Pro01: Vietnam family tour in 20 days from Ho Chi Minh city

It's like an adventure that would last 20 days in an exciting country to explore with the family in Vietnam. Each stage corresponds to new emotions, exciting discoveries and unique experiences.
Meet authentic populations in the heart of the mountains: ethnic minorities (colorful H’mong, Dzao, Dzay ...) whose quirky charm you will love.

A street food tour in Hanoi promises you a wonderful experience about Vietnamese cuisine.

Discover another universe with nature and water in the countless canals - the arroyos - that line the Mekong Delta.

An exclusive product in Ken village where you are welcomed by the villagers and enjoy the peaceful countryside.

Pleasant night in the village of Ta Van, good local cuisine, in-depth discovery and direct contact with the main tribes.
Destinations : Sai Gon - Mekong Delta - Can Gio mangrove forest- Hoi An - Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Sapa - Bac Ha - Ken village - Halong Bay

Brief Family tour in Vietnam in 20 days :

Day 1 Sai Gon arrival 
Day 2 Sai Gon - city tour 
Day 3 Sai Gon - Ben Tre - Can Tho
Day 4 Can Tho - Sai Gon 
Day 5 Sai Gon - Can Gio Mangrove forest - Flight to Da Nang
Day 6 Hoi An - Farming and cooking 
Day 7 Hoi An – Golden Bridge 
Day 8 Hoi An - Bach Ma National Park 
Day 9 Hoi An - Free day 
Day 10 Hoi An - Free day - Flight to Hanoi 
Day 11 Hanoi - city tour 
Day 12 Hanoi – Ninh Binh
Day 13 Hanoi - Ta Giang Phinh - Sapa 
Day 14 Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van 
Day 15 Sapa - Bac Ha 
Day 16 Bac Ha - Hanoi 
Day 17 Hanoi - Ken Village 
Day 18 Ken village - Halong
Day 19 Halong - Hanoi
Day 20 Hanoi - Departure


(This price is applied for group 06 pax) 

This tour cost is available from June 1 to September 30, 2020. Depending on your favorite hotels, traveling dates & group sizes, the tour prices will be updated! Please contact us at for further information!

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Free foot massage in Hanoi 
Welcome dinner in Sai Gon 

The south of the country offers different landscapes and encounters: a stroll through the meanders of the Mekong Delta to meet artisans and fishermen.

Direction the center of the country, and its preserved architectural gems, listed as World Heritage. Hoi an, a unique port city with undeniable charm built from the 15th century, is a delight.

Then, visit Hanoi - the beautiful capital, then, immersion in incredible landscapes: the Halong Bays by land, then by sea, in which you will spend a dream night during a cruise on a traditional junk.

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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 for further information!

Sai Gon arrival

It is essential to travel to Vietnam once in your lifetime as it will be really more different and interesting than just reading in the books, learning in the movies and hearing from the others. Vietnam is now far beyond your imagination with modern and dynamic cities, exotic and marvelous landscapes, famous natural and cultural World Heritage Sites. With efforts from our experienced travel consultants, it will be so quick and easy to plan your Vietnam tour packages. Being welcomed at Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh) by our experienced English speaking guide and driver and listen to a brief introduction of your beautiful Vietnam tour when we are on the way to hotel for check-in. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 01


After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which were an incredible underground network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the long struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, schools and were used as a military base for the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. Upon arrival, we proceed to an underground hut to watch a short video and presentation about Cu Chi tunnels before having a real hands-on experience of what it was like to live here. If you’re a war history buff this is an interesting experience and provides an excellent alternative perspective. We return to Saigon for lunch at a popular local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit some major sights of the city. We pass through the now-demolished wartime American Embassy before visiting the Reunification Palace which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of April 1975. Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office are out next stops. After seeing the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum- Vietnam War, we continue our trip to the bustling Ben Thanh Market which is a fantastic place for bargains of every kind. There are a number of vendors and food stalls in the market food section that offers guests many freshly delicious dishes. You also can find many goods for daily use as well as a variety of eye-catching local crafts and souvenirs here. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 02


After breakfast at the hotel, we leave the bustling city of Saigon behind us and depart for the Mekong Delta known to local as ‘Vietnam’s biggest rice basket’. Upon arrival at Hung Vuong pier in Ben Tre, we embark a boat to cruise along Ben Tre River, a tribute to the Mekong. With stops at the brickfield to see how bricks are made by hand and a coconut candy home factory located along the canal where we witness how to make these local delicacy. You will then have the opportunity to taste bee honey tea at a local honey farm and a variety of tropical fruit that grow abundantly in the orchards of the Mekong Delta. You can then walk or cycle through the coconut groves and green rice paddies to soak up and relax in the tranquil countryside atmosphere. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will take a trip on small rowing boats through a maze of waterways lined by two rows of palm trees. We cruise back to the pier and disembark for a drive to Can Tho where we will spend the night. Overnight in Can Tho
Day 03


Rising early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day, we have breakfast and start our day with a boat cruise along the seemingly endless waterway of Mighty Mekong River. We arrive amongst Cai Rang floating market, the biggest and most famous floating market in the Mekong Delta. View hundreds of boats which are packed with mango, bananas, papaya and pineapple… all for selling, buying and exchanging. We visit the lush orchards and are treated to a delicious tropical fruits. After having lunch at the local restaurant, we drive back to Sai Gon. Overnight in Sai Gon.
Day 04


7h30: Pick you up at your hotel to drive Can Gio (50 km southeast of HCMC). Can Gio Forest was recognized as the first mangrove biosphere reserve in Vietnam by UNESCO in 2000. Covering an area of 75,740 ha, this area is a lively world of diverse flora and fauna which has inspired biologists and nature lovers alike. • Visiting Mangrove Forest Park Fauna Conservation: saltwater crocodiles, wild cats, otters, pythons, deer, and more than 1000 wild monkeys, which love to play with people. On Saturday and Sunday, we can see the monkey performance. • Having lunch at the restaurant. • Taking a boat or canoe to visit the Vam Sat Salt-Marsh Forest Ecological Tourist Zone which contains most beautiful forests of Can Gio - Salt-Marsh biosphere preserve. • Enjoy spectacular overview of all the Can Gio mangrove forest in Tang Bong tower with 25m height • Back to Ho Chi Minh city at around 17:30 – 18:00 then transfer directly to the airport for the flight to Da Nang. Arrival to Da Nang, pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 05


Pick up at your hotel and drive to Tra Que village ( about 15 km)- more than 500 farmers live there and cultivate about 20 kinds of vegetables and herbs including mint, lettuce, basil, cilantro, broccoli among over 50 hectares of land, 10 tons of vegetables are sold every year. Arrive in Tra Que, stroll through the village, where you will be in contact with local people working in the gardens. You will learn all about the history of the village, the use of medicinal plants, and participate in gardening activities. Continuing the trip through in the paddy field, to the local market Ba Le, the fishing village of Van Lang and the Bay Mau water coconut forest. , along the way you will stop and try a water buffalo riding in the middle of the rice paddy and take the photography Arrive at the village; you will be warmly welcomed at Mr.Hung family. The fishermen will take you to discover their techniques of traditional fisheries and take a boat visit the forest of coconut palm by “Basket boat” – Thuyen Thung. After that, return to the Mr Hung’s home to prepare lunch with his family and you will taste the dishes you’ve prepared. After lunch, relaxing feet massage with herbal medicines and you will be relaxed in the shade of coconut water and drive back to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 06


After breakfast at hotel in Hoi An, we drive to Ba Na Hills well-known as the second Da Lat or Sa Pa in the Central Vietnam with the longest cable car system (6000 m) in the world. Visit the Le Jardin, old wineries, remains of French Villas and Lin hung pagoda with 27 m high Buddha statue. Leave Le Jardin for the second cable car station to visit the top of mountain and see the remains of old villas. Conquer the Peak of Chua Mountain at the height of 1,487m and enjoy the view of the whole Da Nang city under the cluster of white clouds or play games at Fantasy Park. Return to cable car station at the foot of Ba Na Mountain. In the afternoon, we visit Cham Museum, home to Vietnam’s largest collection of Cham treasure and Marble Mountain. Then, visit the bustling Han Market and shopping here. Overnight in Hoi An
Day 07


After breakfast at hotel, pick up and drive to the Bach Ma National Park. The morning relaxaxion under the sunrise and then walk uphill for 30 minutes to the Bach Ma summit to have a beautiful panoramic view over Bach Ma Park: wildlife with many birds and butterflies ... swim in a small pool romantic. After an hour of walking, we arrive at Do Quyen waterfall, an enchanting and extraordinary scenery in this verdant mountain. It is very interesting to see this violent waterfall located approximately over 300 m high and 20-30m long. Lunch at restaurant. After lunch, we go to the Vong Hai Dai- the observation post of the sea. From here, tourists will have the panoramic view of the vast sea and neighboring landscapes. Stroll and discover nature The afternoon, come back to Hoi An. Arrive in Hoi An. Check in hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 08


Breakfast is served at the hotel. Today, time is for your own personal discovery (or relaxation). We highly recommend popping by of the infamous tailors.
Day 09


Breakfast is served at the hotel. Today, time is for your own personal discovery (or relaxation). Then, transfer to the airport for the flight to Hanoi. Arrival to Hanoi, pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10


After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Tay Ho Temple located at the edge of the West Lake. Heading back to town, we then will visit Museum of Ethnology dedicated to Vietnam's fifty-four officially recognized ethnic groups. While the in-house exhibition is particularly informative, the outdoor display continues in the museum’s garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses of numerous minority groups, from the Kinhs to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. In the afternoon, we reach Ho Chi Minh Complex (outside visit). This famous site compromises Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. We then visit the Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 to worship Confucius, which was served as the first University of Vietnam. The site also honors eighty-two Vietnamese doctorates who passed a number of rigid exams in the medieval ages. Their names, birthdays and birthplaces are engraved in eighty-two headstones perched on stone tortoises. It is widely believed in Vietnam that touching the heads of these tortoises will bring you luck. Its peaceful green compound with its neatly maintained lawns, gardens and lotus ponds make it a tranquil hideaway from the city’s bustle and heat. At the end of the day, our guide we embrace a large part of Vietnamese culture: food. On this tour, we eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling delicious food just like the locals do on the street. The first dish to tempt our taste-buds is the famed Banh Cuon at a local eatery while watching how the skillful chefs work their magic. Walking through the maze of bustling streets to the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we encounter street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe the real local life. We will enjoy our two snack stops at outdoor barbeque stalls with various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. For dessert, we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk. After this, you will be taken to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste the top ten street foods in Hanoi including Hanoi Bread, Vietnamese Rice Wine and the famous Egg Coffee (this can be replaced by a cold beer if you wish!). In the evening, we will enjoy the water puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. This art is originated from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artist men and women stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move, talk, laugh and even dance on the surface of the water
Day 11


08:00: Vivutravel's tour guide and driver pick you up at your hotel and drive to Ninh Binh (100km from Hanoi). The first visit will be Hoa Lu, the picturesque site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet for 41 years (968-1009). Continue to Mua Cave, the most picturesque spot in Ninh Binh where you will climb around 500 steps to enjoy amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc, rice fields and karst landscape. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we make a beautiful and exciting boat trip to explore Tam Coc (three caves region and named as Halong bay among the rice paddies). After 2,5 hours boat trip to admire the mystical beauty of Tam Coc, drive back to Hanoi and drop of at your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12


07:30 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. 12:00 Reach to the end of the highway where you will have lunch at local restaurant. 13:00 Continue your trip to Sapa with a first stop at Ta Giang Phinh that takes around 55Km (2 hours). 15:00 Take a walk around the village for 2 hours. Ta Giang Phinh village is located on the foot of majestic Ngu Chi Son mountain (also known as Buddha’s fingers mountain), 28km far from Sapa town. On the way, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of thick rained forest on high mountains, dotted with rolling valleys & local villages. The village is down on the valley of terraced rice fields, surrounded by high mountains and including scattered local hamlets setting along peaceful stream. Most of local tribes living here are white Hmong with their unique dresses and house styles. 17:00 Get on car and drive for 1 hour back to Sapa Town. 18:00 Check-in your hotel and take a rest. 19:30 Have dinner at local restaurant with Sapa’s famous Salmon Hotpot or Sturgeon Hotpot. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 13


Sapa, in the terraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colours of its hill tribe population. It is here you will find hands stained with colour from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings. After breakfast, we will do one of the most beautiful Sapa Trekking Tours with the drive to visit Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van village of the Black H'mong and the Day people where you can enjoy fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down the world's most beautiful terraced rice fields, visit some local family on the way and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 14


OPTIONAL: You can visit Fansipan Peak by cable car that is such an amazing experience. However, please be aware that the panoramic view from the peak is good on clear days!!! For Fansipan peak, the extra cost is 40 USD /person. 09:00 Leave Sapa for Bac Ha Town that takes around 120Km – 3 hours. On the way, you will also stop at the border gate between Vietnam & China with a sacred temple. Have lunch in Lao Cai city, then, continue driving to Bac Ha. Upon your arrival in Bac Ha, check-in your hotel. Then, we take a short walk to visit Ban Pho Village – owned by Flower H’mong people. It’s where the beauty of the highlands is most captivating, and paired with the serene village backdrop makes a lasting impression. Especially, you will learn how to make corn wine – a specialty of Flower H’mong people. Just a short distance from Ban Pho Village, visit to H’Mong King Palace. The castle of the "king" was restored and painted in yellow. It was built in 1914 and completed in 1921. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 15


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 16


After breakfast, our tour guide and driver pick you up at your hotel then drive to visit Ken Village in Bac Giang province (60km from Hanoi), stop on the way to learn how to make "Banh Da", a kind of traditional rice cake, speciality of province Next is an interesting visit to Vinh Nghiem pagoda that built during the Ly dynasty (1010-1028), a center of Culture and Buddhism of Vietnam. The pagoda has wonderful architecture and also keep valuable historical value. King Tran Nhan Tong ( 1258 –1308) became monk and father of Vietnamese Truc Lam Buddhism here after he defeated Mongolian. Continue to homestay in Ken village, a typical Vietnamese village in rural area where you find no tourist there and people are extremely friendly. This is a unique opportunity to experience the real Vietnam. Upon your arrival, check in and take the rest with a cup of coffee, learn about the family. After lunch with local dishes, get a nap and ready for afternoon activities In the afternoon, we cycle around the village to see everyday life of the villagers and to the rice fields to see farming activities. Here at Ken Village, you are warmly welcomed and let's spend your time communicating or taking photos with them. The experience is exceptional Cycle back to your homestay and time to learn how to make springroll, enjoy fishing or take a walk to the rice field to experience farming activities. Note: Farming activities are many, depending on the season, weather such as ploughing with cow, planting rice, harvesting rice, growing vegetables, catching snail, watering vegetables by "Gầu Sòng",etc. Dinner is served with incredible food with local beer or ricewine. After dinner, villagers will come to say "Hi" and welcome you with dances. Time to join them. So much fun with lot of memory . Overnight at homestay.
Day 17


This morning, after breakfast with local dishes and a cup of coffee. 07:00, say goodbye to the family and start another great day with an interesting visit to the biggest local market in the region at San village where you will have unique experience that you will not see elsewhere during your Vietnam holiday. At 07:45, be at the Lan Mau train station and ready for the short train ride to Cam Ly train station (30 minutes). This is local train (market train) transporting regional agricultural products, or chickens, ducks to HaLong. Passengers are not many, and the seat is hard, but it will definitely be the unforgettable experience. It is chance to see real life and beautiful countryside on route. Then, drive to Halong Bay. We will arrive at Halong Bay’s wharf around noon and embark an elegant wooden junk for a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay 12.30: Arrive in our office at Hon Gai Pier, you will have a bit time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. Wait for our captain to finish the registration and transfer by tender to our boat. 12.45: Enjoy welcome drink and spend a couple minutes to briefing about safety on boat and activities included then we check in our cabin. 13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu will be served while leisurely cruising further into Bai Tu Long Bay. 15.00: Arrive in kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing. 17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys our Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage. 19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner on board. 20.30: Free time to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games, or gathers your group/family for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or simply has a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay.
Day 18


06.00: Start your day with a Tai Chi routine on sundeck or catch a morning view of the stunning bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. 07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style, familiar to you to fulfill your strength and ready for another exploring day. 08.00: Explore the well hidden Thien Canh Son Cave. 09.00: Upon return to the boat you will have about 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing. 10.00: Attend in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration. You can quickly learn a simple but delicious Vietnamese dish that Gordon Ramsey (a 2 Michelin Star Chef) used to guide – Nem Cuon or challenge yourself in fruit and vegetables carving. 11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch on boat. 12.00: Back to the harbor and disembark in Hon Gai pier. 12.30: Our driver will take you back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 19


Time at your leisure for you to wrap up your memorable Vietnam Holiday until Vivutravel's private guide and driver will transfer you to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight with the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!
Day 20


  • 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
  • Domestic flights as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)
  • 02 economy flight ticket: SAI GON - DA NANG/ DA NANG - HANOI 


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

* What about Cancellation and refund policy? 
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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.

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.

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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)

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

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

- 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.

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.

Sai Gon Sunland ***
Can Tho Mekong Rustic ***
Hoi An La Residencia ***
Hanoi Bonsella ***
Sapa Lotus Aroma ***
Bac Ha Sao Mai **
Ken village Ken homestay ***
Halong Bay La Regina ****


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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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 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.

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

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.

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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