11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
You can read all about the world renowned Vietnamese food scene but nothing comes close to knowing the smells and tastes of the street stalls or fresh bowls of pho until you’re actually there. Explore Vietnam with your taste buds on this family vacation— you’ll be happy you did!
Recommended Age: 8+
Vespa Street Food Tour
Taste the best street food that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer by cruising around at nighttime to different street stalls on the back of a Vespa!
Experience the Mekong Countryside
Get a firsthand look at the way of life in the Mekong Delta by visiting organic farms, meeting the locals, and biking through the countryside.
Learn to Cook Traditional Vietnamese Food
Pick fresh herbs and spices from a farm, stop by the local market to pick out the best ingredients, and then learn to cook famous Vietnamese dishes.
From meeting and playing with local Vietnamese kids to walking the streets with food a personality to tasting the best snacks, your family will see the best that Hanoi has to offer.
Cruise in Halong Bay
Stay on a ship and venture into one of the most scenic places in the world. You can swim, kayak, and relax on sand beaches to make this an unforgettable family adventure.
Fly to Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
Visit Reunification Palace
Explore Reunification Palace, surrounded by a lush garden and filled with antiques and décor from the 1970’s. It was here that the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates with two tanks, which you can still see on the grounds, in 1975 signifying the end of the Vietnam War.
Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City
Walk the streets of Ho Chi Minh City for a perfect introduction to this busy and bustling city. We’ll visit famous colonial sites like the Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, and City Hall. There is no better way to get a feel for the city than walking its streets and learning its history!
Explore the Mekong Delta
Explore the jungle of the Mekong Delta, one of the most fertile regions in Vietnam! We’ll explore by boat and bike to visit small workshops, quaint villages, and an organic fruit farm all while meeting the locals who live in the area.
Nighttime Vespa Food Tour
Spend a night doing what many people can only dream of— exploring the food scene of Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a vintage Vespa. We’ll sample snacks at food stalls, have dinner at a traditional bia hoi, and hang out in Vietnamese style coffee shops. This is the perfect family vacation night!
Sunset Basket Boat Cruise
In a traditional basket boat we’ll float through the serene Hoi An countryside, passing by water coconut palm plantations, as the setting sun turns the sky shades of purple, orange, and pink.
Visit Tra Que Organic Village
Walk through the tranquil organic gardens of Tra Que where we’ll pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint. We’ll also visit the local village market to pick up some other local ingredients from star anise and cardamom to sesame rice paper, water spinach, and banana flower.
Red Bridge Cooking School
With fresh and local ingredients, we’ll prepare four traditional and delectable Vietnamese dishes under the guidance of the head chef at the Red Bridge Cooking School. We’ll learn to prepare beef noodle soup (Pho), clay pot fish with fresh dill (Cha Ca), lemongrass shrimp grilled in banana leaves (Tom Nuong La Chuoi), and grilled chicken and banana flower salad (Goi Hoa Chuoi Ga Nuong). Then we get to eat our delicious creations!
Amazing Race Competition
Split into teams and race around the ancient town of Hoi An looking for different items to be collected and photographed— only the fastest and smartest team will win the grand prize!
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnam is a very ethnically diverse country and as we explore the Museum of Ethnology we’ll get a chance to learn about the intricacies and different cultures within Vietnam.
Friends Across Borders
Watch as your kids meet Vietnamese children and their pen pals for a cultural connection! This is one of the most special parts of travel, being able to see kids play Vietnamese games together, do arts and crafts, and become friends despite cultural and linguistic boundaries.
Temple of Literature
Walk the grounds of the Temple of Literature; a complex comprising of five gorgeous courtyards, the country’s first established university, and buildings that preserve the architectural style of several different dynasties.
Bun Cha Tasting
Taste bun cha, the meal that’s been made world famous after President Obama joined Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi for a bun cha meal. Enjoying the traditional grilled pork and rice vermicelli noodles with fresh herbs, greens, and a side of crispy spring rolls is the best, and most delicious, way to channel your inner Hanoian!
Cycle Through Northern Vietnam Countryside
Cycle through the countryside of Northern Vietnam, leaving the busy city streets of Hanoi behind! We’ll pass by small pagodas, temples, and traditional houses that are all quintessentially northern Vietnamese.
Journey to Tay Ho Temple
We’ll cycle through a quiet village to the dike of the Red River where a small ferry will be waiting to take us across the river and north to West Lake. We’ll finish our journey by riding along the water’s edge until we reach Tay Ho Temple.
Street Food Tour
Hit the streets of Hanoi to experience some of the best, most flavorful and mouth-watering cuisine in the world! With the help of a local food expert we’ll stop at a sidewalk café and eat Pho Cuon and several other snacks on our food trail!
Cruise Halong Bay
Cruise around one of the most scenic places in the world, Halong Bay. You’ll be able to take in the surroundings of calm gorgeous emerald water and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by jungles with your family— truly a once in a lifetime moment to share together!
Visit a Floating Village
On either a bamboo raft or kayak, we’ll visit a floating village. These unique villages are fascinating and offer a glimpse into a life much different than our own!
Kayak and Swim in Halong Bay
The best way to have fun and enjoy your family vacation in Halong Bay is to get right in the water! Glide across calm waters in a kayak, relax on sandy beaches, and go for a swim in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Unfortunately, this is the last dinner we’ll all be having together. At one of the local restaurants in Hanoi we’ll share our favorite parts of our adventure.
Depart / Arrive home
Dates & Prices
06/23-07/04Adult $4990PPTeen $4990PPChild $4890PPInternal Air $250
07/21-08/0120th Anniversary SpecialAdult $4990PPTeen $4990PPChild $4890PPInternal Air $250
12/23-01/01Shorter 10 day trip - call for details!Adult $4590PPTeen $4590PPChild $4490PPInternal Air $250
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$800 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, comprehensive travel insurance.
Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.
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