Overview

 Highlights


  • **Add on a service project to your joruney
  • Explore historic monuments and the colourful Old Quarter in Hanoi
  • Kayaking around the limestone islands in spectacular Halong Bay
  • Imperial history on the banks of the Perfume River in Hue
  • Visit remote villages and engage in hand on activities
  • Ancient architecture and laid-back atmosphere in Hoi An
  • Siem Reap and the iconic temples and monuments of Angkor
  • Cooking class and tai chi lesson

This exciting journey takes us through the heart and soul of Vietnam and Cambodia—diverse and fascinating countries steeped in ancient traditions and complex history. From bustling cities and colourful markets to ancient ruins; limestone outcrops and beautiful bays to grand imperial architecture and culminating in a service learning project assisting a rural community on the outskirts of Siem Reap. Our journey includes hands on activities and immersions, perfect for gaining a ruch experience. If time allows we can add on a service program to your journey.

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After months of planning and preparation the wait is finally over. On arrival in Hanoi you will be greeted by your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. Once you've check into your room and freshened up after your flight your guide will conduct a full trip and safety briefing. If time allows we will head out on a brief orientation travelling the way the locals do, by cyclo! Tonight we will visit a local restaurant to enjoy Vietnamese food at a warm welcome dinner.

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Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, is full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. Today we will explore this vibrant city including Ba Dinh Square and The Presidential Palace (formerly Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and nearby One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and the city's lively Old Quarter. The day comes to an end attending a wonderful performance of the Water Puppet Show.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we drive to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we board a small high quality cruise boat. Upon boarding we check into our cabins before enjoying a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish and seafood. Our cruise begins as we head off toward South East Ha Long Bay, passing by Chicken Crock, Tiptop Island and stopping at Dark and Bright Lagoon for kayaking or bamboo boating activities. On board the boat we choose from several interesting activities including a cooking demonstration with the chef on board and a tai chi lesson. Each day ends with a spectacular set-menu gastronomic dinner

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake early to enjoy the sunrise, the sounds of the lapping waves, the fresh sea air and the gentle breeze for our morning yoga session on the sundeck. Today we cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay and visit Ho Ba Ham area by kayaking or traditional bamboo boat. We cruise back to the dock, where we meet our driver and transfer back to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi we travel to the airport for our flight to Danang and transfer to Hue.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake for breakfast before we start exploring Hue. We will visit the Imperial City where Emperors of Nguyen dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945. The relics inside the city are surprisingly well preserved including royal gates, temples, palaces of the Kings and royal families. This afternoon we visit the vibrant and interesting Dong Ba Market, that stretches from Trang Tien Bridge to Gia Hoi Bridge.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we visit the quiet Thuy Bieu Village, located 6.5 km from the city centre, and famous for growing thanh tra fruit (a kind of small pomelo). We visit some of the garden houses, a unique feature of the Hue countryside, and enjoy relaxed walking around the village. We visit an old communal house, pass by several ancient ancestral temples and chat with local people. In the afternoon, we continue by road north to Hoi An. The scenery en-route is beautiful as we hug the coastline of the East Sea before winding up the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Here you can stop to admire the stunning views, north over Lang Co Beach and south over Da Nang. We arrive in Hoi An by the afternoon. In the evening you will take a short walking tour through the old streets of Hoi An. The streets are charming at night with lanterns hanging from shop fronts and café patrons spilling onto the streets. Among other things, Hoi An is famous for a particular noodle dish (Cao Lau) which we endeavor to sample during our time here.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the morning we take a walking exploration of the Ancient Streets of Hoi An, lined with Chinese traders’ homes and wooden houses reincarnated as restaurants, cafés, and outlets for local artists, craftsmen and tailors. Hoi An, arguably the most delightful town in Vietnam, was a major sea port in the Middle Ages. Untouched in any of the wars, Hoi An retains influences from Chinese, Japanese, French and even Portuguese and British traders who stopped here between China and India. Adding to Hoi An's beauty is the Thu Bon River which winds its way through the city and out to the South China Sea. The iconic lanterns are a symbol of Hoi An old town and seem to be a part of the spirit of Hoi An. We take a lantern making class to create our own Hoi An lantern, within the home of a local craftsman, we receive a brief introduction to the history, shape, and colour of the lanterns, as well as the many stages of making them. Discover your inner skill and keep your handiwork as a souvenir of this beautiful Hoi An. In the afternoon, there is time to relax or explore further.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival, you will be met by our Cambodian guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel for a trip and safety briefing for your Cambodia section of the program. Phnom Penh is a bustling, multicultural city at the confluence of the historic Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac Rivers. After experiencing our first dinner in Cambodia we will walk to the night markets located on the riverfront.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we explore the remarkable sights of Phnom Penh, travelling the way the locals do, by cyclo. The cyclo is an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore the city. We first head to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. Continue to visit the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. This afternoon, gain insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’. Also visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better. After learning about some of Cambodia’s tragic past it is time to put a smile back on your face and experience modern Khmer life. End the day with a delicious Khmer dinner at Romdeng. A charity restaurant housed in a restored colonial building where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we head overland to Siem Reap (duration 5-6 hours), the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. En route, we stop in the town of Skuon to learn about their most famous delicacy: deep-fried tarantula, which is a favourite snack of many Cambodians. When we arrive in Siem Reap we check into our hotel, and perhaps enjoy a swim in the hotel pool. Later this afternoon, we take a Tuk Tuk tour around Siem Reap. After dinner, those who are interested can enjoy some shopping at a night market where you could purchase some gifts or souvenirs.

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early breakfast, we head out to explore Angkor Wat, built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. This is a fantastic area to explore by cycling, away from cars on the back streets. If you prefer we can arrange to explore on foot or by coach. Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. From here, continue to visit Ta Prohm Temple, unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left just it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. After lunch, we visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, surrounded by an 8m high wall. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. Continue to Bayon Temple in the exact centre of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur, its exterior gallery walls featuring extensive, superb bas-reliefs, particularly the East and South Galleries. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs.

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Transfer to the airport for your flight home

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Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty:  Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

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

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

Partnerships For The Goals:  Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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.


Inclusions

  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • All flights as required
  • Good hotel accommodation through out
  • English speaking first aid trained local guide in Vietnam and Cambodia with medical kit
  • Exploration and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Ha Long Bay deluxe junk cruise
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles used for all airport transfers and group transport
  • All activities as per the itinerary

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Mineral water or drinks beyond that supplied
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls, laundry and email
  • Entry visa fees for Vietnam and Cambodia
  • Tips

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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.


Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


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
Programs

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.

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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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