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Complete Vietnam For Families

16 day family holiday showcasing Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes and fascinating culture. Cycle around buzzing Hanoi and the timeless stilt villages of Mai Chau. Explore Ha Long’s spectacular rock formations and tiny bays aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk. Visit Hue’s historic Imperial Citadel, and relax on the glorious white sands of Hoi An. Enjoy stays at beachfront resorts, tranquil eco lodges, and sleek city hotels.

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Itinerary

Overview


  • 16 day guided itinerary unveiling Vietnam's glorious scenery and diverse culture

  • Sail around Ha Long Bay on a traditional junk

  • Cycle around bustling Hanoi and enchanting, tranquil Mai Chau

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage port of Hoi An and relax on white sand beaches

  • Explore floating villages, indigenous communities, and ancient citadels

  • Enjoy cultural displays and food demonstrations

  • Classic level accommodation in smart city hotels, rural lodges, and seaside resorts

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT HANOI AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL
On arrival at the airport you will be met by your chauffeur and make the 40 minute transfer to your hotel. Check in for two nights at Hanoi La Siesta, a contemporary hotel located in the heart of the city’s atmospheric Old Quarter, with facilities including a restaurant, gym, cinema, and spa. Spend the remaining day at leisure, relaxing in the hotel or exploring the fascinating Old Quarter.
Accommodation: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel, Hanoi

DAY 2: HANOI AND RURAL VILLAGES BY BIKE
After breakfast, take a short transfer to a traditional village outside the city. Enjoy a guided bicycle excursion around the local markets, cultural buildings, and ancient temples, and learn about Vietnamese rural life and customs. Enjoy a food demonstration before sharing a typical Vietnamese lunch with a village family. After lunch, return to Hanoi for an afternoon of sightseeing and culture. Enjoy a musical performance at the Temple of Literature, followed by a cycle around the vibrant Old Quarter and peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake, finishing with an entertaining water puppet demonstration. Either have dinner back at the hotel or take your pick from Hanoi’s myriad tempting restaurants.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel, Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI TO MAI CHAU. VILLAGE BIKE RIDE
This morning, enjoy a picturesque 3 ½ hour road transfer to rural Mai Chau, a tranquil contrast to Hanoi’s bustling streets. Renowned for its traditional stilt houses, emerald paddy fields, and tree-clad mountain peaks, this enchanting landscape is home to many of Vietnam’s indigenous ethnic groups. On arrival at the charming village of Poom Coom, check into the Mai Chau Eco Lodge for a two night stay. Visit a family home and enjoy warm hospitality along with a delicious home cooked lunch. In the afternoon, take a gentle bike ride and absorb the tranquil atmosphere and breath-taking scenery. Spend the evening at leisure back at the Eco Lodge, which boasts a delightful swimming pool and a restaurant with panoramic views.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Mai Chau Eco Lodge, Mai Chau

DAY 4: CYCLING AND WALKING AROUND MAI CHAU
Following breakfast, spend today exploring the charming villages in the area, including a trip to meet children at a local school, before returning to the Eco Lodge for a relaxing evening.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Mai Chau Eco Lodge, Mai Chau

DAY 5: MAI CHAU TO HANOI VIA MUONG CULTURAL MUSEUM EN ROUTE
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely morning before being driven back to Hanoi. En route, visit the Muong Cultural Museum in Hoa Binh, where exhibits embrace traditional Vietnamese architecture, art, and sculpture, featuring cultural artefacts from the indigenous Muong population. Arrive back at Hanoi La Siesta for dinner and an evening of leisure in the buzzing metropolis.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel, Hanoi

DAY 6: HALONG BAY JUNK CRUISE
Today bid farewell to Vietnam’s capital city, and take a scenic 4 hour road transfer to Ha Long Bay. En route, visit a picturesque village for lunch and a water puppet performance by local artists. The breathtaking UNESCO world heritage site of Ha Long Bay is northern Vietnam’s prime visitor destination, a glorious stretch of turquoise sea dotted with tiny islands, grottoes, and towering limestone cliffs. On arrival, step aboard the Dragon Pearl Junk, a deluxe traditional Vietnamese sailing vessel, for a two night stay. Enjoy a freshly caught seafood lunch before a tranquil sail to gorgeous Bai Tu Long Bay, renowned for its pristine beaches and distinctive karst (limestone) landscapes. Spend the afternoon swimming and kayaking, followed by a sunset dinner and peaceful night at sea.
Meals included: All meals
Accommodation: Dragon Pearl Junk, Ha Long Bay

DAY 7: HALONG BAY JUNK CRUISE - SWIMMING & KAYAKING
Today, enjoy the beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay. After breakfast, cruise to the historic floating village of Cong Dam through a remarkable natural landscape of unique rock formations emerging from the sea. After lunch on board, sail to Hon Co Island for a leisurely afternoon of swimming, kayaking, and glorious scenery. Dinner is served on board.
Meals included: all meals
Accommodation: Dragon Pearl Junk, Ha Long Bay

DAY 8: HA LONG BAY TO HUE
After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing morning of swimming and cruising. Following lunch on board, return to Ha Long Bay Port and disembark. Relax during a scenic 3½ hour road transfer to Hanoi airport, before boarding an evening flight to Hue. On arrival, transfer to the stylish Eldora Hotel for a two night stay. This chic, central hotel boasts a spa, gym, lovely pool, and rooftop bar with super city views.
Meals included: all meals
Accommodation: Eldora Hotel, Hue

DAY 9: HUE IMPERIAL CITADEL TOUR AND PERFUME RIVER CRUISE
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic morning cruise along Hue’s Perfume River, and a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda. Travel by rickshaw to the ancient Imperial Citadel and Royal Palace for a guided tour, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Royal Tombs at the Emperor’s Residence. Enjoy dinner at one of the many local restaurants or at the hotel, depending on preference.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Eldora Hotel, Hue

DAY 10: HUE TO HOI AN VIA LANG CO BEACH & THE MARBLE MOUNTAINS
After breakfast, cycle to Hue's bustling Dong Ba Market for some souvenir shopping, before your check out and road transfer to Hoi An. En route, stop off at tranquil Lang Co beach near Danang, a glorious 10km stretch of palm shaded white sand, fringed by the East Sea. Afterwards, visit the impressive Marble Mountains, five distinctive jutting peaks each named after one of the elements (water, wood, fire, metal, earth) and crowned with ornate pagodas. Arrive for a four night stay at the stylish Boutique Hoi An Resort, a chic beachfront property whose inviting pool and tranquil tropical gardens overlook a lovely sandy beach. Dine at the hotel restaurant or take a complimentary shuttle bus into Hoi An's centre, where there are numerous eateries to choose from.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An

DAY 11: HOI AN & VILLAGES BY BIKE AND BOAT
This morning, take a brief boat excursion to a nearby village to meet local fishermen and learn about their livelihood. After lunch, take a leisurely bike ride through paddy fields and farmland, arriving at the ancient settlement of Hoi An. Enjoy a guided tour through the winding alleyways of this historic trading port and UNESCO world heritage site, whose architecture dates back to the 15th century. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An

DAYS 12 & 13: AT LEISURE IN HOI AN
Enjoy two days of relaxation at the hotel and adjacent An Bang Beach, which boasts white sand and clear waters plus several attractive restaurants and beach bars. Indulge in a spot of pampering at the hotel spa, or a workout in the gym. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service into central Hoi An, whilst excursions further afield include the stunning historic Hindu temples of My Son, approximately one hour’s drive away.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An

DAY 14: FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY & VISIT CU CHI TUNNELS
After breakfast take a 40 minute chauffeured drive to Da Nang airport, for a 1 ½ hour flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, take a 30 minute chauffeured transfer to Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel in Ho Chi Minh, for a two night stay. This afternoon enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the legendary Chi Chi Tunnels, built by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. There is the option to go underground into this vast subterranean maze, which stretched 250 km and included living areas, weapon factories, communication centres, and hospitals. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive back to the hotel, with a visit en route to a rice paper workshop. Spend the evening at leisure, dining at the hotel or at one of Ho Chi Minh’s excellent restaurants.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 15: HO CHI MINH WATER PARK
Get set for a fun packed day at Ho Chi Minh’s Dam Sen Water Park, which boasts a host of waterslides and rides to tempt visitors of all ages, along with several pools, a zipwire, a children’s play area, and a choice of eateries. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure to explore or relax.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Liberty Central Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 16: DEPARTURE
Today make the 30 minute chauffeured journey to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, in time for your onward journey.
Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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- Excellent Old Quarter location
- Restaurant, gym, cinema, and spa
- Good variety of accommodation

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8/10

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Price rating 3

- Off the beaten path
- Eco-friendly lodge with emphasis on nature
- Pool, hiking, mountain biking
- Cookery classes, village & working farm visits

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8/10

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- 11 Cabins
- 2 Sundecks
- Kayaks
- Traditional interiors

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7/10

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- Stylish hotel in great location
- Restaurant, lounge, and top floor bar
- Large pool, gym, spa and gift shop
- Shops, markets, palaces & temples nearby

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8/10

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- Superb beachfront location
- Spacious resort with good facilities
- Lovely pool and gardens

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7/10

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Price rating 3

- Near centre of Ho Chi Minh City
- On site health club, sauna & steam rooms
- Rooftop pool with sun loungers
- Short walk to market & Independence Palace

Details

Getting there

Flights from the UK
Vietnam Airlines fly direct from the UK to Vietnam, with an 11–13 hour flight time. Indirect flights with one stop and an overall flight time of between 16-24 hours are available with Air China, Turkish Airlines, BA/Cathay Pacific, Qatar, Thai Airways, and Emirates. Return prices start from £400 - £800 per person, subject to seasonality and demand. Please get in touch for a detailed quote including international flights from the UK.

Flights from the US
There are currently no direct flights between the US and Vietnam. The best options involve one stop, usually in China or Taiwan, flying with EVA, China Airlines, China Southern, or Asiana. Flight times are typically 21-24 hours, with return prices starting from $800 to $1,000 per person. From the West Coast, flight times including one stop are available with EVA, Hong Kong Airlines, Air China, and Philippine Airlines, with overall flight times typically 18-24 hours. Return prices start from $540-$700 per person. All prices are subject to seasonality and demand. Please get in touch for a detailed quote including international flights from the US.

Price includes

Price is sample price based on a family of 4 travelling together. Price includes all accommodation (breakfast only basis with exception of Ha Long Bay Cruise which includes all meals), tours (lunches included with some tours, see itinerary), domestic flight tickets and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary. Price is given as a guide and does not include international flights, actual quote will vary depending on the number and age of your children, your travel dates and accommodation availability. Please call or enquire for a tailor-made quote including international flights.

When is best?

Vietnam is a year-round destination with three distinct weather systems. November to April is the period of lowest rainfall, and consequently the most popular time to visit. From May to October, when rain comes to the north and south of country, the central regions generally remain hot and dry.

NOVEMBER - FEBRUARY
Start of peak season. Most of the country enjoys hot, dry weather during November and December, excluding central regions, which may experience a few heavy showers. During January and February the majority of the country usually enjoys hot dry weather, with cooler temperatures in Hanoi and the north.

MARCH - MAY
Peak season for visitors. Ha Long usually enjoys blue skies and great visibility, whilst Hoi An becomes a prime beach destination from late March onwards. From April into May, the whole country enjoys hot, sunny weather. Towards the end of May, temperatures start to rise and the rains begin in the north and south.

JUNE - JULY
June is a good time to visit Hanoi, Mai Chau, and Ha Long, where weather is mostly still clear and dry with blue skies. Infrequent showers in the north and south of the country increase during July, whilst central regions including Hue and the beach resorts of Hoi An and Lang Co enjoy long periods of sun and little rain during this period.

AUGUST - OCTOBER
Vietnam’s low season sees increasingly frequent rain showers affecting the country’s northern and southern extremities, including popular visitor destinations such as Hanoi in the north, and Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta in the south. Central Vietnam is drier during August, with wet weather increasing towards the end of September. By October, northern areas are beginning to dry up, and sunny spells are on the increase.

Is it for me?

Vietnam is stunning and diverse, both geographically and culturally. This itinerary spans the north and south of the country and would suit an active family interested in cultural and historic highlights, along with easy cycling, relaxing boat cruises, and beach visits. The eclectic, upmarket accommodation offerings include a traditional sailing vessel, a rural eco lodge, urban hotels, and a palm fringed beach resort. Be prepared for a fair bit of travel between destinations, complemented by plenty of relaxation on arrival.

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