Top 5 family destinations in Vietnam


Vietnam has become a popular destination for families who want a vacation that offers both unique cultural experiences and exciting adventures. This Southeast Asian country is a perfect combo of stunning landscapes, millennia of history, delicious food and friendly people.
In this article, we present our selection of the best places to visit in Vietnam with your family. Whether you're dreaming of exploring the rice fields of Sapa, relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Nha Trang or discovering the fascinating history of Hanoi, Vietnam is sure to please young and old alike.

1-Hanoi, the authentic soul of Vietnam


Experience an atypical cultural immersion in Hanoi - Source : Mr Linh's Adventures

Hanoi, the bustling capital, is packed with family activities.
Take a pedicab ride through the maze of alleys in the historic Old Quarter for an atypical cultural immersion experience. Admire the famous Hoan Kiem Lake and watch a puppet show on water, an ancient folk art that will delight children. The superb Temple of Literature offers a quiet interlude, while everyone shares a good mood and laughter during a traditional cooking class.
Have a look to our : Hanoi Day Tour

2-Sapa, hiking and authentic encounters


Authentic encounters around Sapa - Source : Mr Linh's Adventures

Perched in the north-western mountains, Sapa, a former health resort during French colonization, is ideal for families who love nature and the outdoors.
Wandering among the market stalls, children will be amazed to discover the colorful ethnic groups of the region. Numerous hikes, accessible to all levels, offer breathtaking views over the hypnotic landscapes of the rice terraces. The cable car excursion to Mount Fansipan, the “Roof of Indochina”, will enchant young and old alike.
Stretch your legs with the family : Sapa Day Tour - Trekking

3-Hoi An, the charm of yesteryear


Hoi An, a must-see for the whole family - Source : Mr Linh's Adventures

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, the ancient port city of Hoi An seems frozen in time, with its narrow streets flanked by houses with golden facades.
After visiting the temples, including the Quan Cong temple, one of the city's most beautiful, the famous Japanese covered bridge and the shopping, relax on An Bang beach. In the evening, your children (and you too...) will marvel at the pretty lanterns illuminating the city with a nostalgic charm.
Discover a lost civilization near Hoi An : My Son Sanctuary Day Tour

4-Nha Trang, a seaside paradise


Nha Trang, unmissable family seaside destination - Source : Mr Linh's Adventures

If you're looking for a family seaside vacation, Nha Trang is the ideal getaway, with its white sandy beaches lined with coconut palms and turquoise waters ideal for all kinds of water sports. A day on a deserted islet is a dream for young and old alike. Children will love Vinpearl Land, an amusement park on an offshore island.
What about Nha Trang Day Cruises

5-Halong Bay, a natural wonder not to be missed


A magical Cruise for the whole family - Source : Mr Linh's Adventures

A World Heritage site, legendary Halong Bay, with its thousands of karst islands and islets emerging from the turquoise waters, is a must-see destination.
A one- or two-day cruise in this enchanting setting is sure to leave a lasting impression. Your children will be fascinated by the unique rock formations and will be able to swim in the crystal-clear waters, explore caves or marvel at the play of colors as the sun sets. In the evening, from the junk, they'll be sure to try their luck at fishing (while parents sip a drink at the bar)!
Choose the one right for you ! Halong Bay Cruises

Our tips for a successful family trip to Vietnam

Before you leave, a few preparations are essential for a successful trip. Plan your itinerary carefully, establishing the length of your stay, the places to visit and a realistic program that takes into account everyone's ages and interests. Depending on your nationality and the length of your stay, check whether you qualify for a visa waiver or whether you'll need to apply for one online. Also, make sure passports are valid. Find out the best season for the activities you plan to do. Consult a doctor about recommended vaccinations and prepare a first-aid kit. Familiarize yourself with Vietnamese culture to avoid any blunders, and learn a few basic expressions. Remember to take out insurance to cover medical expenses, cancellation and loss of property. Finally, draw up a realistic budget that includes flights, accommodation, transfers, food, activities and souvenirs.
Read our guide : When to travel to Vietnam?

Once you're there, the key word is flexibility, as things may not go according to plan. Don't try to do too much each day - take the time to discover each place at your own pace. Mix cultural visits, hikes, boat or bike rides, or cooking classes according to what interests children (or even seniors, if you're traveling with grandparents). And if you're lucky enough to learn a few rudiments of Vietnamese, you'll be sure to have a few laughs. And last but not least, adopt an eco-responsible attitude, taking care not to leave anything behind in nature and respecting the flora and fauna.

Vietnam, an ideal place for families - Source : Mr Linh's Adventures


Q1: When is the best time to fly to Vietnam with your family?

For an idyllic holiday with your children, opt for the period from November to April. At this time of year, Vietnam welcomes you with dry weather and ideal temperatures, so you can enjoy the country's wonders to the full without the torrential rains or scorching heat.

Q2: Vaccinations for budding explorers?

Before embarking on your Vietnamese adventure, it's a good idea to visit the doctor to check your vaccination requirements. Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever... Although no vaccinations are required to enter Vietnam, prevention is better than cure!

Q3: And in Hanoi, what activities will make children's eyes sparkle?

In the bustling capital, your little ones will be delighted to take a cyclo-pousse ride through the lively streets, a fun way to soak up the local atmosphere. And what about the puppet show on the water, a pure moment of magic! Young and old alike can enjoy a cooking class, in a convivial atmosphere.

Q4: But is Vietnam safe for families?

Yes, Vietnam is a perfectly safe destination for a family holiday, provided you follow a few common-sense rules. Avoid isolated areas at night, keep an eye on your belongings and follow local recommendations. And, of course, take out travel insurance for total peace of mind!

Q5: Okay, but what are the must-try culinary specialities?

Get your taste buds ready, Vietnam is brimming with delights to make young and old salivate! Phở, spring rolls, bánh mì, bún chả... A veritable profusion of flavors awaits you. And don't forget the tropical fruits, a pure delight! A true gustatory world tour for budding gourmets.
Your next family trip to Vietnam promises to be rich in discovery and emotion!

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