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Flying into Vietnam you’ll take a patrol boat up the Mekong river, the heart and soul of mainland Southeast Asia. Over 60 million people depend on the river and its tributaries for food, water, transport and many other aspects of their daily lives.

Then its inland to Vinh Linh to explore the Vinh Moc tunnel complex . Vinh Linh has more than 60 tunnels such as Tan My, Mu Giai, Tan Ly tunnels, among which Vinh Moc is the most solid and firm village tunnel, with 3 floors and round staircase, still remaining as in its past days when it was built to shelter the people of Son Trung and Son Ha communes during the Vietnam war. Around 60 families lived in the tunnels and no villagers lost their lives thanks to them.

You’ll visit the beautiful grottos of Ha Long Bay that feature a profusion of stalactites and stalagmites in stunning shapes and  colours.  The walls generate a variety of colors that blend with the setting of the area.

Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, as it’s known to all but city officials) on the banks of the Siagon River is your last stop.  You’ll visit the famous Jade Emperor Pagoda, that houses the Jade Emperor in the main sanctuary, flanked by his guardians, the Four Big Diamonds.

Some questions you could ask about Vietnam:

  • Why were the Vinh Moc tunnels built?
  • What are the stunning shapes featured in the Ha Long Bay caves?
  • What is the name Ho Chi Min City known as by the locals?


Some questions you could ask about Health and Wellbeing:

  • Why is it important not to spend too much time watching TV or playing games on consoles?
  • How much time do you spend playing on a device or watching TV each day and what are some other things you could do instead?
  • What snack do you grab when you get home from school?

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