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Overview

 Highlights


  • Safe and comfortable hotel and guesthouse accommodation
  • Cycle along trails in the Mekong Delta
  • Use ferries to cross tributaries of the Mekong River
  • Contribute to the good work of the Free The Bears Sanctuary
  • Experience the cuisine and culture of Vietnam

This is a unique opportunity for young travelers 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 stunning Mekong Delta, where this mighty river empties into the sea over an area of 45,000 square kilometers. It's a "biological treasure trove" with over 1,000 animal species recorded in the area. We will incorporate an element of environmental education and conservation into the trip with a visit to the Tree The Bears Sanctuary at Cat Tien National Park.

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Activities:

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Xin chao! Welcome to Saigon, Vietnam. You are greeted by your driver at Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your transfer to the hotel. Please look for the World Youth Adventures welcome sign in the arrivals hall. You will have time to relax at your hotel and adjust to the pace of Saigon. It is the largest city of Vietnam. It is the bustling and dynamic economic capital and the cultural trendsetter of the country, yet within the teeming metropolis you will find the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. In the late afternoon meet our guide at the hotel lobby for a trip briefing before a welcome dinner. Overnight: Saigon Le Duy Grand Hotel or similar

Meals:  D

After having breakfast at hotel. You will be transferred to Cat Tien National Park where the Free the Bears Vietnamese operation is based. We will tour the facility and learn of the challenges these bears face. Challenges that threaten the survival of the species. Depending on what is happening at the sanctuary that day we may well be able to get involved in some of the "behind the scenes" operations of the sanctuary like assembling bear hammocks and toys that stimulate natural behaviors. You will be back to Saigon in the late afternoon. Check in your hotel for refreshment before getting out for dinner. Overnight: Saigon Le Duy Grand Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We depart in the morning with a car transfer to the doorstep of the Mekong delta in the region of My Tho. About 75-kilometer drive, approximately 2 hours. Once at our starting point, bikes ready, we start our 60-kilometer ride on the less traveled roads to the Mekong delta. This region is rural, locals are friendly, and just riding around allows to unveil so much about the daily life. A simple life made of agriculture and craftsmanship. After about 20 kilometers, we stop for a light picnic lunch in a garden café. In the afternoon, we head south for about 40 kilometers, passing from one island of the mighty river to another one on ferryboat; and reach a local guesthouse, where we will get set up for the night. Total driving distance: 70km Total cycling distance: 60km / sealed road / 60km flat Overnight: Local Homestay

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we get on wheels and begin our ride of today. We head south to a region where very few go called Tam Binh. We ride on the back roads of the delta and immerse fully into that tranquil atmosphere. Many chances to stop en route, whether to enjoy a tea with locals or simply to break and contemplate. We will have lunch in a local house on the way. The riding distance can stretch from 50 to 70 kilometers to reach Tra On. We embark in Tra On on a boat to cruise the Hau River upstream to Can Tho. It is a nice and relaxing 1.5-hour cruise to the biggest metropolis of the delta. We disembark in Can Tho and transfer to our hotel. Check-in and refresh. Total driving distance: 0km Total cycling distance: +/- 60km / sealed road / 60km flat Overnight: Iris Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We will wake up early this morning to go on a boat trip to visit the Cai Rang floating market. The market is no longer what it used to be years ago with less merchants than in past years, a sign of the changing times though still very much worth the excursion. We return to the hotel, have breakfast and get ready to ride. Today, we go for about 60 kilometers on the roads winding along the Hau River. We head Northwest to Long Xuyen. A well developed town of the delta, largely off the tourist trail, the town is a hub in the trade of fish, rice and cashew nuts. En route, we stop at a stork sanctuary. A 1.3-hectare bird sanctuary with astonishing views of thousands of resident storks and snowy egrets. There is a tall viewing platform to see the birds filling the branches. We then end our ride with an arrival in Long Xuyen in the afternoon, where we get settled in a comfortable but very “local style” hotel. Total driving distance: 0km Total cycling distance: +/- 60km / sealed road / 60km flat Overnight: Hoa Binh 1 Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we hop in the car to transfer 60 kilometers to the west and our starting point for the day. We then start a 50-kilometer ride to Chau Doc. En route we stop by the Ba Chuc memorial that stands as a reminder to the massacre perpetrated here by the Khmer Rouge in 1978. We keep rolling along the Cambodian border to the Tra Su Cajuput Forest. We take the time to explore the nature reserve and bird sanctuary, before we end up our ride to Chau Doc. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Total driving distance: 60km Total cycling distance: +/- 50km / sealed road / 60km flat Overnight: Hung Cuong Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, drive back to Ho Chi Minh city, a long drive but with a stop en route at the charming Sadec town and its ancient Cochin-chine atmosphere. We have lunch there and can visit the flower fields nearby before continuing to Saigon airport for your departure flight. Total driving distance: +/-240km to Saigon Total cycling distance: 0km

Meals:  B,L


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Good health and well-being:  This active adventure encourages a healthy lifestyle through the joy an active approach to travel can bring. This helps to encourage healthy lives and promote the well-being at all ages. An essential key to sustainable development.

Quality Education:  As a result of the mind broadening effect travel can have through exposure to new cultures and experiences this trip will help to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. This is including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

Life On Land:  It is hopes that by visiting the Free The Bears facility, students will be inspired to take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products. This can be done by enhancing global support for efforts to combat poaching and trafficking of protected species, including by increasing the capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities


Learning outcomes for students

A World Youth Adventures' experience gives students the opportunity to become informed, engaged and active global citizens, through their active participation in:
• sustainable grass-roots community development projects that have them working collaboratively with members of the community;
• authentic interactions with new cultures, customs and traditions;
• activities that enable them to lead their peers and also contribute as a team member to a common objective;
• activities that take them outside of their comfort zone, to face mental and physical challenges;
• initiatives that teach them that their individual actions, collectively can make a difference, and that they have a role to play in making the world a better place
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we pass through are unique, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the people of their host community
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
All service journeys with World Youth Adventures are based on addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through this service and immersion trip, we are directly and in directly addressing the following goals:
SDG 3. Good health and well-being
SDG 4. Quality Education
SDG 15. Life On Land
You can find out more about the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals here https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • airport transfers (day 1 & 7)
  • 5 nights in comfortable hotels on a twin share basis
  • 1 night in comfortable guesthouse on a twin share basis
  • private air conditioned vehicles and support vehicles for cycling
  • daily drinking water
  • sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • expert bilingual local guide in Vietnam with medical kit

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

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Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

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Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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