Vietnam Family & Beach Holiday

From: 1,099 USD | 18 Days

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Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Mui Ne

Family

Your journey at a glance

This 18-day family vacation in Vietnam guarantees that your children will return home with newfound knowledge, cultural experiences, and expanded horizons. Our tour provides a wonderful cultural immersion while also allowing plenty of relaxation and beach time. Your family will explore the striking contrasts between Hanoi and Saigon, enjoy a delightful night cruise in Lan Ha Bay, delve into the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An, and conclude amidst the sandy landscape of Mui Ne. It offers just the right balance to keep the entire family entertained without feeling overwhelmed.

Brief

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi - City tour

Day 3: Ninh Binh - Tam Coc

Day 4: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Day 5: Ha Long Bay - Surprise Cave

Day 6: Hue - Imperial Citadel

Day 7: Da Nang - City tour

Day 8: Hoi An - Tra Que Village

Day 9: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 12: Mekong Delta - Village boat trip

Day 13: Mui Ne - Sand Dunes

Day 14: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Day 15: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Day 16: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City - Free & Easy

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay - Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Mui Ne

Important Information

  • Uncover Hanoi’s street culture on a cylco
  • Enjoy a scenic boat ride in Ninh Binh
  • Cruise through karst peaks in Lan Ha Bay
  • Pedal to the countryside of Hue & Hoi An
  • Try local cooking recipes in Saigon
  • Discover Mekong’s riverside life by boat
  • Relax on the tranquil beaches of Mui Ne”
  • Unlimited customization upon request
  • Instant support
  • Accommodation with breakfast in the central location and highly recommended on travel forum
  • Experienced local guide (language is upon request)
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing tickets as listed
  • Local dishes with hygiene (others are upon request)
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
  • Complimentary water each day
  • Service charges and government taxes
  • Any extra services are upon request

This customized itinerary allows us to tailor the accommodation to your specific preferences and budgetary considerations. Our local travel experts will recommend accommodations that align with the unique requirements of your journey, ensuring comfort, convenience, and a memorable stay.

From local homestay, boutique hotels to renowned hotel chains, we prioritize collaboration with accredited and reputable accommodation providers, guaranteeing the highest possible standards of service and hospitality throughout your entire travel experience.

Detailed information about accommodation for this itinerary will be provided in the final tour proposal.

Here are some essential tips to keep in mind before your trip. Our team is here to help, so don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions.
- Visa & Passport: Check the visa requirements for your nationality well in advance. Also, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your trip.
- Health & Safety: Make sure you have suitable travel insurance and consult your healthcare provider about any vaccinations or medications you might need before you travel.
- Dress Code: Pack modest clothing, especially when you plan to visit religious sites or rural areas. Lightweight, breathable clothing is ideal due to the tropical climate.
- Travel Documents: Keep copies of important travel documents (passport, visa, and travel insurance) and store them in a separate place from the originals. It's also a good idea to have digital copies stored on your phone or in cloud storage for easy access.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Vibrant, inviting, and delightful – the city reveals itself with your first glimpse of scooters whizzing through the streets. Yet in contrast to the city’s modern tempo, the echoes of history still resonate in many architectural sites, reflecting the eras of dynasties and French influence.

No matter your flight schedule, our friendly guide and driver will warmly welcome you upon arrival and take you to your hotel in the city center. Once settling in, you will have a chance to explore Hanoi at your leisure. While no meals have been planned for today, why not fill your stomach with some local dishes? If your taste buds need direction, our guide can introduce to you a Vietnamese eatery in Michelin Guide.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi - City tour

Day 2: Hanoi - City tour

Morning:
Today, let’s embark on a journey through Hanoi’s fascinating history and rich culture. We’ll start at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum to delve into the inspiring legacy of ‘Uncle Ho’, Vietnam’s beloved former leader. Next, a visit to his traditional stilt house nearby will provide insights into his presidential years during wartime. Following our exploration is the unique architecture of One Pillar Pagoda, shaped like a lotus blossom. Our guide then takes you to the Temple of Literature, hailed as Vietnam’s first university, with doctoral steles dating back 1000 years.

Afternoon:
After saving energy with local lunch, you will leave for the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Returning to the city centre, we’ll hop aboard a cyclo and meander through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, passing by Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge. Our journey concludes with a water puppet show, a delight for both young and old, promising an authentic cultural experience for you!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Ninh Binh - Tam Coc

Day 3: Ninh Binh - Tam Coc

Morning:
You’ll leave Hanoi for Ninh Binh, often called ‘Ha Long Bay on land’, known for its winding river flowing amidst towering limestone mountains. Upon arrival, you’ll visit Hoa Lu’s two remaining temples, both built with dark-red lacquered pillars. The first, Dinh Tien Hoang Temple, dates back to the 17th century and honors the Dinh dynasty. Inside, you’ll find bronze bells and a statue of Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang, with the stone pedestal of a royal throne at the front. The second temple is dedicated to monarch Le Dai Hanh, who had great contributions in building and protecting the country in the 10th century. Later, you’ll enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon:
With a satisfied stomach, wwe’ll hop on a rowboat for a leisurely cruise along Ngo Dong River to Tam Coc, where vast paddy fields stretch out beneath the towering karst mountains. To conclude the day, you have the option to pedal along country roads, soaking in the serene countryside of Ninh Binh, or hike to the summit of Mua Cave for breathtaking views of the Tam Coc scenery. Afterwards, we’ll return to Hanoi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 4: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Day 4: Ha Long Bay - Luxury cruise trip

Morning:
Let’s swap city bustle for serene seas today! We’re off on an exciting journey to Ha Long Bay. After a cozy ride in a private car to the port, you’ll check in and board a luxurious cruise, ready to reveal the untouched beauty of this UNESCO-listed natural wonder. Once the captain sets sail, it’s time to fill your tummy with a delicious lunch and feast your eyes with odd-shaped limestone pillars and hidden coves along the way.

Afternoon:
As the cruise approaches the heart of Ha Long, a variety of thrilling activities are waiting for you. You can go kayaking for a closer look at the majestic limestone formations, or simply jump into the emerald waters for a refreshing swim. When the sun sets, you’ll head back to the cruise for a breathtaking view from the top deck, followed by a traditional Vietnamese cooking class. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner and an overnight stay amidst the exotic landscape. And for those craving even more fun, how about joining the cruise staff for midnight squid fishing? Who knows, we might just reel in some squid for a late-night party!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Ha Long Bay

Day 5: Ha Long Bay - Surprise Cave

Day 5: Ha Long Bay - Surprise Cave

Morning:
Waking up to the melody of waves lapping against the cruise, your day begins with a Tai-Chi session on deck and a warm breakfast later. Then, you’ll be gently transferred to Sung Sot Cave, or Surprise Cave, one of Ha Long Bay’s largest caverns adorned with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. After the cave exploration, save this time to soak in the panoramic bay views as we cruise back to the shore.

Afternoon:
We’ll head to the airport for a short flight to Hue, the formal imperial capital of Vietnam. You will have a chance to explore Hue at your leisure. As the former imperial capital, Hue boasts a rich culinary heritage that remains a pride for its people. Locals often say that you may find Hue cuisine elsewhere in Vietnam, but it never quite matches the authenticity found here. So why don’t you spend your night for a food tour, tasting the spicy ‘Bun bo Hue’, the meaty ‘Banh bot loc’ or the sweety ‘dessert soups’?

Meals included: Brunch
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 6: Hue - Imperial Citadel

Day 6: Hue - Imperial Citadel

Morning:
You’ll start your day with a cycling adventure around the charming streets of Hue. First up, we’ll visit the sacred Nam Giao Altar, where the Kings of Nguyen Dynasty offered sacrifices to the Heaven. Along the way, you can stop by the 700-year-old Thuy Xuan Incense Village, renowned for its vibrant array of colorful bamboo incense sticks. Next, we’ll ascend Vong Canh Hill for a breathtaking panoramic view of Perfume River. Upon reaching Thuy Bieu Village, take a leisurely stroll through the village, passing by vast pomelo orchards – a specialty of the region. You’ll be warmly welcomed into a local family’s home to enjoy a traditional Hue lunch.

Afternoon:
Heading back to Hue city, we’ll make a stop at Ho Quyen Royal Arena and Voi Re Palace, where fierce battles between tigers and royal elephants once took place two hundred years ago. Later, it’s time to explore the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel. Built back in the 19th century, this complex was once the royal palace of Nguyen Dynasty, the last Vietnamese dynasty. Conclude our day with a leisurely romantic boat trip along the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the seven-storey historic symbol of Hue.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hue

Day 7: Da Nang - City tour

Day 7: Da Nang - City tour

Morning:
After breakfast, we’ll hit the road along the scenic Hai Van Pass, with jaw-dropping vistas of the boundless ocean, to reach Da Nang. Our first stop will be the Museum of Cham Sculpture which contains the world’s largest collection of Cham ethnic artifacts dating back from the 5th to 15th centuries. Continue to Son Tra Peninsula where you’ll be treated to an incredible panoramic view of charming fishing villages and stunning beaches stretching into the distance. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afternoon:
We will head to the magnificent Marble Mountains. The mountains have a harmonious blend of structures and nature, with caves, tunnels, towers, and pagodas. Sure, you’ll have to tackle a few flights of stairs to reach the summit, but the breathtaking panoramas make every step worth it. Continue our journey to Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, a place with over 300 years of history. You’ll be mesmerized by the stone masterpieces crafted by skilled artisans who pour their hearts and souls into their work day and night. Afterwards, we’ll spend some time leisuring at My Khe Beach before going to Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An - Tra Que Village

Day 8: Hoi An - Tra Que Village

Morning:
Today’s your chance to experience life as a local farmer. You can choose between a leisurely bike ride or a comfy ride in a private car to visit Tra Que Vegetable Village. Did you know this 400-year-old farm village actually supplies organic veggies for all Hoi An and its neighboring areas? When you arrive, get your hands dirty and learn the age-old art of cultivating and harvesting veggies alongside skilled farmers. Continue riding to Cam Thanh Village where you’ll glide along tranquil waterways on a charming basket boat amid the 7-hectare Bay Mau Coconut Forest. Later, we’ll take a rest at a local house, savoring Hoi An specialties for your lunch. After satisfying your taste buds, why not treat your tired feet to a traditional foot bath infused with local herbs?

Afternoon:
Our tour guide will take you on an orientation walk around the World Heritage-listed Old Town. Our tour highlights include iconic landmarks such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Ancient House, and the bustling ChinaTown. The rest of the day will be on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Day 9: Hoi An - Free & Easy

Today is all yours to freely explore the beauty of Hoi An. Do you need some inspiration? These suggestions might be helpful for you:
– Why not bring back home a new wardrobe? Hoi An’s talented ateliers offer custom-made garments at affordable prices, tailored just for you in 24 hours.
– Have you ever heard about the traditional lantern crafting in Hoi An? It’s been going strong for over 400 years now! With over 30 workshops, you can easily find a place to make your own lantern.
– For all beach lovers, head to An Bang Beach or Cua Dai Beach, with white sand and crystal clear water (Make sure to only swim at areas with lifeguards!)
– And for dinner, let’s try some local cuisine. Hoi An is truly a food paradise! From famous banh mi to delicious ‘Com ga’, ‘Mi Quang’, or ‘Banh xeo’, there’s something for everyone, including vegan and Halal options.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Hoi An

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City - City tour

Morning:
It’s time to say goodbye to Hoi An for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), previously known as Saigon. Just one generation ago, HCMC was a war zone. But now, the city has transformed to become a dynamic commercial hub with modern skyscrapers and lively streets. Upon arrival, our friendly guide and driver will warmly welcome you and take you to your hotel in the city center.

Afternoon:
It’s time to discover some of the most iconic spots in HCMC! We’ll embark on insightful history tours at the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, which document significant milestones of Vietnam’s history, particularly the war period from 1955 to 1975. Following this, we’ll visit the Central Post Office, renowned for its stunning colonial French architecture with elements of Gothic and Renaissance styles. Afterwards, the day is all yours to explore the hustle and bustle of HCMC!

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCMC

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels

Morning:
After breakfast, we’ll head to the outskirts of HCMC and explore the village life there. Along your way, take in the agricultural rhythms with lush rice fields, meandering rivers, and even water buffaloes chilling in the grass. When you arrive, get your hands dirty and learn the art of cultivating and harvesting veggies alongside skilled farmers. Later, we’ll go to a local family’s home for a cooking class, where you’ll whip up your own local lunch using freshly picked veggies from the village.

Afternoon:
Continue our journey to the Rice Paper Village and Rubber Tree Forest. You’ll have the chance to see the whole process to make rice papers and how the locals collect latex from trees. But your day doesn’t stop there. We’ll explore just a small part of the 250 km Cu Chi Tunnels built by Vietnamese back in the wartime. These massive tunnels were not only war shelters but also kitchens, hospitals, command centers and secret storages for food and weapons. Afterwards, return to the center HCMC!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in HCMC

Day 12: Mekong Delta - Village boat trip

Day 12: Mekong Delta - Village boat trip

Morning:
Journeying out of the city, we head to Ben Tre in Mekong Delta, famously known as ‘Vietnam’s coconut kingdom’! Did you know it produces 40% of the country’s coconuts? On arrival, we’ll have a ride on a motorized rickshaw to discover how the locals have been subsisting on coconut for generations. Our first stop is a cottage industry in Phong Nam, where you’ll see coconut shells being separated to make charcoal and coconut flesh being used for delicious desserts. Then, it’s time for a boat ride along Chet Say Canal, watching coconuts being transferred by boat while we’re sipping fresh coconut water. Next up, we’ll visit Nhon Thanh, famous for its traditional mat weaving from sedge plants. You can even try your hand at making a mat with the help of a craftsman. Savor your lunch at a local restaurant filled with Mekong specialties.

Afternoon:
We’ll hop on a sampan boat to glide through coconut groves along the maze of small canals, a hallmark of the Mekong Delta. You can also test your balance on the monkey bridge, named for the playful postures travelers make while crossing these bamboo poles. As the day comes to a close, we’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in HCMC

Day 13: Mui Ne - Sand Dunes

Day 13: Mui Ne - Sand Dunes

Morning:
After breakfast, we’ll have a 4-hour car ride to Mui Ne, leaving the bustling city behind. Upon arrival, shake off that morning travel fatigue and savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon:
Your adventure unfolds with a visit to the enchanting Suoi Tien, or Fairy Stream. Feel the clay mud between your toes as we leisurely follow a gentle stream winding through a stunning red canyon, which resembles a mini version of the Grand Canyon. Our next stop is ‘Sahara Desert of Vietnam’, White Sand Dunes, where you can enjoy thrilling activities such as sandboarding or quad-bike rides on steep sand slopes (at your own expense). Continue to Red Sand Dunes, where you can you can marvel at the shifting hues brought on by the sunlight. Don’t forget to grab your camera and capture the stunning sunset scenes, worthy of gracing the pages of National Geographic. Afterwards, you can discover Mui Ne at your own pace.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Mui Ne

Day 14: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Day 14: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Nestled on a sleepy coastline where the sun shines all year round, Mui Ne’s endless beaches are like a dream playground for your family to have fun. All you need to prepare are sunglasses, sunscreen, a cool tote bag and a happy spirit. As today is all yours in Mui Ne, do you have any plan? If no, these suggestions might be helpful:
– Ever wondered about Mui Ne’s history as a fishing spot? Well, rise and shine early and head to the fishing village’s market! When the sun starts to rise, it’s bustling with activity as boats unload fresh catches, where you can find get the cheapest seafood in town!
– If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, let’s hit the water and try kiteboarding! The wind picks up in the afternoon, but if we’re newbies, it’s better to try in the morning when it’s gentler. We can join some beginner lessons and learn to glide like pros!
– Nothing beats a dinner at one of Mui Ne’s ‘bo ke’ seafood grills along the beach. They’ve got bubbling tanks filled with the freshest seafood, and icy cold drinks to beat the heat.
– Some days, doing nothing is just perfect. With over 30 miles of beaches in Mui Ne, your family can easily to find a little spot to relax. Plus, the beach is the best place to catch the sunrise or sunset together!

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne

Day 15: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Day 15: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Nestled on a sleepy coastline where the sun shines all year round, Mui Ne’s endless beaches are like a dream playground for your family to have fun. All you need to prepare are sunglasses, sunscreen, a cool tote bag and a happy spirit. As today is all yours in Mui Ne, do you have any plan? If no, these suggestions might be helpful:
– Ever wondered about Mui Ne’s history as a fishing spot? Well, rise and shine early and head to the fishing village’s market! When the sun starts to rise, it’s bustling with activity as boats unload fresh catches, where you can find get the cheapest seafood in town!
– If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, let’s hit the water and try kiteboarding! The wind picks up in the afternoon, but if we’re newbies, it’s better to try in the morning when it’s gentler. We can join some beginner lessons and learn to glide like pros!
– Nothing beats a dinner at one of Mui Ne’s ‘bo ke’ seafood grills along the beach. They’ve got bubbling tanks filled with the freshest seafood, and icy cold drinks to beat the heat.
– Some days, doing nothing is just perfect. With over 30 miles of beaches in Mui Ne, your family can easily to find a little spot to relax. Plus, the beach is the best place to catch the sunrise or sunset together!

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne

Day 16: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Day 16: Mui Ne - Free & Easy

Nestled on a sleepy coastline where the sun shines all year round, Mui Ne’s endless beaches are like a dream playground for your family to have fun. All you need to prepare are sunglasses, sunscreen, a cool tote bag and a happy spirit. As today is all yours in Mui Ne, do you have any plan? If no, these suggestions might be helpful:
– Ever wondered about Mui Ne’s history as a fishing spot? Well, rise and shine early and head to the fishing village’s market! When the sun starts to rise, it’s bustling with activity as boats unload fresh catches, where you can find get the cheapest seafood in town!
– If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, let’s hit the water and try kiteboarding! The wind picks up in the afternoon, but if we’re newbies, it’s better to try in the morning when it’s gentler. We can join some beginner lessons and learn to glide like pros!
– Nothing beats a dinner at one of Mui Ne’s ‘bo ke’ seafood grills along the beach. They’ve got bubbling tanks filled with the freshest seafood, and icy cold drinks to beat the heat.
– Some days, doing nothing is just perfect. With over 30 miles of beaches in Mui Ne, your family can easily to find a little spot to relax. Plus, the beach is the best place to catch the sunrise or sunset together!

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Mui Ne

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City - Free & Easy

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City - Free & Easy

It’s time to say goodbye to the sun and sand of Mui Ne as we return to HCMC. You can spend the rest of your day visiting any sights you didn’t get a chance to previously, like the Ben Thanh Market or Bui Vien Walking Street. And why not make the most of your last evening in Vietnam by having a cozy family gathering and savoring some local delicacies? HCMC is truly a melting pot of cuisines, combining ingredients and recipes from many different regions and cultures. If your taste buds need direction, allow us to suggest some must-try dishes like ‘Com tam’ (broken rice), ‘Banh xeo’ (crispy pancake), and the most iconic ‘Ốc’ (snails/shellfish).

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in HCMC

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Day 18: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure

Your journey across iconic destinations in Vietnam comes to its end. After breakfast today, you’ll get the morning to yourself – no scheduled activities. Whenever you’re ready to go, our attentive driver will be ready to take you to the airport, ensuring a seamless transition for your departing flight. Until our paths cross again on your next adventure, safe travels!

Meals included: Breakfast

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