Vietnam Family Vacation 14 Days

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival (D, GP)

Arriving at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. After a short rest, you will have a cyclo ride through some streets of this hustle and bustle city and observe the daily life of the local people.

After that, you will have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry (an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture). After the show, your family will enjoy a dinner in a good local restaurant. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City/Cu Chi Tunnels/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

A morning drive will take you to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialise as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly.

You will then return to the city centre for lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit the huge Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity. You’ll also call in at the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and somewhat incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries. You’ll spend the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long/Can Tho (B, L, G)

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Vinh Long where a Mekong River cruise will take you to visit the fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries like coco candy, sweet popcorn. You’ll drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Upon arrival you’ll call in at the Munir Ansay – an ancient Khmer style pagoda, renowned for its unique structural decorations. You’ll then drive to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.

Day 4: Can Tho/Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, G)

After breakfast and a boat cruise you’ll arrive at Cai Rang floating market on the Mekong Delta. Both the journey and the market provide insights into the rural Mekong Delta lifestyle. On your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll call in at the beautiful and ancient Vinh Trang pagoda, 3 km from My Tho centre. You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon with time to freshen up in the hotel.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City/Dalat (B, D, G)

In the afternoon, you’ll be driven to Dalat City passing beautiful landscape with some stops en-route for photo shots. After you have checked in to your hotel, you’ll visit the Linh Phuoc Pagoda and an embroidery workshop in an attractive garden setting. You’ll spend the night in Dalat.

Day 6: Dalat (B, L, G)

In the morning, a cable car will sway you downhill to the Truc Lam Pagoda. It’s quite plain, but is surrounded by an attractive flower garden. There are good views of the lake which lies below and can be reached by steps, and the thick forests on the far side. You’ll then cruise across the Tuyen Lam Lake for an hour’s elephant ride on the island in the middle of the lake. You’ll spend the night in Dalat.

Day 7: Explore Dalat by Motorbike (B, L, G)

You’ll have the whole day to explore Dalat on the back of a motorbike. Your guide will take you to visit Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, the Crazy House, and the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. You’ll spend the night in Dalat.

Day 8: Dalat/Nha Trang (B, GP)

In the morning, you’ll be driven to Nha Trang. The car and driver will take you to your hotel, which will overlook the Bay. You’ll spend the night in Nha Trang.

Day 9: Full day private boat trip in Nha Trang (B, L, G)

After breakfast, a car will arrive to take you to board a boat for a whole-day cruise to some of the small islands in the bay. You’ll anchor off Mun Island for snorkelling and a glass bottom basket boat ride to see colourful corals and the mysterious marine life. You’ll then cruise to Tam Island for swimming or relax on the beach before heading to visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island.

If you wish, you can join with other tourists to the ‘music entertainment’ with a wine and fruit party, followed by a seafood lunch on Tre Island. In the late afternoon, you’ll get back to the mainland and drive to your hotel. You’ll spend the night in Nha Trang.

Day 10: Mud bath in Nha Trang (B, G)

Your guide will pick you up at hotel and drive to visit to the impressive Ponaga Cham tower. You will then drive to the nearby Thap Ba hot spring spa. You can wallow in mud in an outdoor bath, shower in spring water, and bathe for as long as you like in a large hot mineral water swimming pool set in beautiful gardens.

There are two bath options – private and communal. The private baths each accommodate two people and are shielded by bamboo screens. The communal bath takes up to six or eight people, are cheaper, and are much more fun. It’s surprising how quickly strangers become friends when you’re slipping about in the goo! Bathing costumes (functional, but definitely not fashionable) and towels are supplied. The baths are on terraces on a rocky slope, and the gardens are bedecked with colourful ‘paper trees’. After relaxing in the mud baths and mineral water pools, you’ll be driven back to your hotel where you will spend the night.

Day 11 to Day 13: Nha Trang free (B)

The day will be free for strolling in the town, lazing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy. You’ll spend the night in Nha Trang.

Day 14: Nha Trang/Ho Chi Minh City departure (B, DP)

You’ll be free in the morning until your car and driver arrive to take you to Nha Trang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City in good time to connect with your departure flight. Tour ends.