BOOK YOUR FAMILY ADVENTURE TO VIETNAM TODAY!
With an abundance of age-old culture, delicious street food, and captivating activities galore why not embrace a different take on Christmas this year with a family holiday in Vietnam? From rickshaw riding in Hanoi and cruising Ha Long Bay’s islands, to exploring Huế’s walled fortress and navigating the twists and turns of the Mekong Delta, there is something here for everyone (including those without kids!)
So take a look at our guide below, channel that inspiration and contact one of our expert travel advisors today to book. Before you miss the (junk) boat!
If you’re off on a Vietnam family holiday, visit must-see Hanoi. Start with a walk through the twisting alleyways that make up the Old Quarter for a glimpse of local life. The maze of streets is named after the crafts once practiced here – can the kids guess what they are?
Enjoy a guided rickshaw ride through the backstreets as you follow your noses to Ta Hien Street, renowned for its delicious street food. Try a Bánh Mì (Vietnamese sandwich), take a stroll around Hoàn Kiếm Lake, and then finish the day with a traditional Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre performance.
A trip to Ha Long Bay is the perfect opportunity to take the family on a Vietnamese boat cruise, and Bon Hon Island offers a ton of exploring opportunities for the kids, including in places like Sung Sot and Surprise Cave. Ti Top Island is also perfect for a ‘sand stop’, and Soi Sim Beach affords great trekking up to an outlook for a few memorable selfies.
Halong Bay is also a wonderful way to expose the kids to some of the unique culture in Vietnam. Enjoy a spot of fishing, swim in the bay’s balmy waters or get to know some of the local fishermen who live on the surrounding floating villages.
When enjoying a family holiday in Vietnam, don’t miss the UNESCO World Heritage site of Huế. Here you can gaze at the majesty of the walled fortress, which has a myriad of gardens, gateways and courtyards for the kids to explore. Hire some bikes to get there and back and you’ll up the adventure factor even more!
As night falls, catch a dragon boat along the Perfume River to the night markets. Watch the street performers, then soak up a beautiful sunset while you chow down on some amazing street food. For dessert, seek out some ice cream with a local flavour … vanilla, mint or coconut milk jelly – take your pick!
Sandwiched between Ang Bang and the Old Town in Hoi An, is a vast expanse of greenery filled with an array of ‘master gardeners’ tending to their herb, flowers, and vege patches. This is a great opportunity for the kids to not only observe traditional agriculture but take a cooking class. Noodle making anyone?
For the active ones, there are a variety of Vietnam tours that will satisfy including bike riding, kayaking, and paddleboarding. A bit of cave climbing is also on offer at Marble Mountain, around 30 minutes from Hoi An. With a spectacular main cavern to explore, there is also a lift available to take smaller (or slightly tired!) kids up the mountain.
HO CHI MINH CITY
Many of the major attractions in this city centre around war museums and the like, with one of the most popular being the Cu Chi Tunnels. Although a little confronting, they are an excellent insight for older children into Vietnam’s history and the realities of warfare.
An activity that’s certain to be a hit with the kids on a Vietnam family holiday is a boat ride down the Saigon River to the Mekong Delta. Along the way, you’ll spot the local fisherman going about their business, and some tours also include a stop-off at a produce farm for noodles or local sweets.
The ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta is a vast maze of swamps, rivers, islands and villages surrounded by rice paddies. Here the family can explore the endless networks of channels by bike or sampan (a flat-bottomed wooden boat), and take a visit to the Cai Rang floating markets to watch the locals trade their wares.
Another amazing activity to consider on a family holiday in Vietnam is a tour of the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, an 800,000-hectare forest that’s home to an extraordinary number of wading birds. Much of these wetlands is off-limits, however a tranquil 20-minute paddle will have you in the midst of a beautiful sunken forest. Lucky you’re here in December/January because that’s when the babies hatch, so keep your eyes peeled!