Any trip that helps preserve “family travel sanity” is bound to get a thumbs up. Intrepid traveller Elaine Phelan explains why Vietnam proved to be her family favourite…
“I can tell you our Vietnam Family Adventure will stay with us a lifetime. We travelled from north to south, which was great because we experienced the nice juxtaposition of travelling from the culture shock, crowds and chaos of Hanoi to the modern, exciting Ho Chi Minh with its wide boulevards, French Quarter and culture.
From the north to the south the people are amazingly natural, the scenery unspoilt, the history horrible and fascinating at the same time, and the food WOW! There were four families (2 from Australia, 1 from New Zealand, 1 from UK) in our group and 7 children, aged 6-16 years. From the moment the kids met they stuck together like glue and had a ball. Even when there were optional activities the kids – because they were so close – wanted to do everything together.
I have 2 teens, 14 and 16, and for any parent of teens I can tell you this is a great option for family travel sanity. There is no conflict over what time you get up, what you do, where you go, because it’s all mapped out and led by someone else! They have a little independence and they are not with their parents all the time, but you are still together as a family, having fun, and having unique experiences. There’s also power in a group of parents!
Our tour guide Bien was one of the major reasons we enjoyed our trip – he was so knowledgeable, so accommodating and had everything organised to a tee. As you travel through Vietnam you realise how little people speak English then you really appreciate your own guide. He was fantastic!
We had no sickness, all went smoothly – it was a great experience. Vietnam is an amazing place to visit – have a look at the Intrepid trip notes, do a bit of research about the places you want to visit, then do it!”
* photo by Elaine Phelan