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This highly popular Random Walk gives you an opportunity to visit the vibrant city of Saigon, the French flair of Hanoi, the culture of Hue and an overnight on a Vietnamese boat on scenic Halong Bay.   Also experience a fun evening in Hong Kong at the front end of the program as you gradually acclimate to Asia.  Note that visas will be required for almost all participants.

Preliminary Itinerary*

Friday 8/17 Depart on a late afternoon flight for Hong Kong.
Saturday 8/18 On to Hong Kong! Arrive early evening with time enjoy dinner in one of the World’s greatest cities. Preliminary Hotel: Royal Pacific Hotel
Sunday 8/19 Morning free to explore the sights and sounds of Hong Kong. Transfer to the airport in the late afternoon for your evening flight to Hanoi. Evening Sightseeing along the Hoan Kiem Lake. Preliminary Hotel: Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi
Monday 8/20 Enjoy a street food and sightseeing tour of Hanoi. Find your inner peace at the Temple of Literature; wind your way through ‘The 36 Streets’ to experience local life in the Old Quarter.  
Tuesday 8/21 After breakfast, the group departs on an overnight boat excursion on the turquoise waters of Halong Bay. Overnight Cruise: Victory Halong Overnight Cruise
Wednesday 8/22 Enjoy a morning of Tai Chi during your boat ride back to Hanoi. After tour transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) still commonly called Saigon. Preliminary Hotel: Pullman Saigon Centre
Thursday 8/23 Travel outside the city to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. This underground network was an important part of the Viet Cong resistance during the American War. Later return to the hotel and find your next adventure!
Friday 8/24 Be guided through an explorative tour Ho Chi Minh City. Relax with a stroll around the surrounding area. Concluding your day with a free evening in the city.
Saturday 8/25 Depart Saigon for Chicago on an early morning flight.  Arrive in Chicago mid-afternoon.
    *Activities and hotel selections subject to change.


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Trip Leaders

Mayuri Baheti

  • E-mail: mbaheti@chicagobooth.edu
  • Hometown: Moline, IL
  • Undergrad College: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Undergrad Major: Accounting and Finance
  • Work Experience: Technology Consulting
  • Booth Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management
  • 2017 Random Walk:  Japan
  • Hobbies: Dancing, Cooking, Fitness related anything, Adventurous travels, One Tree Hill, Champaign, Food, and MORE FOOD especially desert
  • Fun Facts:

    1) I was a backup dancer for the runner ups to Britain’s Got Talent
    2) I fell out of the second floor window of an apartment building when I was 8 but had no injuries
    3) I was voted “most likely to fall asleep at my wedding” in high school

Melanie Smith

  • E-mail: msmith30@chicagobooth.edu
  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Undergrad College: Miami University (OH)
  • Undergrad Major: Mathematics & Statistics, Supply Chain & Operations Management
  • Work Experience: Management Consulting
  • Booth Concentrations: Operations, International Business
  • 2017 Random Walk: Morocco
  • Hobbies: Wine Club, yoga, bourbon, tennis, eating avocado toast, The Bachelor
  • Fun Facts:

    1) If I were a dog, it would be a golden retriever #soexcited #soloyal
    2) I’ve run into the glass doors at Harper at least 4 times
    3) I have almost perfect attendance at Wine Club events
    4) My Instagram is more food than people #avocadotoastlife
    5) I helped steal a shot ice-luge during Ski Trip and put it in the co-chairs cabin

Julio Bermeo

  • E-mail: jbermeo@chicagobooth.edu
  • Hometown: New York, NYC
  • Undergrad College: Bowdoin
  • Undergrad Major: Mathematics and Economics
  • Work Experience: Investment Management
  • Booth Concentrations: Finance and Accounting
  • 2017 Random Walk: Austria and Hungary
  • Hobbies: Working out, playing tennis, HALO world champ, rom-coms, and babysitting Manos
  • Fun Facts:

    1) Ranked in the top 1% of HALO players in the world
    2) Favorite color is lavender
    3) Was cast for the Jersey Shore twice (but had to decline due to conflict of interest)
    4) There’s nothing else

Manos Souganidis

  • E-mail: manos@chicagobooth.edu
  • Hometown: Austin, Texas
  • Undergrad College: University of Chicago #doublemaroon
  • Undergrad Major: Math/Stat/Econ #nerd4lyfe
  • Work Experience: Government + Startups
  • Booth Concentrations: International Biz, Entreprenoodleship, Accounting, Finance, Opera
  • 2017 Random Walk: South Africa
  • Hobbies: Soccer, boxing, all things food, all things Greek, all things food and Greek, late night mimosas, early morning margaritas, one-upping Julio Bermeo, interpretive tap dancing, drinking cheap wine, dancing at Indian weddings, and traveling as much as possible
  • Fun Facts:

    1) Was once stuck between the U.S. and Canadian border.
    2) Went to the World Cup Finals and (almost) met Shakira.
    3) Was in the same elevator with Jennifer Garner once.
    4) Hiked a glacier in pajamas.
    5) Ate a 2lb cheeseburger on a bet. And liked it.

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