Join your new friends in the Vietnam-USA Society on this wonderful Journey that brings you straight to the heart of Vietnam and its people! Attend cultural workshops and demonstrations, enjoy cultural music and art performances, and experience daily life in Vietnam with four nights of home-hosting.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Vietnam-USA Society.

Live With a Local

  • Enjoy four nights of home hosting in Hanoi & Hue, where you will share breakfasts and evenings with your hosts getting to know what their home and life is like.
  • Attend several cultural events, including a cooking demonstration, Tai Chi class, and ceramics workshop.
  • Learn about Vietnam with a briefing from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO/The Vietnam-USA Society (VUS.)
  • Visit to Vietnam Friendship Village.
  • Visit a humanitarian workshop.
  • Meet the Tay & Day tribes in Lao chai village in Sapa
  • Attend a briefing on culture & history of the ancient royal city of Hue.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Attend water puppet show at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
  • See FanxiPang, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia.
  • Go for a walking tour in the Old town of Hoi An, a world heritage site.
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • In Hanoi, you may choose to visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and the Old Quarters.
  • In Sapa, visit the Sapa Market & Stone Church.
As I look back on 2016, one of my most enjoyable experiences was traveling with you to Vietnam. I'm pleased that we were able to make meaningful connections with the people we encountered and with each other. Our ongoing messages and good wishes back and forth are evidence of the bonding that occurred among the ambassadors of six nations. My thanks to each of you for the role you played in our exchange. -Ambassador from 2016 Journey to Vietnam

Discover Vietnam

17 Days / 16 Nights Program and Itinerary:

April 11, 2018 – April 28, 2018
Coordinator: Sharon Lavenberg, FF Los Angeles

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Thurs, April 12

Welcome at Noi Bai International airport by VUS expert; transfer to hotel in downtown Hanoi. Check into hotel.

Fri, April 13

Breakfast at the hotel.

Travel to Ha Long City with a stopover on the way at a humanitarian workshop.

Arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf where you’ll transfer by tender to the cruise.

Start cruising leisurely towards Vung Ha Beach area in Bai Tu Long.

Kayak and swimming in Vung Ha Beach

Attend a cooking demonstration.

The boat is anchored for the night at Cong Dam area.

Squid fishing and free time.

Stay overnight on board.

Sat, April 14

Earlier risers start the day with Tai Chi class on the sundeck.

Visit to Vung Vieng, a floating fishing village, and Ha Long Pearl Farm.

Disembark in Tuan Chau and take bus to return to Ha Noi, with a stopover in the middle to visit a ceramics workshop.

Meet with host families in Hanoi – host families take guests home by taxi/private cars for dinner.

Sun, April 15

Visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Complex.

Visit to Van Mieu- the Temple of Literature.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Meeting with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO)/The Vietnam-USA Society (VUS) for a briefing on Vietnam.

Walk to visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and the Old Quarters of Hanoi.

Meet at the Hanoi Drama Theatre for a unique traditional Vietnamese performance upon practices related to the Viet beliefs in the Mother Goddesses, which has been recently recognized as intangible cultural heritage of humanity. The name of the show is “Tu Phu – The Four Palaces.”

Dinner with host families.

Mon, April 16

Visit to Vietnam Friendship Village.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

Outdoor water puppet show at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

Guests and host families get to VUFO’s headquarter for farewell party.

Depart for Hanoi Railway Station for a night train to Sapa.

Tue, April 17

Arrive in Lao Cai Province.

Visit to Ham Rong.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon free time to explore & discover Sapa Market & Stone Church.

Dinner at the hotel.

Free time to explore Sapa by night.

Wed, April 18

Visit to Lao Chai Village to visit the Tay and Day tribes.

Travel along the bottom of the Sapa Valley to get to Ta Van Village, which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful in the area. Have lunch in the village.

Visit to Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall) and Love Waterfall.

Free time to explore Sapa by night.

Dinner on your own.

Thurs, April 19

Visit to FanxiPang, the highest mountain in the South East Asia (take cable cab and tram, it is 600 steps up).

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon free time for optional shopping.

Depart Sapa for Lao Cai province with dinner at a restaurant near Lao Cai train station.

Night train to Hanoi.

Fri, April 20

Fly to Hue City.

Arrive in Hue and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit to Dong Ba Market.

Meet with VUFO of Hue for a briefing on the culture and history of the ancient royal city of Hue.

Meet with host families.

Dinner with host families.

Sat, April 21

Visit to the Forbidden Purple City and Imperial Citadel and Museum (with a royal music performance at the citadel, if any are scheduled.)

Boat tour along the Perfume River; stop for sightseeing at conic hat making village and visit to Thien Mu/Heavenly Lady Pagoda.

Hue City tour (cont.)

Host families come to restaurant for the farewell dinner with HueFo and host families.

Overnight at host families.

Sun, April 22

Travel from Hue to Da Nang, with lunch at a local restaurant.

Travel to Hoi An Old Town and take a walking tour in the Old town to learn about “history and architecture of Hoi An – a world cultural heritage site.”

Dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Town.

Free time to enjoy the Old Town at night.

Mon, April 23

Visit My Son Sanctuary (World Cultural Heritage).

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit to Hoi An Silk Village.

Free time and dinner on one’s own.

Tues, April 24

Depart for Da Nang city and stop by the Marble Mountains for photo-taking, as well as local marble workshop, to see how marble workers carve huge marble statues.

Lunch in the city.

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Free time on your own.

Wed, April 25

Take boat cruising through natural canals, visit fruit plantation… enjoy tropical fruits, traditional music show, have lunch in the orchards, visit bee farm and coconut candy workshop.

Lunch in My Tho.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Free time to explore Saigon by night.

Thurs, April 26

Visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Leave Cu Chi district for Ho Chi Minh City.

Dinner on one’s own, free time.

Fri, April 27

City tour, visit Reunification Hall, Museum of war relics, Vietnamese Lacquer Painting workshop.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

City tour (cont.)

Visit to Ben Thanh market and do some shopping.

Farewell dinner on a cruise on the Sai Gon River, enjoying a traditional art performance.

Back to the hotel, free time.

Sat, April 28

Check out of hotel.

Depart for Tan Son Nhat International Airport to take flight home.


$2680 USD

Price Includes: Hotels, domestic airfare, local transportation, guides, most meals. 4 nights of home hosting in Hanoi and Hue; other nights are on boats, trains, or in hotels. Note: $2680 fee is based on 20 ambassadors; fee could be as high as $3250 based on 10 ambassadors.


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Know before you go

  • The Vietnam-USA Society (VUS) is a partnership and not an official club.
  • You should pack one separate bag for the two days on the cruise. The rest of your luggage will be kept at the hotel so that you do not have to carry too much on to the cruise.
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