Cultural Week in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
This action packed culture week in Vietnam combines elements of the country’s contemporary and historical culture to create an immersive and memorable range of experiences. You will visit Ho Chi Minh City, formally known as Saigon, and it’s many historical monuments, and you will learn a great deal about the Vietnam War during visits to war museums as well as the world-renowned Cu Chi tunnel complex.
You will also have the chance to create your own traditional Vietnamese Bamboo Dragons and fans, learn the language from native speakers and cook popular, cultural dishes. This week begins on either Saturday or Sunday when you will meet our coordinator at Ho Chi Minh City airport. From the airport you will be taken to your accommodation where you will get to know your fellow participants.
Aims & Objectives
- Offer participants a deeper understanding of the local culture of Vietnam
- Transfer knowledge and understanding of the local ways of life
- Prepare you for a longer stay
The morning starts with a meeting with our team, Introduction session, handling of documents and a tour of the campus and its surroundings where you can find facilities such as ATMs and supermarkets. During the afternoon, we will visit the War Remnant Museum, a vital part of the recent history of the country. After this we will visit the always bustling Ben Thanh Market. This great first day will come to an end with a nice welcome dinner.
The day kicks off with Vietnamese culture and language classes; you will learn new things about the Vietnamese culture and will learn a few words of Vietnamese that could help you while participating on your project later on. The afternoon will be filled with activities with local students and you will try your hand at cooking Vietnamese food!
In the morning, we will take you to the most historical place in the city: the famous Cu Chi Tunnel system, which was used by soldiers as hiding spots, served as hospitals, food and weapon caches, and was even used as living quarters for many North Vietnamese fighters. After lunch, there will be a meeting where our projects will be introduced to you and where you will be able to ask any questions.
In the morning you will visit some of the most iconic places in Ho Chi Minh including the Reunification Palace (the home and workplace of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and the site of the end of the war when an Army tank crashed its gates) as well as the Notre Dame and the Centre Post Office. This is followed by a visit to one of the most stunningly atmospheric temples in Ho Chi Minh City; Jade Emperor Pagoda. This temple consists of many halls and rooms, which are dedicated to specific deities. These rooms are stuffed with statutes of phantasmal divinities such as; “The Lord of Hell”, the “Goddesses of Health and Fertility”, and the “Buddha of the Future”.
During the afternoon you will going to be creative by making your own Vietnamese bracelet which will be followed by sniffing up Vietnamese culture at a local market.
This will be the first day when we will actually go the the project site. After you get acquainted and introduced to the project you will start yourself participating on the project.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam and is the country’s largest city. During your stay, you will be living in a dorm on college campus right in the centre of the city.
Accommodation & Food
The accommodation is located on a campus in a college dorm. As such, it follows certain campus rules such as a night curfew.
We also have a room reserved as an “office”, where you can go to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available here for you to borrow.
- Persons per room 8
- Wifi in public areas
- Safety box
- Lockable rooms
- Hot showers
- Private bathroom
- Air conditioning
There is the nice local café next to our dorm. A beautiful and peaceful place where you can enjoy fresh juices, snacks and lots more treats.
Please be aware that this accommodation has a 23:30 curfew
Basic Vietnamese meals are provided on campus. Food include some western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread.
On weekends brunch instead of breakfast and lunch
There are many taxis around our campus. You can easily catch one from the main road to reach your destination of choice in Ho Chi Minh.
There are several ATMs in the area where we stay. The nearest one is about 10 minutes walking distance from our campus.
All necessary amenities can be found in the city, remember we are located in the country’s capital after all!
Sights & Surroundings
Here are some interesting places to visit in your free time/weekends!
As a large city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Here are a few suggestions:
Bui Vien Street is the main street, it is called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. There are a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street.
Landmark 81 is the tallest building in Vietnam, Southeast Asia. As of July, 2018 and the 14th is the tallest building in the world.
There is an observation deck, Saigon Skydeck, open to the public daily and offering 360 degree panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City. From floors 50 to 52, there are further F&B and entertainment offerings, including a fine dining restaurant and bar/nightclub.
Suoi Tien Amusement Park
Suối Tiên Amusement Park is an amusement park in District 9, Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. The park includes several entertainment areas. The landscaping and attractions in the park illustrate Vietnam’s history and legends.
Trip Country Info
Population: Approx.92 million
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7
Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.
One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.
Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.
If you are planning to work & travel in Vietnam there are a number of fulfilling opportunities available from volunteering with children to Hospital Out reach projects. As an experienced gap year travel company we have helped many people enjoy the delights of Vietnam during their gap year so if you are looking for an adventure in South East Asia you should add Vietnam to your shortlist. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonders and excitement.
Vietnam offers ravishing coastlines, emerald-green mountains and dynamic cities. The breathtaking National Parks continue to yield new species and are teaming with exotic wildlife. With outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. If you are looking for a Volunteer experience in Vietnam have a look at our latest experiences below.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance