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Vietnam School Trip - 6 Days

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Tour Code SCH.061
Destination Hồ Chí Minh City
Tour style Group Tour
Price USD 345
Overview We organize tours specifically for schools and students. Based on the history of the country and its cultural diversity, interacting directly with native students and taught by local teachers, a community service based project or a mixture of all, we believe all our tours to be unmatched for safety, quality and originality.

On arrival at Tân Sơn Nhất airport in Hồ Chí Minh City, we will be greeted by our guide and driven to our hotel in the city center to check in.

Afternoon, we will visit Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, two of the must-see sites in Saigon. We then take a cyclo ride along the tree-lined boulevard of this lively city before sitting in the Golden Theatre to enjoy a 45-minute show of the exciting Water Puppet. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh city.

In the morning, students and teachers will visit the shrine outside of the US Consulate. Afterward, we will visit the former CIA building where helicopters evacuated the remaining US citizens in 1975. We also visit the Independence Palace which is the former headquarters of the South Vietnamese Government and residence of the presidents. Our next visit is The Venerable Thích Quảng Đức Monument honoring Thích Quảng Đức – a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death to anti the war.

Then, we will get to a historic venue for a late lunch of “Phở” at Phở Bình restaurant which was the secret headquarters of the Viet Cong in Saigon and from here they planned their attacks on the US embassy and other Saigon targets during the Tết Offensive of 1968. We will take a walk upstairs to learn more about the history through the family’s photo collection before sitting down and enjoy the traditional taste of pho downstairs. After that, we will wander around the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the American war through the local’s eyes. End day at Bến Thành market – the colorful market with plenty of goods and souvenir. Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh

Note: Indigenous university students will participate and interact during the trip with you.

Start from Hồ Chí Minh City to Cao Dai Temple in Tây Ninh - a province 95 km South East of HCMC, close to Cambodia border. Cao Đài religion founded in 1926, a combination of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. Visit Cao Đài Holy see for the daily noontide ceremony to observe a peculiar but solemn ceremony with the congregation attired in lively red, yellow, blue and white and chanting religious hymns. Lunch is served at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, after your lunch, we will leave Tây Ninh and visit Củ Chi Tunnels. Once in Vietnam, you must visit this spot, which consist of an incredible underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during both the French and American wars. Discover secret trapdoors, field hospitals, command posts, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms, challenge yourself to discover tunnels it’s just fit your body, experience firing the AK 47, M16 - the typical weapons of the two major resistance (option). Back to Sài Gòn, feel free on your program. Overnight in Sài Gòn.

Note: Indigenous university students will participate and interact during the trip with you.

School exchange with Universities to get to know more about the life and condition of the local Vietnamese pupils & to understand more on the different cultures and communities. Besides, you have change to join the class with the lecturers of the university, who will directly teach you about the culture and beliefs of life in Vietnam.

In the afternoon, we visit Ky Quang II Pagoda, the pagoda with unique architecture of Mahayana Buddhism. Besides, it home more than 100 orphans children, you will have time to play and donate to help the children here. Back to hotel and free for yoursefl. Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh.

Note: We appreciate it if you donate your old books or clothes to help the orphans children here.

The courses start by visiting Bến Thành colorful market with our Chef. Frome here Chef will introduce and by for you some ingredients prepare your meal.

Back to Cooking Center, we begin to approach to culinary aspect and the culture of Vietnamese gastronomy. The Chef introduce the dishes to make and the ingredients used as well. Then, apron on, everybody put their hands on. Throughout the course, you have the opportunity to observe all the skill of Chefs and the trick that can achieve any recipe, even those who seemed the most difficult. However, if only observe, it’s not enough ! Chef would like you to make yourself, to repeat the same gestures ! Carving fruit or vegetables is also offered by Chef to amaze your presentation to the plate! Finally, savouring your own creation. Enjoy this moment for sharing experience with Chef.

Highlighted your performance by a “Cooking Class Certificate” You also win a book of recipes to renew your performance and amaze your friends.

After cooking class, you will visit Fito Museums - are a couple of first private museums in Vietnam which are devoted to the Traditional Vietnamese Medicine & Pharmacy. Nearly 3,000 items relevant to traditional Vietnamese medicine dating back to the Stone Age. An instruments used to prepare a traditional medicine: knives, grinders, mortars and pestles, pots and jars. An objects found in a traditional pharmacy: scales, cabinet, advertising boards, stamps, tea pots, bowls and other ceramic articles. A books and documents on traditional Vietnamese medicine. All museums are equipped with modern audio-visual technology, which regularly shows "A Century of Health Care Experiences" - a documentary film about the history of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine.

Then, we go to Chợ Lớn (China town) and discover local life with Herbal medical street, lion dance making, local market and visit the famous temple in this area - Tian Hou Temple. Continue you route, we visit one famous Kungfu center in Saigon. Our Master will introduce about the Vovinam, is a Vietnamese marterial art and they perform for you about this. You are training by our Master about 1 hour and receive "Vovinam Certificate" as a good memory in your trip. Say good bye the Master, you back your hotel for your rest time. Overnight in Hồ Chí Minh.

After breakfast, we will have free for shopping at Bến Thành Market, this bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Áo Dài until our bus arrives at the hotel to take us to the airport in good time to board our departure flight. 

End our service. Thank you so much and see you again.

INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel in twin sharing room with daily buffet breakfast.
  • Transfer/Transportation in air-conditioned 45 seat bus.
  • Meals as mentioned with L (lunch) and D (dinner) in all local restaurants.
  • All entrance & sightseeing fees for all the visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Insurance in some services as mentioned in the itinerary.

EXCLUDED:

  • International airfare from/to Vietnam
  • Drinks during meals, Personal expenses as telephone, laundry.
  • Other items not indicated above
  • International Travel Insurance.
  • Tipping.

Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.

Private Local Tour Guide

You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asialotustours.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

Private Drivers & Vehicle

Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

Local Flavor Meals

Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asialotustours.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.

We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

Well-Selected Hotels

Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.

Step 1: Provide us your application details

  • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
  • Your gender
  • Your date of birth
  • Your nationality
  • Your passport number
  • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
  • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
  • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
  • Arrival airport

 

Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application 
We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

 

Step 3:Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days 
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

 

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival 
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

 

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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