A Vietnam family vacation is a great way to share fun and unique experiences with those you love the most. Vietnam has an oriental culture that can help to introduce plenty of new things to both adults and children, while also discovering interesting cuisine and mesmerizing adventures.
Let's take a look a few of the most compelling reasons why the entire family should visit Vietnam:
Hanoi is the busy capital of Vietnam and makes a must-visit destination for the family holiday. It is great for family members of all ages. The complex of Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter is wonderful to explore with plenty of cultural and beautiful spots. A great way to get introduced to the local scene is to experience the street food culture which has many diverse specialities.
A family tour of Hanoi should take in several of the famous spots throughout the city, such as the Vietnam museum of ethnology, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo prison. Additionally, there are also several amusement parks and entertainment centres to visit.
Halong Bay is a short distance from the capital Hanoi, which can give a special and different experience for the visitor from children to old people. An overnight cruise of the stunning bay with its limestone islands and mysterious caves is the best possible experience. A typical cruise on the Vietnam with kid’s tour includes a variety of excursions like swimming and kayaking, while there are authentic fishing villages to see.
The ancient town of Hoi An is a fine destination in central Vietnam that offer peaceful tranquillity for the entire family. A typical family tour should include a visit to the shops, tasting the local cuisine, the beaches and visiting the bespoke tailors.
A great way to spend the evening is on the Thu Bon River with a cruise that provides wonderful views of the city while also getting to appreciate the colourful and bright floating lanterns.
Danang is only a 30 km journey from Hoi An and a great place to include on the travel itinerary for the Vietnam holiday with toddlers. This is a city with plenty of beautiful sights and pristine beaches. Also, there are the serene pagodas and cultural museums to learn a little history. Meanwhile, the children are certain to appreciate the choice of amusement parks in the local area.
A few of the popular places to include in the family trip includes Non Nuoc beach, My Khe beach, Linh Ung pagoda, Champa museum, and Dragon Bridge.
A short stay in the city of Hue will give visitors the time to appreciate the cultural and historical values of the region. This city has a long and interesting history with not to miss places, including the Tombs of the Emperors, Dong Ba Market, Thien Mu Pagoda, Forbidden Purple City and the Citadel.
Additionally, Hue has a wonderful food culture that is unique and special and very likely to appeal to both children and adults.
When to visit central Vietnam
Many areas of central Vietnam such as Danang, Hue and Hoi An get to experience a climate that is dry and hot from January to August. By the time the winter months arrive – especially October and November – there is an increase in rainfall with the occasion typhoons. For the beach family holiday it is important to travel at the right time of the year.
Nha Trang is a fascinating destination for the family itinerary Vietnam and located on the central south coast of Vietnam. This is a region of Vietnam that is well known for its white sandy beaches and tasty fresh seafood.
The peacefully calm waters make a great place to visit for a variety of water-based activities that appeal to both children and adults. Water skiing, fly-boarding, scuba diving and island hopping are just a few of the fun things to get engaged with.
A great time to scuba dive in Nha Trang is the spring months, while the region is mostly dry from January to September with February to April offering the pleasant temperature at about 26 to 28° C.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is a modern, vibrant city in the south of the country that is perfect for the family. This city has plenty of open spaces, entertainment centres, historical spots and cultural places.
A wonderful introduction to the local scene is to take a food tour of the city to get a taste of the healthy street food, such as banh da cua, banh tam bi and banh khot. Additionally, there are plenty of stalls selling speciality dishes, which make it easier to find something for everyone in the family.
Beyond, the food scene, there are several must-visit places to explore like Tao Dan Park, Saigon Opera House, Gia Long Palace and Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts.
Cu Chi Tunnels
A must-do day trip from Ho Chi Minh City (about 60km) for the family is the Cu Chi Tunnels, which give a first hand view of the tunnel system created by the Viet Cong that was used at the time of the Vietnam War. Visitors get to experience the tunnels and understand the history of the region. Additionally, there is the option to enjoy local food and stop at the nearly shooting range that gives the option to fire an AK47 or similar weapon.
Located in the south of the country, one of the best family holiday destinations Vietnam is the Mekong Delta which is certain to appeal to visitors of all ages. A typical tour of the region gives access to stunning gardens rich in blooming bonsai trees, as well as tropical fruits waiting to be harvested.
While in the region of the Mekong Delta it is worth exploring one of the many floating markets with Cai Rang a popular choice. Also, a bicycle tour makes it possible to explore several of the local fishing farms and small local villages.
When to visit southern Vietnam
The south of the country has a varied climate that is split between the dry (November-April) and wet (May-October) season. Even though there is plenty of rainfall in June, July and August, Vietnam is still a wonderful destination to explore at this time of the year. However, visitors should be prepared for the afternoon showers that can be unexpected and sudden.
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