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11-Day Central and Northern Vietnam School Tour

HANOI -  DONG NGAC - SA PA - HALONG BAY - DANANG - HOI AN MY SON

This student tour in Vietnam is an 11 day combination of educational sightseeing, community service projects, cultural immersion, and taking in the natural beauty of the country. We focus on Central and Northern Vietnam, in an itinerary that allows students to actively engage with local communities through homestay accommodation and volunteering, hands on learning at famous sites and museums, including My Son Holy Land, and the ancient town of Hanoi, and stay engaged with outdoor adventure, like cycling tours through the country to experience rural life, caving, cooking lessons, and cruising through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Halong Bay. The community service project for this school trip will include contributions of clothes and toys to local school children in the Northern Highlands, and contributing to school construction.

Trip code : VN01

Duration : 12 days

Destination : Vietnam

Travel Dates : As required

  • Stay in the picturesque cities of Hanoi and Hoi An and experience traditional street life
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ha Long Bay and My Son
  • Stay overnight in Ha Long Bay on-board a cruise ship
  • Explore Vietnamese history, war, military and art museums
  • Join local fishermen for round net and cast net fishing
  • Learn how to paddle the Vietnamese basket boat
  • Explore the daily life and culture of the Hilltribe people
  • Community service project with less fortunate children of the village
  • Join in a fun traditional Vietnamese cooking class (two feature on this itinerary)
 
On Arrival your group will be welcomed by our Tour Director and Tour Guide before transferring to your hotel where our Tour Director will assist your group with checking-in. After check-in, you will have some free time to rest and then our Tour Director and Tour Guide will take your group out for a Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast our tour director, driver and local tour guide will pick your group up from your hotel at 8am. We will then venture out to visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and the Museum of Ethnology. The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back a thousand years. After lunch we will take a 'cyclo' tour in Hanoi's old quarter and experience traditional street life before watching Water Puppet show. In the afternoon you have the option to visit museums such as the Hanoi Hilton or Hoa Lo Prison, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Vietnam Military History museum, and the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. Our driver will drop you off at your Hanoi Hotel around 5 pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Our tour guide and driver will pick your group up from your hotel at 7.45am and then take a short drive to Dong Ngac village. When we arrive at the village, we will stop at a local market to buy the ingredients which we will use to cook for your lunch today. After the market, we transfer to a traditional house and welcomed by our host. We will have a short break before taking our bikes to venture deeper into the village to visit Dong Ngac communal house, the oldest house in the village. Next we join our cooking demonstration in hour host's house and enjoy the dishes we have prepared. After lunch, our driver and Tour Director will transfer you to Sapa. Arrive in Sapa around 7.30pm where our tour director will assist your group to check-in to your accommodation. Enjoy your evening dinner. Overnight in Sapa. *Note: Accommodation options in Sapa include a Homestay or Hotel Accommodation.
After breakfast, our Tour Director will take your group to visit the less fortunate children of the village. The local council will be notified of your group's visit and after metting at the local community hall, you will have time to interact with the village children. We strongly encourage people to make much needed contributions of old clothing and toys to the local children. Sapa in the Northern Highlands of Vietnam can experience very cold temperatures and many of these local children cannot afford or have access to warm clothing. After lunch, our tour director will take you to participate in projects such as building a school for the children of the community. Overnight in Sapa.
After breakfast our Tour Director and driver will transfer your group to Halong Bay which takes approximately 8 hours. We will stop along the way for lunch and have a rest before arriving in Halong Bay around 4.30pm. Embark onto your cruise boat and enjoy dinner on-board. In the evening participate in a squid fishing competition with your crew. Overnight on Halong Cruise.
After breakfast onboard your cruise, we transfer to the day boat and visit Lan Ha bay, Cat Ba island. On arrive at Viet Hai pier we take the bicycle trip along the village paths through rain forests and dark tunnels. Enjoy the wildlife, stunning scenery with rice fields and fresh water dike. We will then stop at the village to chat with the locals before a short trek in the Cat Ba National Forest to visit Bat cave Next we cycle back to Viet Hai pier and embark back onto the boat and continue cruising before lunch is served on board. After Lunch enjoy kayaking in Dark Cave, Light Cave or in the 3-Peach lagoon or have a swim on the beach (weather and tide condition). Next we will cruise back near Drum Cave. In the afternoon relax and enjoy the sunset or join a cooking demonstration on the sundeck and learn to make the fresh/fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce. After that we will enjoy a luxury buffet BBQ dinner. Evening activities onboard the cruise include: film entertainment in the outdoor bar; Board and card games; or squid fishing on a boat with our crew. You can enjoy the squid cooked with assistance from our chef. We then anchor overnight near Drum cave. Overnight on Halong cruise.
We have an early start today. After breakfast your group will disembark the cruise boat around 7.00am. Then our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from the port and transfer you to the airport. On the way to the airport we will stop for an early lunch and you will arrive to the airport around Midday. Your group’s flight will depart Hanoi at 2pm. On arrival in Danang, you will be welcomed by our local driver and tour guide before being transferred to your Hoi An accommodation where our tour director will help your group check in. Overnight in Hoi An.
Our Tour Director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and we will cycle to Hai Scout Café at 98, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. From here we will leave our bikes at the café and continue walking to the markets to buy ingredients before heading to the restaurant for your cooking class. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours with each dish first being demonstrated by the Red Bridge’s master Chef before we prepare the same dish ourselves. After your cooking class, we will return to our hotel for a rest and freshen up before this evenings river cruise. Our driver and tour guide will pick you up from your Hoi An hotel at 4pm for your transfer. Next we board Jack Tran’s boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea. Witness the daily ritual of the local Hoi An fishing fleet venturing out to the Cua Dai Sea. Join local fisherman on the river and enjoy the hands-on experience of round net and cast net fishing. Learn how to paddle the Vietnamese basket boat before re-boarding Jack Tran’s boat to enjoy a cool beverage and Vietnamese snack. Your group will be transferred back to your hotel in Hoi An around 7pm. Overnight I Hoi An.
Our tour director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel at 7.30am and transfer you to My Son Holy Land. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious centre of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries which were built from the 7th to 13rd centuries. Next we will transfer to Hoi An for lunch and a short break we will explore the town of Hoi An, visiting the 400 year old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temples and 200 year old Vietnamese former merchants’ houses. Our driver will drop your group off at your hotel around 4 pm to freshen up before our tour director takes you out for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.
After Breakfast, our tour director and driver will pick your group up from the hotel lobby and transfer you to Danang Airport for your 10am departure flight home. Vietnam School Tour ends.

  • All International Airfares
  • Vietnam Visas
  • All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodation in 3-Star PLUS Hotels
  • Option of Sapa Homestay or Hotel Accommodation
  • Services of a dedicated Tour Director
  • Professional Driver and English speaking Tour Guide
  • Domestic Flights between Hanoi and Danang in Economy cabin
  • 2 Nights on Halong Bay Private Cruise
  • Hoi An Cooking Class
  • Pre-paid tips
  • Entrance fees at monument
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Water during the tour
  • 9 Breakfasts (B), 8 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)

Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.

Price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival or a visa exemption certificate) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Some travellers with e-visas have reported having to pay a second visa fee on arrival because of differences between their passport and e-visa application. Make sure you correctly enter your details when applying. Print a copy of your application and carry it with you.

If you're planning to stay longer than 30 days or require multiple entries, you'll need to apply for a visa directly from the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam. Complete the visa application form online, then print it and take it to the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam. If you arrive in Vietnam with a written approval letter for a visa to be issued on arrival, you'll need to pay the fee in cash, either in US dollar or Vietnamese dong. Check whether you will require a single entry or multiple entry visa.

If your spouse or parent is a national of Vietnam, you can apply for a visa exemption certificate. The certificate is valid for five years and allows multiple entries into Vietnam for up to six months.

If your visa expires or is otherwise no longer valid, you will face delays and fines when leaving.

You cannot change the status of your entry visa (such as tourist visa or spouse visa) to any other visa type (such as a working visa) in-country.

To obtain a visa extension from the Vietnamese immigration authorities (including for overstaying your visa), your passport must have at least six months validity remaining at the time of application.

There are value and quantity restrictions on the import and export of prescription medicines.

And 'addictive medicine' (used for the treatment of addiction). Prescriptions and medicines must be shown to customs.

Vietnam has health screening for all inbound travellers. All foreigners must register their place of residence with the local police within 24 hours of arrival. The Australian Embassy and Consulate-General can't provide translation services to assist with registration.

If you stay at a hotel, confirm you'll be registered as part of the normal check-in process. They'll need your passport details.

Many hotels ask foreigners to leave their passport with hotel staff for registration purposes. It isn't a legal requirement for hotels to retain your passport for the duration of your stay.

If you stay with family, friends or in another private residence, you'll need to register at the local police station, with a translator if needed.

Local hosts need to pre-register foreign guests – if you stay in a private residence, make sure your host has satisfied this legal requirement.

By law, you must use only one passport for your entry, exit, transit and residence in Vietnam.

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