• Explore Hanoi's vibrant streets, museums & historical sites
  • Learn about the Mai Chau mountainous region and the White Thai people living here
  • Cooking session and learn some Vietnamese cooking techniques
  • Complete a Community Project in the beautiful village of Ban Buoc
  • Discover the World Heritage listed Ha Long Bay
  • Tai Chi, cooking session, optional sea kayaking and explore enormous limestone caves in Ha Long Bay
  • Learn about one of SE Asia's important nations and transfer that knowledge into your studies
  • Learn and experience the secrets of water puppetry

Without a doubt travelling through the rural and urban settings of Vietnam by private coach is one of the finest ways to discover this fascinating country. Our complete service includes modern air conditioned vehicles, expert local guides, with many opportunities to meet the people who live and work in the ever-changing landscape of quiet villages to busy cities whilst also appreciating the stunning rural of rice paddies and coconut groves.

We start the adventure by navigating the old quarters of Hanoi, before heading to Rural Mai Chau for our community project in the beautiful Ban Buoc. We then head to Ha Long bay where we set sail amongst the lime stone pinnacles and learn from experts about the social, environmental and economic issues impacting the status of the areas UNESCO World Heritage listing.

Grading:Adventure touring   

Today your adventure begins as we fly to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Upon arival the group will be met and transferred to your hotel in central Hanoi. Afternoon settling and this evening enjoy a welcome dinner within walking distance of our hotel. Accommodation: Hong Ha Hotel, 3*

Meals:  D

We start our day by visiting the Temple of Literature- one of the most interesting shrines in Hanoi, called “Le Pagoda des Corbeaux” by the French, because of the huge flocks of crows gathering in the mango trees near the entrance. Built in 1070, the complex consists of five courtyards dedicated to Confucius and the pursuit of Confucian thought and behavior. It is here that Vietnam’s first university was founded. We then visit the Ho Chi Minh complex, starting at the President’s Mausoleum (visit outside only). We continue to his humble “house on stilts”- see the French colonial Presidential Palace and the 11th century One-Pillar Pagoda. This afternoon we visit the impressive Museum of Ethnology, the finest museum in Vietnam. This museum is dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minorities, several of which we will see on our forthcoming trip. We will walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple and we then climb aboard cyclos to enjoy a tour to explore the vibrant Old Quarter. Here many tiny streets join to sell a huge diversity of products. In the old days, each street bore the name of the product sold - “Shoe Street”, “Noodle Street” and the like. Today, the streets sometimes sell a variety of items, but often the names are accurate. The Old Quarter also houses some of the most interesting art galleries and fashion houses. We then head back out on the streets and will experience a Vietnamese coffee shop where you see how the local people enjoy life, you may also reward yourself with a unique drink known as “bitter sweet” coffee at Café Ging- the oldest brand in Hanoi, since 1946. Our last stop on this busy day will be a performance of Hanoi's famous water puppet theater, a series of 17 stories presented by 11 puppeteers whom traditionally performed during the monsoonal period when rice farming in the Red River Delta was not possible. The stories reflect their way of life and dreams as well as providing respite from their demanding work schedule. Accommodation: Hong Ha Hotel 3*

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we will transfer to the project site. We will spend the 2 days working alongside the locals & villagers and experienced staff to ensure that the project is completed correctly and on time. We will divide the group into sub groups to work on different components of the project. There will be a good deal of flexibility in the hours that you work each day, but it is anticipated that you will be involved in labour work for up to 6 hours a day. You should bring a pair of study workman’s gloves with you from home and wear clothing which you do not mind getting dirty. Dinner Accommodation will be in a simple guesthouse, dormitory style with shared toilet facilities and hot running water – Ban Buoc Village

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we will check out of our guesthouse and take the short drive to Mai Hich where we shall enjoy a cooking session, barbeque and learn how to cook rice in bamboo which is a local speciality. After lunch we will drive back to Hanoi, approx 3-4 hours and go out for famous pizza and pasta in 4P's in Hanoi. Accommodation: Hong Ha Hotel 3*

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we take the drive to Ha Long Bay (approx. 3.5 hours), a natural wonder with thousands of islands rising out of the water, creating an unique and beautiful landscape. On arrival, we board our traditional junk for a journey through the 3,000 limestone islands dotted with caves and grottoes. After lunch there is time for exploring the bay at a leisure pace: swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, kayaking and experiencing the magic of falling asleep on board in this beautiful part of the world. After you have finished exploring we retire to the junk and have a Vietnamese cookimg demonstration. In the evening your cook will prepare a delicious extravaganza using beautifully prepared fresh ingredients straight from the sea as we find a secluded place to anchor for the night. After dinner the crew will help the group to fish for squid. Accommodation: Au Co 5*, Ha Long Bay Please note: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.

Meals:  B,L,D

For those early risers there is a chance to learn some Tai Chi on the sundeck in perhaps one of the finest locations in the world! Following a light breakfast we continue with the cruise through different parts of Ha Long Bay, passing many islets and grottoes and explore a limestone cave. We'll enjoy brunch onboard and disembark around 11.30 & then transfer to Hanoi arriving in the afternoon with free time for last minute shopping or exploring Hanoi. This evening we will have a farewell dinner. Accommodation: Hong Ha Hotel 3*

Meals:  B,L,D

Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life.


  • 8 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 7 lunches, 9 dinners & bottled drinking water. Snacks and fruit during the project days. All dietary requirements can be catered for.
  • Private air-conditioned coaches used for all airport transfers and group transport throughout
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation and air conditioned 'junk' on Ha Long Bay on a twin-share basis
  • Expert English speaking tour leader who will carry a group medical kit
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Sourcing staff required to assist with the community project
  • Pre departure information

  • Travel Insurance - compulsory. More information will be included in your Pre-Departure Information kits
  • Mineral water or soft drinks beyond that supplied
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls, laundry, souvernirs and email
  • Entry visa fees for Vietnam, passport must have 6 months validity
  • Vaccinations - if requried
  • Purchase of materials to be used for the community project - approx USD100 per student


Adventure touring

Although there is no commitment to extended physical activity on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect and enhance your travel experience. Remember the fitter you are the more enjoyable your experience will be. Please ensure that you discuss with your excursion organiser all health related issues which may impact on your enjoyment of the tour.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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