Discover the fascinating country of Vietnam on a study trip. Cultural wealth, endless beaches, pulsating metropolises and lively handicraft villages will bring you unforgettable travel memories.
During a round trip, explore the most important cities, such as the capital Hanoi (also Ha Noi), Nha Trang, Hue (the capital during the last imperial dynasty), Da Lat (former imperial summer residence), the sea ports Da Nang, Hai Phong or Ho Chi Minh City (until 1975 capital of the Republic of Vietnam and formerly known as Saigon). Culture lovers will be just as enthusiastic about Hanoi as shopping fans will be from Hoi An. Look forward to a very special adventure trip.
Fascinating highlights in the land of rice fields and pagodas
Your trip to Vietnam will definitely also be a cultural trip. Admire the Jade Mountain Temple, the Temple of Literature, the Revolution Museum or the Opera in Hanoi; the Thab Ba Cham Tower, the Long Son Pagoda, the City Hall or the Hon Chong Rock in Nha Trang; the Citadel and Forbidden City, Thien Mu Pagoda or Notre Dame Cathedral in Hue; the Ho Xuan Huong Waterfall, the Love Valley, the Quan Am Temple and the Du Sinh Hill in Da Lat. The cultural richness and the variety of landscapes of this East Asian country on the South China Sea is immeasurable.
Some tour operators also offer the opportunity to actively discover the country on the Mekong, for example on a hiking study trip. The Mekong has long been the most important trade route in Southeast Asia. Convince yourself of this tradition and visit one of the floating markets on your Vietnam study trip. Halong Bay with dream beaches and fascinating highlights such as the grottoes and unique rock formations will inspire you.
Vietnam study trips and round trips are offered by many well-known tour operators such as Studiosus, Meiers Weltreisen, Gebeco and Dertour. Combination trips with Cambodia and / or Laos offer you even more opportunities to discover the highlights of the Indochina region. With some organizers, you can experience all the sights particularly intensively and flexibly in a small group with a maximum of 12 to 15 participants. All study trips are accompanied by an expert, competent tour guide. The individual organizers set different priorities when choosing accommodation. In order to make the journey more convenient, you will sometimes stay overnight in the same hotel several times. Atmospheric hotels in partly different price ranges are characteristic of the individual tours.
Get to know Vietnam and its fascinating sights on a study tour!
Forbidden city in Huë
A highlight not only for cultural travelers
The port city of Huë is located in central Vietnam on the Perfume River. It was once the capital of Vietnam and the residence of the emperors. Today Huë has 300,000 inhabitants. The forbidden city in Huë, which was built on the Chinese model, bears witness to earlier power and wealth. Therefore, Huë is the highlight of their Vietnam trip, especially for cultural travelers.
The Huë, which is embedded in a hilly landscape, is surrounded by a wall 11 kilometers long. In the center of the square-oriented city is the imperial city, which is also surrounded by a wall. This in turn surrounds the “Forbidden Purple City”, to which only the emperor and his closest servants had access.
Anyone who comes to the forbidden city of Vietnam still feels a little melancholy remoteness, as if the legacy of the last emperor had never been lost. He was devoted to poetry and a great patron of the fine arts. Huë was badly damaged in the Indochina Wars, but his spirituality is still present. 13 emperors of the Nguyen dynasty ruled here for 43 years. The court was feudal and organized according to the Chinese model. The palaces were surrounded by beautiful parks and decorated with statues of the emperors. The most striking structure of the complex is the multi-storey Thien Mu pagoda, but the magnificent imperial tombs are no less worth seeing.
After glamorous years, decadence followed and culminated in the handover of power to the French by Emperor Tu Duc in 1945. Already during his lifetime he had a tomb like a palace including a lotus pond and several pavilions built, where he liked to withdraw.
During a study trip to Huë, visitors feel the Buddhist character of the city intensely. It lies not only over the magnificent temple complex for the emperors of the Nguyen dynasty, but over the entire city. The Forbidden City in Huë is a unique cultural monument that was recognized as such by UNESCO in 1993. 300 beautiful temples and pagodas form the center of the Forbidden City. The ensemble was built in the style of French fortifications. In 1947 the imperial city was severely destroyed in the fight against the French colonial rulers, and again in 1968 in the Tet offensive of the Viet Cong against US troops. In 1977 and 1988 this unique cultural heritage of Vietnam could be restored with the help of UNESCO.
Vinh Ha Long – Vietnam’s fascinating natural monument
Vinh Ha Long, the “Bay of the Setting Dragon” is a natural area in North Vietnam. Halong Bay is one of the most visited natural monuments in the country. It is bounded by the Gulf of Tolkin and the South China coast and has a total area of around 1500 km² with a coastline of 120 km.
In the area there are almost 1700 rocks and limestone islands with small beaches, caves and spectacular grottos. Most of the islands are uninhabited and overgrown with dense jungle. In 1994 434 km² with 775 islands was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year millions of people from all over the world come to Halong Bay to experience the fascinating rocks. Participants in study trips deal with life in the floating villages and the flora and fauna in the bay.
Travel in Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a destination of mass tourism and accordingly countless boats ply between the enchanted islands and rocks that once served as a refuge from war and oppression. Some grottos and beaches can only be entered at low tide.
On the largest island of Cat Ba, 12,000 people now live from fishing and oyster farming. From there, many of the tourist boats start on one-day or multi-day tours. In many cases, smaller cruise ships also cruise in the outskirts of Halong Bay.
Special sights include the Han Tong and Hang Dan Go stalactite grottoes. A visit to the floating villages should not be missed on the tour through the bay.
The best time to visit Halong Bay is from February to March. In the other months there is often thick fog or it is uncomfortably cold and rainy. Good hotels arrange excursions with safe boats and adequate tours.