Paddleboarding in Kampot in Cambodia

Family Fun in Vietnam & Cambodia

Trip code
FVC001

Variety, balance and adventure. They’re the key ingredients of a great family holiday, and they’re at the heart of this fantastic family trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Beach relaxation, exciting city stays, immersive countryside tours and fascinating cultural workshops: this hands-on itinerary is packed with family fun at a lively but comfortable pace.

Pricing

Price based on 3* accommodation
From
£2,289
pp
Price based on 4* accommodation
From
£2,613
pp

Key facts

14 days / 13 nights
Get to know the countryside with a farming and fishing eco-tour in Hoi An and a tuk-tuk tour of Kep’s rural fringes
Soak up city life on a walking tour of Phnom Penh and a cyclo ride through Ho Chi Minh City
Compare Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisines as you take a cookery class in Hoi An and enjoy a Khmer BBQ in Phnom Penh
Experience traditional culture with a visit to a musicians’ home in Ho Chi Minh City and a Living Arts tour in Phnom Penh
Immerse yourself in war history with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels
Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Phnom Tamao bear sanctuary
Take a fishing boat to idyllic Rabbit Island, go for a sunset cruise on the Kampot seafront, and enjoy a boat tour of the cottage industries of the Mekong Delta
Get your exercise in with a stand-up paddleboarding tour of Kampot’s mangroves and a cycle ride through the villages of the Mekong Delta
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DAY 4-5 HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 1-3 HOI AN DAY 8-9 PHNOM PENH DAY 6-7 MEKONG DELTA DAY 10-11 KAMPOT DAY 12-14 KEP
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DAY 4-5 HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 1-3 HOI AN DAY 8-9 PHNOM PENH DAY 6-7 MEKONG DELTA DAY 10-11 KAMPOT DAY 12-14 KEP

Transfers will be by private car, with two internal flights (from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City, and from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh). There will be a couple of longer drives, but you’ll never spend more than four hours of any day in transit.

What's great

This itinerary is packed with activities chosen with kids in mind, giving a hands-on and interactive introduction to different aspects of Cambodian and Vietnamese culture

There’s a great balance of beach, city, river and countryside

This route combines classic destinations with a couple of lesser-known gems to give you an experience away from the tourist trail (without being too remote or intimidating!)

We’ve chosen destinations that are at their best during the UK’s Easter and summer holidays

Though it’s a busy trip, we’ve made sure there’s plenty of downtime for independent exploration (or chilling by the pool)

Things to consider

Though we’ve included lots of unusual experiences, the destinations on this trip are fairly well-trodden

This trip is best taken during the Hoi An beach season (March to August). If you’re travelling outside this window, we can recommend a different beach destination

If you travel during the height of UK summer, expect to encounter some rain (except in Hoi An)

Some activities (cycling, paddleboarding, cooking) may not be suitable for children under the age of eight

The experience

This itinerary is just an example of what we can do. All our trips are fully customisable for you and your family — so let us know what your brood loves, and we’ll plan one just for you.

Day 1-3

Hoi An

Hoi An is best known for its beautifully preserved World Heritage centre, but you’ll soon discover that’s just one of its charms! After you’ve relaxed on its long and sandy beach, get to know the rural fringes on two different but complimentary countryside tours. Cycle through villages lined with water palms and coconut trees, learn to cast a fishing net from a basket boat, and enjoy a seafood lunch on the boat ride back to town. Then, spend a morning at an organic farm, learning to whip up some Vietnamese home-cooked delights. Your afternoons will be free to go street-food snacking and trinket-shopping on Hoi An’s lantern-strung riverfront, one of the prettiest settings in Vietnam.

Hoi An waterfront

Highlights

Arrive and relax! Spend time enjoying your lovely seaside resort and relaxing on Hoi An’s sandy beach

Learn how to cast a fishing net from a traditional basket boat

Take a lesson in Vietnamese cooking and enjoy the fruits of your labour for lunch

Hoi An beach

Day 4-5

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is the best place in the country to learn about the effects of the “American War”, but museum displays and walking tours aren’t always suitable for children. Instead, we’ve included a fun and educational day out to Cu Chi, part of a network of supply tunnels built by guerilla fighters. After you’ve squeezed through the tunnels and seen some of their inventive booby traps, you’ll travel back to the city by speedboat, zip through the streets on a cyclo, then spend the afternoon at the home of a local family. Famous for their musical prowess, the Truc Mai family have played all over the world, and they’ll be happy to show you their instruments and play for you today.

Person in Cu Chi Tunnels

Highlights

Take a speedboat to Cu Chi and crawl through tunnels made by guerrilla fighters during the “American War”

Go for a cyclo ride through downtown Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to the locals

Learn about traditional music and instruments in the home of a three-generation family of musicians

Riding a cyclo in Ho Chi Minh City

The finer detail

  • Breakfast every day
  • Eight lunches: one during the Hoi An farming experience; one you’ll make yourself during the cookery class; one at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City; two at the Mango Home Riverside; one at Romdeng youth training restaurant in Phnom Penh; one Khmer picnic at Free the Bears; one after the paddle boarding in Kampot
  • Three dinners: two at the Mango Home Riverside; one barbecue in Sovanna Phnom Penh
  • Three full-day experiences: family day in Ho Chi Minh City including the Cu Chi Tunnels; city walking tour and Living Arts introduction in Phnom Penh; day trip to Rabbit Island
  • Five half-day experiences: farming & fishing experience in Hoi An; cookery class at an organic farm in Hoi An; visit Free The Bears at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre; stand-up paddle boarding in the mangroves of Kampot; countryside tour of Kampot
  • Three evening experiences: barbecue dinner at Sovanna in Phnom Penh; Cambodian Living Arts performance; sunset cruise through the fishing villages of Kampot
  • Two-night stay at Mango Home Riverside homestay, including activities in the Mekong Delta
  • All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
  • All internal transport & accommodation

Day 1:
Car transfer from Danang airport to Hoi An (45 minutes)

Day 4:
Car transfer from Hoi An to Danang airport (45 minutes)
Flight from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City (1.5 hours)
Car transfer from Ho Chi Minh City airport to city (30 minutes)

Day 6:
Car transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta (1.5 hours)

Day 8:
Car transfer from the Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City airport (1.5 hours)
Flight from Ho Chi MInh City to Phnom Penh (1 hour)
Car transfer from Phnom Penh airport to city (1 hour)

Day 10:
Car transfer from Phnom Penh to Kampot (4 hours + sightseeing stop)

Day 12:
Car transfer from Kampot to Kep (45 minutes)

Day 14:
Car transfer from Kep to Phnom Penh airport (3.5 hours)

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
  • Tips for guides & porters