

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.

William Bach

William Bach

Feb 15 - Mar 1, 2016

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.

Nguyen Nguyet Cam

Nguyen Nguyet Cam

Nov 28 - Dec 13, 2016

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).