FAMILY FUN IN VIETNAM

HANOI – HALONG – HOI AN – HCMC
10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your guide for private transfer to your hotel (approx 45mins) for check-in. Please note standard check-in time is at 14:00

 

The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy your hotel and new surroundings. Depending on the arrival time for your flight we may switch the itinerary to include a short tour.

 

HANOI
Vietnam’s capital Hanoi blends old world charm with the dynamic bustle of new Asia. Its French colonial past is evident from the colonial architecture and enchanting lakes which contrast with the throng of thousands of motorbikes and cosmopolitan new restaurants and boutiques. To the north of central Hoan Kiem Lake lies the frenetic maze of narrow streets of the Old Quarter while to the south are the broad tree-lined boulevards and majestic buildings of the French Quarter.

 

For dinner, we would recommend either the Red Bean Restaurant in the hotel or Ngon Villa…we can make reservations and provide transport if required. Or perhaps you want to venture out….

 

Optional Evening Tour:
The Ionah Show (With Transfers)
A girl named Ionah (Hanoi spelt backwards) enters a journey of self-discovery and this plays out in a magical Cirque Du Soleil performance incorporating dynamic sound, music, acrobatics, and dance…Great visuals & a few surprises, plus some cool break dancing all make this show a great way to introduce the children to Vietnam.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 2: HANOI

There is nothing more exciting than waking up in a new country…so after a hearty breakfast lets go exploring…

 

Start your tour at the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (viewed from the outside). Then it’s on to a wooden ethnic minority style house which was his temporary residence from 1954 to 1969. In the same complex you will see the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 which has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc, and the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh which dates from the Ly Dynasty.

 

Your next stop is the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Fed up of museums…the next one may change your mind…..

 

In the afternoon you will visit the Museum of Ethnology, where you can get some lunch in the gardens and enter to see and wander amongst the interactive exhibits that represent the cultural traditions of Vietnams 54 ethnic groups. It’s a great afternoon for the children to touch, climb and enter replicas of houses and villages from the more rural areas. There is the opportunity to see a Vietnamese Water puppetry show here dependent on timings. However at 3pm…you must be back in central Hanoi at the Metropole Hotel for the legendary Chocolate Buffet….following this we will take a walk through the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter…Maybe you will find ‘Toy Street?!

 

Depending on the children we can either arrange dinner at a local Pho (noodle soup) establishment or you can relax and have an early night…

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG (Overnight on Cruise)

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to Hai Phong (approx. 2 hours) from where you will board your boat for an overnight trip through the world-famous UNESCO Ha Long Bay.

 

Spectacular Ha Long Bay comprises around 2000 karst limestone peaks jutting out of calm emerald waters. Designated as a World Heritage Site for its incredible natural beauty, the forested islands are dotted with caves and home to a variety of birdlife. Whether cloaked in mist or bathed in sunshine, a cruise through this beautiful bay is one of Vietnam’s highlights.

 

Upon arrival, you will board your luxury vessel and make yourself at home as you cruise through the huge limestone rocks on the Bay’s emerald water. Enjoy a buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes served while cruising through the bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas.

 

Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 4: HALONG – HANOI – DANANG/ HOI AN

Morning in Halong bay…. The morning starts with the option of an early Tai Chi exercise on the upper deck of the junk, followed by a light breakfast.

 

The cruise continues through the stunning scenery whilst at the same brunch is served.
On arrival back on dry land your guide and driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi airport (approx. 3 hrs) for your onward flight to Danang:
Flight– TBC.

 

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An (approx 45mins) for check-in.

 

HOI AN
‘Beautiful Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric town, with elegant architecture and a lovely riverside setting. From the 15th to the late 19th Centuries it was one of Asia’s most important ports, drawing traders from Europe, America and from across the east, notably China and Japan. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site the Old Town buzzes with charming restaurants, stylish bars and expert tailors set amid historic temples and shophouses. Surrounding the town are picturesque rice fields and sleepy back lanes, while a few miles to the east lies a glorious palm-fringed coastline.’

 

Relax and enjoy your evening…

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 5: HOI AN

After breakfast, we are going fishing….

 

Tra Nhieu Fishing village
This tour takes you to visit the bustling port town Tra Nhieu, originating in the in 16th – 17th century it still preserves many characteristics of a peaceful countryside location on Thu Bon river bank.

 

You will be met at your hotel lobby and transferred to a central meeting point in Hoi An from where you will ride your bicycle to Thu Bon wharf on Bach Dang street where you will take a local ferry sailing 3km along Thu Bon River to Tra Nhieu fishing village. This is a peaceful, romantic area where typical features of Vietnamese villages are still maintained and you are encouraged to enjoy the beautiful and poetic scenery. In the village, you can see the paths winding around local garden houses shaded by scented betel-nut trees and you will be given a brief introduction to the history and traditional handicrafts of the village such as farming, fishing, poultry and livestock breeding, sleeping mat making.

 

Next, you will be taken on a boat with the local fisherman to learn how to cast a net, catch fish, shrimp and crab. A well-earned lunch follows with special dishes at a local house.

 

Sadly, it will be time to bid farewell to the local fishermen and catch the boat back to the wharf, from where you will cycle (or private transport) back to your hotel.

 

You may enjoy dinner at a local restaurant which we can organize if required.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 6: HOI AN

After breakfast at your hotel you will enjoy a stroll around a local produce market before heading off to a cookery school run by Miss Vy…here you will be shown how to create some of the famous Hoi An street food before you then have the opportunity to try and recreate yourself…with a little help. You can then sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch.

 

This afternoon you will go back to the center of old Hoi An Town and first visit the home of a local craftsman for a silk lantern making workshop. You will be given a brief history of the lanterns before you are assisted in making your own lantern, which you can take home as a souvenir.

 

You will then take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colourful market…making time of course for an ice-cream!

 

The remainder of the afternoon/evening is free for you to wander around the traffic-free streets of this 18th Century UNESCO Heritage site and former sea port…or relax and enjoy the facilities of your resort/Hotel

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 7: HOI AN/DANANG TO – HO CHI MINH CITY

Sadly, after breakfast it’s time to leave Hoi An and head to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, a new adventure awaits…
Flight – TBC

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel (approx 30mins) for you to drop-off luggage. Please note standard check-in time is at 14:00.

 

SAIGON
‘Commonly referred to as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city and undisputed commercial capital. It is a dynamic city that is currently enjoying the fruits of Vietnam’s economic boom – lavish hotels, decadent restaurants, and trendy nightspots are continually added to the cityscape. Yet against the backdrop of new-found confidence, frenetic development, and urban bustle, the boutique charm of Ho Chi Minh City still lives on amongst the tree-lined boulevards, quaint wooden shops, old temples and colonial architecture.’

 

You will enjoy lunch at the Temple Club restaurant, an upscale downtown hang-out made famous by Angelina Jolie & Brad Pit when they had dinner here. The décor and atmosphere are a mixture of Indian, European and Chinese and a ‘must try’ are the pork & shrimp spring rolls.

 

The rest of the day is yours for further exploration or to enjoy the facilities of your hotel…alternatively:

Optional Tours:
Artinus 3D Art Museum – Another Museum, but different…if you fancy just ‘messing around’ taking some pictures and generally having fun out of the afternoon sun, then this is just one of the places we would recommend!

 

A spacious exhibit filled with vibrant paintings of wildlife, sculptures and popular landmarks all in 3D, that seem lifelike when photographed.
OR….

 

Bowling at Diamond Plaza Mall Saigon – Just for fun!

This evening you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to your boat for dinner whilst cruising along the river.

 

You will sail on a replica dragon boat and enjoy an evening of entertainment and food. The food is a mixture of Asian and European, however, the real show stealer is the view…Saigon at night! The evening will finish at around 9:30 pm and if the children are not too tired you can head to Fanny’s for an ice-cream nightcap, although with 30 different flavors you may have some tough decisions to make.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 8: FULL DAY CU CHI TUNNELS & CITY TOUR

After breakfast, at 08:00 you depart for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam.

 

The famous Cu Chi Tunnels consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47’s.

 

Lunch is at a local restaurant before you continue with an afternoon city tour..

 

In the afternoon visit the War Remnants (or history museum – if you prefer) and the former Presidential Palace, from there stroll (your vehicle will be available at all times) to the major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City: the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Continental Hotel, Opera House and City Hall. At the end of the afternoon, you head back to your hotel to relax and prepare for the next day.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 9: FULL DAY MEKONG DELTA TOUR/ CAI BE

This morning at 08:00 you leave bustling Ho Chi Minh City for the drive to the delta town of Cai Be (105km/ approx 2.5hrs).

 

MEKONG
‘The vast Mekong Delta lies southwest of Ho Chi Minh City and is where one of the world’s great rivers splits into numerous branches before emptying into the South China Sea. Criss-crossed with canals and tributaries, this fertile region is where much of Vietnam’s produce is grown. Alongside the lush green rice fields, fruit orchards, and picturesque waterways you’ll find riverside settlements bustling with traditional industries, laidback cities, and a few remaining floating markets, all offering an insight into rural Vietnamese life.’

 

On arrival, board your boat for a cruise in the delta’s waterways. Start your journey by passing by Cai Be’s floating market once a busy place to trade fruits and vegetables and nowadays a quiet although quaint local market. Then, continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. Return to the boat for the cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island; along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Lunch will be local Mekong style serving specialties of the area.

 

Following your cruise drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Accommodation: As Requested

 

DAY 10: HO CHI MINH CITY – ONWARD…

Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel, take a walk or get some last-minute souvenirs before your check out at midday, when your driver will meet you to assist with luggage and take you to the airport for your onward flight…

 

We hope to welcome you back soon!

Accomodation

This destination experience is offered with your choice of either quality 4-star or carefully selected 5-star hotels for the majority of the itinerary. In some locations best available may be used, but this will be highlighted in your personal proposal.

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