Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday

Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday

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Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday

14 Days Starting in Hanoi and ending in Saigon

Visiting: Vietnam

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

FIV

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 24

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

9-16

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active

Interests:

Beach Tours, Cultural

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Tour Overview

From the spectacular limestone seascape of Halong Bay to the frenetic streets of Saigon, Vietnam is a country full of interest and surprises. The cities are an assault on all the senses: noisy, colourful, aromatic and totally absorbing. We tour Hanoi by cyclo and have the option to see a water puppet show. We have quieter time also, snorkelling at Whale Island, exploring the fascinating Mekong Delta by boat and cycling past vibrant green paddy fields near Hoi An. We also have the chance to enjoy the superb Vietnamese cuisine and practise our chopstick skills (try the fried scorpion if you dare!).



Highlights

  • Two nights on a tropical island, snorkelling in turquoise seas 

  • Sightseeing by cyclo (bicycle taxi) and also by bike

  • Magical boat rides and kayaking around scenic Halong Bay, the Eastern Sea and Mekong Delta

  • Learning and sampling the secrets of delicious Vietnamese cuisine

  • Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels

  • Waterpark, beaches and swimming pools

  • Two internal flights to maximise your time at destinations

  • A night in a village homestay

Itinerary

Day 1


Depart London



Day 2


The day is free to recover from the flight or stroll amongst broad tree-lined
avenues dating from the French period. There is a faded colonial charm where
baguettes and good coffee are sold from doorways of grand buildings of a past
era. There will be a welcome briefing this evening with your leader followed
by an optional dinner at a local restaurant, where your children will have
their first opportunity to practice their chopsticks skills.
*May De Ville City Centre Hotel or similar*



Day 3


This morning we take a city tour, which will include a visit to the Ho Chi
Minh Mausoleum area to see his 'House on Stilts' and visit the One Pillar
Pagoda. We'll also visit the Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison (also
known as the 'Hanoi Hilton'). Afterwards we enjoy a cyclo (bicycle taxi) ride
through the Old Quarter, with its '36 Streets' where each street is home to
shops sell particular products - e.g. 'silk street', 'gold street', 'paper
street' and 'souvenir street'. The remainder of the day is at leisure to
stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake, stopping for a coffee or ice cream at one
of the many cafes surrounding it. In the evening there is the option to enjoy
a performance of Hanoi's famous water puppets.
*May De Ville City Centre Hotel or similar*



Day 4


We make an early start for the approximate 4 hour journey to Halong Bay. This
is one of the most stunningly beautiful sights in South East Asia with
roughly 3,000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. We
cruise amongst this amazing karst scenery, stopping to have a go at kayaking,
allowing us to get to places inaccessible by boat (weather permitting), and
enjoy a seafood lunch on board. In the late afternoon we watch the sun go
down and enjoy another lovely meal before overnighting on the boat in twin
share cabins with en suite facilities.
*Overnight Boat*



Day 5


We continue to cruise around Halong Bay this morning before returning to
port. We then drive back to Hanoi, and transfer to the train station and
board the Reunification Express for the overnight train ride to Da Nang, over
600km to the south.
*Overnight Train*



Day 6


This morning on arrival in Da Nang we drive the short distance to Marble
Mountain where we explore the large caves which were used by the Viet Cong as
a hospital base during the war. From the mountain peak, there are fantastic
views over My Khe Beach and the surrounding countryside leading on to Hoi An.
We then drive on to the World Heritage site of Hoi An, the original European
trading port in Vietnam dating back to the mid-16th century. It is now a
living museum, with attractive wooden merchant's houses and pagoda-style
temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European architectural
influences. It is also a marvellous place to wander around and enjoy the
thriving riverside market. We take a walking tour of the old town and visit
the Japanese Bridge and Chinese Assembly Hall.

*Hoian River Green Boutique or similar*



Day 7


This morning we jump on bikes for a ride on quiet roads through the
countryside past local markets, schools and villages before continuing on to
Cua Dai beach (5 km). Please note that we are able to provide child sized
bikes for those children who are 120cm and taller. Children riding their own
bikes must be aged 7 upwards, for smaller children there will be the option
of riding on the back of their parents bike in a child seat or saddle. The
afternoon is dedicated to free time at the beach for swimming, or you can
take an optional boat trip on the river or relax back in town. In the evening
we join an informal cooking class where adults and children alike will learn
how to make some of Hoi An's speciality dishes and even participate in
rolling your own spring rolls!
*Hoian River Green Boutique or similar*



Day 8


This morning we transfer to Da Nang airport and fly to the Cam Ranh airport
in Nha Trang. We then transfer (approx. 3 hours) to the tropical island
retreat of Whale Island. With just one guesthouse on the island and
accommodation in beach bungalows, this really is a chance to unwind and relax
or while away the rest of the day swimming in the sea. 

*Whale Island Resort or similar*



Day 9


We will join a boat trip in the morning for a spot of snorkelling and
swimming before a seafood lunch is served. In the afternoon there is the
option to visit a local fishing village, see the Whale temple or walk around
the island to the viewpoint for a 360 degree view of the stunning mountainous
coastline and the surrounding coves and white sand beaches.

*Whale Island Resort or similar*



Day 10


Depending on flight schedules, there may be time for one last dip in the sea
before transferring to the airport for our flight to Saigon, officially known
as Ho Chi Minh City. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters
pack the streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments.
Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a bustling free market city where
anything goes.
*Huong Sen Hotel or similar*



Day 11


In the morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong
during the war the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of
tunnels. The tunnels were used by the guerrillas as living quarters and
escape routes during the Vietnam War. Although originally very narrow, some
parts have been widened for the tourists and we have the opportunity to
explore parts of the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the
sunshine before we return to Saigon. In the afternoon we wander around the
city visiting the Saigon River, Ben Thanh market, Reunification Hall and
Notre Dame Cathedral.
*Huong Sen Hotel or similar*



Day 12


This morning we drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta (approx. 2.5 hours). The
Mekong, known as 'the rice bowl of Vietnam', produces much of Vietnam's
fruit, sugar cane and coconuts. We spend some time at Cai Be from where we
begin a Mekong River boat trip passing a floating market and visiting typical
riverside villages where we learn about some of the local products for which
the Mekong Delta is famous - e.g. popped rice, rice paper & coconut candy.
Cai Be floating market is becoming less crowded and smaller as fruit trading
is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is
still a great opportunity to see a local market and the trade being conducted
traditionally on a smaller scale. 

After lunch we continue our journey passing some magnificent countryside and
stopping at some small cottage industries. The evening is tranquil as we have
dinner on an Island and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night
sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding,
a mosquito net and a small towel are provided.
*Homestay*



Day 13


This morning we take a walk through the fruit orchards and navigate our way
through the small canals in a traditional wooden sampan. Later we rejoin our
boat to rendezvous with our vehicle for the journey back to Saigon via a
little visited Cao Dai temple used by devotees of this strange indigenous
religion, which fuses all the great religions of east and west.
*Huong Sen Hotel or similar*



Day 14


Today we visit the excellent Dam Sen Water Park with its slides and rides to
allow the kids to let their hair down!
*Huong Sen Hotel or similar*



Day 15


Free time before departing to London



Day 16


Arrive London



What's Included

  • Arrival & departure transfers

  • Tour leader throughout

  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)

  • 12 breakfasts,2 lunches and 3 dinners

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • All transport and listed activities

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Food


12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included. 

Thanks to the tropical climate, the long coast and the gigantic range of
mountains, Vietnam is blessed with numerous varieties of culinary offerings
and consequently maintains its reputation as one of the healthiest cuisines
in the world that still packs a punch with delicious, fresh and fiery
flavours.

Vietnamese food relies on fresh fish, vegetables, rice and a whole myriad of
verdant herbs and spices; lemongrass, ginger, basil and lime all play an
important role in the cuisine. The Chinese and French influence is felt
throughout the country where you are just as likely to be offered a Banh Mi
(stuffed baguette) as you are a hot steaming bowl of Pho (noodle soup).

Each dish is prepared with the Asian principle of Wu Xing in mind (the five
elements); meaning that the perfect combination of spicy, sour, bitter, salty
and sweet is the ultimate aim. Be sure to also seek out the national
beverages; Vietnamese coffee is served iced and sweet with condensed milk, a
real sugar and caffeine hit, and beer hoi (local beer, brewed daily) is
served on most street corners in the North out of large plastic jugs that are
perfect for sharing.

Food is cheap in Vietnam and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you
wish. Western food is readily available almost everywhere, with the exception
of the night in the Mekong Delta.

Vegetarian food is widely available, however the offering will be fairly
similar in most places. Please advise at time of booking if you have any
dietary requirements.

Accommodation

For this family trip in Vietnam, we have selected hotels for their location and character, and aim to use the best-available accommodation in each area visited. Most have swimming pools and there are opportunities to swim at beaches in Hoi An and on Whale Island.



Accommodation on this trip includes:



10 nights in comfortable, centrally located hotels

One night on a boat in twin-share cabins

One night in a Mekong Delta guesthouse, sleeping one to three per room (depending on group size)

One night on a sleeper train in soft-bed berths



Below are a few of the notable stays on this trip.



Mekong Delta homestay







Our time in a guesthouse allows us to experience true Delta hospitality, as we are looked after by local people and stay by the Mekong River. The rooms are relatively basic; bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided, while there are shared bathroom facilities with a shower. The real highlight though is the hospitality of our hosts, the lush garden, and the food (homemade southern Vietnamese cuisine).



Whale Island







Our two-night stay on Whale Island is regarded as a highlight for many; however, the accommodation is basic. You stay in thatched bungalows, each with mosquito nets, fans and private bathrooms. The simplicity of island life makes it idyllic.



Sleeper train



We spend one night on the sleeper train, the best way to travel long distances with the local people. The journey between Da Nang and Nha Trang is quite comfortable; however, it is simple, despite being first-class. You will be in a four-berth cabin (occasionally six depending on the season) and bedding is provided, although some prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasions, passengers of different sexes will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you’ll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage, but people generally stock up on snacks before the journey.



Worth knowing



There may be instances when you want a single room. Perhaps a grandparent needs one, or parents of a family of three or five want to ensure they get a bit of space! Single supplements are available upon request (see price below). Please advise at the time of booking. A single room is available on hotel nights only.

Additional accommodation is available in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City before and after your trip. Please ask for prices. Due to high demand for rooms, there is a chance it may be in a different hotel to the start/end hotel of your trip. Please ask your sales representative if you wish to book extra nights.

While we do our best to ensure families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family trips occur during peak season and we sometimes have little control over where you are put.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes,

  • What is the maximum group size?

    24

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 9 years age passenger can go on this tour.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    10 nights in comfortable hotels (all rooms en suite)

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Fabulous Holiday!

This was such a brilliant holiday - amazing scener

This was such a brilliant holiday - amazing scenery, fabulous food, fun activities, culture and history. We shared it with 5 other families, who all got on fabulously (adults and children) - there was always someone to chat to and share the experiences with. Having a tour guide really helps you get the most from the holiday - especially reserving tables for us all at some of the best eateries - and also takes the stress out of any aspect of the holiday.We saw so much of this beautiful country in such a short space of time, but still had time to relax and chill out!

Highly Reccomend

The perfect Vietnamese adventure. Cong was an amaz

The perfect Vietnamese adventure. Cong was an amazing guide!

Fantastic family trip to Vietnam

I have just returned from the family 'chopsticks a

I have just returned from the family 'chopsticks and coconuts ' trip to Vietnam .The trip was excellent in every way ..The itinerary was well thought out .We started the trip in Hanoi and ended it in Ho Chi Min city using a variety of transport including an overnight train journey and 2 internal flights

Forget "coconuts". This one's much more about "chopsticks"!

Two week family trip going north to south through

Two week family trip going north to south through Vietnam. It's graded 1 for effort, but it moves at a brisk pace and manages to cram in a whole lot of places and activities. There is some 'free time' but this tour gets you up early and gets you out and about. Combining this with the humid and hot weather it can be surprisingly tiring. It is a family trip so we had beach days, canoe-ing, cycling, snorkelling and a trip to a water-park, which were really good fun for everyone. FOOD!!!!. Vietnam is a country with a cuisine (excellent) and food figured prominently in the tour. We ate and drank well and are now very proficient with the aforementioned chopsticks! It is also a country with a complex and troubled history and this was not glossed over. We left with a real feel for the place and its people. It is an amazing place full of very warm and friendly people.

The best adventure ever!

A fantastic trip start to finish immersing us in t

A fantastic trip start to finish immersing us in the culture, cuisine, history and natural environment of Vietnam. This trip has a great pace and fits so much into two weeks but with sufficient relaxation time too. Our highlights were Hoi An, Halong Bay and Whale Island.

CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY

The holiday of a lifetime, absolutely superb in ev

The holiday of a lifetime, absolutely superb in every way.

CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY

A great introduction to a wonderful country, the V

A great introduction to a wonderful country, the Vietnamese people are a delight, the food is great and the scenery varied and beautiful from the full-on buzz of Hanoi and Saigon to the peace and tranquility of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta

CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY

A fantastically enjoyable and varied holiday. Some

A fantastically enjoyable and varied holiday. Something for everyone.

Chopsticks & coconuts

An excellent family holiday, the best thing about

An excellent family holiday, the best thing about it was our fellow holiday makers, lots of children who my son made friends plus a brilliant guide. Ps Vietnams not bad either!

chopsticks and coconuts FIV150405

This was an amazing trip for us, our 12 year old s

This was an amazing trip for us, our 12 year old son had a great time and I am sure there is no way we could have possibly covered the variety of sights and activities independently in 2 weeks. The schedule was busy and we really enjoyed the pace and variety. There was a good balance between group activity and excursions and time on our own. Having pools at every hotel was a real bonus as the kids loved having free time to play.

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