DISCOVER NORTHERN VIETNAM

DISCOVER NORTHERN VIETNAM

 

12 DAY CULTURAL TOUR WITH A REAL VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE

Also available an optional add on volunteering program 

Overview:

Locations: Hanoi, Mai Chau, Hoa Binh, Ba Vi, Halong Bay

Tour length: 12 days

Volunteer work: Ba Vi Disability Centre

Arrival airport: Noi Bai, Hanoi

Departure airport: Noi Bai, Hanoi

Group size: Maximum 10 – Minimum 6 – A very personal tour

Minimum age: 18

 

About:

We are first and foremost a volunteering agency but over the past seven years have arranged many trips in country for our volunteers. We all live here, volunteer here, and have a wealth of local knowledge. Because of our experience we have also noted that many people are unsure if they have what it takes to volunteer so we wanted to put together something that would give people the opportunity to experience volunteering at a very needy program and also to experience the wonderful culture and sights of Vietnam. For those that want we also provide an opportunity for you to stay on and the end of the tour and join our volunteer program at no extra cost for as long as you desire.  We are family and invite you to join us and become part of the VIVPS/Helping Hands Vietnam international family.

Highlights:

  • Hanoi short city tour – Temple of Literature, Women’s Museum, Ngoc Son Temple
  • Mai Chau – Mountains, Rice Paddies, Ethnic Minority People, Handicrafts, Mo Luong Caves
  • Hoa Binh – Off the tourist trail, Thung Nai Lake, Temples, Ho Chi Minh Monument
  • Ba Vi – Hilltop Pagoda, Rural Vietnam
  • The real highlight for most will be the volunteering experience
  • Hanoi shopping – night markets
  • Halong Bay – World heritage listed, a magnificent sight
  • Farewell dinner, something special, surprise
  • Vietnamese people, culture and hospitality

Accommodation:

4 Star hotels – twin share rooms

Wi Fi available

Food:

Majority of meals included – see itinerary

Laundry:

Use when available at hotels, or services in Hanoi

Tour Includes:

  • All accommodation
  • All in Country transport
  • All tour activities
  • Tour Guides 24/7
  • Most meals
  • Helping Hands Vietnam support

Tour does not include:

  • Flights, Tourist Visa fees, Vaccinations, Travel Insurance
  • Airport Departure, Travel to back to Ba VI for add on volunteering
  • Some meals

Tour Cost:

  • $US 1,765
  • We have kept this tour to a maximum of ten people to enhance your experience and so that you have a more personal time with your fellow travelers
  • A 10% non-refundable deposit is required 2 months out from the tour date
  • Full payment is due 1 month from commencement date

Tour Dates:

  • 2017  October 5 – 16   6 places available 
  •           November 9 -20 4 places available 
  • 2018 January 11 – 22   Sold
  •           March 15 – 26    8 places available
  •           May 10 – 22        Available 

Register:

 

 

Please go to our Contact Us tab on this site  

Send a message with your contact details

Please nominate your preferred tour date

We will forward an information pack to you and get things started

Full Itinerary:  

Day 1 Thursday - Arrival Day (D)

Some people may choose to arrive on Wednesday, if so accommodation will be at your own cost Wednesday night, coordinators will be available to help out

WELCOME TO VIETNAM!

        

Thursday is arrival day and our team will be busy picking up people from the airport and transporting them into Hanoi City. We will have a member of our team permanently stationed at the hotel to help you exchange money, sim cards, or anything else you may need. As there will be a number of arrival times it can be termed a free day with our coordinator in Hanoi giving directions to early arrivals as to where you might like to go. During the afternoon we will have a pleasant stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake with the early arrivals, at night with later ones, also a visit to the street markets.

For those that have arrived before dinner we will have a welcome to Vietnam dinner around 7pm

Accommodation: May De Ville Hotel
Address: 43 Gia Ngu, Hoan Kiem

Day 2 Friday Hanoi Tour (B)

People will still be a little tired so we will start the morning with a meeting to outline what will happen over the course of your time with us, specifically the next few days. We will go over the itinerary and attempt to give you an insight into Vietnam Culture, the do’s and don’ts. You will also receive a basic Vietnamese lesson and this lesson will be ongoing throughout the tour, foreigners making the attempt to speak Vietnamese are highly respected by most locals. Then onto the short city tour, first the Temple of Literature, (a mini food tour to lunch) and then in the afternoon the Women’s Museum and Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain)

Evening is free time but be aware of an early start the next day as we head for Mai Chau.

Day 3 Saturday Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Early morning bus trip to Mai Chau town in the North West mountains, depart 8.00am

Lunch along the way on the mountain top (surprise)

Arrive hotel early afternoon, relax, swim in the pool

Later that day, explore the Mo Luong cave network and stroll through the local ethnic minority village

Evening buffet dinner and local dance performance

Accommodation: Mai Chau Lodge Hotel

Address: Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

    

 

Day 4 Sunday Mai Chau Hoa Binh (B- L)

Morning in Mai Chau – bike riding tour 2.5 hours, or rest, swim

Depart for Hoa Binh 11.30am – Lunch along the way

Afternoon - Visit Thung Nai lake (Den Ba Chua, Dong Thac Bo, Den Co Be)

Check in to hotel then dinner in Hoa Binh

Accommodation: AP Plaza Hotel

Address:  Dong Tien, Hoa Binh      

   

 

Day 5 Monday -  Hoa Binh Ba Vi (B, L, D)

9.00am visit the local Hydro Electric Dam and a huge statue of Ho Chi Minh – father of the country

Depart to Ba Vi around 10.30am

Lunch at the Hilltop Pagoda

Orientation at the centre

Book into hotel – Dinner

Accommodation: O2 Garden Hotel

Address:  Lang Suoi Hai

 

Day 6,7,8 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Volunteering at the Disability Centre (B,D)

 

Volunteering at the centre 3 days

Thursday - Depart for Hanoi after Dance Day at the centre

Accommodation: Ma De Ville Hotel

Address: 43 Gia Ngu, Hoan Kiem

 

Day 9 Friday, Hanoi (B)

Free day – Some very tired people, relax, shop, sight see

 

Day 10 – Saturday – Hanoi to Halong Bay (B,L,D)

Early start and a 4 hour bus trip to Ha Long Bay, a stop along the way to refresh and possibly buy some local products

Afternoon – Cruise the Bay

Ha Long Bay (Vietnamese: descending dragon bay) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quảng Ninh Province.

Accommodation: Overnight on the boat

            

 

Day 11 Sunday - Halong Bay Hanoi (B L - D)

You will spend the morning cruising the bay and then after a light lunch you will return to Hanoi.

Sadly it comes to an end today, after the bus trip back to Hanoi, you will book into hotel, some last minute shopping and then our farewell dinner. At this time we hope you have enjoyed Northern Vietnam and all it has to offer, we hoped that you have immersed yourself into the Vietnam culture and their unique way of life, hopefully you will have a better understanding of life of children with disabilities in Vietnam and will always carry that with you.

For those of you who are taking our Add On option and heading back out to Ba Vi for more volunteering and adventure, then maybe it has just begun, but will now be seen through a different set of eyes.

Accommodation: May De Ville Hotel

Day 12 - Monday - Departures

Our staff along with the Hotel staff will help you arrange transport to the airport or for those staying on, transport back to Ba Vi

Whats not included and why ?

Flights, Visa fees, Vaccinations, Travel Insurance

Airport Departure, Travel to back Ba VI for add on volunteering

Some meals are not included in the above itinerary most of the meals provided are with the accommodation, people have very different tastes and rather than try to cater for all in one sitting it is best that you buy what you want to eat, for the price you want to spend. We find this way people cater to their own tastes and also save money, or spend what they like and are not dissatisfied with group meals, you will also experience a wider variety of food.

 

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