Are you dreaming of a holiday in Vietnam? Vietnam can make a great place for a family holiday because it’s affordable, boasts some pretty incredible nature and is steeped in culture. Plus did I mention it has some pretty nice beaches to add to the mix too? Once you get away from the hustle and bustle it can actually be a great place to enjoy with the family and sooday I wanted to share with you my list of 5 places to visit in Vietnam with a family.
But before I do I wanted to share some important information about visas…
Getting your Vietnam visa organised before you go
If you’re planning on visiting Vietnam for longer than 15 days you will need to organise a visa for every member of your family. Thankfully you can organise your Vietnam visa from the comfort of your own home without having to haul yourself to an embassy. You can see here for more information on getting your Visa for Vietnam.
5 best places to visit in Vietnam with a family
Hoi An is a charming little town on the coast in central Vietnam with long dreamy sandy beaches and a UNESCO listed Old Town. Aside from soaking up the beaches and resorts when you visit Vietnam with a family, the old town is beautiful and well worth exploring.
You can also go on a Farming and Fishing Tour which is a great way of taking in the beautiful countryside and explore the local way of life. For a shorter exploration, you can book on to a boat ride of the Thu Bon River ranging from a one hour to a half day trip which is also a great way of soaking in some of the local atmospheres and gain a glimpse into rural life.
Frequently referred to as “The Rice Bowl” of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is a lush, fertile area blessed with a vast area of 3.8 million hectares of rice fields. If you have more time to spare you could consider a homestay where you can expect plenty of warm smiles, floating markets, boat trips, cycling and mouth-watering home-cooked food. If you’re pressed for time, and flying into Ho Chi Minh you can also take a day trip from there too.
If you can learn to brave the traffic (i.e. don’t wait for the traffic to stop and just walk – eek!), Hanoi is an interesting place to explore with its lake, water puppet theatre, the charm of the old quarter and amazing food.
Be warned – it’s not a place for a pram so either children who are used to being on foot a bit or a baby in a carrier would do better here. Plus you can always hop in a rickshaw to get around and its lots of fun to take a rickshaw tour of the old quarter.
No trip to Vietnam would be complete without a visit to Halong Bag – although be warned it can get terribly crowded. That said, the views are utterly jaw-dropping and a cruise on a Junk is pretty much on everyone’s Vietnam bucket list. But here’s a top tip for those visiting Vietnam with a family – did you know you can get a less crowded experience if you head over to the more peaceful and lesser-known Bai Tu Long? Shhhh….don’t tell everyone or the secret will be out!
If you have a little more time, and looking for a more chilled experience, then Phu Quoc might just be the perfect way to end your visit to Vietnam. Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and THE place to go for enjoying beautiful beaches, clear water and plenty of off-the-beaten-path exploration. The ultimate in Vietnamese paradise if you ask me!
Are you planning to visit Vietnam with a family? Do share in a comment below on the places you’d like to visit. And wishing you all happy travels!
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