Transito Study Trip 2020

We are very excited and happy to announce that this year’s study trip will go to Ho Chi Minh!

We depart at the 2th of May and return on the 13th of May, giving you entire nine nights to explore this world city and have a great time with your fellow UPTE students!

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name of Saigon is the most populous city in Vietnam with a population of 8.4 million. Ho Chi Minh City is the financial centre of Vietnam and is classified as a Beta+ World City. The headquarters of many national and international banks and companies are established here. It is considered as the Pearl of the Far East, the most dizzying city of commerce and culture in Vietnam. It is like an encounter with exotic delicious food, French colonial architecture and memories of Vietnam war.

A few reasons to visit:


Ho Chi Minh has many historically important locations. Home to the War Remnants Museum, the Independence Palace, the intricate system of Cu Chi Tunnels and along with a number of other iconic landmarks, Saigon is perfect for both history buffs and those who need a beginner’s lesson on Vietnam’s rich past.


Ho Chi Minh City offers an amazing choice of both traditional food and new, innovative concepts. Saigon’s diverse cuisine offers you so many options, from cheap but delicious street food to luxury and seriously good Mediterranean mezze or Carolina-style barbeque pork ribs. So, if you like both traditional phở and intriguing fusion cuisine, you’re sure to find it in the streets of Saigon.


You can feel Ho Chi Minh City overwhelmingly busy as it’s the largest city in the country and a thriving hub of commerce. On top of that, it has a population of 8.5 million and an estimated 7.6 million motorbikes. Making Saigon your priority visit may be a baptism of fire, but it’s also a thrilling, exhilarating experience, with an atmosphere like nowhere else in Vietnam.


Ho Chi Minh City often comes alive in the evenings, with everywhere from cafés and bars to lakes and bridges filled with night owls. There are so many clubs and bars in Ho Chi Minh City that it would take you a lifetime to visit them all. Similar to Bangkok’s famed Khao San Road, Pham Ngu Lao Street is Saigon’s backpacker district, and it’s where the revelry goes on long into the night. If you’re looking for more urbane options, try a rooftop bar hop of three of the city’s most famous hotels, the Rex, Caravelle, Majestic or Renaissance, where you can find colorful history and impressive view from there.


The Ho Chi Minh City area consists of a network of ports around with the Saigon port currently the 26th biggest container port in the world and the fifth biggest in ASEAN. This follows the Port of Singapore, Malaysia’s Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas, and Thailand’s Laem Chabang in ASEAN rankings.

Ports in Ho Chi Minh City are the main gateway for the region, accounting for 67 percent of the total throughput of all Vietnamese ports.

The Cai Mep-Thi Via Port (Cai Mep) is a deep-water port located around 80 km south of Ho Chi Minh City. Cai Mep mostly handles goods for Dong Nai and Binh Duong, which are major production centers in the region, and is popular on routes to the US and EU because of its deep-water capabilities. 

Despite being a deep-water port with seven terminals, Cai Mep functions at only 30 percent capacity, due to a large number of smaller ports in the region.

A visit to the Cai Mep port is definitely on the program!

Practical information

The study trip will last from the 2th of May till the 13th of May

Our planned flight schedule is:

We are flying with Qatar Airways

Outbound: 2th of May, 16:15 pm depart from Amsterdam Schiphol and arrive in Ho Chi Minh city at the 3th of May at 13:25 pm

Inbound: 12th of May at 19:25 pm we will depart from Ho Chi Minh city to arrive in Amsterdam Schiphol at the 13th of May at 13:45 pm  

Costs: The study trip will cost €725 and includes airplane tickets, accommodation & breakfast, activities organised by Transito, inland transportation to activities organised by Transito and selected drinks and dinners.

€100 non-refundable deposit is required before we will confirm your subscription.
This deposit has to be paid within two working days.

We offer you two options to pay the remaining amount:
1) Pay at once: Transfer the remaining amount €625 at once before the 1th of February.
2) Installments: Pay the remaining amount in two installments of €300 and €325 .
The first installment has to be paid by February 1 and the second one by March 1.


For Vietnam a visa is required. We expect that everyone will arrange his own visa.

More information can be found on the following website:


Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam


Subscription for this exciting trip starts on Friday the 10th of January at 12:30 pm and will be open till the 26th of January (23:59 pm). A subscription form will be available at the bottom of this page. Please note that we have limited spots and hence it will be first come first serve.

If you have any inquiries, please send them to

We are looking forward discovering the amazing Vietnam with you!

Please fill out the Participation agreement form and send it to

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