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Vietnam War School Trip to Ho Chi Minh

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A history school trip to Vietnam offers your students the chance to experience firsthand the difficult conditions faced by soldiers at war!

One of our most popular visits is the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were built by the Viet Cong and show just how resourceful they were when faced with the possibility of attack from forces possessing vastly superior firepower and numbers.

Your students will also learn how history is interpreted differently by those on opposing sides, by seeing how the Vietnam War is portrayed within Vietnam itself, with a visit to the War Remnants Museum, which was originally known as the Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes.

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 9 days/6 nights)

Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the Reunification Palace!

Formerly the South Vietnamese presidential palace, the Reunification Palace has been left much as it was when the war ended here with a tank crashing through its gates!

The current building was built to replace the former Governor’s Palace, after the left-wing of that building was almost entirely destroyed by an assassination attempt on Ngô Ðình Di?m, President of the Republic of Vietnam.

The palace was renamed the Reunification Hall by the Provisional Revolutionary Government in 1975.

Did you know?

The Reunification Palace features on the 200-dô’ng note.

Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels!

Gain a better understanding of the realities of the Vietnam War and the experience of soldiers as you explore the intricate maze of interlinked tunnels.

The tunnels were used by the Viet Cong to hide out during combat. They were also important lines of communication and supply, and they acted as the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968.

The tunnels weren’t just designed for fighting – whole communities hid down them sometimes, especially in areas that were bombed regularly. In this way, the tunnels saved many lives.

Did you know?

The tunnels were often boobie trapped, regularly using trip wires and explosives. The trip wires could activate any number of things, from grenades to snakes and scorpions falling on the heads of the unfortunate soldiers who tripped them.

War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the War Remnants Museum!

Housing exhibits from both the Vietnam War and the First Indochina War against the French, the War Remnants Museum offers another opportunity to better understand the realities of war.

Across several buildings the exhibits are organised into themed rooms. There’s also a yard with period military equipment and vehicles, including helicopters and fighter jets.

There is a focus on the acts of South Vietnam, for example, on display are the tiger cages in which political prisoners were kept, as well as a guillotine used to execute prisoners. And there is a graphic exhibition on the effects of Agent Orange.

Did you know?

When it first opened in 1975, the museum was called the Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes. In 1990 the name was changed to the Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression. It changed for the final time in 1995 to the War Remnants Museum, after the normalisation of diplomatic relations with the US and the end of the US embargo.

Day 1




Flight to Ho Chi Minh City



Day 2


Arrive in Ho Chi Minh

Transfer to hotel


Free time to freshen up


Evening meal at a local restaurant

Day 3


Visit the History Museum, Reunification Hall, Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral and more


Visit the War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market


Evening meal at a local restaurant

Day 4


Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels


Return to Ho Chi Minh and visit the Revolutionary Museum and Emperor Jade Pagoda


Evening meal at a local restaurant

Day 5


Visit the Fine Art and FITO Museum (Traditional Medicine), Thien Hau Temple and Binh Tay Market


Free time to explore


Water puppet show and evening meal

Day 6


Travel to the Can Tho via the Rice Fields and fruit farms, take a motorboat ride in the Delta


Horse and cart ride on the country roads

Visit a local farm


Evening meal and overnight in Can Tho

Day 7


Visit a floating market, Cai Rang

Bike tour of Can Tho countryside


Return to Ho Chi Minh


Farewell meal at a local restaurant

Day 8


Day free to explore/shop in Ho Chi Minh until departure


Transfer to the airport


Overnight flight to the UK

Day 9


Arrive in the UK




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Educational activities and visits

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are a maze of interlinked tunnels that were built by the Viet Cong duri… Read more

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Originally built in 1890 by the French as a commercial museum, it was turned into a… Read more

Reunification Hall

Reunification Hall

Formerly South Vietnam’s Presidential Palace, this building has been left largely un… Read more

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum

Previously known as the Exhibition House of American War Crimes, and currently housed in a… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Formally known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is co… Read more

Mekong Delta Floating markets

Mekong Delta Floating markets

An early morning visit to the Cai Rang floating market will give your students an opportu… Read more


Aristo Hotel
Saigon Can Tho
Aristo Hotel
The hotel comprises a total of 85 elegant and cosy rooms, which offer home comfort and a wide range of amenities. Room facilities include shower & bath, in-room IDD telephone, free wireless internet access, satellite television, individual in-room air-conditioner and LCD TV.
Saigon Can Tho

This 3-star property offers attentive hospitality and personalized service. Each of the comfy rooms offer a good selection of amenities including air conditioning, Internet access (ADSL & WiFi), IDD Telephone, Tea/coffee facilities and a hair dryer.

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