Extension: Northern Vietnam Discovery

Enjoy three additional nights in Northern Vietnam, immersing yourself in tranquil villages, traditional art, sacred temples and Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Program No. 14574RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

From the limestone islands of Halong Bay to the artistic heritage of Hanoi, discover the beauty of Northern Vietnam.

Program Extension

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Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Keep the Pace: Walking up to one mile over varied terrain; some uneven stone stairs. On Your Feet: Walking up to one mile over varied terrain; some uneven stone stairs. Getting on and off motor coaches, sitting for at least 3-4 hours.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Hanoi City with a local expert and discover the historic Ba Dinh Square.
  • Learn about the geology of the jaw-dropping Halong Bay, a glorious UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Enjoy a traditional water puppet show depicting scenes from rural Vietnamese life.
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Long Kim Nguyen
Mr. Nguyen Kim Long has worked in the tourism industry since 1998, working as a group leader in Vietnam and trained by Saga Holiday in England. He had a brief stint in the office as an office manager but returned to the field to show people his country. He has led groups for many different companies such as Saga Holidays and Road Scholar.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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by David Halberstam
The historian explores the life and times of Ho Chi Minh and his fight for Vietnamese independence in this brief sketch, originally published in 1987.
Communion, A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam
by Kim Fay
Fay recounts in savory detail a five-week journey with two friends from Hanoi to Saigon in search of the traditions, rituals and pleasures of food from local markets and street foods to haute cuisine.
Embers of War, The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
by Fredrik Logevall
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this bold history traces the four-decade build-up to the Vietnam War as the French disengaged from the country and American forces were deployed in full.
Paradise of the Blind
by Duong Thu Huong
Duong Thu Huong's popular novel captures the live of three women in an extended family -- and the struggle for economic well being in the throes of failed land reform in the 1980s.
Shadows and Wind
by Robert Templer
A British journalist based in Vietnam, Templer cuts through myth and legend to offer a lively, opinionated portrait of contemporary Vietnam.
Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc
From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.
Moon Vietnam
by Dana Filek-gibson
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Veitnam.
Fire in the Lake
by Frances FitzGerald
A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start.
Understanding Vietnam
by Neil Jamieson
Jamieson's ambitious primer addresses politics, social history, village life, structural renewal, literature and the arts, illuminating the Vietnamese worldview with insight and depth. It's a terrific introduction to Vietnam.
The Foundations of Buddhism
by Rupert Gethin
A lively, authoritative survey of the origins, common ideas and heritage of Buddhism.
The Sacred Willow, Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family
by Duong Van Mai Elliott
This vivid family saga, beginning with the author's great-grandfather, captures the momentous history of Vietnam over the last 100 years.
Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction
by Damien Keown
One of a series of very brief, authoritative introductions by Oxford University Press with chapters on the Buddha, Karma, the Mahayana, Buddhism in Asia, Buddhist practices and ethics.
The Quiet American
by Graham Greene
A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule.
The Sorrow of War, A Novel of North Vietnam
by Bao Ninh
A powerful novel by a former North Vietnamese soldier, this short book captures the appalling conditions of war, alternating vivid scenes from the front lines with flashbacks from the protagonist's rural youth.
Vietnam Journeys
by Charles Fields
Photographer and traveler Charles Fields portrays the cultures and landscapes of Vietnam from the World Heritage Site of Hue and the Phung Hiep floating market to its forests and coastline in stunning color photographs.
Descending Dragon, Rising Tiger, A History of Vietnam
by Peter D. Sharrock, Vu Hong Lien
This first English-language account of Vietnam’s often neglected, understudied history takes us through 10,000 years of outsiders, invaders and technological innovation.
Eating Viet Nam, Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table
by Anthony Bourdain (Foreword), Graham Holliday
While living in Vietnam, native Englishman Holliday penned this gastronomic adventure which takes him from fancy dining tables to streetside vendors and everywhere in between. A genuine adventure through Vietnamese cuisine.
Vietnam North Adventure Map
by National Geographic Maps
This haddy map extends coverage south to Hue.
The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars
by Andrew X. Pham
Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life.

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