Vietnam Family Travel Guide
In this blog, we would like to give you some suggestions about Vietnam Family Travel Guide. For families and children with an adventurous spirit, Vietnam is an exciting and rewarding destination, offering unique lessons in culture. Vietnam has some of the most spectacular natural scenery in Southeast Asia, from magnificent limestone cliffs to lush tropical forests and long and sandy beaches.
If you travel solo or with travel buddies, having a clear mission of experiencing and discovering, weather sometimes is not a really big problem. In some cases, the inconvenient condition is even preferable as it could avoid tourist crowds. But if you go with your family, weather patterns of Vietnam will be something that is noteworthy.
Despite the fact that lies entirely within the tropics, Vietnam’s climate surprisingly varies from region to region. As a destination is possible for all-year-around travel, you could choose the time schedule and places to visit as suitable as much with you and your family members. It is not a bad idea to experience both the chill of winter in the northern highland and getting tan on some sunny, stunning beaches in the south, in only one trip.
1. Weather – Vietnam Family Travel Guide
In the North (from Hanoi to Sapa), a year has 04 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Spring lasts from February to April with warm weather. In spring, it is characterized by fine drizzle that helps plants grow fast and flowers bloom brightly. Summer lasts from May to August with hot and showery weather. The sun shines all the day time, and there are occasionally sudden thundershowers that refresh the day.
Autumn lasts from September to November with cool air, and dry and slightly windy weather. It can be said that it is the most beautiful season in a year with yellow leaves falling on the streets and yellow bright shine in day time although sometimes typhoons bring in some heavy rain and flood in the central part of the country. Winter lasts from November to January with cold and dry weather. Frost and snow once or twice come in the mountains (over 1000 m above level sea), that make Vietnamese people eager to go up to see and take nice photos of such rare events of a year.
The center (from Nha Trang to Hue) sunbathes most of the year and enjoys its showers for the whole of November and December. Dalat, at an altitude of 1500m, is cooler than the coastal area, particularly from November to March. Da Nang and Hue both experience typhoon activity from mid-October to mid-December when the climate becomes cooler, more overcast and wet.
The Southern region (from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet) is predominantly sun-equatorial with two main seasons of wet rainy one and dry one. A wet rainy season ranges from April to September. Showers often rain heavily but stop quickly. A dry season spans the months of October to May. However, the weather becomes hotter with all days of sunshine. However, it becomes much cooler at night.
2. Preparations – Vietnam Family Travel Guide
Actually, you do not have to worry that much, because Vietnam is known as one of the shopping heavens in Southeast Asia, so the necessities are surely supplied widely with an enjoyable price. Clothes, shoes, flip-flop, umbrellas, usual cosmetics are found easily in Vietnam, or will be provided by your caring hotel staffs, private guides or even your tour operators. You could pack lightly for your own good. But you will also need some special things to make your family vacation run as smoothly as possible. And we think the list provided below may be useful for families planning to visit Vietnam:
Travel documents, which includes passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, and tour voucher. For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 2 passports sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee per family member.
In Vietnam, you could use cash and credit card. You should have a number of Vietnamese Dongs for your convenience. In case you cannot prepare much before the big trip, don’t worry as exchange money in Vietnam is super easy, and many restaurants and places accepting foreign currencies.
A camera will soon become your inseparable thing because this country is too beautiful to miss even a small scene. If you don’t carry a camera or phone with a good camera along, you and your family members will definitely have a big regret.
Medicine: Including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication, prescription glasses, and contact lens solution if required. Insect repellent will be useful for your children. Make sure all of your kid’s essentials are packed and ready, perhaps with their favorite toys, comic books, snack, and coolest outfits… Adults like to enjoy new things while kids prefer their own familiarities.
3. Food and Drink
Foods take a big portion of our concern in every trip. In Vietnam, it’s culinary art is so excellent and diverse which can charm anyone. Not like other Asian countries, where Western travelers sometimes cannot find anything suitable with their tastes. Besides, the culinary art of Vietnam is combined by both Asian and Western cultures because of their rich history.
Therefore anyone is able to find something fitting their stomach, regardless of their age or nationality. However, Vietnamese recipes use plenty of fresh vegetables, and dishes are commonly flavored with fish sauce, soy sauce, lemongrass, lime, coriander, and mint.
Fish, prawns, and pork are the most commonly, chicken and beef are also readily available. As in most of Asia, rice and noodle dishes are stapled meals. Popular dishes include pho (noodle soup), nem ran (spring rolls) and Chao Tom (ground prawns on sugar cane sticks eaten with fresh vegetables and condiments). Moreover, Vietnam has a large number of lush tropical fruits like mangoes, pineapples, rambutans, and dragon fruits.
Big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is truly a food heaven, where you can find any type of restaurants for your family, from vegetarian dishes, French delicacies, Italian best known to traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The soul of food art is actually right at the pavement. A “Banh mi” or a bowl of “Pho” surely will confirm their fame.
The countryside is where you could experience real Vietnamese traditional meal cooked by your homestay host. Especially, the beaches are fantastic with exotic seafood.
In this country, you can enjoy the true meaning of “Eat, Pray and Love” spirit. However, if you have problems with allergy or your kids need something special, you will need to discuss with the staffs about your family conditions and the foods’ ingredients before these fantastic meals start.
4. Be organized and travel with a plan
Because there are so many things here to discover! This country will be a heaven or a mess; all depend on your plan. You could go for a walk, enjoy a water puppet show, visit temples and pagodas, visit the sandy beaches, trekking in the mountains. So all you need to do is clarify clearly what your family travels goal. Whether it is a cultural discovering tour or a beach trip.
The traffic in Vietnam is quite messy. Public transport system is safe but overcrowds and run-down, thus the journey is quite bumpy; driving motorbikes or cycling, on the other hand, is quite dangerous for inexperienced tourists. Therefore, for a family travel, taking a taxi and walking would be the best options. The average taxi fare is about 12,000-15,000 VND per kilometer (2019). It is necessary for kids as well as the elderly to bring a note of their family contacts, including name, address, telephone and so on, in case of getting lost.
These are some information for you to prepare for your trip to Vietnam. A holiday to Vietnam with your family and kids can be an unforgettable experience.
Vietnam Family Travel Guide – Written by My Anh
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