This 17 day itinerary for family holiday in Vietnam starts from Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh. This itinerary will let you visit all the top sites in Vietnam from North to South, also will bring your family the most wonderful and memorable trip ever. You will visit not only the Highlights of Vietnam but also experience the local and new destinations.

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Highlights:

Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, this is a peaceful and graceful city with more than 1,000 years of history. Hanoi is a precious opportunity for the whole family to discover the history, the culture with friendly people in this vibrant city. Here you can find some of Vietnam’s best art galleries, there is a ridiculously quaint colonial center to explore, parklands and lakes abound.

Sapa: Located in northern Vietnam, home to Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and indigenous ethnic minorities, Sapa's charm is built upon the beauty of terraced fields, jaw-dropping mounts, and unique local culture. During your Vietnam family holiday, you can set off a trip to this famous remote area to explore another aspect of local life in Vietnam

Halong Bay: A scene of true beauty. Covered in deep crystal waters and surrounded by outstanding rock formations filled with hidden caves and a blanket of lush foliage over them. This stunning area is subject to boat cruises and cave tours which would be a great family experience.

Hoi An: A relaxation with lovely ancient town, pristine beaches and awesome food. There’s a wide range of activities for all the family such as biking, cooking classes, strolling around the night market or relaxing on the beach.

Ba Na Hill: A quaint ex-French hill station now one of Vietnam’s most popular sights, Crossing the Insta-famous Golden Bridge supported by an enormous set of hands.

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh): the largest city in Vietnam, an excellent entry point with a mixture of historical sites, cheap shopping, glorious food and chill-out on-the-water activities.

Can Gio Mangrove Forest: Notable for its extensive mangrove forest and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Can Gio is a low, palm-fringed island sitting at the mouth of the Saigon River, some 25km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Alive with monkeys, gibbons, crocodiles and other tropical forest life, the wetland enchants visitors with its lush leafy palm and fresh air.

Mekong Delta: with network of canals ranging in size from those big enough to fit a small row boat, all the way up to multi lane canals, used to ship produce. Life in this area of the delta moves at a slow pace, but that is not to say that there is not a great amount of visual activity, there is. A boat trip along the narrow canals is a must and for your children is sure to delight. Mekong Delta brings visitors an ordinary picturesque scenery filled with coconut palms, fruit gardens and paddy fields.

Phu Quoc Island: Sand, surf and plenty of sunshine—a seaside getaway has everything that both parents and kids need for a fun-filled vacation.

 

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrive (D)
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel. If time permits, we take a cyclo ride for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Enjoy our warming Welcome dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
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Day 2: Hanoi – Half day city tour – Duong Lam Village (B,L)
After breakfast, our guide will pick up you to start our day, we start with Ho Chi Minh complex, an important place for pilgrimage, which has built to honor and express gratitude to Uncle Ho. The most important part of the complex is the Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, where preserved Uncle Ho’s corpse for people all over the country and international visitors to visit their beloved old father. In front of the mausoleum is the Ba Dinh square. It has preserved many imprints of great events of the Vietnamese nation. On September 2, 1945, at this Square, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence that gave birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. And then you will come to visit the Presidential Palace, a large French design building used as the workplace of the president. This place will show you how simple the president live in his whole life. Another signature place in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda, a strange architectural style pagoda built from 1049. And the final place will be the Ho Chi Minh Museum, a place to express gratitude and eternal memory of the great merits of President Ho Chi Minh. We will continue to The Temple of Literature. It's not only the first university in Vietnam, but it always is the fire to light up the traditional fondness for the learning Vietnamese people. Quoc Tu Giam has also been chosen for organizing the complimentary ceremonies, events on holiday, be the icon of Ha Noi city. Departure from Hanoi, Come to Duong Lam Ancient Village, after lunch with local family, we start to figure out more about Vietnamese culture and history through heritage sites, 400-year-old laterite ancient houses, communal houses, wells, lotus pond and cycling around the village to enjoy fresh air and admire the picturesque paddy fields, talk to hospitable local people. Overnight in Hanoi.
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Day 3: Ha Noi – Sapa – Love waterfall (B,L)
In the North West of Vietnam, there is a small "town of fog" which has so many wonderful natural scenery and lovely people, it is where we call Sapa. Sapa attracting the visitors with the majestic mountains and other original experiences with the ethnic minority life. You can also challenge yourself to win over the "Fansipan peak - Roof of Indochina". Depart to Sapa for 5 hours on the high way. Visit Tram Ton Pass at the height of 2047 meters above sea level (the highest pass in Vietnam) where great views are offered of the surrounding mountains and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park. Thac Tinh Yeu (love waterfall) is a part of Hoang Lien Son National Park, located at about 1,800m above sea level. You will walk through primary forest, painting with green from the biodiversity vegetation, and if you are lucky, you can see in your own eyes the Do Quyen flower (Rhododendron - National flower of Nepal). Until you reach the golden stream, Thac Tinh Yeu is so close. After relaxing and taking picture, we will walk along the way back to the gate to return to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.
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Day 4: Sapa – Lao Chai - Ta Van – Fansipan (B,L)
Depart for the 2 hours trekking journey to visit Lao Chai – Ta Van village. Lao Chai village, the home of Black Hmong and Giay ethnic minority. You can pay a visit to the ancient rock field, which contain unrevealed mysterious of our ancestor. And then you will reach the second destination, Ta Van village, the home of Hmong, Giay and Dao Do (Dao with red color clothes) ethnic group. Its beauty made by the Terrace fields tinting with yellow during harvest seasons. It also comes from the simple, natural and traditional lifestyle that the people here are willing to preserve regardless of the high technology equipment that they have. What a wonderful chance to keep yourself away from normal life, having one time to eat, live and play in the traditional way. A delicious lunch in a local restaurant will eliminate all your tired from the morning. After relaxing for sometimes, you will continue to visiting Fansipan Moutain. Our driver will pick you up and heading to the cable station. It takes only 15-20 minutes to get to the peak. Be careful of the thin air as you are moving upward to reach Fansipan "3,141m" peak. From the peak, you have a magnificent view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley and Hoang Lien National Park. Don't forget to take picture with the monument at the top. You can also pay a visit to the pagoda complex below, the beauty of the Buddhist culture. Get on the cable cabin down to the station and return to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.
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Day 5: Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Hanoi (B,L)
Cat Cat village is just only 3kms from Sapa. A leisurely walk downhill will give you an overview of the village. You will not be tired as you can not take your eyes off the wonderful nature. A narrow rock trail will lead you through the whole village, from souvenir shops to memorial houses, and even exhibit houses showing the traditional handicraft such as weaving, jewelry crafting. You can also hire some ethnic clothes to wear and take memorial photos with your family and friends. Continue trekking deep down the village, you will reach Muong Hoa stream. You can take some rest, enjoy playing with the cool water here and explore the water-mill made by the Black H'Mong minority from Y Linh Ho village. Finally, trekking uphill to reach the checkpoint to get pick up by our driver to return to Sapa. After lunch in a local restaurant, time to say goodbye to Sapa and we will back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi
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Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
With 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay from Hanoi, the wonder of the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, the boat crew will welcome you and transfer you to the guest lounge for check-in. And then, you will get on a boat to start your cruise trip around the wonderful Ha Long Bay. After having a delicious lunch with seafood and relax, the journey will start from discovering signature caves. The caves at Ha Long are located around the bay, you can stand at one to view another and the whole bay. After discovering the wild beauty of the cave, you will return to the boat to prepare for an adventure activity, it's kayaking. You will immerse yourself in nature by floating in the middle of the sea, enjoy peaceful moments and temporarily forget the daily life. After kayaking, you can come up to the deck, have some light drink and watch the sunset before dinner has been served. In the late evening, you can take part in an interesting activity of local people, night fishing. Overnight on board.
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Day 7: Halong – Hanoi – Flight to Danang – Hoi An (B)
In the morning, your breakfast will be served while floating on the sea to explore the beauty of Halong Bay before disembarking time. Joining some more activities on boat and then checking out cabin, getting back to the main dock and back to Noi Bai Airport for the flight to Danang. Upon arrive, your guide and driver will pick up you to hotel in Hoi An. Check in and relax. Overnight in Hoi An
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Day 8: Hoi An – Bana Hills (B,L)
Our guide will pick up at your hotel to travel to Ba Na hills. Upon arriving at the cable car station, get on the first cable car, Sitting in the cabin, in midair, looking upon the endless tree line of the forests, bring you with spectacular views of the lush jungle and Fairy waterfalls along the way. Feel free to explore the primitive ecological system of the Ba Na Mountains. Visit Le Jardin garden, Debay wine cellar (from 1923), French villages. Experience the Golden Bridge, a bridge just like a golden ribbon in the sky which is held by two giant hand risen from the hill. The Golden Bridge has an impressive design, a road floating in the sky. Get on the second cable car to the top of the mountains. Challenge your limits with the Peak of Chua Mountain at a height of 1,487m. Don't forget to take your camera to capture the panorama view of the Da Nang from the top of Ba Na Hills. Visit the Fantasy park, this is an international standard amusement park with many games for all ages. Be free to choose a romantic game to play if you are a gentle person. In opposite, you have a strong character, you can play thrilling games. Have lunch then take a leisure walk outside to play with monkeys and take photos with them. Get back to the cable car station at the foot of Ba Na mountain. Then get back to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
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Day 9: Hoi An - Half day Traditional villages by boat - Half day city tour (B,L)
You will be pick up at your hotel to the boat station. Take a boat and then start the tour to traditional villages. Our first village is Kim Bong carpentry village, established from the 15th century. From the 16th century, Kim Bong was famous for home appliances, shipbuilding... products. Nowadays, skillful craftsmen turn to make handicraft products. Although the product is more simple and plain, it still shows the skillful and talent of the craftsman. Then we go to Thanh Ha Pottery village, Thanh Ha village used to produce bowl, jar, roof tile, lining brick... to distribute to Hoi An and another nearby area. There's a time that the village was nearly forgotten, however with efforts from the heart of the craftsman, the village was gradually recovered. Get the special bamboo Basket boat on Cua Dai river, exploring the Seven hectares water palm forest, learn how to catch purple crabs… Back to the town to have lunch. After delicious lunch in a tradition house in Hoi An town, we take a walk through town, seeing remarkably well-preserved traditional houses that have withstood 200 years of weather and war. Learn about the prosperous merchants who used to live in these homes, trading with buyers from all over the world. We will see the Japanese Covered Bridge, one of two such bridges in Vietnam. And you will reach The Assembly Halls. There are 4 Assembly Halls in Hoi An which you can find when walking along Tran Phu Street. Each of those Halls has belonged to a Chinese community who has their own beliefs, different assembly halls worship different gods and goddesses. Overnight in Hoi An.
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Day 10: Hoi An – Saigon – City tour (B,L)
Start your day with the right foot with a delicious breakfast to get you going. Then, your driver will take you to Danang Airport, where you will take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City Upon arrival in HCMC, We start your morning with a nice tour in Ho Chi Minh City. Our start point is the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office. Then we explore the incredible Reunification Place, and the War Remnants Museum of high historical importance. After that you will enjoy of a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. Break time for a tasty lunch at a local restaurant, so you can be full of energy for the afternoon trip to discover the biggest market in Saigon is Binh Tay market. This market mainly serves the local population with its extensive range of fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat and seafood from regions across Vietnam. And Thien Hau Lady temple: a temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu. The interior has colorful roof decorations by representing scenes from the nineteenth century in a Chinese city. Moreover, the most well-known interior design work which dominates the main altar is the three statues of the ‘Lady of the Sea’. Check in hotel. Overnight in Saigon
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Day 11: Sai Gon - Can Gio Mangrove Forest by Speedboat (B,L)
We are now offering you our brand new product: The Eco-Adventure tour to the Can Gio Mangrove Forest on a speedboat. The journey will bring you to scenic canals and get on to the mangroves. You will have a chance to discover the way of life in this region by visiting a local riverside market. Upon arriving at the tall mangrove forest, we will enter an entirely different region which will be an unforgettable experience. You will also: visit a local fishing village; see monkeys, feed the crocodiles at the crocodile reserve; paddle around the bat lagoon in a small boat. Enjoy the Vietnamese traditional food for your breakfast and lunch. Overnight in Saigon.
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Day 12: Saigon – Mekong - Cai Be – Can Tho (B,L)
Our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive around 2 hours to a local village by the Mekong River. We will stop on the way for refreshments and toilet. Upon arrival, we board a motor-boat and cruise along a vast network of canals and channels to enjoy wonderful views of the Mekong River. In your visits to some local cottage industries you can see a coconut candy workshop, try some snake wine, learn how to make pop-rice, or witness the process of making rice paper. We move to one of the island, here we visit a tropical fruit garden, listen to Vietnamese traditional music, and slowly enjoy getting in touch with local life by taking a hand-rowing sampan. Lunch is served at a riverside restaurant with 5-course Vietnamese food. Drive to Can Tho, your guide will help you check in to a rustic homestay. Enjoy your peaceful and relaxing time within the village. Tonight, you will join a cooking class guided by your localhost and enjoy your wonderful dinner. Overnight in Can Tho
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Day 13: Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market – Flight to Phu Quoc (B,L)
After early breakfast, your guide will take you on a boat to the biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang Market. There's a bridge here that serves as a great vantage point for photography. This is a wholesale market, so look at what's tied to the long pole above the boat to see what they're selling. Hundreds of boats fulled with mango, coconut, durian, pineapple forming a complicate maze above the river. Discovering the unique way of advertising: people hang their selling goods so that they can be seen from a distance. Beer, wine and soft drinks are sold on small boats that go among the other boats serve market-goers and visitors. Back to hotel and free time till our guide pick up you to Can Tho airport to flight to Phu Quoc. Check in and relax. Overnight in Phu Quoc Island.
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Day 14: Phu Quoc free time (B)
Wellcome to most beautiful and pristine beaches of Vietnam and the world, it is where the paradise of the experience, blue ocean and fine white sand with casuarina. Your free time at leisure to enjoy a lot of activities in here: Dive the reefs, kayak in the bays, eat up the back-road kilometres on a motorbike or just lounge on the beach, followed by a massage and a fresh seafood dinner. Overnight in Phu Quoc.
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Day 15: Phu Quoc free time (B)
Your free time at leisure. Optional: Enjoy Vinpearl Safari and Water Park Overnight in Phu Quoc.
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Day 16: Phu Quoc – Flight to Saigon (B)
There is free time for you to relax until our driver transfer you to airport for flight to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
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Day 17: Saigon Departure (B)
Free until we come to pick you to airport for flight to next destination. End of services!
Route Agent Class
Hanoi - Da Nang Vietnam Airlines/ Bamboo Airways Economy
Da Nang - Saigon Vietnam Airlines/ Bamboo Airways Economy
Can Tho - Phu Quoc Vietnam Airlines/ Bamboo Airways Economy
Phu Quoc - Saigon Vietnam Airlines/ Bamboo Airways Economy

INCLUSIVE:

  • All domestic flight tickets
  • Accommodation based on double/twin sharing occupancy (family connecting room is available on request)
  • Meals as indicated in program, (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Private A/C car or van with driver during on tour.
  • English or French speaking guide (any other requested language guide)
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
  • Junk cruise in Halong bay and other boat trips if has
  • Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees

EXCLUSIVE:

  • International air tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Visa stamping fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses and other services
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program

NOTES: Tour can be modified, hotels changed to suit your tastes and budget. Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.

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