Vietnam and Thailand


January 2018 trip with UMASS Boston – prof. Felicia Wilczenski

This trip is now completely full!

January 2 – 10, 2018  Vietnam

with optional extension in Thailand

January 11 – 14, 2018

 This comparative study tour will provide students with opportunities to explore educational practice and inclusive policy reforms in Vietnam with an optional extension to Thailand . Designed for educators, researchers, and professionals, this study tour will allow participants to translate their local knowledge to an international setting through a comparative framework that focuses on community engagement and inclusive education. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and study the leadership, educational structures, and delivery methods of education from preschool through higher education.

Colibri Boston and UMass reserve the rights to change this itinerary.

DAY 1     January 4th Thursday

8 am        Arrival at the airport and transfer to Caravelle Hotel

11 am      Lunch

1-6 pm     Sightseeing: Cathedral, War Museum, Reunification Palace (comfortable shoes)

6 pm        Dinner – Chopstick  restaurant

8-9 pm    Massage

DAY 2     January 5th  Friday 

7-8 am       Breakfast

9 am     Professional visits

12 pm     Lunch

1-4 pm    Professional visits

6 pm       Group Dinner  -Hum restaurant

7-9 pm   Massages second group

DAY 3    January 6th  Saturday

8 -10am  Breakfast

8.30 am      Group to Cu Chi,   8 am  Group to the beach 10 am group to the markets and city

After 3 pm  Free time

Dinner on your own

DAY 4          January 7th Sunday

7 -8.30 am    Breakfast

10  am        Departure to airport

 4  pm           Arrival in Ha Noi Lunch on plane

5-6  pm      shopping street walk 

6 pm            Group dinner

DAY 5          January 8th Monday

6.30 -8 am             Breakfast

8 am          departure for Professional visits

12 pm          Lunch

1-5 pm          Art Tour of Hanoi 

  • 1PM: moving to Art Vietnam Gallery.
  • 3PM: moving to Manzi Art Space.
  • 4:30PM: going to Goethe Institut. Staying there for around 60 mins. Then the car can return you back to hotel.

         Dinner on your own   

7-9 pm          Option for Massages at community center for the blind

DAY 6          January 9th Tuesday

8 am             Breakfast

9 am            Day trip to Ha Long Bay with lunch included

7 pm            Return from Ha Long Bay

7 pm             Group dinner (bus will bring you right to dinner)

DAY 7          January 10th Wednesday

7.30 -8 am             Breakfast

7.45  am         Walking tour of Vietnam

12 am               Lunch

2  pm          part of the group departs to the airport

2.30            cooking class

6.15 pm          Departure for massage.

7 pm           Massage

Dinner on your own     

Day 8         January 11th Thursday 

6.15 am         Breakfast

6.30 am         Departure to the airport for 9.15 am flight to Bangkok

  12 pm          Arrival in Bangkok hotel Nithra

12.30pm -6 pm     Historic tour of Bangkok (Temple of Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace and old quarter) , comfortable shoes please, something to cover you arms, no shorts.

7 pm               Group   Dinner

Day 9         January 12th  Friday 

 6.30 -7.30  am         Breakfast

 7.45  am        Departure for proffessional visits

 11.30  pm        Lunch

 12 pm  –   Day trip to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand

Dinner on your own

Day 10      January 13th Saturday

6.30-8 am         Breakfast

8 am        Day trip to Erawan National and elephant camp

7 pm         Dinner on your own

Day  11th  January 14th Sunday

7 am      departure to floating markets  -optional

10- 1 pm        Modern Bangkok Sightseeing

Lunch on your own

1pm -7 pm free time

7 PM           Group dinner

9 PM           Departure to the airport


Ho Chi Minh City:  Caravelle Saigon ph: (84) 28 3823 4999 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi: Calypso Premier Hotel  27 Cửa Đông, Hà Nội, 10000,  ph:+84 243923 4070 Calypso Suites11 Ngõ Trung Yên, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm,Hà Nội, ph: +84 243935 2751

Bangkok: Nithra Hotel  176 Samsen Rd, Khwaeng Ban Phan Thom, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand  ph: +66 2 628 6228





Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Street Markets in Old Quarter, Temples, Women Museum


Halong Bay

What poetically translates to ” when dragon descended to the sea” One of Unesco 7th nature wonders.Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site’s outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.


Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam at its most dizzying: a high-octane city of commerce and culture that has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. A chaotic whirl, the city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.


Trip to Vietnam can  not be complete without visit to one of the thousands of Spas. In Vietnam a massage after long day of work is an important part of life rather than a luxury. With one hour massage ranging from $15-20 and that is already with the tourist mark up there no excuse for the small indulgence.


Bangkok and Temples outside of the city.