Exciting Family Adventures in Vietnam (South/Central)
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  Duration: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS STYLE: Family Travel

Exciting Family Adventures in Vietnam (South/Central)

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Vietnam is an exciting family destination offering many exciting activities and places to explore. Children of all ages are quick to adapt to the culture and indulge in the new experiences that Vietnam offers. The Family Adventure Tour was designed with one thing in mind… variety. There is everything from history, culture, ecotourism, cycling, boating, fishing, farming and cooking opportunities as well as time on the beaches and shopping.

The tour starts in the South, in the commercial center of Vietnam, city of Ho Chi Minh. This is a huge bustling busy city full of exciting sights, sounds and experiences. After a brief exploration and a good rest, you head out on Day 2 on a city tour to see the markets, the Cathedral and the magnificent Post Office building that was designed by the same man who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Day 3 takes you into the calmer energies of the Mekong Delta, to the town of My Tho. Here you will take a boat ride to Orchard Gardens where you can see the local bees hard at work and enjoy tea and local candies as you enjoy the beautiful scenery of this area. A trip in the Mekong not to miss is the boat ride to the Cai Rang Floating Market. Here you will see people living and doing business as they have for centuries, trading their wares by small boat. If you're feeling ambitious you could try a  little negotiation yourself to get some of the delicious local fruits.

Back in Ho Chi Minh for one night, we then head out for a day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels. This is recent history brought to life when you are able to go down a short section of the tunnels in which the Viet Cong lived and from where they fought  during the Vietnam war with America. One more night to enjoy the bustle of Ho Chi Minh before heading to the airport to fly  to the Cental area of Vietnam, to Da Nang and then taking a short drive south to the ancient city of Hoi An. 

Hoi An is a National Heritage Site and for good reason. You will be charmed by the narrow streets and tiny buildings that have all been beautifully preserved. You wil be able to visit Pagodas, the houses of local traders from years past, chinese meeting places and far more.  Don't miss the shows that are put on every day sharing song and dance from the region. And when you have had enough of the culture and history that abounds in this town, you can enjoy the shops, restaurants and cafes that abound.  Hoi An is situated on a river and is very near to the sea and a clean and lovely beach which more or less covers the range of possible interests in the family. 

Included in your trip is a visit to an area outside of the town where you can get involved with agricultural and fishing communities and experience some of the daily lives of these charming and friendly people. You can even get to paddle the unique Bamboo Basket Boat if you choose. 

Heading back north on a 3 hour drive, you arrive at the lovely city of Hue where you will be able to enjoy a cycling or cyclo experience depending on your level of energy and how adventurous you are feeling.   in the spectacular Citadel.  The Citadel experienced a great deal of bomb damage during the war and is being wonderfully re built and preserved. It has a charm all of its own and elicits many imaginations of life in the times of the Emperors of Vietnam and their entourage. You can also enjoy a visit to local Pagodas and a trip on the Dragon Boats down the scenic Perfume River. 

We are now at Day 10 and are travelling north east to the Phong Nha National Park in Quang Binh Province. Here you will be staying at the Chap Lay Eco Village. You can get involved in some local cooking, go kayaking or boating down the Chay River and enjoy the wonderful countryside of this unspoilt area that is preserved and cared for with such dedication by local people.  After a sad farewell to the Village, you will head back to Hue from where you will be taking your flight back home after an exciting and unforgettable experience. 

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  • Personal attention to detail by all HGH from the time of your initial enquiry through to the end of your tour
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  • Enjoy the degree of historical and cultural information throughout your tour from our local and knowledgeable tour hosts to the degree that you and your group are interested.
  • We focus on sustainable tourism by creating the very best experience for you as the tourist while supporting our local environment and local people
Itinerary Highlights
VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 1: ARRIVAL HO CHI MINH CITY

Upon your arrival at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel (early check-in is subject to the hotel’s availability).

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam offering many different activities for your family to enjoy. You and your family have free time to explore after checking into the hotel. You can take a ride around the metropolis to witness some of the sites, take the family to one of many restaurants or cafes found all around the city, or if you want to relax and take it easy for your first night in Vietnam, then stay at your hotel and enjoy the accommodations offered there. The choice is of course always yours and we want you to enjoy every moment in beautiful Vietnam.

Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 2: HO CHI MINH – FULL DAY CITY TOUR

The city tour will take you to see some of the most magnificent sites and architecture found in Vietnam. You will start by visiting to the imposing Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) before going to the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is the most famous landmark in Vietnam as the twin bell towers can viewed from a long distance. In the same square is the famous Saigon Post Office, the largest functioning post office in Vietnam. Designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, this building is extraudinary. Gustave Eiffel is also famous for designing and building the Eiffel Tour in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York.

For a complete change, the next stop is the Cho Lon Market in China town to absorb the atmosphere or purchase some products that take your interest.

Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

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VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 3: HO CHI MINH CITY – MEKONG DELTA – CAN THO

After breakfast, we leave Ho Chi Minh City for a beautiful scenic drive through the Mekong Delta, home to the richest agricultural lands in Vietnam. When you and your family arrive at My Tho, you will take a boat ride down the Mekong River to the island of the orchard gardens. A horse-drawn cart ride to Quoi Son takes you to see the bee farm. After seeing the bees and the way in which they are kept, you will be able to indulge in some of the various local teas and candies that are produced on the island. After lunch, you will take a car ride back to Can Tho.

Hotel in Can Tho

VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 4: CAN THO – HO CHI MINH CITY

Begin your day with a gentle boat ride down the Mekong River to the beautiful Cai Rang Floating Market, one of the busiest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Hundreds of small boats anchor to sell their goods to locals and tourists alike.

By late afternoon, you arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City where you will check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day. Rest after the long excursion through the Mekong or venture out into Ho Chi Minh and see the sites. There is always something to do in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 5: HCM CITY – CU CHI TUNNELS – HCM CITY

How often is it you get to relive history? Today, you travel by road outside of Ho Chi Minh to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which once formed an underground city. The tunnels stretched for over 200 kilometers. The tunnels were where the Vietcong fighters sheltered from airstrikes and launched surprise attacks during the Vietnam/American war. The tunnels themselves were virtually underneath the U.S Air bases. You will be able to experience a small portion of tunnel of the tunnel to get a sense of how it must have been for the men and women who lived and fought here. Once you finish at the tunnels, we return to HCM where you can relax and enjoy the hotel or again venture out into the giant metropolis.

Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 6: HCM CITY – DANANG – HOI AN

Today you head to the airport and depart for Da Nang, the gateway to central Vietnam. In Da Nang, a short car ride will take you to the beautiful ancient town of Hoi An. Hoi An caters well to tourists offering many options of relaxation and action.

At night, the riverside and bridge are beautifully illuminated with lanterns. Enjoy the many fine restaurants and cafes that offer not only traditional Vietnamese foods but many different kinds of Western food. Shopping is a favourite passime in Hoi An. The town is especially famed for the dressmakers and tailors who happily create an outfit with the design and material of your choice within a 24-hour period.

Hotel in Hoi An

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VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 7: HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN & ECO FRIENDLY SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Today you will get a taste of Vietnam’s agricultural life in the farming and fishing communities located near Hoi An. There are endless photo possibilities as you watch and engage with local Vietnamese people going about their daily lives. You see water buffalo working in a rice paddy field or watch locals fishing in the traditional way. You and your family will also have the chance to try net fishing first hand with the local fishermen. Experience the friendly and gentle spirit of the Vietnamese as you venture through these communities and engage in their culture.

During a boat ride down the coconut-palm waterways, you will have the unique opportunity to paddle the bamboo basket boat… a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. Once known as Faifo, it was an influential port along the Silk Road. For over 500 years, merchants from China, Japan, France and Portugal settled in the prosperous town resulting in a distinctive blend of culture, cuisine, religions and architecture. In 1999, the town gained status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed for having the ‘most unique’ architecture in Southeast Asia. If architure and history are of interest, you can purchase a book of tickets to take you into including the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 400-year-oldJapanese Covered Bridge and numerous old family houses.

Hotel in Hoi An

VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 8: HOI AN – HUE IMPERIAL CITY

You have the morning to continue to explore the delights of Hoi An before heading north to the Imperial City of Hue. 

Alternatively, you can go shopping and eat at one of the many restaurants. After lunch, we travel by road to Hue. Once you have checked into the hotel in Hue, you are free to explore. Hue is a small and very friendly town with many exciting sites to see and places to dine.

Hotel in Hue

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VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 9: CYCLING HUE CITADEL-OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Today you have a half-day cycling or cyclo trip to the Citadel, which was once the home to the emperors of Vietnam. On the way, you will see some of the old military tanks stationed here in Hue during the war. You will also get a chance to walk through the fortress and see firsthand the beauty of the Citadel. Later you will get to relax and enjoy some coffee at a roadside café.

 

There is an option to change focus from history and culture to the more spiritual setting Thien Mu Pagoda to offer insights into Buddhism. The Thien Mu Pagoda is the oldest and one of the most beautiful pagodas in Hue. 

In the evening, you have the option to enjoy traditional folk music while sailing down the Perfume River in one of the mystic dragon boats. This option is not included in the main tour and is subject to additional fees.

Hotel in Hue

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VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 10: HUE – QUANG BINH - PHONG NHA NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel before heading out on a 5-hour car ride to Quang Binh to see the Phong Nha National Park and Chay Lap Village. On the way, we will stop at the Hien Luong Bridge. The bridge is in a demilitarized zone during the Vietnam War.

Upon arrival at Chay Lap Village, you can check into the homestay before getting to experience ecotourism at work. After the long car ride, stretch your legs during an easy bicycle ride through the National Park. Experience different sounds of nature as you venture down the paths of this beautiful park. Later enjoy a delicious dinner of your choice.

Overnight stay at the Chay Lap Homestay

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VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 11: ECO FRIENDLY ACTIVITES IN CHAY LAP - HUE

Today you can choose between taking a boatride and kayaking down the Chay River depending on what suits your family best. The destination is the Dark Cave and Nuoc Mooc Springs. Both of these sites are a fabulous place to bring your family, people of all ages will enjoy the splendors and excitement both sites.

Later in the day, we take a tour through the park with a guide who will teach your family about the codes of a conservation environment.

For lunch, there is a picnic organized on one of the paths through the forest. Then a short bus ride takes you to the boat landing for a cruise on the Son River to visit the World Natural Heritage Siteof Phong Nha Cave. While your family explores and witnesses the beauty and extraudinary atmosphere of the cave passages, they will get a sense of wonder and mystery in this magical space.

Finally, we drive back to Hue via Ho Chi Minh High Way in the late afternoon.

Hotel in Hue

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VIETNAM FAMILY ADVENTURE (South/Central) - DAY 12: HUE DEPARTURE

On the day of your departure, you are free to shop, relax and do whatever you would like at your leisure until your transfer time to the airport.

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