Vietnam Culinary Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    10 days

    Activity Level


    Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
    Minimum Age


    Ideal Age



    10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 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!

    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 Ho Chi Minh City, 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 1970s. It was here that the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates with two tanks in 1975, which you can still see on the grounds, 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. You’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! You’ll explore by boat to visit small workshops, quaint villages and an organic fruit farm all while meeting the locals who live in the area.

    Traditional Mekong Delta Lunch

    Enjoy a traditional and delicious lunch in a small local restaurant consisting of food and dishes that are only found in the Mekong Delta. In the afternoon you will get back on the sampan for some leisure time along the narrow canals.

    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. You’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 4-5

    Hoi An

    Sunset Basket Boat Cruise

    In a traditional basket boat you’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 you’ll pick fresh saw-tooth coriander and Vietnamese mint. You’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 you’ll prepare four traditional and delectable Vietnamese dishes under the guidance of the head chef at the Red Bridge Cooking School. You’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, you get to eat your delicious creations!

    Days 6-8


    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!

    Visit My Son Holy Land (Optional)

    Explore one of the cultural highlights of Central Vietnam, the sprawling My Son temple complex. Take a step back in time and wander around this UNSECO World Heritage Site dating back to the 4th century!

    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

    Vietnam is an ethnically diverse country. As you explore the Museum of Ethnology, you’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.

    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 you’ll stop at a sidewalk café and eat Pho Cuon and several other snacks on your food trail!

    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! You’ll pass by small pagodas, temples and traditional houses that are all quintessentially northern Vietnamese.

    Journey to Tay Ho Temple

    You’ll cycle through a quiet village to the dike of the Red River where a small ferry will be waiting to take you across the river and north to West Lake. You’ll finish your journey by riding along the water’s edge until you reach Tay Ho Temple.

    Days 9-10

    Ha Long Bay

    Explore Trung Trung Cave

    Travel by bus to Cat Ba Island, located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park. Trung Trung Cave measures 300 meters lengthwise through the mountains. Follow a limestone passageway into the cave and marvel at the numerous stalagmites and stalactites created naturally over 2,000 years.

    See Da Chong

    Proceed to Da Chong islet and see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Pass the islets of Con Vit and marvel at the amazing limestone karst formations rising up out of the sea.

    Bike and Explore Viet Hai Village

    Transfer to the day boat and visit Viet Hai. Bicycle along the village path and through rainforests and dark tunnels. Pass scenic rice fields, explore an ancient local house made from straw, mud and bamboo, and experience how life is for locals.

    Day 11


    Kayaking in Ao Ech

    Discover the bay up close in an early morning kayak.

    Day 12

    Depart Hanoi

  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    Shorter 10 day trip
    Adult $4890
    Teen $4890
    Child $4790
    Internal Air $250

    2020 Dates


    Adult $5390
    Teen $5390
    Child $5190
    Internal Air $250


    Adult $5390
    Teen $5390
    Child $5190
    Internal Air $250


    Shorter 10 day trip
    Adult $4990
    Teen $4990
    Child $4790
    Internal Air $250

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount

    $300 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $1,990 (Summer) / $1,390 (December) for single accommodations

    Large Group Discount 

    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.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, and bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

    Depending on your flight schedule you may return home the following day. 

    Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.

  • Hotels

    Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel

    The Liberty Riverside Hotel is located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, on the Saigon River, and is only a short distance to shopping areas and many of the city’s landmarks. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and the hotel includes a rooftop pool and on-site restaurant.

    Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort

    Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort is located between the Thu Bon River and Cua Dai beach with access to the ancient town of Hoi An. Amenities include a balcony, 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 near Hanoi’s Opera House and the Old Quarter. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, TV and air conditioning.

    Orchid Cruise

    Enjoy luxury accommodations, with all modern ammenities as you explore the famous and serene natural surroundings of Halong Bay on board the Orchid. Enjoy gourmet dining along with unforgetable views of the jade green water, lagoons, little fishing villages and beautiful scenic landscape. Rooms feature private balonies with A/C, satellite TV, hairdryer and a mini-bar. The front desk is open 24-hours, and offers spa services and a fitness center.

    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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    4 days

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    3 days

    Activity Level


    Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.

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