Unique Adventure for Holidays with Kids in Vietnam 14 days
Unique Adventure for Holidays with Kids in Vietnam is a 14 day tour we design for family travel in Vietnam. This is an unique tour we run in the northwest Vietnam, taking you to both popular places (Sapa, Halong bay) and remote areas (Tam Duong, Quynh Nhai…) where you have no chance to see other tourists...
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Unique Adventure for Holidays with Kids in Vietnam 14 days
Unique Adventure for Holidays with Kids in Vietnam is a 14 day tour we design for family travel in Vietnam. This is an unique tour we run in the northwest Vietnam, taking you to both popular places (Sapa, Halong bay) and remote areas (Tam Duong, Quynh Nhai…) where you have no chance to see other tourists.
- Car transfers
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Local porter(s)
- Sightseeing entrance fees.
- Bottled water.
- Visa (required)
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Accommodation pre/post trip.
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met by JET Trekking Tours and transferred to hotel for check in. Then, a tour by cyclo around the old quarter streets to discover the local people life. O/N in Ha Noi.
Hanoi – Lao Cai.
The morning, we start the city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. Then continue to visit the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university. The afternoon is continued by the visit of the Ethnologic Museum and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred Ngoc Son Temple. The reminder of the day is free for your own exploration of Ha Noi until we take the night train to Lao Cai. Evening: Water puppets show, the unique Vietnam traditional art. Overnight on board.
Lao Cai – Sapa. Sapa Trekking.
On arrival at Lao Cai train station we take a drive to SaPa. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sa Pa is a former French hill resort and home to some of Vietnam’s most colorful ethnic minority groups. After a breakfast at a local restaurant, we depart the town for our trek into the mountainous region of Sa Pa. A seven-hour walk takes through Lao Chai San and Lao Chai villages where we have chance to meet the Black Hmong and Dzay hill-tribe peoples. Overnight in Ta Van village.
Our trek through Gian Ta Chai village will give us the opportunity to experience the Red Dzao real life, enjoy scenic landscapes with waterfalls, terraced rice fields and hanging bridge. Arrive in Sa Pa at around 03h00 PM. Free time to stroll in Sa Pa. O/N in Sapa.
Sapa – Tam Duong. Tam Duong Trekking
After a morning bumpy drive through the most beautiful hidden-north landscapes region, we arrive in Tam Duong. Today, we have a 4-hour trek to visit Lu, Dzay, Dzao Tien and Hmong ethnic minority villages. Overnight recommended in a Lu hill-tribe village will give you chance to experience their daily life. O/N in Tam Duong.
Tam Duong – Lai Chau.
Upon leaving Tam Duong we spend a five-hour traveling through Vietnam’s most mountainous region. Along the way there are some opportunities to explore the spectacular scenery with a mixture of terraced rice fields and hill villages and trek to visit the Mang, White Thai and Blue Hmong hill-tribe people. Overnight in a Thai village.
Lai Chau – Quynh Nhai.
Boat trip downstream Da River to explore the wild hidden north nature. Today, we have time to visit many hill-tribe villages along Da River, to meet Khang, Khu Mu and Cong ethnic peoples. Overnight at a Thai hill-tribe village nearby the riverbank.
Quynh Nhai – Son La.
We arrive Pha Uan ferry landing after a nice morning boat trip. Then we proceed to Son La by car with a two-hour trek to visit Black Thai, White Xa and Xi Mun villages en route. O/N in Son La.
Son La – Mai Chau.
The car brings us down to Moc Chau, which is famous for tea and surer-cane plantation. A 2-hour trek though Hmomg villages including Pa Co, Xa Ling will give you the best opportunity to contact people and experience their life. Proceed to Mai Chau. The last interest of the day is an evening traditional dance performance by Thai hill-tribe people. O/N at house on stilts in Pom Coong remote village.
Mai Chau Trekking
After breakfast, transfer by car to the valley center. We start t to trek mountainsides to Xam Khoe Village. The trekking is difficult at times with some steep uphill and downhill walking, but the views are incredible however some physical preparation will enable you to fully appreciate today’s trek. Picnic lunch in a family. Arrive back to Pom Coong Village in the afternoon. O/N at house on stilts in Pom Coong remote village.
Mai Chau – Hanoi.
In the morning, we take a walk in Mai Chau Valley to visit brocade waving at Poom Cong , Lac and Van villages. Drive back to Ha Noi and arrive in the late afternoon. O/N in Ha Noi.
Hanoi – Halong Bay.
Transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival, we have a 5-hour boat trip to visit Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque “Dragon descending to the sea” Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. During the boat trip, we will have a fresh seafood lunch prepared and served on board. O/N in Ha Long.
Halong Bay – Hanoi.
After breakfast at hotel, transfer back to Hanoi with stopover at Dong Trieu Ceramic village. Free afternoon. O/N in Ha Noi.
Hanoi – Departure.
At leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00).
When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels
There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…
There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.
There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.
Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack
Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.
During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.
There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.
Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.
1 medium-sized backpack.
Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
1 medium-sized towel.
1 medium-sized dry bag.
Hiking poles/walking sticks
We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.