With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, the whole family will fall in love with Vietnam. Sail beautiful Halong Bay, laugh at water puppets in Hanoi, learn about rich emperors in Hue, get a new outfit tailor-made in Hoi An and swim in the South China Sea. Adventure through the countryside, discover the culture and experience a different way of life, as a family.
Days 1-2 Hanoi
Enjoy breakfast at KOTO, a restaurant helping Hanoi's disadvantaged youth. Jump on board a cyclo and take a ride through the Old Quarter where vendors sell shirts, watches and shoes. Then it's off to an evening water puppet show, a type of traditional Vietnamese entertainment that started in rice fields centuries ago.
Days 5-6 Hue
A former imperial capital and important Buddhist centre, Hue is filled with ancient sites. Discover the Imperial Citadel and the lovely octagonal Thien Mu Pagoda. Explore the lively Dong Ba Market and search for 'poem hats' between the fruit, vegetable and fish stalls. These hats have shadowy scenes of everyday life which can only be seen when held up to the light. Later, swap the bustle of the markets for the tranquility of the Perfume River with a cruise on a dragon boat.
Days 7-9 Hoi An
Travel past picturesque rice paddies and verdant mountains to the quaint backstreets of charming Hoi An. Meet local kids on a school visit, shop for handicrafts, get clothes tailor-made in rich silks or enjoy a picnic on the beach.
Days 3-4 Halong Bay/Overnight train
Cruise the warm waters of Halong Bay with its towering limestone peaks and stalactite-filled caves. Take a dip in the South China Sea and at night, sleep on board beneath a star-filled sky.
Days 10-13 Ho Chi Minh City/Mekong Delta
Fly to fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City and fill up on traditional cuisine at a local market. The following day, rise early and travel to remote villages to get a taste of rural life and learn about the local cottage industries. Afterwards, explore the mangroves of the Mekong Delta by paddling a sampan around the tributaries before boarding a boat to cruise the major waterways of the delta. Back in town, escape the heat of the city and head to Dam Sen Water Park for some aquatic fun, then soak up the last of Ho Chi Minh City where this adventure ends.