Vietnam for Families
Vietnam is a country like no other. It has dazzling beaches, lush mountains, fascinating hill-tribe villages, fabulous food and a deep history. Each region is unique and inspiring. Travelling with your family from the south to the north allows you to take in all that this alluring country has to offer. From the emerald waters and limestone karsts of Halong Bay to vibrant and bustling Saigon, Vietnam has something for every member of the family.
Vietnam can be hot, crowded and overstimulating for children, but we know how to customise a trip to keep family members of all ages entertained. We know the perfect balance between stimulating activities and rest and relaxation, so no member of the family will get tuckered out.
Many hotels and resorts have wonderful kids clubs, offer babysitting, specially tailored menus and a myriad of activities to keep everyone thoroughly entertained. Vietnam is also an excellent learning opportunity for children. From the country’s rich and complicated history to the unique culture of the hill-tribes, it’s a great way to introduce your kids to a world vastly unlike their own.
Children are warmly embraced by the people of Vietnam. Kids will love the enchanting water puppet theatres, beaches, train and boat rides, meeting friendly locals, colonial city tours by Vespa, floating markets and tasting fragrant and exotic foods. From Hanoi and Saigon to Sapa and the Mekong Delta, a wide variety of exciting experiences await your family in Vietnam.
At a Glance
Spend a night on Halong Bay, which is peppered with soaring limestone peaks.
Experience ancient Vietnam in Hanoi. It has tons of colonial charm, especially in the beautiful Old Quarter.
For fast-paced excitement, stop in glitzy, glassy Saigon.
Visit the soaring hills of Sapa for fantastic trekking and fascinating hill-tribe villages.
Meander through the Mekong Delta, a great way to see Vietnam from a new perspective.
Street food in Asia is part of the culture, when in Hanoi you we recommend a street food tour to ensure you sample the very best delicacies the city has to offer.
Vietnam is home to the world's largest cave, San Doong.
A trip to Saigon isn't complete without a Vespa tour. It's a great way to see this fantastic city from another angle.
Always get Vietnamese coffee when travelling through the country. It's the best when made locally, you can really taste the difference.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated during February. There are loads of things to do at this time of year, visit the flower market, eat delicious food and wander around Saigon.
Water puppetry is an art form that dates back as far as the 11th century.
Children are adored in Vietnam, and while overwhelming cities and long travel times may test the patience of the youngest members of the family, a holiday to Vietnam is truly a rewarding experience. At Scott Dunn, we make sure that your little ones are well looked after through family-friendly resorts, with specialised children’s programmes and a host of entertaining activities. Take in a magical water puppet show in Hanoi and keep kids amused by travelling using different and exciting forms of transportation. We recommend taking a boat ride down the Mekong Delta. This region has plenty of opportunities to explore floating markets and meet friendly local peoples in the surrounding villages.
Only a stone’s throw away from the ancient trading port of Hoi An where colourful markets, shops, ancient buildings and temples await exploration, the Four Seasons Nam Hai, is a perfect choice for families with younger children. Each villa has outstanding views across white sands out to the ocean and offers a personal butler service. For children 4-12 years old, there is a fantastic complimentary kids' club with a huge selection of organised games, explorations and activities like kite making, baking or learning Vietnamese. The resort also offers a babysitting service and children’s menus and meal times can be adjusted to suit your family’s needs.
The Fusion Maia Da Nang has an informal, intimate, relaxed feel to it, perfect for a stress-free and family-friendly stay. Enjoy a day in Hoi An with the complimentary shuttle bus and return back to relax in your private pool and courtyard garden. At the Fusion Maia Da Nang, there is a great children’s pool to keep your little ones entertained for hours on end, babysitting services, tailored menus to accommodate children’s tastes, as well as a wonderful kids' club. While your children are being distracted by the fun, escape to the peaceful Maia Spa, where all treatments are included in your stay.
The Anam consists of clusters of rooms and villas spread throughout the resort’s tropical grounds. At this resort, there is plenty to keep every member of the family entertained with watersports, tennis, volleyball, golf and sunrise yoga classes on the lawn overlooking the sea. There is also a wonderful kids' club with a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor activities. In addition to the 3 pools, the resort has a beautiful beach with internationally certified lifeguards patrolling throughout the day, so you can rest easy knowing your children will be safe while playing in the sparkling waters. While here you must to go to the Anam’s main restaurant Incochine. On Wednesdays, five mothers of the staff come in to cook their favourite local dishes for guests, a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
There are even more exciting opportunities for older kids to explore and experience Vietnam. Cities like Saigon become less intimidating to discover, take a Vespa for the day and visit street vendors, peaceful pagodas, historic buildings, or the legendary Cu Chi tunnels. And northern Vietnam offers tons of adventurous choices for kids of all ages, take in the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay and visit the hill-tribes that dot the countryside. Cycling, kayaking and beach activities will keep spirited teens entertained, providing the perfect balance between culture, nature, relaxation and excitement.
Mai Chau is a simple and eco-conscious lodge that’s just a short walk from the villages of Lac and Pom Coong, the soul of Mai Chau. The lodge’s location allows you to avoid the tourist hubs while staying close to Cai Chau and its bustling morning market. This lodge is the perfect way to switch off and get back to nature, it’s ideal for families looking to reconnect and bond. If you and your teens have a passion for food, opt for a cooking lesson which is a fun and authentic cultural experience. Other activities here include hiking and cycling, working with local farmers in an active discovery of local life or unwinding with a massage.
Based on the concept of outside living and eco-tourism, Tam Coc Garden is a lovely boutique hotel perfect for families with older children. Outside there’s a beautiful pool with an incredible backdrop of rice paddies, bamboo groves, gardens and orchards. It’s a serene place to relax after a day of exploring the striking local valleys and cave formations of the area. While here, your family must borrow one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes and cycle to Bich Dong Pagoda, try a sampan rowing class, or spend your time with cooking classes and partaking in arts and crafts like practising calligraphy, weaving bamboo baskets, and kite making.
Vietnam is ideal for multi-generations of families travelling together. Take in Hanoi’s layered history, with Confucius temples, colonial architecture, upmarket boutiques and sumptuous cuisine from fine dining to humble street vendors. Venture to the central highlands to interact with the local hill-tribes, then cap off your family holiday with a rejuvenating stay at a luxurious beach-side resort. We know how to make sure every member of your family has the best possible time in Vietnam.
A French Colonial style property built in 1901, the Sofitel Metrople Hanoi boasts a rich history and century long tradition of hospitality for ambassadors, writers, statesmen and entrepreneurs. There is a variety of high standard restaurants, a stunning outdoor pool in the courtyard garden and a lavish three-level spa with hammam, a jacuzzi and a sauna. And while the adults are indulging in a little pampering, there is an indoor and outdoor playground to keep children entertained and babysitting can be arranged. For multi-generations, the hotel has interconnecting rooms, convenient for travelling with all ages.
Sitting on the banks of the Saigon River, the An Lam is peaceful and unique. The rooms feature traditional Vietnamese and French touches. This hotel is a low-key alternative for families who don’t want to stay in the city centre. In addition to exploring exciting Saigon, for members of the family who want to stay back at the hotel, they can spend the day in the pampering spa, enjoying a cookery lesson, taking park in yoga or relaxing around the pool. Reconvene after a day of personalised activities and dine at the Luc Binh restaurant. Serving à la carte Vietnamese and French cuisine, the restaurant looks out to the river. Get there early, so your family can dine outside and share stories from your day.
Cleverly designed to make the most of the beautiful coastline, the resort is made up of different levels ensuring that all rooms have excellent ocean views. This resort has a fun and family-friendly atmosphere and offers Planet Trekkers, a fantastic children’s club that has slides, basket boating and cultural activities to keep even the hardest to please amused. And for older members of the family, the resort is located close to Hoi An where your family can explore the delights of this historical city. In the evening, the town lights up with vibrantly coloured lanterns, then return to the resort for dinner in one of the Intercontinental’s four exceptional restaurants. There are also plenty of other entertaining activities including badminton, tennis, ping pong, volleyball, basket boating, fishing, snorkelling, paddle boarding, and a tranquil spa set around a lagoon.
Vietnam is a haven for active families. We’ll customise a mix of excursions to engage all ages and keep you on the move, like biking through rural villages and rice paddy fields, kayaking, traditional net fishing, cooking classes and tours of floating villages and historical towns. A trip to Vietnam for adventurous families isn’t complete without a stop in Sapa. Nicknamed the “Tonkinese Alps” head out to the country to enjoy luminous scenery, weekly hill-tribe markets and excellent trekking.
The spacious rooms at Emeralda are spread peacefully through the sprawling grounds that are flanked by soaring limestone karsts, authentic villages and glorious paddy fields. This is quintessential Vietnam at its best. Emeralda is perfectly located to access the Van Long Nature Reserve and is ideal for those wishing to walk and cycle through exquisite scenery whilst having somewhere comfortable to return to at the end of a busy day, packed with activities.
With only six cabins, the Halong Violet offers the most intimate and exclusive experience of cruising Halong Bay that there is. Each individually themed cabin has been appointed with luxurious interiors and private balconies offering panoramic views of the bay. Your family will spend two days stopping off to visit local villages, boat trips to beautiful deserted beaches and unspoilt fishing villages, Tai Chi classes, wine tastings and cookery classes.
A stay at Topas Ecolodge isn’t just a standard hotel stay, it’s an experience. Your family will be surrounded by the most amazing views of mountains, paddy fields and villages. Activities in the area are focused on trekking and visiting local villages to learn about culture and different ethnic tribes. Trekking is a great way to get a sense of the area. Treks can vary from easy to challenging depending on your family’s activity level, or you can take in the area by motorcycle or bicycle. Here, there is something for member of your adventurous family.
Time to unwind
Beyond the frenetic energy and non-stop excitement of the cities lies a peaceful retreat to unwind in. The gorgeous white-sand beaches provide the perfect backdrop for your family to rest and relax. Many comfortable resorts offer exceptional spas with therapeutic treatments like massages, facials and scrubs. Enjoy some sunrise yoga, a leisurely round of golf or cool off from the midday heat in a refreshing pool. And in the evening, dine on fresh seafood and local produce at one of the many gourmet restaurants. The options for peace and relaxation are endless in Vietnam.
Amanoi is nestled into the rugged hillside, providing plenty of privacy and impressive views with a fusion of contemporary elegance and traditional Vietnamese architectural styles. A wonderful full-service spa, arguable one of the best in the country, offers a range of treatments, making it the ultimate relaxation retreat. There are two beautiful pools onsite and a lovely library to unwind in. For those wishing for a bit more adventure, there is a fantastic array of water sports available, private dining experiences in local homes and pristine beaches to lounge on.
Nestled on a curve of white sand on the island of Con Son, looking over the glistening South China Sea, and protected by lush forest-clad mountains, each villa is designed to reflect the breathtaking natural surroundings. The property offers several different villa layouts to suit every taste and family, each with its own private infinity pool. Children and their families are made extremely welcome at Six Senses where the size and layout of the villas is highly conducive to a family stay. Children will love having their own pools and the stunning sandy beach right on their doorstep and there are plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages busy. Adults will love the pampering they’ll receive at the fantastic, holistic Six Senses Spa, which offers a wide range of therapeutic treatments. There is also a bar, a large swimming pool, gym, gallery, Vietnamese marketplace and library. Bicycles are available for guests' use, and your family can take a leisurely group ride to a traditional market or nearby turtle hatchery before trying your hand at a cooking class. Other options for your family include, sunset cruises, kayaking, diving, fishing, hiking and boogie boarding.
Informal, relaxed and intimate, the Fusion Resort is the perfect place for your family to unwind. This stylish hotel is especially family-centric and can accommodate your family with ease and grace. The enormous infinity pool The Spa is pivotal to the resort, a peaceful haven to escape to at any time of the day. The Spa and Wellness is included in the daily rate. Indulge in daily massages, facials, scrubs or manicures. The resort also has a full kids' club programme which includes an outdoor pool with slide access, trampolines, zip line and tunnels. Beyond the Spa and kids' clubs, guests can enjoy diving, snorkeling, boat trips and golf. There’s a babysitting service is available if you would like to have a nice supper out and leave your children in the capable hands of specially trained nannies.