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Vietnam family holidays

From weaving between Hanoi’s street food stalls in retro style, sampling some of the country’s iconic dishes, to awestruck gasps at the towering limestone karsts of Lan Ha Bay (Halong’s less-crowded sister), Vietnam serves up attention-grabbing moments for family travel and is a fantastic destination for kids of all ages.

Whatever you’re looking for from a family holiday in Vietnam - light adventure in the wilderness, hands-on community farming, relaxing beach time, or even a food-filled city tour - your trip can be tailored as perfectly as a bespoke suit from a Hoi An tailor.

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There were plenty of opportunities to meet local villagers and learn more about their traditions and daily lives

Kate - Vietnam specialist
Cycling Vietnam

Cycle along dusty roads in rural Vietnam, exploring the hills, lakes and villages on two wheels

kayak Halong Bay

Kayak in Halong Bay

Phu Quoc Vietnam

Snorkel in Phu Quoc’s crystal-clear waters, among extraordinary nudibranchs and hundreds of rainbow-hued fish

Ninh Binh rice field

Get hands on with day-to-day rice farming and fishing in Ninh Binh, learning from the locals

Vietnam family travel: what to expect?

Vietnam is one of the most versatile family holiday destinations in Asia. Whether your family is just beginning to explore the region, or starting to venture a little further afield, you’ll discover a multi-layered country of city thrills, beautiful beaches, rural expanses and rich history.

Local bustle & bright lights 

A city start can bring plenty of wow factor from day one. Every generation will love Vespa rides through Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City in search of the very best street-food treats, stopping to bite into gỏi cuốn rolls or get the kids tucking into a bowl of proper pho. Watch a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi, explore Ho Chi Minh City’s vibrant markets, or cycle through Hoi An’s streets to get measured for tailor-made suits (or dresses!). Explore art galleries and museums, wander within tranquil temples and take time to breathe in a wide, green park or two - if you’re there early enough, you might catch sight of the locals taking part in a session of tai chi to welcome the day.

Locals in Hanoi

Rural respite & hidden corners

Vietnam’s vast rural expanses offer a chance for families to get off the rollercoaster for a while and experience the big, wide open. Staying in a local homestay in Ky Son Village gives you an immersive glimpse of rural Vietnamese life. Children are affectionately fussed over, and the whole family is made to feel part of the village community as daily life goes on around you in one of the country’s oldest known farming regions. Further north, Mai Chau is an idyll of rolling hills and sheltered valleys where families can get away from it all, whether to sit serenely soaking up the rural calm, or get active with hiking and cycling between rice fields and sleepy hamlets.

Northern Vietnam

Beaches, beaches, beaches

Quy Nhon’s picture-perfect beaches have loads to offer families looking for sun, sea and downtime. In the middle of Vietnam’s gently sweeping coast, it’s an obvious option whichever corner of the country you’re coming from. With those quintessential, peaceful seaside vibes, the town itself has a gentle, easy rhythm. Interesting ruins and historic landmarks offer intrigue for those keen to discover more, whilst golden beaches and swish resorts beckon if you simply want to take the weight off for a while - a great end-point for a multi-generation trip. Alternatively, you might prefer to hop over to Phu Quoc’s hip island haven with its gently sloping, sandy beaches, ideal for splashing in the shallows or snorkelling offshore.

Phu Quoc

Family Adventures in Vietnam off the beaten track?

Images of elegant junk boats winding their way through tall rocky karsts in Halong Bay are enough to fire up any family’s sense of adventure, but we’d always recommend heading to the nearby bays of Lan Ha or Bai Tu Long instead for the real deal. Private junk cruises in this world-famous region offer a welcome moment of chilled out coastal bliss, with opportunities to kayak and swim around the vegetation-topped islands as you sail away from the main crowds... 

Back on dry land, wildlife enthusiasts can catch breathtaking glimpses of birdlife in the lush interior of Ba Be National Park in the far north, while the central wilderness of Phong Nha opens up a subterranean treasure trove of vast caverns to tempt young explorers.

Our Vietnam Specialists’ top tips for families

Vietnam is becoming an ever more popular destination for family holidays. Much of the reason for this is the welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere you’ll find wherever you go. Even the famously bonkers city traffic isn’t quite as bracing as its reputation might have you believe, and you soon get used to going with the flow! As with any new destination, some things will definitely differ from what you’re used to, but most places feel secure, safe and reassuring. If you need anything, or have any queries once you’re there, our guides are always on hand to help.

Being such a long country, Vietnam’s weather patterns vary greatly from north to south. Happily, this means that parts of the country will be at their best whenever you visit. However, it also means that the destinations on your wishlist may not all have good weather at the same time. Combined with the need to avoid a lot of long journeys, this means it’s crucial to plan when and where to go if you want to get the best from your trip. For UK summer holidays, Central Vietnam offers the best of the hot and dry weather. The north around Hanoi is driest from November to April, and this is also when the southern beaches come into their own, so both are good for Christmas and spring breaks.

Having an experienced, knowledgeable and welcoming local guide on hand during your trip is absolutely invaluable. They’ll be able to meet you upon arrival, act as translator, transfer you between locations, and generally make everything go as smoothly as possible. They’ll leave you to your own devices as much or as little as you wish, but we think a good guide is essential for a successful family holiday. We pride ourselves on using only the best guides in a given region. All our guides are trained to the highest level, and fully certified and licensed. The feedback we get from our clients is that the guides make a great trip into an outstanding one.

Being able to confidently ride a bike opens up many exciting opportunities in Vietnam, especially in rural areas. Get the kids - and adults! - to brush up on their cycling skills before you go.

When planning a trip to Asia, it’s always important to consider the possible requirement for vaccinations and immunisations. Most importantly, we stress that you should contact your doctor or medical practitioner well before you depart to get their advice on any vaccinations and medication you may need for your trip. If you’ve travelled recently and believe that you are already up-to-date, it is still worth checking as vaccinations have a varying life span. Most of Vietnam has been declared low to no risk for malaria on the NHS Fit for Travel map, and NHS Travel Vaccinations site has lots of up-to-date information on vaccinations and general travel health.

It’s a bit of a complicated one! Nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to enter Vietnam for a maximum stay of 15 days: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy (plus nationals of a few Asian and Scandinavian countries). This 15-day visa exemption is only for single-entry arrivals up until 30th June 2021 and is applicable to all border arrivals (regardless of whether you arrive by air or land). For all other nationalities and anyone staying longer than 15 days, a visa is required. Your visa must be arranged in advance of travelling to Vietnam. The standard tourist visa is a single entry visa that allows you to travel in Vietnam for 30 days from the date of your entry.

Though you can most things you’ll need in the bigger cities, we’d recommend bringing your own supplies of any essentials, such as favourite nappies, formula etc, as well as your preferred brand of sunscreen and a good insect repellent. Light, long sleeved shirts, a light scarf or two, and long trousers or skirts will mean that you’re prepared for any eventuality, including modest dress codes at sites of religious significance. They’ll also help provide valuable protection against strong sunlight and mosquitoes. If you’re travelling with tinies, consider taking a really good baby carrier, as push-chairs might be a pain to get around with.

Until recently you could not obtain the Dong outside of Vietnam, but some foreign exchange outlets in the UK now stock it. In reality this has had little impact on our advice for visitors, as ATM machines dispensing Dong are widely available across Vietnam and at all major airports. It’s essential to arrive with some US$ if you are obtaining your pre-arranged visa-on-arrival entry stamp, when you must have US$ cash. ATM machines usually offer good rates of exchange, often better than any currency exchange bureau or hotel. Whilst you can use US$ at times in Vietnam, Dong is the primary currency, and traveller cheques are no longer accepted.

Wildlife might not be top of Vietnam’s list of attractions, but anyone keen to do some wildlife watching can get their fill in a couple of key spots. Phu Quok, as well as being one of Vietnam’s top beach island destinations, is a major national park. It’s protected interior is home to many interesting species, including macaques, hornbills, and dozens of bird, reptile and amphibian species. If you take your wildlife search offshore, you can snorkel over the surrounding reef and might spot turtles or even dugong as well as many smaller fascinating creatures. Further north, Cuc Phuong National Park protects an extraordinary number of Vietnam’s rarest species, including leopards, bears, gibbons, flying squirrels and hundreds of different birds. Hike along marked trails with a guide, visit the huge network of limestone caves at the centre, and watch the mesmerising sight of clouds of butterflies rising from the grass.

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