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Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday

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Starts
Hanoi
+10 Destinations
Southern Vietnam
Ends
Ho Chi Minh City
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Highlights

  • Visit Halong Bay
  • Explore caves at Marble Mountain
  • Take a cooking class
  • Visit a floating market
Age range
8 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
20
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure
Start in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City! With the discovery tour Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday, you have a 14 day tour package taking you from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and through Hanoi, Vietnam and 7 other destinations in Vietnam. Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 1
    Written on September 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    In my daughter's words 'exodus understand kids' brilliant mix of things geared towards adults, as well as things for childrenWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Realising we were kayaking in Halong Bay, and following waterways on sampans. Managing to climb over a monkey bridge ( slowly!) being watched by a 5 year old Vietnamese girl who was wondering what we were fussing over! Standing in a bus stop sheltering from the rain in Ho Chi Minh City- 10 minute rain shower, avoiding motorbikes on the pavement - unique !What did you think of your group leader?Bao was excellent he did everything he could for the group nothing was too much trouble.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book now! Seriously though it was well worth it. I would go back again tomorrow ( and my daughter wants to live there now...) and recommend it to anybody. The journey can be tiring at times, but you get to see all of Vietnam pretty much. Take a day pack that is big enough for overnight stays ( halong bay and mekong delta) and a waterproof camera of some sort. Western food is available practically everywhere ( bar the mekong delta) if you have fussy eater, but even some Vietnamese options on the menus suit most fussy Western palates ( pork chop with rice for example) Fixed price stalls in the tourist market in Ho Chi Minh city are not fixed price! Delve deep in and bargain for all your worth. Be cheeky! You may get a proper bargain!Is there anything else you would like to add?It is worth every penny. Vietnam must be seen to be believed. There are cultural differences obviously, but itbwas amazing. The trip offered the best, and was well organised. Go and eat pho!

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 2
    Written on August 27, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The holiday of a lifetime, absolutely superb in every way.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every single day had an inspirational moment, its impossible to single one out. The range of transport was amazing - from cyclo rickshaw to overnight train,  to luxury cruiseship in HaLong bay with cycling and boats in between. What did you think of your group leader?Tom/Tho should be given an Exodus award for being the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and endlessly patient group leader. He really went the extra mile to make sure that everything ran smoothly and that we had a great time. He was particularly good with the childrenDo you have any advice for potential travellers?make sure you get some clothes made in Hoi An - I came back wishing Id bought more.Is there anything else you would like to add?An amazing holiday for the whole family. We were lucky with the weather:  summertime is rainy season in the North of Vietnam and a typhoon arrived just after we had left which closed Ha Long bay.

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 3
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 DeltaWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cruising amongst the Karst peaks in Halong Bay was amazing but the revelation for me was the Vietnamese people, so friendly and with an extrordinary capacity for forgiveness towards their former enemies.What did you think of your group leader?Zung was great, so enthusiastic, always smiling with a great sense of humour and particularly good with the teenagers. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The food is great so don't worry about taking fussy children, you are bound to find something they will like. The War museum in Ho Chi Minh city contains some deeply shocking photos and accounts of atrocities - I would say it is essential that adults visit but it is tough and not suitable for younger childrenIs there anything else you would like to add?The holiday catered so well for the whole family with enough activities to keep the teenagers happy, kayaking, swimming, mud baths, snorkelling etc but also managed to fit in a few cultural and historical trips and as I've mentioned, the food is just fantastic, can't remember a meal that wasn't delicious!My only crticism was that the cooking class was very poor, we have attended cooking classes in China and Morocco and they were both great but the one in Hoi An was more of a cooking demo than a class, hardly involving the group, going so fast that you couldn't take it in and then there was such a long time between the demo and the food being served that we got the distinct impression that they were just interested in selling as many drinks to the tourists as possible! All the kids were bored stiff. I'm sure this could be easily remedied by Exodus choosing a different class as there seemed to be lots available. 

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 4
    Written on September 3, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    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.What did you think of your group leader?Zung honestly couldn't have been better. Gracious, calm, fun, informed, intelligent, organised, great company.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book now!

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 5
    Written on November 24, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastically enjoyable and varied holiday. Something for everyone.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many ! Bustling city of Hanoi, serenity and beauty of Halong Bay, cycle ride through Hoi An to the beach, War Museum at Ho Chi Minh City, exploring the local markets and Chi Chi tunnels.Every day was something different and we did a host of different activities... boat rides, cycle rides, bus rides, kayaking, caving, sightseeing, shopping, eating out, sunbathing on a beach, swimming in the sea and even a water park !! What did you think of your group leader?Tommy was the best guide we have EVER had !! He was knowledgable & interesting , warm and approachable.He interacted well with the "young people" by being amusing and even setting small quizes to make it a bit more interesting !Can't praise him highly enough !! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just DO IT !!!!

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 6
    Written on November 24, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastically enjoyable and varied holiday. Something for everyone.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many ! Bustling city of Hanoi, serenity and beauty of Halong Bay, cycle ride through Hoi An to the beach, War Museum at Ho Chi Minh City, exploring the local markets and Chi Chi tunnels.Every day was something different and we did a host of different activities... boat rides, cycle rides, bus rides, kayaking, caving, sightseeing, shopping, eating out, sunbathing on a beach, swimming in the sea and even a water park !! What did you think of your group leader?Tommy was the best guide we have EVER had !! He was knowledgable & interesting , warm and approachable.He interacted well with the "young people" by being amusing and even setting small quizes to make it a bit more interesting !Can't praise him highly enough !! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just DO IT !!!!

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 7
    Written on August 25, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    The best holiday we have had in a wonderful country with something for every member of our family.  So good , we did not want to come home. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are so many wonderful things on this trip that it is difficult to name just one.  In terms of peace and relaxation the Homestay visit in the Mekong Delta and the night on the Junk in Halong Bay.  The cooking lesson in Hoi An was a great experience highly sociable and enjoyed by all.  The Cyclo ride in Hanoi.  The Cu Chi Tunnels . Visiting a fishing village in Nha Trang, the mud baths and snorkelling in the sea.  The amazing markets which are a complete assault on all of the senses.  The culture and history. ..... The people  and the delicious food.   Basically the whole trip was an inspiration.What did you think of your group leader?There are not enough superlatives to describe Long our wonderful group leader. He worked so hard to make sure that everyone had a brilliant time and to teach us about his wonderful country.  I really felt we left the country with a greater understanding of the Vietnamese psyche.  Our children idolised Long and he absolutely made our holiday.  The holiday is pretty action packed but with Long in charge we moved seamlessly from one activity to another.  Anyone who has Long leading their group is very lucky indeed.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't bring bullets back from the Cu Chi tunnels .  Even the spent cartidges will be confiscated at the airport when you leave. Is there anything else you would like to add?Vietnam is a wonderful country , if you are hesitating about booking this holiday... don't hesitate. You will have a wonderful time.  I would go again tomorrow!!

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 8
    Written on August 25, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    The best holiday we have had in a wonderful country with something for every member of our family.  So good , we did not want to come home. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are so many wonderful things on this trip that it is difficult to name just one.  In terms of peace and relaxation the Homestay visit in the Mekong Delta and the night on the Junk in Halong Bay.  The cooking lesson in Hoi An was a great experience highly sociable and enjoyed by all.  The Cyclo ride in Hanoi.  The Cu Chi Tunnels . Visiting a fishing village in Nha Trang, the mud baths and snorkelling in the sea.  The amazing markets which are a complete assault on all of the senses.  The culture and history. ..... The people  and the delicious food.   Basically the whole trip was an inspiration.What did you think of your group leader?There are not enough superlatives to describe Long our wonderful group leader. He worked so hard to make sure that everyone had a brilliant time and to teach us about his wonderful country.  I really felt we left the country with a greater understanding of the Vietnamese psyche.  Our children idolised Long and he absolutely made our holiday.  The holiday is pretty action packed but with Long in charge we moved seamlessly from one activity to another.  Anyone who has Long leading their group is very lucky indeed.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't bring bullets back from the Cu Chi tunnels .  Even the spent cartidges will be confiscated at the airport when you leave. Is there anything else you would like to add?Vietnam is a wonderful country , if you are hesitating about booking this holiday... don't hesitate. You will have a wonderful time.  I would go again tomorrow!!

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 9
    Written on December 5, 2008
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous family fortnight in Vietnam.  Everything we wanted and more.  Our guide Long was superb.  Scenery amazing, cities more vibrant that anyone could imagine, the Vietnamese people just lovely.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The festival in Hoi An, magical.  The cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi MinhCycling around Hoi An to the beachTam Coq boat tripSnorkelling in Nha TrangBBQ in Nha TrangWhat did you think of your group leader?Our leader Long was fantastic.  He was informative, knowledgeable, friendly and able to relate well to both the adults and the children.  The kids idolised him...  He looked after our needs exactly, amending itineries to suit our groups wishes.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Everybody should visit the East and Vietnam is a very special country for many reasons.Is there anything else you would like to add?The perfect 10! (out of 10) for this holiday.

  • Chopsticks & Coconuts Family Holiday reviewer 10
    Written on December 5, 2008
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous family fortnight in Vietnam.  Everything we wanted and more.  Our guide Long was superb.  Scenery amazing, cities more vibrant that anyone could imagine, the Vietnamese people just lovely.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The festival in Hoi An, magical.  The cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi MinhCycling around Hoi An to the beachTam Coq boat tripSnorkelling in Nha TrangBBQ in Nha TrangWhat did you think of your group leader?Our leader Long was fantastic.  He was informative, knowledgeable, friendly and able to relate well to both the adults and the children.  The kids idolised him...  He looked after our needs exactly, amending itineries to suit our groups wishes.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Everybody should visit the East and Vietnam is a very special country for many reasons.Is there anything else you would like to add?The perfect 10! (out of 10) for this holiday.

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Start Hanoi.
  2. Day 2: Morning tour of Hanoi including a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter; afternoon free. Evening at Hanoi's famous water puppet show.
  3. Day 3: To Halong Bay; cruise/kayak among spectacular limestone formations; dinner and sleep on boat
  4. Day 4: Cruise then return to Hanoi; overnight train to Danang.
  5. Day 5: Explore caves at Marble Mountain; drive to Hoi An for walking tour.
  6. Day 6: Cycle through countryside; free afternoon followed by an evening cooking class.
  7. Day 7:  Fly to Nha Trang; transfer to Whale Island, free time to swim in the turquoise sea
  8. Day 8: Cruise around islands with seafood lunch and snorkelling 
  9. Day 9: Last time to swim, fly to Saigon. 
  10. Day 10: Excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels; afternoon tour of Saigon with visits to Reunification Palace and Ben Thanh markets
  11. Day 11: Explore the Mekong Delta by boat, visiting a floating market and villages; overnight in homestay
  12. Day 12: Morning walk through the island's fruit orchards and navigate small canals in a traditional sampan; return to Saigon.
  13. Day 13: Visit to Dam Sen water park to cool off for the day.
  14. Day 14: End Saigon.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,886 km.
  • Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • 126 km
  • Halong Bay (Vietnam)
  • 126 km
  • Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • 609 km
  • Da Nang City (Vietnam)
  • 22 km
  • Hoi An (Vietnam)
  • 22 km
  • Da Nang City (Vietnam)
  • 433 km
  • Nha Trang (Vietnam)
  • 323 km
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
  • 29 km
  • Cu Chi Tunnels (Vietnam)
  • 29 km
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
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