Travelling together as a family is a great way to spend time together, create lasting memories, and expose your children to the diverse ways of life around the world. Whether you are based in Vietnam with your family or thinking of travelling here, Vietnam is an ideal location for a family holiday. A beautiful country filled with natural wonders, ancient temples, colourful markets, and delicious food, Vietnam has a lot to offer to families.
Laidback beach resorts with amenities like a kids club, kids pool, shuttle service to nearby attractions, free breakfast, on-site restaurants, resort spa, and a swimming pool are best suited for families with small children. Family hotels in cities might be better for older children, who like to explore city streets, taste local produce from street vendors, or even simply relax in a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the city's skyscrapers. Otherwise, they might enjoy water sports, hiking in nature, and in general burning tonnes of energy.
Beautiful beaches, ancient towns with rich culture, and adventure-packed family vacations await you. Check out this list of 10 destinations in Vietnam and recommended family-friendly hotels:
- Da Nang/ Hoi An
- Phu Quoc
- Nha Trang
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Mekong Delta
- Sa Pa
- Halong Bay
- Ba Be Lake
1. Da Nang/ Hoi An
Boasting many pristine beaches, good restaurants, and cultural sites, Da Nang offers the best of all worlds. A coastal city that is a top destination with families, Da Nang has kid-friendly beaches with plenty of water sports activities. Whereas the ancient town of Hoi An is living history, a great and safe way to explore the past!
Between Hoi An and Da Nang, there are some of the best resorts in the country. The most exclusive beach resorts offer villas with your own private infinity pool and come with a resort spa to relax your mind, body, and spirit.
99 Vo Nguyen Giap StreetNgu Hanh Son District55000DANANGVIET NAM
A sanctuary with a private beach and a gorgeous infinity pool, the villas here are spacious and elegant. Premier Village Danang Resort promises parents private time with their kids' club and babysitting services, where children can have a safe and fun time.
This beach resort also has a 24-hour reception, free bicycle rentals, a family room, playground, and a wellness spa, and a free breakfast option - a perfect place for both parents and children to enjoy themselves.
2. Phu Quoc Island
Yearning for island living and white sandy beaches? Phu Quoc Island is perfect for beach vacations with the family.
With endless miles of coastlines, Phu Quoc has many different beaches waiting to be discovered. Wade out into clear blue waters with your little ones, and build sandcastles by the shore. After a day of fun in the sun, get dinner literally over the waters at traditional seafood restaurants.
Phu Quoc National Park is also ideal for a day activity. Take your family to see mountains, waterfalls, tropical jungles and wildlife.
Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Cửa Lấp, Dương Tơ, Tp. Phú Quốc, Kiên Giang, Vietnam
4-Star Hotel - Price per night: starts from US$26
We love this beach resort for its hospitality and caring staff - most guests with families have noted the high level of service, professionalism, and friendliness of the team. Exceedingly family-friendly, Famiama beach resort is set next to a beautiful beach, they also offer facilities such as room service, a beautiful swimming pool, fully equipped gym, resort spa, kayaks, archery area, a tennis court and a mini-golf course. One of the best beach resorts in Phu Quoc for families!
3. Nha Trang
Nha Trang offers a stunning 6km coastline filled with white sandy beaches, the waters are rich with coral reefs and colourful marine life.
This coastal town has been a well-kept secret of Vietnam and has only recently become a tourist hot spot. There are also 19 untouched islets that are just a short boat ride away.
After plenty of beach time, parents looking to take their kids for a cultural detour will also find many sightseeing options, including the Po Nagar Temple, a remnant of the Cham kingdom.
Hon Tre Island, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province
Vinpearl Nha Trang Beach resort is a popular destination for families. An excellent family resort in the area, Vinpearl is a luxury accommodation that offers access to their amusement park and water park, kids will be easily and constantly occupied.
The beach resort also has many on-site restaurants and offers room service, serving both Asian and international cuisine. In addition, there is a swimming pool, kids club, fitness centre, and their spa features traditional treatments. The guest rooms feature private balconies overlooking the surrounding hills or the majestic sea. Parents can also take a break at the pool bar or the beach bar.
Hanoi is one of the most ancient capital cities in the world. A must-visit city of Vietnam Hanoi's old town is filled with winding lanes lined with colonial buildings, cute coffee shops, and interesting museums.
Children will love the various crafts streets of Hanoi with so many different goods on offer, be sure to take them to visit silk street, shoe street, bamboo street, silver street, and more. This is also a great way for them to understand the ancient history of commerce and craftsmanship. Another enjoyable way to spend time with the family is to simply stroll by Hoan Kiem Lake or bicycle around West Lake.
No.30 Hoàng Liên, Street, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Resort - Price per night: starts from US$56
Located in the peaceful French Quarter, Aira Boutique Hanoi Hotel & Spa has an outdoor pool, a fitness room, a resort spa, and a garden.
The hotel is just a short walk away from many cultural spots and near Hoan Kiem Lake. Aira Boutique has spacious rooms and is a comfortable base for families to explore Hanoi.
5. Ho Chi Minh City
Older kids may prefer to visit big cities like Saigon, which is full of life, noise, fun, and culture. Parents can also introduce their kids to great restaurants and street food haunts.
Top places to visit include the Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, and Cu Chi Tunnel. Learn more about them in our guide to the city here.
78 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 6, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
5-Star Hotel - Price per night: starts from US$100
Make yourself at home at one of the most famous luxury hotels in the country. Hotel des Arts combines the classical charm of Indochine with timeless elegance. The hotel staff are known for their excellent service and will go out of their way to make your stay in Ho Chi Minh City a memorable, exceptional, and delightful one. They will be more than happy to give tips on sightseeing suitable for families.
The hotel also offers concierge services, babysitting services, a fitness centre, and certainly not to be missed is their outdoor pool on the top floor with stunning views of the city.
6. Mekong Delta
Coined the rice bowl of Vietnam, over 50% of the country's rice is produced here. The Mekong Delta has more than 2000 years of history and is home to Vietnam's early civilisation along its fertile banks. Today, the Mekong remains an important symbol of power and prosperity in Vietnam and is called the ‘River of Nine Dragons’ (Song Cuu Long) in Vietnamese.
With so much to discover and understand, this is a perfect destination for families to explore and understand the history of Vietnam! Prepare to experience the rich riverine heritage through the floating markets, and visit some of the 140 Khmer temples that are unique features of the region.
Đông Hòa Hiệp, Cái Bè, Tiền Giang, Vietnam
Resort - Price per night: starts from US$42
A charming collection of 26 private bungalows built in the local cottage style, the Mekong Lodge Resort is an eco-resort in the heart of the region. Close to many cultural attractions, it is perfect for a family that intends to do a lot of sightseeing.
Opt for the bungalows that come with swimming pools for downtime with the kids. Also, consider signing up for cooking classes as a family activity to experience the flavours and taste of Vietnamese cuisine.
Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam and is located on the banks of the beautifully named Perfume River, thus named for the flowers that fall into the water from the orchards upriver.
The cultural cradle of the country, there is much to learn, see, and experience, perfect for parents who want to inculcate a love of history in their children. Stop by the various pagodas and temples to understand the historic significance of the area. The Imperial City, Mausoleums of old emperors, and Thien Mu Pagoda are on the list of must-see sites.
36 Chu Văn An, tổ 11, Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam
3-Star Hotel - Price per night: starts from US$44
Rosaleen Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of Hue City, less than 5-minute walk from the Perfume River, and 2 km away from the Imperial City. Rooms are very spacious and modern, and there is a lovely rooftop pool, making this hotel suitable for families. The hotel also has a bar and restaurant featuring many of the local Hue specialities.
A magical landscape where mountains are caressed by voluminous clouds, rice terraces are carved into the unruly terrain, and ethnic minority tribes have eked out wondrous ways of life - there is so much culture and adventure to discover in Sapa.
Parents who want to instil a love of the great outdoors in their children, look no further. Be sure to climb Fansipan, the tallest peak in Indochina. Also pay a visit to ethnic minority villages to hike along with their rice fields, appreciate the unique architecture of the buildings, and understand their traditions.
We suggest using Sapa O'Chau as a socially responsible travelling resource, a tour operator that is also a social enterprise that gives back to the ethnic minorities in the region.
Tả Van Mông, Ta Van, Tả Van, Sa Pa, Lào Cai, Vietnam
Homestay- Price per night: starts from US$25
This is for truly adventurous families looking for an authentic experience. Ta Van Village is home to different ethnic minority groups, chicken, ducks, and buffaloes that run free amidst the stunning rice terrace landscape.
Indigo Snail Boutique Homestay is run by Sue of the Hmong ethical group, at her beautiful house built in traditional style. Sue has a hands-on approach to hosting, she provides home-cooked meals, and the option of going on guided tours and taking crafting classes from her and other villagers.
Parents who want to expose their children to different ways of living and immerse them in Mother Nature, this is the way to go!
9. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay needs no introduction - a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also one of the most breathtaking wonders of the world. Taking an overnight cruise through the ancient channels of Ha Long Bay is an unforgettable family vacation for the books.
There are many cruises on offer, from party boats to honeymooners paradise, be sure to pick one suitable for families. We suggest a cruise boat that features an outdoor pool with an adventure-packed itinerary!
Where to Stay: Capella Cruise
Capella Cruise is our top pick for families. The ship is ready for fun family time with plenty of onboard facilities, perfect to entertain teenagers! Apart from a large infinity outdoor swimming pool, Capella Cruise is decked out with an inflatable water slide. Get ready to slide right from the sun deck into the refreshing waters of Ha Long Bay. Other amenities include a mini-golf arena, karaoke room, and a fitness centre.
10. Ba Be Lake
The largest natural lake of Vietnam lies at the foot of limestone mountains that form the Ba Be National Park. Formed over 200 million years ago, this destination is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the country.
Surrounded by scenic valleys, sparkling waterfalls, lush primary forests and mysterious cave systems, there is so much to do here for the family that loves outdoor activity! Be sure to trek around the park, kayak, explore cave tunnels, and definitely hike to the Ban Gioc Waterfall that is 300 metres wide and falls from a height of 300 metres.
Coc Toc village, Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district, Bac Kan province, VIETNAM
2-Star Hotel - Price per night: starts from US$32
This homestay offers family rooms with a terrace where you can enjoy the majestic view of the lake. They have a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Bắc Kạn. Tonnes of guests have enjoyed Mr Linh's Homestay's buffet breakfast. The area is popular for cycling for families, and Mr Linh offers a tour for that. However, feel free to explore on your own. Our top tip is to hire a car and drive yourselves around.
One for the Family Books
Make unforgettable memories with your young ones. From staying at a luxurious beach resort to living at rustic homestays, families looking for a relaxing or adventurous time have plenty to choose from in Vietnam!
While you are here, check out our guide to the best kid cafes in Ho Chi Minh City to find out the best places for you and your child to unwind!
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