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VIETNAM SCHOOL TOUR - COMMUNITY PROJECT FIELD TREK

HO CHI MINH CITY - CU CHI - LONG TAN - DAK LAK - HANOI - HALONG BAY

This student tour in Vietnam will combine culture, history, and outdoor adventure, while also including a two-day tree-planting project where students will contribute to the reforestation of Yok Don National Park. This school trip will offer a deeper understanding of war history with visits to the Chu Chi Tunnels and Long Tan Cross War Memorial, and explore the cultural centre of Hanoi, as well as the World Heritage Listed Halong Bay (a site of spectacular natural beauty). While in Halong Bay students will cruise among thousands of extraordinary limestone Karst formations, and have the opportunity to kayak, swim, and spend time caving. Our Vietnam tours for students are both active and educational!

Trip code : VNSC37124

Duration : 13 days

Destination : Vietnam

Travel Dates : As required

  • Be amazed by the ingenuity of the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Spend time with local children at Nui Dat Kindergarten (where over 5000 Australian soldiers were based during the Vietnam War)
  • Visit local communities in Buon Ma Thuot
  • Contribute to a local reforestation project & camp in Yok Don National Park
  • Discover the cultural heritage of Hanoi
  • Sail, kayak, and swim at Halong Bay
  • Explore Sung Sot Cave - the largest cave 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.
Today we head off to Vung Tau; our first stop being the site of the former Nui Dat Task Force Base followed by a visit to the Long Tan Cross. Afterward, we will continue on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels and visit the former Minh Dam Secret Zone and Long Hai. Sight-seeing in Vung Tau will also include the massive War Memorial at Back Beach. This afternoon we will visit the Nui Dat Kindergarten which was opened in October 2010. This Kindergarten was funded by the Australian Vietnam Volunteers Resource Group and now stands on the site where over 5000 Australian soldiers were based at any one time during the Vietnam War. At present it provides long day care for 50 children between the ages of 3 and 5; children who will revel in the company of our group. Whether we are helping with their lessons or enjoying a game of soccer the smiles which will be generated will certainly make this visit a memorable one. Late afternoon we make our way back to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight accommodation.
Time will be on your own until you take the noon flight to Buon Ma Thuot. On arrival, we will be picked up at Buon Ma Thuot airport and transfer to the center of city. We then visit Daklak Museum where we can learn the history, the nature and the culture of ethnic groups in The Central Highlands of Vietnam... We will see many things come from the daily life of ethnic minorities such as: clothes, cultivated tools, musical instruments... Visit and take photos at Buon Ma Thuot Victory Monument. Check-in a hotel and have refresh before dinner. Overnight at hotel in Buon Ma Thuot.
After breakfast, you will be picked-up at your hotel in Buon Ma Thuot and transfer to the Yok Don national Park, the largest park in Vietnam. We take a boat cross the Serepok River to get inside the park. Start hiking in the forest, within the diverse flora and fauna. We have many chances to see birds, some small animals and several species of orchids on the way. After picnic lunch, we will get to our site and start our ‘Tree-planning Project’ to enrich the ecosystem of the park. Later today, we hike to our Camp site for camping overnight with dinner cooked by our guide.
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy fresh air with sounds of the nature. We continue to our project site and have another day of tree planting project. Dinner at camp site and overnight in a tent.
After breakfast at camp site, we take the boat back to the mainland and have a bus waiting and take us to the airport in Buon Ma Thuot for an early afternoon flight to Hanoi. On arrival, we will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day will be. 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.
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:

FIELD-TREK: Take your group closer to a range of specific subjects in a natural environment and create an adventurous, study-based experience that combines elements of our Adventure and Explorer trip. Our itinerary includes tree planting, jungle treks, wildlife safaris, 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.

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.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia. If your passport has less than six months, validity, you could be refused, or may not be permitted to board your flight.

Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place.

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