5 Family Activities in Vietnam

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Sure, we all love Bangkok. It has just about everything a growing family needs. One of the best things about any great city though is getting away from it sometimes, which is why we’re taking a look at some family-friendly fun to be had in neighboring countries. Vietnam, with its expansive, white-sand coastline and beautiful jungles is a perfect place to take the little ones. Here are five ways to make sure they have a great time.

Vietnam family fun

1. Get a little messy at the mud springs. There’s nothing little kids love more than getting dirty… and there’s nothing mom loves more than a day at the spa. Make everyone happy with a day at Thap Ba Hot Springs in Nha Trang. The mud is supposed to be therapeutic and beneficial to the skin. Your kids will mostly love it because of all the photos with everyone covered in goo. Warning: don’t let your kids start a mud fight with their siblings.

2. Meet wild animals up close and personal. Although it might sound scary, feeding real crocodiles is bound to make some serious vacation memories. If you’re feeling particularly brave, head out to Phoenix Island in the Mekong Delta and dropping something off one of the many bamboo bridges. For a slightly tamer wild encounter, head to Suoi Tien Buddhist Theme Park near Saigon. It’s a bit over-the-top, but still fun.

3. Enjoy water sports. Older, athletically inclined kids may find lounging around at the beach all day a bit dull. Shake things up instead by turning your beach vacation into an action-packed adventure. Head to Mui Ne, renowned for its perfect sandy shores, and take a stab at kiteboarding. It’s challenging to learn, so you’ll want to invest in lessons. Jibe’s Water Sports (windsurf-vietnam.com) offers classes suitable for older kids and teenagers. Younger kids can enjoy watching their siblings or other nearby waveriders catch some air.

4. Travel back in time. A history lesson is usually a tough sell to small travelers… unless it involves tons of exploration and adventure. Instead of heading to a museum, take your kids to the some of the Viet Cong’s old hiding tunnels. Your kids will have to crawl through the widened tunnels. You’ll also get the chance to see some of the aging weapons of war, including tanks and other artillery. Saigon River Express (saigonriverexpress.com) offers tours for all ages.

5. Zoom around in style. This a great way for both adults and children to experience Vietnamese culture. Take in Saigon’s bustling streets astride a vintage Vespa with Vietnam Vespa Adventures (vietnamvespaadventures.com). There are child-size helmets available to make sure that everyone stays safe, as well as backseat rests for smaller travelers. The traffic can be a bit rough, but you’ll discover all sorts of terrific food and see the city in a whole new light.

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