Ha Long Bay landscape view in sunset Hoi An Ancient Town in the morning
Vietnam

Delight in memorable Vietnam family vacation in 14 days

Duration
14D13N
Tour Code
VIV.10
Tour Style
Beaches, Cruises, Culinary, Culture, Private

Overview

location_on Hanoi - Halong bay – Hoi An – Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh city – Mekong Delta

South East Asia is well suited to family holidays. And this Vietnam Family Experience is special for all of the ‘first time’ experiences it creates. As experts in family travel, we know traveling families have a specific set of needs. On a holiday to Vietnam, taste exciting new cuisines, learn about the culture, traditions, and way of life of the Vietnamese people; and witness glorious natural wonders with your loved ones on a holiday to Vietnam.

Asia Pathfinders has tailored each journey to keep families happy, comfortable, and content while including a lot of special touches to create memories. We also understand it can be challenging to travel to a new country with young children, and that’s why we are there with you every step of the way. Book now “Vietnam Family Experience” to enjoy wonderful moments with your family in beautiful cities in the S-shaped strip of land.

Trip highlights

  • Wander around Hanoi Old Quarters, enjoy Vietnam’s traditional specialties, and discover the best of Hanoi at a very leisurely pace.
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise in the breathtaking Halong Bay, known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests.
  • Tons of laughter and fun when joining together in outdoor activities in Halong Bay: go kayaking, go swimming, visit caves, or attend Tai Chi class in the morning.
  • Explore Hoi An ancient town with a breathtaking mix of ornate Chinese temples, a Japanese-designed bridge, wooden shophouses, beautiful beaches, peaceful countryside.
  • Unwind on the picturesque Nha Trang beaches, which are adjacent to numerous restaurants, deckchairs, and umbrellas for your relaxation.
  • Return home with your kids and beautiful memories of a snorkeling tour in the most beautiful coastal city.
  • Surprise your kids with a homestay experience in the Mekong Delta when they have the chance to cook the meals, ask the house owners hundreds of questions to learn more about the history, the customs, and the lives in different countries.

Use this itinerary to inspire your bespoke journey

Xin chào Việt Nam! Hello Vietnam!

A warm greeting awaits you at Noi Bai International airport; your private guide and driver will meet you in the arrival lounge and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi. While every effort is made to have your room available upon arrival, check-in time is at 02:00pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time.

Hanoi is a window to a world from long ago that has been dragged into the present. Motorbikes whizz around, ladies haggle over the price of bread being sold from a bicycle, and business deals are struck over a cup of green tea whilst sitting on little plastic stools by the side of the road. Prepare to be amazed by this frantic, yet incredibly charming slice of real Asia.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: none.


Ha Noi Ham Cap Map landscape

At 8.30 am, our guide will meet you in the foyer of the hotel to discuss the day’s itinerary.  Your tour will be tailored to meet your interests and energy levels. Beginning at the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (outsides only) to pay respects to Uncle Ho and learn about his incredible life.  The tour then continues to the nearby Presidential Gardens and One Pillar Pagoda.

You can then choose two places from the following; Temple of Literature, Fine Arts Museum, Hoa Lo prison, Military Museum, The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and the Ethnology Museum. This is a full-day tour, so the day is yours to fill as you please. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant (set menu).

After lunch, you will pay a visit to a local coffee shop called Hidden Gem Coffee shop to learn how to recycle things from unused or second-hand items. Located on a small valley off Hang Tre – Hanoi Old Quarter, 95 percent of the items here have been recycled. Discarded wheels, wheel parts, and plastic items have been turned into interior decorations. The aim of this activity is to protect the environment. A cup of traditional Vietnamese coffee, especially coffee with eggs, is highly recommended there. Finally, our guide & driver drop you off at the hotel for relaxation.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Ha Noi Temple of Literature

The scenery of Ha Long Bay, where thousands of limestone islands jut out of the emerald sea, sculpted into bizarre shapes, is truly an iconic image of Vietnam. An overnight boat trip is the best way to enjoy this Vietnamese must-see.

After breakfast, you are transferred through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to the legendary Ha Long Bay. It takes you 3 hours, including a 20-minute stop on the way.

Arrive at the jetty in Ha Long City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After a welcome onboard, lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board.

Towards the end of the day, the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight on the boat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Ha Long Bay landscape view

Wake up and enjoy the sunrise in Ha Long Bay. Engaging in a Tai Chi session in the early morning is the perfect way to start your new day in Ha Long Bay. Tai Chi is a gentle physical exercise combining deep breathing and relaxation with slow and easy movements. A form of martial art, Tai Chi is extremely beneficial for your health as it helps to reduce stress, prevent falls, and improve balance and general mobility. It is strongly recommended that you wake up early and participate in the session.

Join some activities on board (depending on each boat’s itinerary).

Breakfast is served (also brunch on some boats) while the vessel cruises slowly back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.

From 17:00 – 20:00: this evening’s street food tour will be a taste adventure, as Hanoi cuisine is always the kind of dish that surprises every visitor to Vietnam in terms of ingredients and prices. Any dietary requirements or allergies will be notified to the guide in advance before the tour departs.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch


Ha Long Bay landscape view in sunset

Some free time to explore Hanoi until your driver transfers you to Hanoi airport for your short flight Hanoi – Da Nang. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Hoi An, an ancient town.

Hoi An is a charming World Heritage village that is being beautifully restored and preserved that will captivate you immediately. No matter what you like, you will find it here, whether it is shopping, restaurants, photography, history, architecture, golf, fishing, swimming, scuba, abseiling, or massage and lazing around. Hoi An has become famous for its tailoring, where there is a huge variety of fabrics to choose from.

Free time at your leisure!

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast.


Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda

At 8am, the tour starts by cycling along level ground to the Thu Bon River to visit a local fishing village.

Ride along country lanes at a peaceful pace, viewing local life, and pause to see farmers toiling in their rice fields using centuries of farming practices. Peddle your way through palm forests, across bridges, across fields of water buffalo….

Take a short break in a local family at Cam Thanh Village before enjoying a 1.5-hour ride on a traditional wooden boat in the Water Coconut Palm Forest. Learn how to sail the basket boat and spend your time catching fish and “purple crabs” in the canal.

Continue to ride our bike to Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village, where a large variety of vegetables are produced for the local community. At the village, you will be shown the environmentally sustainable practices that the local villagers have used for centuries and are still used extensively today.

Enjoy a cooking class for traditional food of Hoi An then sit down for a delicious lunch. After lunch, we cycle back to the hotel, afternoon is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Hoi An Tra Que vegetable village

Another day in paradise. You may choose to lounge by your resort pool, swim at the beach, or indulge in a massage, facial, or pedicure.

For those wanting action, optional activities include a day tour, scuba, snorkeling, abseiling, fishing or a photography tour.  We can include any of these in your itinerary. Cultural options include My Son ancient ruins.

Optional excursion: My Son half-day tour: Time: Depart Hoi An for the 50km journey to My Son, which is a collection of temple ruins constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries by the kings of Champa. Influenced by Hinduism, these temples were a place for worshipping Shiva and Vishnu.  During the war, it became a base for the Viet Cong, which forced US bombing, leaving 20 of 70 structures intact.  The tour of the ruins takes approximately 1.5 hours.

Overnight in Hoi An.

Meals: Breakfast.


Hoi An ancient town

Breakfast at the hotel and enjoy some free time before the transfer to Da Nang airport. Today you will take a short flight to Nha Trang, a coastal city. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Nha Trang.

This seaside resort town has all the action, both day and night.  White sandy beaches, islands dotted along the coast, and mountains looming in the distance create a picturesque backdrop for a vast range of activities.  Island-hopping boat trips, scuba diving, mudbaths, historic sites, or cocktails by the beach; it has all the ingredients for a fun-filled vacation.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast.


After breakfast, you are transferred to Nha Trang Port to board the Emperor Cruises. 

You are welcomed onboard by the experienced cruise manager and his team. While you are cruising through the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang bay, cruise manager will provide you an introduction of Nha Trang bay, the locals, the foods … and safety precautions.

Continue to cruise pass by the Tam, Mot, in Nha Trang Bay while guitar player will bring you deep in classical music. During this time, guest can enjoy some drinks and fruits on boat. Your destination is Mini Beach in Mieu Island.

Arrive at Mini Beach where you can either go swimming, kayaking, snorkeling. Alternatively, just relax under the big trees, enjoying the stunning views of the bay and Emperor Cruises’ sails against the clear blue waters of the bay.

Besides, there are many other activities on the beach which you can join such as Diving, Jetski, Para sailing and Banana boat (exclusion in price).

After so much activity, you will surely be hungry. It’s time to go back the boat. You will be served a sumptuous set lunch on board with local beers, soft drink, fine wine, or premium spirits as the boat anchors near Hon Tre Island with its tranquil lagoon. After the lunch, guest and relax and go finishing on boat.

In early afternoon, visiting Fish farm for exploring the beautiful landscape by basket boat surrounding the finish village.

At 14:30, cruise back to Nha Trang Harbor passing Vung Ngan floating village and Vinpearl Island, before catching a glimpse of the Bao Dai Villas as we return to the mainland.

At the port your Emperor Cruises Van will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.


Nha Trang fishing raft village

Free day at your leisure!

Overnight in Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast.


Nha Trang beach

Today you are free at your leisure until our driver transfers you to the airport for your short flight Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh.

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be met by our driver for your transfer to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh City, formally Saigon, is a city of bright neon lights, endless shopping and trendy cafes. Its wide tree-lined boulevards reflect its French heritage, and towering skycrapers announce that it has landed squarely in the 21st Century. As a contrast to this modern backdrop is the chaotic traffic of swarming motorbikes, which are generally overloaded or carrying exotic passengers. This is a signature of Ho Chi Minh City that you will not find in other cities in Vietnam.

Overnight at Ho Chi Minh city.

Meals: Breakfast.


Ho Chi Minh city landscape

After breakfast, our driver transfers you to Cai Be. Arriving at Cai Be in the morning at around 11:00 AM, you will be welcomed by the hospitable smile of the local guide and invited to some fresh fruit or drink before embarking on a boat to visit Cai Be inland and floating market, and traditional villages where they produce candies, bánh tráng (rice paper), etc. There you can observe the daily lives of local people who live mostly based on the river sources. We may buy some fresh tropical fruits from the local seller’s boat and engage in conversation with them.

Leaving the market, continue aboard to head to Mekong Rustic homestay on the Tan Phong isles, surrounded by lush tropical fruit gardens. There you check in, enjoy tea and welcome fruits, and a Southern-style Vietnamese lunch prepared by the host family.

In the afternoon, your local host will show you to his orchards where he shares his experience on how to take care of the garden and pick fruits as it is his daily work. Let’s listen to Don Ca Tai Tu while enjoying your self-picked fruits from his garden.

In the late afternoon, we go to the vegetable garden and pick veggies for your own dinner. After that, we all prepare and cook a family meal with the help of our local host. Homestay overnight in the host family’s surrounded by tropical gardens.

Overnight at Mekong Rustic Cai Be homestay or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho, Vietnam

Wake up in the early morning to enjoy the fresh air of Mekong Delta and then take a stroll around the home-stay, there your 2nd day tour in Mekong starts.

Breakfast will be ready in the meantime. After breakfast, you will cycle to visit the local kindergarten if it is a school day (optional). On route, stop at a local farmer’s house and learn how to make jackfruit leaf cake. Continue to cycle and stop at a bonsai garden to meet the host. He will introduce the way they plant the bonsai and take care of the orchards.

After making a loop around the isles on the bicycle, we return to the homestay and have a short rest before saying goodbye to the friendly host. We check out at 11:00 – 11:30 and leave Tan Phong Isles. The ferry will take you back to the wharf to depart to Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Breakfast.


Ben Tre boat trip in palm trees village

After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday as this will mark the end of your 25-day trip to Vietnam. Your private driver will pick you up and take you back to Tan Son Nhat International airport for your departure flight home.

Meals: Breakfast.


Ho Chi Minh City overview from a corner of the street

Useful Information

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Our Service Include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned.
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply).
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Drinking water while touring.
  • All domestic flights within Vietnam.
  • Tax & service charge.

Our Service exclude:

  • Other non-mentioned meals.
  • Other non-mentioned services.
  • International Flights to Hanoi, and from Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and expenditure of a personal nature.
  • Tips, Travel insurance.

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