Strengthen your family bond at Vietnam, the hidden pearl of Southeast Asia. You will have the chance to experience authentic cuisine, enrich knowledge with the country’s proud history, and take photos of the spectacular nature.
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Day 1: Xin chao, Vietnam!
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport. The friendly tour guide will escort you to the hotel for check-in. Have some free time to relax and rejuvenate after your flight because we have exciting schedules for the next few days.
Day 2: Discover the Hanoi Capital
The first destination today is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Your kids will be amazed by the incredible stories of the Great Leader who brought independence to Vietnam.
And stop by One Pillar Pagoda nearby to admire the unique design inspired by the lotus flower. Next, at the Temple of Literature, you will have a chance to enrich knowledge about the prestigious scholars in Vietnam history.
Note: As we are wandering through some religious and spiritual sites, we recommend formal outfits that cover your knees and shoulders.
Another important note is the complex of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday for maintenance. So if the tour occurs that day, you have another option to visit the surrounding areas, which are also ancient buildings.
Continue your excursion to the Ethnology Museum in the afternoon. The well-preserved artifacts of 54 groups of ethics will become educational information for young children to learn about ethnic diversity.
Unfortunately, the Ethnology Museum doesn’t open on Monday either. But you can choose to visit Hoa Lo Prison as an alternative. This is a place to demonstrate the tragic but heroic history of Vietnam.
Day 3: Cruise the Magnificent Halong Bay
After breakfast, let’s travel to Halong Bay. We highly recommend choosing a cruise to enjoy the bay’s view fully.
On your arrival at the harbor, the crew members welcome you onboard with a lunch feast with local seafood. Take your time to watch as the boat pass by lush green islands.
In the afternoon, it’s time to explore one of the new Seven Wonders, a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO. You will have the option to hop on a bamboo rowing boat or a kayak to visit Bai Tu Long Bay and Vung Vieng fishing village.
Here your kids will take a closer look at the daily life of lovely locals. Imagine paddling on the emerald water and have a closer look at the fascinating nature with your family, it’s just so satisfying.
Day 4: The Serene Morning in Halong Bay
Good morning to nature by joining the Tai Chi course on the sundeck. It’s really refreshing for your mind. A hearty breakfast buffet will be served on board.
You will have the option to visit the Thien Son Cave, home of enigmatic stalactites that comes in unbelievable shapes. It’s an excellent background to take memorable family photos with the majestic limestone karsts.
The afternoon will be the farewell to the crew. It’s time to get back to Hanoi and head to another no less amazing destination, Danang.
Day 5: Experience Tranquility at Hoi An Countryside
From your hotel by your guide, you will be transferred to Tra Que village, a rural town in Hoi An. You firstly will be introduced about the history of the village, the cultivation of vegetables as well as discovering the use of vegetables in traditional Vietnamese medicine.
Then, let’s get on a walking tour on the rustic road to visit the poetic countryside. Arrive at the village, get your farmer clothes ready and join the hospitable farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake.
You’re becoming a real farmer and your kids too with a full list of farming activities like raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens. It’s such a time-honored way to spend the morning working on a farm. After that, your family can enjoy a farm-to-table lunch with a local family. All ingredients are locally-sourced.
Continue the travel to Hoi An Ancient Town in the afternoon. You will get energized with vivid lanterns, which create a wonderland for your kids.
You can find small shops offering diversities of eye-catching arts and crafts made by expert dressmakers and tailors. They can even craft an entire outfit for you in a couple of days. Don’t forget to snap a family photo at dawn when the dazzling sunlight highlights the yellow walls in Hot An.
Then, have a fun visit to Hoi An Local Market and follow small alleys to see the Chinese Assembly Hall, the famous Japanese Covered Bridge and Tan Ky Ancient House and the China Town in the other side of the canal. A stroll around the calm Hoi An is a way leading to inner peace for both kids and adults.
Day 6: Magical Stones in Marble Mountain
From Hoi An, hop on a car to transfer to Marble Mountain to arrive at Marble Mountain. You will be overwhelmed with the marble limestone hills, dotted with Buddhism sanctuaries.
Remember to check out Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village. It’s right on the foot of the mountain. Here the local skillful sculptors have created many marble products which are exported to many countries worldwide. Your kids would love to figure out how a marble statue is made.
Day 7: The Night Life Beauty of Ho Chi Minh
Leaving Hoi An, you will be transferred to Danang by car. Board the flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Take a break at the hotel and prepare for a luxury dinner on a river cruise.
Saigon river brightens up in the evening with the led lights from high-rise buildings and skyscrapers on the riverside. Enjoying the soft breeze on the sundeck while having dinner with your family is once of a lifetime experience.
Day 8: Close-up at Ho Chi Minh City
Don’t miss an opportunity to explore Cu Chi Tunnels, a complicated underground system with resting rooms, patient rooms and even hospitals. Besides, there is an extensive collection of outdoor activities like shooting, paintball for the whole family to enjoy.
Start your afternoon excursion at the Notre Dame Cathedral, the remaining elegant French architecture. Your next stop is Saigon Post Office, the grandest post office in Southeast Asia. Then, take photos with your family at the charming Ho Chi Minh City Hall. At the War Remnants Museum, you will have an informative time with your kids to discover Vietnam’s glorious history.
Day 9: Taste of Mekong River in Ben Tre
From Ho Chi Minh City, you will travel to the Land of Coconut, Ben Tre.
Hop on a riverboat to visit the local garden and sample fresh tropical fruits or specialties of Ben Tre such as coconut candy, rice sheets. You also meet the owner of the workshop and hear about the techniques to make accessories from coconut stems during the journey.
The afternoon will be pretty free and easy with a cycling tour around Vietnam Western village. Your family will have the chance to get a deep insight into the life of locals here.
Today’s schedule is relaxing as you will travel to Can Tho, our one last stop during this family vacation.
Day 10: Life on a Boat in Can Tho
Can Tho is famous for the colorful Cai Rang floating market. It offers daily necessities such as meat, vegetables, fruits and many other local foods like Hu Tieu, Bun, Pho.
Go deep into some local villages, your kids will have the chance to witness the amazing life of people living by the river. Your family will have an unforgettable time joining the fishermen in practicing traditional fishing techniques or the artisans making traditional handicrafts.
You’ll be back to Ho Chi Minh city at night and have some leisure time to pack your luggage. So sad that your departure flight will be tomorrow.
Day 11: Farewell, Vietnam!
It’s the end of your family’s journey through the lands of Vietnam. But the cherished photos of your adventures will always remind you of the charming nature and hospitable people. Safe travels back home and come back in the near future!
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