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Vietnam Family Holiday

With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, the whole family will fall in love with Vietnam. Sail beautiful Halong Bay. Delight at water puppets in Hanoi. Learn about rich emperors in Hue. Get a new outfit tailor-made in Hoi An. Maybe even take a dip in the Vietnam East Sea. With so much to share and do together, you'll experience the culture, flavours, and highlights of a Vietnamese adventure your family will always remember.

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 internal flights and train 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
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$1,680
Number of Days
13
Start Location
Hanoi, Vietnam
End Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Family
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Hanoi
Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter. The latter is a veritable architectural museum piece, with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, and your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm. Afterwards, perhaps enjoy some dinner with your family and fellow travellers (this is optional).
Day 2: Hanoi
Embark on a full-city tour of town. 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 KOTO restaurant, an excellent establishment and longtime friend of Intrepid which lives by the philosophy of 'know one, teach one'. It supports the underprivileged local youth by giving them a chance at making a career in the hospitality industry. 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 2,000 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. Your sailing junk has twin-share cabins that have air-conditioning and private facilities. There's also a dining room and bar.

Notes: Due to recent, unforeseen changes by local authorities, many boats are no longer permitted to stay overnight on the bay. This has resulted in a boat shortage. To ensure Intrepid travellers are all accommodated, a larger boat, usually with 12 cabins, may be used, and passengers may be split across multiple boats. An Intrepid group leader will be present on each boat, and the route and onboard inclusions will remain the same.
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.

Notes: Sleeper trains typically have four-berth compartments (occasionally six-berth, depending on seasonal variations) which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you'll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group.
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. 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.
You will have some free time to explore on your own before an afternoon cyclo tour. Journey through the streets of Hue, 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 6: Hue
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. You will visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, and see the central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees. There is also the chance to visit the tomb of Minh Mang. Its lush forest backdrop and impressive architecture make it perhaps the most majestic of all the royal tombs.

Afterwards stop into a local non-government organisation that supports Hue’s deaf community by providing training, employment, support and a place to connect with others. Here you’ll meet members of the community and join them for a traditional paper flower making class – a fun and interesting way to get to connect with your hosts without exchanging any words.
Day 7: Hoi An
Travelling by bus, head south through coastal rice paddies, then traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass along the mountains en route to Hoi An (approximately 4 hours). Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is beautifully preserved and exudes a tranquil atmosphere. It's perfect for strolling around at a leisurely pace, with many beautiful Japanese houses and Chinese temples lining the narrow lanes. Parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago. It's also a shopping mecca – browse local markets and shops for original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery and lanterns. Hoi An has also become famous for its tailoring, with a great variety of fabrics and tailors to choose from.
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
Enjoy further free time in this beautiful old town. Perhaps take up a cooking class and learn the secrets of preparing local specialties like cao lau – dark pork broth with thick yellow noodles, sliced pork, bean sprouts, green vegetables and croutons. Street food tours can also be arranged. Alternatively, hire some bikes and take the family out on a cycling trip into the gorgeous surrounding countryside. Another great activity which kids will enjoy is a bamboo basket ride down the waterways of the jungle. For more optional day- and half-day trips, chat to your leader.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Take a short flight to the economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds – a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. Check out Ben Thanh Market and experience a delicious local lunch of street food, and enjoy an orientation walk. Afterwards, you're free to explore the city on your own. Your leader will have plenty of interesting and fun ideas for you and the kids. Consider scooting off on cyclos to Cholon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City, for a bit of temple-hopping. Or 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 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.
Days 12-13: Ho Chi Minh
Life in the delta starts with the sun, so embrace the day early. You will visit a local market and soya bean workshop before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City for one more night. You should arrive in the afternoon, which will give you time for a final exploration of the city. On Day 13 your trip comes to an end, and you are free to leave at any time. For those who have booked an airport transfer, the leader will confirm your departure time and onward flight details.
Inclusions
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 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 - Koto Restaurant lunch
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
  • Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Hue - Cyclo Tour
  • Hue - Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
  • Hue - Lavin House Craft Experience
  • Hue - Imperial City half day guided tour
  • 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 - Soya bean workshop
  • Mekong Delta - Local market visit
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
17 Sep 2022 29 Sep 2022 12 $1,680
27 Sep 2022 09 Oct 2022 7 $1,792
28 Sep 2022 10 Oct 2022 1 $2,174
17 Dec 2022 29 Dec 2022 6 $2,305
19 Dec 2022 31 Dec 2022 10 $2,240
20 Dec 2022 01 Jan 2023 16 $2,240
21 Dec 2022 02 Jan 2023 16 $2,240
22 Dec 2022 03 Jan 2023 16 $2,240
23 Dec 2022 04 Jan 2023 3 $2,305
27 Dec 2022 08 Jan 2023 12 $2,240
28 Dec 2022 09 Jan 2023 16 $2,240
29 Dec 2022 10 Jan 2023 16 $2,240
30 Dec 2022 11 Jan 2023 11 $2,240
31 Dec 2022 12 Jan 2023 16 $2,240
01 Jan 2023 13 Jan 2023 16 $2,390
02 Jan 2023 14 Jan 2023 16 $2,390
04 Jan 2023 16 Jan 2023 16 $2,390
05 Jan 2023 17 Jan 2023 16 $2,390
06 Jan 2023 18 Jan 2023 16 $2,390
07 Jan 2023 19 Jan 2023 16 $2,390
08 Jan 2023 20 Jan 2023 16 $2,390
26 Mar 2023 07 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
01 Apr 2023 13 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
02 Apr 2023 14 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
03 Apr 2023 15 Apr 2023 12 $2,390
04 Apr 2023 16 Apr 2023 11 $2,390
05 Apr 2023 17 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
06 Apr 2023 18 Apr 2023 11 $2,390
07 Apr 2023 19 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
08 Apr 2023 20 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
09 Apr 2023 21 Apr 2023 14 $2,390
10 Apr 2023 22 Apr 2023 14 $2,390
11 Apr 2023 23 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
12 Apr 2023 24 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
13 Apr 2023 25 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
14 Apr 2023 26 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
15 Apr 2023 27 Apr 2023 16 $2,390
24 Jun 2023 06 Jul 2023 7 $2,460
28 Jun 2023 10 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
30 Jun 2023 12 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
01 Jul 2023 13 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
02 Jul 2023 14 Jul 2023 14 $2,390
04 Jul 2023 16 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
06 Jul 2023 18 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
07 Jul 2023 19 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
08 Jul 2023 20 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
13 Jul 2023 25 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
14 Jul 2023 26 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
15 Jul 2023 27 Jul 2023 16 $2,390
28 Jul 2023 09 Aug 2023 16 $2,390
29 Jul 2023 10 Aug 2023 16 $2,390
01 Aug 2023 13 Aug 2023 16 $2,390
02 Aug 2023 14 Aug 2023 16 $2,390
04 Aug 2023 16 Aug 2023 16 $2,390
05 Aug 2023 17 Aug 2023 16 $2,390
11 Aug 2023 23 Aug 2023 16 $2,390
12 Aug 2023 24 Aug 2023 16 $2,390
15 Sep 2023 27 Sep 2023 16 $2,390
16 Sep 2023 28 Sep 2023 16 $2,390
17 Sep 2023 29 Sep 2023 16 $2,390
20 Sep 2023 02 Oct 2023 16 $2,390
21 Sep 2023 03 Oct 2023 16 $2,390
22 Sep 2023 04 Oct 2023 16 $2,390
23 Sep 2023 05 Oct 2023 16 $2,390
24 Sep 2023 06 Oct 2023 16 $2,390
14 Oct 2023 26 Oct 2023 16 $2,390
15 Oct 2023 27 Oct 2023 16 $2,390
16 Dec 2023 28 Dec 2023 16 $2,390
18 Dec 2023 30 Dec 2023 16 $2,390
19 Dec 2023 31 Dec 2023 16 $2,390
20 Dec 2023 01 Jan 2024 16 $2,390
21 Dec 2023 02 Jan 2024 16 $2,390
22 Dec 2023 03 Jan 2024 16 $2,390
26 Dec 2023 07 Jan 2024 16 $2,390
27 Dec 2023 08 Jan 2024 16 $2,390
28 Dec 2023 09 Jan 2024 16 $2,390
29 Dec 2023 10 Jan 2024 16 $2,390
30 Dec 2023 11 Jan 2024 16 $2,390