Day 01: Depart for Vietnam
Depart on a Friday evening late from Los Angeles on your way to Hanoi, Vietnam (transit stop expected and will vary depending on airline). The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! Vietnam's capital city has a complex personality and impressions of the city can vary depending on a person’s location within it. Like other large Asian cities, busy commercial streets are filled with cars and bicycles and are edged by shops, restaurants, bars and stalls.

Lose a day as you cross the International Date Line. 


Day 03: Arrival in Vietnam
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met by your national guide who will travel with you throughout this program. Transfer to the hotel for check in and some time to relax before a welcome and orientation session. Lunch is by individual arrangement today. Hotel check-in is at 2:00 pm today.

This afternoon you will join your leaders and national guide at the hotel for an orientation and cultural briefing on Vietnam. You will be briefed on the political and cultural diversity of Vietnam and receive further information on the journey. 

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Overnight:  Hotel De L'Opera (or similar)


Day 04: Cultural Explorations

Today enjoy some of Hanoi’s cultural treasures. Visit Ba Dinh Square where silent sentries guard the marble mausoleum in which Ho Chi Minh lies in state. Continue to the modest stilted wooden bungalow where Uncle Ho lived and worked, before visiting Ho Chi Minh Museum. Dedicated to the ‘father of the country’, it chronicles the evolution of Vietnamese independence. Your explorations will also take to you see the One Pillar Pagoda, which dates to the 11th century and was built to resemble a lotus blossom. The final stop is the Thang Long Royal Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 11th century during the Ly Viet Dynasty.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue your panoramic tour with a drive by the Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake in route to visit Hỏa Lò Prison, which was used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. Prisoners of War. Last stop is the Temple of Literature. Built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, it is a serene retreat from the busy streets outside.

This evening you will attend a Vietnamese cultural show: Lang Toi My Village. The innovative performance highlights the poetic beauty of Vietnamese village life using folk instruments, dance and acrobatics.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Hotel De L'Opera (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner












Day 05: Professional Program

Today the professional members of the group will meet with professional counterparts in Vietnam to learn about human resource management. This may include a meeting with representatives from the Vietnam Human Resource Association to receive an overview of HR practices in Vietnam while asking questions of interest to the group members.

The professional focus of this delegation will be finalized after enrollment has concluded and will be customized to fit the needs of the professionals enrolled on the journey. Every effort will be made to incorporate items of interest to all.

Accompanying guests: Accompanying guests will enjoy a Vespa ride through the city. Start off sampling the local Café culture at an Italian style Café in the heart of old quarter. Ride through the iconic narrow streets to see how the locals live & work in tall narrow houses. After a short ride toward Huu Tiep Lake, meet a fascinating elderly resident of the area who regales you with stories of the past in a 400-year-old temple. A short walk through traditional market streets takes you to the B52 crash site at the lake. This US bomber was shot down during the 1972 bombing raids of the city. Ride to the Ngoc Ha Market to stroll around the bustling area. Ride out of the city center to the Long Bien Bridge, a magnificent structure built over a hundred years ago which spans the Red River and connects Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts. Head along the riverside and whizz past the ancient dyke wall, beautifully decorated with mosaic artworks and on to a Kumquat Farm, located in a peaceful green agricultural oasis in the city. Jump on the Vespas and head to your final spot, a little snack stop before returning to the hotel.

Dinner is on your own this evening. 

Overnight: Hotel De L'Opera (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City this morning where you will be met by your local guide. With a population of nearly 8 million inhabitants and an almost equal number of scooters, mopeds and motorcycles all competing for space on the ultra-busy streets, bustling and noisy Ho Chi Minh City is quite literally a metropolis on the move. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Lunch is on your own today.

This afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh. Start out from the hotel walking past magnificent French colonial monuments such as Opera House, City Hall and a stop at the Notre Dame Cathedral and Post Office. After a selfie stop, follow the path to Reunification Palace nearby. Formerly named the Presidential Palace, this important city landmark was assured its place in history on April 30, 1975, when the first North Vietnamese tanks rumbled past, signaling the Fall of Saigon and ultimately the end of the Vietnam War.

Caravelle Hotel opened on Christmas Eve 1959 and has gained renown for being at the heart of everything important in Saigon. The hotel is a short walk to iconic landmarks and locations, such as the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, historic Dong Khoi Street, and so much more. The lovely hotel has all the amenities of a five-star property including an outdoor pool, onsite dining, 24-hour fitness center, spa and business center.

Dinner will be provided this evening at a local restaurant. ​
Overnight: Hotel Caravelle (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner













Day 07: Professional Program
Continue your professional meetings with local HR professionals from various local companies. The focus of the program is on how HR professionals ensure that they have the right talent when and where they need it while maintaining high standards of professionalism in HR management, talent acquisition, and talent development.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.


Accompanying guests: Accompanying guests will visit the War Remnant Museum which is primarily dedicated to the Vietnam War but also includes exhibits dating back to the French colonialist period and the first Indochina War. Next stop is to “Chay Garden” to rest of your feet and enjoy a drink as you relax. The tour continues via Tao Dan Park to Saigon Skydeck for a panoramic view of Ho Chi Minh City from this lovely viewpoint. The deck is located in the Bitexco Financial Tower, a true example of innovation and design that helps redefine the commercial space of Vietnam. Return to your hotel for some free time.

Dinner is by individual arrangement. 
Overnight:  Hotel Caravelle (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 07: Professional Program
Today spend the day meeting with local business educators and government officials. Learn from your colleagues and peers involved in the workforce in Vietnam—the employers, government and universities—just how these elements are influencing current hiring and management practices, as well as how they are influencing future planning and guiding investment. Explore what role the government plays in workforce development as well as the role the education system plays in workforce development.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Accompanying guests: Accompanying guests will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few remaining monuments to the war, and learn the story of life underground as told by the people who lived the experience. During the conflict in Vietnam, thousands of people in the Vietnamese province of Cu Chi lived in this elaborate 200 km long system of underground tunnels. These tunnels provide a fascinating glimpse into the prolonged resistance war that the Vietnamese people endured and will highlight the national characteristics of perseverance and ingenuity.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant this evening.
 Overnight:  Hotel Caravelle (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 09: Cultural Explorations
​Today, explore Mekong Delta villages & the local market by speed boat. The Mekong Delta is one of Vietnam’s most enchanting landscapes and this special tour focuses on staying away from the well-beaten tour path and aims to show you untouched villages and tranquil spots. Travel by speedboat through downtown Ho Chi Minh directly into the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam and enjoy a light breakfast on board. As you slip away from the city, via narrow canals, you enter the verdant green tributaries of the Mekong Delta.


Enjoy a brief stop at the ornate, over-water Tuong Van Pagoda, whilst your guide explains the importance of Buddhism to the many people of the Delta. Visit a bustling, colorful riverside market full of local curiosities, tropical fruits and all manner of fish and shellfish. Great photo opportunities!

Mid-morning, reach the idyllic watery expanses of the Delta itself, known as the ‘Delta of Nine Dragons’ after the nine tributaries that splinter from the main Mekong River. Turning off the Delta into small, winding canals of the Thu Thua area, drift along lazily shaded by a canopy of foliage. Spend time at family homes where you’ll be invited to enjoy some refreshing, freshly cut coconuts and fiery Mekong whisky.


Lunch will be on the site of an orphanage run by Buddhist monks and a portion of the proceeds from your tour today helps support the school. The chef will prepare many Vietnamese dishes for lunch including the unusually named fried elephant ear fish, a Mekong Delta specialty.

After lunch, visit the nearby Cao Dai Temple; a riot of colors celebrating a combination of different religions. Cruising through the Delta’s canals there are countless opportunities to capture amazing photos of the scenery and local people as the boat passes buffaloes being used to plough fruit orchards and rice fields and other bucolic scenes. After the tour, drive to Ho Chi Minh City. 

Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Overnight: 
Meals: Breakfast


Day 10: Return to US

Head to the airport this morning for your flight home. Arrival back in Los Angeles the same day


Note: An optional extension opportunity to Cambodia will be available for those interested in extending. 


Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​

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PRE-TRAVEL
IncludedNot Included
Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation


Costs to obtain a passport


Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

 TRAVEL
International airfare (from designated US gateway city)


Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city


All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)


Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


Individual departure taxes (where applicable)


Fees for all services, most tips and taxes


Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details


Travel insurance


Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


 CAREER ENRICHMENT PROFESSIONAL CONTENT
10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country


Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession


Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession


  SAFETY AND SUPPORT
24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support


Partnerships in every country to which we travel



Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh | 10 days | November 2021| $6,499 Estimated

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HR & Talent Management Journey to Vietnam

led by China Gorman and Gerry Crispin

Space limited to 25.  Pre- register your interest for priority registration.

Detailed Itinerary

Join us to explore Vietnam in a different way! On our Human Resource & Talent Management Journey to Vietnam, interact with HR professionals from a variety of companies and organizations. Demographic, educational, technological, cultural and political elements of the global business world ​are changing and have a huge impact on organizational success. Learn about the culture of Vietnam while interacting with local HR, leadership and talent management professionals to discuss how companies hire, train, deploy, and retain their people. Interact with officials at the Vietnam HR Association, as well as with HR professionals at local businesses. In a small group setting, learn how HR professionals ensure that they have the right talent when and where they need it while maintaining high standards of professionalism in HR management, talent acquisition, and talent development. Visit historic sites including cultural treasures of Hanoi’s colonial French past & the Mekong Delta village and market by speed boat.


 **Optional Program Extension will be offered to Cambodia**

"Traveling with China and Gerry on a Nanda Journey is truly life changing! The professional conversations and connections are amplified when you travel together. I loved being able to connect with thought leaders in our profession, spending quality time to truly discuss current issues and explore solutions. Nanda Journeys does an exceptional job at taking care of everything.”

K. Claytor  

​What's Included


Leader Spotlight:  China Gorman and Gerry Crispin


China Gorman is a high-profile global business executive with extensive experience in growing high-performing, mission-driven organizations within the competitive human capital management (HCM) sector. She is an expert in leading organizations through dramatic turnarounds during periods

of rapid growth and through economic

recessions with exceptional results.


 - Author of the popular blog, Data Point 

Tuesday (www.chinagorman.com), she 

brings interesting, relevant                                                           and actionable data and analysis to

HR practitioners all over the world.


Gerry Crispin is an HR professional and a life-long student of the recruiting process, recognized internationally for his views and written commentary on employment strategy, hiring process and staffing technology.  His passion is to understand how firms

design and build recruiting processes,

the technology to enhance them and the

systems to manage them.


- 1996, he co-founded CareerXroads 

(www.CareerXroads.com), an

international consulting practice that

facilitates a dialogue between company

recruiting leaders.