Vietnam. Few places conjure up so many images. From spectacular white sand beaches to lush verdant jungles to small villages alongside paddies of a thousand years to teeming modern cities. From ancient Buddhist temples to 19th century French colonial architecture to 21st century high rises. From battlefields of a hundred years – against the Japanese, the French and the Americans, and of their own civil war. Vietnam is a complex mosaic of history, culture and scenic beauty. Of energy and mass and perfect tranquility.
We are now in the 50th anniversary of much of the American involvement in the decades-long Vietnam War. Our first battles were in 1965 and the last in 1972. Our brothers and cousins, fathers and grandfathers, and others fought in this mystical land half a century ago. Some of you did, as well. In the titanic, 45 year struggle of the Cold War, the battles in Vietnam played a significant role in the worldwide order. Conflict is a long and continuous waging of effort – militarily, yes, but also diplomatically and economically and culturally. Today, the US and Vietnam are strong partners in many aspects. Our Vietnam tour itinerary will include visits to many Vietnam War sites but will also have so many other significant locations of historical, cultural and natural beauty importance.
Come with us to explore this vibrant, beautiful land. We will travel from the southern capital of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) through the central highlands and coast through Danang and Hoi An and on to Hue. Along the way, we will visit battlefields and temples, white sand beaches and quaint villages, mountain valley resorts and coffee plantations, incredible shopping opportunities in ancient markets and splendid visions of unique flora and fauna. We will “experience” Vietnam like no others. Finally, we will conclude our Vietnam tour in the environs of Hanoi, the national capital and its nearby World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay. This is truly the adventure of a lifetime!
Essential History Expeditions has partnered with Nhu Lanh, owner of Discerning Traveler Vietnam. While EHE’s Dr. Brian DeToy will lead the historical perspective of Vietnam, Nhu will join us for the entire expedition, sharing her love of her country and its culture, history and traditions.