travelling in Vietnam
a very child-centred country. Children are regarded as precious,
and are cared for almost to the point of over-indulgence.
Despite this, facilities for children are limited.
visitors, if you travel with Haivenu, we can find plenty of
things for children to see and do. Apart from purpose built
‘playgrounds’ such as the water parks in the cities, or ‘fun’
cultural activities such as the
puppets and Hanoi's circus (when
it has performances), we can build in activities appropriate
to children's age level and interests.
a few examples:
Visiting a crocodile farm on the Mekong Delta
through the Cu Chi tunnels
Riding an elephant across Lak Lake
Making lanterns in Hoi An
Learning to cook Vietnamese food in Hue
Paddling a ‘basket’ sampan in Nha Trang
‘Rafting’ down a river in the Central Highlands
Visiting the langurs in the Cuc Phuong National Park
Riding a pony in Sa Pa
Catching fish in Ha Long Bay, and so on – almost ad infinitum!
rural area, food might be a problem for fussy eaters. We can
overcome that with picnics. There shouldn't be any problems
in the cities, unless your children are McDonalds addicts
– there aren't any in Vietnam!
and young children will revel in the attention they get -
they'll be cuddled and cosseted everywhere. If they're not
too ‘clingy’, you'll be able to enjoy a reasonably relaxed
meal in hotels and restaurants because the staff will want
to take turns to entertain them.
food is reasonably easy to obtain, but disposable nappies
and diapers are less common are comparatively expensive. Breast-feeding
babies is OK, but not in obvious public areas.
It’s difficult for us to have a standard percentage discount
for children because there's considerable variation among
hotels and other service providers. Some provide free cots
and sometimes a third bed, others charge for the facilities
or don't offer them at all. Some provide a free crèche, child
minding and/or children's entertainment programmes, others
charge, and the rest offer minimal child facilities or none
at all. Discounts, where offered, vary greatly from hotel
Airlines child policy is 75% of the adult fare for children
aged from 2 to 12, 10% of the adult fare for a baby in arms,
and full fare above twelve years old. Vietnam Railways allow
children under five to travel free of charge, and reduce the
adult fare by 50% for children aged from five to ten years
normal practice is to work out the price as normal. If your
child or children are eligible for discounts, the price on
the itinerary will be given separately. In general, anyone
older than 12 is unlikely to qualify for a discount. The amount
of discount for children that qualify will vary according
to the places you visit and the means of travel.
you have children, and travel with Haivenu, we will design
your itinerary to take advantage of hotels and destinations
that cater for children wherever possible, according to your
wishes. We are fully aware that the quality of your holiday
is heavily contingent upon your children enjoying themselves
– it’s our job to minimize your worries and concerns.