Having seen most of Asia in my many years of travelling, I was still yet to visit Vietnam, which has been on my wish list for a long time. With my kids now aged 9 and 7 I thought it was a perfect time to pass on my love of Asian countries on to them. And I’m glad I did!
Instead of doing a tour I decided to tailor-make our own holiday and see the sights that I wanted to see at our own leisure. Tucan Travel came to the rescue and gave me exactly what I was after. And the best part is that my kids had an amazing time and have some great memories. The local guides we had in various places were friendly, very informative and loved my kids!
From the hustle and bustle of the major cities (admittedly crossing the roads was an experience in itself!), to the spectacular scenery of Ha Long Bay and the old-world charm of Hoi An, Vietnam’s highlights are many and varied.
Our first highlight (and there are many) was the unique and serene beauty of Halong Bay. My kids loved the junk boat, it was like an adventure. Pulling up to anchor for the night we jumped off the boat into the beautiful waters of the bay and kayaked through the caves. The crew were fabulous and like all Vietnamese people, loved kids. It was nice to take some time out and enjoy the natural beauty of Vietnam.
In the middle of Vietnam is Hoi An and it was love at first sight for all of us. So different to the busy streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the streets of Hoi An are narrow and dedicated to walking and cycling only. Lined with modern shops, ancient buildings and fabulous restaurants, Hoi An will delight all the senses. Our resort was on the beach, about 15 minutes from the town by shuttle. It’s a great place to hire a bike and go cycling, to learn the art of Vietnamese cooking with a cooking class or just simply unwind beside the pool or beach with a good book.
We found Vietnam inexpensive, safe and a very rewarding destination. And as I was travelling by myself with my 2 kids, it was nice to have that peace of mind that everything was organised before we left home.