Visit Thailand on Songkran Festival - Thai New Year
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An exciting school tour full of diversity to keep students stimulated and engaged which includes a rewarding community service project.
The group will be greeted at the Hanoi airport by the Wide Eyed Tours team and transferred by airconditioned bus to the hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. An orientation walking tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter will give the students a great introduction to the chaos of this fascinating city and finish at a local restaurant for dinner.
This morning’s Ha Noi City Tour will begin with a tour of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to learn about Uncle Ho’s great life and see the Presidential Gardens surrounding the Mausoleum. The tour continues to the Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Hoa Lo Prison. Today’s lunch will be a treat at KOTO, a vocational training organization for street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. The afternoon is free for the students to explore the chaotic tangle of lively streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
This morning the group will take a private airconditioned bus on a three and a half hour journey to Ha Long City where they will board a junk for an unforgettable cruise on the tranquil waters of the bay. After a delicious seafood banquet on board the boat the students will be able to take a kayak to explore the hidden areas around the bay, enjoy a hike up to the top of Ti Top Island to see the amazing view of the bay and take a swim off the sandy shores of the island. A full day of stunning scenery, delicious food and fun activities.
After a morning visiting the Sung Sot Cave and a final meal on board which includes a cooking demonstration, it is time for the tour group to return to shore, board the bus and return to Hanoi.
After a short flight to Da Nang the group will board a private airconditioned bus for the two hour journey to the village of Co Tu. Lunch will be served shortly after your arrival at the central community house.
The students will be be introduced to the local villagers and be able to inspect their basic dwellings, gaining an understanding of village life and the daily challenges these people cope with.
The students will be divided into working parties and assigned tasks. The priority will be getting the children familiar with the project and only a day of light manual labour as an introduction and acclimatization of the environment. Before dinner everyone can take an easy 1.5 km walk to the nearby waterfall for a refreshing swim.
The students will be completely involved in the community service project today, a reward day of building much needed toilets for family homes and repairing the local school. Another afternoon swim at the waterfall will complete the day before enjoying a dinner cooked by the Co Tu ethnic minority people.
The community service building project continues today with an afternoon break to visit the nearby Zo Ra village to learn traditional weaving and handicraft skills from the local women. In the evening the students will be entertaining with a traditional dance performed by the local Co Tu people
The morning will be spent on the community service building project. After a final meal with the Co Tu people and a chance to say goodbye, it is then time to take the bus to Hoi An arriving mid afternoon. The students will be taken on an orientation tour around the peaceful lantern lit streets of Hoi An, which are teeming with colourful shops, restaurants and galleries.
Today there are no planned activities so the group is free to enjoy the charm of Hoi An and its friendly locals. The nearby beach is safe, clean and beautiful and the best way to get around is by bicycle.
A short flight brings the group to the modern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh, also known as Saigon, with its towering skyscrapers, shopping malls and neon lights mingling with street food sellers and a sea of motorbikes. This evening the group will enjoy dinner at the Ben Thanh night market with an opportunity to shop at the colourful street stalls before returning to the hotel.
This morning’s Saigon City Tour will include the absorbing War Remnants museum, the historic central Post Office, the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and the Reunification Palace. After a local lunch the Cu Chi Tunnels Tour begins with a 1.5 hour drive to the countryside. Upon arrival the students will be shown a short propaganda film that was produced in 1969. Then they will have an opportunity to experience life in the tunnels and crawl through sections under supervision of the trained local Cu Chi guides. The tour will leave a lasting impression of the desperation and ingenuity of the Cu Chi guerrillas.
This active full day tour to the Mekong Delta is full of fun and exciting new foods to try. The students travel by airconditioned bus for 2 hours to the city of My Tho where they will board a long narrow boat to explore the waterways of the Mekong Delta. During the tour they will sample fresh tropical fruit grown in the Mekong and enjoy a lunch of specialties from this region, including Elephant Ear fish. The group will return to Saigon late in the afternoon for a rest before a farewell dinner.
The transfer to the Saigon airport will take 45 minutes in a private airconditioned bus.
Visit Thailand on Songkran Festival - Thai New Year
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