A Taste of Vietnam

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                      A Taste of Vietnam
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                      A Taste of Vietnam
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                      A Taste of Vietnam

The Concept

Southern Vietnam is a place of fascinating contradictions; thriving metropolis and peaceful rural lands, colonial and Asian influence in food and architecture, and a creative and artistic people living with the scars of a devastating war. Students on this 9-day tour will experience these contradictions for themselves as they travel from Saigon to the Mekong Delta, and onto the lovely port town of Hoi An. Highlights of this tour include a visit to the incredible Cu Chi tunnels built and occupied by the Viet Cong, the stunning 12th century ruins of My Son, and a Vietnamese cooking lesson.

 This affordable tour is aimed at secondary school students, and has been designed to include Content and language Integrated Learning opportunities. These experiences will assist students in gaining a better understanding and respect for different cultures.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – HO CHI MINH CITY

Fly from Australia to Ho Chi Minh City to meet your guide who will teach you some basic Vietnamese during the transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2 HO CHI MINH CITY (B, D)

After breakfast start the day with a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s wide boulevards including a visit to the former Presidential Palace (now Reunification Hall), famous as the destination for North Vietnamese tanks as they rolled into Saigon on the morning of April 30, 1975. Also visit the Old Post Office and Notre-Dame Basilica. Continue to the War Museum. Afternoon free for activities, at your teachers’ discretion. Dinner is included this evening.

DAY 3 HO CHI MINH CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS (B, D)

Following breakfast, take a morning tour to Cu Chi to visit the amazing tunnel system built by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. After lunch (own arrangements) visit the War Remnants Museum with your guide, a sobering reminder of the horrors of war. This is always an emotional experience for students and teachers as they view the famous photo gallery and wander through the garden. Dinner is included this evening, followed by a visit to the Saigon Opera House for a performance of the AO Show – a highlight of your visit, featuring traditional dance, music and acrobatics.

DAY 4 HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA (B, L)

Early breakfast before an 8:00am departure for the two-hour drive to Cai Be, deep in the Mekong Delta. If there is time, you might stop at a snake farm along the way… The tour begins with a boat trip, discovering local trading boats at the floating markets, followed by a visit to some home factories that produce rice paste, rice popcorn and coconut candy. Proceed to the evergreen islands along the Mekong River, through a large network of meandering tributaries, crisscrossed with countless arroyos. Following this, walk through a local village and fruit gardens, before coming to the preserved ‘Mandarin’ house. Built centuries ago, at least four generations of the same family have lived here. Mrs Kiet, the owner of the house, will serve you an appetising Vietnamese lunch. Take a stroll through the family’s fruit orchard before continuing to Tan Phong Island, where you will take a local rowing boat through the canals before returning to Cai Be. Return by private coach to your hotel. Dinner tonight is at own arrangements.

DAY 5 HO CHI MINH CITY – DA NANG – HOI AN (B)

After breakfast you will have a free morning for some shopping and sightseeing, before a midday flight to Da Nang. Transfer to the charming and historic beachside town of Hoi An. Along the way, you will see the beautiful Non Nuoc Beach, the Cham Museum containing the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world, and five sacred hills known as the Marble Mountains containing dozens of Buddhist shrines. Lunch and dinner today is at own arrangements.

DAY 6 HOI AN – MY SON – HOI AN (B, D)

Following breakfast, begin the day with a tour deep into the jungle 40km southwest of Hoi An, to visit the ruins of My Son, dating from the 7th - 13th centuries. An afternoon walking tour through the narrow streets of Hoi An completes a busy day. Dinner is included this evening.

DAY 7 HOI AN (B, L)

This morning after breakfast you will have a cooking lesson at Mrs V’s famous restaurant Morning Glory which includes a memorable visit to the local markets to purchase your ingredients. After your cooking class and lunch visit Lifestart Foundation and participate in a painting lesson, and a lantern making class. The Lifestart Foundation supports Vietnamese disabled women, and you will meet them during your afternoon workshop. You will also be amazed at their skill in creating products out of recycled material, and may wish to support them by buying a small present for family and friends in their gift shop. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at own arrangements for you to enjoy this picturesque town. Dinner this evening is at your own arrangements at one of the many beautiful and inexpensive restaurants in Hoi An.

DAY 8 HOI AN – DA NANG – HO CHI MINH CITY – AUSTRALIA (B)

Check out after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport in Da Nang for your flight back to Ho Chi Minh City to connect with your overnight flight home to Australia.

DAY 9 AUSTRALIA (B)

Arrive back home in Australia.

Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares, including pre-paid taxes and charges
  • Domestic air fares, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airport in private air-conditioned coach
  • 7 nights twin/triple share accommodation in 3 star hotels
  • Breakfast daily, Lunches and dinners, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Cooking Class in Hoi An at Morning Glory including market tour
  • Lifestart lantern making and painting class Hoi An
  • English speaking local guide throughout
  • Walking tours as listed with your guide
  • Mekong Delta day trip
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour
  • Entrance fees to War Remnants Museum, AO Show.