Vietnam is a country full of enchanting history, unparalleled landscapes and communities who give the warmest of welcomes. This makes it the perfect country for family travel. Here’s what to do on Vietnam family holidays.
Hanoi: rickshaws and puppets
The magical capital of Vietnam has something to inspire the whole family. Chock-full of culture, museums and sights and smells that assault the senses, it’s a place you can’t help but feel a sense of wonder, whatever your age. The kids in particular will enjoy exploring the city in the typical cycle rickshaws and taking in the traditional water puppet shows the city is known for. It’s a place to whet the appetite for what lies ahead on Vietnam family holidays.
Ninh Binh: kayaks and caves
The former capital city of ancient Vietnam, Ninh Binh is best known for its palaces that housed former Kings, as well as its karst-studded river scenery. Wow the children with stories of times past before taking them on an exciting boat ride along the river, weaving between the mystical greenery-shrouded karsts. There are also some caves to discover, which add to the excitement.
Halong Bay: movies and boat life
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a treat for the whole family. Emerald waters are pocked with vertical karst columns – it’s truly a sight to behold. The children may recognise the scenery from the King Kong movie
, which was filmed here. A pinnacle of Vietnam family holidays, take the children kayaking on the water, stop off at deserted island beaches and then sleep overnight on one of the traditional junk boats.
Hue: kings and crafts
Vietnam’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hue has plenty of historical wonders to explore, from the Royal Citadel to the Forbidden City. Wow the children with stories of former emperors, before taking them to Dong Ba Market. It’ll be the most exciting trip to a ‘toy shop’ they’ve had in a while, with traditional crafts and unusual Vietnamese collectibles.
Ho Chi Minh City: tunnels and slides
Vietnam’s city of the south, Ho Chi Minh City is fast-paced and blends modernity with traditional cultures. Visit the bustling China Town, explore impressive pagodas and wander around the amazing markets. This is also the place from which the Cu Chi tunnels can be visited. An incredible underground network consisting of 200km of tunnels, these formed a subterranean city used during the war. While adults will appreciate the cultural and historical significance of the tunnels, the children will enjoy crawling around in the narrow spaces. When in Ho Chi Minh City with the family, treating the children to an afternoon in Dam Sen Waterpark is a must too.
Mekong Delta: boats and bikes
The far southern region of Vietnam is comprised of the Mekong Delta, a network of rivers, land and islands. The scenery is beautiful but also vital to the whole of the country – at least a third of Vietnam’s total food production comes from the Mekong Delta. Children will particularly enjoy boat rides taking in the region. Some parts are perfect to explore on leisurely cycle rides too.
Vietnam family holidays satisfy the many needs of adults of children alike – taking in history, heritage, exploration and adventure. Mr Linh’s Adventures offers a 12 day tour of Vietnam that is ideal for families.