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Popular Destinations for Vietnam Family Tours

Vietnam is one of the best destinations in Asia that can offer travelers an amazing range of adventures and relaxing moments with family. Though traveling as a family with members of different ages, interests, and tastes is not always easy, you still have great family holidays in Vietnam with Viet Vision Travel. Here is a list of the best places and attractions that you and your family can enjoy on your Vietnam family tour.

Sapa

If your family is planning a trip to Vietnam, Sapa mountainous areas should not be missed as it will be one of the unique experience during your Vietnam family holiday. Sapa is a peaceful mountain town where a great diversity of ethnic minority people settle down. People in this mountainous area work their land on sloping terraces. This land enchants tourists with the paddy fields carpeting the rolling lower slopes of the mountains which you could not find in other destinations of your Vietnam family tour package. This stunning landscape is the masterpiece of the mother of nature given to this land. Your kids will be very interested in discovering and learning about the daily life of local ethnic minorities in Sapa and you will surely have a memorable Vietnam family tour.

Hanoi

No better place for you and your family to discover the diversity of Vietnam tradition and culture than the 1000-year-old Hanoi. In this city, the unique culture and history of Vietnam are clearly on display. Physically, the Old Quarter of Hanoi still retains a wonderful sense of timeless grace and much of its population continues to observe the century-old customs and traditions. The Water Puppet Show is an example of many exciting activities in Hanoi that your family and enjoy together. A unique art of puppet performances on the water with most of the scenes takes place in rural settings with rice paddies, fishponds, bamboo thickets, banyan trees, wells, and of course the village temple. The vibrant street-life and excellent Vietnamese cuisine will impress your family when exploring the bustling street markets, seeing food vendors prepare the local dishes and tasting many different wonderful street foods. Many of the old temples in Hanoi the great museums also give the family an opportunity to travel back to the epic history of ancient Vietnam. Undoubtedly, Hanoi is a diverse city for everyone to discover on Vietnam Family Tour.

Halong Bay

The most famous destination in Vietnam is Halong Bay and a cruise through the thousands of limestone karst is a must-do for every tourist travel to Vietnam. Your Vietnam Family Tours would not be completed without a stay overnight on a traditional junk in Halong Bay where you can explore caves, kayaking, swimming in the crystal blue waters and enjoy fresh seafood. Waking up on a junk, taking part in the morning Tai-Chi and watching the sun rising over the karsts in Halong Bay are images that will travel with the whole family forever. An organized tour by the local tour operator like Viet Vision Travel is really a spectacular way to experience Vietnam country with your family. We can help to plan the incredible family holidays in Vietnam, so you can sit back, relax and have the very best that Vietnam can offer.

Ninh Binh

Though Ninh Binh is not as famous, touristy as Hoi An, Sapa or Nha Trang, splendid Trang An Grottoes, spectacular sightseeing Tam Coc and preserving Cuc Phuong National Park help the town not be outperformed by those places of attractions. Ninh Binh may be a wise choice for a family to take out the most pleasant of enjoying the scenic view of limestone caves, natural stone sculptures while taking a leisurely hand-rowed boat trip down the opaque turquoise river. On top of that, the largest Buddhist temple in Vietnam - Bai Dinh Temple where worships the God of Nature, God of Mountain and the Transcendent is located 15 km from the Ninh Binh city center. Admiring the temple's splendor or coming across the mysterious, secluded atmosphere is also interesting experiences that Ninh Binh can deliver.

Quang Binh

Quang Binh impresses tourists not only stunning sandy beaches but also by Dong Hoi temple, an invincible fortress in shape of a star, constructed by Minh Mang Emperor with the aim of protecting Hue capital. Now, there is no more war in Vietnam, but Dong Hoi stand nicely as a witness to the bravery of Vietnamese in old times. But, above all, Phong Nha cave is the most treasury place of Quang Binh, with the longest grotto in Asia, and plenty of spectacular caves to visit. Your family surely will be interested in exploring the stunning limestone caves which are dubbed “ Halong Bay on land”. Moreover, Van La tunnel, which people established in 1966 to avoid American’s bomb, is a worthy area to pay a visit as well.

Hoi An

Hoi An is a family-friendly ancient town that still retains many remnants of its old days as a trading port. The bustling town and its beautiful surrounding countryside offer wonderful traveling experience for all tourists from the friendly people, incredible food, and ancient culture. When it comes to traditional food, Hoi An can be a great place for a foodie family looking for a little adventure. Your family can choose from European or Vietnamese restaurants offering amazing freshly cooked dishes or even the street food stalls of Hoi An can serve the best traditional food. Just walk around the old town and enjoy the traditional food with the locals. Cooking classes are also an exciting thing to do with the family in Hoi An, you will be escorted to the local wet market by a chef and learn about the using of herbs and spices in Vietnam cooking method, buy the fresh ingredients then back to the kitchen to prepare your own Vietnam traditional dishes. It can be a great fun for the family having a Vietnam customized tour.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon is a place that can’t be struck off any list of top visited places for the Vietnam family holidays. Remnants and historic landmarks of the old Saigon are still visible while the modern lifestyle and newly – built skyscrapers are making a dramatic change to this largest city in Vietnam. This vibrant city offers a great adventure for the whole family, primarily at its street level, as there is always something for you to discover around the next corner. Join a Vespa scooter tour around Saigon or a little explore the untold stories behind its local life on the backstreet can help all of your family members immerse into the city life. A visit to this young bustling city on the Vietnam customized holidays is not recognized perfect without experiencing its nightlife and street food. Your family will fall in love with the bustle and hustle of Ho Chi Minh City.

Mekong Delta

The rich and lush delta covered with rice fields and fish farms that yield sizeable surplus to feed the whole country give Mekong Delta the nickname “The rice basket of Vietnam”. Moreover, do you know that Mekong River is the 11th largest river on earth? Traveling to Mekong Delta is a must-do to ensure such a memorable experience for a Vietnam family holidays package. A tour of a traditional wooden boat navigating through the rivers and canals of Mekong Delta will show you all the secrets that the Mekong has to offer. Friendly locals working on the life-sustaining river, vendors grinning behind stacks of fruit on their sampans, kids riding on the backs of water buffaloes, green rice paddies shine under the sun, etc. The beautiful Mekong Delta can offer tons of great moments and adventure that you want to include on your family vacation in Vietnam.

Guide for Family Travel with Kids in Vietnam

So what do you need to prepare for a perfect Vietnam trip with your family here? These tips below definitely should be in your notes.

1. What should be in your luggage?

Actually, you do not have to worry that much, because Vietnam is known as one of the shopping heavens in Southeast Asia, so the necessities are surely supplied widely with an enjoyable price. But you will also need some special following things to make your Vietnam family holidays run as smoothly as possible. Travel documents, which includes passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, and tour voucher. For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passports sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee per family member. Money, yes, of course! In Vietnam, you could use cash and credit card (just make sure you let your card issuer bank know you’re going to use your card in Vietnam for security). You should have a number of Vietnamese Dongs for your convenience (and for your great feeling of a millionaire!), in case you cannot prepare much before the big trip, don’t worry as exchange money in Vietnam is super easy, and many restaurants and places accepting foreign currencies. Medication, including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication, prescription glasses, and contact lens solution if required. Insect repellent will be useful if you go with your kids. A camera will soon become your inseparable thing because this country is too beautiful to miss even a small scene. If you don’t carry a camera or phone along, you and your family members will definitely have a big regret. Kids’ Stuff: When your kids are happy, you are happy. Make sure all of your kids’ essentials are packed and ready, perhaps with their favorite toys, comic books, snack and coolest outfits… Adults like to enjoy new things yet kids prefer their own familiarities.

2. The differences in weather patterns

When you go with your family, weather patterns of Vietnam will be something that is noteworthy because Vietnam’s climate surprisingly varies from region to region. As a destination is possible for all-year-around travel, you could choose the time schedule and places to visit as suitable as much for you and your family members. A good study on Vietnam weather on your vacation time helps a lot with your packing list too! In the North (from Hanoi to Sapa), a year has 04 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Spring lasts from February to April with warm weather. From May to August is summer time with the super hot and showery weather. Cold air and the dry and slightly windy weather is features of autumn which last from September to November. It can be said that it is the most beautiful season in a year with yellow leaves falling on the streets and yellow bright shine in daytime although sometimes typhoons bring in some heavy rain and flood in the central part of the country. Winter lasts from November to January with the cold and dry weather. Frost and snow once or twice come in the mountains (over 1000 m above level sea), that make Vietnamese people eager to go up to see and take nice photos of such rare events of a year. The center (from Nha Trang to Hue) sunbathes most of the year and enjoys its showers for the whole November and December. Dalat, at an altitude of 1500m, is cooler than the coastal area, particularly from November to March. Da Nang and Hue both experience typhoon activity from mid-October to mid-December when the climate becomes cooler, more overcast and wet. The Southern region (from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet) is predominantly sun-equatorial with two main seasons of wet rainy one and dry one. A wet rainy season ranges from April to September. Showers often rain heavily but stop quickly. A dry season spans the months of October to May. The weather becomes hotter with all days of sunshine. However, it becomes much cooler at night.

3. “What do we eat for dinner mommy?”

Foods take a big portion of our concern in every trip. It is not really “What will we eat there?”, but more exactly is “What can we eat there?”. But Vietnam is a different story, as this nation’s culinary art is so excellent and diverse which can charm anyone. Therefore anyone is able to find something fitting their stomach, regardless their age or nationality. Big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is truly a food heaven, where you can find any type of restaurants for your family, from vegetarian dishes, French delicacies, Italian best known to traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The soul of food art is actually right on the pavement, not convinced yet? A “Banh mi” or a bowl of “Pho” surely will confirm their fame. The countryside is where you could experience real Vietnamese traditional meal cooked by your homestay host. And the beaches are fantastic with exotic seafood. The most beautiful thing is that they are at a very good price level. In this country, you can enjoy the true meaning of “Eat, Pray and Love” spirit. However, if you have problems with allergy or your kids need something special, you will need to discuss with the staffs about your family conditions and the foods’ ingredients before these fantastic meals start.

4. Clarify what you want to experience

Because there are so many things here to discover! This country will be a heaven or a mess; all depend on your plan. So all you need to do is clarify clearly what your family travels goal, whether it is a cultural discovering tour or a beach trip. Here is some more information for the family traveling with kids: Cyclo: For a thrilling street-level tour of a city, you can’t beat a spin in one of Vietnam’s pedicab. Negotiate the rate ahead-$5is typical for an hour—and don’t hesitate to tip. Pagodas and Temples: Southern shrines are wild and wondrous, those in the North more lacquered and somber. Visit on full- or new-moon days- ask at your hotel- when Buddhists come to light incense and pray. Pickup Soccer: Vietnamese children spend their park time caught up in soccer, and they’ll be thrilled if your kids join them. Custom Tailors: Let your junior fashionistas design their dream outfits— and get overnight results!—at one of Vietnam’s affordable tailors.

5. Choose the right tour operator

This is the best way to ignore your worry burden, as they will help to design the perfect itinerary depending on your needs and wants, give you some travel advice, take care of each family member, and also the paperwork. Local tour operator should be in the reference list, as they definitely understand their country and its culture more deeply than any outsiders. Arranging a private tour with the specialists will be cost-saving, less time-consuming, and much more conveniences added. Don’t make your kids cry or your mother grumbles along the road. Make the right choice!