It’s always a good idea to have a family trip to share new experiences with your loved ones. Especially with a brand new oriental culture, Vietnam can be considered as one of the best choice for a family trip. Here are our suggestions of 10 best family holiday destinations in vietnam that you are highly recommended to follow.
There’re millions of tourists attractions in Vietnam which meet different requirements of diverse types of travelers. Some may seek for mesmerizing adventures, some maybe interested in cuisine culture, etc. These 10 best destinations for family are prone to give tourists relaxing moments, which are friendly to both children and old people. For the whole family, these can be the most appropriate destinations throughout Vietnam.
10 best destinations to visit for family in Vietnam
1. Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (Sai gon) is the biggest and most modern city located in the South of Vietnam where you’ll find many best destinations suitable for children, adults and old people. There are cutural places, historical spots as well as many entertaining centres and open spaces.
The must-visit list includes Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Gia Long Palace, Saigon Opera House, Tao Dan Park and A O Show Saigon, etc. Taking a foodtour in Saigon is a good idea as it offers tourists variety of tasty street food such as banh khot, banh tam bi, banh da cua. With vendors selling specialty dishes daily on every street corner, you don’t stay hungry for long in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.
2. Cu Chi Tunnels
Close to Ho Chi Minh City, this is the second destination recommended. With a distance of only about 60km, Cu Chi Tunnels is considered as a heroic district for its role during the American war in Vietnam. The legendary for its network of tunnels extending over 220km can get the attention of those interested in history, especially adults and old people. Furthermore, there’s delicious manioc, the main food for guerilla-warriors in Cu Chi during the war. Firing off an amazing AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range is a brand new experience as well. This could be one of the best experience in your family trip in Vietnam.
3. Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta, located in the Southwestern region of Vietnam, offers tourists a wide range of different tropical fruits ready to be harvested in the orchards as well as beautiful gardens full of flowering bonsai trees. This is such an amazing destination as it attracts people of all ages.
Nobody can deny the best chance to absolutely enjoy the activities and excursions overview here. Taking a mesmerizing cruise through the amazing floating markets of Cai Rang, riding the bike through small local villages and visiting fishing farms are highly recommended.
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Best time to visit the Southern Vietnam
The climate of the south splits into two opposite seasons, wet and dry. The dry season begins in November and ends in April or early May. From late February, it can be slightly hotter and more humid. The wet season with the months of June, July and August receives the highest rainfall of the year. However, these best destinations can be enjoyed year-round, although if visiting outside dry season, sudden afternoon downpours may be expected. The rain is generally heavy but short lasting, thus, if you plan to visit the Southern Vietnam in this period, prepare some raincoats with you.
4. Nha Trang
Nha Trang, located on the south central coast of Vietnam, is considered as the pearl of the ocean queen’s crown. Such beaches full of sunshine and fresh tasty seafood and famous bird’s nest soup are indispensable destinations in any family trip.
Nha Trang offers endless white sandy beaches with peacefully calm waves. Besides, it provides visitors loads of tourist activities, suitable for both adults and children. Island hopping, scuba diving, flyboarding, water skiing and other sporting activities can be enjoyed in the city.
Best time to visit the South Central Coast Nha Trang
Nha Trang, to the South of Truong Son mountain, benefits quite long dry season, usually from January to September. Seldomly faces storms, Nha Trang tourism is always in high season. Especially from February to April, the temperature keeps moderate at around 26-27 degree Celsius, and precipitation stays at the lowest level of the year. Spring months are also the best time to dive and enjoy other water activities here.
5. Hoi An
Move a little up to the central part of Vietnam, the first of the best destinations to be mentioned is Hoi An. This ancient town can be a good place to enjoy tranquil moment with your family in the beauty.
It’s suggested that you visit the tailors, the beaches and temples, go shopping and of course take a food tour around the old town. A cruise on boat along Thu Bon river at night to enjoy the brightly colorful floating lanterns is a nice experience one should gain in Hoi An. Especially, each family in the old quarter holds a lantern in front of their home to celebrate the fullmoon every month on the 15th day in the lunar calender. This is children’s most interesting and worth-waiting activity.
6. Da Nang
Only 30km from Hoi An, Da Nang should be the next destination in your family trip in Vietnam. Da Nang provides tourists the most pristine beaches and beautiful sights. There are cultural museums and serene pagodas where the old people may like to visit. Meanwhile, for children seeking for entertainment, there are as well many amusement parks.
A family trip shouldn’t miss these must-visit places such as Dragon bridge, Champa museum, Linh Ung pagoda, My Khe beach, Non Nuoc beach and Han river bridge. Besides, Bana Hill and Asia Park offer the greatest entertainment as well.
The next best destination of this central land of Vietnam to be recommended is Hue, a centre of historical and cultural value.
Hue embraces many amazing places to visit including the Citadel, Forbidden Purple City, Thien Mu Pagoda, Dong Ba Market, Long An Palace Museum, Tombs of the Emperors. At night, a little cruise on boat along the poetic Perfume river listening to traditional music of Vietnam can give you and your loved ones the best experience you can never have elsewhere. Besides, Hue’s food culture is something of special and unique that may get your children mouthwatering. Mussel rice, Hue beef noodle, spring roll with grilled pork, Hue lemongrass skewers, lotus seeds sweet soup are among the most delicious dishes in Hue.
Best time to visit the Central Vietnam
To the North of Truong Son moutain, Hoi An, Hue and Da Nang in the centre of Vietnam experience hot and dry weather from mid-January to late August. During the winter months the rainfall increases, occasionally in the form of typhoons, especially in October and November. Beaches lovers should consider visiting these destinations in suitable season.
Particularly, the 15th day of each lunar month is the best time to visit Hoi An. This is the fullmoon date of each month in lunar calendar that you will not want to miss the splendid scene when the colorful lanterns brightens up the river banks.
Leaving the ancient capital with the antique tracks, it’s time to move up North to our busy hectic capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. We all do know this is such a fabulous and must-not-miss destination for a family trip, which is suitable for tourists of any ages.
It would be amazing for you just to tranquilly take a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and the nearby street in the ancient town. The Old Quarter and the complex of Hoan Kiem Lake as well as the French Quarter can be an amazing with beautiful and cultural spots. Especially, the thing you must not miss is the diversity of specialities which is popularly called street food culture of Hanoi.
It is also highly recommended that you visit some famous spots a little further from the city centre. Hoa Lo prison, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Vietnam museum of ethnology are highly recommended. Besides, don’t miss out on the entertainment centres and amusement parks which are widely distributed in the city.
9. Mai Chau
Mai Chau, which is about 140km to the Southwest of Hanoi, is a valley set in the stunningly beautiful and mountainous area. It is highly recommended that you and your family take a little escape from the touristy hubs and pristine beaches to explore a new type of travel. The unspoiled beauties of this mountainous are will not let you down.
During the trip, you can go trekking or cycling to enjoy fruitfully the picturesque valleys and rice paddy terraces. Some other activities suggested include visiting some alluring caves, some local villages and staying in some stilt houses to try the buffalo meat and traditional rice wine made by the friendly local people. What could be more cordial and meaningful? This is a chance for you to take an insight into the life of Vietnam’s indigenous ethnic minority groups as well.
10. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay, located in the northeastern of Vietnam is a promising destination which will give you different and special experience.
Here, you can choose to have an overnight cruise and the itinerary of your cruise is differently arranged. However, all activities arranged by the cruise are on a shared basis and all are suitable for tourists from children to old people. As a sight-seeing tour, there are usually some beautifully mysterious caves, fishing villages and limestone islands for you to discover such as Thien Canh Son cave, Vung Vieng village. To be more active, travellers will be offered also kayaking and swimming excursions to enjoy the beauty of unspoiled nature here. The cruise includes as well many other activities on boat such as cooking class, yoga, karaoke or simply a night enjoying the tranquil view on the top of the boat.
Best time to visit the Northern Vietnam
Hanoi and the North of Vietnam has four distinctive seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to April with the coldest months of January till March. The climate in the mountainous area including Mai Chau valley can get very cold and frosty in December and January, especially at night. Summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid, extremely in Hanoi. The region experiences its highest rainfall, especially from July to September. During these months, rarely severe weather can prevent junks sailing in Ha Long Bay.
From January to April, the changing period, it is very suitable for festive and spiritual tourism activities as most festivals in the North take place in spring. Particularly in Hanoi, every season has its own unique signs and attractions. So if you want to experience this beautiful little capital city of Vietnam, don’t mind hesitating, just come and enjoy it.
In the mountainous area, Mai Chau with the scenic view full of beautiful white plum flowers and peach blossom attracts millions of tourists this season as well. The period of October to December is also an ideal time for those who love nature and want to explore wild and majestic beauty of Northern mountainous region.
The best months to go to Ha Long Bay are May and September with sunny weather, hot and dry enough. Many cruises launch super discounts and special benefits in these months as well since this is high season. The other months are amazingly suitable for a cruise in Ha Long Bay as well, except for the peak of summer, especially July and August. The annual tropical storms usually hit Ha Long Bay and Gulf of Tonkin in this time of the year. Make sure you wanna enjoy your cruise fruitfully!
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