Fulbright GPA to VIETNAM - Summer 2002

Organized by the Midwest Institute

WED-FRI        Kalamazoo/Detroit                              NW 2909

5 June             Detroit/Tokyo                                      NW 85

6 June             Tokyo/Singapore                                NW 19

7 June             Singapore/Saigon (HCMC)                 VNA 742

                        PM: Group orientation

                        EVE: Free


SAT                 (waking up in Saigon - New World Hotel)

8 June             AM/PM: Greater Saigon (HCMC) tour, including museums,

Reunification Palace, former U.S.Embassy, etc.

                        EVE:  Welcoming reception


SUN                (Saigon - New World Hotel)

9 June             AM/PM: Caodaism: to Tay Ninh - Cao Dai world center & temple

                        EVE:  Free


MON               (Saigon - New World Hotel)

10 June           AM:  University of Pedagogy

                        PM:  HCMC Open University

                        EVE:  Free


TUES              (Saigon - New World Hotel)

11 June           AM:  University of Social Sciences and Humanities

                        PM:  Tour War Museum, lacquerware factory

                        EVE:  Free


WED                (Saigon - New World Hotel)

12 June           AM:  Bus to Long Xuyen, Mekong Delta

                        PM:  Regional orientation and tour (time permitting)

                        EVE:  Dinner with university guests


THUR              (Long Xuyen - Dong Xuyen Hotel)

13 June           AM:  University of An Giang

                        PM:  Bus to Can Tho, Mekong Delta

                        EVE:  Dinner with university guests


FRI                  (Can Tho - Victoria Hotel)

14 June           AM:  University of Can Tho

                        PM:  Bus to Saigon

                        EVE:  Free


SAT                 (Saigon - Rex Hotel)

15 June           AM:  Catholicism/Buddhism:  Visit Saigon's Notre Dame Cathedral and

                        Buddhist Temples

                        PM: Free

                        EVE:  Free


SUN                (Saigon - Rex Hotel)

16 June           AM:  Early flight to Danang - VN 320

                        Tour Hoi An, UNESCO World Heritage Site

                        PM:  Cham Civilization Museum

                        EVE:  Dinner with university guests


MON               (Danang - Hotel Furama)

17 June           AM:  University of Danang

                        PM:  Pedagogy University, then bus to Hue, UNESCO World Heritage

                        EVE:  Free


TUES              (Hue - Century Riverside Hotel)

18 June           AM:  College of Pedagogy

PM/EVE:  Visit DMZ and La Vang Catholic center


WED                (Hue - Century Riverside Hotel)

19 June           AM:  University of Hue

PM: Visit historic Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial Tombs of Minh Mang,,Tu Duc and Dong Khanh

                        EVE: Reception and Perfume River cultural evening w/university guests


THUR              (Hue - Century Riverside Hotel)

20 June           AM: Tour Forbidden City, Citadel, Th Hieu and Tu Dam Temples and

                        Dong Ba

                        PM: Fly to Hanoi - VN 244, then

EVE: Orientation to Vietnamese higher education by VN Representative,

                        Jack Bailey, Institute of International Education


FRI                  (Hanoi - Sol Melia Hotel)

21 June           AM:  University of Natural Sciences

                        PM:  University of Technology

                        EVE:  Dinner with university guests


SAT                 (Hanoi - Sol Melia Hotel)

22 June           AM:  Early departure to Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site

                        PM:  Boat tour among "thousand islands" of Halong Bay

                        EVE:  Free


SUN                (Halong Bay - Halong Plaza Hotel)

23 June           AM/PM:  Return to Hanoi via Hai Phong

                        EVE:  Free


MON               (Hanoi - Sol Melia Hotel)

24 June           AM:  University of Pedagogy and Foreign Languages

                        PM:  University of Cultures

                        EVE:  Free





TUES              (Hanoi - Sol Melia Hotel)

25 June           AM/PM:  Greater Hanoi city tour including Old City, Chua Dau, Tay

Phuong , Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Museum, Vietnamese Museum of Ethnography, etc.

                        EVE:  Hanoi Water Puppet Performance


WED                (Hanoi - Sol Melia Hotel)

26 June           AM/PM:  Open day

                        EVE:  Dinner then overnight train to Lao Cai


THUR              (transit to Sapa - Victoria Express)

27 June           AM:  Transfer Lau Ci to Sapa

                        PM:  Orientation to minority region (H'mong, Muong,

Dau, Dzao tribes)

                        EVE: Ham Rong Mountain trek and folkloric display


FRI                  (Sapa - Victoria Sapa Hotel)

28 June           AM:  Sapa walkabout

                        PM:  Bus to tribal areas via Bac Na

                        EVE:  Return to Lao Cai - catch overnight train to Hanoi


SAT                 (transit to Hanoi - Victoria Express)

29 June           AM:  Transfer to Hanoi airport - flight to Saigon - VN 219

                        PM:  Free

                        EVE:  Free


SUN                (Saigon - Rex or New World Hotel)

30 June           AM:  Free morning or mass at Notre Dame Cathedral

                        then bus to Lai Thieu, village crafts

                        PM:  onward to Cu Chi tunnels

                        EVE:  Folkloric dinner concert at Cung Dinh


MON               (Saigon - Rex or New World Hotel)

1 July              AM:  Institute of Social Sciences

                        PM:  Institute of Education Sciences

                        EVE:  Free


TUE                 (Saigon - Rex or New World Hotel)

2 July              AM/PM:  Bus to Dalat via China Sea route to Phan Thiet & Cham Tower

                        EVE:  Dalat by night


WED                (Dalat - Novotel or Crazy House Hotel)

3 July              AM: Bio-Research Institute

                        PM: Truc Lam Buddhist Meditation Center

EVE:  Free


THUR              (Dalat - Novotel or Crazy House Hotel)

4 July              AM:  Bus return to Saigon

                        PM:  Free

                        EVE:  Independence Day reception


FRI                  (Saigon - Rex or New World Hotel)

5 July              Personal day


SAT                 (Saigon - Rex or New World Hotel)

6 July              AM/PM:  Free day or optional bus trip to Vung Tau


SUN                (Saigon - Rex or New World Hotel)

7 July              AM:  Free

                        PM:  Packing and airport transfer

Saigon/Singapore                                VNA 743


MON               Singapore/Tokyo                                NW 20

8 July              Tokyo/Detroit                                      NW 12

                        Detroit/Kalamazoo                              NW 3651