Vietnam Culinary Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    12 days


    Level 3


    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.

    Explore Hanoi

    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.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Vietnam

    Days 2-3

    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!

    Days 4-6

    Hoi An

    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!

    Days 6-8


    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!

    Days 9-10

    Halong Bay

    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!

    Day 11


    Farewell Dinner

    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.

    Day 12

    Depart / Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    Adult $4990PP
    Teen $4990PP
    Child $4890PP
    Internal Air $250


    20th Anniversary Special
    Adult $4990PP
    Teen $4990PP
    Child $4890PP
    Internal Air $250


    Shorter 10 day trip - call for details!
    Adult $4590PP
    Teen $4590PP
    Child $4490PP
    Internal Air $250

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $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.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price Includes

    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.

  • Hotels

    Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel

    The Liberty Riverside Hotel is centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City and only a short distance to shopping areas and many of the famous landmarks in the city. In addition to its central riverside location there is a rooftop pool and bar, fantastic views of the river, on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. There’s no reason for your family not to sleep well each night and have fun during the day!

    Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort

    Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort is located conveniently between the Thu Bon River and Cua Dai beach with easy access to the ancient town of Hoi An. This upscale resort replicates a traditional fishing village with small streets, water ponds, and village houses with clay-tiled roofs embracing the ancient and modern sides of Hoi An. The rooms are uniquely styled in either Japanese, Classic French, or traditional Vietnamese with views of the ocean, river, or garden. Each room features a balcony, and has Wi-Fi access and air conditioning. Laundry service is available at the resort.

    Hotel de L’Opera Hanoi

    Located in the center of Hanoi, Hotel de L’Opera is in close proximity to Hanoi’s Opera House and the Old Quarter. A balance of French and Vietnamese architecture and design, each of the 107 rooms is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, TV, air conditioning, and stylish furnishings.

    Paradise Prestige

    The Paradise Prestige ship perfectly encapsulates the balance between traditional and modern to give your family a great place to call home while exploring the famous and serene natural surroundings of Halong Bay. The food and drink on board are delightful and the location can’t be beat!

    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.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.