Children travelling in Vietnam

Vietnam is 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.

For 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 water puppets and Hanoi's circus (when it has performances), we can build in activities appropriate to children's age level and interests.

Here's a few examples:

  • Visiting a crocodile farm on the Mekong Delta
  • Scrambling 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!

In 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!

Toddlers 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.

Baby 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.

Child fare policy
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 to hotel.

Vietnam 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 old.

Our 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.

If 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.

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