Vietnam Family Holiday Comfort

Land Tour

With its friendly locals, delicious food and incredible scenery, Vietnam is the ideal place for a family adventure. Stroll the winding streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, laugh yourself silly at the water puppet theatre at Hoan Kiem and see ancient temples and pagodas alongside modern houses from a cyclo. Barter with stallholders at a floating market, explore the Forbidden Purple City and eat all the pho you can handle. With 13 days to adventure from the towering limestone karsts of Halong Bay to the frenetic markets of Ho Chi Minh City, you and your gang will get all the highlights of vivacious Vietnam in one neat package.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
2. Minimum age: 5 years old. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.
3. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 or younger at the time of travel.
4. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train and flight tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
5. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 3 (Overnight Boat), Day 4 (Sleeper Train) and Day 11 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
6. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
7. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 5 pm on Day 1 in Hanoi. This trip ends on Day 13 and you are free to leave at any time.
8. Tet is Vietnam's New Year festival, held annually in late January or early February based on the lunar calendar. While this can be a fascinating time to travel and experience this event, expect some shop closures and busier than usual local transport. Opening hours at some tourist sites may also be affected or closed. Although we make all reasonable efforts to avoid disruption, a flexible approach from the traveler is appreciated.
9. During the rainy months (approx. June to October), our mode of transport can be changed at short notice due to weather conditions.

Tour details Collapse
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Number Of Days
13
Price From
$2,405
Start Location
Hanoi, Vietnam
End Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Family
Physical Rating
Easy
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Day 1: Hanoi
Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, and your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow families. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and thriving Old Quarter. The latter is a veritable architectural museum piece that feels like a 1930s provincial French town – a great place to explore today if you have time.
Day 2: Hanoi
Embark on a full-day tour of the city. You will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, and the tranquil Temple of Literature – an oasis of calm in the heart of town. Also head to the Museum of Ethnology to learn more about the diverse heritage of Vietnam. Enjoy some lunch at the KOTO restaurant – an excellent establishment and long-time friend of Intrepid which lives by the philosophy of 'know one, teach one'. It supports underprivileged local youth by giving them a chance at making a career in hospitality. In the evening, sit down to a traditional water puppet performance. This northern tradition, dating back nearly a thousand years, is performed alongside traditional Vietnamese music that employs drums, wooden bells, horns and bamboo flutes.
Day 3: Halong Bay
Travel by minibus to the spectacular World Heritage-listed site of Halong Bay (approximately 4 hours). The bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with some 2000 limestone islands jutting out of the waters of the Bac Bo Gulf. Board your private boat and cruise among the dramatic limestone peaks. There's an opportunity to swim in the famous Vietnam East Sea and explore caves filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a sky alive with stars.
Day 4: Hue
Enjoy breakfast on the boat this morning and perhaps head out for an optional early morning kayak. Return to Hanoi by bus (approximately 3.5 hours). From there you will board an overnight train bound for Hue. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past. It's a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Although conditions are basic on your train journey, overnight trains are a classic South East Asian experience and the best way to travel long distances with the locals. Lie back and enjoy the ride! Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but it's a great idea to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit before you head off.
Day 5: Hue
Welcome to Hue! Your leader will help you chose a local, tasty breakfast option this morning after you disembark the overnight train. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Delve further into the fascinating former capital today. You will visit the Imperial Citadel, which is the best-preserved remnant of a large citidel and Royal centre that once existed on this fortified site. The unique fortifications are fascinating, even though much of this place has sadly been destroyed by war. The foliage-covered ruins make for an interesting couple of hours of exploring. You will visit the Forbidden Purple City, which was almost totally wiped out during the Tet Offensive in 1968. The gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the shocking destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. Afterwards, you will take a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, which is considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It's an active Buddhist monastery originating in 1601. One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime.
Day 6: Hue
After breakfast you and your family will visit Tu Duc Tomb, Emperor Tu Duc enjoyed the longest reign of any monarch of the Nguyen dynasty, ruling from 1848-1883. Next up we pay a visit to a local non-government organisation that supports Hue’s deaf community by providing training, employment, support and a place to connect with others. Take part in a traditional paper flower making class with members of the community – this exercise is conducted in silence using body language and sure to be a special experience the whole family will remember. This afternoon you will journey through the streets of Hue on a cyclo tour. Travelling around the citadel, passing through the local fruit and vegetable marketing, stopping to climb the ancient Citadel towers for a birds eye view of the town before stopping over at Ho Chi Minh’s house.
Day 7: Hoi An
Travelling by bus (approximately 4 hours), head south through coastal rice paddies before traversing the spectacular Hai Van Pass. You'll all be treated to some stunning mountain scenery en route. After a brief visit to the beautiful China Beach, arrive at Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An and its delicate beauty is being restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of it look exactly as they did more than a century ago – it's the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it.
Day 8: Hoi An
After breakfast, head out to spend the morning at Cua Dai beach. This beach is known for its stunning palm-fringed white sand and views of the Cham islands. Transfer back to town and pop into a local restaurant where you’ll learn how to make ‘white rose cake’, one of Hoi An’s most popular street foods. These tasty savoury dumplings are made with rice paper and minced shrimp and named after their resemblance to a white flower. Once your local instructors have taught you how to make these delicious parcels, sit down together and tuck into your creations for lunch. This hands-on experience is one the whole family will enjoy!
Day 9: Hoi An
The rest of your time is left free to relax in this beautiful area. Hoi An is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs, especially if you’re looking for t-shirts, paintings or ceramics. For those interested in getting clothes tailored, this is definitely the place to shop. You might also like to speak to your leader about arranging a cooking lesson and learn about the many layers of fresh herbs and flavours that can be found in Vietnam's fresh and tasty cuisine. Or simply spend your day by the pool.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Formerly known as Saigon, this bustling metropolis is full of vibrant sights and sounds; a fascinating blend of old and new. Check out Ben Thanh Market and feast on a delicious lunch of local street food, and take an orientation walk. Afterwards, you're free to explore the city as you please. Your leader will have plenty of interesting ideas for you and your family. Consider scooting off on cyclos to Cholon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City, or for a bit of temple-hopping. Otherwise, you could visit the Vietnamese version of a department store for some serious shopping.
Day 11: Mekong Delta
Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit unexplored Ben Tre where coconut is everything and anything. The journey to Ben Tre is south by private bus (approximately 2.5 hours). The fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers. On arrival, board your private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a different part of the local economy. Then head to your overnight homestay by the water. Be invited into a family home for a true local experience – a chance to see daily life from the inside. You'll be sleeping on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms, with all meals included. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Rise early, as the locals do here on the delta. Enjoy a leisurely morning before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City on the bus. On arrival, you'll have free time to further explore the city at your own pace. This is an opportunity to do anything you might have missed the first time around. District 1 is a great place to walk around with the family. If you've fallen in love with Vietnamese food, sample some of the culinary delights you haven't got around to yet – perhaps some grilled cuttlefish or, for the adventurous, street-barbecued sea snails.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out policies.
Inclusions Expand
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: Boat, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus
Accommodation: Hotel (9 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Homestay (1 night)
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Hanoi - Temple of Literature
Hanoi - Water puppet show
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh, Stilt House and Museum
Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
Hue - Thien Mu Pagoda
Hue - Imperial City half day guided tour
Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
Hue - Lavin House Craft Experience
Hue - Cyclo Tour
Hoi An - Orientation walk
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Hoi An - White Rose Cake cooking class
Ho Chi Minh City - Orientation Walk
Mekong Delta - Boat Cruise and Homestay
Mekong Delta - Local market visit
Departure dates Expand
Start End Availability Price
16 Sep 2022 28 Sep 2022 6 $2,405
17 Sep 2022 29 Sep 2022 1 $2,475
19 Sep 2022 01 Oct 2022 13 $2,405
20 Sep 2022 02 Oct 2022 13 $2,405
26 Sep 2022 08 Oct 2022 3 $2,520
27 Sep 2022 09 Oct 2022 6 $2,475
17 Dec 2022 29 Dec 2022 7 $2,475
19 Dec 2022 31 Dec 2022 1 $2,595
27 Dec 2022 08 Jan 2023 7 $2,475
28 Dec 2022 09 Jan 2023 16 $2,405
30 Dec 2022 11 Jan 2023 12 $2,405
31 Dec 2022 12 Jan 2023 12 $2,405
02 Jan 2023 14 Jan 2023 16 $2,570
04 Jan 2023 16 Jan 2023 16 $2,570
06 Jan 2023 18 Jan 2023 16 $2,570
07 Jan 2023 19 Jan 2023 16 $2,570
31 Mar 2023 12 Apr 2023 11 $2,570
01 Apr 2023 13 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
02 Apr 2023 14 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
03 Apr 2023 15 Apr 2023 1 $2,665
04 Apr 2023 16 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
05 Apr 2023 17 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
06 Apr 2023 18 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
07 Apr 2023 19 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
08 Apr 2023 20 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
10 Apr 2023 22 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
11 Apr 2023 23 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
12 Apr 2023 24 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
13 Apr 2023 25 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
14 Apr 2023 26 Apr 2023 16 $2,570
24 Jun 2023 06 Jul 2023 12 $2,570
01 Jul 2023 13 Jul 2023 16 $2,570
03 Jul 2023 15 Jul 2023 12 $2,570
29 Jul 2023 10 Aug 2023 16 $2,570
02 Aug 2023 14 Aug 2023 16 $2,570
05 Aug 2023 17 Aug 2023 16 $2,570
08 Aug 2023 20 Aug 2023 16 $2,570
12 Aug 2023 24 Aug 2023 16 $2,570
15 Sep 2023 27 Sep 2023 16 $2,570
16 Sep 2023 28 Sep 2023 16 $2,570
18 Sep 2023 30 Sep 2023 16 $2,570
19 Sep 2023 01 Oct 2023 16 $2,570
22 Sep 2023 04 Oct 2023 16 $2,570
23 Sep 2023 05 Oct 2023 16 $2,570
25 Sep 2023 07 Oct 2023 16 $2,570
26 Sep 2023 08 Oct 2023 16 $2,570
16 Dec 2023 28 Dec 2023 16 $2,570
18 Dec 2023 30 Dec 2023 16 $2,570
26 Dec 2023 07 Jan 2024 16 $2,570
27 Dec 2023 08 Jan 2024 16 $2,570
28 Dec 2023 09 Jan 2024 16 $2,570
29 Dec 2023 10 Jan 2024 16 $2,570
30 Dec 2023 11 Jan 2024 16 $2,570

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