Make a gift of any amount to anywhere in the University by November 30, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Vietnam.
Between departing for Hanoi on April 17 and returning from Ho Chi Minh City on April 27, you’ll experience a world within a country. Explore Vietnam’s forests, caves, and islands—as well as its complex traditions, cuisine, and bustling metropolises—all in the company of inquisitive fellow UChicago alumni and an expert faculty guide. Your adventure awaits.
Only UChicago alumni may enter.
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To enter, either make a gift of any size to anywhere in the University of Chicago or send your name and address by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing of all those who either make a gift or send in their information. If you make multiple gifts, you will receive only one entry in the drawing. If you made a gift on or after July 1, 2019, you have already been entered in the drawing. Only University of Chicago alumni, including graduates of the Laboratory Schools, are eligible. Winners may be recognized by email, on the online giving form, and through social media. The drawing will take place in December.
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Friday and Saturday, April 17–18Board your overnight flight to Hanoi. Land in Vietnam’s capital city—an enchanting tapestry of lakes, shaded boulevards, and French colonial parks along the banks of the Red River.
Sunday, April 19Visit Hanoi’s tranquil Temple of Literature, a place of worship and an expression of the Vietnamese esteem for education and literature. Enjoy a performance of the world-famous Water Puppet Theatre. View Hoan Kiem Lake, which contains an islet with the Tortoise Pagoda, an iconic shrine.
Monday, April 20Take a scenic drive through the countryside revealing a fast-changing agricultural and industrial region. Board a boat to tour Lan Ha Bay, which comprises more than 400 tropical islets and secluded beaches. Explore the dark and bright Van Ta Cave by bamboo boat. Afterward, kayak or swim in the cool water.
Tuesday, April 21Rise early for an optional class in vovinam (Vietnamese martial arts) on the sundeck. Set sail for Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve. Visit Hoa Cuong Cave, with its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to Hanoi for your flight to Hue.
Wednesday, April 22Explore Hue’s Imperial Citadel, a vast complex built and modeled, in part, on the Forbidden City in Beijing. Learn about the Nguyen dynasty in Thuy Bieu. Stop for a delicious lunch with a local family and feast on traditional delicacies. Depart for Hoi An, passing through red-tiled villages and enjoying spectacular views of sky and sea.
Thursday, April 23Enjoy the sights, smells, and action in the colorful Hoi An Market. Attend a demonstration of fruit and vegetable carving, and help prepare traditional dishes for lunch. See the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge, and watch how local residents produce silk.
Friday, April 24Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the economic center of Vietnam. Visit the underground city of the Cu Chi tunnels, and learn about the day-to-day life of the Vietcong. Experience the city’s nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.
Saturday, April 25Travel to the Mekong Delta, a unique region where life on the water has remained unchanged for centuries. Enjoy a bike ride through Phong Nam village, and make a stop at a factory that makes coconut spirits. Visit the home of a former Vietcong soldier, where you’ll gain insight into the other side of the war.
Sunday and Monday, April 26–27Enjoy a tour highlighting the essential sights of Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral. Continue to the War Remnants Museum, which memorializes the nation’s struggles. At night, board your return flight home.
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