Vietnam War school trips to Ho Chi Minh
Most groups on a Vietnam War-themed history school trip choose to base themselves in Ho Chi Minh. The country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh was formally known as Saigon and was the capital of the Republic of Vietnam until it fell to North Vietnam in 1975, ending the Vietnam War.
From your base in Ho Chi Minh, you’ll visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were built as supply routes for the Viet Cong, as well as the War Remnants Museum, which houses a range of artefacts, including military equipment. And at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, your group will explore Vietnam’s struggle for independence.
You’ll also be able to visit the Reunification Palace, which became synonymous with the end of the Vietnam War thanks to the image of a tank (which is now parked outside) crashing through the gates on 30th April 1975.
Your students will have the opportunity to learn more about the background of the Vietnam War, from the colonial era under the French, to occupation by the Japanese and independence in the 1950s after the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.
And they’ll learn more about how Vietnam was divided into two distinct zones, North Vietnam, which was ruled by the communist Viet Minh, and the anti-communist South Vietnam.
Your students will also explore how and why the South Vietnamese government was supported by the USA as part of the latter’s policy of containment in the wider context of the Cold War. And they’ll have the opportunity to discover how the USA’s involvement in the Vietnam War is viewed in modern Vietnam.
Why arrange a Vietnam War school trip?
Help them to understand the context
For students studying the Vietnam War, it can be difficult for them to get their heads around the context in which the Vietnam War took place, as they’re unlikely to know much about Vietnamese history and culture prior to that period.
By taking them on a history school trip to Vietnam, you’ll be giving them the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the historical, political, social and economical contexts in which the war took place.
They’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about how the war is viewed in modern
Vietnam and, interestingly, how the USA’s involvement in the Vietnam War is remembered.
Bring history to life
On your Vietnam War-themed history school trip, your students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in history. They’ll explore the tunnels used by Viet Cong fighters, they’ll learn more about what life was like in Vietnam during the time and they’ll learn more about the propaganda used.
They’ll also discover just how brutal the Vietnam War was and why it’s still so important to both Vietnamese and American culture. They’ll learn about brutal prison conditions and the use of Agent Orange.
All of these practical experiences will bring the Vietnam War to life for your students and providing them with memories to draw upon in exams.
Enjoy the trip as much as your students
Originally founded by former teachers, we understand the value of history school trips and how to make them successful.
Your trip will be completely tailor made, to ensure that it meets your specific requirements and learning objectives. And we’ll be on hand throughout the process to answer any questions you have.
In fact, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from now until you return home at the end of your trip. While abroad, you’ll be able to reach us with just one phone call, at any time of the day or night. And, with this comprehensive level of support while you're away, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy immersing yourself in history as much as your students.