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14 Days Vietnam School Tour 'The Amazing Race'

HO CHI MINH - SAIGON - MEKONG DELTA - HOI AN - HANOI - HALONG BAY

Enjoy 14 days discovering the highlights of Vietnam in a highly active way, while taking part in a community project and interacting with local Vietnamese people! Commencing in Ho Chi Minh City, this school trip traverses the length of the country, from Southern to Northern Vietnam. The itinerary features amazing-race-style exploration around Ho Chi Minh City, eco-tours in Hoi An where students will participate in farming activities and an immersive homestay, community projects, sightseeing, and more! Our Vietnam school tours have a heavy focus on cultural immersion, and feature as many opportunities as possible to take part in daily local life. Finish the trip by cruising the picturesque waters of UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay.

Trip code : VNST02

Duration : 15 days

Destination : Vietnam

Travel Dates : As required

  • Experience the Mekong Delta by boat
  • Form teams to compete in The Amazing Race around Ho Chi Minh City
  • Spend time with less fortunate children of the Mekong Delta (contribute to community projects such as building classrooms)
  • Visit the unique Cai Be floating market - see rice-paper and coconut candy being made
  • Stay in the picturesque cities of Hanoi and Hoi An
  • Explore Vietnamese history, war, military and art museums
  • Interact with local people and culture
  • Join in a fun traditional Vietnamese cooking class in Hoi An
  • Participate in local farming activities on an organic farm and cycle through the rice paddies
  • Enjoy a hands on experience of traditional net fishing with local fishermen
  • Kayak among the hidden bays and caves of Halong Bay
 
On Arrival your group will be welcomed by our Vietnam School 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.
Today we begin our sightseeing around Vietnam’s largest and busiest city - but we do it “Amazing Race” style. Teams will each be given a guide and a van and will need to join forces in a team work of map reading, negotiating and interacting with locals and displaying creative communication skills whilst appreciating Saigon’s attractive sights like the Presidential Palace, The Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Markets. Today we will explore Saigon, its lifestyle and famous landmarks whilst engaging with one another and the locals at the same time. The final check in point will be at a local Vietnamese restaurant where we sit down to enjoy a well-deserved lunch. Tonight we enjoy a Saigon River Dinner Cruise. We will spend 2 hours cruising and reflecting on-board the ‘’BONSAI”- the largest existing dragon boat in Vietnam. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
At 07.30am our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and head to Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival we will start off at the Vinhlong market where we will see everything from Vietnam’s beautiful tropical fruits to delicacies such as rice-field rats and even snakes! Our boat ride today will include a trip to the brick kilns where we will witness potters at work sculpting their amazing clay pots. Following this we will visit a nursery garden and sample a vast array of the wonderful fruits which he cultivates on this land. At the end of our boat ride our tour director and driver will take you back to your Mekong accommodation for a rest before dinner. Overnight in Mekong Delta. *Note: Accommodation options in Mekong Delta include Mekong Homestay, Mekong Lodge or Hotel Accommodation.
After breakfast, our Tour Director will take your group to visit the less fortunate children of the Mekong Delta. The local council will be notified of your group’s visit and after meeting 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. After lunch, our tour director will take you to participate in projects such as building schoolrooms for the children of the community. Enjoy afternoon activities and games with the local children of the village, before transferring back to your Mekong accommodation. Overnight in Mekong Delta.
We will have a very early start at 07.00am this morning as we prepare to visit the famous Cai Be Floating Market. We are certainly in for an amazing experience as we watch the local farmers selling their produce from their boats at this amazingly colourful market right on the waters of the Mekong. Following this we will stop at various local workshops where we will have a chance to see rice-paper and coconut candy being made. Our Driver and Tour Director will transfer your group back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh around 4.30pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Our Driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for your short flight to the enchanting port town of Hoi An which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998 (Hoi An is a great case study for any student who is interested in sustainable tourism). On the way we stop at the famed China Beach. This evening our driver and tour director will take you into Hoi An to explore the town famous for its tailors and great food. After dinner your group will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Our Tour Director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel lobby at 07.45am. We then head out cycling to Tre Que Village, taking the opportunity to take some photos of the picturesque landscape on the way. Visit the village’s gardens, meeting local farmers, learn about Tra Que “Organic farm” and join in with various farming activities. Next we continue cycling through the rice paddy fields before arriving at Mr. Nhi’s house, the local farmer at Cam Thanh Ecological village. Here we will hear stories of his life, join in on farming activities and ride a water buffalo, before enjoying lunch with Mr. Nhi’s family. After lunch we will enjoy a rest and food massage at Mr. Nhi’s house before transferring down to the local fishing village where we will join in fishing and experience the local cast net “CHAI”. From here we will enjoy a basket boat cruise through the water coconut palm forest and have fun catching little crabs. In the afternoon we will walk around the Eco –village and meet a local former guerrilla who will talk about his/her memories and the history of the U.S – Vietnam War. We then return to our boat and enjoy traditional Vietnamese food before being transferred back to our hotel in Hoi An around 6pm. 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 cycle around Hoi An town and visit the beach. Return to your hotel around 5pm. Overnight in Hoi An.
Our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby at 10.30am and transfer you to the airport for a short domestic flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi, our local tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer your group to the hotel where our tour director will assist you to check-in. After check-in, your group will have time for a short rest before our Tour guide and Tour Director takes you out for lunch. After lunch we will visit the Ho Chi Minh complex where we will spend time at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Following this we visit the infamous Hanoi ‘Hilton’ Prison, where former US presidential candidate John McCain was incarcerated for 5 years. Overnight in Hanoi.
Our Cruise bus will pick your group up from your Hanoi Hotel at 8am and we will take a scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way. Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise around Midday followed by a short cruise briefing. Cruise among the limestone islands while enjoying a delectable lunch. After lunch, enjoy kayaking among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Luon Cave area. In the afternoon we will head back to the V’Spirit Classic Cruise and then visit Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay. In the afternoon we return to the main boat to freshen up, relax or take some photos as the sun sets. After dinner on board we have time to socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or simply relax. Overnight on V’Spirit Cruise.
Start your morning with a Tai Chi exercise or a photo hunt. After breakfast we will visit the amazing Sung Sot Cave. After that we will return to the boat to freshen up and check out of your cabin. Later Next we continue cruising to exploring the Bay, visiting Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and many more attractions. We then head back to the harbor and watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch we disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruise and your group will be transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi around 5pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day at Leisure. Our driver and tour director will take you out for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
After Breakfast our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight home around 10.45am. Vietnam School Tour Ends.
14 Days Vietnam School Tour 'The Amazing Race'

  • All international airfares with Singapore Airlines
  • Vietnam Visas
  • All Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodation in 3-star PLUS hotels
  • Option of accommodation at Mekong Eco-Lodge or Mekong Homestay
  • Services of a  dedicated Tour Director
  • Professional Driver and English speaking Tour Guide
  • Domestic Flights between Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang, Danang and Hanoi in Economy cabin.
  • 1 Night on Halong Bay Private Cruise
  • Hoi An  Cooking Class
  • Pre-paid tips
  • Entrance Fees at monuments
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Water during the tour
  • 12 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 12 Dinners (D)

ITINERARY OPTIONS:

Ideal for ages 13-21

PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED:

  • Good level of fitness
  • Strong interest in chosen subject
  • Engaging outdoor activities/learning
  • Keen to try local cuisine
  • Sense of adventure
  • Competent swimming ability

COMMUNITY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

These programs include: building houses, school rooms and kindergartens for communities. Other activities include visiting orphanages, children's hospitals and disability/rehabilitation centres.

DURING THE TOUR:

Our local English speaking tour guide and drivers are highly trained and experienced, with safety being their number one priority. Our staff are available 24/7 to provide any necessary support for your group. We guarantee students to always be located within the same area in hotels.

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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