Kiwi Vietnam Tours can offer our specialist services, should you be considering a school group tour to Vietnam and /or Cambodia. We can offer 16 years of experience of successfully organising and escorting 30+ school tours through these countries, our understanding of the cultures and its impact on Westerners and our background in education and risk management. We supply comprehensive EOTC information to assist with tour preparation.
Our aim is to offer a balanced tour through Vietnam that takes into account
- The history and geography curricula
- The initial impact of heat, smells, food and people densities
- The need to use good air-conditioned accommodation (3-star)
to allow personal recovery in order to maintain the tour’s momentum
- To utilize the most efficient and safe modes of transport
- To maximise contact with the Vietnamese/Khmer people (Shopping etc)
- To distribute your tourist dollar to as many local people as possible
- To offer our knowledge should you require it
Some of the schools Kiwi Vietnam Tours has organised and escorted are
- Rathkeale College, Masterton
- St Peter’s College, Palmerston North
- Baradene / Northcote Colleges
- Wairarapa College
- Westlake Boys High School
- Rangitoto College
- St Peters School Cambridge
- Awatapu College Palm Nth
- Freyberg High School Palm Nth
- Feilding High School
- Taita College
- Hawera High School
- Palm Nth Girls High School
To organise a group tour requires a minimum of 6 months notice in order to hold airline seats. Should you be considering a tour in the future please contact us for advice.
Where we have been, What we have seen
Whether its History, Geography or Social Studies, a tour through Vietnam and Cambodia can be a life changing experience for students. The comparison of developed (e.g Singapore) and undeveloped economies are evidenced by the infrastructure encountered with roads, houses, food, markets and toilets the most influential. Freedom to allow students to go shopping in groups in the markets allows direct interaction with the local people to discover their own experiences.
For history study it is possible to venture into some of the less touristy remote areas associated with the American War (Vietnam War) all the while encountering some unique landscapes.
Some of these locations are day trips as nearby accommodation is not always up to hosting large school groups. We can assist with planning and advice.
There is also opportunities for students to give support to organisations making changes in the lives of local people.
We can organise stopovers in Singapore or other cities if required.
Our Vietnam School Tours will give your school group priceless experiences and valuable insights into the culture and history of Vietnam. Each Kiwi Vietnam School Tour is fully customised for your school group. We will consult with you and put together an itinerary suited to your needs that covers all the educational bases. The following itinerary is just a sample of what we can put together for you; for more details, see Planning a School Tour below.
Saigon - Day 1 - 8
DAY 1: AUCKLAND - SINGAPOREFlight from Wgtn, Chch, Auckland to Singapore. Overnight Singapore Hotel
DAY 2: SINGAPOREFull day exploring in Singapore utilising the Hop on Hop Off bus service.
DAY 3: SINGAPORE - SIEM REAP (L/D)Flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Boat Tour to Tonle Sap lake to visit the floating villages. Shopping in the local market and a visit to the Cambodia Cultural Village.
DAY 4: SIEM REAP (B/L/D)Start touring the ruins with a visit to the South Gate of Angkor Thom city, Bayon, Baphoun, the terrace of the Leper King, and the fabulous Ta Prohm temple. In the afternoon, visit Angkor Wat temple, the most renowned Khmer temple. Buffet dinner with show at a local restaurant. DAY 5: SIEM REAP – PHNOM PENH (B/L/D) We depart early to Kampong Thom and onto Phnom Penh. After lunch we visit Wat Phnom and the Independence Monument.
DAY 6: PHNOM PENH (B/L/D)Visit the National Museum, Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. After lunch visit Toul Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. Shopping in the market.
DAY 7: PNHOM PENH – SAIGON (B)Today we travel to the border and change buses before continuing on to Saigon. Orientation of Saigon and dinner in local restaurants.
DAY 8: SAIGONWe then take in a short city tour of dynamic Saigon, visiting the colonial-style Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral, China Town with Thien Hau pagoda, and Cho Lon Market. Time for shopping at the Ben Thanh Market.
Hoi An - Day 9 - 13
DAY 9: SAIGON – MY THOExcursion to My Tho and the Mekong Delta. Boat rides on the Mekong visiting local villages, where we enjoy tropical fruit with local tea, honey and coconut candy
Day 10: SAIGON – CUCHITravel through rural countryside to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels: the amazing tunnel system where the Viet Cong lived and operated underground during the Vietnam War. We return to Saigon to visit the War Remnants Museum.
DAY 11: SAIGON – HOI ANFly to Danang and onto Hoi An by bus. Hoi An is famous for its clothing, art and silk markets and its magnificent Chinese and Japanese architecture. This is the opportunity for students to have dresses, ball gowns and tailored suits and shirts made.
DAY 12: HOI ANToday is free to shop and explore. Option of attending an art workshop at an Aid Agency or Cooking Courses.
DAY 13: HUETravel to Hue over the Hai Van Pass, visiting the caves of Marble Mountain and stopping at Lang Co Beach for lunch.
Hanoi - Day 14-21
DAY 14: HUE - Khe SanhDay trip to the mountains to visit Khe Sanh, former US military base then on to the Vinh Moc Tunnels and the Ben Hai Bridge. A day of studying the former De-militarized Zone.
DAY 15: HUE-HANOIFlight to Hanoi. After checking into our hotel we take an orientation walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and attend a traditional Water Puppet Show. Also visit Hoa Lo Prison before returning to the hotel.
DAY 16: HANOI-HALONG BAYDay trip to Halong Bay and boat tour around the islands. Lunch included.
DAY 17: HANOI - MAI CHAUTour to Mai Chau Stay overnight in a hill tribe (white thai) stilt house. We would all sleep on split bamboo floor plus sleeping mat. Walk around rice paddies outside the village. Chill out and observe village life.
DAY 18: MAI CHAU - HANOIh3> Return to Hanoi. Arrive back around mid afternoon. Check back into hotel.
DAY 19: HANOIVisit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (if open), One Pillar Pagoda and Stilt House. Free day for shopping .
DAY 20: SINGAPORE-NZDepart to Airport. Evening flight from Singapore to NZ
DAY 21: NEW ZEALANDArrive Auckland then transfer to domestic flights.
Planning a School TourKiwi Vietnam Tours have established reputable networks that assist and facilitate the trips to Vietnam. We are available to discuss any issues (including risk management), and to provide information including a video presentation about Vietnam at your school. Interested in a Vietnam Tour for your school group? Please enquire with us!