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In a place so rich in culture, with stunning surroundings and delicious cuisine, it’s no surprise Vietnam is such a popular bucket-list destination. Travelling with children in Vietnam is a great time to bond as a family and the fantastic city of Ho Chi Minh has no end of things to explore, see and do. Of course, travelling with kids can bring its own stresses, but with this list of useful Vietnam travel tips for families you’ll be ready to take on travelling to one of the most amazing countries on Earth with the whole family.
1. Before You Travel – Make sure everyone has an in-date passport for when you plan to travel, to avoid any last-minute panic. Apply for your visas – if this seems too daunting, there are companies to help you with this. Decide how much cash to take with you and order this ready for your travels. Don’t forget to get travel insurance for the duration of your stay too, just in case.
2. Family-Friendly Accommodation – Choose accommodation to suit all the family. Somewhere that is uniquely ‘Ho Chi Minh City’, but also familiar. You need convenience, entertainment for the kids and preferably a place for parents to relax. Sherwood Suites offer all this and more – conveniently located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, spacious serviced apartments, restaurant, pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, sports room and kids’ playground.
3. Family Fun – Travelling as a family is a great excuse for parents to be big kids, so make your Vietnam fun for everyone. Why not explore some of the incredible adventure parks and water parks in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s also a great way to burn off some of the kid’s energy.
4. Travel Itinerary – Plan your travel ahead of time where possible. Book any trains and do your research when it comes to good reliable taxi firms. Remember to keep a note of travel times, ticket information and useful contact details. If you’re staying at Sherwood Suites don’t be shy about making good use of the concierge. Not only can they help make ‘in-the-know’ recommendations, they’ll also be able to help you with any general questions you might have about the area and what to do.
5. What to Pack – Check the weather for when you plan to stay to optimise your luggage. Pack light to keep hands free for looking after little ones. A light rain coat is always a good idea and thin layers will dry easier in a hotel room. Sherwood Suites offers a variety of clothes-care services to make sure you don’t run out of clean and dry options during your stay.
6. Safety First – Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Vietnam in general, is known for being fairly chaotic. Where possible travel as a family and keep tabs on your children and encourage them to hold hands, particularly when it comes to using the roads and in busy market places.
7. Keep Kids Healthy – While you are probably keen to make the most of your time in Vietnam, remember down-time is essential for keeping everyone refreshed and happy. Be smart when it comes to food in Vietnam – most places are fine, but kids tend to be more susceptible to food-borne illnesses, so take extra caution when feeding them. Come prepared in case anyone is feeling under the weather, by bringing headache tablets, sickness remedies, plasters and bug spray. Don’t forget sun protection, especially for the children. If you’ve chosen a hotel like Sherwood Suites, then the food is not only delicious, its also fresh, healthy and seasonal.
8. Make Friends – Vietnamese people are well-known for how friendly they are, so don’t be shy, make friends.
9. Immerse Yourselves In The Culture – Explore the local culture on a bike tour and make sure to visit some of the museums in Ho Chi Minh City, including paying a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. A visit to the local markets is also a great way to immerse yourselves in the culture, discover local made goods and try the local cuisine.
10. Natural Beauty – Don’t neglect the natural beauty in and around Ho Chi Minh City. Take a hike on the many hiking routes and see your surroundings from above. Or opt for a different view, from the water on a boat tour, or why not hire kayaks as a family and get exploring.