Just like Thailand, Vietnam with kids is a very easy country to travel. We travelled from north to south in only two weeks with 2 kids. Let me tell you how we organised the trip and where we stayed.
First of all, we only booked our first accomodation in Hanoi. I always use booking.com and tripadvisor to book hotels. When you book your hotel a few days in advantage, you can enjoy last minute discounts.
All the flights (4 in total) we booked 4 months in advance. I use skyscanner to book tickets, which is a great way to search for the cheapest/best option for you. The drawback is you have a schedule you have to stick to on your trip.
Vietnam with kids in two weeks
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi, stay in Lele & Frog.
Day 2: Bus to Ha Long Bay: cruise with Cristina cruise (booked in hotel Hanoi)
Day 3: Bus to Hanoi, stay in Lele & Frog
Day 5: Sleeping bus to Sapa , sleep in Homestay (booked in hotel Hanoi)
Day 6: Sapa trekking, sleep in hotel
Day 7: Sleeping bus to Hanoi, sleep at Lele & Frog
Day 8: flight to Hue, visit the Imperial palace and stay in Jade hotel
Day 10: Beach in Hoi An (remember when it’s winter you can’t enjoy the beach)
Day 11: Beach in Hoi An
Day 13: Private tour in Mekong Delta, booked at hotel and we really recommend this tour.
Day 14: To Ho Chi Minh by local bus, you can arrange the bus ticket in the hotel. In Ho Chi Minh we stayed in Sunny Guesthouse.
Day 15: Tour to Cu Chi tunnels (booked in hotel), in the afternoon we visited the war museum.
Day 16: Flight HOME!
What we would do different next time:
- Sapa: just book you bus or night train, when you arrive there are a lot of local villagers who love to guide you.
- Cu chi tunnels: The tour was too crowded and too short, search for a private tour
- Hoi An: Stay in a hotel near the beach, will cost more but now we spend money on taxis.
- Mango Home Riverside in the Mekong Delta was a great experience. The tour we booked was not very expensive and the tour was not touristic.