Selective Vietnam Family Holidays & Tour Packages for end of 2018 and 2019

Red River Delta Excursion for Family in 7 Days

Hanoi > Ninh Binh > Hai Phong > Ha Long > Hanoi 7 Days / 6 Nights
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South and Central Vietnam Vacation for Family in 11 Days

Saigon > Da Lat > Nha Trang > Da Nang > Hoi An > Saigon 11 Days / 10 Nights
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Southern Vietnam Highlights for Family in 9 Days

Saigon > Cao Dai Holy See > Cu Chi Tunnels > Can Tho > Phu Quoc > Saigon 9 Nights / 8 Days
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Highlights of Northern Vietnam and Laos in 11 days

Hanoi > Hoa Lu, Tam Coc > Ha Long > Luang Prabang (Laos) > Vang Vieng > Vientiane 11 Days / 10 Nights
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Highlights of Vietnam for Family Tour 10 Days

Hanoi > Ha Long > Hue > Da Nang > Hoi An > Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong delta 10 Days/ 9 Nights
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Paradise Family Vacation In Vietnam 12 Days

Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong delta > Nha Trang > Da Nang > Hoian > Hanoi > Halong 12 Days/ 11 Nights
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Highlights

  • Spend a relaxing vacation with your beloved together exploring Vietnam at its best.
  • Enjoy trips that tailored to accommodate youngster: minimizing time on the road and children-friendly activities.
  • Visit attractions and do kid-friendly activities that keep the younger crowd entertained such as bustling Ho Chi Minh city, vibrant floating market in Mekong delta, scuba diving in emerald water at Nha Trang beach, delicious fresh seafood and more adventures on Halong cruise, etc.
  • Learn directly about the country’s rich history, diverse culture, and Vietnamese lifestyle.

Tips

  • Check with your tour operator about children policy for accommodations and other services to maximize inclusions and discount offered for younger children.
  • If you pick your own accommodations, make sure to pick a safe and comfortable hotel in the central area that is close to local attractions.
  • Check with your local tour operator or tour guide for locations to purchase or rent necessities for your trip such as child car safety seat, baby carriers, stroller, medicines, snacks and drinks, etc.

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Helpful Articles and Tips for Family Holidays in Vietnam

Vietnam Family Trip

Some important notes for your hassle-free and exciting family holidays in Vietnam.

Traveling with kids or elders can be inconvenient sometimes. Here are some tips for you to make sure that your family trips will be fun without any unexpected problems.

 

Vietnam Overview

Country name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Capital: Hanoi

Population: 96 million (2017)

Ethnic group: 54 minorities

Main language: Vietnamese

Currency: Vietnam Dong

Time zone: GMT +7

International dialing: +84

 

Prepare for the weather

Vietnam is characterized by its hot and humid weather. The weather varies considerably from north to south due to its topography. Weather in Vietnam can be split into three regions: North, Central and South.

The North has four seasons with sultry and humid summers (May – August) and cold winters (December – February) when the temperature may drop to 10 degrees Celsius. There may be snow in some northernmost points.

The Central and the South has only two seasons: dry and rainy season and it is hot there year-round. Read some articles about Vietnam Seasons for more information.

We advise that you pay attention to the weather forecast to prepare appropriate clothing and choose suitable destinations for your perfect holiday in Vietnam.

 

Packing tips

What you can prepare at home

 

  • Clothing: Vietnam is hot and humid year-round, so make sure you pack light clothing. Cotton T-shirts and pants should be included in your luggage. Stay away from heavy fabrics because they will make you sweat. However, if you travel to the Northern area during winters, coats, sweaters, and hoodies are needed.
  • Medicine: Bring prescript medicines and common medicines such as flu tablets, allergy medicine and diarrhea drugs.
  • Bug spray: There are many mosquitoes in Vietnam’s rural areas and wetland forest, so be careful!
  • Sun-protection items: Prepare sunglasses, hats, sunscreens and aloe vera in case you have sunburn. Sunscreens and sunblocks are widely available at Vietnam’s convenient stores, but in case you have a sensitive skin, bring your own.

 

What you can buy in Vietnam

 

Don’t go crazy on packing. There are many supermarkets and convenient stores (Circle K, Shop & Go, Family Mart, etc.) around Vietnam, especially in tourist destinations such as Hanoi, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City. You can easily find some essentials for your trip in Vietnam:

  • Towels, shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: These things take you a lot of space in your luggage, and you can buy them in travel-size at a convenient store.
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush, nail cutters and nail fines
  • Disposable nappies: Of course if you have toddlers.
  • Dry and wet tissues
  • Umbrellas and raincoats
  • Mineral water, milk, soft drink and light snacks: Summers in Vietnam are hot, so keep yourself hydrated every time. Buy some extra snacks if you travel with kids.
  • Sun hats: You can buy a beautiful bamboo sun hat on our beaches.
  • Travel-size hand sanitizers

Healthcare and safety tips

  • Check your family members’ health condition before the trip: It is essential that you take your kids and elders for medical checks two months prior to your trip. Don’t overlook any vaccination schedule, physical issue and dietary restrictions. Take a good care of yourself before the trip so that you can adapt to different weather and time zone.
  • Cross the road: Crossing the road is terrifying in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Just watch what the locals do, follow the traffic light and don’t run. Be patient, walk slowly and search for help from the locals.
  • Fasten your seat belt: Taxi drivers in Vietnam don’t care about this thing, so you should do it by yourself. Fastening a seat belt for your kids whenever entering a car.
  • Be careful of street foods: It is fun to try some street foods, but your trip will be interrupted if you get sick. Our advice is that eat at some crowded food stalls; many customers eating there means that the stall is safe. Also, take a look if the ingredients are safe or not and don’t try weird dishes such as animal blood.
  • Drink bottled water: Tap water is not safe in Vietnam, only drink bottled water.

Contact an experienced local operator

It is recommended that you contact a local travel operator to minimize the probability of unexpected issues in your family vacations. If you travel with your babies, we can arrange a quiet room which is away from the pool, restaurants and elevator and arrange an infant bed.

Tell us all your health issues and we can schedule appropriate itineraries and activities for you, especially when you travel with elders. We can contact the restaurant if any of your family members have dietary restrictions or food allergy. Wheelchairs will be provided for disabled people. We have a list of local hospitals and clinics in hand and we can contact them immediately when you request.

Long-lasting history, rich culture, elegant architecture combined with its safety and pleasant weather make Vietnam to be the ideal destination for a family vacation. Whether your family has small kids or elders, Vietnam is full of family-friendly activities for you to relax and discover our colorful history and culture.

Hanoi

Hanoi

Hanoi is one of the most unique places in Vietnam due to its quaint and rustic atmosphere. This city is the combination of traditional beauty and colonial architecture. Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter are the two must-visit attractions in Hanoi. Taking a cyclo-rickshaw around this area, you can see the bustling daily life of local people, visit some ancient houses, and immerse in the colorful culture of this 1000-year-old capital city. There are many other colonial relics, museums, pagodas, music shows and concerts in Hanoi. Make sure you try some local dishes such as Pho and Bun cha, and buy some traditional souvenirs in the Old Quarter.

 

 

 


Ha Long Bay

Cruise Ha Long

Ha Long Bay is the most sought-after tourist destination in Vietnam due to its spectacular beauty. A two or three-day Ha Long Bay cruise is a must-do activity for your trip to Vietnam. Nothing can compare with the comfortable feeling and relaxation when your family enjoys the delicious seafood cooked and served by the skillful cooks while seeing the most beautiful and romantic natural sites in the world. You will have a chance to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of thousands of limestone caves and mountains and swim in a clear beach. Your family can participate in fishing, climbing, snorkeling, trekking, kayaking and cycling.

 

 

 


Mai Chau

Mai Chau

If Sapa is a little bit far for your family trip, Mai Chau is an alternative. Located in the Northern countryside of Vietnam, this is the place for cycling, relaxing and taking part in family-friendly activities. Stunning rice paddles, unique stilt houses, and peaceful ethnic villages are the main reason for a cycling tour to Mai Chau. If you love to discover traditional crafts in Vietnam’s mountainous area, visit an ethnic family and see how skillful ethnic women are in weaving and making brocade. Traditional markets here are where you can see how brocade products are traded and take photos of beautiful women in traditional costumes.

 

 

 


Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the most rustic towns in Vietnam. This town used to be a major international trading port in the 16th and 17th centuries. Chinese and Japanese merchants who settled down in Hoi An brought cultural influences to this town’s architecture and cuisines. Visiting Hoi An, you can see truly genuine Vietnamese architecture which is harmoniously influenced by French, Japanese and Chinese architectural styles. Hoi An also hosts a number of exciting cooking and lantern making classes taught by experienced local artists.

 

 

 


Mui Ne

Mui Ne

22 kilometers from the east Phan Thiet City, Mui Ne is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia with blue sea and sandy hills. Mui Ne has become an attractive tourist destination with wide immense white sand dunes and towering coconut trees bending around the coast. You can sit under the cool green coconut to enjoy refreshing sea breezes. Mui Ne is the home to a lot of high-quality hotels, restaurants and resorts for your stay.

 

 

 

 


Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) is the most dynamic and bustling city in Vietnam. It is remarkable for the harmonious blending of traditional values with northern and western cultural features. Skyscrapers dot the city and everywhere are the signs of growing status cars, mobile phones, upscale cafes, fine dining and trendy nightlife. This city will be an ideal destination for history buffs who love to discover our colonial era. There are many colonial architecture and museums for your tour to Ho Chi Minh City: Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Museum of Vietnamese History, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, and Saigon Opera House. For shopaholics, don’t forget to check out Ben Thanh Market and many other shopping malls.

We recommend some exhilarating activities that can bring your family members together in your tour to Vietnam.

Take a cyclo-rickshaw around Hanoi

cyclo in Hanoi

Basically, a cyclo is defined as a kind of bicycle taxi which is pedaled by a cyclo driver sitting behind you. Different from a traditional taxi, a cyclo with open design will offer you and your kids more chance to enjoy and take photographs of bustling and rustic Hanoi. Your family will feel more relaxed when taking this type of transportation, especially when you are tired of long hours walking. When you are visiting Hanoi, you can easily find a cyclo-rickshaw in tourist areas around Hanoi Old Quarter. Sitting on a cyclo, you can sense the daily life of the capital city, breathe in a unique culture and discover traditional and colonial architecture in an authentic way.

 

 

 


Participate in a cooking class

Cooking class in Hanoi

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 in 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.

 

 

 


Spend an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay Cruise

Ha Long Bay is no doubt to be one of the best places to experience in your holiday to Vietnam. You can choose the most popular option to discover this bay by taking 1 or 2-night cruise programs or another recently interesting option: Spending a night at a hotel on Bai Chay beach then taking a half-day boat trip. Ha Long’s unique system of limestone karsts and beautiful islands are really fascinating to view from a boat. Watching sunrise and sunset on a cruise will be an unforgettable experience for your trip.

 

 

 


Relax on a beach

Nha Trang

Living in crowded cities will prevent you from enjoying fresh air and tranquil atmosphere. There is no better solution for this situation than spending a beach vacation in Vietnam. Da Nang, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc and Con Dao – they are just some of our turquoise beaches. Vietnamese beaches are famous for gentle waves, clean water and towering coconut trees around the shore. Our country is also the home to many high-end and award-winning hotels and resorts that will delight your beach break here.

 

 

 


Discover vibrant floating markets in Mekong Delta

Floating market in Mekong Delta

The floating markets throughout Central and Southern Vietnam in the verdant greenery and bustling river towns are an iconic feature of the exciting region Mekong Delta. As the country changes rapidly with economic growth, the need for the markets changes as well, but the fact that no trip to Vietnam would be complete without seeing how the local life remains the same. You don’t need to have breakfast before your boat trip to Mekong Delta; there are several local dishes and fresh tropical fruits for you to buy here.

Don’t forget to sample Vietnamese cuisines in your family trip to Vietnam. With our abundance in agricultural products, Vietnamese foods are healthy with a combination of fresh vegetables, rice and noodles with meat and seafood. Our traditional dishes are highly praised for their special aroma, eye-catching decoration and delicious taste. Vietnamese cuisines are different from north to south: In the North people use fewer spices, foods in Central Vietnam have hot and spicy flavors while Southern dishes are sweeter. Vietnamese dishes are influenced by French, Chinese, and sometimes Indian cuisines as well.

Pho

Pho

Pho is a signature dish of Vietnam. The bowl of the hot fragrant broth, the thick rice noodles, and the sliced bits of the tender beef or chicken wins the gourmets’ praises. You can find Pho anywhere in Vietnam, but this dish tastes the most authentic in our 1000-year-old capital city. There is no strict rule to enjoying Ha Noi Pho, but most people use a spoon and a pair of chopsticks to eat the noodle and slurp the broth. Since the broth can be sweet or spicy, yet very delicious, don’t forget to slurp it. Traditionally, the vinegar, lime juice, and slices of garlic are added to enhance the flavor of the bowl.

 

 

 


Nem (Fried spring rolls)

Fried spring rolls

The main ingredients for fried spring rolls are duck/chicken eggs, ground meat, mushrooms and diced carrots, onions and kohlrabi, rolled in a rice paper. You can choose a variety of meat options, from pork and beef to crabs or shrimps. The rolls are fried in boiling oil and eaten with a special dipping sauce made from lemon juice, chili, sugar and pepper.

 

 

 

 


Bun cha (Barbecued pork with rice vermicelli)

Bun cha

Bun cha is a cannot-miss dish when you travel to Hanoi. Compared to Pho, Bun cha is usually preferred by foreign tourists. Thin white vermicelli is served with pork which is grilled over a charcoal fire. There are two types of pork for Bun cha: cha vien (ground pork) and cha mieng (grilled thin sliced pork). The highlight of this food is the sweet-and-sour dipping sauce which is a mixture of fish sauce, sugar and rice vinegar. This dish will not be complete without enjoying with fresh herbs and vegetables such as bean sprouts, lettuce, and mint.

 

 

 


Cao lau

Cao lau

Cao lau is the special treat of Hoi An that you can only find in this small ancient town. Cao lau is served with noodles and pork, topped with local vegetables, peanuts, and rice crackers. This food is influenced by Japanese and Chinese cultures that were brought by foreign traders when they settled in this port city. You will see some unique feature in this dish compared to other food in Vietnam: the thick noodle is the same as Japanese udon, the rice crackers and porks are in Chinese style, and the broth is Vietnamese.

 

 

 


Banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich)

Banh mi

The French brought bread to our country during the colonial era and we took it to a different level. Popular fillings of banh mi are pate, fried egg, hotdog, barbecued pork, cucumber, coriander and soy sauce. You can choose different ingredients to make your own quick meal.

 

 

 

 


Banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake)

Banh xeo

‘Xeo’ means sizzling in Vietnamese; it is the sound of the pancake when being fried. This appealing food is made from rice flour and coconut milk, filled with pork, shrimps, bean sprouts, onions and mushrooms. The soul of banh xeo is its sweet fermented peanut butter sauce. You can wrap a little bit of banh xeo in lettuce leaves and dip it in the sauce.

5 Common Questions Families Ask Us

  • The weather in Vietnam is diverse from North to South. But generally, the average temperature rises from the North to the South.
  • Prepare for high humidity.
  • January-April and September-December are the best times to enjoy Northern Vietnam’s finest weather. May-August you can expect hot and humid conditions during the summer season.
  • May-October is the only time you will really need to steer clear of central and South Vietnam due to it is rainy season.

For more information, contact with our travel experts and learn more from our travel guides:

  • Here are the common tips for flying with children, for more detail, feel free to talk to our travel exerts.
  • Take a change of clothes on board for you and your baby, especially on a long haul flight.
  • Feeding your baby with either a bottle or breast when you are taking off and landing, can help them adjust their ears to the change in cabin pressure.
  • Try to keep the same rituals as home when it comes to bedtime. Put the kids in their pajamas, read them a book, and sing them songs. And make sure they have their favorite toy or blanket.
  • Before disembarking, make sure they have been fed and to the toilet before your standing in customs.
  • Check in online to book preferred seats from home and cut out the hassle of queuing.
  • If possible, fly direct on long haul flights to avoid changing flights mid-way at uncomfortable hours.

If you don’t have a preference, our travel experts will pick the most suitable family-friendly accommodations for you based on many attribute: central location, facilities, TripAdvisor reviews, feedbacks from previous customers,…

Here are the common tips for flying with children, for more detail, feel free to talk to our travel exerts.

  • Take a change of clothes on board for you and your baby, especially on a long haul flight.
  • Feeding your baby with either a bottle or breast when you are taking off and landing, can help them adjust their ears to the change in cabin pressure.
  • Try to keep the same rituals as home when it comes to bedtime. Put the kids in their pajamas, read them a book, and sing them songs. And make sure they have their favorite toy or blanket.
  • Before disembarking, make sure they have been fed and to the toilet before your standing in customs.
  • Check in online to book preferred seats from home and cut out the hassle of queuing.
  • If possible, fly direct on long haul flights to avoid changing flights mid-way at uncomfortable hours.

The options for food in Vietnam is diverse. There are authentic Vietnamese dishes, other Eastern dishes, as well as Western dishes. Our experienced tour guide will be at help for picking most suitable dishes for children to enjoy.

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