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History students get up close with Vietnam's past

Some of the Caloundra State High School Year 11 students in Vietnam.
Some of the Caloundra State High School Year 11 students in Vietnam. CONTRIBUTED

THE history-filled past of Vietnam has been revealed to Caloundra State High School Year 11 modern and ancient history students in an international adventure of a lifetime.

The surrounds of the modern-day capital city, Hanoi, was a sight for the senses.

A collection of French colonial-influenced architecture and unique smells and aromas of a millennium of cuisines brought the postcard photos of the City of Lakes to life.

As the students adventured through the city streets, the pages of their history books were transformed into elegant and vibrant memories, while they absorbed the Vietnamese culture and people.

The beginning of the trip had the student embark on a boat ride into Halong Bay where the glassy waters reflected the sky and limestone islands into the surrounding waters, giving a magical illusion.

The cruise took in the diverse erosion to the karsts, created from the rain and wind, forming isolated freshwater lakes and jungle-covered limestone islets.

The unique caves with majestic paths transported the visitors into another alien world, full of limestone stalactites and stalagmites.

The students travelled down the coast to Hue - the former imperial capital - full of historic relics, temples, culture, and ancient architecture.

No trip would be complete without adventuring through the imperial citadel of Hue surrounding the Forbidden City, where the students reflected on life during the imperial dynasties.

The group took in the monument ruins on the outskirts of the citadel with a rickshaw ride and cruised the Perfume River, which gained its name from the orchard flowers that saturate the waterway during autumn.

The girls then ventured south to Hoi An were the they indulged in a seven- hour shopping trip, as well as taking in the culture and traditions of Vietnam through cooking classes, local tours and trips to the markets.

Their final Vietnam stop was to the energy-filled and colourful city of Ho Chi Minh, visiting landmarks such as the Unification Palace and the Cu Chi Tunnels: 165m of tunnels created for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

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