Vietnam Tour 2018

VIETNAM! Including 2 days in Singapore

Dates are July 4 - July 19.  

Cost: $3800 max, but likely lower. Once we receive the final air quote, we will let everyone know of the cost; we anticipate it being lower than $3800. Also, half of our performance-for-hire revenue for the year will be used to offset tour costs for everyone. We expect everyone will receive approximately $250 discount. This amount will be determined before the final May payment (based on projected revenue at that time).

$150 will be needed for some meals. We also recommend an additional $150 in spending money for souvenirs.

PAYMENT PLAN:

$500 deposit due by November 1.
$1000 by January 10
$1000 by March 1
Final payment by May 1 ($1300 max, minus the discount) 

If you are going on tour, please email Jeff Smith. You will then get an invoice that you can pay in Netsuite or by check.

All deposits are non-refundable.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:
Singapore: Sri Mariamman Temple, Sultan Mosque, Sentosa Island

Performance at Esplanade, the premiere venue in Singapore.

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi

We will be visiting Ancient Temples, Vietnam War history sites, Mekong Delta boat cruise, traditional villages, Ha Long Bay and much more. Possible performance at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory or Hanoi Theatre. 

Homestays are not likely, but a possibility we are still working on.

Due to homesickness concerns, as always, NO cell phones are permitted for boys under 18 years old.


PASSPORT:

Everyone must have a passport valid until at least February 2019. If you do not have one, or it expires before January 20, 2019, you must apply now. We need all passport information by the end of January. Please fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQHQPC5. Passports need to be turned in by the end of February. All are welcome to hand them in as soon as they'd like. If you need the passport for another trip sometime after February, please connect with Jeff Smith (jsmith@phillyboyschoir.org) to work out the details.

We will also need 2 passport photos from EVERYONE for their Vietnam visa. (If you are getting a new passport, please make sure to get 2 EXTRA photos - 2 for the passport and 2 for the visa.

VACCINES:

As of now, we are going with the CDC recommendations for vaccinations, which include the regular routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A (which is part of many regular routines) and Typhoid. If you traveled with us last year, you probably already had the Typhoid vaccination. The injection lasts for two years, the oral vaccine last for 5 years. Please check the date of your vaccination, because some of you may have had the injection from a prior tour (China) and it needs to be taken again.

As our itinerary gets confirmed, we will check again with our travel doctor and update you if it changes any of the vaccine recommendations.


CULTURE:

We have been told by many contacts that the Vietnamese people love America and Americans and that we will be treated very well over there! 

Music opens a window to the beauty of the world.
At Philadelphia Girls Choir, we see music as the central piece in a cultural jigsaw puzzle. Through music, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, our community and our world.

Philadelphia Girls Choir is an after-school music education program for girls 7 and older. Girls audition and are placed in one of the training programs based on proficiency and age. After the training programs, selected singers are asked to audition for the performing choir. All programs include public performances, some programs include summer camps abroad.