Best 10 Days Vietnam Family Itinerary

Vietnam Family Itinerary is another multi-activity tour we customize for small groups, family holidays in north Vietnam. The 10 days tour focus on outdoor activities, beautiful landscape and the rich ethnic culture

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

Vietnam Family Itinerary is another multi-activity tour we customize for small groups, family holidays in north Vietnam. The 10 days tour focus on outdoor activities, beautiful landscape and the rich ethnic culture of the northern Vietnam. Start the tour in Hanoi, travel through Lao Cai, Sapa, Muong Khuong, Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province and Halong Bay…

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Vietnam Family Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Upon your arrival at Noibai airport in Hanoi, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel team and transferred to your hotel in town. Check-in hotel(*) and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour. Overnight train to Lao Cai

Enjoy a full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as the Presidential Palace (outside), the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam. The impressive Ethnology Museum, dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups can be visited before or after lunch. Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places. In the evening, you will be transferred to Hanoi Train Station to catch the night train for Lao Cai. Train??? Departure at ??? (to be advised). Overnight on the train.

Day 3: Arrive Laocai. Travel to Sapa. Sapa Trekking. Homestay in village

Arrive Laocai Train Station early this morning at ?h (to be advised). You will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to Sapa. Breakfast will be provided in a local restaurant in town. 8:30 You first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river. After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.

Day 4: Sapa Trek. Return Sapa town

Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you continue hiking towards Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Sapa by car. Check into your hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Visit Muong Khuong Market (Sunday). Overnight train back to Hanoi

You will be transferred to Muong Khuong. You will enjoy beautiful scenery along the road. Upon arriving in Muong Khuong, we will take another road which goes up in mountains. Pine trees forests and villages surround the tinny market. Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic minorities come to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After exploring the market, we can have the opportunity to make a short walk to a Black Dao village. We then head back to Muong Khuong where your lunch will be provided in a local restaurant. After lunch, you get on the car for journey back to Lao Cai. Two-hour day use will be provided in a mini/standard hotel for you to take a quick shower. Overnight train back to Hanoi. Train??? Departure at ??? (to be advised). Overnight on the train.

Day 6: Arrive Hanoi. Travel to Tam Coc. Tam Coc Boat Trip. Tam Coc Cycling

Arrive Hanoi Train Station early this morning at ??? (to be advised). You will be greeted again by Lotussia Travel team and transferred to a local restaurant for breakfast. Depart for Ninh Binh enjoying beautiful landscape of the Red River Delta. Our first stop will be made in Kenh Ga where we will have a boat trip to witness people daily life on water, and activities on the banks of the river. After lunch, we cycle for about 30km through countryside villages, enjoying beautiful scenery of the countryside, rice fields, rocky mountains near and far, water buffalos and see people daily life. Arriver Tam Coc in the afternoon. If time permit, we will take the boat trip to see Tam Coc that means ”three lakes” and is called ” Halong Bay on land ”, amazing with the rocky mountains, and you will be completely dazzle when paddling through the green paddy fields on two sides of the lakes and more interesting to go through three caves. Check into your hotel in Tam Coc.

Day 7: Tam Coc – Halong bay. Halong Bay Cruise. Halong Bay Kayaking

Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Round over Thien Cung cave (palace of heaven), Dau Go ( grotto of wood ), Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi (fighting cock mountain), Turtle island. Enjoy one-hour kayaking trip on the emerald waters of Halong bay or have a swim at Titop beach or Soi Sim beach. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 8: Cruising, Kayaking Halong Bay

Breakfast on board junk. We continue visiting Halong bay while the boat is cruise through Man’s head island, Tortoise island. A stop will be made for you to visit Luon cave by a small bamboo rowing boat. Lunch will be provided on board. In the afternoon, enjoy one more hour kayaking while the boat goes through Ba Ham lake, fishery village,Cua Van, swimming at Ba Trai Dao beach. Having dinner and overnight on the junk.

Day 9: Halong bay – Hanoi

Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Return to the boat and have breakfast while the boat is cruising back to Halong City. Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11:00 and travel back to Hanoi. Arrive back to Hanoi around 15:00. Free for you your personal discovery. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10: Departure

Free at leisure until transfer to Noibai airport for onward flight home. Fligh ??? Departure at ??? (please advise). End of Lotussia Travel service.

Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips and the above itinerary is only one suggestion. That can be flexible and subject to weather conditions and other circumstances. Customize this trip to better fit your needs or contact us for more Vietnam family holiday itinerary, Vietnam family itinerary. Thank you for visiting my site and see you soon!

Additional Information

Primary Activities

Multisport

Duration

10 days

Tour Starts

Hanoi

Tour Ends

Hanoi

Adventure Level

Moderate

Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.

Meals

LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.

Drinks

As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).

Vehicle

In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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