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In a culture where parents struggle to educate their kids on a taboo subject, one travel company has stepped in to fill the void.

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While London has become hostile toward tourists, a British couple decided it was time to show the queen their randy side…on the front lawn of Windsor Castle.

Perhaps they need a refresher course in proper sex etiquette, and therefore should join the Vietnamese youth who are getting sex education while on holiday.

Yes, rather than teach their kids about the fine art of reproduction themselves, some Vietnamese parents are sending them on tour with the Viet Da Travel Company, who has teamed up with the Da Nang City Youth Union to provide culturally specific sex education.

According to the news source:

Sex education remains an awkward subject for both parents and teachers in Vietnam because of the conservative attitude towards things considered “sensitive.”

The tour hits spots like the Cham Museum in Da Nang, central Vietnam. This particular museum holds many artifacts from the Champa Kingdom era, including quite a few lingams, which represent a phallus, and yonis, the symbol of the vulva.

Both are Hindu symbols associated with Lord Shiva, emblemizing the union of male and female and generative power.

After the Cham, the tour continues to the Son Tra Peninsula and makes it way onto the My Khe Beach. There, the teenagers play outdoor games focused on sex education.

“The tour manages to provide youngsters basic knowledge of sex and puberty without promoting sexual experimentation.”

It’s hard to gather from the article what types of games are played, or what exactly a college student means when he commented, “We gain soft skills and knowledge of sex more easily through these outdoor activities.”

But toward the end of the piece, the author notes: “The tour manages to provide youngsters basic knowledge of sex and puberty without promoting sexual experimentation.”

Definitely sounds more exciting than girls and boys being separated in the fifth grade to watch their own gender’s video on puberty. And I have to say I was pretty impressed a travel company and youth group has put this educational tour together in a mostly traditional culture, where it is customary to not touch a member of the opposite sex in public.

And according to the article, “many schools in the city are eyeing it as an interesting extracurricular activity.”

Hmmm. In a culture where four students, who received suspended jail sentences for posting a clip online of a famous soap opera star having sex with her boyfriend, it’s hard to believe all Vietnamese would jump on the bandwagon.

Do you think these sex education tours would be effective? Should they be offered elsewhere in the world? Share your thoughts below!

Feature photo: Nick Nguyen



About The Author

Christine Garvin

Christine Garvin is a certified Nutrition Educator and holds a MA in Holistic Health Education. She is the founder/editor of Living Holistically...with a sense of humor and co-founder of Confronting Love. When she is not out traveling the world, she is busy writing, doing yoga, and performing hip-hop and bhangra. She also likes to pretend living in her hippie town of Fairfax, CA is like being on vacation.

  • Rebecca

    Great article and great for me. I’m shifting into a new area — Life Coaching/Counseling for teens. I’m contemplating a Life Coaching or Masters in Counseling. Anyway, I could see these sex education tours taking off — especially in America. Most parents, no matter where they are in the world, cannot and do not like to speak to their kids about sex. This is a great idea and niche market. It’s also a great way to bring teens from different cultures together. Not only will you teach them about sex, you can teach them about tolerance and understanding.

  • Kibeth Nehema

    Its slightly vauge as to whats happening but I think its a good idea. I think it might even be good in america or where ever else, because like you said they split us up in 5th grade show us a acward video that has some students crying, or like my self, standing out in the hall because I forgot to get a permission slip. And then later having some unqualified nurse who barley got thru pre-med tell us about the dangers of sifilus and goneria and how 1 out of 3 people who have sex have an STD… amoung other facts that actually are wroung… like how condoms are 100% full proof in an attempt to promote safe sex… which is a rediculous excuse for sex ed…

  • http://none Dan

    As a parent, it’s our responsibility to teach our children about sex. However the government wants the school to do it instead of us and if we do, DFS will come after us for exposing our children to improper sex education. So when the school teach the kids about sex, the kids will go out and try what they learn and then next thing you know, us parents are charged for not properly teaching our children. So go figure. I found an easy solution to that matter and is to teach the kids at an early age and work with them as they grow up and keep it simple, let them ask the question and you provide the simple commonsense answers.

  • Shazy Alam50

    Sex education is must…………

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