Vietnam Ties–Our Flagship Program
(North & South)
Dec 27, 2016-Jan 7, 2017
Dec 27, 2017-Jan 7, 2018

Vietnam Ties LITE
Dec 27– Jan 3 (North)
Jan 1-7 (South)

Central Vietnam can be done with any program

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a viet C 2Vietnam Ties allows for families who would like to:

  • Visit both the northern & the southern part of Vietnam (Vietnam Ties Flagship Program)
  • Visit  the northern part of Vietnam,  aka Vietnam Ties Lite-North
  • Visit the southern part of Vietnam, aka Vietnam Ties Lite-South

Central Vietnam can be added to any program.

Vietnam Ties Flagship and Vietnam Ties Lite-North Participants:
  • Fly into Hanoi.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Explore One Pillar Pagoda the Temple of Literature, and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (if open).
  • Tour the Museum of Ethnology to learn about Vietnam’s diverse ethnic groups.
  • Learn about culture and lifestyle from specially chosen guides who will be open to sharing.
  • Eat scrumptious Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Shop for gorgeous made-in-Vietnam items, including traditional Ao Dai.
  • Have fun checking out the Old Quarter of Hanoi and beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake.
  • Free time, Connect & Chat for adoptees, and Talk Time for parents throughout the trip.
  • Visit an SOS Children’s Village and go toe-to-toe with the children in a game of soccer!

For some families, Hanoi will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey.” While on adoption visits, families will:

  • Travel by airplane, train or car to their destination, and be met with driver and English speaking guide.
  • Visit your child’s orphanage, meet caregivers, return to finding sites and re-connect with other people and places important to your family.
  • See sites in the area, according to your interests.
  • Birth family search and reunion is sometimes possible.
  • Bask in the messages of the journey as The Ties Program oversees the travel details including transportation, translators, and hotel arrangements.
  • Families sometimes visit the site of former Tu Liem Orphanage (aka Cau Giay), the former Claudia Hotel, as well as the delightful Mrs. Thuy, Dr. Vinh and Dr. Hong. Other families visit the northern provinces of Vietnam.
  • If your adoption connections are elsewhere in Vietnam, The Ties Program will help with those arrangements too.

Resuming your travels…

  • You are off to one of the most magnificent natural wonders of Vietnam: Halong Bay! There’s opportunities to kayak, hike, and even participate in a cooking class while you enjoy the scenery of over 3000 islands from the houseboat.

Vietnam Ties Lite-North families will return to Hanoi for flights home. Vietnam Ties Flagship participants will continue to Saigon.

Vietnam Ties Flagship and Vietnam Ties Lite-South Participants:
  • Fly to Saigon.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the experience ahead.
  • Visit the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office.
  • Tour Giac Vien Pagoda and Thien Hau Temple to learn about the country’s Buddhist traditions.
  • Shop at boutique stores, one of many department stores, or at the amazing Cho Ben Than Market, possibly for a traditional Ao Dai.
  • Learn about culture and lifestyle from specially chosen guides who will be open to sharing.
  • Free time, optional Connect & Chat for adoptees, and Talk Time for parents throughout the trip.
  • Eat scrumptious Vietnamese cuisine!

For some families, Saigon will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey.” While on adoption visits, families will:

  • Travel by airplane, train or car to their destination, and be met with driver and English speaking guide.
  • Visit your child’s orphanage, meet caregivers, return to finding sites and re-connect with other people and places important to your family.
  • See sites in the area, according to your interests.
  • Birth family search and reunion is sometimes possible.
  • Bask in the messages of the journey as The Ties Program oversees the travel details including transportation, translators, and hotel arrangements.
  • Among the many places families have visited: Tam Binh Orphanage, Can Tho Orphanage, Soc Trang Orphanage, Kien Giang Orphanage, and many other orphanages throughout Vietnam.
  • If your adoption connections are elsewhere in Vietnam, The Ties Program will help with those arrangements too.

Resuming your travels…

  • Cruise the Mekong Delta waterways on a sampan, stopping to enjoy popcorn making, rice cakes, coconut candy and rice paper!
  • Make friends with a local farm family when you can be part of  donating a sampan through Ties Program sister 501(c)(3) organization, World Ties.
  • Take a boat ride to Cai Rang, where you will see a colorful floating market!

We end with a festive farewell dinner, providing closure to this life changing experience.

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Many of our programs (Vietnam included) include a Ties Lite option. It will give you all of the features of traveling with a flagship Ties Program, but a shorter stay, lowering your costs. Cost is clearly the biggest advantage to a Lite option. Some people also are dealing with other complexities like limited vacation time or other responsibilities at home, and the Lite option makes travel possible.

Having said that, we think it also important to note the downside, so you can make a thoughtful decision. Overtime, we’ve noted that the bonds and connections created tend to be stronger for participants who participate in the full Ties flagship program. That stands to reason since a longer in-country stay provides more experiences and more time together–an important piece to consider.

You will receive information on Vietnam Ties and Vietnam Ties Lite when you request information.

While we strongly believe in adoptees and their families traveling with a group that offers “community,” we know it isn’t always possible. Should you prefer to travel as an individual family, or with another family you know, we are here to help. We will be happy to help with hotels, transportation, guides/translators, sightseeing, etc. We can also customize your important adoption related visits.

Sometimes people are not big on the idea of traveling with a group because they are not “group travel people” or it conjures up images of little blue haired ladies. We are not “that” group! Ties groups are vibrant and fun. And because we stay on top of the details, you can be focused on your family and the experiences.

We invite you to read this article from a skeptical Ties mom: Group Travel or Not by Eva Ash, Clinical Psychologist, Adoptive Parent

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"A tremendous family experience and adventure, and the journey that filled the gap in our son's sense of self."

John Giudecessi

“For the first time in my life, I felt complete and at peace with who I am.”

Landy Hancock, 18

“Traveling with other kids was AWESOME!”

Anna Armour, 10

"I think the healthiest outcome of the trip for my daughter is that going with a group 'normalized' her situation and her adoption.”

Bonnie MacAdam