Our 37th Summer Providing Outstanding Programs for Teens
Global Adventures

Vietnam Adventure - 14 Days

Vietnam Adventure
14 Days
$3,999

+$425 for internal flights.
plus airfare to Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh City

  • Completing Grades

    9, 10, 11, 12

  • Departure Dates
    July 13 - July 26
  • What's Included
    Small Group Adventure
    Accommodations

    Basic Hotels

    Group Size

    Up to 24 participants

    Price Includes

    All lodging, three meals daily, all activities listed, gratuities and taxes.

    Cultural Sensitivity

    This program requires an open mind to experience a different culture, new foods and modest hotels. Embrace these differences and you will be rewarded.

    Similar Programs

    This amazing experience begins by joining our Thailand & Vietnam Adventure 27-day program for the second half. If you prefer to join for the first 15 days in Thailand only, see our Thailand Adventure program.

    For those looking for a community service opportunity, check out our Vietnam Community Service 21-day program.

    Note: On this program, all airfare is arranged by Westcoast Connection. 

Good morning, Vietnam!
Whether kayaking the blue waters of Ha Long Bay, riding a coracle boat in Hoi An, or visiting the Binh Tay Night markets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is an adventure seeker’s bucket list destination. The country’s rich culture and beautiful landscapes are not to be missed as you travel from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Are you ready to enjoy this inspiring and unique summer of a lifetime experience?

  • Flight To Hanoi

    For participants on this program, we help you coordinate your flight times and greet you upon arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    For your return from Ho Chi Minh City, you fly on a chaperoned flight to New York. For travelers from other areas, we help you arrange transfers at suitable times after the group has cleared customs and immigration in the USA.

  • Hanoi

    Layers of history surround you and reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation. The charming capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments that include the Temple of Literature (the spiritual home of Confucianism), the One Pillar Pagoda and the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Explore the history of the Vietnam War while touring the Hanoi Hilton, the Vietnamese POW prison that held Americans during the war. Learn the local craft of how to lacquer paint with a professional artist –make your own traditional Vietnamese painting to bring home. Lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards, more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city. Sample local Vietnamese delicacies and wander around Hoan Kiem Lake.

  • Ha Long Bay

    This is Vietnam’s most popular destination for visitors. When you see the beauty that leaves you in disbelief, you will know why. Picture emerald waters dotted with towering, limestone island mountains. The bay is surrounded by lush rainforests that were once a natural form of fortification for invaders looking to make their way into Vietnam. Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must to explore and enjoy the natural wonder of Vietnam. On your cruise of the emerald bay, you will kayak and swim in the tranquil waters and explore the Sung Sot Cave with its stalagmites and stalactites. Top off your day by seeing the city at night via cable car and the Sun Wheel Ferris Wheel.

  • Overnight Train To Hue – The Reunification Express

    The North-South Railway, better known as the Reunification Express, stretches almost the entire length of the country by starting in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City. The overnight ride begins in Hanoi and takes us over 400 miles to the city of Hue. Our group sleeps in private 4-person compartments with sheet, pillow and blankets provided. Upon arrival in Hue, you will visit the Imperial Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda.

  • Hoi An

    Hoi An was an international trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries for ships coming in from Japan, China, and the West. Hoi An offers a glimpse into the well-preserved culture and heritage of Vietnam’s wealthiest city. Learn to cook at The Morning Glory Cooking School as well as learn the delicate art of silk lantern making: a traditional art form that the Vietnamese have practiced for centuries. No visit to Hoi An would be complete without a ride in a coracle boat (round shaped boat) through the mangroves and waterways. Soak up the sun and enjoy the water with your friends on the picturesque beach of An Bang as you gaze out into the South China Sea.

  • Nha Trang

    We fly into Nha Trang, a stunning resort city with shoreline to the east and surrounded on its three other sides by picturesque mountains in the distance. This modern city offers remarkable promenades with a selection of boutiques and shops and a vast array of restaurants to choose from. Snorkel in the Hon Mun Marine area. Relax and unwind at the Thap Ba Hot Springs, browse the local night market, and see the Long Son Pagoda. View the city from the back of a Cyclo, Nha Trang’s version of the rickshaw.

  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and known for its French colonial-like architecture, labyrinth of small streets full of markets and shops, and for playing a crucial role in the turning point of the Vietnam War. Modern skyscrapers tower over temples that are centuries old. As your time in Vietnam winds down, we tour through the Cu Chi Tunnels which played an important role in South Vietnam’s strategy during the war. Pick up one more souvenir in the Ben Thanh Night Market before flying home.

Quoc Hoa Hotel – Hanoi

This colonial-style hotel, in the Old Quarter, is a welcoming and comfortable start to our time in Vietnam. Rooms are air conditioned and have Wi-Fi.

City Bay Palace Hotel – Ha Long Bay

Centrally located and close to the waterfront, this hotel has Wi-Fi and air conditioning and a large roof top terrace for the group to meet and spend time together.

Thuy Duong Hotel III – Hoi An

This charming hotel is located a short walk to the old quarter of town.  Rooms have Wi-Fi and are air conditioned.  Participants can enjoy the pool after a full day of activities.

Edele Hotel – Nha Trang

Surrounded by shops and restaurants, this hotel is a 5-minute walk from Nha Trang Beach. Rooms have Wi-Fi and a rooftop pool with sundeck and city views.

Thien Tung Hotel – Ho Chi Minh City

Centrally located and just minutes from the bustling Ben Thanh Market, every room is air conditioned and has Wi-Fi.

Safety and supervision, our #1 priority – no ifs, ands, or buts about it!

At Westcoast Connection nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered. All Trip Leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR. We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.

Trustworthy staff – leaders worth following!

Once you are on your trip, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Trip Director and Trip Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more.

Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.

Our Trip Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention and create an all-inclusive family atmosphere (our EACH & EVERY philosophy). There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it! We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.

Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.

Group Dynamics & Dynamic Groups

We can’t say it too many times, this is a really incredible group experience. A great dynamic starts with our secrets for group bonding. Our bag of tricks goes way beyond traditional ice breakers. Imagine people hunts, Rock, Paper, Scissors championships, Ninja tournaments, flash mobs and so much more. We work hard to get everyone moving beyond first impressions and creating an atmosphere of total acceptance. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. Many of our travelers come as individuals and we have a geographically diverse enrollment with students joining us from across the U.S., Canada and internationally. This mix helps eliminate cliques at the outset and establish an open environment that benefits you. We take great care in assembling groups to create an unforgettable social experience.

Active Travel Experiences – Adrenalin Pumping & Heart Throbbing Trips!

Planning teen trips is of course a science. But it is also an art. We know when to pick up the pace to get the adrenaline flowing. We also know when it’s time to chill on the beach or have a sleep in. As you review our program, know that we have worked to make every minute of every day just right.

LEADERSHIP & LIFE SKILLS – SO MUCH MORE THAN AMAZING ACTIVITIES AND SIGHTS.

There is so much more to a teen travel experience than just traveling. Summer after summer we love nothing more than the feedback from parents sharing with us that their son or daughter has matured, has become more confident and outgoing, is more poised, more responsible and more worldly having had not just the summer of a lifetime, but a life changing experience as well. It’s amazing how much growth can occur when you are traveling and sharing the experience with incredible people in a warm and welcoming environment.

As you travel overseas and experience other cultures and customs first hand, your perception will change as your understanding of and empathy for citizens of other countries naturally grows. Whereas prior to your travels media headlines about a foreign government may have led to generalized conclusions, your new interactions with locals and firsthand experience will enable you to see we often share more in common with others than we may have known.

Imagine seeing first hand all you’ve learned about in your global or environmental studies class when you are working at an elephant rehabilitation center, snorkeling in the Hon Mun Marine area or exploring Cu Chi tunnel network in Ho Chi Minh City.

Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping just outside of one’s comfort zone. With a taste of age-appropriate independence, and a healthy reprieve from the usual pressures associated with school life, we want you to be empowered and we provide you with an opportunity to grow.

Living, experiencing, and learning together, you will be afforded the chance to interact with other teens who share both similar and different backgrounds and interests. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others. By the end of the program we hope to have lit a spark – to travel, to learn, to meet new people, to try new things and to explore. With new friendships, new memories and new life skills on which to build, our teen travel experiences are truly unforgettable.

The Highest Quality & Great Value – Our Niche!

There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated teens going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.

Your Trip Director and Trips Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to trip staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office.

Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Trip Directors, allows trip staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching trip goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff. These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Trip Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively our planning, supervisory and management team is an incredible resource with over 420 summers of combined teen travel experience. This way, we can lend a hand wherever and whenever a little extra effort is called for. Last year, we had 208 scheduled supervisory trip visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!

Included in the trip tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast and dinner daily, lunches as indicated on your specific program, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!

Where We Stay – Your Home Away From Home

We provide clean and comfortable accommodations.  Please don’t expect luxury resorts and at the same time we know you need a good night’s rest. For quality and consistency of the group experience, we do not have any homestays. Each student has their own bed. For more detailed information on any specific program, visit the section marked Where We Stay.

Where We Stay – Your Home Away From Home

We provide clean and comfortable accommodations.  Please don’t expect luxury resorts and at the same time we know you need a good night’s rest. For quality and consistency of the group experience, we do not have any homestays. Each student has their own bed. For more detailed information on any specific program, visit the section marked Where We Stay.

MEALS & NEW CUISINES

A big part of a program’s success depends on how well you eat. We are proud of the fact that year after year we are complimented for our quality and quantity of food and variety of options. Meals vary by destination. Part of your travel experience will be immersing yourself in the local cuisine and culture so please bring with you an open mind and a willingness to try new things. For example, in Vietnam, your mouth will water over authentic spicy local dishes, there is plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and many noodle dishes but don’t worry, they also have North American style options on the menu. In Vietnam, we recommend against drinking the local tap water and we provide clean water for our travelers.

We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area. International travel may present more challenges than domestic locations and we are happy to review your personal needs and help you select an appropriate itinerary.

Transportation

In Vietnam, we travel using chartered deluxe, air-conditioned motor coaches with professional drivers except for one overnight train from Hanoi to Hue. On the train, you have private, locked cabins with 4 berths.

Laundry – Keep It Clean

You only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list as we have the opportunity for laundry weekly.

On our international programs, every week you will drop off your laundry at a local wash and fold service and then pick it up clean, folded and ready to go.

Keeping In Touch Over The Summer – 24/7 Peace Of Mind

While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well.  We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos approximately once a week so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Trip Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any trip operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.

We Deliver – 99% Approval Rating!

In last summer’s surveys, 99% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!

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