When students arrive in the new country as part of an outbound mobility experience, it is important that thy become familiar with their surroundings and comfortable in the new cities as soon as possible. To facilitate this the first day of the tour is dedicated getting the students orientated in Ho Chi Minh City.
Students are given a sleep in to get over their flight the day before and at 9am we head off for a half day City tour which incorporates the Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City post office, the presidential palace, the war remnants Museum and the Ben Thanh markets where students practice crossing the road. Not only does this show students some of the more popular tourist places, it also allow students to familiarise themselves with their surroundings from the safety and security of a group and tour bus.
At the end of the city tour students are given the afternoon to go and explore Ho Chi Minh City by themselves. They are then asked to meet at the Bitexco Tower, the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City. Before making the journey to the 49th floor students are asked to reflect on how busy they found the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, there then asked to keep this in mind when looking at the view from the tower. The idea here is that students will compare the busyness they felt whilst on the street with the size and scale approaching city. To give you a perspective of how busy the city is, Watch the timelapse footage below.