7 day trip to the incredible country of Vietnam. This will be the trip of a lifetime for anyone who wants to be totally immersed in the experience of traveling off the grid in northern Vietnam. We will be both experiencing culture and also making a difference by performing Random Acts of Kindness large and small.

dateS: APRIL 11-18, 2017

starting location: hanoi, vietnam

Price per person

7 dayS - $1095


Trip overview:  

Bicycle rides through the villages and rice fields around our home.

This journey begins in Hanoi where volunteers are to arrive by April 11. We spend one night in Hanoi before leaving the next morning to make the journey to the Mai Chau Valley. 

Mai Chau is a beautiful green valley covered in rice fields at the foot of the mountains in northern Vietnam. This is where we will be spending the most of our time. The people of this small village are some of the friendliest in the world. We will stay with a local family and eat home cooked meals while experiencing local life there every day. We travel daily through beautiful rice paddies and share in local customs in many homes all while performing Random Acts of Kindness along the way. 

Our big project in Vietnam will be to make a dramatic difference in one families life by building them a bathroom shower and clean water basin. A local crew will be working alongside us to ensure proper building techniques. To reach our worksite we will make the journey by motorbike everyday. This is a beautiful drive that passes through many small mountain villages and stunning landscapes. 

Throughout this entire journey our goal is to make a positive impact on the people we come across all while getting off the grid and experiencing local culture. Our favorite thing at RAKlife is being spontaneous and we love all the unplanned surprises we constantly come across during out travels. We provide a very free flowing schedule that also allows free time to spend doing whatever you’d like.

On April 17th we make our way back to Hanoi where we'll provide one more nights stay before heading back home or off to your next destination. If you'd like to plan extra days in Vietnam either on the front or back end of this trip then we are happy to help you with suggestions of places we would put on the top of our list to visit.

This Vietnam trip is for anyone interested in not just vacationing, but traveling with a true purpose. Watch the video toward the bottom of this page to hear testimony about how voluntourism can make a difference in the lives of those in need, while tremendously impacting your own life as well.

What's Included:

Lovely local homestay in Mai Chau. 

  • Transport to/from Hanoi International Airport
  • Accommodation- double occupancy hotel in Hanoi and homestay in Mai Chau
  • daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation during trip
  • Volunteering at local village project
  • Hikes to gorgeous waterfalls and natural cave 
  • Bicycle rides through the rice fields and visiting locals 
  • Motorcycling through the countryside
  • Professional guidance and teaching from expert photographers
  • Local guide speaking fluent English and Vietnamese
  • Homestay with locals experiencing authentic homemade Vietnamese meals

What’s not included:

  •             Flight (we can help research if needed)
  •             Visa (we can direct you to an excellent Visa company)
  •             Travel Insurance (not required but recommended)
  •             Food and Drinks outside of included meals
  •             Extra curricular activities and entertainment outside of what is include



This project will be lead by Jim Kennedy, RAKlife's Director of Trips. Jim is a professional photographer who owns a successful Southern California based studio. Jim has traveled all across the world while getting off the grid and is excited to work with anyone interested in improving their photography skills. Whether you are shooting a small point and shoot camera, a cell phone, or a SLR camera- it will be fun to come home with some beautiful images that you would be proud to hang on your wall. Take a look at some of Jim’s travel images here:

Jim Kennedy Photographer

INTERNATIONAL Travel Details: 

Fly in and out of Hanoi (Noi Bai international airport – HAN airport code)

  •             Arrive: Fly into Hanoi on Tuesday, April 11
  •             Depart: Fly out of Hanoi on Tuesday, April 18


  • 50% non-refundable deposit due upon booking
  • Balance of any remaining funds due no later than 30 days before scheduled arrival date.  
  • Waiver must be signed and emailed back to us no later than 30 days before scheduled arrival date

*A portion of trip cost is tax deductible.

If you have questions about this incredible experience or would like to set up a time to speak over the phone, please email us at: and we will respond to you promptly!

Ready to book?

Pay Now (Deposit, Balance or In Full)

see below for content from our past vietnam trips!

Volunteers talk about their experiences traveling with RAKlife...

View images from our past Vietnam RAKlife experiences...