Amnuay Silpa School Vietnam 2019


Amnuay Silpa School Vietnam 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about Vietnam's rich and often overlooked ancient history in historic Hoi An
  • Contribute to a communities efforts to provide a better life for its people
  • Fight plastic pollution while kayaking the local estuary
  • Help to fight coastal erosion by taking place in the revegetation of an island
  • Safe and comfortable hotel accommodation

Trip Summary

This is a unique opportunity for young travellers to experience one of the highlights of Vietnam while ensuring their travel is a horizon broadening experience in as many ways as possible. Your adventure takes place in the ancient in the Vietnamese city of Hoi An, where you'll learn a bit about Vietnam's history and culture, as well as the challenges faced by this rapidly urbanising country while doing your bit in the global fight against plastic pollution in our oceans and battling coastal erosion.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Danang international airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel, centrally located. Check-in and take some time to refresh. 16.00: Meet in the hotel lobby for a trip briefing and short introduction and training to the basics of Vietnamese language. We then split into two sub-groups and let’s go! 17.00: Depart from the hotel on an orientation walk across Hoi An old town. Tread lightly along narrow streets and pathways, let the guide point out the different sites and tell you more about the History of Hoi An. We also pass by the market and its colorful stalls, seeing a large array of local products. Along our walk, we will sample some iconic local foods of Hoi An. A banh mi, the famous sandwich that was recently exported across the world, a typical street food in Vietnam and even more particularly in Hoi An and Quang Nam province. We will also have a Cao Lau, the legendary soup and its water from the Cham well. 19.30: Walk back to the hotel. 20.00: Lights off.

Meals:  D

The group will be divided into 2 sub-groups. While a group does the kayaking, the other will be cycling and vice-versa. A home-hosted lunch will be served at two different local houses in the same village. 8.30: The tour guide meets you in the hotel lobby. After a quick briefing and a 10-minute transfer to Cam Kim bridge (just South of the ancient town) we start the cycling adventure crossing the bridge and riding the small pathways on Cam Kim Island. The ride is about 8 kilometers passing by rice fields and a beautiful stretch of rural life. 11.00: Reach Duy Vinh village, a quaint hamlet where locals preserve the ancestral techniques of mat weaving. This is a great chance to learn some of their techniques as well as gain insight into this traditional way of life. 12.00: Lunch is served at a local home. 13.00: After lunch, we take a short walk to the pier and hop on a boat to cruise to our kayak station. 14.00: We get a briefing on the paddle and steering techniques before we start our meaningful kayaking adventure. We will paddle across the Nipa Palm mangrove of Cam Thanh, a very precious ecosystem that suffers from urbanization and pollution. We will all be equipped to participate in cleaning up the river of plastic debris brought with the tides. Plastic pollution is in an enormous global environmental challenge and is particularly acute in developing countries where there is a lack of infrastructure to adequately deal with plastic. This is a great way to do our bit, working together and also great way to combine lots of fun with a nature preservation activity. 16.30: We complete our day and transfer back to the hotel by bus. 17.00: Time to freshen up before dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

09.00: We transfer from the hotel to the pier and take a boat to venture on the Thu Bon River. 09.45: We reach An Nhien Farm, on the Western edge of Cam Kim Island, and meet there the leader of the farm who will introduce the project to us. An Nhien has several purposes; - It aims at developing organic agriculture. - Support the local community economically - Replant vegetation on the island to fight erosion while Hoi An coast is suffering from its tourism development. Today we are going to take part in the fight by planting mangrove, bamboo or other trees depending on the weather conditions and help sustain the island and its ecosystem. 10.30: We start our activity. Preparing the land, digging holes, planting the trees, making sure they are stable and giving them the maximum chances to live under the supervision of the project leader. A picnic lunch will be arranged in the bamboo forest. 16.00: We bid farewell to the An Nhien people and start to make our way back to the hotel. By boat and then by bus transfer. 17.00: Freshen up before your final evening in Hoi An.

Meals:  B,L

Depending on your flight arrangements the morning is available to pack and do some last minute sightseeing. Check-out the rooms must be done before noon time. We will gather in the lobby to transfer to Danang airport for your international flight.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • airport transfers (day 1 & 4)
  • 3 nights in comfortable hotels on a twin share basis
  • private air conditioned vehicles
  • daily drinking water
  • sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • expert bilingual local guide in Vietnam with medical kit

What's Not Included

  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • visa fees
  • personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry
  • tips and gratuities

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:4 Days
Countries:Vietnam
Starting Point:Hoi An
Activities:Adventure Touring
Service Learning
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5943
Prices From:USD$430