Classic Family Highlights of Vietnam

TRIP TYPE
Family
PRICE
From 31,400,000 VNĐ
DURATION
15 DAYS

Trip Overview

Bring the whole family along on this two-week adventure through Vietnam’s greatest hits. Start your journey in Hanoi before hiking through jungles and across mountains in Sapa, spending a night at Topas Ecolodge. Then, head south to central Vietnam, exploring some of the world’s biggest caves in Phong Nha as well as the charm and history of Hue and Hoi An. End your trip in the south’s laid-back Mekong Delta and vibrant Ho Chi Minh City.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spelunking in Nuoc Not, one of many caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
  • Spending a night at the world-class Topas Ecolodge
  • Dinner at Noir, Ho Chi Minh City’s first dining in the dark experience
  • Hanging out with local artisans, farmers, and fishermen in Hoi An
  • Absorbing the proud heritage of the Vietnamese in Hue and Hanoi

THIS TOUR IS PERFECT FOR

  • First- or second-time visitors to Vietnam
  • An active twist without being too strenuous 
  • Diving into the local culture of the Vietnamese as well as ethnic minorities
  • Families with children of all ages, however, some activities listed are recommended for children at least 12 years old. Please speak with your travel designer about potential modifications to this proposed itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Topas Travel creates tailor-made tours for our guests according to their specific requests. This itinerary has been designed to show you just one of many options.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa – Nam Cang Village – Topas Riverside Lodge
Day 4: Nam Cang village – Thanh Kim Village – Topas Ecolodge
Day 5: Topas Ecolodge – Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi – Dong Hoi – Phong Nha
Day 7: Phong Nha – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Day 8: Phong Nha – DMZ – Hue
Day 9: Hue
Day 10: Hue – Hoi An
Day 11: Hoi An – Tra Que
Day 12: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Vung Liem
Day 14: Vung Liem – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, a Topas representative will welcome you to the land of the ascending dragon before heading straight to your hotel in the heart of the city. The day is at leisure to discover Hanoi on your own, wandering the crooked alleys of the iconic Old Quarter and the promenade around Hoan Kiem Lake.

Included meals: N/A
Distance and Activities: 45’ drive

Most visitors to Hanoi stay within the city, navigating the hustle and bustle of thousands of motorbikes weaving through the streets. However, what most don’t know or get to experience is Hanoi’s close proximity to an idyllic countryside. Banana island, found beneath the legendary Long Bien Bridge, is a pocket of vibrant nature hidden right in the middle of the city center. Explore the network of paths on a bicycle before heading back to the city to enjoy an afternoon at leisure until your family’s evening dinner date.

When you want to get to know a culture, there’s nothing quite like breaking bread (or spooning rice) with a local family. In this experience you’ll be picked up from your hotel at around 6pm and invited to feast with a traditional Hanoian family. Expect spring rolls, hearty soups, light stir fries and plenty of hot white rice. Get to know the family without worrying about the language barrier, as English-speaking students from the local university will accompany you throughout, teaching you about local etiquette and making sure you avoid making any social faux pas.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Distance and Activities: 30’ drive – 15 to 25km cycling

After an early morning breakfast, sit back and relax aboard the Topas Mountain Express, a plush minivan outfitted with snacks, water, and Wi-Fi that covers the five-hour journey from Hanoi to Topas Riverside Lodge. Arrive just in time to enjoy a local lunch prepared by the resident family.

In the afternoon, visit the attached village of the Dzao, famous for their exquisite embroidery and botanical knowledge. Peer in on silver jewelers and families creating paper from rice for spiritual reasons and if you’re brave enough, jump into the refreshing waters of the river running next to Topas Riverside Lodge.

Dinner is served in the communal style associated with Vietnamese families, all at once and among friends. If you’re a bit sore from the activities of the day, sample a traditional herbal bath made by a local Dzao specialist, famous for its medicinal and therapeutic qualities.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance and Activities: 5.5h drive – 3km village walk

Wake up to the sounds of nature and enjoy a final breakfast cooked by the Topas Riverside Lodge staff before setting off a day trek through the stunning landscapes of Hoang Lien National Park. Stroll on the quiet road winding through Nam Cang Village and watch as the town becomes a spacious rice valley. A small trail leads you through rice terraces, corn fields, and babbling streams, and maybe even a few locals tending to their crops during the planting and harvest seasons.

Slowly, the hike grows steeper until your arrival at Nam Nhiu Village, inhabited by another Red Dzao ethnic minority tribe, with their beautiful traditionally embroidered outfits and practice of shaving their hair and eyebrows as a sign of respect. Stop for a picnic lunch here and catch your breath. Continuing on to Sin Chai, you’ll see mountains in the distance and the valley below before stopping at Thanh Phu for your 45-minute transfer by car to the world-renowned Topas Ecolodge, a certified lodge by National Geographic. Check-in to your bungalow with a warm cup of lemongrass and ginger tea, taking in the out-of-this-world views.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Distance and Activities: 13km rice terrace and village hike

The day is yours at leisure until a mid-afternoon departure for Hanoi via the Topas Mountain Express. Sunbathe and splash in the pool, sample delicious cuisine at the restaurant, breathe in the fresh mountain air from your bungalow’s patio, or indulge in some locally-inspired treatments at the wonderful spa on site. 

Check-in to your Hanoi hotel in the early evening, free to discover Hanoi on your own.

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and Activities: 5.5h drive

Spend the day at leisure in Hanoi until a late afternoon flight to Dong Hoi in Central Vietnam.

Upon arrival to Dong Hoi, transfer by car to your accommodation in Phong Nha, the gateway to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and Activities: 45’ transfer – 1h15’ flight – 45’ transfer

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Leave your hotel at  7am and head to the Oxalis Adventure headquarters located right on the river to join the day’s tour briefing before a day of caving in Nuoc Nut, one of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park’s most adventurous caves.

Venture inside, illuminating the cavern with your headlamp as you go until the cave opens up into a massive chamber. Take time to admire the at subterranean formations before swimming in an underground lake and then enjoying a fresh picnic lunch under the jungle canopy.

Make your way through the jungle towards Chay Village, where you’ll jump into a kayak and paddle downstream to Chap Lay Water Sports Center. Return to your hotel by car, with an estimated drop-off time around 5:30pm.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and Activities: 5km trekking – 2 km caving – 10-20’ swimming, 3km kayaking

Head south towards the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue, crossing the demilitarized zone (DMZ) as you go. Stop and explore the historic battlegrounds, including Vinh Moc Tunnels, the site where an entire village of around 90 families moved underground in response to American bombing. Vinh Moc tunnels differ from those in Cu Chi in the south, as Cu Chi tunnels were built for soldiers, not civilians as was the case here. You can also check out the Ben Hai Museum which holds some artifacts and photographs from this time period.

Arrive in Hue around noon and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to relax at your hotel or to explore the peaceful town on your own.

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and Activities: 4h transfer – 1h DMZ tour

After a relaxed breakfast, hop into a dragon boat and cruise the Perfume River, a large, sweeping river that descends from the mountains before dividing Hue in two. Pass villages and temples on the way to our first stop, Thien Mu Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most impressive Buddhist sites.

Then, it’s time for the tombs! Head further up river to Tu Duc Tomb, the most elegant of all the royal resting places in Hue, decorated with lotus ponds and ancient shrines. Enjoy a vegan lunch prepared by Buddhist nuns before moving on to Khai Dinh Tomb by car, an entirely different structure that blends elements of European and Vietnamese design all at once.

Finish the day’s history tour at the Imperial Citadel, a palace once constructed by great emperors and continuously improved upon over the centuries. Explore the proud flag tower, ornate gates, and various royal chambers before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and Activities: 1.5h boat ride –  4h sightseeing tour 

Depart Hue today after a relaxed breakfast and head for the charm and beauty of Hoi An, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hue is connected to Hoi An along a stunning coastal road where you’ll glimpse lagoons, mountains, rice fields, and the vast ocean.

Explore the gorgeous and colorful An Bang “ghost city” along the way, an example of how the Hue people venerate their ancestors, before continuing on, past the sunny beaches of Da Nang, finally ending at your hotel in Hoi An. Explore Hoi An on your own independently.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 2.5h drive

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An today on a gentle cycling tour down picturesque streets and quiet countryside. Park your bike outside a local artisan’s workshop and pull up a stool to earn the craft of lantern-making, a symbol of good-luck throughout the city.

Then head to Tra Que village for lunch, a rural space famous for producing high quality and organic vegetables. After you’ve had your fill, try your hand at some traditional farming or cooking methods before rowing down the narrow alleys of the river framed by tall palms in a local basket boat.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 7km cycling – 30’ boat ride 

Jet-set south to the sophisticated metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City on a morning flight from Da Nang. Check-in to your hotel to freshen up before touring the city’s major tourist attractions on an easy walking tour starting at the Reunification Palace and then pausing at the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, two colonial masterpieces.

End your tour at Noir, a unique dining experience in Ho Chi Minh City, where all the dishes are served in the dark! Fun for the whole family awaits as you try and guess what you are tasting during the 4-course meal.

Included meals: Breakfast,  Dinner
Distance and activities: 30’ transfer – 1h25’ flight – 45’ transfer – 3h sightseeing tour

Leave the city for a quiet escape to the fertile rice bowl of Vietnam: the Mekong Delta. This lush land of palm trees and great rivers is home to some of the best fruit farms found anywhere in the world, and it’s all easily explored by bike. So take your two wheels and peddle around the area, taking in the vibrant green rice paddies and stopping to munch on juicy fruit.

Check-in to your riverside lodge, just in time to watch a traditional music show while enjoying a delicious dinner made from  local ingredients from the area.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 2h transfer – 2h cycling

Get an early start and discover more about one of the produce items that keeps this region in business: coconuts. Witness the boats piled high with coconuts destined for the factory – nothing goes to waste! After the coconuts are shelled, the fibers are removed from the husk and used to make rope and rugs. You can watch the whole process before returning to the lodge for a quick lunch before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

Arrive to your city hotel in the late afternoon, with the evening free to explore on your own.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 2h transfer – 2h cycling

Enjoy the last day as you see fit before your transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for onward booked travel. 

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and activities: 45’ transfer

Tour Price

From: 31,400,000 VNĐ

(equivalent of 1,365 USD)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Private A/C airport transfer as indicated in the program (4)
  • All accommodation indicated as twin-shared room
  • All meals as indicated in the program
  • All entrance tickets to local villages, Hoang Lien National Park, Cat Ba Island  and Lan Ha Bay
  • Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
  • 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities (except for Lan Ha Bay)
  • 1-way domestic flight ticket between Hanoi and Dong Hoi
  • 1-way domestic flight between Danang and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Government VAT

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Drinks and alcohol
  • Vietnam visa (On request with additional charge)
  • Travel insurance (Compulsory with Topas Travel programs)
  • Upgrades to higher standard rooms or single supplements
  • Personal travel items (Please visit our Vietnam weather page for more information)

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Prices are quoted in Vietnamese Dong and valid until 31st October 2020
  • Prices based on group of 4 persons
  • Exchange rate applied at VND 23,200. to USD 1
  • Prices calculated with Value Added Tax
  • Surcharge may be applicable during peak season and public holidays

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

This program utilizes comfortable accommodation in the form of carefully curated hotels, lodges, and homestays. Hotels and lodges have been selected with the active traveler in mind, offering standard services and located as close to nature and local engagement as possible. Homestays are simple and equipped with western toilets and amenities such as fans and mattresses. If you have a specific property in mind you wish to stay at, please let your travel designer know so they can work it into your program.

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Plan Your Adventure…

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Loan Tran
“I am a busy mother of two but I love working in tourism and helping our guests from all over the world to experience my personal Vietnam. It is a pleasure every day to see so many happy smiles, creating unforgettable memories, and learning so much from our guests. I look forward to chatting with you and creating some memories!.”
 – Loan Tran, Trip Designer

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