Vietnam is a beautiful Southeast Asian country where tourism is currently booming. In 2018 alone, its tourism industry reached $26.75 million!
You may have heard about this wondrous country from friends and want to visit yourself. But you have kids in tow, so you have to make sure what you do there accommodates your family’s needs.
If you’re planning on going to Vietnam with kids, then here are 7 awesome activities that are family-friendly.
1. Go for a Cyclo-Rickshaw Ride in Hanoi
The first thing you’ll notice about the cities of Vietnam is they’re very busy! This is especially true in the capital of Hanoi, where people speed by on motorbikes all the time.
Because of this, it may be difficult to get a good look of the city in a safe way. If you have young children with you, you’ll be busy worrying about their well-being rather than taking in the sights.
One way your family can all enjoy the city’s views and experience some of its transport is through a cyclo-rickshaw ride. This is like a taxi, but on a rickshaw instead! The “driver” rides a bike and a rickshaw is installed on the front of it.
Because a cyclo-rickshaw can only fit an adult and one small child (maybe 2), you may have to hire two of them to accommodate a family of 4.
By riding a cyclo-rickshaw, you’ll get to point out cool things to your kids and take unforgettable pictures without worrying about oncoming traffic.
2. Spend Some Time in Hoi An
Hoi An is an amazing ancient town in Vietnam. It’s definitely not as fast-paced as Hanoi. It’s a beach town that has a more laidback vibe, which makes it perfect for bringing kids to.
The city of Hoi An offers many traditional classes that are certain to attract your children. All of the locals are super-friendly and patient, so you can trust them to treat your kids right.
Some classes they can take include lantern making and cooking traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
When your family’s had enough of learning, bring them to the beach. There are some round curve boats where they’ll take you out to catch crabs.
Or, you can rent some bikes and go out to see the surrounding villages around Hoi An. This can make for a very scenic and beautiful ride.
3. Visit Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta has lots to offer when it comes to daily traditional life. This is a more rural part of the country, which means you can easily cycle around with your family, viewing the breathtaking orchards.
Here, you can learn how to make local specialties like you can in Hoi An, plus partake in catching fish through traditional methods like nets and bamboo traps.
Mekong Delta is also home to bustling floating markets. You can get on a tour boat and get a glimpse into how the locals get their food and supplies. It’s definitely an unforgettable experience.
4. See the Mountains near Sapa
Sapa is a remote town that’s located in the northern part of Vietnam. Most people like to stay here as home base when trekking the Hoang Lien Son Mountains.
If you have young children with you, you may want to skip the trek up the mountains. However, there’s still plenty to do in Sapa.
For instance, you can visit the Bac Ha Market. The indigenous people trade at this market, which means not only can you eat their foods, but you can also purchase their traditional garb.
You can also take a cable cab ride from Sun World Fansipan Legend. You’ll get an astonishing view of Hoang Lien National Park and the Muong Hoa Valley.
5. Spend Some Time in Halong Bay
If there’s one place you shouldn’t miss out on in Vietnam, it’s Halong Bay. It’s one of the only places you can find karst formations in the ocean, which are pretty rock formations. In fact, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The limestone from the karst formations is what gives Halong Bay’s water its stunning blue-green color. To get an up-close look at it, you should consider taking your family kayaking.
Make sure you catch either the sunrise, sunrise, or both. If you think Halong Bay is already marvelous, just wait until you see it in either setting. Your jaws will drop!
6. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi tunnels are located in Ho Chi Minh City. They have a lot of history behind them, as they were used during the Vietnam War.
Your children can get a good history lesson from a visit to the tunnels, plus get a chance to climb on a real tank. The tunnels are very narrow, so most parents sit out the crawling experience and leave it to the kids. If you don’t want to join in, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can meet your children on the other side of the tunnel.
7. Go to the Dam Sen Waterpark
This waterpark is located in Ho Chi Minh City, so if you’re spending some time there, you might want to dedicate some time to the Dam Sen Waterpark.
It’s technically something to do in Vietnam and is family-friendly as well, but it doesn’t really show off the culture of this amazing country. Still, if your kids are miserable and hot, this can be a fun way to cool down.
Have a Fun Vacation in Vietnam With Kids in Tow
With these 7 family-friendly things to do in the country, going to Vietnam with kids can definitely be a blast! From Hanoi, to Hoi An, to Ho Chi Minh City, there’s plenty all around Vietnam that every family member can partake in and enjoy.
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