Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday

Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday
Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday
Incense giving, Vietnam
Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday
Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday
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From the spectacular limestone seascape of Halong Bay to the frenetic streets of Saigon, Vietnam is a country full of interest and surprises. The cities are an assault on all the senses: noisy, colourful, aromatic and totally absorbing. We tour Hanoi by cyclo and have the option to see a water puppet show. We have quieter time also, snorkelling at Whale Island, exploring the fascinating Mekong Delta by boat and cycling past vibrant green paddy fields near Hoi An. We also have the chance to enjoy the superb Vietnamese cuisine and practise our chopstick skills (try the fried scorpion if you dare!).

Highlights
  • Magical boat rides and kayaking around scenic Halong Bay, the Eastern Sea and Mekong Delta
  • A night in a village homestay
  • Two nights on a tropical island, snorkelling in turquoise seas 
  • Sightseeing by cyclo (bicycle taxi) and also by bike
  • Two internal flights to maximise your time at destinations
  • Learning and sampling the secrets of delicious Vietnamese cuisine
  • Crawl through the Cu Chi war tunnels
  • Waterpark, beaches and swimming pools
Food

12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.  Thanks to the tropical climate, the long coast and the gigantic range of mountains, Vietnam is blessed with numerous varieties of culinary offerings and consequently maintains its reputation as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world that still packs a punch with delicious, fresh and fiery flavours. Vietnamese food relies on fresh fish, vegetables, rice and a whole myriad of verdant herbs and spices; lemongrass, ginger, basil and lime all play an important role in the cuisine. The Chinese and French influence is felt throughout the country where you are just as likely to be offered a Banh Mi (stuffed baguette) as you are a hot steaming bowl of Pho (noodle soup). Each dish is prepared with the Asian principle of Wu Xing in mind (the five elements); meaning that the perfect combination of spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet is the ultimate aim. Be sure to also seek out the national beverages; Vietnamese coffee is served iced and sweet with condensed milk, a real sugar and caffeine hit, and beer hoi (local beer, brewed daily) is served on most street corners in the North out of large plastic jugs that are perfect for sharing. Food is cheap in Vietnam and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is readily available almost everywhere, with the exception of the night in the Mekong Delta. Vegetarian food is widely available, however the offering will be fairly similar in most places. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Destinations
  • Vietnam
  • Hanoi
  • Danang
  • Halong Bay
  • Cai Be
  • Cu Chi tunnels
  • Mekong Delta
  • Mekong River
  • Ha Long Bay
  • South East Asia
Tour Types
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Scenic
  • Family-Kids
  • Singles
  • Cycling
  • Snorkeling
  • Beaches
  • Cultural

Location: Hanoi

The day is free to recover from the flight or stroll amongst broad tree-lined avenues dating from the French period. There is a faded colonial charm where baguettes and good coffee are sold from doorways of grand buildings of a past era. There will be a welcome briefing this evening with your leader followed by an optional dinner at a local restaurant, where your children will have their first opportunity to practice their chopsticks skills.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: May De Ville City Centre Hotel or similar*

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison Relic, Hoàn Kiếm Lake

This morning we take a city tour, which will include a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum area to see his 'House on Stilts' and visit the One Pillar Pagoda. We'll also visit the Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison (also known as the 'Hanoi Hilton'). Afterwards we enjoy a cyclo (bicycle taxi) ride through the Old Quarter, with its '36 Streets' where each street is home to shops sell particular products - e.g. 'silk street', 'gold street', 'paper street' and 'souvenir street'. The remainder of the day is at leisure to stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake, stopping for a coffee or ice cream at one of the many cafes surrounding it. In the evening there is the option to enjoy a performance of Hanoi's famous water puppets.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: May De Ville City Centre Hotel or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Hạ Long Bay

We make an early start for the approximate 4 hour journey to Halong Bay. This is one of the most stunningly beautiful sights in South East Asia with roughly 3,000 limestone peaks rising directly from the clear emerald sea. We cruise amongst this amazing karst scenery, stopping to have a go at kayaking, allowing us to get to places inaccessible by boat (weather permitting), and enjoy a seafood lunch on board. In the late afternoon we watch the sun go down and enjoy another lovely meal before overnighting on the boat in twin share cabins with en suite facilities.

Accommodation: ,Overnight Boat

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Hanoi

We continue to cruise around Halong Bay this morning before returning to port. We then drive back to Hanoi, and transfer to the train station and board the Reunification Express for the overnight train ride to Da Nang, over 600km to the south.

Accommodation: ,Overnight Train

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Da Nang, My Khe Beach, Assembly Hall Of Fujian Chinese

This morning on arrival in Da Nang we drive the short distance to Marble Mountain where we explore the large caves which were used by the Viet Cong as a hospital base during the war. From the mountain peak, there are fantastic views over My Khe Beach and the surrounding countryside leading on to Hoi An. We then drive on to the World Heritage site of Hoi An, the original European trading port in Vietnam dating back to the mid-16th century. It is now a living museum, with attractive wooden merchant's houses and pagoda-style temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European architectural influences. It is also a marvellous place to wander around and enjoy the thriving riverside market. We take a walking tour of the old town and visit the Japanese Bridge and Chinese Assembly Hall.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hoian River Green Boutique or similar

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Cua Dai Beach

This morning we jump on bikes for a ride on quiet roads through the countryside past local markets, schools and villages before continuing on to Cua Dai beach (5 km). Please note that we are able to provide child sized bikes for those children who are 120cm and taller. Children riding their own bikes must be aged 7 upwards, for smaller children there will be the option of riding on the back of their parents bike in a child seat or saddle. The afternoon is dedicated to free time at the beach for swimming, or you can take an optional boat trip on the river or relax back in town. In the evening we join an informal cooking class where adults and children alike will learn how to make some of Hoi An's speciality dishes and even participate in rolling your own spring rolls!

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Hoian River Green Boutique or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,Dinner,

Location: Nha Trang

This morning we transfer to Da Nang airport and fly to the Cam Ranh airport in Nha Trang. We then transfer (approx. 3 hours) to the tropical island retreat of Whale Island. With just one guesthouse on the island and accommodation in beach bungalows, this really is a chance to unwind and relax or while away the rest of the day swimming in the sea.

Accommodation: ,Whale Island Resort or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Nha Trang

We will join a boat trip in the morning for a spot of snorkelling and swimming before a seafood lunch is served. In the afternoon there is the option to visit a local fishing village, see the Whale temple or walk around the island to the viewpoint for a 360 degree view of the stunning mountainous coastline and the surrounding coves and white sand beaches.

Accommodation: ,Whale Island Resort or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Depending on flight schedules, there may be time for one last dip in the sea before transferring to the airport for our flight to Saigon, officially known as Ho Chi Minh City. This is an exciting and absorbing city where scooters pack the streets and temples stand defiantly alongside modern developments. Devastated by the Vietnam War, it is now a bustling free market city where anything goes.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Huong Sen Hotel or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Cu Chi Tunnels Tours, Ben Thanh Market, Dental Reunification

In the morning we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the war the network covers 3 levels and approximately 240km of tunnels. The tunnels were used by the guerrillas as living quarters and escape routes during the Vietnam War. Although originally very narrow, some parts have been widened for the tourists and we have the opportunity to explore parts of the system. Claustrophobes may prefer to stay outside in the sunshine before we return to Saigon. In the afternoon we wander around the city visiting the Saigon River, Ben Thanh market, Reunification Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Huong Sen Hotel or similar

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Location: Mekong River Delta

This morning we drive to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta (approx. 2.5 hours). The Mekong, known as 'the rice bowl of Vietnam', produces much of Vietnam's fruit, sugar cane and coconuts. We spend some time at Cai Be from where we begin a Mekong River boat trip passing a floating market and visiting typical riverside villages where we learn about some of the local products for which the Mekong Delta is famous - e.g. popped rice, rice paper & coconut candy. Cai Be floating market is becoming less crowded and smaller as fruit trading is mostly now done by trucks due to the bridge being built. However, this is still a great opportunity to see a local market and the trade being conducted traditionally on a smaller scale.  After lunch we continue our journey passing some magnificent countryside and stopping at some small cottage industries. The evening is tranquil as we have dinner on an Island and enjoy some 'Delta' hospitality. We spend the night sleeping at a simple guesthouse built in the style of a local house. Bedding, a mosquito net and a small towel are provided.

Accommodation: ,Homestay

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,

Location: Tây Ninh Holy See (Cao Đài Temple), Ho Chi Minh City

This morning we take a walk through the fruit orchards and navigate our way through the small canals in a traditional wooden sampan. Later we rejoin our boat to rendezvous with our vehicle for the journey back to Saigon via a little visited Cao Dai temple used by devotees of this strange indigenous religion, which fuses all the great religions of east and west.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Huong Sen Hotel or similar

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Dam Sen Water Park Corporation

Today we visit the excellent Dam Sen Water Park with its slides and rides to allow the kids to let their hair down!

Accommodation Name: Huong Sen Hotel or similar

Meals: breakfast,

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

For land only clients, the tour ends this morning in Saigon after breakfast.

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,Breakfast,

Included
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 12 breakfasts,2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Tour leader throughout

Not Included
  • Travel insurance
    -
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
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  • Visas or vaccinations
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Yes, Arrival & departure transfers
Minimum 9 years age passenger can go on this tour.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria.
**UPDATE 11.03.2020** The below visa advice is not valid at the current moment in time. If you are booked to travel to Vietnam within the next month, Exodus will contact you with further information when it becomes available.
10 nights in comfortable hotels (all rooms en suite)
5* Trip of a lifetime
A fantastically varied trip that highlights the best that Vietnam has to offer. The hotels are great on the whole (special mention to Silk Village in Hoi An), the food is delicious and the people incredibly welcoming. If you have small children, be prepared for them to be patted, kissed, lifted up and posed for hundreds of photos! The pace is quite hectic at times with a few early starts and some long road trips, but the activities more than compensate for this. I would do it again tomorrow!
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4* Chopsticks and Coconuts
A great introduction to Vietnam with my teenage daughter. I want to return now to go the the highlands
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5* Great Full On Tour of Vietnam
Just returned from Chopsticks and Coconuts.It's a great, full on tour of Vietnam from North to South. We would never have fitted in so much if we had organised it ourselves. Our guide Tring was excellent at all times.Highlights: For me, yoga by the lake in Hanoi at 5am with hundreds of locals doing T'ai Chi. The Mekong delta's big skies and homestay. For my son (14), the Dam Sen Waterpark in HCMC and Hoi An time.Areas that we wouldn't have missed were Nha Trang as it is mass market tourism there.I'd recommend this trip wholeheartedly. Take lots of bug spray and a whole lot of energy, every day is full on, there's very very little time for rest at all - and when it comes it is really appreciated.
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5* Vietnam Chopsticks and Coconuts
Fantastic family holiday with a mix of cultural experiences and activities for children of all ages, including teenagers. It is a busy holiday with quite a lot travel involved, but this is an experience in itself. Travelling with other families worked well and contributed to the enjoyment of the holiday.
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5* Forget "coconuts". This one's much more about "chopsticks"!
Two week family trip going north to south through Vietnam. It's graded 1 for effort, but it moves at a brisk pace and manages to cram in a whole lot of places and activities. There is some 'free time' but this tour gets you up early and gets you out and about. Combining this with the humid and hot weather it can be surprisingly tiring. It is a family trip so we had beach days, canoe-ing, cycling, snorkelling and a trip to a water-park, which were really good fun for everyone.FOOD!!!!. Vietnam is a country with a cuisine (excellent) and food figured prominently in the tour. We ate and drank well and are now very proficient with the aforementioned chopsticks!It is also a country with a complex and troubled history and this was not glossed over. We left with a real feel for the place and its people. It is an amazing place full of very warm and friendly people.
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5* CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
A fantastically enjoyable and varied holiday. Something for everyone.
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5* CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
In my daughter's words 'exodus understand kids' brilliant mix of things geared towards adults, as well as things for children
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5* CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
The holiday of a lifetime, absolutely superb in every way.
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5* CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
Had a wonderful 2 weeks in Vietnam this summer on this trip. Our guide Zung was really excellent and the organisation was brilliant. Vietnam is beautiful, fascinating and inspirational. Truly recommend this trip, if you're considering it, just book it now.
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5* Fantastic family trip to Vietnam
I have just returned from the family 'chopsticks and coconuts ' trip to Vietnam .The trip was excellent in every way ..The itinerary was well thought out .We started the trip in Hanoi and ended it in Ho Chi Min city using a variety of transport including an overnight train journey and 2 internal flights
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5* Highly Reccomend
The perfect Vietnamese adventure. Cong was an amazing guide!
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5* Excellent Holidays
Travelled with my 16 and 18 year old for last holiday before University- had a wonderful 2 weeks and made new friends. Everyone was friendly, relaxed ,happy and pleased to socialise. Kids ranged from 11 to 18years but gelled well together. Always some one to talk to. Full on trip but variable in activities. But opportunities to be alone if all too much. Loved it!
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5* Vietnam 2015: chopsticks & coconuts
Loved vietnam from top to bottom. The trip was well paced and included so many activities, sightseeing, bicycle rides, boat trips, Cookery class, shows to name a few in a space of 2 weeks. Quan our guide was very friendly, helpful, informative and was well organised in all aspects of the trip. It was a country that provide a multi sensory experience. Our girls made friends for life and loved the trip as much as we did.
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5* Chopsticks & coconuts
An excellent family holiday, the best thing about it was our fellow holiday makers, lots of children who my son made friends plus a brilliant guide. Ps Vietnams not bad either!
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4* Holiday to remember
Lots of activities and visits throughout. Vietnam worth visiting and the trip enabled us to see the real Vietnam as well as the tourist Vietnam. Most of the children fully engaged with the spirit of the holiday.
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5* Absolutely fabulous
The trip exceeded all expectations. It was full of fun, colour and culture. We saw so much of the country in two weeks. We had amazing experiences- cycling through pretty villages, snorkelling in turquoise sea, kayaking through spectacular scenery, cooking and eating delicious food and relaxing on a tropical island. My son had the holiday of a lifetime and had great adventures with new friends. Also we had the most wonderful tour guide who was sweet, sensitive, capable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her country. I can not recommend this trip highly enough. Oh and amazing value for money too.
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4* chopsticks and coconuts FIV150405
This was an amazing trip for us, our 12 year old son had a great time and I am sure there is no way we could have possibly covered the variety of sights and activities independently in 2 weeks. The schedule was busy and we really enjoyed the pace and variety. There was a good balance between group activity and excursions and time on our own. Having pools at every hotel was a real bonus as the kids loved having free time to play.
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5* CHOPSTICKS & COCONUTS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
A great introduction to a wonderful country, the Vietnamese people are a delight, the food is great and the scenery varied and beautiful from the full-on buzz of Hanoi and Saigon to the peace and tranquility of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta
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Start:Hanoi
Finish:Saigon
Group size:8 - 24
Suitable for: 9 to 99
Meals:12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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