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Toddler’s Tour of Vietnam

If you are travelling to Vietnam with young children then keeping the amount of travelling to a minimum is essential. At the same time it is a shame to simply do a fly and flop as there is so much more to Vietnam than lovely beaches. Our Toddler’s Tour of Vietnam is the perfect three-stop holiday specially designed to ensure the whole family is able to get a good taste of Vietnam without ever having to spend longer than 2.5 hours in the car.

See the highlights of Hanoi and the rural beauty of Ninh Binh (which is known as “inland Halong Bay and much lesser-visited) before heading to Hoi An where you can relax on the beach for six full days, exploring the nearby UNESCO heritage town at your own leisure with a couple of great family-friendly day trips.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Hanoi!

Your private driver and English-speaking guide will give you a warm welcome when you land in Hanoi. They will then drive you through the bustling capital to your central hotel in the Old Quarter. where you can relax and enjoy the evening at your leisure. We love La Siesta Hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter – it’s one of our favourite boutique hideaways! (Family suite)


This morning you will explore Hanoi like a local; walk down the capital’s winding streets with a private walking, try local street food and have a local whipped coffee in a hidden coffee shop before exploring Hoa Lo Prison where American and French POWs were once held. The morning will finish with an opportunity to sample Bun Cha – a noodle speciality that Hanoi is famous for. The afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 3 - Drive out to Ninh Binh and marvel at the scenery

After breakfast you will set off to Ninh Binh, a beautiful area just 2.5 hours from Hanoi and is known as “inland Halong Bay” so perfect for those who want to see the dramatic karst mountain scenery but without the worries of being overnight on a boat with a toddler. At Tam Coc take a traditional sampan ride along a river in Thung Nham, which is used by famers in the village nearby to access their paddy fields, to marvel at this unique scenery before checking into the Emerelda Hotel and relaxing (family room).

Day 4 - Local life and caves

Today you will visit Van Long Nature Reserve where you will have the chance to meet with a local family and observe their traditions and daily life. Depending on the season you will be able to help them with their tasks including fishing or rice harvesting before a spot of lunch. Afterwards, on a rowing boat, you will visit some of the most majestic caves in the area and Van Long flooded area before returning to the hotel.

Day 5 - Fly to Hoi An

Today your private driver and guide will take you to Hanoi Airport to take your flight to Hoi An in central Vietnam which is about 1.5 hours long. Upon landing in Vietnam you will be transferred to the Sunrise Resort, which has a fantastic location on the beach and is just three miles away from the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An. With inter-connecting rooms and a children’s pool and kids club it’s perfect for young families (2 deluxe rooms).

Days 6 - 11 - Relaxing in Hoi An with day trips

Enjoy six days on the beach with the beautiful town of Hoi An on your doorstep (the hotel has a shuttle bus into the town). During your six days of relaxing and exploring the town at leisure, we have included two tours. On one day we will take you on a fishing and farming tour where you will have a chance to fish with the locals in a traditional basket boat and cycle through the countryside. On another day you will take a guided walk through Hoi An and have the chance to make your own mini lantern.

Day 12 - Return to Hanoi to fly home

Today your private driver and guide will drive you to Da Nang to catch your internal flight home (included) in time to catch your international flight home (not included). The day is at leisure until this transfer. Safe travels!

Details: -

All prices correct at the time of writing and based on a family of four (2 adults and 2 children under 16 years) sharing a family room in Hanoi and Ninh Binh, and two inter-connecting rooms in Hoi An.

You can get international flights from as little as £750 per person return and do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

What's included?

  • Prices start from £1,790 per person (based on 4 people)
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Cruise has breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Lunch on Days 2 & 4
  • Internal flights (two)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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