Vietnam Journeys

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Vietnam Ties- Our Flagship Program

December 27, 2014-January 9, 2015 (North and South)

June 28-July 10, 2014 (North and South)
July 5-16, 2016 (North and South)
December 27, 2015-January 9, 2016 (North and South)

Vietnam Connections

Vietnam Ties Lite
June 28-July 4, 2014 (Southern Vietnam)
July 3-10, 2014 (Northern Vietnam)
December 27, 2014-January 3, 2015 (Southern Vietnam)
January 1-9, 2015 (Northern Vietnam)
July 5-11, 2015 (Northern Vietnam)
July 10-16, 2015 (Southern Vietnam)
December 27, 2015-January 3, 2016 (Southern Vietnam)
January 1-9, 2016 (Northern Vietnam)

Ties Journeys of Discoveries-Vietnam

New: Saigon & the Mekong Delta–focus on culture

New: Hanoi & Halong Bay–focus on culture

New: Hanoi, DaNang, Hoi An & Hue–focus on culture

Private or Semi-Private Travel

 

VIETNAM TIES HIGHLIGHTS
Our Flagship Program

  • Offers a comprehensive, meaningful, fun itinerary where all activities are optional so you can do the things important to YOUR family.
  • Is staffed by:
    • A Ties group leader who creates community, builds bridges and deals with details. This enables you to focus on your family and the profound meaning of the journey.
    • An adoption professional who is available to support your family as you discover the message of the journey, prepare to connect with significant people and places important to your family, and explore how to help your child weave what they experienced into their life story.
    • An English-speaking Vietnamese guide who will share lifestyle, customs, humor and warmth.
  • Includes our signature “Connect & Chat” for kids and “Talk Times” for parents, both of which are optional. These informal gatherings give you a chance to reflect on the journey as the journey unfolds.
  • Gives you opportunities to visit people and places important to your family, in a supportive environment.
  • Prepares your family logistically and emotionally for the journey.
  • Invites your participation in Project Kindness–Vietnam.

 

Vietnam Ties Itinerary

Vietnam Ties adoptees tour the Mekong DeltaThe December departure of Vietnam Ties allow for families who would like to visit both the southern and the northern part of Vietnam OR lets you choose to do “the south only” or “the north only.”

    • Fly into Saigon, where you will 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, order a traditional Ao Dai or shop at Cho Ben Thanh Market, laugh with the monkeys above the Cu Chi Tunnels, and eat scrumptious Vietnamese cuisine!
    • For most families, Saigon or 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 province, 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, former Tu Liem Orphanage (aka Cau Giay), Can Tho Orphanage, Soc Trang Orphanage, Kien Giang Orphanage, the former Claudia Hotel, and many other orphanages throughout Vietnam.
  • Wherever your adoption connections are in Vietnam, The Ties Program will help with the arrangements.
  • 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 donate 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!
  • Note: Families who do the “south only” will return to Saigon for flights home. Families who are doing the “north only” will be en route to meet us in Hanoi.
  • Next stop: Hanoi! Visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. If permitted that day, you may go to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Tour the Museum of Ethnology to learn about Vietnam’s diverse ethnic groups.
  • In Hanoi, you will also stop at the SOS Children’s Village and go toe-to-toe with its children in a game of soccer. As part of Project Kindness-Vietnam, play with infants and toddlers at the Bo Da Pagoda, a refuge for homeless children and the elderly.
  • Finally, you are off to one of the most magnificent natural wonders of Vietnam, Halong Bay! Kayak around Sung Sot and Luon Caves or enjoy the scenery of over 3000 islands from the houseboat.

Relax. Savor. Reflect.
 

 

Vietnam Ties adoptive family visit SapaVietnam Ties Itinerary

(North w/Sapa & Halong Bay)

    • Fly into Hanoi, where you will explore One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, order a traditional Ao Dai, see where more than 3,000 youth have been educated on a visit to Hoa Sua Vocational School, go to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (if open), tour the Museum of Ethnology to learn about Vietnam’s diverse ethnic groups, and eat scrumptious Vietnamese cuisine. And, yes, shop!
    • Visit an SOS Children’s Village and go toe-to-toe with the children in a game of soccer!
    • As part of Project Kindness-Vietnam, play with infants and toddlers at the Bo Da Pagoda, a refuge for homeless children and the elderly.
    • 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 province, according to your interests.
      • 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.
  • Board an overnight express train to Lao Cai. Shop for local goods at the colorful Coc Ly Market before cruising on a motorboat down the Chay River. Waterfalls and beautiful scenery call out to be photographed along the way.
  • Learn about various ethnic minorities in Vietnam in Sapa, near the Chinese border.  In Sin Chai Village, see Dao women dressed in beautifully embroidered clothes with distinctive silver jewelry and enormous red turbans. Note waddling ducks and chickens and lumbering water buffalo in Ta Van village, set in a picturesque valley.
  • Finally, you are off to one of the most magnificent natural wonders of Vietnam, Halong Bay! Kayak around Sung Sot and Luon Caves or enjoy the scenery of over 3000 islands from the houseboat.

Explore. Discover. Share.


 

VIETNAM CONNECTIONS 

We have decided to discontinue Connections programs. Our goal in offering Connections was to provide a less expensive option for families. To accomplish that, families traveled with an in-country English speaking guide, but not with Ties staff. In our flagship Ties programs, groups travel with both a “logistical genius” and an adoption professional, so that families are really well supported on this important, identity-building journey. It is a “formula” that has served families well for nearly two decades!

But we knew we still needed an alternative. . . 

 

VIETNAM TIES LITE

So, we put our thinking caps on, and re-thought the options. As we move forward, many of our programs will be offered as traditional Ties Programs, and in some countries (VietNam included), will include a Ties Lite option. It will give you all of the advantages of traveling with a Ties Program, but a shorter stay, lowering your costs. In 2012-13, you will show the three travel options when you request Vietnam Ties information (although it is not referred to as Vietnam Ties Lite) In 2013-14, you will receive information on Vietnam Ties and Vietnam Ties Lite when you request information.


 

TIES JOURNEYS OF DISCOVERY-VIETNAM

Some countries will also be offered under our new option called Ties Journeys of Discovery. These journeys are being created for people who would like to take a fun, cultural, unique trip, but without an emphasis on adoption. See the Journeys of Discovery website.

 

PRIVATE OR SEMI-PRIVATE TRAVEL

While we believe strongly in the support a group provides, we know there are times when individual family travel is a better fit. We are happy to work with individual families or small groups of families. Please email us your request.

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