Colourful, chaotic and buzzing 24-hours a day, Vietnam has forever topped the list of places to visit in South East Asia (and it's pretty easy to see why).
From the lush green valleys and rolling hills of Mai Chau to the sparkling coastline of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam has something for everyone.
Reckon you’re a bit of a foodie? Stuff yourself with some crispy golden savoury pancakes, beef pho or rice paper rolls. Photography your thing? Your snaps from the sights and crazy night markets of Hanoi will have everyone back home wishin’ they were with ya.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, culture vulture, want to make a difference in the world or mix of all of these – Vietnam has got something for you and a Schoolies week here is something we can guarantee you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Our Schoolies Unearthed volunteering projects in Vietnam will be based in village communities in the Mai Chau region, a few hours out of the capital of Hanoi. Get involved with important development work including the building and renovation of classrooms, kitchens, installing water tanks and building play areas, all whilst having a blast and interacting with the local kids in your downtime. Your Leader will guide you on day-to-day tasks and ensure all your hard work is truly benefiting the local community.
In the evenings you’ll eat and relax in traditional Vietnamese stilt houses, sharing meals with your new local family, playing games and even putting on a sweet-as performance on your last night in town. Bring your dancing skills - you’ll only have one go-to show the locals what you’re made of!
Soak up the sights and crazy night markets of Hanoi, with its famous Old Quarter, lively cafes and bustling shopping streets (there's an entire street dedicated to shoes - no joke). The food in Hanoi will have you literally rolling your way home and you’ll be able to wash all down with some sweet Vietnamese coffee made with condensed milk. It's an absolute must.
From Hanoi, it's time to hit the coast. Relax, unwind, chill. How? Let's grab a boat and sail around the 3300 limestone islands that make up the world heritage site of Ha Long Bay. So awesome, you can kayak to a remote beach, do some yoga on the top deck and even drag your doona up to sleep under the stars. Bucket list – tick.
During your time in Hanoi, travellers may be staying in funky little city centre hotels, 2-3 people to a room.
At the community project, you'll rest up after a fun day's work in a traditional Vietnamese house, many of which are wooden houses built high up on stilts. There's usually one large long room, and you'll be sleeping on traditional, comfy sleeping mats, with fresh sheets, blankets and pillows all provided.
For your overnight cruise through Ha Long Bay, your accommodation will be on your group's very own private junk boat. Dorms sleep 2-3 people in comfy beds, and rooms usually have their own en-suite bathrooms. Wake up in the morning to stunning views across Ha Long Bay, right from your bed.
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