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  • Family Vietnam (12D)

    Vietnam is a destination that offers points of interest for mums, dads and kids alike. In this tour that is specifically tailored to families, discover the country’s beauty through trips to famous islands, beach towns and urban landmarks. The kids will love the caving, snorkeling and cooking classes mixed with just enough of the cultural stuff to keep everyone happy!


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Relax, sunbathe and swim in the South China Sea in Mui Ne
    • Learn how to cook local favorites in Saigon with a top Vietnamese Chef
    • Discover the unique beauty of the Red and White Sand Dunes in Southern Vietnam
    • Savor the freshest seafood imaginable in the fishing town of Mui Ne as you dine on that morning’s catch

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Hanoi

    You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Kid-friendly tours can be arranged for your afternoon or evening.

    Recommended Hanoi Hotels:

    - Church Boutique Hotel
    Essence Palace Hotel
    - Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel


    Day 2

    Hanoi

    Today you will join a cooking class at a hospitality school for underprivileged children. Many of them were living on the streets of Hanoi and other cities, and their training will eventually help them work in some of Vietnam’s best hotels and restaurants. Next, explore the old quarter by cyclo, navigating its narrow streets and colorful markets. And in the late afternoon, attend a water-puppetry performance – a surefire kid pleaser! The tradition dates to the 11th century, and many of the puppets are lacquered using a traditional Vietnamese painting technique.

    Cooking class, Exploring the old quarter by Cyclo, Water Puppet Show 


    Day 3

    Hanoi

    Visit two of Hanoi’s most iconic sites a mausoleum containing the preserved corpse of Vietnam’s founding president, Ho Chi Minh, and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Both are great introductions to Vietnam’s complex history.

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long


    Day 4

    Hanoi - Cat Ba Island

    Take a three hour drive to a coastal city to take the express ferry to Cat Ba Island, the gateway to Halong Bay, an assemblage of limestone formations in the Tonkin Gulf. Explore an old French colonial fortress, and spend some time relaxing on the city’s riverfront promenade. Sit at a waterfront restaurant and watch colourful boats motor out to sea for a night of squid fishing!

    Recommended Cat Ba Island Hotels:

    - Cat Ba Sunrise Resort
    - Monkey Island Resort

     Lan Ha Bay, Monkey Island


    Day 5

    Cat Ba Island

    Today jammed packed with activities and fun for the whole family. Take a wooden junk and cruise to Lan Ha Bay, a less-traveled part of Halong Bay. Visit a cave and see beautiful coral and tropical fish swimming about. Then kayak into a hidden lagoon. All of the kayaks fit two people and child-sized life-vests are available – perfect for adult-child pairings. Then it’s off to Moody Beach, to climb the limestone cliffs. Our guides regularly work with climbers of all ages, and children tend to be naturals!

     Kayaking into a hidden lagoon, Moody Beach


    Day 6

    Cat Ba Island – Hanoi – Hoi An

    After a beachside breakfast, a local guide takes you into the island’s thick jungle and far from the beaten path. Break through forest canopy to the top of a limestone formation with superb summit views. After snapping a few photos, make your way to a local family’s house for lunch. Later jump back on the speedboat and return to the port, where a private transfer takes you to back to Hanoi for a short flight to Hoi An.

    Recommended Hotels in Hoi An:

    - Ancient House Hoi An
    - Vinh Hung 1 Heritage Hotel


    Day 7

    Hoi An

    Spend the day getting to know rural Vietnam. Start with a bike ride along green rice paddies to the village of Tra Que. Join the farmers in the fields and learn about the harvesting process! The roll up your sleeves and plants some seeds with help from the farmers. There is also a cooking demonstration with a taste test afterwards.

    Back in Hoi An and take a short river cruise and meet some local fisherman. You will have a hands-on lesson in river net fishing with the locals. Then the fun begins as you try to paddle a bamboo basket boat.

      Tra Que Village, Cooking class


    Day 8

    Hoi An

    Hoi An is famous for its brightly coloured lanterns lighting up the streets. Join a lantern-making workshop, where the kids can create their own. Visit a tailor and have them sew you up a new wardrobe or spend the day relaxing on the beach. You really can’t go wrong!

     Lantern-making workshop, Relaxing on beach


    Day 9

    Hoi An

    Spend the day exploring Hoi An at your own pace and do as much or as little as you choose. If the beach is not your thing then you might like to take part in a cooking class, or become ‘tomb raiders’ as you explore the ancient ruins of My Son.


    Day 10

    Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

    Drive to Danang and transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Spend the day exploring Vietnam’s bustling city streets at your leisure! Likely points of interest include Notre Dame Cathedral, the Thien Hau pagoda, Chinatown. Or just relax at a street side café or noodle shop. The city, formerly called Saigon, reflects the pulse of a changing Vietnam. Trendy cocktail lounges are found alongside ramshackle noodle stands, and Rolls Royces share the road with hundreds of scooters whizzing past.

    Recommended Hotels Ho Chi Minh City:

    - Northern Hotel Saigon
    - Lavender Hotel

     Notre Dame Cathedral, Thien Hau Pagoda, Chinetown


    Day 11

    Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels

    Cruise the Saigon River en route to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network that housed thousands of Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. The tunnels also contained supply routes, hospitals and munitions dumps, and figured prominently in the 1968 Tet Offensive. The kids will love crawling through the tunnels and climbing on top of an old bombed out tank! On the way back to Ho Chi Minh City, stop at a cricket breeding farm and sample the tasty cricket spring rolls!

    In the afternoon take in a bit more history with a trip to the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. The museum is child-friendly, however it does contain some graphic images.

     Cu Chi Tunnels, Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum


    Day 12

    Depature

    It the end of your holiday and time to go home! Depart to the airport for your onward flight.

     

     

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    NOTES:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    HANOI
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    Church Boutique Hotel (Lan Ong)

    • Church Boutique Lan Ong is decorated in lavish Vietnamese style, blending traditional motifs with a very modern sense of comfort.
    • Within walking distance of many of the city’s most intriguing sites, including peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake.
    • Cleverly designed to make the most of every space, interiors are light, bright and charming, with many rooms overlooking the leafy old streets that surround the property.
    • The mirror-lined Yen Restaurant serves a good array of international dishes, including local specialities, and features the Piano Bar where you can relax and enjoy old-fashioned cocktails and vintage wine from the hotel’s expansive wine list.

     

    CAT BA ISLAND
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    Cat Ba Sunrise Resort

    • This property is a 6-minute walk from the beach. Catba Sunrise Resort is on Catba Island in Ha Long Bay, just steps from the beach. Providing free Wi-Fi, this tropical getaway features a beachfront pool and bar.
    • Rooms at Catba Sunrise offer views of the sea, pool, or garden. Each room has satellite TV, a safe, and tea/coffee making facilities. The marble bathroom comes with a bathtub and shower.
    • The resort has a full-service spa with its own outdoor pool. Guests can relax on the beachfront lounge chairs, or take a walk along the cliff-side walkway.
    • Featuring an open kitchen, Fisherman’s Grill serves fresh seafood in an outdoor setting. VOSO Restaurant offers international and Asian dishes, as well as a varied wine list. Drinks can also be enjoyed at the beachfront bar.
    • Catba Sunrise Resort is within walking distance of Catba Town. The staff at the 24-hour front desk can help guests book tours of Catba Island National Park and Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    HOI AN DA NANG
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    Ancient House Hoi An

    • The hotel is named for the ancient (well - 200 years old) Vietnamese house located to the rear of the property. This traditional building is now home to five generations of noodle-makers, who you can watch in action before strolling off to enjoy views of the nearby De Vong River.
    • There’s a sweet, peaceful spa, specialising in natural beauty treatments, and a restaurant which offers Asian, Western and barbecue menus, and even cookery classes to anyone willing to get up early enough to visit the market for ingredients first! Our preferred poolside rooms are all well-sized and the attentive staff always work hard to ensure a pleasant stay.

    SAIGON
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    Northern Hotel Saigon

    • An added bonus at the Northern Hotel is the good sized rooms that feature large windows to make the most of those city views. Incidentally, all of the rooms have external windows, which is quite unusual in Saigon.
    • The décor is contemporary and easy-on-the-eye, with modern-style marble bathrooms and all the facilities you require to make your stay comfortable.
    • The Northern Hotel prides itself on its service levels: you’re guaranteed a warm welcome, with nothing too much trouble. Facilities include a pleasant mezzanine-floor restaurant and a small gym.