During adolescence period from 13 to 17 years ago, teenagers tend to keep distance from their parents. They become reluctant when they have to participate in family activities and do not consider their parents as travel companions anymore. Our recommendation is that you should let your teenagers involved in the travel planning process from the start. These 10 exciting activities will give you and your high schoolers some ideas for what to do on your family trip to Vietnam.

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1. Discover Vietnam by train

With a rustic and integrated railway system, train is considered one of the main tourist transportation in Vietnam. Though it cannot compete with flights in terms of speed, train offers you a panoramic view of our country and more chances for you to interact with local people. Obviously, your family cannot have these experiences when traveling by flights.

Train across Hai Van Pass

When traveling by train around Vietnam, you will catch in sight some of our most popular destinations: lush terraced rice fields in Sa Pa, spectacular karst mountains in Ha Long Bay, ancient Hue Imperial City, winding Hai Van Pass and the lively scenery of floating market in Mekong Delta. It is a marvelous and once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially if you are first-time travelers to our country.

2. Snorkeling and scuba diving in Vietnamese beaches

Teenagers are energetic and active, thus, it will be fun if they can involve in some water sports. Your beach vacation to Vietnam will not be complete without spending times in some awe-inspiring activities such as swimming, snorkeling, diving and surfing.

Diving in Nha Trang

Our diverse system of colorful fish and coral reefs makes Vietnamese beaches to be one of the best places for snorkeling and diving in Southeast Asia. Da Nang, Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc are listed as our best beach destinations for water sports. Nha Trang is proudly recognized as our country’s ‘diving capital’ thanks to its crystal-clear beach and prestigious diving schools. A vacation to Nha Trang will be a highlight of your family trip to Vietnam with many high-quality beach resorts and amazing water activities.

Read more: Top Water Sports for Your Beach Vacation in Vietnam

3. Trekking to exotic trails

Tra Su Capujut Forest – a perfect place for Vietnam eco tours

An eco tour in Vietnam is a chance for your teenagers to learn essential survival skills, responsibility and how to protect our environment, which they are not thoroughly taught in high schools. Our country consists of numerous forests, mountains, hills and valleys; those places have attracted thousands of trekkers and hikers every year. Trekking through our pristine forests, conquering imposing mountains and visiting some ethnic villages will widen your children’s knowledge about nature and people. Your kids will have a chance to come across our emerald terraced rice fields, bizarre limestone karsts, winding mountain pass and unspoiled capujut forests.

Read more: Top 10 Ecotourism Destinations in Vietnam

4. Participate in a cooking class

A cooking class in Vietnam

It is fun to cook Vietnamese traditional cuisines on your own with the guide from a professional cook. Your family can visit our local wet market, choose fresh vegetables and herbs and start cooking out delicious dishes such as spring rolls or fried rice. Your children can learn every process of cooking: how to choose and process the ingredients, how to marinate the meat, how to control the fire and how to sophisticatedly decorate the dish. It is interesting to learn how local people use seasonings, herbs and fish sauce to add the delicate aroma taste to the foods. Your children can practice cooking Vietnamese foods when they return home.

5. Watch A O Show

A O show

The name ‘A O’ was taken from ‘Lang Pho’ which means ‘village and city’ in English. A O show is a combination of contemporary dance, acrobatics, bamboo cirque, and theatrical visual art. This show perfectly depicts Vietnamese village life in our countryside with farming, fishing and raising cattle activities to earn a living.

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6. Overnight in a homestay

Homestay in Mai Chau

There is no better way to understand ethnic life in your tour to Northern Vietnam than spending a night at a homestay. Your children will have a chance to interact with local people, learn how they earn a living and make friends with other children. It is a precious time for your teenagers to stay away from their smartphones and participate in some activities such as cycling, cooking with a local family or involve in local crop farming and livestock production.

7. Explore a cave system in Ninh Binh

Tam Coc – Ninh Binh

A short trip to Ninh Binh is a cannot-miss part of your tour to Vietnam. With a stunning system of limestone karsts, pristine jungles, emerald rice fields, magnificent religious buildings and unique cuisines, Ninh Binh keeps local and international tourists return from time to time. Sitting on our traditional wooden rowboats, your family will be amazed at the unparalleled beauty of spectacular mountains, rivers, and forests in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex and Tam Coc – Bich Dong.

8. Crawl through Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi is an interesting attraction to improve your children’s knowledge about Vietnamese history. It will make your tour to Ho Chi Minh City more memorable.

Cu Chi Tunnel

60 kilometers from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi was used to be the hiding spot of our soldiers during the Vietnam War. This network of 200-kilometer tunnel has become the symbol of Vietnamese army’s bravery and boldness. Cu Chi Tunnels were specially constructed with many traps integrated with an underground city consisting of living areas, kitchens, field hospitals and weapon storage. Crawling through this amazing site will be an extraordinary adventure for your family.

9. Visit some history and cultural museums

Museum of Ethnology – Hanoi

We recommend your family includes at least one museum to your Vietnam discovery tour. Beyond a repository of antiques, visiting a museum is an opportunity for your teenagers to learn about heroic past, captivating traditions and colorful cultural diversity. Museums will pique your interests by telling interesting stories about our history, customs, habits and patriotism.

Read more: Top 3 must-see cultural museums in Hanoi

10. Take a short cycling tour

Cycling in Pu Luong

With many cycling trails, Vietnamese countryside is the best place for your teenagers to both be physically active and enjoy the nature. Your children will get acquainted with the local area quickly with this fun activity. A cycling tour in Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Hoi An will be an unforgettable experience for your teenagers and bring your family together.

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A Hanoian lover of art, cuisine and culture, Chi Nguyen enjoys exploring all elegant aspects of this city as well as discovering off-the-beaten-track destinations in the beautiful S-shaped country.

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