Best Family Holiday Vietnam

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Overview: 

Best family holiday Vietnam was designed for families with children, teenagers and other members who want to explore key cultural attractions of Vietnam in a slow pace. We will start from Hanoi city, exploring its elegance, cultural charm and fun places including museums and water puppet theatre.

In Halong Bay, we cruise through beautiful sceneries, grottoes and fishing village before stopping in a cool bay for kayaking. Sapa is the world of difference, with mountains, valleys and waterfalls and most interesting of all the colorful ethnic groups. Kids and parents will trek through stunning valleys and a suspension bridge to enjoy magnificent mountains and valley. In the central region, we explore the cultural complex of Hue, the World Heritage.

Then visit Da Nang and Hoi An, the great places which are beautiful and family suitable, with their own characters, beaches and friendly locals. Further to the South is Nha Trang where we enjoy gorgeous beach life.

In the busy and bustling Saigon, we visit its key historic sites including Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and the fascinating Notre Dame Cathedral. We will get stunned at the Chu Chi Tunnels and the colorful temple of Cao Dai. We enjoy a river boat cruise through densely connected network of rivers and canals in the Mekong Delta, passing through colorful floating markets and orchards.

Come and enjoy this family holiday in Vietnam, the ultimate goal of the trip is to create a great chance for children as well as parent to experience Vietnamese culture, wonders, food, lifestyle and friendly ethnic minorities.

Itinerary:

Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival from Australia (Dinner)

Your connecting flight lands at Noi Bai International Airport. Our private car and tour guide will pick you up, transfer to the hotel right in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Depending on your arrival time we will design appropriate short tour for the day. Enjoy a welcome buffet dinner to start our holiday. 

Day 2 : Hanoi Highlights (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today we will explore key attractions of Hanoi. In the morning, we drive to Ho Chi Minh complex, spend a couple of hours to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum. We walk to the One Pillar Pagoda, the iconic Buddhist temple of Vietnam. We continue to the Temple of Literature originally built as a temple of Confucius. This is the site of the Vietnam first university dating back to 1070. The Temple highlights the importance of education. Have lunch in the KOTO restaurant.

In the afternoon, we visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the most interesting museum in Vietnam, showing the diverse cultures of 54 ethnic groups in the country. Let your family members explore Vietnam cultural values including a diverse range of different ethnic minorities. In the late afternoon, we enjoy an unguided performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets - kids and parents will be equally delighted! After the show, explore the best cuisine of Hanoi in the Old Quarter by yourself. Free and enjoy the pool with your family members in the evening.

Day 3 : Halong Bay Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We pick you up for a four hour drive to Halong Bay, the World Heritage site, before you board on the cruise boat. Let’s explore this wonder of the world! We cruise through remarkable limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while the boat cruise through rock formations. In the afternoon, your family visit stunningly beautiful grottoes and do some kayaking. Then we have the opportunities to enjoy a swim in a hidden beach. Overnight on the cruise boat will be a memorable experience for your family.

Day 4 : Halong Bay - Hanoi - Sapa Ethnic Minorities (Breakfast, Lunch).

In the next morning, enjoy some guided Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. We continue sightseeing and cruising around Halong Bay. See stunning rock formations and fishing villages. Enjoy the sea, sun, and the landscape onboard while the food is served. Turn back to the harbor and driving to Hanoi. Get a short rest in our hotel lobby, then pack your luggage. Look for some awesome street food and fruits before our private car and tour guide come and transfer you to the Tran Quy Cap station for our train to Sapa, the centre of colorful and culturally diverse ethnic groups.

Day 5 : Sapa Ethnic Minorities (Breakfast, Lunch)

A visit to the North West of Vietnam to see the magnificence of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and ethnic communities is a must. Kids will love getting closed to nature and the habitats or just taking photos with a water buffalo. Our private tour guide and car pick you from the train station, some 30km away from Sapa town and transfer to the hotel for breakfast and a rest.

We then have a private day tour to see Lao Chai and Ta Van villages, home to H’mong ethnic group. This is the best tour to explore highlights of ethnic tribal groups in Sapa. Enjoy the traditional lifestyles, scenery and landscape, and daily activities of the group. Interact with tribal villagers, seniors and children along the way and learn how they live in this harsh area. Visit suspension bridge and local households on the way. Late in the afternoon, get back and overnight in Sapa town. 

Day 6 : Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

This morning, we visit the Silver Waterfall. This is a great place to enjoy taking lots of awesome photos! Climb up the waterfall over rocky steps and have a panorama view of the mountains. Feel the fresh and cool water! Get back to the town and have your lunch.

In the afternoon, check out and we drive to Ta Phin village and explore the local herbal medicines. Ta Phin is a picturesque thirty minute drive away to the North of Sapa. Set within a valley with a towering mountain peak at one end, this village is alive with the daily life of the Kinh, Red Dao and Black Hmong people. After the visit, we will drive to Lao Cai city and have dinner. In the evening, we take the overnight train back to Hanoi, departing at around 9PM. Start to share your own photo shows and great moments in this lovely town on the train!

Day 7 : Hanoi-Hue Cultural Complex (breakfast, lunch)

The train arrives in Hanoi at around 6AM. Our private car pick you up and transfer to the airport to take the flight departing at for Hue, then transfer to the hotel. Have lunch.

In the afternoon, we sit on a dragon boat cruising on the romantic Perfume River and visit Hue's best-known religious site, the Thien Mu Pagoda (celestial lady pagoda). This is one of the iconic places that characterize Hue land and people. Our highlight today will be a short visit to a local primary school close by to share experiences. Local children are active learners. They speak some English and that is perfect for social interactions! See how their learning is different from yours! 

Day 8 : Hue Cultural Complex Discovery (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today, lets explore the complex monuments in Hue City. Our tour starts with a visit to the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Built in the 19th century by the Nguyen dynasty, the City was home to the former Emperors of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945. We explore and learn about Vietnamese feudal systems in the past. Have lunch.

In the afternoon, we continue the tour by visiting the enchanting mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh, the famous emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. This royal tomb was built with complex structure and concrete in a tranquil and serene rural landscape. Then get back to the city and visit the Dong Ba market to get a glimpse of the local life.

Hue Royal Tomb

Day 9 : Hue – Danang Highlights (Breakfast)

Check out this morning and take a three hours drive to Da Nang city, driving over the legendary Hai Van Pass. Check in hotel by the most stunning beach of My Khe. Have a rest and lunch on your own.

Then in the afternoon, we visit the Marble Mountain, a cluster of five marble mountains lying close to the sea. It is so famous that many people consider it as the symbol of the area. Cultural and historical vestiges of the Marble Mountains are still on every pagoda and tower of the early 19th century and on Champa sculptures of the 14th and 15th century. Then we go to Cham Museum to see a collection of remnants from the golden Champa era. Our journey continues to the Son Tra peninsula, which overlooks the whole city of Da Nang and visit the Lady Buddha. The Temple itself has great energy while the surrounding is beautiful. Get back for a great swim in My Khe beach.

Day 10 : My Son Holy Land and Hoi An Ancient Town (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we start the journey to My Son Holy Land – one of the 5 UNESCO World Heritages in Vietnam. Considered to be Cham's counterpart to the grand cities of South-East Asia's other Indian influenced civilizations: Angkor (Cambodia), Bagan (Myanmar) Ayuthaya (Thailand) and Borobudur (Java); My Son Holy Land is famous for its oriental architecture and ancient civilizations once known as the former kingdom of the ancient Cham people in Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century.

Return to Hoi An which was for three centuries one of the most important ports in Central Vietnam. We have lunch with fine local dishes. Then we have a walking tour to explore this town, visiting Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky Old House, Phuc Kien Pagoda, Cham Museum and Chinese Assembly Hall. All these places symbolize the golden days of this ancient city.

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Day 11 : Danang – Nha Trang Beach Break (Breakfast, lunch)

In the morning, free and easy to have last minutes shopping in Hoi An. After your own lunch, our car and guide will transfer you to Da Nang Train Station to take the SE 1 train to Nha Trang. The railroad cuts through rural villages, coastal beaches and fishing communities, so you will enjoy the countryside of Vietnam and enrich your experiences. Get transferred to the hotel in Nha Trang. Free in the evening. 

Day 12 : Nha Trang Boat trip (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, we enjoy a private cruise on a wooden boat to Tam Island, a small island strictly protected by the Government (with support of Danida Denmark). The cruise will provide opportunities to enjoy an amateur snorkeling, discovering marine lives thanks to crystal clear blue water. Then visit an island and have lunch. Take a sun bed, start enjoy fresh food with a cup of wine or beer. In the afternoon, we continue visiting a village and an aquarium before transferring back to the hotel.

Day 13 : Nha Trang – Ho Chi Minh City Tour (Breakfast)

Check out and transfer to the airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city. We will transfer you to the hotel right in the heart of the city. Have your own lunch.Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling city, yet there are great stories that can be of interest to travelers.

In the afternoon, we start our half day city tour by visiting the War Remnants Museum to discover one chapter of the city, then head to the Reunification Palace close by. Take a walk around Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral and the central Post Office, which are all the key attractions of the city. 

Day 14 : Mekong Delta River Day Cruise (Breakfast, lunch)

How much have you known of this low-lying land? Well, today we will leave Saigon for the town of Cai Be town (80 kms away) in the Mekong Delta to take a river private boat trip. This journey cruises through floating markets, rice fields, fruit plantations and so on along a densely connected network of rivers and canals. An absolutely amazing view of a totally flat, low-lying delta that seems to have no have no boundary will bring you an immense feeling of this region. Take the opportunity to explore local life on floating boats, which is very much in contrast to life on the mountains in Sapa! Get back to Ho Chi Minh city by the end of the day. 

Day 15 : Cu Chi Tunnels - Cao Dai Temple (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning we explore an incredible network of underground tunnels in Cu Chi district in the outskirt of Ho Chi Minh City, designed and constructed to withstand fierce crack down of the external forces. No word could describe the Cu Chi Tunnels better than experience them yourself. Come and see how Viet Nam won the war. You’ve got to appreciate the talent of the country. Then we visit Tay Ninh City nearby to discover at the colorful temple of Cao Dai Temple, the centre of a unique religion in Vietnam. 

Day 16 : Departure for Australia (Breakfast)

Enjoy a free day today for last minute shopping and sightseeing. Then we transfer you to the airport for your flight to either Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Singapore. From there you will take an overnight flight back to Australia. End of tour. 

 

Contact Matthew at info@redcranetravel.com

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