Vietnam

 

Destination – Vietnam

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers groups the ability to experience the rich culture and natural beauty of Vietnam while engaging in meaningful service projects. Tour the “Hanoi Hilton” where American POWs were held during the Vietnam War and:

  • Wander through the well-manicured gardens of the Temple of Literature, the first “university” in Vietnam, dedicated to Confucius and other scholars
  • Travel to Mai Chau and bike through the rice paddies en route to your service learning project working with children
  • Study the history of Vietnam and learn about Ho Chi Minh, the revolutionary leader and national hero
  • Take a cooking class while enjoying some of the best food in SE Asia!

Vietnam is an emerging economy and the warm and welcoming people are eager to share their phenomenal cuisine and diverse culture.

Summary

Vietnam is a complex and beautiful country filled with rich culture, relevant history and stunning geography. Located south of China, east of Cambodia, and along the banks of the South China Sea, Vietnam has a beautiful shoreline and contains a wealth of biodiversity. With over 50 distinct ethnic groups, Vietnam also contains a wide variety of traditions and cultures. From Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Hanoi in the North there is something for every student travel tour in this peaceful and fascinating country.

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History and Culture in Vietnam & Cambodia

17 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1 & 2: Begin your journey / Overnight flight

Evening: Catch your flight and settle in for your air travel to SE Asia. Continue your travel en route to Hanoi, Vietnam

Evening Location:

Overnight flight

Day 3: Tour Old Quarter / Long Bien Bridge / Water puppet theater

Morning: Land in Singapore and depart for Hanoi. Arrive, meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader and transfer to your hotel to relax.

Afternoon: Walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter and visit Long Bien Bridge. Take a 30-minute cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, also known as 36 streets, and experience the hustle and bustle of thousands of shops and vendors selling everything from street food to Buddhist art to clothes and souvenirs. Later, enjoy a water puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater and end the day with a Vietnamese coffee or tea in a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.

Evening: Return to your hotel for an early dinner and good night’s rest.

Evening Location:

Old Quarter, Hanoi

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh complex / Temple of Literature / Hanoi Hilton

Morning: After breakfast, leave your hotel around 8 am and drive to the Ho Chi Minh complex to learn about Vietnam’s presidents from 1954 through 1979. See the stilt house they lived in and the presidential palace. From here, take a short walk to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. The citadel was built in the 11th century and served as the center of regional political power for almost 13 centuries. Visit the small museum and continue on to Cua Bac, the northern gate of the Citadel, and see how it was able to protect itself from French cannons.

Afternoon: After lunch, visit the Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first university, founded in 1070. One of the courtyards contains a statue of Confucius, highlighting the importance that Vietnamese society placed on education. Visit Hoa Lo Prison Museum known as the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War.

Evening: Dinner and free time for journaling and packing.

Evening Location:

Old Quarter, Hanoi

Day 5: Memorial House / Bach Ma Temple / Flight to Da Nang

Morning: After breakfast, explore the Old Quarter with your guide on foot to see the Memorial House, Bach Ma Temple, and Dong Xuen Market.

Afternoon: After lunch, drive to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. Transfer to your hotel and settle in.

Evening: Have dinner and walk the beach if time permits.

Evening Location:

Hoi An

Day 6: Hoi An UNESCO site / Beach time / Reflection

Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of the riverside town of Hoi An, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town is full of narrow streets and old buildings and has an easygoing demeanor. Have lunch at Streets Café, a restaurant staffed by local disadvantaged youth that allows them to earn wages, gain work experience, and have access to meals.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel for free time at the hotel or the beach.

Evening: Enjoy dinner and take some time to discuss the day’s experiences.

Evening Location:

Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An Market / Cooking Class / Visit local NGO

Morning: Visit Hoi An’s colorful market and take in the sights, sounds, and aromas. Interact with local vendors and learn about the various ingredients you’ll be gathering to use in the day’s cooking lesson later on. Take the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Upon arrival, explore the cooking school’s herb garden and learn about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s most famous dishes. After the 2-hour cooking lesson, sit down and enjoy the lunch you prepared!

Afternoon: After lunch, end the day with a visit to the local NGO ‘Reaching Out,’ an organization supporting disabled artisans. Afterwards, have the option of returning to the hotel or exploring the area by foot.

Evening:
Have dinner out at a local restaurant and free time to pack.

Evening Location:

Hoi An

Day 8: Flight to Ho Chi Minh City / Xa Loi Pagoda and more

Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Da Nang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Afternoon: Upon arrival, check into your hotel. After lunch, take a walking tour of the area with your guide. See Reunification Palace, Xa Loi Pagoda, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Evening: Have dinner out at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for a group discussion and a good night’s rest.

Evening Location:

Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9: Viet Cong war tunnels / War museum / Ben Thanh Market

Morning: Leave your hotel and go to Binh Noodle shop for breakfast. After breakfast, depart for Cu Chi to explore the maze of tunnels that were used extensively during the Vietnamese War by the Viet Cong. These tunnels allowed the VC to move about freely underground and undetected by the American troops above. On display are the remains of an American tank, man traps, and numerous craters caused by B52 bombers. Upon arrival to the tunnels, watch a short video on their construction and then spend an hour exploring the caves themselves with your guide.

Afternoon: Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Have lunch and visit Cha Tam Church, the War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market.

Evening: Have dinner in the Dong Khoi area. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore the area before returning to your hotel for the night.

Evening Location:

Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Floating Market / Mekong River sail / Visit local orchards

Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Chau Doc via Vinh Long to visit Cai Be Floating Market. Arrive in Cai Be and start your tour of the Delta with a cruise to Dong Phu and An Binh. Sail along some of the Mekong’s many branches and creeks. Visit local orchards and an old provincial house built by the French over 150 years ago. Merge with the TienGiang River, one of the two largest ‘arms’ of the Mekong, and witness the vital, water-based economic activity occurring in this area and discuss its significance with your guide.

Afternoon: After lunch, take a boat to Vinh Long where you’ll be picked up for the drive to Chau Doc.

Evening: Check into your hotel and have dinner at local restaurant.

Evening Location:

Chau Doc

Day 11: Boat ride to Phnom Penh / Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Morning: After an early breakfast, take a 5-hour speedboat ride to Phnom Penh.

Afternoon: Arrive in Phnom Penh in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, tour the Khmer Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a sobering and poignant testament to Cambodia’s horrific past that documents the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge against the Cambodian people. Discuss the experience as a group before taking some time to decompress in the busy, colorful booths of the vast central market.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy a walk up the river to visit the night market.

Evening Location:

Phnom Penh

Day 12: Russian Market / Hike to Wat Phnom / Killing Fields

Morning: After breakfast, your guide will take you to explore the Russian market. Time-permitting, you may have the opportunity to climb the hill to Wat Phnom, the city’s main temple.

Afternoon:
After lunch, take a short drive to visit Choeung Ek (The Killing Fields) where over 17,000 people were murdered and buried in mass graves by the Khmer Rouge.

Evening: Dinner out at a local restaurant and time to discuss and reflect on the past two days’ experiences and what was learned and observed. Processing time is important after learning about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.

Evening Location:

Phnom Penh

Day 13: Bus to Siem Reap / Rest and dinner

Morning/Afternoon: After an early breakfast, depart by bus for Siem Reap. En route, stop at Skun (“Spiderville”) for lunch near Kapong Thom Province. Check into your hotel in the late afternoon and rest up before dinner.

Evening: Dinner and free time, early to bed.

Evening Location:

Siem Reap

Day 14: Angkor National Museum / Night market shopping

Morning: Visit Ta Prom after breakfast, then the Angkor National museum, and the war museum if time.

Afternoon/ Evening: After lunch, return to the hotel for some free time, then go see Preah Kahn. Have dinner, then do some shopping at the Angkor Night Market.

Location:

Siem Reap

Day 15: Kulen National Park / Conservation / Landmine Museum

Morning: After an early breakfast, drive to Kbal Spean (Bridge Head), and Kulen National Park to view the series of sandstone carvings in the riverbed and on the banks, commonly known as the “The River of a Thousand Lingas.”

Afternoon:
Eat a pack lunch before visiting the Angkor Center for the Conservation of Biodiversity, located at the base of Kbal Spean mountain and take the tour. Afterwards, visit Banteay Srey temple and the Cambodia Landmine Museum before transferring back to Siem Reap.

Evening: Return to the hotel for dinner and some free time.

Evening Location:

Siem Reap

Day 16: Visit Angkor Wat and tour Angkor Thom

Morning: Visit to Angkor Wat after breakfast, followed by a tour of the temple. Later, visit Green Gecko to learn about what they do and have lunch at Green Star, Green Gecko’s training restaurant.

Afternoon/Evening: Take a break at the hotel after lunch, then visit Angkor Thom in the late afternoon. Afterwards, spend time in a crafts market searching for last-minute gifts for loved ones back home and have a final celebratory dinner out. Participate in a closing circle.

Evening Location:

Siem Reap

Day 17 & 18: Pack and depart for home

Morning/Afternoon: Depart and return home inspired and forever changed by your trip to Southeast Asia.

Evening Location:

Home

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– St. Augustine

Facts & Figures

Vietnam
Capital: Hanoi
Population: 93,421,835
Special Note: The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word
Languages:

Vietnamese (official), English, French

Religions:

Buddhist

93.6%

Muslim

4.9%

Christian

1.2%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

HIV/Aids

Carbon Emissions (%)