For some families, even the most relaxing trip with their youngsters can be quite a handful of chores, stress, and impending doom. Add an exotic destination to the mix and you might as well resign as a sane adult trying to keep it together during your family adventures. However, certain destinations are more child-friendly than others, and even when you do encounter possible setbacks, a bit of planning can help you find your way around the issue in no time. One such place is Vietnam!
Rest assured that you’ll be able to have tons of fun, your kids will learn so much about diversity, the local culture, and traditions, and you’ll spend your days enjoying Vietnamese delicacies, fresh fruits, and wonderful coffee for hours on end. Let’s see what you need to include in your itinerary for your Vietnam trip with kids!
Pack up for Mekong Delta
No matter where you decide to stay, a field trip to this famous Delta is a must both for you and the kids. They’ll be mesmerized with the sheer beauty and the untamed spirit of the nature found there, and the cruise on the river will be an eye-opening experience.
You’ll come across floating markets, get to know the local folk, and finally, the kids’ favorite, taste some locally-made coconut sweets directly from the factory – they’ll go berserk!
Get to know the Local Wildlife
First of all, this predominantly tropical country is a perfect destination for kids who love animals, as well as those who could use some time to appreciate nature a bit more. City kids rarely (if ever) get a chance to encounter wildlife, and a stop at Cuc Phuong’s Primate Rescue Centre will get them as close as possible to many endangered primates of the region.
You should consider hiring a local guide to tell you and the kids more about the center as well as the animals, the local villages and everything in between. It will be a fun and educational trip for the entire family.
Don’t forget the Essentials
Since you’re visiting an exotic country that has so much to offer, you’ll probably use your camera on a daily basis and take hundreds of photos of your unique family experience. To make this happen, you will need gadgets you can actually rely on, so make sure you have the power adaptors suitable for this part of the world.
Before you hit the road, look for travel-specialized brands that offer practical accessories and worldwide travel adaptor sets, such as Go Travel. Don’t let an empty battery spoil your special moments.
Prepare your Taste Buds
No trip to Vietnam should go without tasting their local specialties! For your peace of mind and access to some of the best dishes locals can whip up, you can book one of the Ho Chi Minh food tours to ensure the best possible experience for the entire family. They include hotel pickups and drop-offs (which are great when you’re with your kids), unlimited food and a guide among many other perks.
Unlike most Vietnamese dishes you might have had a chance to taste back home, here, you’ll taste their locally-made dishes from their street stalls where the best of their recipes are made! Some of their authentic meals may have certain unusual ingredients, so make sure you ask your guide and think twice before telling the kids – you might end up with a hunger strike on your hands!
Head to an Amusement Park
If you’re staying in Ho Chi Minh City or anywhere nearby, you can treat your youngsters to a day in the theme park by the name of Suoi Tien. It’s so much more than just another aqua park with activities and entertainment – it’s a cultural experience that will give your kids a glimpse into an entirely different set of theme parks and fun!
You can expect numerous Buddhist symbols and mythical creatures from dragons to phoenixes, and your kids will have a blast exploring this unusual place.
Hit the Bustling City
The aforementioned city is one of the best urban attractions if you and your family would like to see this side of Vietnam as well. Ho Chi Minh City is fairly large, dynamic, and you can expect a fast-paced adventure if you decide to go there, so make sure your kids are up for the task.
You can take a tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels and share another important history lesson with your kids. Make sure to talk to the guide and choose a tour where kids can tag along, but these tunnels are actually easier for kids to navigate as some of them can be quite narrow!
Visit the Venice of Vietnam
The entire town of Hoi An is under UNESCO protection, which should already be enough of a hint as to its incredible beauty and historic value. Dubbed the Venice of Vietnam, this little town is perfect for a restful family holiday, and you can easily spend your entire trip there, with access to delicious food (such as white rose dumplings, found nowhere else in the country) and stunning vistas.
You can even take some time to cycle to the beach with your kids and enjoy the soothing sun and the crisp sand. In fact, you’ll be surprised by their breathtaking beauty and by the fact that they are not even as closely brimming with tourists as they could be!
From hectic cities and strange amusement parks all the way to a gourmet experience unlike any other, you can spend your days in any part of Vietnam with your kids and your itinerary will be brimming with options. Just make sure to talk to your travel agents, pick the best options for you and your kids, and you’ll soon look forward to your Vietnam family adventure!
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Zara Lewis is a writer and a full-time animal lover. Passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come, she is a mum of two, raising them inseparably from their furry family members.