Vietnam

From the bustling floating markets in the Mekong Delta to the moped filled streets of city, Vietnam is a country with something for everyone. The cities are bustling centers of commerce, filled with outdoor markets, food carts, and congestion. In the densely populated Ho Chi Minh City you can experience a culture rich in influences from others, noticeable in everything from food to architecture. Visit the night markets to find the perfect gift, settle in for a big bowl of Pho, or watch mopeds weave through the chaotic traffic patterns.

 

Enjoy the lotus blossom fields and rice fields as you travel to the Mekong Delta, one of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Vietnam. Often referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam because of it produces more than half of Vietnam’s rice, the contrast of the countryside is breathtaking. Take a boat ride to the floating morning market where you can barter for your breakfast and watch everyone sell fresh produce.


Facts about Vietnam
  • Nationality: Vietnamese
  • Population: 86 million people
  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Language (s): Vietnamese (official), Tày, Mường, Khmer, Chinese, Nùng, and H'Mông
  • Geography: Shaped like an “S” and stretching 1,025 miles from north to south, Vietnam is bordered by China in the north, Laos and Cambodia in the west, the Gulf of Tonkin in the east, and the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand in the south. It is made up of five major regions: the Northwest mountainous area and the Red River Delta in the north, the Central Highland and the coastal lowlands in the center, and Mekong River Delta in the south.
  • Terrain: Both delta regions are important fertile lands that boast some of the world’s largest rice production as well as the majority of Vietnam’s population. The minority tribal groups inhabit the Northwest mountainous area and Central highland regions.
  • Currency: Vietnamese Dong
  • Climate: The climate is very different between North and South Vietnam
  • North Vietnam: The four seasons are distinct with extremely humid heat in summer and dry cold weather in winter. Summer is from May – September and is hot and humid. Winter stretches from November to March and is cold and dry.
  • South Vietnam: It's always summer in the south. There are two main climate forms here: rainy season from April to October and the dry season, which is the rest of the time
  • Temperatures in the southern plains near Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta vary from 70-82.5 F throughout the year while the temperatures in the north and in the highlands range from 41 F in December/January to 98 F in July/August.
  • Did you know? The country today is now responsible for one-third of the worldwide production of cashew nuts, two-third of the world’s black pepper, and is second only to Thailand in rice production.
 

Vietnam Itinerary

  • Day 1 - International flight to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 2 - Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 3 - Explore Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 4 - Visit the Cuchi tunnels
  • Day 5 - Service project in the Mekong Delta
  • Day 6 - Service project in the Mekong Delta
  • Day 7 - Service project in the Mekong Delta
  • Day 8 - Service project in the Mekong Delta
  • Day 9 - Service project in the Mekong Delta
  • Day 10 - Return to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 11 - Travel to explore the beaches of Mui Ne
  • Day 12 - Mui Ne
  • Day 13 - Return to Ho Chi Minh City for international flight home
  • Day 14 - Arrive home