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Vietnam Family Explorer

Vietnam is perfectly suited for a family adventure. There are few countries where children of all ages respond so spontaneously and where lasting friendships are formed on a daily basis. Activity and variety are keys to the success of this adventure. We spend our days wandering the vibrant streets and markets of Ho Chi Minh, experience a homestay in the Mekong Delta, and soak up the coastal ambience of the former sea port of Hoi An where activities include leisurely cycling along country roads to discover local Vietnamese rural life, a foodie experience where the whole family will learn about exquisite Vietnamese food and a traditional lantern making class. In Hanoi where are adventure starts, we explore the wonderful old quarter and take time out as we sail and kayak amongst the limestone karsts and along the endless stretches of beaches at Halong Bay. With such a multitude of experiences and leisure time, it's a true adventure that to the interests of the entire family.

Inclusions

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
Airport transfers on Day 1 & Day 12
Comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis
Internal flights Ho Chi Minh City/Danang and Danang/Hanoi valued at USD$220
Boat trip in Mekong Delta
Cooking class
Private vehicles
Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed in itinerary
Expert bilingual guide
Medical kit
Hightlights
Explore the bustling streets and sights of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City
Experience the floating markets of the Mekong River and the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels
Learn about village life and culture with a local Mekong Delta family homestay
Explore the ancient architecture and soak up the laid-back atmosphere in Hoi An
Enjoy the famous Water Puppet Theatre and the colourful Old Quarter in Hanoi
Cruise the emerald waters and towering limestone islands of Halong Bay
Experience a custom itinerary designed to engage the whole family
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $2,690
Start Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
End Location
Vietnam
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
05 Aug 201816 Aug 2018AvailableAUD $2,690
16 Sep 201827 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $2,690
23 Sep 201804 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,690
30 Sep 201811 Oct 2018AvailableAUD $2,690
16 Dec 201827 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,690
06 Jan 201917 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
07 Apr 201918 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
14 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
23 Jun 201904 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
30 Jun 201911 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
04 Aug 201915 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
15 Sep 201926 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
22 Sep 201903 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
29 Sep 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
15 Dec 201926 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,690
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. You are greeted by your driver at Noi Bai International Airport for your transfer to the hotel. Please look for the WORLD EXPEDITIONS welcome sign outside GATE A1 of the arrivals hall. You will have time to relax at your hotel and adjust to the pace of Hanoi. The capital of Vietnam is one of Asia's most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. This beautiful city is bustling with energy and will soon dispel even the slightest feeling of jetlag. In the late afternoon meet our guide at the hotel lobby for a trip briefing. You are then invited for a warm and hospitable meal with a Hanoian family. On arrival, the friendly host will give you a big welcome and introduce his/her household. You'll sip some tea and share insights about Vietnamese culture, customs and habits. Around the dining table, the host will tell us more about Vietnamese cuisine, which emphasizes freshness and uses a lot of vegetables, herbs and spices. Your meal will include authentic local dishes which are popular among the locals. Here, you can eat, chat, and learn some basic Vietnamese phrases like: xin ch o (hello), ngon (delicious), and c?m on (thank you)! Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2
On the outskirts of Hanoi, Bat Trang is a traditional handicraft village specializing in ceramics. Your excursion today takes you from the past to the present of this ancient village. First, visit the communal temple overlooking the Red River to learn about the history of the village. You'll walk through small alleys to visit a well-preserved ancient house and have a talk with the friendly owners. Next, at a family-owned workshop, the owner will explain the complete production cycle, from shaping the products to decorating and firing them. You then can try your hand at making one ceramic product. Last but not least, stroll through Bat Trang ceramic market to see the variety of products made and sold here. Next is a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, which gives an excellent overview of the country's ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. The highlight here is the large, beautiful outdoor area featuring genuine houses and compounds as built and used by the many different ethnic groups. Walk through tiny dark lane to home of the last family making paper masks in the Old Quarter where you can see the host making this traditional kid toy. You then explore the lively Old Quarter on a cyclo. This bustling heart of Hanoi has been a commercial centre since King Ly Thai To built his palace there in the 11th century. Skilled craftsmen started to migrate and artisan guilds were formed on the famous "36 Streets". Previously, each street carried the name of the item produced and sold there, and many still have the same names. This is a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where you will find shopping and cultural/historical sites all wrapped into one. Enjoy the unique performance of a water puppet show, a traditional art form closely linked with the agricultural roots of the Vietnamese people on the Red River Delta. It is performed in a pool of water, with the water surface being the stage. The puppeteers stand behind a screen and manipulate the lacquered wooden puppets using long bamboo rods and strings hidden beneath the water surface. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides musical accompaniment. Overnight in Hanoi. Note: Most of Hanoi's museums also close on Mondays, except Museum of Vietnam Women & Museum of Vietnam Fine Arts.
Day 3
Breakfast at hotel before heading out to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival we will join our traditional 'junk' sailing boat and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. We will spend the rest of the day cruising in our boat around the myriad of tiny islands and exploring the many grotts created by the wind and the waves. While on board we will have a fresh seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploring one of the limestone caves in this area. Dinner and overnight on board. Note: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
Day 4
Today we continue to cruise to visit more sightseeing and spots in Ha Long Bay. We will reach the pier around noontime and transfer back to Hanoi. Stop en route in Bac Ninh to visit Dong Ho Village, famous for its long-preserved art of making simple yet unique traditional woodblock print pictures. Visit a studio in village, where you can watch the procedure of carving and printing these paintings, and learn about the local folk tales they represent. Transfer to the airport for the late afternoon flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival pick up and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 5
The iconic lanterns are a symbol of Hoi An old town and seem to be a part of the spirit of Hoi An. Join in a lantern making class to create your own Hoi An lantern. At home of a craftsman you will get a brief introduction to the history, shape, and color of the lanterns, as well as the many stages of making them. The craftsman will show you how to decorate and instruct you in making your own lantern. Discover your inner skill and keep your handiwork as a souvenir of this beautiful Hoi An. Next is a fun and interesting tour to learn about Hoi An's famous street food at Ms. Vy's Market Restaurant which displays many food counters. You can watch live demonstrations and taste many kinds of food before a hands on assembly of four dishes including Hoi An crispy pancakes, rice paper rolls and cao l?u. Lunch, recipes and a Vietnamese cooking gift to take home. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 6
Hop on your bicycle and cycle to the countryside around Hoi An. Arriving in Tra Que Organic Village, you will experience how local farmers work the land and learn about the importance of herbs in Vietnamese medicine and cuisine. Visit a special workshop where you can see various traditional bamboo products, as well as modern creations such as a bicycle. The kayak adventure lets you lose yourself in a Nipa palm forest, a unique and scenic mangrove ecosystem, as well as observe the local life along the waterways where fishermen still cast their nets. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 7
The entire day is free at leisure to explore Hoi An ancient town, one of the most appealing towns in Southeast Asia. Witness the fusion of Chinese and Japanese architecture with traditional Vietnamese aspects in homes, restaurants, buildings and bridges. Or you could simply relax on the white sand of An Bang beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8
The morning is free at leisure. Transfer to Da Nang Airport for the afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of Vietnam. It is the bustling and dynamic economic capital and the cultural trendsetter of the country, yet within the teeming metropolis you will find the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9
Depart for Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta, famous for coconut production. Upon arrival, set out on a boat trip on narrow channels winding through coconut forest. Stop at brick and coconut processing workshops to see how locals make bricks by hand and learn how to make different products from coconuts as well. Hop on a local xe l i for a ride to your homestay. After lunch, cycle on village roads through local hamlets, rice fields and coconut groves. Stop at any places which interest you, to have a close look at local life and culture. You'll then arrive at Mr. Sau Khanh's house, whose ambition is to collect antiques. His collection varies from ancient and valuable ceramics, pottery pieces like bowls, dishes and vases, to ceiling lights, sculptures and Buddha statues. Chat with him and try out the local skill of climbing coconut trees. Overnight at homestay in Ben Tre.
Day 10
After breakfast take a sampan to visit a local market and walk to a family weaving mats. Return to the pier and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. An extra fun family activity awaits you at Vin-Space called the "family art blast". Vin Space is a boutique art studio that provides a variety of art workshops for adults and children. Family Art Blast invites children of all ages and their adult companions to participate together in collaborative hands-on art making activities. This is great quality time for your family make art and be merry! Take in remarkable panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City from its highest building. At 68 floors, the Bitexco Building was opened in 2011and rises 262 meters into the sky. The eye-opening view from the Skydeck gives you a sense of the vibrant city you will be exploring during your stay. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 11
Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the most sophisticated man-made tunnel networks, in a different way by speed boat. 1 hour of slicing along Saigon River will give you another view of Saigon. On arrival, a video documentary will be presented before you explore Cu Chi, then view various mantraps, the remains of an American tank, numerous bomb craters, and explore the maze of tunnels to see how the Viet Cong survived in this underground network. Lunch is served with traditional Vietnamese dishes at a riverside restaurant. Back to Ho Chi Minh City. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 12
The day is free at your leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant onward journey.