Pharmacy in Vietnam

23 Feb - 5 Mar 2020
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Vietnam has a unique historical legacy still in evidence today, from the junk boats in Halong Bay to the Imperial Citadel in Hue (which was modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing) and the neo-classical French architecture of Hanoi. The Vietnamese people are some of the friendliest you are likely to encounter anywhere in Asia and their genuine smiles are an enduring memory for almost every visitor.

This tour examines the development and current practice of pharmacy in Vietnam. Pharmacy has a long history in Vietnam and traditional medicines are still used today. Visits include the University in Hanoi to learn how pharmacists are trained, a retail and hospital pharmacy and the FITO Pharmacy Museum, which shows the historical development of pharmacy in Vietnam, including a visit to its pharmaceutical factory.

The professional programme is balanced with a wide range of cultural visits, with ample opportunity to experience the beauty, culture and history of Vietnam and its fabulous cuisine.

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Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Dr Stuart Anderson FRPharmS

Dr Stuart Anderson FRPharmS

Stuart Anderson studied pharmacy at Manchester and began his career in industry before moving to hospital pharmacy, initially in North Wales, before being appointed as principal pharmacist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, chief pharmacist at the Westminster Hospital in London and finally director of pharmaceutical services at St George’s Hospital, London. He obtained MA and PhD degrees from the University of London and joined the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to undertake research on the history of pharmacy. He retired in June 2015 as acting dean of education, and is now emeritus professor in the history of pharmacy at the School.

His publications include editing Making Medicines: A Brief History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, and Managing Pharmaceuticals in International Health. He is immediate past president of the International Academy for History of Pharmacy, a past president of the British Society for History of Pharmacy, and a former chairman of the Society for Social History of Medicine. He is the editor of the international journal Pharmaceutical Historian. He has previously undertaken pharmaceutical visits to Brazil, Ghana and Thailand, and led the Pharmacy in China tour for Jon Baines Tours. 

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 23 Feb (Sun) Hanoi: Arrive in Hanoi and check into the hotel. Take a walking tour of Hanoi's '36 streets' and a cyclo tour around Hoan Kiem Lake past the Hanoi Opera House and through the French District. Welcome dinner.
  • 24 Feb (Mon) Hanoi: Visit the Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda. Lunch at Koto to learn about their work with street children. At leisure and dinner at Aubergine.
  • 25 Feb (Tues) Hanoi: Visit the Hanoi University of Pharmacy and a local pharmacy and meet with the pharmacists.
  • 26 Feb (Wed) Hanoi / Halong Bay: Early departure for Halong Bay to board your junk. Cruise through the stunning scenery of Halong Bay and overnight on the junk.
  • 27 Feb (Thurs) Halong Bay / Hue: After breakfast on board sail back to the port. Disembark and visit the water puppet theatre before driving to the airport to fly to Hue. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
  • 28 Feb (Fri) Hue: Guided tour of Hue Citadel. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to the Pagoda. Continue to the Minh Mang Tombs. Dinner at Y Thao.
  • 29 Feb (Sat) Hue / Hoi An: Drive to Hoi An. Walking tour of the old town. Dinner at Tam Tam.
  • 1 Mar (Sun) Hoi An: Take a boat across the Thu Bon River and visit Kim Bong Village, artisan villages and surrounding countryside. Lunch and foot massage at a local herb and vegetable farm.
  • 2 Mar (Mon) Hoi An: Full day at leisure or options to visit the beach or take a cookery class.
  • 3 Mar (Tues) Hoi An/ Ho Chi Minh City: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the Reunification Palace.
  • 4 Mar (Wed) Ho Chi Minh City: Morning visit to Fito Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Pharmacy, inluding the Fito Pharma Factory. In the afternoon visit a hospital pharmacy. Farewell dinner at Ngon.
  • 5 Mar (Thurs) Ho Chi Minh City: Depart Ho Chi Minh City for the airport, or extend your tour with the Cambodia extension to visit Siem Reap and the famous archaeological site of Angkor Wat.


Tour cost

$3,306 per person ( ground only excluding international flights and transfers)

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