Family adventure in Vietnam

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Overview

This dynamic and at the same time hassle free trip has been specially designed for families travelling with children. It features shorter journey distances, exciting destinations, family accommodation choices and fun kids-friendly activities. No rush, since the program also offers enough flexibility and can be easily adapted to your children's rhythm.

Highlights

  • Time for adventure, for learning, for having fun and for experiencing new horizons in family. 
  • Discover all together why some of our destinations have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Experience both rural and metropolitan lifestyles in one of the most open-minded Asean countries. 
  • Learn how some of the traditional values that we have lost in the West can actually live together with modern times. 
Hanoi arrival & orientation

Day 1 Hanoi arrival & orientation

Meal: not any | Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. Time for relaxing after the journey.
With time permits, you may have time for a leisure ride by small electric carts (or riskshaw) around the Hoan Kiem lake and the Hanoi Old Quarter. This bustling are of Hanoi is a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices.

Hanoi city and Bat Trang pottery village

Day 2 Hanoi city and Bat Trang pottery village

Meal: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi

08:30 AM – Pick up from your hotel, we'll start the day with a visit to the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam's 54 distinct ethnic groups and an enjoyable performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam) at the museum outdoor stage. You’ll have time for the Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, which was established in 1070 before lunch at KOTO restaurant.
In the afternoon, you’ll head to Bat Trang village – a premier ceramics centre 15 km northeast of the city centre. While the upper side is quite commercialized and focuses on glazed ceramic items, the riverside 'ancient' village leans more towards earthenware and pottery products. There’re opportunities to try your hand on making our own products, or wandering around its large ceramics market. 
The day program includes a visit to a religious architecture; it’s advisory to wear long trousers/blouse (enough to cover your shoulders/knees)

Hanoi - Halong

Day 3 Hanoi - Halong

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Treasure Junk 

7:45 – Pick up from hotel to Handspan office for tour check-in procedure.
8:00 - Depart from Hanoi for a 3.5 hours drive to Halong City through the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, get on board of the Treasure Junk and start the cruise to the boundaries of Halong bay while lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available).
After lunch, just make yourself at ease and relax. Limestone rock formations will parade all around us for about 2 hours before our first stop. We reach the perfect spot, where the waters of Halong and Bai Tu Long hit and wave together. Let's get ready for a closer look to the water and explore the bay in depth with your own kayak & paddle. 
We’ll get back on the Treasure board before sunset refresh and an aperitif on the sundeck. The boat cruises to its anchorage area. Dinner is served either inside or outside depending on weather conditions. Overnight on board in a cozy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom facilities.  
The transfer from Hanoi to Halong is by shuttle bus. On the way to Halong we will stop at a place with food, beverages and souvenirs for sale. This is not to trick you and that will be the only times of the whole trip you may feel in the tourism mass. But that is the only place on the way, where you, your driver and your guide can use clean toilets without being forced to buy anything. Thanks for your understanding.

Halong - Tam Coc

Day 4 Halong - Tam Coc

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: hotel in Tam Coc

6:30 - Coffee, tea and cakes will be served. Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of beautiful misty bay. A 30-minute Tai Chi session will be organized, energize your body and soul or just allow yourself some farniente time on a sunbath with a cup of coffee.   
About 7.45am, we hop on bamboo boats to go visiting a secluded floating village surrounded by the mountains. We trace our way between numerous floating houses and small rowing boats that serve the everyday life as vehicle, itinerant shops, fishing utility, sometimes overnight shelter. 
Back on treasure before 9am, we start cruising back to the pier. From 9.30am, a brunch will be served. Take a last glance at the rocks, standing still as the eternal guardians of a kingdom, we are about to reach the pier. 
11:30 – Transfer from Halong to Ninh Binh. The driving takes around 5 hours, you’ll reach Tam Coc (known as one of the most scenic spot of the region) in the late afternoon.

Tam Coc explorer

Day 5 Tam Coc explorer

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner | Accommodation: hotel in Tam Coc

In the morning, we hop on bicycles for an easy-paced to the local pier for embarking on a rowing sampan for about one hour on a less travelled canal of the region. It goes through caves and along the border with the natural site of Trang An.
Afterwards, you continue our cycling route through scenic rural landscapes in Tam Coc and have a closer look to the villages’ rural life with opportunity to stop en-route and help a local farmer in his daily work. Lunch will be served at one of the village’s houses.
Back to your hotel in Tam Coc, the rest of day will be free for your family relaxing.

Tam Coc - Cuc Phuong - Ha Noi - Hue

Day 6 Tam Coc - Cuc Phuong - Ha Noi - Hue

Meal: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: hotel in Hue

10:00 AM - depart from Tam Coc for a transfer to Cuc Phuong, the oldest National Park in Vietnam. We’ll start with a visit the renowned Endangered Primate Rescue Centre to see some of the rarest apes and monkeys in the world and learn about the conservation efforts to save them. 
After lunch, a quick transfer takes you the park centre with a stop en-route at the Cave of Prehistoric Man. In the afternoon, you’ll wander through a subtropical forest, rich in flora and fauna with thousand-year-old trees draped in vines. 
Late in the afternoon we head back to Hanoi airport for boarding a flight to Hue.

Hue

Day 7 Hue's heritage and local artisan

Meal: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: hotel in Hue

09:00 AM – pick up from hotel, the day starts with a mini class of making your own paper kite. You’ll be introduced to a kite maker whose family has been practicing this skill for generations. Under his guidance, the pre-prepared bamboo framework soon becomes a beautiful kite after your gluing and shaping. Next stop will be Thuy Bieu village. The village is a real maze of narrow alleys giving access to ancient garden houses all more beautiful than another. But the real treasures of this village are the people, descendants of the Mandarins. Lunch will be served at a local house. 
In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat trip crossing Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda, and then a quick transfer to the Imperial citadel – the most well-known of Hue ancient capital. If weather permits, we end the day with kiting your own product at the South Gate of the Citadel. Another night in Hue.

Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An ancient town

Day 8 Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An ancient town

Meal: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: hotel in Hoi An

In the morning, time will be on your own until our guide arrive and take you to Hue railway station for boarding a noon train to Danang. This local experience offers an excellent view of Lang Co beach, Hai Van mountain with the city of Da Nang spread out before you to the south.
A quick transfer brings you from Danang station to Hoi An. In the afternoon, our guide will show you the Ancient Town and explain its considerable significance in the history of Vietnam.

Hoi An rural & river life

Day 9 Hoi An rural & river life

Meal: breakfast | Accommodation: hotel in Hoi An

Morning will be free at your leisure.
In the afternoon, at around 2:00 pm - our guide picks up from your hotel with bicycles; we’ll then set off towards Duy Vinh – the country side of Hoi An. The picturesque cycling route is highlighted with rice fields, local garden and market... Stop as often as you wish for taking photograph or some easy chat with locals. There’s also time for a visit to a local family who are making sleeping mats in traditional way or a local carving workshops nearby.
After around 1 hour cycling, you’ll meet your water gear, let’s explore Cam Thanh coco palm forest in your own way by kayak or SUP (stand-up-paddle). The area is a unique mangrove ecosystem to Hoi An and the scenery is spectacular. The Coco palm forest provides the locals with products such as fish, shells and Nipa leaves which are commonly used as a roofing material for local homes. 
You’ll back to the boat pier after 1-1.5 hours paddling. Cool down with some local snack before getting back to hotel by a taxi.

Hoi An free

Day 10 Hoi An free

Meal: breakfast | Accommodation: hotel in Hoi An
The day will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh city

Day 11 Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh city

Meal: breakfast, dinner | Accommodation: hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

Morning/noon flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh city (so-called Saigon) with private airport transfers. 
In late afternoon, how to better explore Saigon than from the back of a scooter? Even if you’re not familiar with riding on a two-wheel machine, this journey will charm you and surely remain as a highlight of your trip in Vietnam. Sit behind your driver, relax while joining the city trafficy. The pavilion ride  will take you on wide avenues and narrow lanes for an alternative sightseeing of Saigon. Get ready for the must-see landmarks while also getting off the crowded tourist trail for a peek at the history, the streets and the sights that most visitors never even hear about or see. The tour starts at 18:00 and ends at your hotel around 21:00.

Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

Meal: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: hotel in Ho Chi Minh city

8:00 AM - We depart from your hotel to visit Cu Chi - a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war. You'll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface. Return to the city for lunch at a tasty restaurant in the city centre.
In the afternoon, you'll discover Binh Tay market and its surrounding area – known as Cholon or China town. The market is always busy, crowded and messy with small aisles selling all manner of goods, our main point is not for shopping but to enjoy the authentic Chinese atmosphere that has existed here for hundreds of years. There’s also time to visit Thien Hau pagoda before heading back to your hotel.
In the evening, you’ll have tickets for an outstanding cultural performance at the Saigon Opera Theatre (show schedule can be founded at www.luneproduction.com ). Featuring a blend of acrobatic acts, circus stunts, traditional music and contemporary dance, the lavish production embraces various elements of performance art to paint a uniquely Vietnamese picture. 

Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta

Meal: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: hotel in Ho Chi Minh city
8:00 AM – pick up from your hotel and make our way through Saigon traffic. We exit the bustling metropolis and enter the Mekong delta and its rural sceneries. At about 9.30am, we reach Cai Lay town and visit its market. We discover a colourful array of products, and stop by the fruits area to buy some for our dessert later today.
We then hop on a boat and transfer to our cycling playground. It is a narrow lane of about 12 km going along waterways and traditional houses. Many “hellos” on the way, some stops for pictures, at crafting and rice processing workshops; and to visit a family. Our hosts will offer us local cake and some tea. We take the time to wander around and try catching fishes in the very traditional way, using the “vo ca”.  
We then get back on the waters of the mighty River and cruise at easy pace along the rice fields and other agricultural scenes. We reach a local home at about 1pm to enjoy a home-made lunch (and the fruits we bought earlier). Follow a digestive stroll around and the visit of carpenters in their workshop. Time to say farewell to our hosts and head back to Saigon. 

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh city departure

Meal: breakfast | Accommodation: not included
Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.  End of our services.

Price per Family

PRICE PER GROUP Family of 3
(2 adults with 1 child from 2-10 year old)
 
Family of 4
(2 adults with 2 children from 2-10 year old)
 
Land service with
accommodation
 
USD 3687
[vnd 85 112 000]
USD 4338
[vnd 100 139 500]
Domestic airfare 
(upon availability)
 
USD 633
[vnd 14 602 500]
USD 805
[vnd 18 570 000]

 

* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Prices valid till 31 December 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our production team and that includes the best of the destination (highlights and some lesser known assets as well!). Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style. 

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation, length of the trip or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just forward us your comments at info@handspan.com.

* Special conditions for larger or single-parent families and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us. 

Included

  • Overnights at the following accommodations (upon availability):
    • Hanoi: May de Ville Old Quarter hotel
    • Halong: Treasure Junk
    • Tam Coc: Tam Coc Garden homestay
    • Hue: Emm Hue hotel
    • Hoi An: Atlas Hoi An hotel
    • Ho Chi Minh city: Lavender Central hotel
  • Meals as specified on the program
  • Travel in appropriate air-conditioned vehicles with experienced driver.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking local guides.
  •  All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned on the program.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

  • International flight tickets or visas.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Supplements on peak season.
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