Family holiday in Vietnam - Jungles and Junks
Vietnam, Family, 14 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,645 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Hanoi. A single group transfer is provided timed to meet the arrival of the preferred group flights. KE Land Only package services start with the overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast we drive through the farmland of the Red River Delta on route to Halong Bay where we board a wooden junk boat and settle into our comfortable cabins for a two-day cruise.
Day 3: We continue our cruise, visiting islands in the bay and with opportunities for kayaking. We cruise back to Halong City and drive back to Hanoi, taking lunch en route. In the evening we transfer to Hanoi railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai.
Day 4: Arriving in Lao Cai we have the use of a day room in a hotel to freshen up before starting our walk. We pass through several villages of the Black Hmong and Giay hill-tribes. Overnight homestay.
Day 5: Today we travel through bamboo forest and visit more villages, this time of the Red Dao tribe. We transfer back to Sapa where we again use the day room at the hotel before boarding the sleeper train back to Hanoi.
Day 6: Arriving in Hanoi early in the morning, we check in to a hotel and have breakfast before a full day of sightseeing. In the morning we visit the square outside Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, the president's palace, pagodas, temples and the wonderful Museum of Ethnology. A water puppet show finishes our day in this amazing city before we board the flight to Danang and drive Hoi An in the early evening.
Day 7: After a leisurely breakfast, we head out for a day of sightseeing. We visit the central fish market and the handicrafts centre where we can see live silkworms in all stages of their growth. We also take a boat trip to nearby villages. In the afternoon, we transfer via Cloudy Pass to Hue, where we check in at a hotel.
Day 8: The World Heritage Site of Hue is one of Vietnam's cultural centres and we explore this beautiful city in part by bicycle. We will see the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and enjoy cycling around traditional Thuy Bien village where will take part in a Vietnamese cookery class. After our tour of the city, we will transfer to Danang in the early evening where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 9: After an early breakfast, we transfer to Danang Airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). We'll visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. There is also an interesting museum. We then drive to Cai Be on the Mekong Delta and cruise to An Hoa Village. Overnight at a riverside lodge.
Day 10: In the morning at the Mekong Delta, we have a boat trip to the famous Cai Be Floating Market, a riot of colour with its rice, fresh fruits, fish and handicrafts. We then drive back to Saigon where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 11: This morning we enjoy a short city tour of Saigon including Ben Thanh Market, the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Then, it's time for some R&R and we set out to drive to a coastal resort near Phan Thiet, stopping for lunch en route. Arriving in the late afternoon, we check in at our seaside hotel.
Day 12: A full day by the sea for relaxing or optional activities. Situated at the mouth of the Ca Ty River, Phan Thiet is well off the tourist map. It has a small but pleasant beach and is the perfect place to take it easy.
Day 13: A second day to enjoy relaxed beach life and to watch the comings and goings of the local fishermen in their colourful boats. We spend a third night at our seaside hotel.
Day 14: A free morning, followed by a midday group transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport where KE Land Only package services end.