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Fire plume from dragon bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam

Vietnam with kids: Use our itinerary to make yours

A delicious, family friendly vacation awaits in Vietnam People travel with different priorities and under different timelines, but one family’s past trip can help another family put together their trip of a lifetime. While our trip to Vietnam with kids lasted a month, our Vietnam itinerary can be extended, snipped, and shifted around to work …


Tam Coc with kids: Wander the water, skip the boat in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Fun backpacker street and stunning nature make Tam Cốc a relaxing family budget destination Any time of year you come to Tam Coc with kids in Vietnam, you can combine gorgeous nature with small-city amenities. Flooded rice paddies reflect the green jaunty hills that surround the town. Flocks of white birds regularly take off simultaneously …


Hanoi is a hectic place, but has lots of calm spaces and family activities. Here are some ideas on things to do in Hanoi with kids.

Things to do in Hanoi with kids: Old Quarter eats and family fun

Street food, restaurants, coffee, and even a few non-eating activities for family vacations in Hanoi, Vietnam An adventure in food: The more we looked at our notes and thought about our family of four’s adventures in Vietnam, the more things to do in Hanoi with kids kept coming back to the city’s amazing cooking. From …


The Hoi An lanterns we made... and wished we could have brought home.

Week 16, Hoi An, Vietnam, and LEGOLAND Malaysia

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Making lanterns and wishes in Hoi An, and unleashing our imaginations at LEGOLAND Malaysia The blocky stamp thunked four times, and the Malaysia immigration official handed us back our passports. After leaving Hoi An to fly out of Da Nang, then a day of traveling across Vietnam and Singapore, we’d …


Yup, we all heart Da Nang, Vietnam.

Week 15, Huế and Da Nang, Vietnam

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Busted laptop, rainy Huế, and the dragon of Da Nang Our New Year got off to a rainy start—plus a few difficulties before we got to Da Nang. Huế (pronounced “huh-way,” by the way) brought us more quiet days than we expected. At the same time, I feel a fair …


Looking across the Son River in Phang Nha, Vietnam with kids

Week 14, Tam Cốc & Phong Nha, Vietnam with kids

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Quiet days, long train rides, and boat tour through a massive cave Our travels in Vietnam with kids have their share of excitement. They have their calmer times too. In these days between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed the quiet moments of traveling the world. Plus one giant cave …


Evening view from our Tam Coc homestay.

Week 13, Hanoi, Hạ Long Bay & Tam Cốc: Vietnam with kids

Diary of a Globetrotting Family: Big laugh, little moment; turtle and sword, bay cruise, street food conundrum, birthday surprise During our first week in Vietnam with kids, Connor turned 11, and I turned 45. Many of my birthdays have been full of memories, but a birthday in a new country is always additionally special. However, …