• Explore Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh's vibrant streets & historical sites with expert guides
  • Assist a regional community with a 3 day service project
  • 2 days walking through hilltribe regions
  • Develop leadership qualities whilst gaining independence and resilience
  • Multi activity day in spectacular Ninh Binh
  • Cruise through UNESCO World Heritage listed Ha Long Bay
  • Conservation service program with local youth collective
  • Explore the ancient Imperial city of Hue and charming town of Hoi An
  • Return home with a rich insight into the culture, traditions and society of Vietnam
  • Enjoy and experience the UNESCO listed Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Day trip into the Mekong Delta

A wonderful, active, tailor made service immersion program designed especially for the students of Hamilton College. Without a doubt travelling through the rural and urban settings of Vietnam under your own steam is one of the finest ways to discover the country’s charm, culture and stunning landscapes. Travelling with our local guides we gain a wonderful insight into Vietnam and its people. We start the adventure by taking in the historical and cultural highlights in and around Hanoi. We then head West past Mai Chau to the ethnic minority villages around Hang Kia, with its deep valleys, thickly forested mountains and a variety of ethnic minority groups. In Noi Ba you commence 3 days service learning, giving back to a local school in need of assistance. We will work side by side a local labour force and the local community to improve conditions at a local school in need. From here we commence our village trek through remote hamlets and hill tribe villages while staying in dormitory guest stays. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience first hand the lifestyles of rural Vietnam. We continue to Ninh Binh, one of the most spectacular settings in all of South East Asia as we explore on foot, cycle and barge. We complete our journey in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ha Long Bay where we set sail among the limestone pinnacles and admire the grottoes, caves and sheltered water ways. We return to Hanoi and fly to the old Imperial city of Hue where the Nguyen Dynasty resided for centuries. We explore the UNESCO listed town of Hoi An before finishing our journey in Ho Chi Minh city and the Mekong Delta. Throughout your time in Vietnam, you will learn about all aspects of life in Vietnam and participating in this learning experience will not only greatly help a remote community in need it will contribute greatly towards your studies and personal development. This is truly a life-changing experience!


Start and Finishing Point:




After months of planning and preparation, your departure day has arrived. Today we check in and fly from Melbourne to Hanoi. Meals will be provided on the plane.

Meals:  Nil

On arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met by your World Expeditions experienced guide who will accompany you throughout the program. We head to your hotel for check in and a full trip and safety briefing. Your guide will run through an overview of the local Vietnamese language and important phrases that you can learn and practise through your journey. A little language goes a long way with the local peoples! Following your briefing we will have an orientation of Hanoi traveling the way the locals do, by cyclo! We return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. Overnight Hanoi hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we rise for breakfast before we join our guide and head out to visit some of Hanoi's key culturally and historically significant locations. You'll walk from the hotel through the old French colonial district to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum where you will learn about the significant influence of women in Vietnam’s history. You will then transfer to 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. Lunch will be at a nearby local restaurant called KOTO (Know one Teach one), a social enterprise that trains disadvantaged youths in hospitality. After lunch we continue our urban exploration learning about the more recent history and the unification period of Vietnam as you stroll around the Ho Chi Minh complex and walk across one of Hanoi's beautiful green spaces to the edge of the West Lake where you will hop in an electric cart to explore the area on wheels. You return to the hotel to rest and refresh before dinner. Overnight Hanoi hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Nà Bai – Phu Mau is located at the northern mountainous province of Son La. It is about 4-hour drive from Hanoi through stunning terrain filled with rice paddies and limestone outcrops. We pass through small villages on our way to Na Bai. This area is inhabited by Muong, White Thai and Dao people. The main crop cultivated in the region is rice and the main income of the local people here is from agriculture. We will visit the site where we will complete our service program and start splitting ourselves into groups and assessing the work that needs to be carried out by the group. Whilst we are here we will sleep in a traditional stilt house converted to a open dormitory configuration. Each night we will enjoy traditional meals prepared carefully by your hosts. **Whilst our accommodation in a traditional stilt house converted into a dormitory is rustic it is a highlight of many people's journey. Each student will have an individual mattress and mosquito net as well as clean bed sheets. There are western style flushing toilets and bathrooms are equipped with hot running water.

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next two days we will work on our designated project for the local community as part of our regenerative program. The project site is located only a short walk from your accommodation. The hours that you work each day are flexible, however it is anticipated that you will be involved in labour work for up to 6 - 7 hours a day. You will need to bring a pair of study work gloves with you from home and wear clothing which you do not mind getting dirty. The people from the village will be anticipating your visit and the assistance and capacity building you are providing will bring long term benefits to the village. The exact details of the project will be decided by the village heads in the months prior to your travel and be discussed with your team prior to your departure. The project is set up alongside our Travel, Give, Grow regenerative travel concept offering unique experiences to help foster respect for the natural world as well as the diverse peoples and cultures that live in it. This style of travel helps develop confidence, resilience, tolerance, problem solving abilities, team work, fitness and key life skills. At the completion of the project this afternoon, a celebration will be held with the group and community as we hand the project back to the local community. Overnight Village Homestay

Meals:  B,L,D

We say our final farewells to our hosts and transfer to the start of our trek in Hang Kia. Hang Kia is in the heights of the province in a dry, rocky and mountainous area inhabited predominantly by Hmong people. Our trek leads us through a stunning valley past fruit orchards, rice paddies and striking mountains. The trek is around (3-4 hours) through beautiful scenery and village life. This afternoon we can explore the local village and observe village life before dinner. Tonight we stay in a converted guesthouse on stilts in the village. Overnight guesthouse

Meals:  B,L,D

We enjoy breakfast at our guesthouse before we transfer to a small settlement for a Batik dyeing workshop with the Hmong women of the village. This hands on session gives us a wonderful insight into an ancient tradition and culture. Everyone will try our hand at making a Batik design which we will be able to keep and take home. We enjoy lunch with our hosts at the guesthouse. In the afternoon we continue our trek trek (approx 3 hours) to Cun Pheo Valley, an area inhabited by White Thai people. We meet our vehicle here and then take a short transfer to Ban Buoc village for our overnight stay. Overnight traditional dorm style accommodation

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we enjoy breakfast and spend some time watching the local peoples go about their daily activities in this small village as they have done for many years. We will board our vehicle and travel through little hamlets, rice fields and vegetable gardens to Mai Hich hamlet where you will enjoy a cooking session and lunch with a local family, learning to cook rice in bamboo with a local barbeque. In the afternoon, transfer to the small town of Ninh Binh located in the Red River Delta (approx 3 hours). Overnight hotel, Ninh Binh

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we have a great day packed with fun activities in the stunning setting of Ninh Binh. Ninh Binh boasts one of the most spectacular settings in all of South East Asia, with hundreds of limestone cliffs rising straight out of rice paddies and rivers.The setting has been the backdrop for many movies and photoshoots. We will explore the area by bike and by boat. We first transfer to the boat pier for a scenic boat trip to Trang An. After the boat trip, we head to the valley of Tam Coc for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the Bich Dong Pagoda then continue by bike along the backroads of the region for a leisurely 12 km journey on a flat road winding between limestone rocks and rice fields to Hoa Lu. We then visit Dinh and Le temples before transfering back to hotel to freshen up before dinner. Overnight hotel in Ninh Binh and dinner at local restaurant.

Meals:  B,L,D

We check out of our hotel this morning and drive to Halong Bay for our overnight cruise. On arrival you will be transferred by motorized boat to our deluxe junk, which awaits us in open water. Our group will be the only people on the junk. Once you have settled into your cabins we can begin our cruise around the majestic Ha Long Bay and out into the Golf of Tonkin. After lunch your captain will moor off a secluded beach where you can relax on the sandy beaches. There will be a cooking class demonstration on board in the late afternoon. Later as evening descends you may take in the views of the top deck before you enjoy a delicious meal using beautifully prepared fresh ingredients. After dinner you can take the opportunity to try your hand at squid fishing with the crew members or relax in the dining room. Accommodation: Syrena or Bhaya Cruise

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning the early risers can enjoy a Tai Chi class on the sundeck. We will continue to enjoy cruising through the Bay, passing magnificent geographical formations, we will explore the Sung Sot cave (Surprise cave) which is one of the highlights of Ha Long Bay. Buffet brunch is served on board before the vessel cruises back to the dock where our coach is waiting to transfer the group back to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue. On arrival into Hue you will be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. Overnight Hue Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Hue was Vietnam’s last feudal capital, and today you will get an insider’s point of view to the highlights of this nostalgic city. Your first stop is a visit to Tu Duc Tomb, which is located near the quiet Thuy Bieu Village, 6.5-km from the city centre. It’s a sprawling compound centred on the lake and several waterways, and includes numerous memorials. Next, you’ll visit a local garden house where your host will welcome you with hand-made ginger jam and tea. We then visit a local village to explore the daily local life in the peaceful countryside, before enjoying some traditional dishes of Hue. After the delicious home hosted lunch, we take a leisurely boat ride across the Perfume River then transfer to Imperial Citadel, the best-preserved remnant of the vast citadel and royal quarters that once existed on the site. Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Built in the early 19th century by armies of conscripted labourers under Emperor Gia Long, the citadel was surrounded by a 10-kilometre moat while earthen walls formed the outer perimeter. Transfer back to your hotel. Dinner at local restaurant

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning, we rise for breakfast before joining our vehicle for the drive to Hoi An. We pass Lang Co Bay and stop at the top of Hai Van Pass for amazing views over the surrounds. On arrival in the beautiful city of Hoi An we check into our hotel and refresh before heading out for a walking orientation tour in the Old Town of Hoi An, visiting the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall as well as a typical hundred-year-old ancient house and the authentic local market. Hoi An is a wonderful village town to explore with small streets, stunning old colonial architecture and tree lined streets. There is no travel allowed in the main streets during certain times making it a delight to explore on foot. The afternoon has been set aside as a free afternoon. Overnight Hoi An

Meals:  B,L,D

Today the group will travel on small roads and across narrow bridges to an island of the Thu Bon River located about 15 kilometers from the hotel. We will meet up with a local youths collective that acts for a more sustainable future. They will introduce the current coastal erosion situation to the group, explaining the challenges, the risks and the possible answers to this very real problem. Then the group will help restoring the ecosystem by planting trees in the area and supporting the natural protection against floods. We have lunch at a local farm on the way back from the tree planting to the town. Afternoon at leisure to rest or shopping in the old town. Sunset and dinner on the beach. This afternoon we can relax before we head into town to witness the nightly lantern procession over the river and to go shopping at the night markets. This is a great time to practise some of the local language skills you have be honing on your journey and to practise your bargaining skills with the local stall owners. Overnight hotel Hoi An

Meals:  B,L,D

In the mid-morning, the group is transferred to Danang airport to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, the group is greeted at the airport and transferred to a local restaurant for a local speciality: the broken rice. After lunch, we embark on a walking orientation around the colonial landmarks of the district 1. Then visit of the Ao Dai Exhibition (the traditional and iconic Vietnamese dress through History). This afternoon we head to our hotel for check in and refresh before dinner. Overnight Ho Chi Minh

Meals:  B,D

In the morning the group transfers to the Mekong Delta region, in Ben Tre district. Upon arrival they first visit a Cao Dai temple, then hop on a private sampan. The morning is dedicated to cruising the river and stopping at various workshops to learn about the local industries. The group reaches Cu Lao Tam Hiep island for lunch in the gardens of a local guesthouse. In the afternoon, cycling tour across the island and visit of a farm producing the plants used to make the sam jelly. The group can try doing some jelly and taste the result. Mid-afternoon return to Saigon.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast you will be farewelled at the airport by your guide for your flight to Melbourne

Meals:  B

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health And Well-being:  Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Sustainable Cities And Communities:  There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Responsible Production and Consumption:  Responsible Production and Consumption

Climate Action:  Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

Life Below Water:  Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel 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.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • International and domestic flights from Melbourne to Vietnam
  • Teachers traveling from Hamilton College
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Hotel (3 star), communal dormitory stay and guesthouse accommodation
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles used for all airport transfers and group transport
  • Expert English speaking tour leader throughout in Vietnam who will carry a group medical kit
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Private Ha Long Bay Cruise including life jackets
  • Minimum 2.5 ltrs drinking water per day, 3 ltrs on trek days
  • Sleeping bag and trek permits

  • Items of a personal nature ie soft drinks, souvenirs, laundry
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance - Included from Hamilton and Alexandra College
  • Project materials and labour force estimate to be fund raised by the group
  • Tips - recommended amounts will be provided



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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