Vietnam family holidays

Family holidays in Vietnam are some of the most versatile in Asia, offering city thrills, beautiful beaches and wild wanderings all under the same umbrella.

From delighted squeals as your Vespa weaves between Hanoi’s streetfood stalls, to awestruck gasps at Halong Bay’s towering limestone karsts, Vietnam serves up moments that can fully capture a kid’s attention.

Whether you’re dreaming of Saigon vespa tours or getting hands on in rural rice fields, we’ll tailor your Vietnam family holiday to fit as perfectly as a bespoke princess dress from a Hoi An tailor!

Highlights of a family holiday in Vietnam

  • Cycle along dusty roads in rural Vietnam, exploring the hills, lakes and villages on two wheels
  • Get hands on with day-to-day rice farming and fishing in Ninh Binh, learning from the locals
  • Commission sharp (matching?!) suits and bespoke princess dresses from Hoi An’s amazing 24-hour tailors
  • Snorkel in Phu Quoc’s crystal-clear waters, among extraordinary nudibranchs and hundreds of rainbow-hued fish

With a UK based team of Destination Specialists with offices and partners across Asia, ensuring we focus on staying really local in our approach.  Our specialists have travelled extensively in Vietnam and throughout Asia, many having also lived in the region.Along with enjoying great travels, the team regularly inspect the best hotels, seek out new activities and design new routes – for inspiration we’d suggest taking a look through some of their Favourite Journeys. The weather during any of the kids holiday dates is always an important consideration and we have that covered with our best time to visit Vietnam section.

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Vietnam with your kids - what to expect

Versatile Vietnam creates truly unique family holidays, and no two visits are ever the same. Your trip can be finely tuned to your family’s ages, interests and energy levels, and there’s the bonus of direct flights from UK to boot.

A big city start can bring plenty of wow factor from day one. Even young kids will love a Vespa ride (sandwiched between parent and driver) through Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City in search of the best streetfood. Maybe marvel at a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi? Or cycle through Hoi An’s streets to get measured for tailor-made suits (or princess dresses!)?

A stay with locals in Ky Son Village can give you an authentic glimpse of rural Vietnamese life. Children are always affectionately fussed over, and the whole family becomes part of the village’s friendly community.

Private junk cruises in the world-famous Halong Bay can offer a welcome moment of chilled out coastal bliss. There’s plenty of opportunity for older kids to kayak and swim around the jungle-topped islands as you sail away from the bay’s main crowds... 

Younger families might prefer to hop over to Phu Quoc’s hip island haven. The gently sloping, sandy beaches are ideal for littlies to splash in the shallows, while older kids can snorkel offshore. Back on dry land, you can catch breathtaking glimpses of monkeys, bats and wildcats in the lush national park interior. 

It’s well worth mentioning that Nha Trang’s famous beaches have loads to offer families. Although the main resorts have become very popular, you can combine the best of both worlds by staying just a short drive down the coast, where you can retreat to a laid-back Long Beach family villa, and drive 20 minutes into town for barbeques, beachtime, and perhaps even a cheeky day at the local theme park.

Things you’ll all love in Vietnam

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Get to know local families in a welcoming Ky Son homestay

Get to know local families in a welcoming Ky Son homestay

Vietnam easily keeps pace with contemporary life and luxury, and tends not to pine for the past - but this may partly be thanks to the many historic traditions that thrive alongside its modern success. A homestay in the centuries-old village of Ky Son offers a wonderful chance to experience these older ways of life first hand.

Channel your kids’ inner Masterchef with a hands-on Hoi An cookery class

Channel your kids’ inner Masterchef with a hands-on Hoi An cookery class

The scenic, boutique school is perched on a peaceful riverbank just outside Hoi An - a gorgeous place for a gourmet afternoon. After cooking up a lunch to remember, you can stretch out in the tropical sunshine and digest your culinary experience - in more ways than one.

Sleep surrounded by starlight in glamping chalets on the banks of Lake Lak

Sleep surrounded by starlight in glamping chalets on the banks of Lake Lak

Explore rural village life in Vietnam on the M'Nong villages around Lake Lak, a vast but tranquil stretch of water in Vietnam's central highlands. Discover the traditional culture that thrives here, and explore the lake by boat, watching fishermen cast their nets as the glassy surface reflects the picturesque rural scenery. 

 
 

Where to rest your head..

Three of our favourite family-friendly hotels in Vietnam

Our Vietnam Specialists' top tips for families

With quite a few parents among our well-travelled Destination Specialists, we know how important it is to get the finer details sorted before travelling with kids, and we always go the extra mile to make sure they are. We want everyone to enjoy each moment without sweating the small stuff.

If you have any questions, or want to have a chat about planning your family holiday to Vietnam, we'd love to have a chat. In the meantime, here are a few FAQs to help you get started…