From the entrepreneurial energy of fast-moving Ho Chi Minh City to the spirit of the past in the tranquil Temple of Literature in Hanoi, uncover the treasures and warmth of Vietnam.


  • Discover the thousand-year history of the capital city of Hanoi, visiting the ancient Temple of Literature and the Ngoc Son Temple while surrounded by the bustle of the city’s 5 million motorbikes.
  • Embark on a cruise through the stunning islets of Lan Ha Bay—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and explore the tropical forests and limestone formations of Cat Ba Island.
  • Venture through the countryside by bicycle or rickshaw to the village of Thuy Bieu and enjoy an authentic, home-cooked meal prepared by a local family.
  • Visit the Cu Chi tunnels—used as a secret network by the Viet Cong—and learn about the daily life of the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.
  • Experience vibrant Ho Chi Minh City from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter, stopping to enjoy the city’s best cuisine along the way.

Itinerary at a Glance

April 17Depart gateway city
April 18Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam
April 19Hanoi
April 20Hanoi | Hai Phong | Lan Ha Bay
April 21Hai Phong | Hue
April 22Hue | Hoi An
April 23Hoi An
April 24Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh City
April 25Ho Chi Minh City | Ben Tre
April 26Ho Chi Minh City | Depart for U.S.
April 27Arrive in the U.S.

Optional Extension(s)

Post-tour: Cambodia–Siem Reap and Angkor Wat

Trip Scholar

Kimberly Kay Hoang

Kimberly Hoang is an associate professor of sociology and the College and the director of the Global Studies program at the University of Chicago.

Hoang is the author of Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (University of California Press, 2015). This monograph examines the mutual construction of masculinities, financial deal-making, and transnational political-economic identities. Her ethnography takes an in-depth and often personal look at both sex workers and their clients to show how high finance and benevolent giving are intertwined with intimacy in Vietnam's informal economy. Dealing in Desire is the winner of seven distinguished book awards from multiple sections of the American Sociological Association, the National Women Studies Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Association for Asian Studies.

With funding support from the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright Global Scholar Award, she is currently conducting research for her second book project that involves a comparative study of the articulation of inter-Asian flows of capital and foreign investment in Southeast Asia. Her work has been published in American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Gender & Society, City & Community, Contexts, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Her peer-reviewed journal articles have won over 10 prizes from the Vietnam Scholars Group, Sociologists for Women in Society, and six sections of the American Sociological Association: the Section on Global and Transnational Sociology, the Section on Race, Gender and Class, the Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender, the Section on Sociology of Body and Embodiment, the Section on Asia and Asian America, and the Section on Sexualities.

In addition to her research, she has is the winner of the 2018 Quantrell teaching award at the University of Chicago, which is believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching.