Experience Vietnam the Fulbright way! Connect with the Fulbright community in Hanoi as well as local people while you do volunteer work with schools and NGOs. Take a two-day boat ride among the karsts of Halong Bay, visit Sung Sot cave and Cua Van floating market. Explore the ancient villages of Duong Lam, visit Hoa Lo Prison and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, enjoy a water puppet show, and experience the markets and Vietnamese cooking. Learn about the culture and history, and gain insight into some of the challenges facing Vietnam today.


Total cost: $2710 (for shared room); additional $800 for single room

Dates: April 8 – 20, 2018

Travel partner: Friends for Asia

Contact: travel@fulbright.org


Registration is now closed.

  1. Registration Packet (mail or e-mail to info@fulbright.org)
  2. $710 deposit (mail check or click here to pay online)

Questions: travel@fulbright.org



April 8

Arrival Day

Pick up new arrivals at airport in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Escort to Silk Path Hotel, dinner, and evening orientation/activities, if time allows.

Walking Tour of area, along with lunch and Welcome Dinner.

*Schedule here may change depending upon arrival time


April 9

Orientation, Market Tour and Vietnam Cooking Class Day

8:00 – Breakfast at Hotel

9:00 - Orientation at Hotel in morning (covering Vietnam language lessons, cultural do’s and don’ts, Staying Healthy in Hanoi and Program Specifics)

12:00 – Lunch at local restaurant

2:00 – Vietnam Cooking Lesson and Market Tour

6:00 – Dinner and Prep for following day


April 10

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hao Lo Prison, Site Visit and Planning/Prep Day

8:00 – Breakfast at Hotel

9:00 – Depart to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

10:30 – Visit Hao Lo Prison Musuem

11:30 – Lunch at local restaurant

1:00 – Visit Project Site (Friendship Village)

2:00 – Return back to hotel for planning and prep

6:00 - Dinner


April 11

Duong Lam and Thay Pagoda Day

8:00 – Breakfast at Hotel

9:00 – Depart for Duong Lam Ancient village

10:00 – Arrive and take tour of village.

11:30 – Lunch

1:00 – Visit Thay Pagoda

4:00 – Depart back for Hotel

6:00 – Dinner


April 12

Volunteer Day 1

8:00 – Depart Hotel for Friendship Village

8:30 – Arrive and begin service work

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – Return to Hotel

2:00 – Meet and discuss the day, and plan/prep for following days.

3:00 – Free Time

6:00 – Dinner near lake

8:00 – Water Puppets!


April 13

Volunteer Day 2

8:00 – Depart Hotel for Friendship Village

8:30 – Arrive and begin service work

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 - Bat Trang Pottery village visit

4:00 – head back to hotel

6:00 - Dinner


April 14

Halong Bay Day 1

7:00- Breakfast

8:00- Depart Hotel

11:30- Arrive at Halong Bay, board the boat with welcome drinks. Check in to your cabin and set sail through the Bay while lunch is served

2:30- Visit Cua Van floating village by kayak or local rowing boat

4:00- Swimming and Snorkeling

5:00- Enjoy sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruit

5:30- Join Cooking demonstration

7:00- Dinner


April 15

Halong Bay Day 2

7:30- Breakfast while sailing to Sung Sot cave

8:30- Drop anchor to explore Sung Sot cave (Surprising cave)

9:30- Relax and Enjoy the Ride back

10:30- Lunch is served on board

11:45- Disembark at the harbor, Halong city

4:00- Arrive back at hotel, and Dinner


April 16

Volunteer Day 3

8:00 – Depart Hotel for Friendship Village

8:30 – Arrive and begin service work

12:00 – Lunch

Afternoon open for Connecting with Fulbright community.

6:00 – Dinner


April 17

Volunteer Day 4

8:00 – Depart Hotel for Friendship Village

8:30 – Arrive and begin service work

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – Depart Friendship Village

2:00 – Visit Hanoi History Museum

3:30 – Return back to hotel and relax, get ready for last day of service

6:00 – Dinner


April 18

Volunteer Day 5

8:00 – Depart Hotel for Friendship Village

8:30 – Arrive and begin service work

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – Say good byes and head back to hotel. Free Afternoon!

6:00 – Dinner


April 19

Bai Dinh Temple Visit Day

8:30 – Depart Hotel

10:30 – Arrive at pagoda

Spend the morning with staff exploring the 500 La Han statues, along with a 10 meter high bronze Buddha statue

12:30 – Lunch at local restaurant

1:30 – Visit Trang An – Boat trip to visit multiple caves and the rivers of Ninh Binh province

4:00 – Depart back for Hanoi

6:00 – Dinner


April 20

Departure Day

Group is escorted to the airport, and helped with check in with staff. Good byes

What’s Included

  • All transportation during the tour
  • All meals included in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Shared accommodation – (2 people per room). Single rooms can be provided for an additional charge of $800/person.
  • All activities and visits to sites listed in schedule above.
  • International accident and injury insurance
  • All project and presentation materials (markers, paper, etc.)
  • Additional drinking water and snacks
  • 24 hour/day emergency assistance
  • Bilingual coordinating staff

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to and from Vietnam
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Room service charges
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
  • Gratuities to the bellmen and waiters
  • Travel Cancellation, medical and other insurance or related costs (e.g., air-lifts, early departure from trip for any reason, etc.)
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Daily meals that are not organized for the group
  • Extra beverages at group meals
  • Visas and/or other entry documents


Please read all the information in our registration packet for terms on cancellations, refunds, and other policies.

Membership requirements: Please also note that you must be a current member of the Fulbright Association in order to join the tour. If you are not a member, you can click here to join, or if you are a lapsed member, please click here to renew your annual membership. Not a Fulbright alumn? No problem! The Fulbright Association welcomes all supporters of the mission of the Fulbright Program to join as Friends of Fulbright. Tour registrants may also bring one non-member guest. Please indicate who your guest is in your registration materials.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (202) 775-0725 or e-mail us at travel@fulbright.org.