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#1 EPZ

Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:25 PM

Top recommendation for family friendly accommodation and location in Vietnam for next January?

We have not been before and would love some tips on places with thing to do.

We like bike riding, walking, sightseeing. Kids 10 & 12YO.

#2 countrychic29

Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:42 PM

Where in VN will you be?

In HCMC (Saigon) stay central - we like the rex hotel or cheaper places closer to Ben tan market.
Walk everywhere, day trip to Mekong and/or cu chi tunnels - Vung Tau is a great day trip and off the tourist trail for something different
We generally spend 4ish days in HCMC

Hoi an is great for families - but very very busy with tourists - early in day or just before dinner were not so bad, it’s a shame it was so amazing the first time we went 10years ago, still well worth seeing - do a day trip to Hue over the pass, it is beautiful.

If you are adventurous you could catch the train from Danang to Hanoi?

Phu Quoc Island is also good, but more resort style

If you go to Hanoi the old quarter is well worth staying in, Halong bay, you kind of need to go but I’ve not known anyone to go back there, IYKWIM

Edited by countrychic29, 17 January 2020 - 09:43 PM.

#3 Bereckii

Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:56 PM

Agree with PP

Stay central in Saigon if you can and walk everywhere.

If you are going to the Melong Delta, seriously consider an overnight stay - the further you get from Saigon the more interesting and authentic the delta experience. You can homestay in the delta.

You will love Hoi An. Loads to do there including bike riding, cooking classes, amazing food, interesting architechture. There are resort style hotels with pools of you are looking for that (can be good - get out in the morning for exploring, back to hotel in the arvo for some pool time, back out to the town to eat in the amazing restaurants. Staying within walking distance of town will be good if you want to do this) Homestay is another option.

Hanoi will be cool/cold that time of year. Old Quarter is great, ideally stay within walking distance of the old quarter.

Check out when Chinese New Year (known as TET in Vietnam) is as that will affect things. It's lunar, so the date changes each year.

Halong Bay is beautiful. Make sure you book that with a good (safety conscious) company if doing that.

This blog/website is by an Aussie guy who has lived in Vietnam a long time. It will have some good current advice (including safety out at Halong Bay, good info about delta experiences, Homestays, restaurants, etc) https://www.rustycompass.com/

Enjoy! Love Vietnam!

ETA Yes, consider checking out Hue too (depending on how much time you have). The road trip between Hoi An and Hue is beautiful.

Edited by Bereckii, 17 January 2020 - 09:59 PM.

#4 EPZ

Posted 17 January 2020 - 10:09 PM

Thanks that’s great!

We don’t  have a definite area we were staying in planned as never been. This info is great.  I’ll be there with kids and DH would arrive few days later.

#5 littlepickle

Posted 17 January 2020 - 11:36 PM

We are heading over in April for our third trip (without kids this time). HCM is pretty full on and our kids who were 11 and 9 at the time struggled with both the heat and the volume of people. Great 3 night Stay in the Meking Delta was a highlight. Make sure you stay somewhere with a swimming pool. Hoi an is beautiful (kids were 12 and 10) and we stayed at a fantastic resort on the river and within walking distance to the ancient city - cooking school, night markets, fantastic food- a nice location to just handmade around and immerse yourself.
Flights, Accommodation and food all super cheap!!

#6 Moukmouk

Posted 18 January 2020 - 09:03 AM

I love Vietnam. I’ve been four times, and we went a few years ago when the kids were 6&9 - they loved it. We stayed at the Sherwood residences in Saigon which were great. Still really central but not in the tourist madness, and nice to have a bit of space, a kitchen for snacks and a good pool. Hoi an is lovely but so touristy now. The river trip to the cu chi tunnels was excellent. Hands down the best tour was the XO food tour on the back of vespas. Amazing. And vietjet air is much better than it sounds for cheap internal flights.

#7 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 26 January 2020 - 05:37 PM

If you are going to go to Nha Trang, with kids of that age, I would consider a couple of day "break" at Vin Pearl. A resort on an island with amusement park included and some awesome pools and beaches. We took a couple of nights there as down time mid-trip when I went in 2013 (so can't promise it is the same) and my kids were around that age and it rejuvenated us all for the next bout of sightseeing.

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