Palliative Care in Vietnam 1 – 14 March 2013 - Jon Baines Tours Ltd

Palliative Care in Vietnam 1 – 14 March 2013 - Jon Baines Tours Ltd

A junk cruising on Halong Bay

Palliative Care in Vietnam

1 – 14 March 2013

With extension to Angkor Wat, Cambodia

1 – 16 March 2013

“I am a Palliative Care nurse, but my husband does not work

in the medical field. We both equally enjoyed our Vietnam

experience. We visited so many interesting places that we would

not have experienced with any other tour, all the while learning

about the culture of this beautiful country from our tour guide. I

would recommend this tour for an amazing Vietnam experience.”

Helen and Colin Richards, Palliative Care in Vietnam 2012

Palliative care in Vietnam is still in the early

stages of development at a national level.

An ageing population, plus an HIV epidemic

and growing rates of cancer – particularly

among children - create a pressing need for

effective palliative care practice. A broad

range of professional visits provide excellent

insight into how palliative care is developing

in Vietnam. The professional programme is

balanced by a wide range of cultural visits

with ample opportunity to experience the

beauty and hospitality of Vietnam and its

ancient culture and history.

The tour begins in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi,

which celebrated its 1000th birthday in 2010.

Check into the Hotel Gondola in the morning

and take a walking tour in the afternoon

through the vibrant Old Quarter. Walk through

Hanoi’s ‘36 Streets’ where each street is named

after the produce that was sold there – hence

you may find yourself leaving Silver Street to

enter Lacquer Street via Bamboo and Silk Streets

– and visit the traditional medicine shops. Enjoy

a welcome dinner in the evening.

Rise early to visit the Flower Market, returning to

the hotel for breakfast. Afterwards embark on

a sightseeing tour starting with Ho Chi Minh’s

mausoleum, where thousands of Vietnamese

Watching over the fishing boats

pay their respects daily to the Republic’s

founder. Visit his former Stilt House residence

and One Pillar Pagoda followed by the Temple of

Literature, the site of Vietnam’s old university.

Continue exploring Hanoi in the afternoon

including the Hanoi Opera House and the Hoa

Lo Prison (the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’). Enjoy a

delicious Vietnamese meal in the evening.

Market trader in Hanoi

Cruise through Halong Bay (top); Hoi An harbour (above)

The following day is devoted to a fascinating

series of professional visits, starting with

the National Cancer Hospital palliative care

department, where you will hear a talk giving

some background to palliative care practice

and strategy in Vietnam. In the afternoon meet

with an army doctor who was on the front

line during the Vietnam/US conflict and hear

first hand how traditional pain relief methods

such as acupuncture were used in battle when

morphine supplies ran out.

Rise early the next day to set off for Halong

Bay, where thousands of towering, steep-sided

islands rise from the emerald waters as junk

boats cruise languidly among them. You will

board your own private junk in time for lunch

and spend the afternoon in the bay with ample

time to stop and explore some caves or swim in

the cool water. Disembark as night descends and

check into the Hotel Heritage Halong Bay for the


Next morning fly to Hue, Vietnam’s former

capital and home of the nation’s last royal

family, where you will check into the Huong

Giang hotel. Visit the vast Hue Citadel, which

defended the Imperial City itself, its huge outer

walls still bearing the scars of battle. Take to the

water aboard dragon boats and cruise up Hue’s

Perfume River, with a stop at the elegant Thien

Mu Pagoda to see a daily prayer recital.

The group will split into two to visit the Kim

Long Charity Clinic the following morning to

see the excellent work carried out by its team

of volunteers, providing healthcare and support

free of charge to impoverished people. Learn of

HIV management, counselling and education,

prevention, pain relief and home and rural care.

Continue to Duc Son orphanage, run by Buddhist

nuns, which provides a home and schooling

to over 200 underprivileged children. You will

also pay a visit to Khai Dinh, one of the royal

tombs, and hear a talk on the belief systems

of Vietnam. Enjoy a meal aboard a floating

restaurant in the evening.

Visit the Hue Cancer Hospital the next morning

and tour their Palliative Care Department. In the

afternoon make the scenic drive to Hoi An and

transfer to the Ancient House Hotel.

Hoi An was once a thriving port popular with

European, Chinese and Japanese merchants - a

cultural mix still in evidence today. Take a boat

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An





Halong Bay




3 Hue

Hoi An 4


6 Siem Reap





Ho Chi Minh City

across Thu Bon River and visit the village of Kim

Bong, as well as visiting some of the surrounding

villages, and discover how the majority of

Vietnam’s population lives, ending up at a family

who cultivate vegetables and herbs. Here you

can try some of their recipes during a lunch that

only uses fresh homegrown ingredients. Spend

the afternoon in Hoi An’s Old Quarter, with its

ancestral homes, Chinese Assembly Halls and

traditional acupuncturists, interspersed with

tailors’ emporiums (Hoi An is renowned for its

fine cloth), lantern and lacquer ware shops. Visit

the Acupuncture Hospital and examine the use

of traditional therapies in palliative care.

Spend the next day at your leisure, exploring

or shopping, or taking time to re-charge in the

lovely town. Alternatively there is the option of

taking a Vietnamese cookery class.

From the relative quiet of Hoi An we continue

south to the hurly burly of Ho Chi Minh City,

or Saigon as it is still often referred to by its

inhabitants. Rise early to transfer to Danang

Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City and

transfer to your hotel. Have the traditional

Vietnamese lunch of pho, the ubiquitous and

delicious noodle soup, and visit the colourful

bustle of Ben Thanh market. Continue onto the

French era Notre Dame Cathedral, the palatial

Central Post Office and Reunification Palace.

Next morning the group will split into two to

visit Cho Ray Hospital and learn about their

cancer care and pain management programmes.

In the afternoon learn more about spirituality

and palliative care in Vietnam at the Daughters

of Charity of St Vincent de Paul Hospice who

work with poor and marginalised communities.

In the evening enjoy a sumptuous Vietnamese

farewell meal at Indochine.

Transfer to the airport next morning to board

your flight back to London, or alternatively join

the extension to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

“We really enjoyed our time on

tour, met some great people… It

was a great cultural experience and

particularly interesting to see how

Palliative Care works in Vietnam.”

Janie Faran, Palliative Care in Vietnam March 2012

City Hall, Ho Chi Minh City (Top); Cycling back from the market,

Ho Chi Minh City (above)

Itinerary 1 – 14 March 2013

1 Mar (Fri) London / Hanoi

Am Depart London on Vietnam Airlines

2 Mar (Sat) Hanoi


Am Arrival in Hanoi and transfer to the

Hotel Gondola

Pm Walking tour of Hanoi’s ‘36 Streets’

including the traditional medicine shops

Eve Welcome dinner at Le Tonkin

3 Mar (Sun) Hanoi


Am Visit the Flower Market before

breakfast. Explore Hanoi including

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar

Pagoda and the Temple of Literature

Pm Visit the Hanoi Hilton, Opera House and

Hoan Kiem Lake

4 Mar (Mon) Hanoi


Am Visit the National Cancer Hospital

Palliative Care Department. Talk: ‘A

Background to Palliative Care and

Health Care in Vietnam’. Learn of the

National Palliative Care Strategy

Pm Meet with a military doctor and war

veteran and learn of pain relief during

US/Vietnam conflict

5 Mar (Tues) Hanoi / Halong Bay B L D

Am After early breakfast depart for Halong

Bay and board private junk

Pm Cruise through Halong Bay

Eve Transfer to Heritage Halong Bay Hotel

6 Mar (Wed) Halong Bay / Hue


Am Fly to Hue and transfer to hotel Huong


Pm Guided tour of Hue Citadel. Dragon boat

on Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu

Pagoda to observe a service

7 Mar (Thur) Hue


Am Visit the Kim Long Charity Clinic and

learn of HIV management, counseling

and education, prevention, pain relief

and home and rural care – group split

into two

Pm Continue to Duc Son and visit the

orphanage and Khai Dinh. Talk: ‘Belief

Systems in Vietnam

Eve Dinner at Huong Giang floating


8 Mar (Fri) Hue / Hoi An


Am Visit Hue Cancer Hospital and their

Palliative Care Department


Pm Scenic drive to Hoi An and transfer to

the Hotel Ancient House

9 Mar (Sat) Hoi An


Am Take boat across Thu Bon River and visit

Kim Bong village, artisans’ villages and

surrounding countryside

Pm Lunch at a local herb and vegetable

farm. Visit Acupuncture Hospital and

learn of traditional medicines and pain

control. Visit Hoi An’s Old Quarter

10 Mar (Sun) Hoi An


Am Full day at leisure or take an optional

cookery class

11 Mar (Mon) Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City B L

Am Early flight to HCMC. Transfer to the

hotel Asian Ruby

Pm Visit Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame

Cathedral, the Central Post Office and

Reunification Palace.

12 Mar (Tues) Ho Chi Minh City


Am Visit Cho Ray Hospital and learn of their

Cancer Care and Pain Management

programmes – group split into two

Pm Visit the Daughters of Charity St Vincent

de Paul Orphanage

Eve Farewell dinner at Indochine

13 Mar (Wed) Ho Chi Minh City

Am At leisure

Pm Depart to airport to fly to London via

Paris or take extension to Angkor Wat

14 Mar (Thur) London

Am Arrive London

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

3 nights Hanoi - 1 night Halong Bay - 2 nights Hue - 3 nights Hoi An -

2 nights Saigon - 2 nights Angkor Wat (Extension)

NB Please note all itineraries in Vietnam are subject

to change according to local conditions



Setting up shop

Extension to

Angkor Wat, Cambodia 13 Mar (Wed) Ho Chi Minh City

/ Siem Reap

Cambodia is a nation with a proud ancestry

in the form of the Khmer Empire, which at its

zenith covered much of modern South East Asia,

leaving as its legacy the magnificent structures

at Angkor. At its peak Angkor is thought to have

contained upwards of a million people, making

it the largest city in the world at that time.

Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel.

After settling in visit the city of Angkor Wat,

which represents one of humankind’s most

astonishing architectural achievements, and the

romantic ruins of Ta Prohm, still intertwined

with enormous tree roots hundreds of years old.

The following morning visit Angkor Thom and

the Bayon.

There is also plenty of time at leisure for you to

relax or explore the ruins further, with options

to visit the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake or

to take a balloon ride over the temples.

“This was an excellent tour and

I would thoroughly recommend

it. It has really improved my

understanding of the history of

this corner of the world”

Dr Pankaj Amin, Vietnam and Cambodia 2009

Extension Itinerary

Angkor Wat temple, Cambodia

Am Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to the

Hotel Angkor Paradise

Pm Tour of Angkor Wat Temple complex

and Ta Prohm

14 Mar (Thur) Angkor Wat


Am Explore Angkor Thom and the Bayon

Pm At leisure

15 Mar (Fri) Angkor Wat /

Ho Chi Minh City


Am At leisure

Eve Depart Angkor Wat for Ho Chi Minh

City. Transfer to flight to London

16 Mar (Sat) London

Am Arrive London

NB Please note all itineraries in Cambodia are

subject to change according to local conditions.



The Bayon at Angkor

Tour Leader

Dr Yvonne Luxford is the CEO of Palliative Care

Australia. She works with government, health

professionals, service providers and advocacy

bodies to achieve high quality health care which

is accessible and culturally appropriate. Yvonne

was previously Manager of Policy and Advocacy

for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians,

SEO of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health

Medicine, and a university lecturer in health

related subjects. She has also held positions

on various boards across sectors including

health, higher education, housing and childcare.

Yvonne has particular interests in Indigenous

health, chronic disease prevention and equity

of access to healthcare and is keen to assist

the development of strong links with other

countries, particularly those in the Asia-Pacific


Project Details

Kim Long Charity Clinic provides free health

care for underprivileged communities in two

of the poorest provinces in the country. The

problems facing these communities include

unclean water, lack of proper sanitation and

lack of access and availability of drugs and other

treatments. The clinic provides consultations,

health education, medication, HIV/AIDS

counselling, ultrasound, x-rays and ECG.

Duc Son Orphanage was founded by a Buddhist

nun in 1987 for a few children. Today, the

orphanage provides a loving and secure home

for more than 200 children and babies who have

been orphaned, as well as providing schooling

for all of the children in its care.


It is possible to gain CPD/PDP points on this

tour through the professional visits and

talks. There are ten hours available on this

tour. If you wish to apply please contact us.

The fully-inclusive cost of the

tour is £2,650.00

The ground only cost of the tour

is £1,892.00 / AUS $3,216.00

(excluding international flights and

airport transfers)

The cost includes:

• Economy flights on Vietnam Airlines - direct

flight between London Heathrow and Hanoi

and Ho Chi Minh City and London via Paris

The additional cost for a Deluxe Economy

upgrade is £395.00. Business class fares


• UK airport tax

• Pre-trip briefing meeting and comprehensive

briefing notes

• The services of a tour leader

In Vietnam the cost includes:

• 11 nights’ accommodation in twin or doublebedded

rooms with private facilities in medium

grade hotels

The single room supplement is £295.00

• Half board throughout the majority of the tour

(breakfast and lunch or dinner)

• A full programme of professional visits as per

the itinerary

• A full programme of cultural tours as per the


• Admission fees where applicable

• Full-time English speaking national guide in


• All transport and airport taxes in Vietnam

• All tips

The cost excludes:

• Meals not mentioned

• All personal extras such as water, tips, porterage,

laundry, innoculation fees and drinks

• All optional excursions, tours and visits

• Travel insurance

• Visas

The cost of the extension is £395.00

/ AUS672.00 and includes:

• Economy flights on Vietnam Airlines between

Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap

• Two nights accommodation in twin or doublebedded

rooms with private facilities in a

medium grade hotel

• Half board

• All cultural excursions and tours as per the


Due to the nature of the tour places are

strictly limited.

About Us

To travel with us is to dig below

the surface, revealing the deeper

destination. Of course, you will visit

the great historical sites; marvel at

the wonders of architecture and

engineering; be moved by the riches

of culture and art; and experience

the most spectacular landscapes in

the world. What we also do is make

sure that you see the country as it is

today, giving you privileged access

that independent travel and other

tour companies rarely get close to.

We give you a variety of experiences,

from the sublime to the humble, in

the company of intelligent, curious,

like-minded people. And while we can

be worthy, we also make sure that you

have a lot of fun.

“What an absolutely

brilliant trip – each day

was amazing and I had

such a wonderful time.”

Annie Dixon, Vietnam and

Cambodia tour 2009

Jon Baines Tours (London)

1A Salcott Road, London, SW11 6DQ

Tel: +44 (0) 207 223 9485/ 5618

Fax: +44 (0) 207 228 7290


Jon Baines Tours (Melbourne)

PO Box 68, South Brunswick,

Victoria 3055

Tel: +61 (0) 3 9343 6367


Opera House, Hanoi (top); China Beach; Harvest time;

Ta Prohm, Cambodia (above)

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