Enjoy everything from Royal Palaces, to stunning seascapes, and home-cooked meals on this cultural exploration of Thailand and Vietnam. With hospitality from FF Bangkok and the Vietnam-USA Society, you will be treated to the cultural, historical, and natural highlights of Thailand and Vietnam, and make some new friends in the process!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Bangkok and Friendship Force partner, the Vietnam-USA Society.

Live With a Local

  • Full week homestay in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Four-to-five-day homestays in two separate locations in Vietnam
  • Cultural experiences with local citizens in Vietnam

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Royal Palaces and ancient temples in both Thailand and Vietnam
  • Hue World Heritage Site (including classical Vietnamese music)
  • River and Island cruises
  • Marble Mountains and Cu Chi tunnels (Vietnam)
  • Beach visits, tropical gardens, and markets
In Vietnam, we had a wonderful welcome, great hosts, and terrific guides who showed us the wonders of Hanoi. - 2017 ambassador

Bangkok, Thailand and Vietnam

23 Days / 22 Nights Program and Itinerary:

October 12, 2019 – November 3, 2019
Coordinator: Lewis Messer, FF Greater Orlando
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Oct. 12, 2019

Ambassadors arrive

Oct. 13, 2019

The host families pick up ambassadors at meeting area and transfer to host homes

Free at leisure and program arranged by host families individually

Welcome party at the home of former president Mrs. Pornsy Harnsongkram

Oct. 14, 2019

Full day Tour Ayutthaya River Cruise

Visit the beautiful Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, previously lived by many Thai monarchs from 17th century

After, arrive at the Ancient Capital City, visit Wat Phrasrisanphet, the largest temple in Ayutthaya, Viharn Phra Mongkhon Bophit and Wat Mahathat, the oldest temple

Arrive at the River City Shopping Complex Pier and transfer to the meeting point

Oct. 15, 2019

Walk through Viseschaisri Gate, the Royal Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha Temple

Buffet Lunch at River Side and Visit Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall

The following galleries have displays about the Grand Palace and the performing arts. The performing arts gallery includes a 360-degree theater with a video presentation, as well as some fine examples of Khon masks

Notes: Proper Dress Required: As a royal residence, the management insists that visitors dress modestly. Men must wear long pants and short-sleeved shirts. Women must wear skirts at least to the knee, and also should not sport bare shoulders. No sandals and no shorts please!

After that, we will go to Show DC shopping centre with the largest duty-free store and have dinner there.

Oct. 16, 2019

Free at leisure and program arranged by host families individually

The World Class Thai Spectacular Performance SIAM NIRAMIT at Ratchada Grand Theater  – a performance of Thailand’s art and cultural heritage. Enhanced special effects with the world’s most advanced technology are used to produce a stimulating, very realistic and inspiring experience. This is an absolutely incredible, beautiful and creative show

Buffet dinner

Return home safely and happily

Oct. 17, 2019

Full day tour of Damnernsaduak Floating Market.

Meeting point and drive away Bangkok, then boat on canals to Damnoensaduak Floating Market. Many tourists around the world come to visit the market because it shows a fascinating old-style tradition

Ambassadors invite hosts to have dinner

Visit the Asiatique Riverfront, the newest Bangkok Night Market

Dinner combines an authentic Thai food and The Calypso Cabaret Show, a live stage filled with music, dance, and entertainment with a unique Thai flair. This show is really fun

Oct. 18, 2019

Drive away from Bangkok to Chonburi/Pattaya, one of Thailand’s original seaside resorts where you’ll enjoy beach activities

International buffet lunch at Nongnooch Garden & Resort, world-renowned for its impressive Thai cultural shows and being one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most beautiful botanical gardens. This is a nice garden decorated with various styles from every corner of the world

Back to Bangkok for dinner at Royal Dragon Restaurant, a seafood restaurant founded by the Asian Fishery Association in 1993

Oct. 19, 2019

Free day at leisure and program arranged by host families individually

“Friendship Night” hosted by club president – families are cordially invited to join the party as well

Oct. 20, 2019

Transfer to airport

The group arrives in Hanoi and are welcomed at the airport by VUS staff

Check in hotel: The Mon Regency Hotel

Oct. 21, 2019

Note: Pack a separate bag for the two days on the cruise. The rest of your luggage will be left and locked at VUS’s office so that you do not have to carry too much onto the cruise

Breakfast at the hotel

Hotel checkout and travel to Ha Long City with a stopover on the way for refreshment at a humanitarian workshop

Arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf

Buffet lunch

Start cruising leisurely towards Vung Ha Beach area in Bai Tu Long with a break for kayaking and swimming at Vung Ha Beach

Cooking demonstration

The boat is anchored for the night at Cong Dam area

Enjoy dinner with set menu

Evening squid fishing and free time

Stay overnight on board

Oct. 22, 2019

Earlier risers start the day with Tai Chi class on the sundeck

Breakfast on board

Visit to Vung Vieng floating fishing village/Ha Long Pearl Farm

Farewell brunch and check out

Disembark in Tuan Chau and take bus to return to Ha Noi, with a stopover the middle to visit a ceramics workshop

Arrive in Hanoi at VUS’s office where we will pick up all the bags

Take some rest then meet with host families in Hanoi

Host families take guests home by taxi/private cars for dinner with host families

Oct. 23, 2019

Breakfast at host home

Meeting at VUFO Headquarter and meet with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO)/The Vietnam-USA Society (VUS) for a briefing on Vietnam

Lunch at a local restaurant

Visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Complex

Visit to Van Mieu – the Temple of Literature

Dinner with host families

Oct. 24, 2019

Breakfast with host families

Visit to Vietnam Friendship Village (host families are welcome to join). You should bring some children’s stuff like candies, crayons, stickers, or teddy bears to present as gifts to the children in the village. Otherwise, you could make donations to the Village by buying handicrafts things made by the children of the village, or donate in cash (not compulsory). For more information, please visit the Village website: www.vietnamfriendship.org

Lunch at a local restaurant

Visit to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Outdoor water puppet show at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Guests and host families get to VUFO’s headquarter for farewell party

Overnight at host families

Oct. 25, 2019

Breakfast with host families

Depart for Noi Bai International Airport

Take a flight to Hue

Arrive in Phu Bai International Airport

Lunch at a local restaurant

Visit and free shopping at Dong Ba Market

Meeting with VUFO of Hue for a briefing on culture and history of ancient royal city of Hue

Meeting with host families for dinner

Oct. 26, 2019

Breakfast with host families

Visit to the Forbidden Purple City and Imperial Citadel and Museum

Listen to Royal Music in the Imperial Citadel

Lunch at a local restaurant

Boat Tour along the Perfume River; stop for sightseeing at conic hat making village and visit to Thien Mu/Heavenly Lady Pagoda

Hue City tour (cont.)

Ambassadors depart for farewell dinner at restaurant with host families

Overnight at host families

Oct. 27, 2019

Breakfast with host families

Travel from Hue to Da Nang

Lunch at a local restaurant

Travel to Hoi An Old Town (depending on the arrival time, we could check in first then start the tour, or start the tour first and check in hotel later)

Walking tour in the Old Town to learn about “History and architecture of Hoi An-the world cultural heritage”

Dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Town

Free time to enjoy the Old Town at night

Oct. 28, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit My Son Sanctuary (UNESCO)

Lunch at a local restaurant

Visit to Hoi An Silk Village

Free time and dinner on one’s own

Oct. 29, 2019

Breakfast at the host

Depart for Da Nang city and stop by the Marble Mountains for photo-taking as well as local marble workshop to see how workers carve huge marble statues

Lunch in the city

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, transfer to city, check in hotel

Dinner at a local restaurant

Free time on your own

Oct. 30, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit to the Mekong Delta to see the tropical orchard garden, bee farm and coconut candy workshop

Lunch on the island

Leave Tien Giang province for HCMC

Dinner on one’s own

Free time

Oct. 31, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit to the Cu Chi tunnel

Lunch at a local restaurant

Dinner at a local restaurant

Nov. 1, 2019

City tour, with visits to the Reunification Hall, Museum of War Relics, Vietnamese Lacquer Painting workshop, etc.

Lunch at a local restaurant

City tour (cont.)

Visit to Ben Thanh market and shopping

Farewell dinner on a cruise on Sai Gon River enjoying traditional art performance

Back to the hotel

Free time

Nov. 2, 2019

Breakfast at the hotel

Check out

Depart the hotel for Noi Bai International Airport where VUS staff take flight back to Hanoi

Nov. 3, 2019

Ambassadors depart for home or further individual travels


$4142 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, most admissions & meals, accommodations, in-country transportation, and tour fees.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 15042.
  • We are going at a time when the weather should be good, and not too hot.
  • For some visits (temples, etc.) skirts and sleeves for women and long trousers for men will be needed.
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