Overview

Join us for an incredible opportunity to experience three different countries in a single Journey! With hosting from one Friendship Force club and two partnerships, you will learn about the culture and history of Indonesia, Vietnam, and China over the course of one incredible month!

Home Hospitality

Home hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Malang and partners in Vietnam and Liuzhou.

Live With a Local

  • We will be participating in a humanitarian/educational activity that involves teaching students English or delivering books to schoolchildren in Malang, Indonesia. We could visit and make small contributions to a school for special needs or attend a "Speaking English with Foreigners Class" at a college. Donations can be in the form of books or school utensils or items that would encourage children to study and have fun in learning.
  • In Vietnam, we will be hosted in the homes of local people, which is an exciting opportunity since this is a partnership and not an official FF club.
  • In Liuzhou, we'll visit Yubu Miao Ethnic Village in Rongshui County and watch a performance of Miao Ethnic Group.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Go on city tours of Malang, Batu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, and Liuzhou.
  • Visit temples, monuments, museums, and restaurants.
  • See full, detailed daily itinerary under the "Itinerary" tab!
Wonderful welcome, great hosts, and terrific guides who showed us the wonders of Hanoi and beyond. - 2015 Ambassador

Indonesia, Vietnam, and China

31 Days / 30 Nights Program and Itinerary:

April 25, 2018 – May 25, 2018
Coordinator: Andrew Nelson, FF Sydney
Lgnacn@hotmail.com

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

April 25

Welcome reception.

Visit Malang Traditional Art Performing Gallery, Pakisaji.

Watch a traditional Mask Dance performance & partake in an optional mask painting activity (additional cost of approx. $150 USD).

April 26

Malang Regency Tour: visit Singhasari Temple and Jahgu Temple.

Visit Malang home-industries to learn about the production of batik and embroidery.

April 27

Go on a Malang city tour including a Becak Ride around Alun Alun Bunder and a Macyto bus ride around Malang’s points of interests; Ljen Boulevard, Malang City Hall, Tugu Monument, Malang City Square, Jami’ Mosque, and Eng Ang Kiong Temple.

Lunch at Inggil Restaurant.

April 28

Free Day With Host.

Opportunity for ambassadors to take hosts out to dinner.

April 29

Educational/Humanitarian Activity – usually involves children and/or students. We could visit and make small contributions to a school for special needs or assist with English language-learning. Donations can be in the form of books, school utensils, or items that would encourage children to study and have fun in learning.

Batu Tour – Enjoy Batu Highland City

Visit Batu Secret Zoo or Transport Museum

April 30

Batu Tour – Enjoy Batu Highland City

Visit Batu Secret Zoo or Transport Museum

Farewell dinner

May 1

Depart from Indonesia and begin your travel on to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

May 2

Welcome at Tan Son Nhat International airport; transfer guests to hotel downtown.

Check-in at the Asian Ruby Luxury Hotel.

May 3

Ho Chi Minh city tour, with visits to Reunification Hall, the Museum of War Relics, and a Vietnamese lacquer painting workshop.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit to Ben Thanh market for shopping and dinner at a local restaurant.

Back to the hotel, for some evening free time.

May 4

Visit to Cu Chi Tunnels.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Leave Cu Chi district for Ho Chi Minh city.

Back to the hotel for dinner on one’s own and free time.

May 5

Travel to My Tho.

Take a boat cruise through the natural canals, visit a fruit plantation, and enjoy
tropical fruits and a traditional music show.

Have lunch in the orchards, visit a bee farm, and attend a coconut candy workshop.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City and return to the hotel for a little free time to relax.

Dinner on a cruise on the Sai Gon River to explore the beauty of Ho Chi Minh City by night.

May 6

Check out of hotel and depart for Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Fly to Hue City

Lunch at a local restaurant

Meeting with the VUFO (Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations) of Hue for a briefing on culture and history of ancient royal city of Hue.

Meet host families for dinner.

Check into the Midtown Hotel Hue

May 7

Breakfast with host families.

Visit to the Forbidden Purple City and Imperial Citadel and Museum (with a royal music performance at the citadel, if any).

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Boat Tour along the Perfume River; with stops for sightseeing at a conic hat making village.

Visit Thien Mu/Heavenly Lady Pagoda on the continued Hue City tour.

Farewell dinner with HueFo and host families.

Overnight at host families.

May 8

Breakfast with host families.

Travel from Hue to Da Nang with lunch at a local restaurant.

Travel to Hoi An Old Town (depending on the arrival time, we could check in first then start the tour, or start the tour first and check in hotel later).

Walking tour of the Old Town to learn about the history and architecture of Hoi An.

Dinner at a local restaurant in the Old Town followed by free time to enjoy the Old Town at night.

May 9

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit to Hoi An Silk Village, then travel back to Hoi An for free time and dinner on one’s own.

May 10

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then depart for Da Nang International Airport.

Arrive in Da Nang city.

Visit to Cham Museum and have lunch in the city.

Depart for Da Nang International Airport and fly to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi and check-in at the Mon Regency Hotel.

Afternoon free time and dinner on your own.

May 11

Check out of hotel after breakfast.

Visit to Van Mieu- the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s Complex, and Hanoi Old Quarters by electric car.

Meet with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO)/The Vietnam-USA Society (VUS) for a briefing on Vietnam.

Depart for Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake), Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and the Old Quarters of Hanoi.

Dinner with host families.

May 12

Breakfast with host families.

Visit to Vietnam Friendship Village ( host families welcome to join).

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, with an outdoor water puppet show.

Farewell dinner with host families in Hanoi.

May 13

Travel to Ha Long City, with a stopover on the way for refreshment at a humanitarian workshop.

Arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf. Transfer by tender to the cruise.

Enjoy a buffet lunch as you start cruising leisurely towards Vung Ha Beach area in Bai Tu Long.

Kayak and swimming in Vung Ha Beach.

Cooking demonstration.

The boat is anchored for the night at Cong Dam area where you’ll enjoy dinner with a set menu.

Squid fishing and free time.

Stay overnight on board.

May 14

Earlier risers start the day with Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy the breathtaking sunrise.

Visit to Vung Vieng floating fishing village/Ha Long Pearl Farm.

Farewell brunch and check out.

Disembark in Tuan Chau and take bus to return to Hanoi with a stopover at a ceramics workshop.

Dinner at a local restaurant, then depart for Hanoi Railway station for a night train to Sapa.

May 15

Catch the bus at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa with a stopover on the way to take photos.

Visit to Ham Rong then check into hotel.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon free time to explore & discover Sapa market & Stone church.

Dinner at the hotel and free time to explore Sapa by night.

May 16

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes.

Travel along the bottom of the Sapa Valley to get to Ta Van village, one of the most beautiful in the area.

Have lunch in the village.

Come back to the hotel for a short rest.

Visit to Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall) and Love Waterfall.

Return to Sapa for free time to explore Sapa by night.

Dinner on your own.

May 17

Breakfast at the hotel and late check-out.

Visit to FanxiPang (600 steps up), the highest mountain in the South East Asia
(take cable cab and tram).

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon free time for shopping.

Depart Sapa for Lao Cai province, with dinner at a restaurant near Lao Cai train station before boarding a night train to Hanoi.

May 18

Pick up from Liuzhou Airport.

Homestay families collect ambassadors from Liuzhou Hotel.

May 19

Activities to be arranged by homestay families.

May 20

Visit Liuzhou Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Fantastic Stone Museum.

Lunch in Longtan Park and travel around the park after lunch.

Visit a school followed by a welcome banquet.

Homestay families pick up ambassadors from Liuzhou Hotel.

May 21

Visit Liuzhou Museum, Liuzhou Park followed by lunch.

Visit Industrial Museum and Yufeng Hill by lift, followed by dinner.

Boat Cruise on Liujiang River.

Homestay families pick up ambassadors at Liuzhou Hotel.

May 22

Head for Rongshui County to visit Shuang-Long-Gou Scenic Spot followed by lunch.

Visit Yubu Miao Ethnic Village in Rongshui County and watch a performance of Miao Ethnic Group after dinner.

Stay in Yubu.

May 23

After breakfast head for Buyang Dong Ethnic Village, where you will have lunch.

Visit Guandong Ethnic Viilage and participate in the inter-activities. Dinner will be an ethnic banquet in Guandong Village.

Stay in Sanjiang County and watch an ethnic “Love Story” performance.

May 24

After breakfast, visit Drum Tower and Wind & Rain Shelter Bridge.

We then return to Liuzhou for lunch.

Homestay families pick up ambassadors from the Liuzhou Hotel.

May 25

Ambassadors depart.

Rate:

$4000 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees and tour costs.

Availability:

10Spaces Remaining

Moderately Challenging

Know before you go

  • A Tourist Visa will be necessary.
  • Weather will be hot and wet in both Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • Some optional activities in Indonesia include: Fly to Surabaya (IDR 5000.000 each), hire transport vans (IDR 1250.000 per van to be shared between ambassadors), and travel to Mt. Bromo, which will require a midnight departure to watch the sunrise (IDR 750.000 each).
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