A country that was worn torn even in the 1970s, Vietnam has seen a dark phase in the recent past till it achieved the state of stability. Today, Vietnam is one of the fastest developing countries in Southeast Asia and a popular backpacking destination for travelers from all across the world. Whether you are looking to gain some first-hand work experience by volunteering for a social cause, or wish to indulge in adventure tours across the country, or tick of the UNESCO Heritage Sites from your checklist - spending your gap year in Vietnam will endow with all the opportunities that you are seeking!
Planning for a backpacking trip on a shoestring budget across Southeast Asia during your gap year abroad? Then Vietnam has to be there on your checklist! A communist country that had a long-drawn dark past, Vietnam has lately emerged as an exotic destination for travelers. From the lush green rice fields of Sapa in North Vietnam to the breathtaking Mekong Delta in the South, the country has so much in store to offer its visitors.
If you are all set to go on an adventure trip and explore like a local, then there can be nothing better than a voluntour in Vietnam. You'll get to volunteer for some meaningful project and make an impact in the lives of the underprivileged ones while exploring the pristine locations including the Halong Bay, Hue, Da Nang and more. While in Ho Chi Minh City, you can witness the French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels. In case you are looking for some adrenaline rush, you can go for junk boat ride in Ha Long Bay, sandboarding in Mui Ne, canyoning & abseiling down the waterfalls in Da Lat and much more. So what are you waiting for?
Gap Year in Vietnam
Volunteering in Vietnam
The best way to make an effective social contribution while traveling in a country is to volunteer for a good cause. Considering the fact that Vietnam once fiercely destroyed by wars, there are still areas where people haven't successfully recovered from the damages. Kids are born with deformities and many suffer from Agent Orange disorders. For high school and college students as well as gap year travelers, the best would be to volunteer for the disabled and disadvantaged children, in order to help them live a better life. Be a responsible traveler and make a difference.
Adventure Tours in Vietnam
For tourists, there are hundreds of things to do in Vietnam and you might just fall short of time. Gap year travelers need not worry, as you'll have ample time and scope to explore! Set out an cruise along the Halong Bay and peep inside the marvelous caves, cycle along the topsy-turvy lanes of Sapa Village and stop beside the rice fields to breathe in freshness, creep inside the Chu Chi Tunnels and shop till you drop at Hoi An's quaint Old streets. Binge on the local Vietnamese food, and if you are interested you can try your hands at cooking as well! Make the most of your time, and club you gap year in Vietnam with that of the neighboring countries.
All travelers and volunteers will need a valid Visa for entering the country. Visit your nearby Vietnam Embassy to know more about the Visa. We shall provide you the necessary documents if required. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.
It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Vietnam, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.
You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $40 - $50 for each day.
Vietnam is a relatively safe country for visitors, including solo travelers (both men and women). We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. Try to avoid going out at night with strangers. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.
People in Vietnam love to celebrate their festivals and you can also be a part of their celebrations. You'll be totally moved by the madness of the people during the festive seasons. The main festivals are Tet Festival (similar to Thanksgiving), Phu Giay Festival, Buon Don Elephant Races, Lord Buddha’s Birthday and much more. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.
Vietnam experiences hot and humid tropical climate throughout the year. You need to carry light and comfortable clothes for your trip. It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Vietnam!
Vietnamese is the official language of the country, however people in the cities mostly speak French or English. In the rural parts of the country, you'll mostly find people speaking in their local dialect. Your coordinator will be well versed in English. Apart from that, you'll be given a basic Vietnamese lesson during your orientation. So you need not worry about language barrier!