11 Days

From Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta to Hanoi, Halong Bay and the village of Lao Cai – gaining knowledge of different Vietnamese micro cosmoses and seeing the most amazing sites of the country. This itinerary culminates in a service learning project in North Vietnam where students have the opportunity to help and work in a community hand-in-hand with the local population.

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart on overnight flight to Vietnam

Day 2: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

  • Meet your Tour Director on arrival
  • Orientation tour of city
  • See District 1, Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, and General Post Office
  • Welcome dinner

Day 3: Mekong Delta

  • Visit The Mekong Delta
  • Explore the Hung Vuong Pier in Ben Tre Town
  • Cruise on Cai Coi Canal
  • Lunch with local family
  • Take a Rice paper cake and coconut candy workshop
  • Take a Hand-made brick workshop with local family

Day 4: Mekong Delta

  • Visit the Cai Rang floating market
  • Take time with local family for activities like fishing, farming activities and a cooking class
  • Return to Ho Chi Minh City

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City / Hanoi

  • Fly to Hanoi
  • Visit the Museum of Ethnology, Old Quarter of Hanoi, traditional house on Ma May street
  • See the Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi Opera House and the St. Joseph Cathedral
  • Experence a famous Vietnamese traditional water puppet show

Day 6: Hanoi

  • City tour: Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum
  • The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho’s house on stilts and visit One Pillar Pagoda
  • Vietnam National Fine Art Museum
  • Board our overnight train to Lao Cai

Day 7: Lao Cai / Sapa Region

  • Visit remote village near the Chinese border
  • Explore Hoang Lien National Park, visit to Ta Van and SuPan villages
  • Encounter villagers living in hamlets and cultivating expansive rice fields
  • Visit Ban Ho village and enjoy dinner and an overnight with a local Tay family

Day 8: Sapa Region

  • School renovation: Join the local Hmong and Red Dao in a renovation project
  • Return to homestay for dinner and exploring around the village

Day 9: Sapa Region / Lao Cai

  • School renovation project
  • Transfer back to Lao Cai to board an overnight train back to Hanoi.

Day 10: Hanoi / Halong Bay

  • Depart to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Board a traditional wooden junk for overnight and cruise in the World Heritage area

Day 11: Halong Bay / Hanoi / Home

  • Brunch aboard your cruise of Halong Bay
  • Visit the Cave of Halong Ba, “Surprising Cave”
  • Transfer to the airport for your flights home
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