Vietnam expeditions

Vietnam at a glance

Population: 87.9 million

Terrain: Pine forest, jungle, highlands and coast

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Vietnam

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Vietnam.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Trekking around Kon Tum

3 days

This trek is perfect for teams looking for a unique cultural experience. You get to sleep in a tent one night, a stilt-house the next and participate in a traditional Gong show with the community in their Rong House (pictured).

3 days


Trekking in Dalat

4 - 5 days 

There are two routes to choose from on this trek, depending on the intensity level you prefer. Both offer the experience of wild camping and the chance to learn about Vietnamese cooking when you help your guide prepare the evening meals.

4 - 5 days 


Helping the homeless and disabled people of Ba Vi, Hanoi

The centre accommodates up to 300 people, including elderly homeless people, disabled adults, and disabled infants from all over Hanoi.  Since 2011, 20 World Challenge teams have visited Ba Vi and provided support to its residents. Activities include building a playground, installing a water tank, maintaining facilities and, perhaps most importantly, caring and interacting with residents with no family.

In-Country Agent 

Khoa Dinh Nguyen

Khoa has travelled extensively in Vietnam and Cambodia. He speaks Vietnamese and English and, when not working for World Challenge, he is a tour guide and interpreter. Khoa’s one piece of advice: “When in Rome ... enjoy yourselves and be open to cultural differences.”


Languages spoken: Vietnamese

Time zone: GMT +7

Interesting fact: Vietnam stretches 1600km north to south, but is only about 55km wide at its narrowest point, near the country’s centre.


Rest & Relaxation

Ha Long Bay

Depending on your itinerary you may have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of magical Ha Long Bay or Hoi An, a pretty little port town with a reputation for good food and diverse architecture, or go sea kayaking in Ha Long Bay.


The culture of Sapa

4-5 days

This trek is great for those seeking a real cultural experience as you trek through the Hoang Lien Mountains. You get to stay in hill tribe homes for the opportunity to interact with the local community and learn about their culture and way of life.

4-5 days

Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Vietnam can be combined with a project in Cambodia or Laos.

In 2015, we sent

44 teams

to 20 project sites in Vietnam, where they built 8 new bathroom blocks in rural villages, 2 new classrooms at primary and kindergarten schools, as well as caring for and socialising with homeless and disabled communities.

Teams carry out project work in schools and disabled centres set in both rural villages and towns. This is an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange with children and villagers who are eager to work with teams on renovation tasks and building housing. Teams may also get the chance to enrich the lives of disabled and homeless people in Hoi An and Hanoi.

Rest & Relaxation

Mekong Delta

Home to the famous floating market, the Mekong Delta was created by sediment deposits from the river. It is often referred to as the ‘rice basket of Vietnam’ (owing to the production of rice, fruit and sugar cane in the region). Teams can take a bike tour of the Mekong Delta region. Other R&R activities in Vietnam include snorkelling off the coast.

There is something uniquely charming about Vietnam. From the exciting hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City in the south, to Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city oozing culture and charisma in the north, and everything in between. I've never been to such a captivatingly diverse destination.
Laura, our Vietnam Expedition Planning Manager

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Pine forest, jungle, highlands and coast