Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival (D)
Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city. Our car and guide pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel. A sumptuous dinner awaits you at a local restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Canoe tour to Cu Chi tunnels – Wildlife at risk (B/L)
Morning, enjoy one hour break from being trapped in Saigon hectic traffic by riding a speedboat to Cu Chi tunnels. Admire the scenery along the river and breathe fresh air.
Arrive in Cu Chi tunnels, you walk into the jungle, discover trap system, secret entrances, the bunkers, underground hideouts and tanks. Challenge yourselves to crawl into tunnels and enjoy special feeling.
Continue drive to Wildlife Rescue Station where your children will learn about the nature, animals and their wildlife. The local guide will show you the country’s biodiversity, some animals in wildlife conversion and how to rescue mistreated individuals. Conclude the first meaningful day of your family holiday in Vietnam by the traditional lunch in a riverside restaurant.
Drive back to your hotel. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Mekong delta (B/L)
A smooth one-and-half-hour bus ride through rice field scenery along National Highway 1 brings you to the beautiful rural district of Trung Luong.
Take a motor boat to enter My Tho city through Bao Dinh natural canal. Then pay a visit to My Tho's colorful
street fruit market alongside the canal to soak up the lively atmosphere and watch the locals trade their produce.
Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to Tortoise island. En route, view the fishing port, the traditional stilt houses and boat building workshops, and the other three evocatively-named islands - Dragon, Phoenix and Unicorn islands. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch served right in the heart of the orchard to the accompaniment of Southern Vietnamese folk music performed by the islanders.
After visiting the coconut candy mill, take an amazing rowing boat trip along the small canal. Then continue to Ben Tre province, "the country of coconuts", to see a typical agricultural model known as "Garden - Pond - Cage". Enjoy a relaxing cup of honey tea before returning to My Tho via Tan Thach natural canal, cruising under the shadows of water coconut palms. Return to Ho Chi Minh City for overnight.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh city – fly to Da Nang – Hoi An (B)
Take a morning flight to Da Nang. Up on arrival, transfer your family to Hoi An. Free discover Hoi An in your own way or go tailoring clothes for your family members.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5: Hoi An wet rice tour (B/L)
8:30: Our guide picks you up at your hotel by bicycle (In case of not being able to bike, van can be used to go as an option). We start biking throughout the rice paddle of a peaceful countryside, breathe fresh air and enjoy the wind.
Arrival, you are welcome by friendly local farmers, learn about their farming daily life and have a cup of green tea at the middle of the field like an original Vietnamese farmer.
Wearing farming clothes before getting into muddy rice field like: Vietnamese authentic and traditional farmer clothes, conical hat, boost, etc …
Hands on of the whole process of how rice reaches its finished product. Start the day by riding a water buffalo and then take part in ploughing, raking, sowing, planting, grinding and transplanting baby wet rice at the rice paddle field.
Have a local meal with the local farmer in their house before heading back to Hoi An.
Overnight in Hoi An
Day 6: Hoi An – Da Nang – relax at beach (B)
Transfer to Da Nang city, optional stop over a Marble Mountains for a bit climb up to get a panoramic view of mountains and surrounding. Today is your free day to discover Da Nang or relax on My Khe beach.
Overnight in Da Nang
Day 7: Da Nang – Hanoi (B)
Fly to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is an elegance city but dynamic also. This city is considered as one of the best place to enjoy authentic Vietnam cuisine. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (B/L)
After breakfast, drive you to Ninh Binh, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital where the royal citadel of King Dinh and King Le used to be placed. Listen to the tour guide describe heroic history of Vietnam war defending country from mighty Chinese army.
Have lunch at a local restaurant, then get on a sampan rowing along Ngo Dong river, through three caves (Tam Coc). This is unwind time to embed into fresh air and stunning scenery.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Enjoy a relaxing 2-day, 1-night cruise through the stunning Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long bay. Take advantage of fun activities like swimming, relaxing on a nice beach or kayaking in the sunset, and admire the spectacular landscape here. Discover a well hiden cave and get an exotic panoramic view of the Bay. Overnight on boat.
Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/D)
Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air. Today your family will have chances to interact with locals in a fishing village and discover the art of nature. Even though most of families were moved into land for a more stable life and better education for their children, but some of fishermen still stay there to remain a unique culture and lifestyle on the water interface, also in order to take care of their fishing areas.
Cruise back to the harbor while having a sumptuous lunch. The bus will stopover at a peaceful typical village of Northern Vietnam where you and your children can enjoy water puppet show performed by villagers. This is considered as the best way to enjoy unique traditional art of Vietnam as you sitting in a fresh open stage and stay away from closed crowded theatre.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 11: Hanoi departure (B)
Free until our car transfers you to the airport for departure flight. Hope that your family has a memorable trip with Family Travel Vietnam. See you next trip.
- Car/bus transfer with A/C during the tour
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- English speaking tour guide (other languages up on request)
- Entrance fees
- Meals as mentioned (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
- Domestic flight: Ho Chi Minh city – Da Nang – Hanoi
- Boat trip in Mekong, Tam Coc and Halong Bay
- Personal expenses
- International airfare and visa
- Optional tours
- Tip for tour guide and driver
- Surcharge on peak season: New Year, Christmas, Vietnam public holiday
- Other not clearly mentioned above