VIETNAM with KIDS
Travelling through Vietnam with kids is surprisingly easy. You can tell that Vietnamese people live by the “it takes a village” ideal when it comes to children. Someone is always reaching out to pick up your child, or playing peek-a-boo with them. Don’t worry, nobody is trying to steal your baby!
Your child’s new-found celebrity status actually makes travelling through Vietnam with kids really easy. Complete strangers are always occupying them for you. Nobody seems to be mind if your baby is grizzly, or your toddler is ‘spirited’. Basically the pressure is off!
I travelled with my husband and young kids from Hanoi in the North, down to Phu Quoc Island in the South, stopping at various places in between.
My favourite places in Vietnam with kids
Ninh Binh was fantastic because it’s not an overly chaotic or large city and there is quite a bit to do in the beautiful rural surrounds. Most people only visit as a day tour from Hanoi but if you have more time up your sleeve, it’s worth spending a few days here. It’s only a lovely two hour train ride from Hanoi.
I recommend staying at the Legend Hotel on the outskirts of the city. It’s a lovely upmarket hotel with large rooms, incredible food and very helpful staff.
Hoi An was also a favourite due the beaches, lovely city and proximity to My Son ruins. We only spent a few days here but I would love to stay a week or longer. This city is easily explored on foot and so is the Hoi An Ancient Town area.
I recommend staying at Hoi An Beach Resort. It’s in a fantastic location between Cua Dai Beach and the De Vong River. The service we received here was the best we have received in any hotel. They even surprised us with a cake for our daughters 1st birthday!
The Old Quarter of Hanoi is incredibly chaotic and fascinating. Although I wouldn’t spend more than a few days here, there is plenty of things to enjoy from puppet shows (kids will love this), strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake area and checking out the bustling streets and alleys on foot.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon) is now officially my favourite large asian city. I really wasn’t expecting to like it and only planned two days there before we flew out. I could easily spend another couple of days here! It’s just a pleasant city with great food, plenty of things to do and it’s easy to get around on foot.
This city is one of the few places in Vietnam with enough sidewalk area to easily maneuver a stroller or pram. I recommend staying at the Grand Hotel Saigon if your budget allows it. It’s not particularly cheap as far as Vietnam goes, but it’s always lovely to end your holiday with a couple days of luxury before heading back home to reality.
…for next time
The next time we visit Vietnam, I would love to explore the more rural areas in the North, like Sapa and also spend some time exploring more of the lovely coastal beaches.