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Vietnam Adventure

Go on a gastronomic adventure, wake up on a private island, abseil down waterfalls and revel in the Vietnamese nightlife.

Prices from US$1,195

From the jungle-clad mountain peaks of the north that descend into lush rice paddies by the Chinese border via the pristine beaches that fringe the central coast to the south where the iconic Mekong River meets the sea, Vietnam is startlingly beautiful.

The country provides a world of unimaginable beauty offering the perfect setting for an adventure that will take you everywhere – from buzzing night bazaars full of jewel-bright lanterns, to pearl-white sand beaches and picture perfect vistas; from dazzling temples to formidable sunken Buddha statues hidden by a riot of rainforest vegetation.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food Tour in Hanoi
  • Take a cooking class
  • Learn about Vietnamese culture and history
  • Canyoning and Abseiling in Dalat

FAST FACTS

Location Vietnam
Activities

See some of Vietnam's inspiring landscapes
Take a Vietnamese cooking class
Explore ancient cities
Stay on a private island in UNESCO World Heritage listed Ha Long Bay

Transport

Airport pick up
Domestic flight

Accommodation Shared hostels

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country

Accommodation (mainly private rooms, shared dorms on the island)
21 meals
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This project provides you with the perfect introduction to Vietnam as you explore some of its highlights on a guided group tour. Treat your taste buds on our foodie tour and cooking class, wake up on a private island, snorkel in a stunning reef, abseil pounding waterfalls, learn about the history of Cu Chi & have some great nights out.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Day 1 & 2: Welcome to Hanoi

Your trip begins with a welcome dinner in Hanoi where you will meet your group and share a few drinks with your new travel buddies.

Vietnam is famous for its diverse range of exotic food. Your local guide will take you on a tour to some hidden places where you can sample weird, interesting and tasty food whilst getting to know your way around the city. Later you'll see a water puppet show – probably one of the most random things you will experience in your life and a big part of the Vietnamese culture. Party, Hanoi-style! Vietnam is very different – in a good way!  Mingle and dance with locals and other travellers in the alleys of Hanoi, grab yourself a tiny stool and join the crowd for some ‘fresh beer’.

Day 3-5: Vietnamese Junk Boat & Private Island Stay

Cruise Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay on a typical Vietnamese 'junk' boat. Enjoy magical scenery and kayak through crystal clear waters past hundreds of lime stone karsts. Stay overnight on a Vietnamese junk boat, moored in a secluded cove within Halong Bay.

Enjoy a night on a private beach in Halong Bay. It doesn't get more idyllic than this! Chill in a hammock, go for a swim or kayak, play some beach volleyball and karaoke at night. Wake up to the sound of the ocean. After breakfast we head back towards Hanoi, while cruising along hundreds of islands and learning how to make Vietnamese spring rolls; for another night on the town.

Day 6-8: Fly to Hoi An & Island Cooking Class

It may not seem that way, but Vietnam is actually a pretty large country. To get the most out of your 13-days, your trip includes a flight from Hanoi to Hoi An. With red lanterns hanging from trees, buildings and shops all around town, Hoi An is known as the City of Lanterns. At night, when the lanterns light up the streets, you'll go on a walk through town before heading to a bar.

Learn to cook the most delicious dishes in a private cooking class!

Spend time in beautiful Hoi An where life is amazingly laid-back with a city; perfect for relaxing, eating and shopping and a beautiful beach a short bike ride from town.

Day 9: Wake up in Paradise!

To get from Hoi An to Ninh Van Bay you will get an overnight sleeper bus – you’ll get your own bed and most buses even have WiFi. Wake up in Ninh Van Bay the next morning to spend the day in pure paradise!; beautiful rolling hills next to white beaches, crystal clear waters and an abundance of colourful corals and fish. Meet your guide in the afternoon to explore the surrounding areas with a trekking trip! Otherwise relax by the pool, challenge your group to a game of beach volleyball, unwind with a movie in the outdoor cinema, pamper yourself at the spa or take to the water in a kayak.

Day 10-11: Canyoning & Abseiling

Da Lat, the central city of the Vietnamese highlands is famous for its cool temperatures and stunning waterfalls. Da Lat is known as the romantic city of Vietnam with lots of locals heading here to get married. You'll arrive early afternoon, which gives you time to explore this cute town.

The next day get ready for the ultimate thrill! Get your gear and start the adventure: Hike through lush green rain forest, abseiling and swimming in the canyon -walk down pounding waterfalls, slide through the canyon and jump off cliffs before getting to the ‘washing machine’. Adrenaline rush guaranteed!

Don't worry if this isn't for you. DaLat offers stunning scenery with heaps of things to do, so we'll work out what you're comfortable with. 

Day 12-13: History of Cu Chi & Farewell

You'll take the bus to your final stop Ho Chi Minh City. This city is buzzing and great to have a good night out.

Obviously, you can't visit Vietnam and not learn about the country's history including the Vietnam War. You will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to gain an inisght into what happened.

Later, get ready for the final night and enjoy farewell drinks on one of the rooftop bars.

Day 14: Checkout!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival into Hanoi and taken to your accommodation by a local memeber of staff. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout the tour you will be staying in mainly private rooms (shared dorms on the island)

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

The tour includes 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners. This gives you plenty of chances to eat out with others from your group and sample the local cuisine. In Vietnam the most common foods include a wide variety of noodle soups and fragrant rice dishes; Vietnamese food is renowned for its delicious blend of flavours and spices; you may get the chance to taste favourites such as spring rolls and spicy Vietnamese salads and along the coast you are never far away from the fresh catch of the day!

Plus, you will get the opportunity to learn how to cook Vietnamese traditional dishes yourself. 

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AWESOME TRIP  | 17 Nov 2019
Awesome trip! The itinerary is very good. You spend just enough time in each place without it fee...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Vietnam is an incredible country with many hidden gems and natural wonders, whether it be the epic scenery of UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay, the terraced landscapes of lush green rice paddies and hill tribes of the north or the markets and world famous tailors of Hoi An, you're sure to find something to sweep your imagination away.  Stay on after your tour to explore even more of what Vietnam has to offer.

COSTS

Project fee US$1,195

Registration fee US$195

DEPARTURE DATES

 The project starts every monday, please check availability before booking.

DURATION

13 days

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Kit advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Pick up from airport
  • Accommodation
  • 21 meals
  • Local orientation  
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • International HQ emergency support & back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Hanoi (HAN)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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