Kayak through the emerald waters at Ha Long Bay, trek through the velvety mountains in Sapa, and make meaningful connections with Vietnam’s youth. Discover why Vietnam is a land of adventure and the perfect place for teenagers to travel to.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, Ha Long Bay swims in ethereal beauty. Home to dramatic limestone towers and 1,600+ uninhabited islets, the bay offers a magical opportunity to explore this scenic and undeveloped corner of the world. Kayak past the floating houses of fisherman, board a boat to the dreamy Freedom Island, or snorkel in the emerald waters. There are hundreds of opportunities to keep your teens active and engaged in this adventure paradise.
Vietnamese food is distinct and delicious and sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The cuisine relies on a balance of fresh herbs (like ginger, lemongrass, and mint, as well as chili, lime, and Thai basil), vegetables, and meat. Quintessential dishes include noodle soups like pho, vegetables, rice, fish, tofu, and meat.
Vietnam’s history is long and complex. Vietnam is one of the oldest cultures in South East Asia (dating back to 2000 BC) and includes influences from Chinese, Indian, and French cultures.
Even if you don’t like history, you will come away with something.
Though many of today’s teens have grandparents who fought in the Vietnam War, few actually learned about the war in school. A visit to Vietnam reveals a blend of beautiful colonial architecture, museums, monuments, and remnants of the war. There are educational sites for visitors, monuments, old war planes, and more. Just talking with survivors and the country’s young people will change your worldview.
Join us as we share international solidarity at Friendship Village, a community of children affected by Agent Orange and learn firsthand from the folks there.
Vietnam’s population is young and smart, making it a great place to send your teen to learn. The median age is only 30.7 years old and the workforce is skilled. Vietnam spends a large portion of their GDP on education. In a study of global rankings, 15-year-olds in Vietnam outranked those in America and Britain in math and science.
Exchanging thoughts, stories, and ideas with Vietnam’s youthful and educated population offers global perspective and is incredibly valuable.
Overflowing with velvety green mountains, colorful rice terraces, and charming alpine towns, Sapa is home to a number of Vietnam’s ethnic groups and is reachable by an enchanting overnight train ride. Trek through the mountains to exchange stories with the hill tribes including the Hmong, Tay, and Dao, explore the colorful textiles in Sapa Square, and take in the breathtaking alpine vistas.
On our scouting trip to Vietnam, we encountered some of the nicest, intelligent, thoughtful, optimistic, and generous people we have ever met. Though Vietnamese typically present as shy, they are the heart of the country. To show you just how considerate of others the Vietnamese are, take this proverb: “when eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.” Taking the time to have real conversations and engage with Vietnam’s amazingly kind people will transform any visit.
Young students are required to take English lessons in school, and many will want to practice their English with you. This is a perfect time for teenagers to learn from like-minded peers about their culture and exchange stories!
Đi một ngày đàng, học một sàng khôn (Travel broadens the Mind).
Join us as we float down the Ngo Dong River, explore the three ancient caves of Tam Coc, make once-in-a-lifetime connections alongside the community of children affected by Agent Orange at Friendship village, and experience the best of Vietnam. Check out our Teen Travel Programs in Vietnam!