From sophisticated Hoi An and the breathtaking Da Nang to the energetic Nha Trang and beyond, savvy parents can find kid-appeal in almost every sight in our proud and diverse country, must-sees included.There are so many ways that families can have wonderful travel to Vietnam. To get the most out of traveling with kids, plan ahead by checking out our top ideas below!
Da Nang – a holiday full of adventure
You do not have to be athletic or have previous experience to fully appreciate your family adventures in Vietnam. Along with its luxurious beachfront resorts with kid-friendly amenities and pearly white sands with a slight slope with large space perfect for many outdoor activities with your kids like swimming, sunbathing, strolling, or building sand castles, Da Nang offers a variety of kid-pleasing entertainment.
Linh Ung Pagoda (Lady Buddha) – placed its first stone on June 19th, 2004 lunar is where you can see both traditional and modern architecture of Vietnam’s pagodas. Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) are where to go for the spectacular views of Non-Nuoc Beach or My Khe Beach. While Ba Na Hills – “One temperate place in the tropical forest” – is a perfect place for families.
With our activity holidays, hope that you can tailor your Vietnam family holidays according to your budget or level of adventure.
Hoi An Ancient Town – simply stroll to have fun
An exceptional material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time with a population of approximately 120,000, Hoi An is a stunning town to visit with kids. As Hoi An offers some of the most densely-concentrated sights in Central Vietnam and even in the whole country with more than 800 well preserved historic buildings, just simply strolling the old streets bordered with ancient houses and assembly halls is fun. And there is always a café where you can sit down and have a snack or drink, an impressive sight to see, and interesting activity to enjoy.
Whether it is admiring these colored lanterns adorning every house or the soft glow of candle-light settling over the town at night, immersing yourselves in a festive atmosphere imbued with the traditional identities of Hoi An at the “Nights of Hoi An”, checking out a music performance or handicraft shop, or discovering Hoi An’s traditional food at the night food market near the Japanese covered bridge – Hoi An promises you happy time all day and night.
During summer months, Paris even gets a beach – read about Paris Plage. And bonus for families: the Nights of Hoi An taking place on the 14th night of every lunar month and an entrance ticket for the sights within the UNESCO World Heritage old town is technically required.
Hue Ancient Citadel – best place to explore Vietnamese overall history and culture
History comes alive when you walk through the vast Imperial Citadel with its sumptuous and mysterious Forbidden Purple City or walk along the Perfume River to experience the architectural and religious influence of the French in Hue – the former capital of the country during the Nguyen Dynasty. Turn your next road trip into the Thien Mu Pagoda, the stately crimson buildings of the Quoc Hoc High School, the Dieu De Pagoda, the Tu Hieu Monastery, and some imperial tombs.
In addition, the focus in Hue Ancient City is on living life to the fullest and enjoying things of beauty…architecture, local people, and some of the Royal cuisines – Vietnam’s best cuisines with over 1,000 specialty dishes.
Nha Trang – best place to learn to dive in Vietnam
There is no better place to learn to dive than the easy reef breaks of Nha Trang Bay – the 29th most beautiful bay in the world thanks to its extreme beauty and high biodiversity, but other activities include surfing – when the typhoons from Philippines cause nice swells in the water that make surfing ideal for all levels of surf enthusiast from beginners to more advanced surfers, paddling boarding or embarrassing yourself in one of plenty of secluded spots. Explore the bay’s most scenic and historic sights and engage in adrenaline-pumping water sports.
Tip: The diving capital of Vietnam is littered with dive shops, all willing to cut you a good deal. The secret for families to get the best out of Nha Trang is to split your time between a series of amazingly beautiful and well-known beaches and some more laid-back islands such as family-friendly Mun, Mieu, and Tam and the Po Nagar Cham Towers (built before 781 AD and still actively used for worship by Cham, Chinese, and Vietnamese Buddhists).
With a generally reliable weather, festivals, and all tourism services, summer months are such a great time to enjoy a trip with your kids in Vietnam. If you have only a week and it is your first trip to Vietnam, do Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Mekong Delta. But for a 10- to 14-day trip in our S-shaped land, why not get out of the comfort zone and discover all that Vietnam has to offer?