Vietnam Family Tours

Unforgettable Vietnam Family Holiday

Number of days: 15

Price from: 1,310$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi

Highlights: Ho Chi Minh City, Cuchi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Hoian, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

This Vietnam family tour is designed for the families who are interested in all highlights of Vietnam. There are few countries where children (of all ages) relate so spontaneously and where lasting friendships are formed on a daily basis. Activity and variety are the keys to the success of this adventure. We spend our days wandering the markets of Ho Chi Minh City, cruising the remote islands of the Mekong Delta, exploring the former seaport of Hoi An and taking time out along the endless stretches of beaches off Halong Bay.

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  • DESTINATIONS 


    * 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 

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

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

    * Hue - The country’s former imperial capital 

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

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


    ACTIVITIES


    Cultural Tours / Historical Tours / Cooking Tour / Walking / Beach Relaxing / Boating & Cruising / Kayaking


    BRIEF ITINERARY:


    Day 01: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City - Transfer to Hotel (D)

    Day 02: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing (B)

    Day 03: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta Tour - Vinh Long (B/L/D)

    Day 04: Vinh Long - Return to Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)

    Day 05: Half day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour & Fly to Nha Trang Beach (B)

    Day 06: Nhatrang Tour (B/L)

    Day 07: Nha Trang – Overnight train to Hoi An (B)

    Day 08: Hoi An (B/L)


    Day 09: Hoi An (B)


    Day 10: Hoi An – Drive to Hue (135 km) (B)


    Day 11: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (B/D)


    Day 12: Hanoi cooking class and a relaxing day (B/L)

    Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/D)

    Day 14: Halong Bay - Return to Hanoi (B/L/D)


    Day 15: Trip concludes in Hanoi (B)

    Include:

    - Accommodation with daily breakfast

    - Transfer by private van with air-conditioning

    - Overnight Junk Cruise 2 days/1 night in Halong Bay

    - Other boat trips as per program

    - Snorkeling in Nhatrang and kayaking in Halong Bay

    - Train trips in soft berth A/C cabins: Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang, Nha Trang - Da Nang

    - Domestic Flight: Danang - Hanoi

    - Private English speaking guide

    - All meals as indicated in the program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)


    Exclude:

    - International flights

    - Meals except otherwise mentioned

    - Vietnam Visa

    - Tipping, drinks, insurance, and personal expenses

  • Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City - Transfer to Hotel & Enjoy Welcome Dinner (D)
    Arrive in Ho Chi Minh where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, we will go out for a welcome dinner cruise on Saigon River. Overnght in Ho Chi Minh.



    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing (B)
    This morning, we tour through the maze of streets and experience the hustle and bustle of the city. In the afternoon, you will have free time to take your kids out for ice-cream and try some local food. Overnght in Ho Chi Minh. 

    Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta Tour & Vinh Long Homestay (B/L/D)
    There is an early morning start today for the two-hour drive to the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, we’ll board our boat for a cruise of one of the Delta's many tributaries. Our first stop will be at the Cai Be floating markets. After lunch, we’ll continue on the river but this time in smaller rowing boats. We will cruise to Vinh Long where we’ll be the guests of a local family for the night. 



    Day 4: Vinh Long - Return Ho Chi Minh City (B)
    Rise early to the sounds of the Delta coming to life for another day. In the morning we’ll cruise to visit Vinh Long town and catch up with our vehicle for the drive to the town of My Tho. You will return back to Ho Chi Minh City at about 4pm and the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh. 

    Day 5: Half day Cu Chi Tunnel visit & Overnight train to Nha Trang (B)
    Today, we’ll take a half day trip to Chu Chi tunnels. Beside a historical story, your children will have a chance to enjoy a small adventure in the tunnel system of Cu Chi. The afternoon is free or we can arrange a trip upon request. Tonight, we’ll board the overnight train to Nha Trang. Spend the night on the train in the soft berth A/C cabin. 



    Day 6: Nha Trang (B/L)
    Nha Trang is Vietnam’s premier beach resort city, after an early arrival we will have a full day boat cruise around the islands off the coast. There will be opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing on a deserted beach. Overnight in Nha Trang. 



    Day 7: Nha Trang – Overnight train to Danan (B)
    Today, you will have a full day relaxing on the beach at Nha Trang before boarding the overnight train to Hoi An. Spend the night on the train in the soft berth A/C cabin. 

    Day 8: Danang - Hoi An (B/L)
    The train arrives in Danang early in the morning. Transfer to Hoi An ancient town, some 30km away. 
    We enjoy our day with a half-day walking tour through the narrow, winding streets of the Ancient Quarter. We will have lunch at Blue Dragon restaurant, a children’s foundation that helps street kids. After lunch we will head out to Cua Dai beach for a relaxing afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An. 



    Day 9: Hoi An (B)
    For the parents Hoi An gives you a great chance to visit the tailor for nice express clothes made. For children there are many things to see and learn. The beach is wonderful and the friendly environment and people will entertain you. Today, you will enjoy a free day. Overnight in Hoi An. 

    Day 10: Hoi An – Drive to Hue (135 km) (B)
    Today we’ll drive north to the ancient capital of Hue. A stop will be made at the peak for a bird’s eye view over Danang city and Lang Co white sand beaches. Afternoon, we will enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. Overnight in Hue. 



    Day 11: Hue – Fly to Hanoi (B/D)
    This morning, we’ll have some free time in Hue before taking a midday flight to Hanoi, enjoying a half day city after checking in to the hotel. Tonight, we’ll watch the water puppet show and your kid can have a fun dinner with Pizza and French fries or try some local food in a Vietnamese restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi. 

    Day 12: Hanoi cooking class and a relaxing day (B/L)
    Today, your family can learn a special Vietnamese recipe! In the morning, we’ll gather at 9.00 am and join the chief for a local market tour follow by an awesome cooking lesson and a good lunch at the restaurant. The afternoon is free time for shopping or further exploration of the city. Overnight in Hanoi. 



    Day 13: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
    After breakfast, we’ll s drive to Halong Bay (approx 3 & a half hour drive). Upon arriving in Halong City, we’ll transfer to our private boat for a cruise of the crystalline emerald waters of Halong Bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. A scrumptious fresh, local seafood lunch will be served on board followed by a swim or do some kayaking or exploration of the cave! We will then find somewhere quiet to anchor for the night. Overnight onboard the boat. 



    Day 14: Halong Bay - Return to Hanoi (B/L/D)
    Rise early for a sunrise swim and breakfast, followed by a kayaking adventure. By lunch, we’ll return to the main harbor and drive back to Hanoi. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at a nice local restaurant.

    Day 15: Trip concludes in Hanoi (B)
    The morning is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for the 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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