Discover the vibrant enterprise taking place in modern Vietnam, while traditional ways of life still permeate the culture, October 24 – November 3, 2014

From its dynastic roots and French colonial occupation to its late 20th-century struggles and 21st-century reunification, Vietnam is rich with history and replete with remnants — both physical and psychological — of each bygone era. Join Professor Stan Katz and your fellow Princetonians, October 24 - November 3, 2014, in an investigation of Vietnamese society today.

Begin in charming Hanoi, whose French architectural details meld seamlessly with the serene lines of its pagodas and temples. Four nights in Hanoi allow you to take in the old through a cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) tour of the city's colorful Old Quarter and get up to date in briefings with government officials, foundation representatives and other in-country contacts. Depart Hanoi for central Vietnam and the old capital of Hué, which was once the region's cultural, religious and educational center. From here, continue south to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site with an eclectic mix of merchant architecture showcasing old houses in French, Chinese and Japanese style all of which miraculously escaped the ravages of war. End the program in bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), a mix of old and new that makes the perfect bookend for this Princeton-exclusive program.

A five night extension in Cambodia with visits in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat will be offered (Nov 3-8).

About the Study Leader

Stanley Katz will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this program.

Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz currently holds the title of Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and is the director of the University's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. A specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions, his recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime.

His interest in and involvement with Vietnam began in the 1980s when he became president of the American Council of Learned Societies, which began scholarly post-war exchanges between the U.S. and Vietnam at the same time as he developed ACLS's new focus on the study of constitutionalism, thus his recent scholarly interests. On this Journey, Professor Katz will discuss the landscape of civil society and enterprise in Vietnam over the course of the past three decades. His comments will be enhanced by specially-arranged meetings with local field staff of NGOs and other players in the modern economy.


Trip Details

  • Dates: October 24 – November 3, 2014
  • Cost: $5,995 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Authentic Asia

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