Mechanical Engineering in Vietnam

10 - 21 Mar 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension:

About the tour

Travel through the languid, beautiful lands of the Mekong as you learn about the multi-faceted history and culture of Vietnam.

This study tour, run in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has a well-paced itinerary, allowing ample time to relax and explore at leisure as well as providing our usual wide range of professional and cultural visits and talks.  With our highly experienced national guide, Lam, and seasoned tour leader Michael Knight at the helm, this tour offers many memorable experiences that give you insight into Vietnam's history, culture and modern and traditional engineering. Sail through stunning Halong Bay in a luxury junk, take a spectacular train journey along the coast from Hue to Hoi An, explore the citadel at Hue with a Vietnamese war veteran and enjoy many superb meals. At the time of writing the professional visits are being organised. There will be a range of visits which could include, rail, power generation, food processing, automotive and ship building amongst others. At the end of the tour there is an extension to Siem Reap in Cambodia to see the temples of Angor Wat. 

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Michael Knight

Michael Knight

A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the National Society for Professional Engineers in the USA, Michael spent the major part of his working life with an American Chemical Corporation. He was based in the USA for several years as a Global Project Manager working on projects in Asia, Europe & North America. He returned to the UK in the role of Global Technology Centre Manager for the Corporation and Engineering Manager of a COMAH Site. After ten years in these roles he then spent five years as the Corporations Global Process Engineering Manager. 

Since retirement Michael has lectured at the four main Universities in South Wales and has also concentrated on promoting engineering to young people through the Year in Industry Scheme at two of these Universities. 

Michael is a past Chairman of the IMechE South Wales Region, followed by several years as Regional Treasurer. He currently Chairs Company MPDS Accreditations for the IMechE and is an interviewer for Institution Membership.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 10 Mar (Sat) Hanoi: Arrive in Hanoi. Walking tour of  ’36 Streets’, including Medicine Street with its traditional medicine shops. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake. Welcome dinner at Le Tonkin
  • 11 Mar (Sun) Hanoi: Optional early visit to Hanoi Flower Market. Explore Hanoi including the One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi Opera House and Temple of Literature. Professional Visit or partner programme Work Room Four Art Gallery
  • 12 Mar (Mon) Hanoi: Professional Visit or partner programme to the Museum of Ethnology. Lunch at Koto and learn of their work. Afternoon at leisure
  • 13 Mar (Tues) Hanoi / Halong Bay: Depart for Halong Bay and board the Victory Star junk. Cruise through Halong Bay, stopping at limestone caves. Options to swim, kayak or relax
  • 14 Mar (Wed) Halong Bay / Hue: Morning coffee onboard and return to port. Visit a Water Puppet Theatre at Dao Thuc village OR professional visit. Fly to Hue
  • 15 Mar (Thurs) Hue: Professional Visit or at leisure. Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel accompanied by a veteran of the Tet Offensive
  • 16 Mar (Fri) Hue / Hoi An: Coastal rail journey to Hoi An
  • 17 Mar (Sat) Hoi An: Walking tour of the old quarter of Hoi An. At leisure or optional Vietnamese cookery class
  • 18 Mar (Sun) Hoi An: Take boat across Thu Bon River. Visit Kim Bong village and artisans’ villages. Lunch at herb and vegetable farm. At leisure
  • 19 Mar (Mon) Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Reunification Palace.  ‘Five O’Clock Follies’ at the Rex
  • 20 Mar (Tue) Ho Chi Minh City: Professional Visit or gourmet food tour. Options to visit the War Museum, FITO Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine or a food tour
  • 21 Mar (Wed) Ho Chi Minh City / Siem Reap: Depart Vietnam OR Fly to Siem Reap for extension. 


  • 21 Mar (Wed) Ho Chi Minh City / Siem Reap: Fly to Siem Reap for extension. At leisure
  • 22 Mar (Thurs) Siem Reap: Visit Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm for sunrise. Visit Angkor Thom and the Angkor Wat Temple complex. At leisure
  • 23 Mar (Fri) Siem Reap: At leisure. Visit the Angkor National Museum. Farewell dinner at Cassia
  • 24 Mar (Sat) Siem Reap: At leisure. Transfer to the airport

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