Vietnam family holiday, small group
Description of Vietnam family holiday, small group
This two week family holiday in Vietnam places you in a small group with other families as you embark on a safe, enjoyable and incredibly interactive adventure in Southeast Asia.
From Hanoi and Halong Bay in the north through to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta in the south this tour of Vietnam features a variety of classic locations alongside lots of off the beaten track settings and included activities.
Prepare your family for an eclectic assault on the senses as you explore city streets, cycle through countryside and kayak past the limestone peaks dotted across Halong Bay. Theres no better way for families to travel other than with children of a similar age and parents who wish to build interactive and educational experiences into an efficient two week itinerary.
Boat trips along the Mekong Delta, snorkelling trips around Whale Island and bike tours through lush green rice paddies, close to Hoi An, all help this fabulous family holiday take shape with an exciting overnight train ride on the Reunification Express ensuring every day promises a different tale to tell.
Chopsticks at the ready everyone as this is one family adventure that will expand cultural horizons as well as tantalising taste buds as you get to experience every aspect of Vietnam with bffs that you havent met yet.
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PlanetAccommodation & Meals:
We will spend most nights in comfortable hotels and also in some more unique accommodation such as a houseboat and a homestay in Mekong Delta. This combination of locally run hotels contributes directly to the community as staff are from the area and food is grown and sold locally. Many of these places also have environmental policies which reduce waste, water usage and energy expenditure. Where meals are not provided, your guide will be able to point out several smaller restaurants, cafes and markets, like in Hanoi old quarter, Hoi An market or Ben Thanh. There are some weird and wonderful regional specialties to try with plenty of fresh produce available in most areas. During our homestay, we will have the opportunity to eat a delicious home cooked meal an experience which is always enjoyed thoroughly by our clients.
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal Craft & Culture:
We do a lot to celebrate the cottage industries on this tour, as this is not only a way to directly benefit the locals but it is also hugely fascinating and enjoyable for travellers. For example, in Mekong, we visit a lot of these small businesses and factories which sell handmade coconut sweets, rice paper, soya bean sauce, popped rice and popcorn amongst other things. There is also the option to see a traditional folk dancing or water puppet show at Ho Chi Minh. This encourages local customs to continue and creates employment opportunities. In Hoi An, we also stop by a shop called Reaching Out, which sells gifts handmade by artisans with disabilities helping them to develop their talent and independence.
In Hanoi, we encourage groups to have a communal meal at KOTO, which is an NGO that provides a two year course in hospitality, English and life skills training to groups of 16-22 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students also receive accommodation, food, medical check-ups and treatment whilst they are being trained. Many of the 400+ graduates have gone on to continue developing their careers at KOTO restaurants or have gained employment elsewhere with their training so this is a great initiative to support.
A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.