An outstanding opportunity to combine a visit to the SOS Children’s Village with a taste of rural life.
SOS Children’s Villages are an independent, non-governmental social development organisation that works to meet the needs and protect the rights of children without parental care.
Sit back and enjoy a scenic coastal drive, framed by coconut and philao trees. Upon arrival at the SOS Village you’ll be met by the centre’s principal, who will give an overview of the great work they do. The village has 14 families, a tour of the village will allow you to meet and mix with the children as you learn of their lives.
Next, head into the countryside, to the Vinh Thanh commune. Have your camera at the ready as you stop at the small hamlets to see the rice fields, where, dependant on the seasons, you may see how local farmers plant or harvest the rice. Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit a family in a typical Vietnamese rural house. Most of homes are 70 to 150 years old and handed down through the generations by the family lineage. At Vinh Ngoc Village, visit a communal house where the locals worship their village gods. In days gone by, the house was a place where village disputes were settled.
Before returning to the ship, enjoy a refreshing coconut drink at one of the local coffee shops.
Note: This tour includes a donation of $10 per person for the SOS Village. If guests wish to give anything extra i.e. stationery, canned foods etc it will be welcomed, however we suggest that this is done directly to the SOS representative to ensure equal distribution. The order of visits may vary. Whilst photography is allowed, we ask that for any portraits, prior permission is obtained from the person. For more information please visit www.sos-childrensvillages.org. There is over one hour of walking on this tour over some uneven surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised.