Travel with us for a life-changing experience
Our citizen diplomacy trips reach beyond simplistic views and provide an opportunity for travelers to volunteer and experience Vietnam from a unique and rewarding perspective rarely offered to the average tourist. PeaceTrees’ ambassadors make personal connections with the people of Quảng Trị by working alongside them, sharing meals and planting trees — and making lasting friendships. Our long history of strong ties to our local partners help to open doors and shed light on life as it is lived by the Vietnamese people today.
Our trips also include several days at the beginning and end of the service work in Quảng Trị Province to explore Vietnam’s scooter-filled cities, gracious old towns, beautiful beaches and sobering battlefields. A typical trip might include:
Day 1: Depart Seattle
Day 2: Arrive late to Hà Nội
Days 3-4: Orientation briefing, visit with Hà Nội-based PeaceTrees Vietnam Partners; Sightseeing in Hà Nội including Hoàn Kiếm Lake, the Temple of Literature (Vietnam’s first national university built in 1070), Museum of Ethnology, the Old Quarter, and other points of interest
Day 5: Travel to Huế, the seat of Nguyễn Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945.
Days 6-8: Three days of engagement with PeaceTrees Vietnam’s work, visiting kindergartens and libraries, observing our EOD teams in the field, and community service and tree planting activities will be balanced with opportunities to learn about Quảng Trị Province as it is today as well as before, during, and after the war. Area excursions include the Vĩnh Mốc Tunnels, Cửa Tùng beach, Bến Hải river, Khe Sanh.
Days 9-10: Excursion to Đà Nẵng with visit to Hội An, cooking class
Day 11: Depart for Hồ Chí Minh City, and visit points of interest including the War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace. Farewell dinner
Day 12: Depart for U.S. or extend travel