Family Adventures in Vietnam

Routing: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Saigon - Mekong Delta

Trip Duration:

12 days 11 nights


Physical Grading:

With its stunning natural landscapes, millennia-old history, exciting cosmopolitan cities, friendly hamlets and mélange of cultural influences, Vietnam has it all. And there’s no better way to become acquainted with this vibrant country than by exploring it under your own locomotion and at your own pace. Walk past pagodas and temples in old Hanoi, kayak amid labyrinthine limestone outcrops in Halong Bay, bike past vibrant green rice paddies, investigate magnificent historic sites in Hue and stroll through the enchanting city of Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s architectural gems. Round out your days of discovery with meals of delicious local cuisine and stays at warm welcoming hotels.

Tour Highlights
  • Kayaking in the amazing Halong Bay
  • Biking in the majestic former capital of Hue
  • Charming ancient town of Hoian
  • Floating market of Cai Rang

Day by Day Program:

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: City tour of Hanoi
Day 3: Drive east to Halong Bay
Day 4: Kayaking Halong Bay
Day 5: Cruise/drive back to Hanoi
Day 6: Fly Hue/city tour in Hue
Day 7: Transfer to Hoian
Day 8: In Hoian
Day 9: Fly Saigon
Day 10: Mekong Delta tour
Day 11: See floating market/drive back to Saigon
Day 12: Departure

Services and Activities included:

Hotels (Twin shared room)
Twin shared AC cabin on junk
AC vehicle
Sit-in kayak (double or single kayak depending on availability)  
Boats in Mekong Delta
Water puppet show
English or French speaking guide
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Water & Snacks
Entrance & Sightseeing fees

Tour Exclusions:

Travel insurance
Personal expenses


    If none of our package tours satisfy you, let our travel experts tailor make a tour for you based on our answers for following questions:

    1. When will you travel?
    2. Length of your stay?
    3. Number of traveler?
    4. What is the field of your interest? Please specify: Kayaking / Biking / Trekking / Motorcycling / Multi-sport
    5. Any extra interest you want to combine? Please specify: Culture experience / Beach holiday
    6. Grade of adventure activities: Introductory / Moderate / Challenging
    7. Any extra information that help us to identify your travel need?

    Please use our Contact form to send the above information. You will get our answer within 12 hours. Thank you and Happy travels!

    Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

    Arrive in Noi Bai Airport. Meet our guide at the airport and transfer to hotel in downtown Hanoi. Welcome drink and tour briefing in the afternoon (If you come in the afternoon, the tour briefing will be done at dinner time)

    In the evening, enjoy a special Water Puppet show and have welcome dinner with local delights. Overnight Hanoi. 

    Transfer:  45 mins 
    Transportation: AC vehicle
    Activities:  Tour briefing, Water Puppet Show
    Meal:    Welcome drink & Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 2: Hanoi city tour

    After breakfast in the hotel you will take an interesting guided city tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh complex (the mausoleum, the house & garden and the museum) and One Pillar Pagoda, a unique ancient architecture. After here we move to Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s first university, dates back to 1070. Its peaceful gardens and pavilions offer a relaxing respite from Hanoi’s busy streets. Lunch in local restaurant. 

    In the afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing cyclo tour in the ancient part of Hanoi. Walking down some small and lively street to see busy local market then join locals for green tea or coffee in local café. Free time for shopping. Overnight in Hanoi

    “Cyclo" is three wheeled rickshaws, operated by pedal-power, with a seat attached to the front. 

    Activities:  Full-day city tour
    Transportation: AC vehicle
    Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

    Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay at 8.30am. 
    On the way we will have a short break for refreshment at a handicraft centre. Upon arrival in Halong City we board a wooden boat for a fine seafood lunch and a short cruise to Thien Cung Cave. After exploration of the cave we board the junk again for a great cruise through an amazing area of limestone islets. We will pass a floating village to reach our overnight spot near Luon Cave, which is a tunnel thrusting through a mountain. Dinner and overnight on the junk.

    Transfer Hanoi – Halong:  3.5 hrs
    Transportation:   AC vehicle
    Activities:    Cruising
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
    Accommodation:   Twin shared cabin

    Day 4: Kayaking Halong Bay

    After breakfast we start paddling to Van Chai Floating village and then continue paddling to Dark Cave. Tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave by kayak. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain. The tunnel is the only entry to a secluded and beautiful lagoon. Lunch on support boat in front of the cave. After lunch we paddle to Ba Trai Dao Lagoon, along a stunning and fairly rough sea channel, to explore its beautiful beaches. Continue paddling to Lan Ha Bay, which is smaller than Halong bay but much more interesting with lots of secluded beaches. Cruise back to Halong Bay for dinner and overnight on motherboat

    Activities:   6 hr kayaking 
    Transportation: Boat, Kayak
    Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:  Twin shared cabin

    Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi

    Breakfast on the junk and enjoy the sundeck of the junk while she navigates amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay to get back to Halong City. Lunch on the junk before reach Halong Harbor for a drive back to Hanoi. On the way back to Hanoi we will have a stop in Dong Trieu Town for refreshment and visiting to a ceramic factory. Overnight in Hanoi. 

    Transfer Halong – Hanoi:  3.5 hrs 
    Transportation:  AC vehicle, Junk
    Activities:    Sightseeing
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
    Accommodation:  Hotel in Hanoi

    Day 6: Hanoi – Hue

    Take early flight to Hue City, the former capital of Vietnam in 17th, 18th century. Hue has been recognized a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thanks to its outstanding cultural and historical values. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in Hue. After check-in we take a short drive to the Imperial City to visit the impressive Royal Palace and other beautiful royal buildings. 

    Lunch in local restaurant with local delights. After lunch we embark on a relaxing biking tour to the rural area of Hue, passing scenic villages and green rice fields to reach Emperor Minh Mang Tomb, one of the most beautiful Emperor’s tombs in Hue. The tomb is particularly impressive being extravagant complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards, and lakes. After visiting to the Emperor’s tomb we will take a boat trip on the peaceful Perfume River to get back to Hue City. Overnight in Hue.

    Activities:    Sightseeing, biking 15km and 1.5 hr river cruise
    Transportation:  AC vehicle, Boat, Bicycle
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
    Accommodation:  Hotel in Hue

    Day 7: Hue – Hoian

    Breakfast in the hotel and leave Hue for Hoian. Hoian is a small, beautiful ancient town by the bank of Thu Bon River. The town thrived on trading with the Chinese, Japanese, Spanish,…some hundred years ago. On the way we will have a short stop in Lang Co beach for refreshing. Upon arrival in Hoian Town we check in hotel and have lunch in local restaurant.

    In the afternoon, we will take an interesting guided walking tour to see the ancient town of Hoian. We will visit to ancient houses, old Chinese communal houses and the lively market of Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.   

    Activities:    Walking tour of Hoi An
    Transportation:  AC vehicle
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
    Accommodation:  Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 8: Hoi An

    Breakfast in hotel. Today is your free day to do whatever you want. There are some options for you to choose; shopping in the town – Hoi An is the paradise for those who like shopping, going to the beautiful beach of Cua Dai which is only 5 km from the town, take a short guided biking tour to the beautiful surrounding villages – this is included in the tour. Overnight in Hoi An.

    Activities:    Free time 
    Transportation:  N/A
    Meals:     Breakfast
    Accommodation:  Hotel in Hoi An

    Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon

    Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Da Nang for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival in Tan Son Nhat Airport we transfer to our hotel downtown Saigon. The busy city of Saigon, used to be the capital of South Vietnam, is the biggest commercial and cultural centre of Vietnam. We will have lunch in a local restaurant before taking an interesting city tour of Saigon including the Unification Palace, the Post Office, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Saigon.

    Activities:    City tour of Saigon
    Transportation:  Airplane, AC vehicle
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
    Accommodation:  Hotel in Saigon

    Day 10: Saigon – Vinh Long – Can Tho

    Breakfast in hotel before leaving Saigon for an exciting day tour in Mekong Delta. After two hour driving we will reach Vinh Long. From here we take a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to reach a peaceful island on the river. On the island, we will walk through fruit orchards and visit to local family. We will try many different kinds of tropical fruit cultivated on the island, and we will be entertained with songs and music performed by villagers. After here we take a rowed boat trip on small canals, which are shaded by water coconut trees. We visit to a coconut candy factory and have lunch in a local restaurant. 

    After lunch we travel further south to Can Tho City. On the way we will cross a branch of Mekong River on public ferry. Overnight in Can Tho.

    Activity:    Sightseeing, River cruise
    Transportation:  AC vehicle, Boats
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
    Accommodation:  Hotel in Can Tho

    Day 11: Can Tho – Saigon 

    Get up early in the morning and take a boat trip on Mekong River to see one of the most lively and colorful floating market in Southeast Asia. The best time to see the market is around 8 am. Taking boat trip back to Can Tho for breakfast. Leave Can Tho for Saigon with a stop on the way for lunch. We will reach Saigon early afternoon. Overnight in Saigon.

    Activities:    Visit floating market
    Transportation:  AC vehicle, Boat
    Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
    Accommodation:  Hotel in Saigon

    Day 12: Departure 

    Breakfast in hotel and relax until pick-up time. Transfer to Tan Son Nhat  Airport for flight home.

    Activities:    Transfer to airport
    Transportation:  AC vehicle
    Meals:     Breakfast

    Note on client safety

    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
    Group size Price guide (USD/person)
    Sit-on-top kayak 
    Manufacturer: Feel Free, Thailand 
    Feelfree double kayak, very safe, stable, maneuverable, excellent in tracking through the surf. Ideal for family recreation. Tri-Yak can be used by practically anyone regardless of experience.

    Sit-in kayak 
    Manufacturer: Thailand - Germany
    Double kayak with plenty of stability, excellent tracking, speed and controlled turning. Coming outfitted with a rudder, mid-sized cockpit and tons of storage for day touring.

    Manufacturer: Thailand 
    Feel Free paddle, super light 

    Life vest 
    Manufacturer: Vietnam 
    Good quality life vest 

    Dry bag 
    Manufacturer: Feel Free, Thailand - Coleman, USA 
    Fold down and quick release buckle for waterproof closure. Comes with different sizes

    What to bring 

    Sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, rain coat, original passport.
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. While in big towns we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in fine restaurants. Once we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.

    In cities we use fine 3-star hotels with centre location. Please contact us if you prefer higher hotel categories.
    In small town we use the best hotels or guest houses available.

    Hotel in Hanoi : 3-star Majestic Salute hotel or similar 
    Hotel in Saigon: 3-star Oscar – Saigon hotel or similar  
    Hotel in Hue : 3-star Green hotel or similar 
    Hotel in Hoi An: 3-star Ancient House resort or similar 

    Halong Bay Adventure Travel & Tours

    Contact halong bay

    kayak halong bay