Overview

 Highlights


  • Uncover the vibrancy of life in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi
  • Gain an understanding of life in rural communities
  • Explore Ha Long Bay, one of the world most beautiful natural environments
  • Cooking session with Hmong women
  • Understand the impacts of coastal erosion in Central Vietnam
  • Exploring the ancient town of Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue
  • Personal growth from travel as a horizon broadening experience
  • Discover the incredible Mekong Delta and some if it's industries

This is a unique opportunity for students to experience some of the highlights of Vietnam gain a deeper understanding of life in Vietnam. Your adventure begins in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, where you'll learn a bit about Vietnam's cultural and modern history and observe daily street life in the city. In Hanoi you will find French inspired boulevards, lakes, grand merchant houses and streets and alleyways which are as ancient as they are interesting to wander down. You'll travel to the mountainous valley area of Mai Chau where you will meet local families and gain an understand their work and the challenges they meet. Returning to Hanoi you drive to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ha Long Bay where you set sail amongst limestone pinnacles and quiet bays and have opportunities for kayaking and exploration. Your journey then heads south to Hue and Hoi An in Central Vietnam where you will discover these ancient cities and gain an undersanding of how climate change is affecting these coastal regions. Your program concludes in Ho Chi Minh where you will have a full day to explore the mighty Mekong Delta.

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Sydney

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After all the preparation, the wait is over! Depart for Hanoi. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the group hotel. Please look for the World Expeditions Schools welcome sign in the arrivals hall. Once checked into your hotel you will have a full trip and safety briefing with your guide. Following this we walk from the hotel to a restaurant specialised in the different ethnic cuisines of North Vietnam. Following dinner your cultural immersion starts in earnest with a walk by the Old Quarter and along the Hoan Kiem Lake. Overnight Hanoi

Meals:  D

In the morning, the group will first visit the Vietnam Women Museum. A very interesting place to learn more about the place of women in Vietnam’s History and the evolution of their roles in the society. The second part of the morning is dedicated to the Temple of Literature. Then lunch is served nearby, at the KOTO restaurant, a social enterprise that train disadvantaged youths. In the afternoon, drive to the mountainous region of Mai Chau. Mai Chau is inhabited by a majority of White Thai people living in hamlets of wooden houses on stilts. Overnight Homestay, Mai Chau

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, the group will transfer to a remote sub-valley located about 10 kilometres further West. They will start there a 15-kilometre cycling tour on narrow pathways across villages and passing by vegetables gardens. This will give an overview of the rural daily life in the region. After the tour, a cooking session is arranged with the women of a village. Students will learn how to cook several iconic dishes including the rice cooked in bamboo. Lunch on spot with the food cooked by the group plus some additional dishes. In the afternoon, the group transfers back to Hanoi. Evening water puppet show and dinner. Overnight Hotel, Hanoi

Meals:  B,L,D

You depart Hanoi for Ha Long Bay in our private air conditioned coach (approximately a 3 hour drive). On arrival, you board our traditional junk for a journey through the 3000 limestone islands dotted with caves and grottoes. After lunch your captain will find a secluded spot. After a safety briefing you will have time to explore the Bay on your kayaks with your Guide. The evening will be spent on board the Junk moored in the emerald waters of the Bay. Dinner and overnight onboard.

Meals:  B,L,D

Early morning Tai Chi session arranged on the sundeck followed by a light breakfast. You will continue your exploration of the Bay and local caves. Brunch is served as the boat cruises back to the pier where you will disembark around mid-morning. Upon arrival early afternoon in Hanoi, the group will visit the Ho Chi Minh complex and navigate through the history of the country reunification and declaration of independence. Afterwards, the group will have a day use in a hotel to refresh and rest a bit before an early dinner. At 1800 head to the train station to hop on the Reunification night train to Hue. The train features 4-berth air-conditioned cabins (exclusive use). Overnight train.

Meals:  B,L,D

Upon arrival in Hue, the group is met and taken for breakfast. The second part of the morning is dedicated to a walking exploration of the walled citadel and the forbidden city to learn about the relatively recent imperial past of the country. Lunch will be served in a garden house in an old village, where Mandarins of the Emperor used to reside. Afternoon, visit the tomb of Tu Duc before hitting the road to the South. Pass by Lang Co bay and stop at the top of the Hai Van Pass. Arrive in Hoi An in the late afternoon. In the evening, the group is divided in teams (1 adult per team) and equipped with a map delimitating the game area. Each team will have a list of local foods to find, order properly and taste in a limited time. The fastest team wins. Overnight Hoi An

Meals:  B,L,D

Today the group will cycle on small roads and across narrow bridges to an island of the Thu Bon River located about 15km from the hotel. Meet with a local youth collective that acts for a more sustainable future. They will introduce the group to the current coastal erosion situation, explain the challenges, the risks and the possible solutions. The group will help restoring the ecosystem by planting trees and supporting the natural protection against floods. Lunch at a local farm on the way back from the tree planting to towns. Afternoon at leisure to rest or shopping in the old town. Sunset and dinner on the beach. Overnight 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 restaurant for lunch. The lunch is one of the local specialties: the broken rice. After lunch, 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). Head to hotel, check-in and have some time to rest and refresh. Early evening, dinner at a local restaurant

Meals:  B,L,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. Evening farewell dinner. Overnight Saigon

Meals:  B,L,D

The exact program of today will depend on the time of the departure flight. If time allows, we can arrange some visits/activities and a lunch.

Meals:  B


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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

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

  • return economy class airfares from Sydney/Hanoi
  • all meals
  • airport transfers
  • 7 nights in hotels/guesthouses on a twin share basis
  • 1 night on board traditional Junk
  • 1 overnight train (4 berth, air-conditionsed sleeper)
  • one way (economy) flight with Vietnam Airlines, Danang to Ho Chi Minh
  • private air conditioned vehicles
  • daily drinking water
  • sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • expert bilingual local guide in Vietnam with medical kit
  • teacher's from Tara Anglican School accompanying the trip

  • visa fees
  • personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • expenditure of a personal nature such as soft drinks, souvenirs and laundry
  • tips and gratuities

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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.

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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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