Ophthalmology and Eye Care in Vietnam (FULL)

17 - 28 Feb 2019 (Tour full)
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

About the tour

Ophthalmology and eye care in Vietnam are still developing at a national level. There are significant disparities between the rich and the poor and between urban and rural areas. A range of professional visits and meetings with ophthalmologists will provide excellent insight into ophthalmology and eye care in Vietnam. The professional programme is balanced by a wide range of cultural visits with ample opportunity to experience the beauty, culture and history of Vietnam and enjoy its fabulous cuisine.

Travel with experienced tour leader and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Professor, Christopher Liu OBE, as you journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. There is an optional extension to the magnificent temples of Angkor in Cambodia after the tour.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Christopher Liu

Christopher Liu

Professor Christopher Liu OBE is based in Brighton. Born in Hong Kong, Christopher came to England aged 15 to study before entering medical school in London. He is widely travelled and enjoys introducing western delegates to exotic cultures. He has led the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Study Tours to China in 2004 and 2014 , Egypt 2006, Syria in 2007, Cuba in 2012 and Japan in 2017. Christopher has been president of the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, British Society for Refractive Surgery and the Southern Ophthalmological Society. He has also been Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeon,and is Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Christopher Liu was appointed OBE by the Queen in her 2018 New Year’s honours list.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 17 Feb (Sun) Hanoi: Arrive and transfer to the La Siesta Hotel. Walking tour of Hanoi’s ’36 Streets’ including medicine, silver and bamboo streets. Cyclo tour around Hoan Kiem Lake past the Hanoi Opera House and the French District. Welcome dinner
  • 18 Feb (Mon) Hanoi: Visit the Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda. Meet with former military veteran doctors. Dinner at Green Tangerine
  • 19 Feb (Tues) Hanoi: Visit the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. Talk: 'An Update on Modern Cataract Surgery' Christopher Liu. Partner Programme: culinary walking tour. At leisure until dinner at Wild Rice
  • 20 Feb (Wed) Hanoi – Halong Bay: Early departure for Halong Bay. Arrive and board the Victory Star junk. Cruise through Halong Bay and overnight on the junk
  • 21 Feb (Thurs) Halong Bay – Hue: Morning coffee onboard the junk and return to port. Visit a water puppet theatre at Dao Thuc village. Fly to Hue and transfer to the Saigon Morin Hotel
  • 22 Feb (Fri) Hue: Visit the Hue School for the Blind low vision unit. Guided tour of Hue Citadel and meet with a former military veteran. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to the Pagoda. Dinner at Y Thao
  • 23 Feb (Sat) Hue - Hoi An: Train to Danang and transfer to Hoi An and the La Siesta Hotel. Walking Tour of the old town. Dinner at Tam Tam
  • 24 Feb (Sun) Hoi An: Take boat across Thu Bon River and visit Kim Bong village, artisans’ villages and surrounding countryside. Lunch at a local herb and vegetable farm followed by a foot massage. At leisure or optional Vietnamese cookery class
  • 25 Feb (Mon) Hoi An: Visit Danang Eye Hospital. Talk: 'Overcoming Corneal Blindness' CL while partners at leisure. Rest of afternoon at leisure before dinner at Secret Garden
  • 26 Feb (Tues) Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City: Fly to HCMC and transfer to the Liberty Central Hotel. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and Reunification Palace
  • 27 Feb (Wed) Ho Chi Minh City: Optional early morning walk. Visit the Cao Thang Eye Hospital. At leisure. Option to visit the war museum or FITO Medical History Museum. Farewell dinner at Indochine
  • 28 Feb (Thurs) Ho Chi Minh City: Transfer to the airport or join extension to Cambodia


  • 28 Feb (Thurs) Ho Chi Minh City / Siem Reap: Fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia and transfer to Hotel Lotus Blanc. Rest of the day at leisure until dinner at the Foreign Correspondents Club
  • 1 March (Fri) Siem Reap: Early start to visit the Bayon and Ta Prohm for sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast before visiting the Angkor Wat complex. At leisure. Farewell dinner at Vrioth
  • 2 March (Sat) Siem Reap: At leisure before departing to airport for onward flight

Tour cost

Ground only cost US $3,321 pp sharing