Day 1 – International Flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Today you'll start your adventure to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Day 2 – Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City
Upon arrival, your Tour Manager will welcome you and you will head directly to your hotel to relax and unwind. In the evening, your Tour Manager will take you on a brief tour offering you your first glimpse of this beautiful city.
Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City
This morning, you will have an introduction to the history of South Vietnam as well as Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon. You will then explore the city and its many highlights.
Ho Chi Minh City, the most robust city in Vietnam, is an important center of business, arts and entertainment. It is a city where thousands of motorcycles, rickshaws, cars and buses share the same street and sidewalks are turned into badminton courts. You will have an opportunity to visit both old and new Ho Chi Minh City plus the French Quarter before you head to the market streets, the temples of Cholon and Chinatown.
Day 4 – Ho Chi Minh City & Cuchi Tunnels
Today you will visit the Cuchi tunnels. This network of tunnels was built in the early 1940s during the war against the French. The tunnels, more than 820,000 feet long and three levels deep, became famous during the Vietnam War when they were used by the Vietcong guerilla troops as a hideout for their surprise attacks on the Americans and the allied troops.
Day 5 – Mekong Delta
You'll travel to the Mekong Delta, one of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Vietnam. The Mekong Delta is often referred as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam because the area produces more than half of Vietnam’s rice, thanks to good soil, a great water supply and fantastic weather. You will take a boat ride and explore the Mekong Delta’s canals, orchards, the famous floating market and towns.
Days 6-9 – Mekong Delta Host Community and Service Project
This morning, you head to your host community. In this small village, families commute via motorbike, bicycle or on foot over narrow dirt paths woven through lush tropical forests, and many community members live in small palm thatched bamboo houses. Although the community makes do with the little means they do have, the same heavy rains that make the region ideal for rice production often render these paths impassable and deteriorate community homes over time.
The community service project is the heart of your program—an excellent way to bond with your new friends through service. Projects will be determined based on the current needs of the community and may include constructing a safe walking bridge over a small river that overflows during the rainy season, rebuilding a community member’s house that has deteriorated over time and with bad weather, or building a cement walkway so community members can walk from place-to-place with ease during the rainy season.
On your first full day in the community you will meet in the morning for an introduction to your project and talk with the local community members who will work with you. You may use bicycles to ride between your host family lodging and the service project site. You will begin your work, as you will each morning in the community, and take a break for lunch. After lunch you will continue your project for a few more hours. The afternoons will be filled with cultural activities that may include playing with the local children, a boat ride on the canal, a bicycle ride along village roads, and traditional cooking lessons with local families.
The entire group will live with one or more local families. This may be in their main house or in a cottage on the family’s property. The number of host families and cottages will be determined by the size of the group. Sharing familial space and practices with members of the host community will not only add significance to the work you will do, but will immerse you into the heart of the Vietnamese culture.
Day 10 – Mekong Delta to Mui Ne Beach
After breakfast, you will say goodbye to your host family or families and head for the beach at Mui Ne. On the way you will pass Phan Thiet, an area known for one of the largest amounts of fish sauce production in Vietnam.
Mui Ne awaits you with endless white sand beaches, charming fishing villages, desert-like dunes and numerous types of rare flora and fauna. After checking into the hotel you will have free time to relax and enjoy the beach. In the evening you will meet for dinner and reflect on your work done in the Mekong Delta.
Day 11 – Mui Ne
Today you enjoy a half-day guided tour of Mui Ne. You will explore enormous sand dunes and have some local-style fun with the children sliding down the dunes! You will walk along a pink stream with beautiful sand shapes, pass by green rice paddies, and stop for a visit at a local fish sauce house.
In the afternoon you will relax at the beach.
Day 12 – Mui Ne - Ho Chi Minh City
In the morning, you will relax at the beach and have fun outdoor games such as water volleyball and other team building games. In the afternoon you will head back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 13 – Depart
Today your Vietnam program comes to a close, as you will leave early for our flight out of Ho Chi Minh City.
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