Vietnam is a country of contrasting landscapes, inspiring culture and mouthwatering cuisine. It is also an affordable destination, and - you know what? It is safe for kids. No wonder more and more families are choosing Vietnam as a holiday destination. In this article, you will find some amazing tips to enjoy your family trip to Vietnam. You will also learn how to apply for a Vietnam visa for yourself and your kids.
Some general guidelines for your visit to Vietnam
If you are visiting Vietnam with your children, you should take into account a few tips regarding safety, health, and clothing. For instance: choose hotels with a swimming pool, so the kids can play and refresh at the end of the day, and ask for connecting or -at least - adjoining rooms. Besides shorts, t-shirts, mosquito repellent, bathing suits and trekking sandals, you should also include a light rain jacket: Vietnam has a tropical climate and rain can appear unexpectedly. Be careful when visiting cities: crossing roads can bea dangerous exercise. And don’t bring a buggy for your baby or toddler, the best choice is always a good carrier.
Last, but not least, do not forget to apply for a Vietnam visa for your kid as well. This is because children, regardless of their age, need to have their own passport and visa in order to visit Vietnam.
Top 5 things to do with your kids in Vietnam
A trip with your kids to Vietnam is a great opportunity to spend quality time with them. Let’s have a look at the best activities to do in this country if you are travelling with children.
- Lantern making in Hoi An. This UNESCO-listed city is famous for its lanterns. There are many lantern-making workshops in Vietnam which are addressed to children. The cost of the workshop is similar to a lamp that you would buy in the market, and your kids will make themselves a souvenir of Vietnam.
- Watch a water puppet show. This is an absolute must if you are travelling with children to Vietnam. In these traditional shows, the puppeteer uses a water surface as a stage. The best performances for this traditional folk show are held in the Hang Long Water Puppet Theatre, in Hanoi.
- Visit Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Natural Wonders in 2012,Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Vietnam. There are many tours of Halong Bay available, and all of them offer a good service for a reasonable price.
- Take a Vietnamese Cooking Lesson. Cooking lessons for children are popular in Vietnam. Kids usually love Vietnamese food, and this is a perfect way for them to learn about how to cook. Normally the lessons start with a visit to the local market, and then each child prepares his or her own dish, normally something not requiring a lot of cooking, like fresh rice paper rolls.
- Relax at the beach. Vietnam is also famous for it is beautiful beaches. The best way to end your visit to this country is probably to spend some time on a beach resort. Many of them have private beaches, swimming pools and offer free kayaks, as well as snorkel activities.
Don’t forget to apply for your Vietnam visa
In 2017, Vietnam introduced the Vietnam electronic visa, with the aim of slowly eliminating the old visa on arrival. The Vietnam e-visa is granted before departure and all passengers, including children, need to travel with their own visa. Children can apply for their visa individually or together with their parents in a group application. The price for children is the same as for adults.