Published: Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:57
On 4th July, 30 students and 3 teachers set off to Vietnam for a 12 day visit of the country. We started our visit with a tour of Hanoi and learned about Vietnamese culture and legends through a water puppet show. We then visited Ha Long Bay where we took an overnight cruise to visit some of the beautiful islands there. When we returned from Ha Long Bay we took the experience that was the ‘overnight train’. This is something I’m certain none of us will ever forget, being furiously rocked to sleep as the train hurtled through the countryside, taking us to the stunning landscapes of central Vietnam.
In central Vietnam we were fortunate to hear about the Vietnam War first hand from a former soldier called Tam, who took us to sites of remembrance, including the National Memorial and the former border of the DMZ. I was so excited to walk across the famous bridge, as were many of the students. Central Vietnam also saw us visit Hue and Hoi An where we learned about the Chinese influence in Vietnam and got in some all-important souvenir shopping!
Our final leg of the tour was in the southern part of Vietnam where we visited the Cu Chi tunnels and got to experience what it was like for Vietnamese people fighting against the Americans in the Vietnam War. We visited the harrowing War Remnants Museum as part of our city tour, where we were reminded of the lasting effects of modern warfare on people’s lives. Our last night was a welcome respite from a hectic schedule where we visited a chocolate farm, learned how popped rice is made (and sampled some!) and were treated to a delicious meal and music by our hosts.
Jenna Rhodes, Social Sciences Faculty Coordinator.