FT11: Vietnam Family Tour along North Central Coast - 17 days from Hanoi

Vietnam Family tour along North Central Coast
Tropical forests, picturesque bays and Vietnam paradise awaits

vietnam family tour along north central coast

This superbly organized and exciting 17-day tour will see your family take in the sights and sounds of everything the North Central Coast of Vietnam has to offer.

Starting in the wondrous city of Hanoi; you will all be greeted with the perfect mix of modern and traditional Asian-inspired buildings and friendly people. A special tour of the city offers an insight into its fantastic cuisine and chance to roam its ancient streets full of mystic and intrigue.

A unique homestay in the beautiful city of Sapa will liven up your families imagination. A trek through ethnic villages, bamboo forests and many opportunities for you to take incredible pictures. A fantastic tour for you and your family to indulge in the true Vietnamese countryside. Your homestay family will make you feel welcome and part of their family.

Moving along and onto your tour of Tam Coc, a short drive will take you through lush green countryside and open views across paddy fields. Explore the vast temples and stunning limestone valleys. Tuck into Vietnamese lunch with views you can only dream of and with a history dating back to the 14th century, it's certainly a tour you will all love.

Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island both present you with time to explore the most photographed site in Vietnam. Halong Bay is dotted with over 3000 islands; you will cruise around them and even have the chance to kayak or swim in its lush crystal clear waters. Your family will be able to relax in the paradise of Vietnam.

A short flight to Dong Hoi will see you move further up the coast. With a tour around Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Cave, your family will be greeted with caves holding acclaim of being the highest and longest in the world. You will have a chance to take an adventure within the very underground of these ancient caves.

Your tour will also take in a visit to Vinh Moc tunnels and the Doc Mieu Base where the history of the Vietnamese wartime years await your discovery. A place for contemplation and education. Your family will leave feeling humbled by its war-torn and interesting history.

Taking in the fresh air a trek to Bach Ma National Park gives you chance to breathe and be amongst a subtropical forest. Immense waterfalls and views beyond compare await your delectation. Bach Ma is a place of beauty worth the trek, your family will feel like you are in another world.

Hoi An and Danang both offer leisure time and relaxation. Hoi An is home to some of the best gift shops, the perfect chance to buy gifts before you leave for home.

This tour takes in some of the most outstanding sights the North Central coast of Vietnam has to offer.

Destinations: Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi - Mai Chau - Tam Coc - Ha Long - Hue - Hoi An

Highlights: Hanoi Capital City with cyclo riding & water puppet show, Sapa trekking tours, Mai Chau Valley, Ninh Binh - Halong Bay on land, Cat Ba Island, Hue Royal Capital, Hoi An Ancient Town

Vietnam Family Tour along North Central Coast in brief

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi special tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Drive to Sapa (350Km – 6 hours)
Day 4: Sapa - Hang Da - Hau Thao - Giang Ta Chai – Bamboo Forest – Ta Van
Day 5: Ta Van – Lao Chai – Y Linh Ho – Sapa
Day 6: Sapa Ethnic Market – Drive back to Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – Ninh Binh
Day 8: Ninh Binh - Halong - Overnight on board
Day 9: Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island
Day 10: Cat Ba island – Hanoi – Flight to Dong Hoi
Day 11: Paradise Cave & Phong Nha Cave
Day 12: Dong Hoi - DMZ - Hue
Day 13: Hue - Bach Ma National Park
Day 14: Bach Ma National Park - Hoi An
Day 15 & 16: Hoi An free days
Day 17: Hoi An - Danang departure

ft11 vietnam family tour

An amazing Vietnam family tour that focuses on must - see and family destinations of the north and central Vietnam from the mountains to beautiful cities along the coast; Hanoi – Sapa – Mai Chau – Tam Coc – Halong – Cat Ba – Hue – Hoi An.

If you have more time, it is a good idea to extend your Vietnam family vacation to Saigon, Mekong delta and fe more days at pristine beaches of Phu Quoc. From Danang, it is possible to take the flight to Siem Reap Cambodia to see magnificent Angkor temples. Whatever, just ask Vivutravel.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Please contact us at info@vivutravel.com to get tailor-made itinerary and price

  • Tour Class

  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 5 Star Hotel
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    High Season

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    (Jan 1 - Apr 30 & Oct 1 - Dec 31)

  • From $1698
  • From $1958
  • From $2536
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    Low season

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    (May 1 - Sep 9)

  • From $1680
  • From $1848
  • From $2336

NOTE: The above tour prices are estimated per person & applied for group of 2 persons! Depending on your favorite hotels, traveling dates & group sizes, the tour prices will be updated! Please contact us at info@vivutravel.com for further information!

Hanoi Arrival (None)

Hanoi is among the most beautiful destinations in Asia to visit. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 01

Hanoi special tour (Breakfast)

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam with a long background of history and culture. Besides historical destinations, Hanoi is well-known for its beautiful lakes with the image of local Tai Chi in the early morning, tree-line boulevards, funny street vendors & special street food cuisine.

05:30 Wake up early and be ready for an amazing morning trip around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter - the symbols of Hanoi city and Hanoian. You will be surprised by seeing local Hanoians doing morning exercises around Hoan Kiem Lake as they are so natural practicing such strange Tai Chi in their own ways. Let’s see the way they do and join with them! From Hoan Kiem Lake, take a look at the Old Quarter as it is the only time in day you can enjoy quiet atmosphere.

07:00 Have breakfast with Pho - the most famous and popular dish in Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular.

08:00 Transfer to visit Ho Chi Minh complex with first stop at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – a large memorial to the national hero - President Ho Chi Minh who led the country to independence and reunification. The Mausoleum is located at Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh President read the Declaration of Independence on 02nd Sep 1945 establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Then take a short walk to the Presidential Palace & House on Stilt. Near from Ho Chi Minh complex, One Pillar Pagoda – symbol of Vietnam with unique architecture of lotus flower is a must-see destination for all Vietnam tours. Our next stop will be the Temple of Literature which is the first university in Vietnam. It was constructed in 1070, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam.

After lunch time, we continue our Hanoi city tour to the Museum of Ethnology offering an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. It introduces Vietnamese traditional ways of life from religious events to the symbolic rituals as well as displays a variety of Vietnamese homes as full-scale replicas outside.

End the day with a short cyclo ride around the old streets observing daily life of Hanoian, take exotic photos of Hanoi traffic and enjoy a fantastic water puppet show.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 02

Hanoi - Drive to Sapa (Breakfast, Lunch)

08:30 Pick up at your hotel and take a smooth drive on new national highway to Sapa, passing beautiful sceneries on both sides of the road including countryside areas, rice fields and mountains.

14:30 Arrive at your hotel in Sapa, check-in your hotel and take a short rest.

16:00 Take a glimpse of Sapa town and you will have chance to see Sapa Stone Church and old streets.

Have dinner at a local restaurant (on your own) and overnight in Sapa.

Day 03

Sapa - Hang Da - Hau Thao - Giang Ta Chai – Bamboo Forest – Ta Van (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today, our beautiful trekking tour will start at 08:30 at your hotel for a short drive out of Sapa town to Hang Da Church. On the way, we can stop at some view points to enjoy the panorama view of the whole Muong Hoa Valley.

09:00 Arrive at Hang Da Church, take a short visit around the church as this church is serving for nearly 1000 local ethnic people. Next to the church is a small beautiful ethnic village where is intact and stays away from modern society.

09:30  Continue your trekking route to Hau Thao village where you will see the stunning view of Muong Hoa valley. Discover the daily life of the Black Hmong minority and their traditional customs and costume as soon as you arrive at the village.

Trek ahead to Pho village then down the hill to Giang Ta Chai village of Giay people.

Have lunch in Giang Ta Chai Village before starting the trek by climbing the mountain on a small trail near the waterfall. Stop for a while to take photos on top of the waterfall. The trek will lead you through the bamboo forest to Ta Van village of Giay people which is praised as one of the most beautiful and fantastic trekking routes in Sapa.

Arrive in Ta Van village, check-in your homestay and overnight there.

Day 04

Ta Van – Lao Chai – Y Linh Ho – Sapa (Breakfast)

Have breakfast with local dishes prepared by our host. Then visit around Ta Van village for a while before going to Lao Chai village - the home of Black Hmong people. Enjoy the view of the largest rice terrace fields in Sapa. Tan Van & Lao Chai villages are famous as the best place to enjoy terraced rice fields.

Continue walking to Y Linh Ho village then up the main road where you will return Sapa town by car.

Check-in your hotel in Sapa and overnight there.

Day 05

Sapa Ethnic Market - Drive back to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)

The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, drinking away troubles or seeking for lover. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets;

Market days:
Can Cau Market - Saturdays
Bac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market - Sundays
Cao Son Market - Wednesdays
Lung Khau Nhin Market - Thursdays
Coc Ly Market - Tuesdays

In the afternoon, drive back to Hanoi for overnight.

Day 06

Hanoi – Tam Coc (Breakfast)

After breakfast, take 2,5 -hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit to the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.

Continue to Tam Coc through stunning limestone karst valleys surrounded by picturesque fields and villages, along the way stop where you wish to take photographs. On arrival in Tam Coc have a Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, board your private sampan for a leisurely 2.5-hour cruise. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields. After the boat trip, take a leisure walk through rice fields to visit picturesque Thai Vi temple or drive to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, dating to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 07

Hanoi – Ha Long Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

7h30-08h00: we drive to Halong Bay (180km), Vietnam most scenic sight, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site and highlight of any Vietnam Tours

12h00-12h30: Arrive in Halong Tourist Wharf. Transfer to Halong Emotion Boat by tender

12h30: Welcome cocktail on the boat and check in to your private cabin.

13h15-14h15: Vietnamese lunch served on board, during crusing toward Ha Long bay.

14h30: Visit the Ba Hang floating fishing village by Sampan.

16h00: Cooking class by chef cook of the Emotion Boat on the sundeck.

17h30: Visit the Pearl tourist village in Ha Long bay. Available activities as :

Available activities as:

See view on sundeck, relaxing in restaurant.

Kayaking and Swimming

See and visit the daily life of local people

Or requested activities such as: Massage service ( you made contact with tour guide or reception).

18h45: Stop in row of coconut trees area for overnight.

19h30: Have buffet dinner with seafoods provided by Ba Hang fishing village.

20h00-24h00: Freely enjoying the beauty of Ha long at night, join us with one of the

Optional activities:

Enjoy chatting at Bar.

Enjoy night fishing.

Relax and spend a romantic night on Halong Bay Cruise

Day 08

Ha Long – Cat Ba island (Brunch)

6-6.30: Practice Tai Chi on the Sundeck

7h00-7h30: Start your day with a light breakfast.

7h30: Arrive in Surprise cave, explore the Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long bay.

9h15: Check out and take all luggage outside of your cabin, cruise back to the Tourist Wharf through Ha Long bay.

9h45: Have brunch and clear bills.

11.30: Back to the Tourist Wharf and take the ferry to explore more of Ha Long and continue to Gia Luan pier where we get pick up to Cat Ba island. Stop on the way for a short walk in the Cat Ba national park. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight in Cat Ba.

Day 09

Cat Ba island – Hanoi – Flight to Dong Hoi (Breakfast)

Morning is free at leisure until we take one hour boat trip to Hai Phong city and drive back to Hanoi airport for flight to Dong Hoi.

Welcomed by your private tour guide and driver, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Dong Hoi.

Day 10

Paradise Cave & Phong Nha Cave (Breakfast)

In the morning, visit to Phong Nha cave that was evaluated by British Caving Association as the top cave in the world due to its many records: the longest underground river, the highest and longest cave, broadest and most beautiful fine sand beaches inside the caves, the most spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.

In the afternoon, visiti to Hang Thien Duong (Paradise Cave) discovered by scientists of the British Caving Research Association in 2005, has the length of 31km. With naturally primitive features Thien Duong Cave looks like a landscape painting, making it very attractive to visitors. According to spelunkers, the deeper one journeys into the cave, the more one feels the wells of heavenly clarity all around. There are a series of white crystal stalactites resembling glass pillars and many other spectacular formations.

Overnight in Dong Hoi.

Day 11

Dong Hoi - DMZ - Hue (Breakfast)

After having breakfast, leave Dong Hoi for Quang Tri Province. On the way, we stop to visit to Vinh Moc Tunnels- The Old DMZ – Hien Luong Bridge Ben Hai River , the Border between the North and  the South of VietNam – Stop at Doc Mieu Base (A2 ): American Base which belonged to The MacNamara Wall. In the afternoon, visit Cam Lo which was The Headquarter of The National Liberation Front from 1972-1975, the Rockpile ( A USMarine look – Out ).

Arrive at your hotel in Hue, check-in and overnight in Hue.

Day 12

Hue - Bach Ma National park (Breakfast, Lunch)

Pick up at your hotel and transfer to visit Bach Ma National Park that takes around 60Km.

In the afternoon, we do a five-hour trek through the sub-tropical forest, taking us to the Ngu Ho and Do Quyen Waterfalls. The Ngu Ho, or Five-lakes Cascade, is a series of small waterfalls which crash down into pristine pools of clear water secluded under a canopy of foliage. Do Quyen waterfall is about 300m in height. From the top of the waterfall, you will have a good view of water falling to the rocks, see the forest below and clouds on the sky. Especially, you can get to the foot of the waterfall by passing more than 600 steps. Despite a hard trip, it will be a good idea for those who want to challenge themselves. The beauty of the waterfall viewed from its foot is worth your effort. Don’t forget to take some photos to show your friends that you have been here.

Tonight we stay overnight in the park’s guest house – villa Do Quyen 2.

Day 13

Bach National Park – Drive to Hoi An (Breakfast)

After breakfast, we will continue the tour by exploring Bach Ma summit, which is 1.450m above the sea level. Here, you visit Hai Vong Dai, where you can have a panoramic view of mountains, lagoons, villages such as Lang Co beach, Hai Van pass, Truoi lake, Cau Hai lagoon, Chan May port, …

Then, we drive to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. This scenic drive passes through the fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Along the way, stop in Danang to visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world.

Upon arrival in Hoi An, check-in your hotel and overnight in Hoi An.

Day 14

Hoi An free day (Breakfast)

At leisure. Relax on the private beach, by the resort pool or optional is to rent a bicycle to ride into Hoi An to explore the picturesque central of town with its restored 18th century merchants’ houses. Hoi An also boasts some of the best silk shops, art galleries and handicraft shops in Vietnam as well as dozens of excellent restaurants serving the delicious local specialities.

Overnight in Cua Dai, Hoi An.

Day 15

Hoi An free day (Breakfast)

Free at leisure and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 16

Hoi An – Danang and Departure (Breakfast)

Free time at leisure until our private guide will see you off at the airport. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam family holiday with us and look forward to organizing your next trip. We say goodbye and see you again!!!
Day 17

Inclusion:

  • 01 Economy flight tickets: Hanoi - Da Nang
  • Private transportation as program
  • Hotel accommodation as indicated (Check-in time: 14:00, Check-out time: 12:00)
  • All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)

Exclusion:

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Other meals
  • Insurance

* What about Cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.

General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.

- Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
- 3 star hotels, no charge if you cancel 5 -7 days before your arrival. (FIT)
- 4 star hotels, no charge if you cancel 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)
- 5 stars hotels, no charge if you cancel 15 - 20 days before your arrival (FIT)

However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

* Can we get refund?
For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.

If you are thinking about a trip to Vietnam with your family, there may be a few questions that you have before embarking on this trip. There are a few important legal things to keep in mind if traveling with minors, and general customs that should be respected. In general, Vietnam is a very family friendly country, and you should have a wonderful visit.

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How old should my children be for a trip to Vietnam?
When traveling with children to Vietnam, it is not necessarily about the country itself, but really how your children will handle the trip in its entirety. For young children who are either nursing or on formula, be sure to take your own formula. Additionally, for babies you may want to bring some baby food pouches that you can travel with. As long as you take it slow and try not to pack too much into your trip, you should have no issues in regards to young children traveling through Vietnam.

What documents should I bring for my children under the age of 18?
There are three main documents that you should bring with you while traveling with minors under the age of 18. Whether or not these are your legal children, you do not want to run into any issues. First is to have your child’s valid and legal passport. Make sure that it does not expire within 6 months of returning home. If you do need to get a new passport make sure to allow for at least 4-6 weeks for it to arrive. You can also expedite this and receive it within 2-3 weeks if you have proof of necessity.    

The next proof you will need is travel consent of the child. This is usually for children traveling alone, or with only one parent. If you are traveling alone with your child, or without their other parent, then this is extremely important. The consent letter written from their other parent needs to be signed, have the child’s contact information, both of the parents contact information, the child’s destination and who the child is traveling with generally. Additionally you should have a copy of the other parent’s passport or some form of identification. If their other parent has passed away, you should have a copy of the death certificate. Additionally, the consent letter should be signed by a notary public or reliable witness. These documents are mainly for the airlines, as they might prevent you from boarding with your child.

Finally the last document needed whether or not you are a single parent traveling, or a couple traveling together, you must have proof of your relationship to your children. This can be a birth certificate, a court order stating you are the legal guardian, or proof of adoption. If the child is traveling with only one of their parents, it is smart to carry a child medical consent form as well.
To be smart, always check with your airline and confirm what they require ahead of time. It is never a bad idea to be vigilant about this because it could really delay your trip and effect the fun you are about to partake in, in Vietnam.

Will my family need vaccinations?
Vaccinations are a personal choice when traveling as there are no legal requirements when it comes to vaccinations in traveling to Vietnam. If you have concerns regarding vaccinations it is a good idea to speak to your doctor or travel nurse a month or 2 before leaving on your trip to Vietnam. Only you can make the final decision whether or not you will need any, or more vaccinations for your travels.

Do I need to arrange travel insurance?
Travel insurance is always recommended especially when traveling with young children. In the event someone needs to visit a doctor, a flight is missed, or worst possible case scenario that someone is injured or very sick and needs to be airlifted out, you will be covered.
What is the traffic like in Vietnam?

Is it safe to go out late in Vietnam?
Generally Vietnam is a very safe place for a family to walk around at night. Although this is true, just remember to keep your wits about you at night. Anywhere in the world someone can decide to be a pickpocket. Always be cautious when walking in crowded places, and hold young children’s hands at all times to avoid them getting lost in the crowds.

What is the Vietnam time zone and will it be hard to adjust?
Vietnam is 7 hours ahead of London, UK, 12 hours ahead of New York, US and 3 hours behind Sydney, Australia. For some it can be hard to adjust to the time difference. One rule of thumb is to be aware of what time you will arrive in Vietnam. If you plan to arrive after 7pm then it is advised to sleep a few hours at the beginning of your flight, but try to stay awake for the rest of the time. This way you can sleep a few hours after you arrive and your children won’t be bouncing off the walls at midnight. If you arrive in the morning, try to sleep on the flight so you are waking up in the normal time zone.

Will we have issues speaking only English?
Of course it is always nice to have your family learn a few words in Vietnamese, such as “thank you” and “hello,” but generally people understand basic phrases, especially in large cities. You should have no trouble speaking English in Vietnam.

Does Vietnam have a reliable internet service?
Internet is very reliable in Vietnam. All through Vietnam beside extremely remote areas there should be access to wifi. Guest houses and hotels usually provide internet access and there are many internet cafes.

Are there any Vietnamese customs to be aware of?
Dressing modestly: There are a few places in which it is required to dress modestly. In temples or Buddhist pagodas shoes should always be removed. Shoulders and knees should also be covered, so this is important to consider since it may be quite warm and the whole family will be wearing shorts! If you are visiting a rural area it is recommended to wear tops that cover the shoulders and as well as the knees once again. If you enter a local house or shop it is custom to remove shoes before entering.

Respect at religious sites: It is very important to let your family know that you must never sit with your back in a temple or anywhere else, towards a Buddha statue. Also, always make sure to ask for permission to take photos of local people praying.

Greetings: Generally people in Vietnam shake hands to say hello. There is also a method of putting hands together and bowing slightly. Let your children practice this so they feel comfortable and will be respectful when meeting local people.

Are there vegetarian, gluten free and other options if my family has dietary restrictions?
Due to the geography and climate in Vietnam, as well as years of French colonization Vietnam’s food is very diverse. Similar to other Asian countries, rice is a staple in Vietnamese food. For the gluten free traveler, rice noodles and rice cake dishes are very common, but be sure to ask if there is soy sauce, and to leave this out if necessary. For the vegetarian traveler it is important to declare this when ordering food. Simply stating, “no fish and no meat please,” should suffice. Many dishes are easily made with vegetables only if you ask politely. Be aware of fish sauce, as it is made with fish if this is something your family avoids. If you have a vegetarian in your family, assure them that  even Banh Mi can be made with eggs and no meat at all. The only allergy to really be aware of is a nut allergy. Soybean, coconut and peanut oil are commonly used. If someone in your family has a severe allergy, make sure to bring an epi pen.

What should I bring for my children if I plan to take busses/trains?
If you plan to take transportation by bus and train through Vietnam on your trip, there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, it is a good idea to bring extra sweatshirts or warm clothes as the air conditioning can be on and make things cold. Also, bringing a sleeping bag liner is a sanitary way to travel on night busses or trains. They do often provide blankets, but these might not be the most sanitary option for young children, and bringing your own is definitely recommended.

In general traveling to Vietnam with children is not something that should be avoided, but embraced. As long as you have all your travel documents ready, have accounted for any food allergies or medicines, and have your children prepped for a new experience, you should have an incredible time.


ABOUT VIVUTRAVEL
Vivutravel is a local, trustworthy and professional Vietnam tour operator, offering a wide range of Vietnam and Indochina tour packages to the most exciting destinations at most competitive price. Our Business License Number is 0104000493 and our International Tour Operator License Number is 01 – 258. We are very pleased to be a member of Vietnam Administration of Tourism with financial guarantee – a deposit of 1.000,000,000 million Vietnam Dong (US$ 50,000) in a bank of Vietnam. Besides that, we are also official members of VISTA (Vietnam Society of Travel Agents), PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) and higky recommended on Tripadvisor.

Are you planning your Vietnam family vacation, but not sure how to arrange the trip? Getting lost in many tour options? Being sick of searching...? Just leave your troubles behind to read our Vietnam travel guide and send us your inquiry. Your private travel consultant at Vivutravel will help you design a perfectly suggested tour itinerary and quote which are tailor made to suit your wishes and budget.

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* How to plan our Vietnam family vacation with you?
1. Send us an inquiry by submitting one of our online tour inquiry forms (Click). Tell us as much information as possible. For examples;

- Please tell us how many people will be traveling with you and the age of your children.

- Please tell us your preferred hotels, level of hotel (3, 4 or 5 stars), type of hotel, type of room...

- Please tell us your type of travel, length of travel and activities that you are interested in. For example; Family with kids, Couple's vacation, Honeymoon, Friends, Shopping, Sightseeing, Leisure and Relaxing, Cuisine & Cooking, Kayaking, Caves & Grottoes, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Minority, Adventure & Discovery...

- Please tell us where and what you want to visit. If you do not know much about Vietnam and Indochina, just give us your travel plan and ideas and we will create a suggested tour for you.

- Most of our tour guides are English speaking tour guides, but if you want another language like French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese,etc. We can always arrange. Please tell us what you do you expect from your guides, for example; you want a guide with sense of humor? Good knowledge in history & culture? Male/Female guide? Talkative/untalkative? Young/Old guide?

- Please advise if you want breakfast included only or also lunch and dinner. Please let us know if you are a vegetarian, the food you can eat or can't? If you want local food in local restaurants or western food in tourist restaurant...? Actually, you do not have to send us all information, but the more we know, the better we plan your holiday.

2. After having received your inquiry, one of our professional Vietnam travel consultants will email and give you a proposal.

3. If you accept the proposal (you may modify it till you are satisfied with it), we will calculate the tour cost and send you the tour price. If you accept it, please confirm that you would like to book it.

* How Travel Experts at Vivutravel Service you?
"Highest Standards of Quality and Honesty" is the core value of each specialized team at Vivutravel.

Everyone in our company is working hard for only one goal, which is to ensure the highest level of service, luxury, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home.

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1-on-1 Travel Consultant
After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.

Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in Vietnam and Indochina, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.

* How to proceed to book Vietnam and Indochina tour with you?
When you decide to book your Vietnam and Indochina holiday with us, please send us your full names (name on passport) for hotel and domestic flight reservations, and your international flight details in and out Vietnam/Indochina for airport transfers / pick up & see off.

* How to pay the deposit and the balance?
Deposit: When the booking is completely confirmed, we will send you confirmation details including confirmed itinerary, invoice, voucher then deposit request of about 30% of the total tour cost (can be less). You can pay by credit cards (via onepay gateway, pay online), make wire transfer, western union. The deposit is used to pay the flight tickets, hotels, train tickets in advance.

Balance: You can pay the rest 2 weeks before your arrival, or you can pay us on your arrival in Vietnam by credit cards, cash (AUD, USD, EUROS, VND...)

* How to enjoy the tour?
Our job is to make your holiday a memorable experience. To make sure you will have a great time, there are something that we should share;

When you request the tour: Please let us know your personal interests so our travel consultants will design and include in the itinerary, or take notes for the hotels, tour guide, restaurants...

Before you come: One week before your arrival. we always send our clients an email to update about the weather and climate, booking status, and remind you to prepare/check the documents, visa...for the holiday.

When on tour: The tour is fixed, but you can always discuss with us if you want to make it more flexible. For example, you want to make some changes in the itinerary, restaurant (meals), tour guide... please just let us know, we will do the best for you.

Tour guide: Please let us know what do you expect from your tour guides and we will arrange the right ones for you.

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* Can you buy the international flight tickets for us?
Yes, we do. However, we advise you to buy the flight tickets in and out Vietnam from your end as it is always cheaper than if booked in here.

* Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts for;

- Family with kids and children < 12 years old
- Disable people
- Old people (> 65 years old)
- Second trip with us
- Big group

* How can I pay you the money?
1) Credit card; (secure online payment gateway via Onepay)
ONEPAY - ONLINE PAYMENT GATEWAY (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX & JCB ACCEPTED)

Like PayPal, OnePAY is a payment gateway but specialized in Vietnam where the PayPal has not yet reached. This is a perfect and the first payment processor which gains reputation among clients about its efficiency and timely friendly support.

OnePAY in cooperation with biggest bank in Vietnam - Vietcombank which has been implemented this service among many tour operators in Vietnam.

OnePAY is approved by MasterCard for this payment collection on the behalf of us. OnePAY uses SSL Verisign® over internet transaction under 3D-Secure program by respective creditcard companies so you are free from worries your card information disclosed. OnePAY payment portal also meets standards of international financial system such as PCI DSS of PCI Security Standards Council, 3D-Secure of Visa, MasterCard and JCB.

2) Wire transfer (bank transfer)
3) Cash
4) Western union
5) Combination

* Is there any charge if i change my travel plan such as travel dates, tour itinerary, hotels,...?
We are happy to work on your requests, and will not charge you any money. However, if it is too urgent and the date is too close, the hotels or airlines may chare you some money, in this case we will let you know.

* What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?
We suggest you make reservations at least one month before the departure date. If you decide to travel to Vietnam in May, September or October which is peak season, we recommend you make the reservations two months (at least one) before your departure date. Late reservations can not be guaranteed for the availability of domestic flights, hotel rooms, etc.

However, we DO accept late reservations, things are possible at Vivutravel.

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* What about Cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.

General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.

- Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
- 3 star hotels, no charge if you cancel 5 -7 days before your arrival. (FIT)
- 4 star hotels, no charge if you cancel 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)
- 5 stars hotels, no charge if you cancel 15 - 20 days before your arrival (FIT)

However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

* Can we get refund?
For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.

* How do I get a visa?
Vietnam Visa - For those who would like to avoid the perhaps lengthening visa procedures with their local Vietnam's Embassies, the service of Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the Vietnamese Immigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Steps to obtain Visa on arrival
a) Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa.

1) Full name on passport
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
4) Nationality
5) Date of arrival
6) Date of issue
7) Date of expire
8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months

You can apply Vietnam visa online through our www.vietnamvisaprovider.com.

b) How long does it take?
It will take 2-3 days (Normal process), 01 day (Urgent process) to get the “Visa Approval Letter” which we will send you via mail. What you need is to print it out and take it along to get the stamp at airports/borders

c) Get the stamp
Upon arrival, you will need to fill in a certain form with your personal information, get the stamp and visa will be done. For this process, you will need to prepare 02 photos (4*6) and $25 USD each in cash which is stamping fee.

* Do our tour guides and drivers have meals with us?
The guide and the driver in each destination will dine at the same restaurant as yours. But, they will not join you unless you invite them.

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* Where can I exchange our money into Vietnam currency?
We advise you to stop in any of a Vietnamese bank during the tour (Our tour guides will take you to the bank), you can also exchange money at your hotel, but the exchange rate is not really good.

* Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?
Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can be used to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.

Note: If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

* Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event of an emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

* When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?
Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

* Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

Note:
- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

* Shopping
Vivutravel guarantees "no shopping tour", which means we protect you from the tourist shopping centers or traps. However, if you want to buy something, our travel consultants, tour guides will give you suggestions, advices and help you buy to avoid being overcharged.

Bargaining is a "Must" when buying something in Vietnam and Indochina.

Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

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We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Vietnam and Indochina who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for tours.

Private Guide & Transfer
Vivutravel's tour packages are private and tailor made so during your travel with us, you will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel to. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

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Tour Guide:
We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.

Note: In Sapa or some mountainous areas, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic groups like H'Mong, or Red Dao as they know better than anyone else about their land, culture, customs and habits... and this is also the way that Vivutravel helps the local people a better life.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour guide:
1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with working experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.

12 - If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Transportation:
Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your holiday in Vietnam and Indochina. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. We use only the latest modern cars, vans, coaches and all our drivers are full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience. We are fully in control of our quality and service as we own our vehicles.

Vivutravel's requirements for a tour driver.
- Our drivers must be good drivers with at least 5 years of experience

- Our drivers must keep the vehicles clean,

- Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

- Our drivers must be friendly, helpful.

- Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

- Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained.

Tipping
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver.  We advise you to tip as below:

- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver

- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?

- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.

Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

vietnam hotel

We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Indochina holiday to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand offers you some of the world's best food and it is really the highlight of your travel. Vivutravel tends to include meals where necessary and when special. Other meals are at your own choices.

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Breakfast:
Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunch
Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our reservation's team and tour guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Dinner
Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay, overnight on cruise in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but Vivutravel's tour guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

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This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination. This is sample tour and can always be personalized to meet your personal needs and travel budget.

Planning the tour:
Prompt response in 0.5-10 hours
Supported by private travel consultant
Unlimited changes, no charge

Our guarantee:
Quality service and affordable price with added value
Use of excellent local guides
Use of well-selected hotels
Use of comfortable vehicles
Worry-free & one-stop service
Excellent customer care

Methods of payment:
Deposit 30% in advance after the tour is confirmed
Balance paid on arrival in cash, credit cards, traveler's cheque
Online and secure payment by bank transfer or credit cards