Active Vietnam Family Holiday
16 days, from £2,696pp (based on 2 sharing) incl. international flights Take your family on this wonderful journey through Vietnam’s highlights. Discover the sights of Hanoi, Sapa and Ho Chi Minh City, roll up your sleeves and try rice farming and fishing and sail through the wonders of Halong Bay.
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This family-friendly holiday is a wonderful chance to explore more of beautiful Vietnam. Explore the cities of Hanoi, Sapa, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hoi An. Head into the countryside and hike through a cloud forest, visit ancient villages and learn about traditional rice cultivation and fishing with local farmers. Enjoy a night on-board a traditional Vietnamese Junk Boat and sail through the iconic sights of Halong Bay with its soaring limestone islands rising from the sea.
Day 1: Departure
Depart London Heathrow on a direct flight to Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi
On arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Conveniently placed to explore the city, your hotel has excellent facilities which you can make full use of as you relax after your flight.
Day 3: Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast enjoy a tour of Hanoi, starting at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where you can watch or join the queues of people waiting to visit the embalmed body of the former leader. You’ll also visit the Temple of Literature built in homage to the Chinese scholar, Confucius. In the afternoon you can hire a cyclo for a breezy tour of the Old Quarter, whose streets are named after the goods that were sold from their shops. Next you’ll see Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in Hoan Kiem Lake, before finishing with a traditional water puppet show.
Day 4: Hanoi – Ba Vi & Duong Lam (B, L)
Your guide will take you on a scenic two hour drive west of Hanoi, to the summit of Ba Vi Mountain, where locals grow crops across the terraced landscape. You’ll then enjoy a short trek through a cloud forest, enjoying fantastic views of the Da River at over 1200m above sea level. You’ll then descend to the ancient Duong Lam village, a national monument, where you will enjoy lunch at a local family home before exploring the rest of the village by bicycle. In the evening, your guide will take you to the train station for your overnight journey to Lao Cai.
Day 5: Sapa (B, L)
You will arrive in Lao Cai early in the morning. You’ll head to the small village of Ta Van in the beautiful Muong Hoa Valley. Enjoy a scenic walk through the rice terraces and enjoy one of Vietnam’s most breath-taking views before heading to the home of Ms Moo, a local Black H’mong lady. Learn about the traditional life and culture of the Black H’mong people before heading to a nearby village for a hands-on Batik painting class. Transfer back to Sapa to your hotel.
Day 6: H’mong Valley Trail (B, L)
Today you’ll head a short way north of Sapa to the peaceful valleys and gorges surrounding the village of O Quy Ho. This trek is the perfect escape as you make your way through a quiet winding valley in the shadow of Indochina’s highest peak, Fangxipan Mountain. You will walk along ancient stone paths and hear the story of the Black H’Mong people’s migration to these mountains centuries ago. Return to Sapa early afternoon where you will spend a few hours at leisure before transferring to Lao Cai train station for the overnight train back to Ha Noi.
Day 7: Halong Bay (B, L, D)
After a tasty breakfast, you’ll set off to the coastal town of Halong, around 4 hours from Hanoi. From here, you will board a traditional Vietnamese Junk boat which will be your home for the night. You will sail through the wonderful sights of this iconic bay, including Soi Sim Beach, Coconut Three Island and Dark and Bright Cave. In the evening you’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration, followed by cocktails and canapes.
Day 8: Da Nang (B)
Wake up the majesty of Halong Bay all around you and take part in the ancient art of Thai Chi on deck followed by a hike through Sung Sot Cave to reveal majestic views of the bay. After a hearty breakfast, the boat will wind its way back through the islands for your return to Hanoi in the afternoon followed by an onwards flight to Da Nang where you will check into your boutique hotel.
Day 9: Hoi An (B, L)
This morning you’ll visit a local food market before enjoying a cookery class to learn the secrets of some delicious Vietnamese specialities like Cao Lau a moreish medley of yellow noodles, pork slices and pickled hot peppers. From here, you’ll head out on a tour of Hoi An – this former trading port is famous for its restored architecture, homemade silk, expert tailors and delicious seafood. You’ll finish your afternoon with a boat trip along the Thu Bon River.
Day 10: Farming & Fishing (B, L)
Today you will discover rural Vietnam. Start with a bike ride through green rice paddies followed by rolling up your sleeves and helping out the local farmers – learn about rice growing from start to finish. Back in Hoi An, you’ll take a short river cruise for a hands-on fishing lesson before trying your hand at paddling a bamboo fishing boat.
Day 11 & 12: Hoi An (B)
You have two days at leisure to explore the surrounding area, relax on the beach and make use of your hotels facilities.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City (B, D)
A short flight this morning to Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it was formerly known. With a booming free-market economy, it is a city of amazing contrasts: elegant new international hotels, exclusive restaurants and trendy bars sit along-side roadside noodle stalls, street children and vociferous cyclo drivers. Enjoy a city tour to explore some of the most famous sights, including the Post Office designed by Gustav Eiffel and Dong Khoi Street.
Saigon Street Eats – a culinary adventure in downtown Saigon where you can try a host of popular Vietnamese snacks and dishes prepared by small, pop up restaurants.
Day 14: Mekong Delta (B, L)
Hop aboard a small boat to take a trip around a floating market in the Mekong Delta. Displays of food are hung from bamboo poles on the bow of the boats to attract custom. Cruise along the maze of canals and explore these wonderful waterways before returning to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon.
Day 15: Saigon (B)
Learn about Vietnam history today with a trip to the eye-opening Cu Chi tunnels, once a stronghold of the Vietcong. These networks of underground tunnels were the living quarters, hospitals and supply routes used by the Vietcong and housed thousands of fighters during the war.
Day 16: Departure (B)
Enjoy the day at leisure until it is time for your flight. A private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home.
Prices typically include:
- International and internal flight tickets & airport taxes
- Private round trip transfer Airport/Hotel/Airport at all locations
- Tours as stated with shared transport and shared guides
- Accommodation based on twin/double room inclusive tax and service charges
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Vietnam departure taxes Services of Odyssey World’s local agents in Vietnam
Prices typically exclude:
- Any meals other than those specified
- Vietnam Visas
- Anything not stated above
- Travel insurance
- Early check-in/late check-out charges unless otherwise stated
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips etc.