With two weeks in Vietnam, you can cover a lot of ground with your family without being overly busy. This well-planned itinerary starts in the north—in atmospheric Hanoi and UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay—and travels down through the cultural and culinary center of Hoi An before reaching the southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City. After an action-packed time on the mainland, end with some downtime on Phu Quoc Island, a beautiful spot that everyone in the family will enjoy.


  • Indulge in food tours in Hanoi and Hoi An
  • Cycle through the central Vietnamese countryside
  • Learn about Vietnamese history at the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Spend time on the beautiful beaches of Phu Quoc Island

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Hanoi, Free Time & Food Tour Hanoi
Day 2 Ba Vi Countryside Tour Hanoi
Day 3 Transfer to Ha Long Bay, Outdoor Activities Ha Long Bay
Day 4 Ha Long Bay Activities, Transfer to Hanoi Hanoi
Day 5 Fly to Hoi An, Family Food Tour Hoi An
Day 6 Hoi An Tour, Lantern-Making Workshop Hoi An
Day 7 Free Time, Cam Thanh Village Cycling & Basket Boat Tour Hoi An
Day 8 Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Evening Cultural Show Ho Chi Minh City
Day 9 Cu Chi Tunnels Tour, Ho Chi Minh City Tour Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10 Fly to Phu Quoc Island Phu Quoc
Day 11 Boat Trip, Cable Car, Water Park Visit Phu Quoc
Days 12-13 Free Time on Phu Quoc Phu Quoc
Day 14 Depart Phu Quoc  

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi, Free Time & Food Tour

Family Leisure Day in Hanoi
Head to Hanoi's many parks and lakes to stretch your legs

Welcome to Vietnam! You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam's culture-rich capital in the north. After checking in, take some time to rest and settle in. Depending on your arrival time and how tired you and the kids are feeling, there are options to get out into the city to explore right away. Get to know Hanoi at a gentle pace with a walk through the Old Quarter, or jump on a cyclo (a three-wheeled bicycle taxi) to explore the narrow streets in a relaxing and authentic way. 


A highlight of any trip to Vietnam is its fresh, fragrant food. Learn more about Vietnamese cuisine while filling everyone's tummies on an evening street food tour. Meet with a local food expert who will guide you on a mouth-watering food tour of Hanoi. Visit fascinating markets and try a variety of delicious dishes. The first stop is Thanh Ha Market, a busy market alive with the sounds and smells of Hanoi. Along the perimeter, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce, from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices.

Continue to Dong Xuan Market, where noodle shops are located amid stalls selling handbags, clothes, and other goods. Finish with dessert in the Old Quarter. You'll see ceremonial cake stalls and stop to taste a special French-influenced dessert. Continue walking along Hang Cot Street, where popular preserved fruits are sold. The tour wraps up at a small but busy coffee shop. Sit down for a sweet iced coffee or a slow-dripped hot brew while your kids refresh with cold soft drinks.


Day 2: Ba Vi Countryside Tour

See the Vietnamese countryside by bike today

Escape busy Hanoi today and get close to nature. Your guide will meet you at around 8 am and will take you to Ba Vi, a natural area about 1.5 hours' drive west of the capital. Your first stop will be Ri village, where you'll meet Mr. Duoc, a Vietnam War veteran. Listen to his stories of Vietnam's history, then take a tour of his tea plantation. He'll teach you how to pick tea leaves, and you'll learn more about tea production in his small workshop. You and your kids can get a first-hand experience of every step in the tea-processing journey.

Say goodbye to Mr. Duoc and visit your next host in Moc village. Ms. Chinh will teach you how to cook local Vietnamese dishes, and your family will make delicious food together, followed by lunch of what you've just made. Take a walk around the village, where you will visit local families and get a close-up experience of their lifestyle. See how local products such as tofu and conical hats are made.


Energized after lunch, it's time for some physical activities: take a cycling tour through rice paddies and past banana trees. The cycle route will depend on your physical fitness and the age of your kids. For the smallest ones, bicycles with child seats on the back will be available. Return to the Chinhs' house after, where you can refresh with fresh mint and lemon juice and a traditional foot soak with herbs before returning to Hanoi.

Day 3: Transfer to Ha Long Bay, Outdoor Activities

Cruise through UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay

In the morning, your private driver will meet you at your hotel and take you east of Hanoi to UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay, a must-visit destination in northern Vietnam. Cruising is one of the most comfortable and relaxing ways of exploring Ha Long Bay, especially if you're traveling with kids. This trip includes a variety of interesting activities, but it's all done at a slow pace. Upon arrival at the harbor, enjoy a welcome drink and check into your cabin.

Enjoy lunch while cruising through the breathtaking scenery of limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After lunch, the boat will stop in a quiet place where adventurous kids can explore the limestone islets and caves in a kayak. Younger ages can relax on deck and enjoy the beautiful views or take a boat ride. 

Continue cruising to one of the islands, where you can swim or relax at the beach. Return to your boat in the evening to watch the sunset, take part in some activities prepared by the cruise team, and sit down to dinner. Everyone will enjoy the mix of activity and relaxation and the delicious food on board.


Day 4: Ha Long Bay Activities, Transfer to Hanoi

Continue exploring Ha Long Bay today

Get up early to see the sunrise and take part in some family tai chi on deck. Then enjoy a hearty breakfast and get ready to explore a limestone cave by boat. The cave is full of stalagmites and stalactites and it will be a lot of fun for your children (and you, too) to explore this otherworldly natural wonder. Return to your boat to complete the check-out formalities and have an early lunch while the ship cruises back to the dock.After the cruise returns to the harbor, your driver will meet you there and transfer you back to your hotel in Hanoi. Make the most of your last night in Hanoi by heading back to the Old Quarter and trying some more street food at small local establishments, from where you can watch the city life unfold.


Day 5: Fly to Hoi An, Family Food Tour

Hoi An is an ideal family destination

Today you'll fly from Hanoi to Da Nang, a coastal city in central Vietnam that's very near the beautiful UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An. After checking into your Hoi An hotel, freshen up quickly and get ready to explore the historic town on a family-friendly food tour. Hoi An is famous for its delicious cuisine, and you're sure to find a new favorite dish for every member of your family. Over the course of three hours, gain a fantastic knowledge of Vietnamese food as well as the town of Hoi An: its history, culture, and also its restaurants, traditional food, culinary specialties, and unique flavors.

End the day with a relaxing sunset boat trip while the kids spot fish and marine life along Thu Bon River. After that, head back to the hotel, where you'll have this evening on your own. It's worth walking down by the riverside in the evening, and through the center of town, to see the beautiful colorful lanterns strung up.

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Day 6: Hoi An Tour, Lantern-Making Workshop

Make your own lantern in Hoi An

Get to know local Hoi An culture better today with a program of activities that will keep everyone happy. Start with a walk through Hoi An's colorful, quiet streets. This cozy town was the national trading center of Vietnam in the 16th century, and is now home to many beautiful old streets and homes. Learn about Chinese, Japanese, French, and European architecture and its influence on the town. Don't miss the 100-year-old Japanese Bridge, the Phuc Kien Hall, and the local market.

Stop for lunch in a local café and taste the Vietnamese sandwich, banh mi; Hoi An's version is said to be the most delicious in all of Vietnam. After lunch, head to a local craftsperson's home to learn how to make lanterns. These are a symbol of Vietnam and a big part of Hoi An's local culture, as you'll have witnessed already. You'll learn how the lanterns became a symbol of Hoi An and see a lantern-making demonstration. Then, create your own lantern to keep as a souvenir. Kids can hang it in their room back home and be reminded of their fantastic trip to Vietnam. 

Day 7: Free Time, Cam Thanh Village Cycling & Basket Boat Tour

Explore the waterways around Can Thanh in a basket boat

Today you can choose to relax or get active according to your family's needs at this mid-point in your trip. To take it easy, plan to spend the day in Hoi An town or at the nearby beach. At the beach, you'll find many small cafés where you can relax with a fresh fruit drink. You and the kids can swim in the warm, calm sea or relax on sun loungers.

If you're feeling energized and like something more active, head out on a village tour. Your guide will take you for a cycling trip into the countryside and along the rivers around Hoi An. Don't worry if your kids can't ride a bike by themselves because they can sit with you or the guide. Alternatively, if you don't want to cycle, you can take a private car tour.

As you meander through the countryside, experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. This easy biking trip will take you to the beautiful vegetable-farming village of Tra Que, where you'll see how locals plant vegetables. Walk around the village and take some great photos before heading to the fishing village of Cam Thanh, where you'll take a paddleboat trip down the waterways in a unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat. Enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing, which is lots of fun and kids will love it.

Day 8: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Evening Cultural Show

Choose family-friendly activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Continue south today to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), a 90-minute flight from Da Nang. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and take some time to settle in. If you and your family are ready to check out this exciting city—Vietnam's largest—you can take a fun cyclo tour to get your bearings. Stop at the Ben Thanh Market, where you can try local street food specialties and shop for souvenirs. If you're up for it, visit the Artinus 3D Art Museum and have fun taking pictures with the 3D art objects—your kids will love it!

In the evening, head out for a show at the iconic Saigon Opera House, built by the French in 1898, where you will enjoy an authentic night of Vietnamese culture and art. A O Show by Lune Production is known as a "bamboo circus." The show depicts the transition of rural Vietnam to modern life. Performers use a variety of props such as giant woven baskets, ropes, and bamboo, accompanied by traditional live music, dance, and acrobatic performances such as balancing on top of bamboo poles. It's a fun evening out for the whole family. 

Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels Tour, Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Explore Ho Chi Minh City's beautiful architecture

Today, your family will learn a lot about the history of Vietnam by exploring the remarkable architecture of the French colonial times, and by crawling through the underground tunnels at Cu Chi. Learn about the tunnels and their dramatic history as a network of underground tunnels built by Vietnamese fighters during the first Indochina War, and later used during the Vietnam War. The underground metropolis includes living rooms, kitchens, hospitals, weapon factories, storage facilities, and a command center, and stretches over 155 miles (250 km). You'll also get the chance to descend into the tunnels, if you like.

After lunch at a local restaurant, head back into the city to check out some of the city's grandest buildings. First, stop at the landmark Independence Palace, designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu. Also check out the Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Central Post Office, an example of classical French colonial architecture. Kids will enjoy seeing the palatial public architecture that's probably quite different from what they're used to.

Day 10: Fly to Phu Quoc Island

Relax on a beach on idyllic Phu Quoc Island

Today it's time to shift gears and swap Vietnam's big, bustling cities for the island paradise of Phu Quoc, a Vietnamese island just off the southern coast of Cambodia. Phu Quoc is about a one-hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City. You'll be transferred to your hotel after your arrival, where you can spend some time relaxing and visiting the beach.

Later on, enjoy a dinner cruise. Board the cruise boat in Duong Dong Town. You'll be welcomed with a complimentary soft drink. As you watch the sun go down, cruise to a perfect spot to anchor. You and your kids could try your luck at squid fishing; if you've never done it before, the boat crew will teach you. If you catch anything, the crew will be delighted to prepare and cook it for you. Then enjoy a delicious dinner on board before returning to the harbor and on to your hotel.

Day 11: Boat Trip, Cable Car, Water Park Visit

Ride the cable car above Phu Quoc

What could be more fun on a beach vacation than taking a boat out to some beautiful islands? You and your children will have lots of fun with the water-based activities prepared for today. Board your boat and cruise toward Gam Ghi Island, a perfect place to go snorkeling to see coral with children as it's not too deep. Younger ages can stick to having fun at the white-sand beach, with beautiful views. 

Next up is Buon Island (or Mong Tay Island) for more swimming and snorkeling, followed by May Rut Trong Island, with a beautiful lagoon that's great fun for children. Here you can have fun swimming with your kids, strolling along the sandy beaches, sipping fresh drinks at the beach bar, sunbathing in the shade of coconut trees, and more. Return to the boat to enjoy lunch on board. 

After lunch, head to Thom Island to visit Aquatopia Water Theme Park. Have fun on water slides and at the cartoon playground zone, or just relax or enjoy the games in the Pirate Bay Zone. After the water park, enjoy an exciting ride on the world's longest cable car, which takes around 25 minutes. It soars high above the island for a spectacular panoramic view of fishing villages, the town, islands, and beaches.

Days 12-13: Free Time on Phu Quoc

Choose activities to suit your family on Phu Quoc

The next couple of days are yours to enjoy at your leisure. You can chill out on the beach, go snorkeling from the shore or visit some fun, family-friendly water parks in Phu Quoc. A great spot for families is Vinpearl Land Amusement Park, with plenty of adventurous activities for kids and adults alike. Take your swimwear along, as there's a waterpark there, too.

If you and your kids are animal lovers, you could also visit Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, where you will see various wild animals. Nature lovers will enjoy taking a picnic to the beautiful Suoi Trang Waterfall, admiring the beauty of the forest and mountains, and hiking through the jungle. With two whole days at your disposal, you could even do it all.

Day 14: Depart Phu Quoc

Goodbye Vietnam!

It's time to say goodbye to Vietnam. Enjoy some free time—perhaps a last swim or walk on the beach—before your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. Safe travels!

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Map of Vietnam Family Explorer: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phu Quoc & More - 14 Days
Map of Vietnam Family Explorer: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phu Quoc & More - 14 Days
Written by Hien Do, updated Jan 5, 2023