Visit Turtle Island to taste freshly picked fruit and coconut milk, while you interact with the local farming family. Visit a small family-run workshop which makes candy out of the Mekong Delta’s tasty coconuts. Enjoy a rowing sampan ride through tranquil canals, and country hospitality while you sip honey tea and listen to traditional folk songs. Before returning to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon, a lunch of local specialties is served.
Experiential swimmers have many options to explore this amazing setting. They can dive and glide from one island to the next, stopping at hidden beaches along the way. At the end of the day, tuck into a barbecue of fresh seafood or knock back a sundowner looking out to a deep orange sky.
There are also cultural experiences with centuries-old floating villages that can be found within the bay. Vietnam’s amazing geography allows for an incredible selection of adventure and sport holidays.
You’ll start off today with a guided sightseeing tour that will visit the pretty 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, and the colourful market. Here, you’ll find all manner of fragrant herbs and spices, exotic fruits, bright silks and local products tempting you to buy! With an afternoon free for you to explore your way, perhaps get on two wheels and join our optional cycling tour to experience Hoi An’s delightful countryside.
This was a wonderful trip that took in many sights along the length of Vietnam from Hanoi in northern Vietnam to the Mekong delta in the south. The guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly, helpful and funny. Do not expect luxury, just a hard mattress and bumpy rides. Please note that all shared rooms are subject to a no smoking policy for trips that are part our Guaranteed Room Share. Solo travel is not allowed on guided Family Experiences holidays, unless you are traveling with a group of family members.
Vietnam has a large population of people with disabilities. However, infrastructure and facilities that are accessible are still very limited. Chaotic traffic and pavements blocked by parked motorbikes and street stalls, uneven footpaths and high curbs add to the challenges of getting around for travelers with mobility or vision disabilities. Many entrances to shops, restaurants, hotels, and tourist sites will have steps. However, many doors will not be able accommodate wheelchairs larger than 23 inches. Some sights and destinations will not be fully accessible (ie. Ha Long Bay boats, Cu Chi Tunnels) but other places such as Hoi An are flat and much more wheelchair-friendly.
- Solo travel is not allowed on guided Family Experiences holidays, unless you are traveling with a group of family members.
- The winter months around Hanoi and Halong Bay can be hot and humid, with temperatures as low as minus 20C.
- Few travel experiences can compare to the first time you see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat.
Dr Anderson lives in a small town in the north of England with his wife. He is a family physician and spends a lot of his free time as an expedition doctor. He has more than 10 years of altitude and travel medicine experience. Previous treks and expeditions have focused on the Himalayas, with others in the Scandinavian Arctic and mountainous areas of Africa.
He also enjoys trail running, cycling and open-water swimming. Grateful for arriving a day early and leaving a day later arrangements – accommodation & airport transfers. Very variable activities – some included and some optional Hoi An – too touristy. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, My Son, Tunnels, Mekong delta, Angkor temples, Floating villages – all excellent. Phnom Penn s21 prison, and the nearby “killing field” – very distressing.
Travelling along inland trails, you’ll pass by quiet country villages, discover how local wooden boats are made and learn the art of weaving the traditional ‘Hoi An’ sleeping mats. The flat, quiet roads around Hoi An are ideal for exploring by bicycle. Start your adventure with a short boat trip across the river from Hoi An – a great opportunity to take photographs of the many fishing boats and the country villages. Take the boat back to Hoi An old town and continue cycling along quiet trails, passing water-coconut palm trees, fishing farms and rice paddies. Cam Thanh is a local fishing village with charming ocean views and many kumquat gardens and corn fields.
But today, the Vietnamese are focused on rocketing into the future.
In this new era, self-determination is a reality. The atmosphere is buoyant. Fortunately for travellers, Vietnam’s traditional charms have not yet been eclipsed. From the ancient neighbourhoods of Hoi An to the vast Mekong Delta, the country offers an astonishing variety of scenery. Vietnam is a fascinating country, no matter what your interest is in wartime relics, beaches, and rice paddies. You should visit Vietnam right away, as it continues to reinvent itself every year.