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16-DAY VIETNAM ADVENTURE SCHOOL TOURS

HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI - MEKONG DELTA - HOI AN - HUE - HANOI - SAPA - HA LONG BAY

Vietnam offers a great mix of culture, history, and natural beauty, and this 16 Day Adventure Tour is our most complete and comprehensive Vietnam tour for students; an ultimate school trip that includes educational sightseeing, history, cultural immersion, community service, and outdoor adventure. Students will travel from South to North Vietnam, with the opportunity to explore the country’s main highlights, from excursions to significant war sites like the Cu Chi Tunnels, to ancient towns and ruins, museums, palaces, pagodas, temples, tombs, and rural communities. This is one of our most well rounded itineraries, where students will see many sides of the country; from the hustle and bustle of city life, to immersing themselves in rural country villages. The community service project on this tour will be painting classrooms at an underprivileged school in the Mekong Delta.

Trip code : VN9T9T

Duration : 17 days

Destination : Vietnam

Travel Dates : As required

  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Saigon, with excursions to the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Visit a local orphanage in the Mekong Delta, before a homestay in the region
  • Community service project: painting classrooms at an underprivileged school
  • Discover the traditional beauty of Hoi An
  • Visit ruins, museums, palaces, pagodas, and temples across the country
  • Cycle through countryside rice paddies
  • Ride a bamboo basket along traditional waterways
  • Visit and work alongside local communities
  • Join farmers in local farming and fishing activities
  • Sail along Halong Bay and cruise among thousands of limestone islands
  • Kayak among hidden bays and caves in Halong Bay
 
On arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, we will be greeted and driven to our hotel in the city centre. After check-in, we will be free to wander around the hustle and bustle city and spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.
After breakfast at hotel, we drive to visit Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250km from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam American must have been like. After lunch in a restaurant by the river, we will be back to the city centre. The rest of the day will be devoted to some highlights of Saigon such as: Reunification Palace, a palace of old President in South of Vietnam during the American war; Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, the two sites that we can ignore when we visit the city. Our free evening activities should be: walking around at the night market in Ben Thanh market area; explore the highest building in Ho Chi Minh City, Bitexco…. Dinner at restaurant and overnight at hotel.
Early drive at 6.30 AM will take us to the capital of the Mekong Delta – Can Tho. On arrival at around 10.30 AM, we will visit the famous Cai Rang floating market, even it’s less busy than in the morning but you still can enjoy this biggest floating market in Mekong Delta and see the daily life and local people selling their products on boats. We then also visit a local family making noodle before re-joining our bus and continue to visit Binh Thuy Ancient House. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit Hoa Mai Orphanage in Can Tho Province, spend the rest of the morning interact with the kids, playing games, sport and exchange performance/ traditional games before hand over donation and gifts to the kids. Say goodbye with the kids in orphanage, we continue to our hotel where we spend the night.
After breakfast at homestay, we say goodbye to the host and take the boat back to the mainland. Our bus is waiting and we continue to Can Tho to take the morning flight to Danang. On arrival, we will be welcomed and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. Leaving luggage at hotel (check-in time is 14.00), we will start our walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.
After breakfast at hotel, we depart for the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. Once there, we visit the Tra Kieu capital which was the former administration center of Champa Kingdom. Discover the majestic ancient ruins at My Son including ancient towers which were built from the fourth century. After lunch, we will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes our fancy. We will spend the night in Hoi An.
We have an early start this morning as we head off to our Farming & Fishing Life Eco Tour. Starting at Tra Que Village, we will get a personal insight into the local farming communities. We set about joining the farmers in preparing their land for sowing, helping to fertilize the garden using seaweed from the local river and watering it in using huge tin cans strapped to our backs. Following this, we will begin our leisurely cycling tour through the countryside witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand. Late morning we will board our Hoi An Eco-tour boat for a river cruise. Here we will meet and witness local fishermen working their craft, before enjoying a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. We then transfer to a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat for a quick race and ride down a coconut palm lined waterway. Lunch today, is on board our boat, which is prepared using vegetables picked earlier at Tra Que Village. After lunch, we have some free time to wander around Hoi An town centre before heading back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.
After breakfast at the hotel, we travel by vehicle to Hue along scenic highway 1A. Along the way, we will stop to contemplate the stunning views South, to Lang Co Beach and North to Hue city. On arrival in Danang, we will have a brief visit at Cham Museum – the houses of the most complete collection if Cham Artifacts anywhere in the world; China Beach – where the American named and used to have their Rest and Relaxation; and the Marble Mountain – the five elements of the Universe (water, wood, air, fire and earth) before continue to Hue. We then visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945, after exploring the ruins of this wonderful monument. We will then depart to the Hue Royal Fine Art Museum, which is housed within the former Dien Long An Royal Palace. We will finish our day with the local Dong Ba Market to see the daily life of local people. We will spend the night in Hue.
After breakfast at hotel, we will be greeted by a driver and guide, then board the Dragon Boat on the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. We will enjoy a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam. From here we rejoin our van and go visit King Tu Duc's Tomb. After lunch, we will be transferred to the airport to board the late afternoon flight to Hanoi. On arrival, welcomed and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
Today we will venture out to explore Hanoi. First up we will drive to 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. Followings we visit the Temple of Literature, which originally built as a temple to Confucius. After lunch, we visit the Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 Ethnic minority peoples and the infamous Hoa Loa Prison Museum. Hoa Loa is also known as the ‘’Hanoi Hilton’’ and was where former US presidential candidate John McCain was incarcerated for over 5 years. We then enjoy a 1-hour cyclo tour of the French inspired "old quarter" before sitting down to enjoy a performance of the city’s famous Water Puppets. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

DAY 10

In the early morning, we will take a 6-hour Express Bus to Sapa via the New Highway. On arrival at around 1 PM, we have lunch in a local restaurant and have free time wandering around the local market seeing local ethnic people at their daily life. Dinner and overnight in Sapa town.
After breakfast hotel, we will trek to Cat Cat Village then to Y Linh Ho village of the Hmong people. After lunch, we head to the Muong Hoa Valley, on the way passing through the villages of Lao Chai village. Here, we will have some Community service at a local school by painting the classroom and the school’s fence. If budget permits, we will make a new school gate too. Ending the works in the evening, we walk to our homestay where we spend the night.

DAY 12

We will enjoy a breakfast with our hosts before bidding them goodbye. Today will include a visit to the Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dao minority people, we will also trek through a bamboo forest and pass by a majestic waterfall; taking time to rest and enjoy the surroundings. Arriving in Sapa town and have lunch, we then have a short free time before getting on our Express Bus for the transfer back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon, we check in hotel for the night.
Today we set off to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’ – Halong Bay. Arriving before lunch we will board our boat and then set sail, cruising amongst thousands of extraordinary limestone Karst formations. Halong Bay was voted one of ‘The New 7 Wonders of Nature’ in 2011, and once here you will know why it was included in this group. On arrival in Halong, we will embark on our cruise followed by a short cruise briefing. We will then savor a delectable lunch while we sail among the limestone islands. In the mid-afternoon, we will kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau Cave area before going back to our cruise and continue cruising to 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 evening, we will cruise back to the main boat for a shower before having dinner and spend the night onboard.
Wake up early in the morning and start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt before having breakfast. After that, we will explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay. After that, we will return to the boat, freshen up and check out of your cabin. Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more. While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. We will disembark at round noon and find your car is waiting and take you back to Hanoi. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
Time will be free until our car arrives at the hotel to take us to the airport in good time to board our departure flight. Trip ends.
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ITINERARY OPTIONS:

ADVENTURE: Introduce your group to wilderness adventures, it's people, their culture, and their way of life. Our itineraries include: trekking, kayaking, hiking, home stay or stay in a camp etc.

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.

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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.

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