Vietnam Family Tours

Vietnam Family Vacation (from forest to beach)

Number of days: 12

Price from: 1,100$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh

Highlights: Hanoi, Cuc Phuong National Park, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is perfectly suited for a family adventure. Children have few inhibitions and quickly break through cultural and language barriers, particularly in Indochina where children are highly revered. Our family adventures have been specially designed for the needs of youngsters – minimizing long journeys and plenty of time on beaches and in wildlife. On this Forest & Beach Adventure, the whole family is set to be entertained by the people, history, color and culture. What better education is there, than the education of understanding and discovery!

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  • DESTINATIONS 


    * Hanoi - Exploration of this charming, historical centre and its French provincial influences 

    * Cuc Phuong Natural Park - Vietnam's first national park and is the country's largest nature reserve

    * Halong Bay - Vietnam’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’; the stunning beauty of the 3,000 islets of the Gulf of Tonkin

    * Hoi An - Discover this charming UNESCO World Heritage listed site 

    * Nha Trang – Home to tranquil beaches and has a thriving fishing industry.

    * Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) -  Vietnam’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant city

    * Mekong Delta - ‘Rice basket of Vietnam’ and home to many living, working and travelling along the river  


    ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Tours / Nature Discovery / Trekking / Walking / Beach Relaxing / Boating & Cruising / Kayaking / Snorkeling


    BRIEF ITINERARY


    Day 01: Arrive Hanoi

    Day 02: Hanoi (B/D)

    Day 03: Hanoi - Cuc Phuong National Park (B/L/D)

    Day 04: Cuc Phuong - Hanoi (B/L)

    Day 05: Hanoi – Overnight Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

    Day 06: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoian (B)

    Day 07: Hoian (B)

    Day 08: Hoian (B)

    Day 09: Hoian - Nhatrang (B)

    Day 10: Nhatrang Beach (B/L)

    Day 11: Nhatrang - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

    Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Departure (B)

    Include:

    - Accommodation with daily breakfast bases on one Double/Twin share

    - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

    - Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

    - Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Danang, Danang – Nhatrang, Nhatrang – Ho Chi Minh (Economic class)

    - Overnight boat cruise in Halong Bay

    - Kayaking in Halong Bay

    - Boat trips as mentioned in the program 

    - Snorkeling in Nhatrang

    - Local English speaking tour guides

    - All entrance fees and permits where applicable


    Exclude:

    - Meals that not mentioned in the program

    - Travel insurance

    - Vietnam visa (Upon request)

    - International flight and departure tax

    - Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses


  • Day 01: Arrive Hanoi
    Arrive in Hanoi, settle into hotel and meet the tour leader. The evening is free to try out one of Hanoi’s many fine restaurants. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 02: Hanoi (B/D)
    Enjoy a morning cyclo tour of Hanoi, exploring the magical old quarter and French colonial district. Explore the city on your own in the afternoon and meet up again in the evening for dinner and a water puppet performance. Overnight in Hanoi.



    Day 03: Hanoi - Cuc Phuong National Park (B/L/D)
    Set out early for the drive to Cuc Phuong (approx. 3-4hrs). This is a treat for children as Cuc Phuong is Vietnam’ s oldest National Park and is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. Upon arrival, settle into the bungalows located within the lush forests before a visit to the Endangered Primate Rescue centre. Here, the children will learn about the work that is being done to preserve the endangered native primates. Overnight in Cuc Phuong.



    Day 04: Cuc Phuong - Hanoi (B/L)
    What a magical way to start the day – with the sounds of the forest all around! After a hearty breakfast bid the hosts goodbye and set off into the centre of the forest and commence a half day trek through lush rainforest and to caves once inhabited by prehistoric humans. In the afternoon drive back to Hanoi, free evening to relax. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 05: Hanoi – Overnight Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)
    After breakfast, you will leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you will board your boat, a wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and caves. Weather permitting, you will be able to swim, fish, climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape, or venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan and do some kayaking into the seclude areas of the bay. All your meals will be provided on board, usually based on fresh seafood. Your overnight will be aboard the boat.



    Day 06: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hoian (B)
    Participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the near- by cave by row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Return back to the junk, where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the movie “Indochine” was filmed.
    Your cruise will end at noon and you will be met by your driver for the transfer to the airport in Hanoi for the late afternoon flight to Danang. Arrive in Danang, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Hoian town, around 30km away. Overnight at hotel in Hoian.

    Day 07: Hoian (B)
    Morning, you will have a guided tour to see the interesting sights of this ancient city. Some hundreds years ago, this town thrived on trading with the Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. You will visit a historical Old House, Japanese Covered Bridge, Old Temple and Silk Factory. Afternoon, take a short boat trip to a nearby island to visit some handicraft villages. Overnight at hotel in Hoian. 



    Day 08: Hoian – Free Day (B)
    Free day in Hoi An explore the town, enjoy water sports, visit the tailors or simply relax. For the aspiring little chefs – Vietnamese cooking lessons and tour of the morning markets could be arranged with additional cost. Overnight in Hoian.

    Day 09: Hoian - Nhatrang Beach (B)
    Fly to the coastal resort of Nha Trang and settle into hotel. Free day to explore Nha Trang. Overnight in Nhatrang.

    Day 10: Nhatrang (B/L)
    Today take a full day boat cruise around the islands off the coast of Nha Trang. There will be opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach.



    Day 11: Nhatrang - Ho Chi Minh City (B)
    Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City and settle into hotel. After lunch time, tour the maze of streets and experience the hustle and bustle of China town, ancient pagodas, mosques and cathedrals and War Museum.



    Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Departure (B)
    Free time for the final day in Ho Chi Minh City.
    Late afternoon, transfer to the airport for departure flight home.

  • Categories of Accommodation


    Value:

    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard:

    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior:

    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe:

    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury:

    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!


  • VIETNAM

    Visa and Passport
    Except for a number of ASEAN countries a visa is required to visit Vietnam. If your itinerary requires two
    entries into Vietnam then a double entry visa must be obtained. If your trip is postponed or delayed it may be necessary to obtain another visa if your original visa is not valid for your new dates of travel.

    Tourist Visa
    A Vietnam Tourist Visa is valid for the period of 30-days and for a single entry (unless endorsed for a double entry at additional cost). Your passport must be sent to the embassy along with payment with prepaid shipping arrangements with Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, FedEx, etc., two completed visa applications and two passport photos. Allow five-business days for processing.

    Visa-on-Arrival
    A Visa-on-Arrival is available if you are pre-approved for the visa. In lieu of a stamped visa in your passport prior to departure a fax from the Department of Immigration is issued and used as your travel document for boarding your international flight to Vietnam. This system has been working for a number of years now and is extremely reliable. Visa-on-Arrival processing charges are normally $25 and a $45 fee is payable directly to Vietnamese Immigration upon arrival.

    Double Entry Visa
    A Double Entry Visa is a Tourist Visa endorsed for a double entry. If your itinerary requires a double entry be sure and obtain the Double Entry Visa.

    Re-Entry Visa
    Re-entry Visas, prior to departing Vietnam, are possible to obtain in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through authorized agencies for a fee of approximately $25, however it requires one-to-two days and the deposit of your passport. This is not advisable unless your itinerary allows ample time and you remain in the city where the application was filed until the visa is issued. It is strongly advised to obtain a Double Entry Visa prior entering Vietnam.

    Passport Validity Dates
    Your passport must have a validity date of at least six-months remaining after your visit to Vietnam is completed.

    Travel Document Companies
    Unless you live nearby a Vietnamese embassy or consulate or are experienced in dealing with embassies by mail or telephone, it is advised that you use a travel document company to obtain your visa.
    Notes: You can email us at info@privateasiatours.com for more advice on Vietnam Visa information. The service is free of charge. All the emails will be replied within 24h.

    Entry Procedures
    Arrival and Departure Cards are required to be completed upon entry into Vietnam; they will be provided by the airline or at the border gate. The yellow copy of the card will be returned to you and must be submitted when you depart Vietnam; keep it in a safe place. Making a photocopy of it is a good idea and keeping it with your other photocopies.
    If you have been pre-approved for a Visa-on-Arrival simply process though the Visa-on-Arrival lane at immigration.
    Once your visa formalities have been completed claim your baggage and process through customs.

    Duty Free
    One-carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor.

    Exit Procedures
    Complete the customs declaration and process through customs then complete the immigration processing where you will be required to return the yellow copy of your Arrival and Departure Card.

    Tendering Passports
    Vietnamese law requires that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening. This may appear odd to Western travelers but until the 1960's a number of European countries required that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening.

    Travel Insurance
    Traveler's Insurance is strongly recommended. A number of companies sell competing policies and it is a good idea to read the fine print and ask questions if you are in doubt. 
    Note: some insurance companies cover travel insurance in their existing policies; check, you may already be covered. Policies have differing benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and dental coverage, and emergency medical transportation, lost baggage, missed connections, and accidents.
    Of special note is the emergency medical transportation. This is extremely costly; if you any health condition which may require medical evacuation you should check to see if you are currently covered and if not purchase the insurance. Medical treatment, if required, can be costly and the pay is usually in cash.


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