Vietnam trip of a lifetime

MEMORIES: Students who went on the journey will be talking about it for years to come.
Nanjing Night Net

DURING the last school holidays a group of staff and students from La Salle travelled to Vietnam aspart of a tour organised by Vietnam School Tours, which is owned and operated by Tram MacDouall, the younger sister of comedian and artist Anh Do.

SKILLS: At an eco adventure site students learned to fill a rice paddy with water, plant rice, ride bikes: and a water buffalo!

Their journey started from the international terminal at Sydney when sad farewells were had prior toan 8 hour flight to Ho Chi Minh city. A short a domestic flight to Hanoi saw the group commence ourVietnam journey.

THANKS: Thanks go to Vietnam School Tours for brilliant organisation, Mrs Flood, Mrs Zyp and Mrs Felton for their efforts.

“Hanoi is an amazing place. The shock of the change in climate was hard to take”, said La Salle’s TAS teacher Peter Tracey who was part of the tour.

La Sallians left in a cold 4-5degrees and arrived with 35 degrees of temperature and oppressive humidity, thougheverybody adjustedwell to the heat. Students spent twodays and an overnight trip on a traditionalcruise ship in Ha Long Bay which forms a part of the Gulf of Tonkin, a peaceful place withamazing topography.

From Tai Chi in the morning to swimming in the afternoons, studentseven tried to catch squid off the boat after dinner.

A cultural visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and his residence was also a highlight of the finalday in Hanoi.Back on a plane for a short trip to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and the well placed Silverland CentralMotel which the group made theirhome base almost for the remainder of our tour.

The Silverland issituated about 60 meters from the famous Ben Thanh market place where La Salle students practicedthe ancient art of bartering and Brielle Mendham showed her true capabilities.

“ Then it was off to the Mekong Delta to spend a night in a homestay village where the food was fantastic and therats were friendly…from here we rode a bike to a school and participated in a class and playedsome sports with the local kids, all about the same age of our La Salle athletes,” said Mr Tracey.

From the Mekong, theytravelled back to Saigon and commenced atour of the Nui Dat / Vung Tau area culminating in ashort service at the Long Tan Battle site where 18 young men lost their lives on 18August 1966. A very humbling experience for all students who were solemn in rememberingthose gallant young men.

“From my perspective, a group of verysupportive and caring young people made this trip very worthwhile. I was very proud to have been apart of the experience,” said Mr Tracey.

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