Family holidays are a great way of introducing children to new cultures, cuisines, landscapes and ideas, as well as allowing you to experience destinations through fresh eyes. Vietnam is a fabulous destination to explore with the kids, thanks to its warm, welcoming people and utterly enchanting scenery. These are just a few of the highlights you can expect from a family holiday in Vietnam.
Open their eyes to the fascinating Vietnamese culture, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells along the way. Explore the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter from the safety and comfort of an electric car (similar to an oversized golf cart), or learn the fine art of haggling in Ho Chi Minh’s famous Ben Thanh market. Whether it’s taking a family cooking class or enjoying a magical water puppet show, Vietnam’s colourful culture offers an experience like nothing they’ve experienced before.
Vietnamese cuisine is renowned for being delicious, bursting with flavour and beautifully presented. From delicate salad-filled rice paper rolls (Gỏi cuốn) to steaming bowls of noodle soup (Phở); from savoury platters of fried rice (Cơm chiên Dương Châu) to tasty filled rolls (Bánh mì): there’s plenty to tempt even the fussiest of palates. The adults can fuel their days with delicious iced coffee sweetened with condensed milk (Cà phê sữa đá), and in Nha Trang, the entire family can indulge in a seafood banquet of delicious prawns, lobsters and oysters.
Vietnam’s history is fascinating, varied and sometimes chaotic, and each city has something different to offer. Explore the temples, palaces and Forbidden City of the former capital of Hue, soak up the French, Russian and Chinese influences of Hanoi and wander the lantern-lit streets of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An. In lively Ho Chi Minh City, the War Remnants Museum provides thoughtful insights along with vivid video and photographic coverage (suitable for adults and teens), while the Cu Chi Tunnels, around 1 ½ hours from the city, offer an interesting educational experience that vividly explains an important aspect of Vietnam’s participation in the war.
Stunning Ha Long Bay is enough to drag even the most digitally-addicted kids away from their screens – 100-metre limestone karsts that tower out of jewel-coloured water, forming an idyllic setting for as much or as little adventure as you fancy: kayaking, swimming and visits to caves and floating villages. Further relaxation is available on the stunning white sands of An Bang Beach, just five kilometres from the bustle of Hoi An.
A family-focused guided tour is a great way to experience a destination like Vietnam. They’ll take care of all the logistics, allowing you to focus on creating memories together that will be shared for years to come. If you’d like to experience the colours of Vietnam with your loved ones, ask your personal travel manager for ideas.