Cultural Arts Trip: Vibrant Vietnam | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Cultural Arts Trip: Vibrant Vietnam

January 20 - February 1, 2020

Join our 12-night adventure to North, Central & South Vietnam to explore art & architecture, craft, culture, & cuisine, history, nature and more!

Start in Saigon, a Scientific, Technological, Industrial & Cultural Center. Also, for many centuries, a Commercial Hub with merchants from China, Japan and European countries ultimately forming the largest city of Indochina, celebrated as “the Pearl of the Far East.” Though officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City (locally still called Saigon), today, it is a bustling city with interesting sites that, not only its acknowledging its turbulent past, but also show off its beauty, culture and multi-cultural influences. 

Fly up to Hoi An, an exceptionally well-preserved Ancient Trading Port with buildings and street plan reflecting both indigenous and foreign influences. In the 1st century, the city had the largest harbor in Southeast Asia. During the 7th-10th centuries, it was a strategic spot for spice trading, which brought Tremendous Wealth. An important Trading Center through the 17th century as Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled in the area, today, Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ride over the mountains to the old Capital of the Nguyen Emperors. Hué is packed with Temples & Tombs, Palaces & Pagodas – many of which have UNESCO World Heritage Designations. If art and architecture are of interest, Hué will be high on your must-visit list. Foodies won’t want to miss the degustation-style Imperial Cuisine for which this city is rightly famous. 

Fly north to Hanoi – the capital of French Indochina (1902-1954) and, since 1976, the Capital of a Reunified Vietnam. Find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, unique museums, delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, and a multi-cultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French & Russian influences.

Ride out to Ha Long Bay, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam. Thousands of Limestone Karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes along with Emerald Waters create breathtakingly picturesque surroundings – perfect to cruise through aboard a Traditional Style Junk.

With an array of interesting and fun activities – visits to important museums, ancient sites, food markets, charming neighborhoods, artists’ workshops; plus local shows, an optional cooking class and much more! – our Vietnam trip is vibrant, indeed!  Join us for this exciting, fascinating and delicious adventure!

Explore these fascinating Southeast Asian countries by joining in 1, 2 or all 3 of our Cultural Arts Trips! 

Captivating Cambodia (Jan 6-13, 2020)

Riches of the Mekong River Cruise (Jan 13-20, 2020)

Vibrant Vietnam (Jan 20-Feb 1, 2020)

 For details on these Cultural Arts Trips, please contact James Sokol at 415-444-8017 or

Cultural Arts Trips offered by the Osher Marin JCC are open to all.

JCC Members and non-members; people of all backgrounds and faiths, residents of Marin and beyond . . . all are invited to join in these enriching cultural programs.