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South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail – 2 weeks Vietnam

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Travel with us to the ancient Republic of Vietnam in Southeast Asia, famously popular destinations for gap year travellers and it isn't hard to see why.

The country provides a world of unimaginable beauty offering the perfect setting for an adventure that will take you everywhere – from buzzing night bazaars full of jewel-bright lanterns, to pearl-white sand beaches and picture perfect vistas; from dazzling temples to formidable sunken Buddha statues hidden by a riot of rainforest vegetation; from refreshing waterfalls in breathtaking landscapes, to the remains on an ancient citadel.

This adventure trail takes in the best sites in Vietnam, and will lead you to the highlights of these unmissable destinations. Who could resist swimming in crystalline waters off perfect white sand beaches and exploring lush green rainforest where leopard cats, elephants and other exotic creatures lurk?

Soak up the intense historical ambience in the venerated temples throughout these ancient empires; then spend your nights in the vibrant whirlwind of the bars and nightclubs of the cosmopolitan and exotic cities you visit en route, as you enjoy the company of your travel companions and new friends. You will enjoy the exhilaration of travelling in a new and exciting culture.

What is so fantastic about this journey is that whilst travelling you will benefit from the leadership of a young, friendly, fun but also sensible and well-travelled guide who will take care of all the stress and organisation on the trip, whether it be recovering lost luggage, arranging bus tickets, booking hostels or extra activities, dealing with emergencies or even knowing the best places to go for a great night out! If you want to experience the beauty and adventure of South East Asia, travelling along with a young and friendly group of companions, without the hassle, then joining this Frontier Adventure Trail is the perfect solution!

  

  


PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Become an intrepid explorer in this wondrous corner of the world
  • Discover a wealth of culture & wildlife
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FAST FACTS
Location Vietnam
Activities Visiting city hotspots
Sightseeing tours
Jungle trekking
Transport Transport throughout the trail
Accommodation Varies

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country 2 basic meals per week day
Accommodation
Local orientation
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Sample Itinerary

Vietnam

Day 1-2: Ho Chi Minh

Venture into this vibrant and industrious urban centre with its bubbling and exhilarating vibe. Visit the War Remnants Museum containing eye-opening exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War and Cu Chi Tunnels to discover how the Viet Cong lived during the war and their guerilla warfare. See the pastel-hued pagodas and pick up some real bargains from the tiny merchants and traders of the many side streets and alleys. Take a walking tour of the city taking in views of the Cathedral, Opera House, Reunification Palace and Ben Thanh Market. If there is time and you have any energy left you can opt to take a tour of the Mekong Delta home of rice fields and floating markets (approx. $60). You will need to purchase your visa on entry.

Day 3-10

En route to Hanoi you will have the chance to encounter several of Vietnam's most diverse towns and villages.  Mui Ne offers the chance to see the magnificent sand dunes that expand along the coast where you may be able to try out sand-boarding.  Visit the local fishing village and watch the fishermen bring in their catch at sunrise and enjoy beautiful vistas from the beach as you relax. If sand-boarding isn't sufficient for the adrenalin addicts opt to try out quad biking ($25). 

Nha Trang gives you the chance to chill with a day snorkelling, sunbathing and swimming while you enjoy a Four Island Tour. Nha Trang also offers scuba diving (extra cost applies).

Hoi An is a stunning little town bursting with Chinese influences at every corner. World famous for its tailors, you could stroll past a delicate Chinese temple with colourful lanterns lining the streets, and drop in to a tailor to get measured up for your new suit or ball gown made from Thai silk!  Hire bikes and cycle along the river to enjoy sunbathing, swimming and general relaxing on the beach.

Visit Hué and see the imperial tombs, the old citadel and enjoy a walk along the Perfume River.

Day 11: Hanoi 

Explore Hanoi, by taking a walking tour of this vibrant and colourful city of a million bicycles, picking up a last few souvenirs. Visit the night markets and take in one of Vietnam's famous shows at the Water Puppet Theatre.

Day 12: Halong Bay  

Explore Halong Bay with a boat trip along this spectacular coast with its enormous limestone caves, dense jungle and monolithic islands.  The area boasts incredible biodiversity with a fantastic array of wildlife including antelopes, monkeys, lizards and bantams living on some of the offshore islands.  

Day 13-14: Return to Hanoi and fly home!

Return to Hanoi to do some more last minute shopping and prepare for your homeward journey the next day.

**This itinerary is very flexible and subject to change. It is intended as a guide. You and your fellow travellers will change the itinerary according to your interests and depending on how you are progressing.**

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be greeted at Ho Chi Minh Airport by your trail leader and escorted to a local hostel where you will spend your first night. If you are arriving before the project start date you will meet at an agreed rendezvous point. You will have time in Ho Chi Minh to explore the many ancient attractions it has to offer, which have fascinated locals and foreigners for centuries. From there you will soon set off to the next destination on your exciting adventure, so be prepared to throw yourself into the experience the minute you arrive!

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the trail you will stay in basic accommodation such as hostels, sleeping in mixed sex communal dorms or shared rooms, or homestays which are full of character and local charm to give you a real feel for the countries you are staying in.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Throughout the trail you will receive 2 meals a day on week days. Food will include a variety of local cuisine from markets and food stalls, in order to provide you with an authentic South East Asia experience. Contrary to popular belief, not all Asian food is fiery hot and there are plenty of tasty dishes suited to the Western palate. At weekends you can enjoy catering for yourselves and choosing from the immense variety available in markets, cafes and restaurants. This hybrid cuisine has been influenced by soups and noodle dishes from China, curries from India and satays from Indonesia. Most dishes incorporate four elements, sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours, and many of the dishes are rice or noodle based.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At each destination along the trail route there will be a range of activities for you to choose from, at extra cost. Get lost in the mystical world of ancient temples, where you will be inspired by the beautiful unspoilt monuments, the magical atmosphere, and the charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. Visit the local towns with their complex and multifaceted architecture, and friendly, welcoming locals. Alternatively, try some more adventurous activities, such as mountain biking through the stunning landscape, white water rafting, diving, sailing or sea canoeing. If all this wasn't enough, our guides are always happy to advise you on where to go next!

Modern conveniences

Cities through the trail

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Dentist
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hostels / hotels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafes
  • Local style restaurants
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 1,895

DEPARTURE DATES

March, June, September, December

Check with your Frontier travel advisor for dates

DURATION

2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food (two meals a day during week days)
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.