Travel prep isn’t just about securing a passport and packing light. It’s also about understanding the culture you want to connect with and the environment that’s awaiting you—especially when you’re leading or participating in an educational tour to a different part of the world. The internet is your friend if you’re looking for a quick “Vietnam travel tips” fix, but gathering insights direct from an experienced traveler, a local, or an expert on the destination is usually (always) better. That’s why I traveled on EF’s Discover Vietnam itinerary before sitting down to write this article.
So, what can you expect on a student trip through Hanoi, Ha Long, Hôi An, and Hô Chi Minh City? Vietnam is a country full of contrasts, to be sure. It has a complex past and a rapidly evolving future. You’ll see flat-bottomed boats, bikes of all types, smiling strangers, and otherworldly beauty, too. Keep reading for a few more things you should know before you go.