Return to Vietnam - a special trip for adoptive families
In 2010 my wife and I were lucky enough to adopt our beautiful daughter from Vietnam. Through the process we made a lot of friends who adopted children from Vietnam as well. Many of them have expressed a desire to return to Vietnam, to learn more about the culture, history, geography and food of the country, and to introduce their children to the country of their birth.
This itinerary is specifically designed for adoptive families but can of course be used by anyone with an interest in Vietnam. We can tailor it fully to your liking, changing the level of comfort to your needs and even arrange for homestays and overnight trains should you wish. We can make the trip as long or as short as you like, although 7 days is the minimum recommended stay, while 14 days would give you a good overview.
Our 14 day itinerary includes an in-depth exploration of the commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a. Saigon), a day trip to the Mekong Delta, an outing to the Cu Chi Tunnels, visits to markets, a cooking class, walking tours, temple visits, meet-ups with local families, time out on a beautiful beach with perhaps some time for self-care and of course a cruise on gorgeous Ha Long Bay. The trip ends in Hanoi where we explore the old town and attend a show at a water puppet theatre.
Activity / Theme
Culture, Food, River Cruise
Moderate, Comfortable, Luxury (it is up to you!)
Leisurely, Moderate, Challenging (it is up to you!)
Private a/c vehicle, flight, boat and by request Vespa, bicycle, ox cart or overnight train
Hotels, cruise boat. On request we can arrange for homestays and overnight trains
Months of Operation
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:
With such a varied geography and the country spanning such a great distance, there is a wide variety of climatic zones in Vietnam. The south as far as Hue has a distinct dry season between December and April and a wet season from May to November when rain falls in quick heavy showers with bright sunshine in between. Hanoi is cool in fall and can get chilly in winter. Overall November to March are the best months to visit Vietnam.
DAY 1: Arrive Saigon, transfer to hotel
DAY 2: Free day to relax and get over jetlag
DAY 3: Cu Chi Tunnels, evening Vespa tour of Saigon
DAY 4: Market treasure hunt, afternoon free
DAY 5: Day cruise Mekong Delta, home visit
DAY 6: Fly Danang, transfer Hoi An
DAY 7: Explore Hoi An, home visit, afternoon free
DAY 8: Silk village, Cham temples of My Son
DAY 9: Free day on the beach
DAY 10: Fly Hanoi, street food tour
DAY 11: Hanoi city tour, free afternoon
DAY 12: Transfer Ha Long Bay, overnight cruise
DAY 13: Return to Hanoi, water puppet theatre show
DAY 14: Free in Hanoi, transfer to airport
Good morning from Vietnam!
Today is our last day on our amazing trip of Vietnam, and we want to send you a big thank you for arranging such a remarkable, rememberable and beautiful trip.
At first, we were a bit nervous, riding motorcycles with 8 million others in downtown HCMC. It was definitely one of the kids’ highlights zipping along the busy streets, and bar/ restaurant hopping. It gave us an idea on how the young people live. We highly recommend this.
We all had a wonderful time, from running through the Cu Chi tunnels, zipping around on motorcycles, the gorgeous boat ride on the Mekong delta, canoeing through the Mekong channels, riding on a cart in back of a motorcycle, viewing the thousands of light lanterns in Hoi An, 80 minute daily messages at TIA wellnesses, the gorgeous cruise through Ha Long Bay, checking out caves and kayaking in Ha Long Bay. Each day was a different adventure and super fun.
What topped it all, was visiting numerous homes, eating with the local people and sharing stories with them. They taught us how to make tofu, rice paper, hats, silks and how to farm. They gave us tours of their homes, we saw how they cooked, slept, gardened and worked. We gained so much knowledge on how they lived, and perhaps how [our daughter's] family lived.
Our accommodations were top notch with private backyard pools, white sand beaches, massages and delicious food. They were all gorgeous.
Thank you again. This tour was a wonderful, and positive introduction into [our daughter's] culture. It will be remembered as the best family vacation thus far. Thank you for being part of this special journey with us.
Stephanie - Toronto, ON - March 2023
All transportation and transfers
Ha Long Bay boat cruise
Services of local English speaking guide
Other meals by request
Entrance fees and activities
Fast track / assistance at airport
Drinking water during touring days
Sample tour. Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice. Please inquire.
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