HANOI – HALONG – HOIAN – HO CHI MINH CITY – PHUKET – BANGKOK
Traveling in Vietnam & Thailand with kids has never ever been boring. This 2-week package is specially designed to enable your family to explore these two countries in different ways, get your kid’s attention to the new things, enjoy the family reunion time with full of amazing and yet fun experiences.
Upon arrival at Noi Bai international airport in Ha Noi, welcomed by our guide then proceeding to our hotel in town. Enjoy the remainder of day at leisure to recover from the long flight.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the day at your own pace.
Later in the afternoon, we enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Here we see local shops, road-side markets offering fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, small eateries.
Hanoi street food is amazing in its variety of fresh meals and snacks. The owners of the food stalls are always helpful and love to explain how they prepare the dishes. We’ll enjoy tasting a range of street-foods such as a bowls of Pho Bo (beef) or Pho Ga (chicken)- the Vietnam’s famous noodle soup or an order of the well-known Bun Cha (grilled pork), especially Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) which taste is so lively. Following, we stop at a local coffee shop, renowned for its egg coffee. Here we will get a demonstration and tasting of this delicious Hanoi specialty. There is also the chocolate version for your kids to try out.
We end our day with a traditional Water Puppet show, a uniquely Northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national legends.
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up at our hotel for a private transfer to Halong Bay.
After breakfast, meeting up with the driver at the hotel and we leave Hanoi for our two-night cruise trip on Halong bay – a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Upon arriving the cruise’s waiting lounge that located at Tuan Chau island – Halong, greeted by the crews and enjoying some welcome drink while the boarding procedure is processing. Boarding the cruise and we start embarkation. Enjoy the activities on board for the remainder of day.
Overnight on the cruise.
Enjoy the morning activities on board.
In the late morning, we disembark from the cruise and head back to pier where the driver is ready to drive us to the airport for our short flight to Da Nang.
Arriving in Da Nang, greeting by the local guide and transfer to our hotel in Hoian ancient town. Checking into our hotel upon arrival.
Overnight in Hoian.
Today we take a short cycle trip to the local pier and embark in a boat trip on the Cua Dai estuary. Here we can experience the daily activities of the local fishermen and can try to cast the net with their assistant.
Cruising to Cam Thanh Village, where we will embark on an exciting bamboo basket rowing boat and learn how to catch coconut crabs.
Following, we reach to Tra Que village. Taking a short stroll around this organic vegetable garden before joining a cooking demonstration and learn how to make some local delicacies, including ‘tam huu’ spring rolls, Banh xeo, a local pancake specialty of Central Viet Nam. We then enjoy our simple but delicious lunch right at this place.
Afterwards, we take a guided walking tour around Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit the Japanese covered bridge, Chinese assembly hall, a typical Vietnamese merchant’s house, one of the interesting museums and the local market.
The next visit is to home of a craftsman in the old streets. Here we will have a brief introduction to the history, shape and color of the lanterns as well as stages of making them. After that we can make a lantern by our own, decorate, pack and keep it as a souvenir of our time in Hoi An.
Leisure and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Stay the whole day at leisure to explore the town further on your own or enjoy the beach.
Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Later today, we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Sai Gon (Official name is Ho Chi Minh city). Sai Gon has always been the leading business hub of Viet Nam, however, we still can find some corners with a “Very Old Saigon” style in this this vibrant city.
Upon arrival, greeting by the local guide and transferring to our hotel in town for checking and rest.
To have an idea of “How’s Saigon’s nightlife looks like?”, in the evening, we set off for an exciting ride on scooter from the chaotic traffic of the city center (District 1) to total quiet corners of other Districts; from popular tourist spots to the trendiest hang-out places of the local people at night at night. Pick up from our hotel, we first get to a local place where we’ll have a chance to try the “sizzling cake” or Vietnamese pancake (Southern style) and a fresh spring roll. We’ll then drive through criss-cross alleys of District 4 to a popular yet local seafood store located on the “street food heaven”. On this street, hundreds of local food stalls & carts selling side by side with all kinds of street food for miles long. We’ll have a taste of delicate yet trendy seafood such as ir-fried pincers, steamed clams with lemongrass, steamed tofu with mushrooms, fried rice with garlic (vegetarian menu available). Afterwards, we ride to a riverside park for a short walk and an awesome view of Bach Dang pier at night. Then we continue roll onto a local coffee shop for live Music. Sit down and enjoy the romantic melody that enhance the singer’s deep-lying voice in a cozy atmosphere.
Transfer back to our hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, we proceed for a half day city tour to explore its history and experience the city as it was before the war. We visit the Reunification Palace, former residence of the Indochina Governor General and later, of the President of the Republic of Southern Vietnam until the fall of Saigon on Apr 30, 1975. Walk down to see Notre Dame Cathedral and General Post Office which are beautiful examples of architecture from the French colonial period.
Although Saigon is the most dynamic city of Vietnam with newly-built skyscrapers and modern lifestyle, sheltered behind that splendid beauty are thousands of untold stories about its true local life. Hidden away from the main districts of the city, the history and culture thriving in these hidden streets is fascinating and absorbing. Wind your way through a wet street market to see how people bargain for fresh vegetables, seafood, and other local food. Take the opportunity to see the colorful blossoms and interact with the sellers. Stop at some vendors to try some favorite Saigon’s snacks and desserts such as sponge cakes and sweet soups. Then chill out at a historic coffee shop which used to be a hidden place for “Viet Cong” to store money, gold, even weapon during the Vietnam War. Tour around the house and engage in an informative conversation with the representative to get insight into a difficult yet remarkable of the country.
Heading back to the hotel, leisure and overnight in Saigon.
Today, we board our flight to Phuket. This is the biggest island in the Southern Thailand and famous for its many beautiful beaches. Upon arrival, greeting and private transfer to your hotel and leisure.
In the evening, we will be pick up for the Phuket FantaSea- an ultimate entertainment. Take a spectacular journey through Thai mythology and ancient battles when watching a sensational cultural show inspired by the nation’s colorful heritage. Enjoy evocative songs and graceful dances and experience a grand illusion when an elephant flies and disappears in front of our eyes.
Overnight in Phuket.
After breakfast, we depart for Khao Sok with some stops enroute to capture the sightseeing along the drive, enjoy a break at Khaolak View Point and another stop to visit Tsunami Memorial Site.
Arriving in Khao Sok , enjoy the time to observe the daily living of the Elephant and the bond between Elephant and Mahout, see them bathing, scrubbing, feeding or try it yourself, or help them prepare food for Elephant. We also stop at Khao Sok a scenic viewpoint as well as visiting the Monkey Cave Temple.
After lunch, we start canoeing down the river of Khaosok in about an hour.
At around 15:30, we head back to Phuket and reaching our hotel after about 3h drive, depends on the traffic condition.
Leisure and overnight in Phuket.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy the beaches or joining some other daily excursions to explore the other nearby islands or participating variety water activities.
Overnight in Phuket.
Enjoy the morning at leisure.
We transfer to Phuket airport for an early afternoon flight to Bangkok, the bustle capital city of Thailand.
Later in this afternoon, we will discover the local market at bustling China Town and Flower Market where it can best be explored in a day or night walking tour. We will come across street markets in China Town, street side restaurants, shop houses, gold shops, beautiful remnants of colonial style architecture and some interesting Chinese temples, such as Leng Noi Yee. China Town is also famous for many varieties of food and it turns into Bangkok`s biggest open air restaurant at night. Then closed to the Chinatown we will visit the biggest flower market in the city.
Overnight in Bangkok.
The best way to explore Bangkok without the traffic jam concern and yet fun is "per pedes" by Skytrain and by boat on the River. We will be picked up in the morning from our hotel and walk or take a taxi to the next Skytrain station. The “Saphan Taksin” station is located directly by the river. Proceed by public boat to Tha Chang Pier and walk the short distance to the Grand Palace, where we will visit Wat Phra Kaew and the Emerald Buddha. Continue by Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho, to see the giant Reclining Buddha. Last stop is China Town with the markets and the Leng Noi Yee temple before returning to our hotel by Skytrain or Metro.
Enjoy the remainder of day at leisure or shopping around.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. At a good time, we transfer to the airport for our homebound flight.----------- End of service ----------