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School Geography Trip to Vietnam

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A geography school trip to Vietnam will give your students the opportunity to explore some incredible landscape features, including the iconic towering limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay!

Hanoi, the laidback city with stunning French colonial architecture, accompanied by lakes, shaded boulevards and public parks, is the spirit of historic Vietnam, along with its many temples and monuments. The narrow streets of the Old Quarter hold an insight into the ancient culture, while the rest of the city changes at a rapid rate.

Vietnam’s global position in economic terms is helped by the plans put in place to increase agricultural production, as well as industrial output. Ha Long Bay has two well-defined ecosystems and spectacular scenery formed over millions of years of geological activity. The trip can be combined with a stay in Ho Chi Minh City and a visit to the Mekong Delta.

And why not give more students the opportunity to visit Vietnam by teaming up with the history department to make this a cross-curricular school trip?

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 7 days/5 nights)

Boat Cruise, Ha Long Bay

Take a Boat Cruise in Ha Long Bay!

The best way to see Ha Long Bay is by boat! You’ll see impressive limestone karsts, as well as grottoes, caves and islands!

Local legend has it that the bay was created when the gods sent dragons to protect the Vietnamese from invaders. The dragons dropped jewels into the bay and this created the islands, which formed a protective barrier against the enemy ships. The dragons remain resting in the waters today and the bay’s name actually means ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’.

A cruise around this spectacular bay is a must-do on a geography school trip to Vietnam and really is an experience that your students will never forget.

Did you know?

Ha Long Bay is home to around 1600 limestone islands and islets – and some of them are over 20 million years old!

Hanoi, Vietnam

Take a Tour of Hanoi City!

Explore Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, which is over 1,000 years old! Walking through the streets of the Old Quarter and the French Quarter, you’ll learn more about the fascinating history of Vietnam.

The city was the capital of French Indochina from 1883 until 1945, and the impact of French colonisation is still clear today, from the architecture to the food, which has led to it being dubbed the ‘Paris of the East’.

Hanoi was, of course, the seat of power when North Vietnam declared itself independent in 1954. And when North and South Vietnam were reunited in 1976, it once again became the national capital.

Did you know?

Hanoi means ‘city inside rivers’ and Hanoi is built on the lowland between two rivers. Many lakes can be found within the city limits, and these offer the locals tranquillity and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of this busy city.

Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi

Visit the Fine Arts Museum!

The Fine Arts Museum explores the history of artistic culture in Vietnam and will help your students better understand the country’s history and culture.

The Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum opened its doors to the public in 1966, and boasts an exhibition space of around 3,000m².

There are around 20,000 objects in the museum’s collection, of which around 2,000 are displayed in the permanent galleries. The collection is incredibly diverse and represents the history of Vietnamese fine art from prehistoric times to the present day.

Did you know?

Constructed during the French colonial period, the museum building was originally a boarding school for the daughters of French officials.

Day 1

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Afternoon

Overnight flight to Hanoi

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Day 2

Morning

Arrive in Hanoi

Meet guide and transfer to hotel

Afternoon

Orientation tour of the city

Evening

Evening meal at local restaurant

Day 3

Morning

Visit the complex where Ho Chi Minh's body lies and see his house and temple

Visit the Museum of Ethnology

Afternoon

Visit the Temple of Literature

Visit Quan Thanh Temple

Enjoy a cyclo (chauffeur-pedalled tricycle) ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter

Evening

Enjoy a water puppet performance

Evening meal

Day 4

Morning

Full-day excursion to Hoa Lu - Vietnam's first capital

Afternoon

Enjoy a boat cruise at Trang An with its limestone caves

Visit Van Long eco-tourism area

Evening

Evening meal at hotel or local restaurant

Day 5

Morning

Depart through the Red River Delta farmlands towards Ha Long

Afternoon

Board junk for overnight cruise in the bay where you'll see the magnificent limestone scenery

Evening

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Day 6

Morning

Disembark from junk cruise late morning

Afternoon

En-route to Hanoi visit the local craft villages and see the many rice paddies along the way

Evening

Farewell dinner at local restaurant

Day 7

Morning

Free time in the city

Afternoon

Transfer to airport

Evening

Overnight flight to the UK

Day 8

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Arrive back in the UK

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Educational activities and visits

Boat Cruise Halong Bay

Boat Cruise Halong Bay

"Ha Long" means "Where the Dragon Descends into the Sea" and the Bay… Read more

Halong Bay Grottos and Caves

Halong Bay Grottos and Caves

At the core of the Halong Bay islands, there are wonderful caves and grottoes such as Thie… Read more

Hanoi City Tour

Hanoi City Tour

Make sure you make the most of your stay in Hanoi by doing a guided tour of the city. This… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Fine Arts Museum

Fine Arts Museum

The Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi occupies a significant position among the six national… Read more

Hanoi Handicraft Villages

Hanoi Handicraft Villages

Visit some of the fascinating handicraft villages around the lush countryside surrounding… Read more

Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature

This is a quiet oasis right in the heart of busy and often hectic Hanoi. It is also one of… Read more

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is located at Dinh Tien Hoang street, near ancient Hoan… Read more

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Thien Thai Hotel
Thien Thai Hotel

This property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 3-star hotel. All rooms have a hair dryer, air conditioning, a desk, tea/coffeemaker as well as other amenities.

You can also enjoy a meal at the hotel with the choice of the Thien Thai International Restaurant or the Paradise Cafe.

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