Heading to Vietnam for a family holiday to remember? Your dream family vacation likely involves you relaxing by the pool, catching up on a little light reading, as the kids enjoy splashing around. Or perhaps spending the day together, sharing new experiences in new places. Can your big holiday dreams really come true when kids are involved? Is a family holiday really a family holiday if the reality meets your expectations?
Expectation: We will travel light for this holiday.
Time to pack smart. Remember the weather in Vietnam can be changeable so layers are essential. Think lightweight layers that can be interchangeable, to save on space. Don’t forget a light raincoat for all the family.
Reality: Where on earth am I going to put all this stuff?
Maybe I didn’t need eight pairs of shoes for our week-long holiday. Why did I pack fifteen t-shirts for each of the kids? Have no fear, Sherwood Residence is here. At one of the best places to stay in Ho Chi Minh City for families, Sherwood Residence have spacious rooms ideal for when you’ve over-packed. Plenty of space for all those shoes.
Expectation: The kids will love all the travelling now they’re getting older.
Travelling to a new destination will be so exciting for the kids, they’ll be happy just taking in the scenery.
Reality: “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
Why do they need to stop for the toilet again? What do you mean you’re bored? Stop picking on your sister. For the fiftieth time, no we are not there yet. Unless you’re one lucky parent, the kids probably aren’t going to sit back and enjoy the journey, so plan ahead. Plenty of travel snacks, music, films and games will help the journey go a little quicker for the little ones.
Expectation: We’ll get an early start to beat the crowds tomorrow.
Let’s make the most of our time away and beat the crowds. We can rest on the journey home.
Reality: Mmmmmm bed
It may not be so easy to leave the super comfy beds at Sherwood Residence. Just 5 more minutes...2 hours later...
Expectation: We’re going to try this fabulous restaurant I found.
It’ll be so nice to enjoy a meal out together and taste the local cuisine.
Reality: “Ohhhh but I don’t like that food
For some kids there’s nothing like homemade food. Fortunately, at Sherwood Residence the kitchens are ideal for staying in and making dinner. Or try Sherwood Residence’s very own Club Restaurant and Café, serving a selection of Western and Asian cuisine.
Expectation: Let’s spend the day exploring.
In such an amazing place, it would be wrong not to get out there and explore.
Reality: “Why can’t we just swim in the pool?
It may be a struggle to drag the kids away from the outdoor pool, mini cinema, playroom and games room at Sherwood Residence. But hey, if you can’t beat them you may as well join them. Besides, who doesn’t love an afternoon by the pool.
Expectation: Perfect fun-filled and fail-proof holiday itinerary. Check.
Top attractions and places to visit, googled. What could possibly go wrong?
Reality: No kids allowed? Closed for renovation? Need to book ahead? Aarrrggghhhh
That’s our itinerary out the window then. Don’t worry, if you’re staying at Sherwood Residence in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, there’s always lots to do nearby. Plus, they offer a complimentary shuttle service to all the local shopping, dining, and entertainment hotspots, and travel assistance for all sightseeing attractions in the city and surrounding areas.
Expectation: This is going to be a holiday to remember!
Memories to cherish and photos to savour.
Reality: Well we won’t be forgetting that holiday in a hurry
What on earth are you doing in that picture? Can’t we get at least one decent photo together?
Expectation: This holiday will be perfect family bonding time.
All this quality time together will be so good for us as a family.
Reality: I need a break from these kids
Okay that’s enough now, time out. Enjoy a moment of escape in the Finnish sauna or steam bath at Sherwood Residence. You deserve it.
Packing for one can be tricky enough... Have I remembered everything? What about my passport? Did I pack a toothbrush? When kids are involved working out what to pack and what not to pack can get a whole lot more complicated. With these Vietnam travel tips and checklist of what to pack for your trip to Vietnam, you’ll have nothing to worry about.
Keep Kids Entertained
Happy kids means happy parents. Plan activities ahead to keep the kids happy and amused. There is plenty to do in Vietnam, especially if you’re staying in the city of Ho Chi Minh, where you’ll find activity parks, sports centres, museums, and much more. With the long flights and possible long car, train or bus journeys ahead, it’s important to pack plenty of travel games and electronics to keep everyone happy, such as:
To save unnecessary stress, pre-arrange your transport. The easiest way to travel with kids in tow is taxi. In Vietnam most taxis can comfortably fit a family of four, while van taxis can fit more (these are harder to find though).
It is essential to book your hotel beforehand, as depending on the time you’re travelling, hotels can fill up quickly. Keep everyone happy and choose a hotel with plenty of facilities for the kids and somewhere for parents to catch up on the needed relaxation. Sherwood Residence is ideally located in Ho Chi Minh city, and offers fantastic spacious rooms perfect for families. The hotel is also well equipped with family-friendly facilities, including an outdoor pool area, table tennis, billiards and golf putting area, a playroom, mini cinema, game room and separate children’s pool, plus modern fitness centre, Finnish sauna and steam bath, ideal for parents to relax.
In many parts of Vietnam, the lifestyle can be a little chaotic, so it’s important to keep close tabs on your kids, particularly when travelling around cities and markets.
A vacation can easily be ruined if one of the family gets ill, so plan ahead and protect the kids where possible, for instance:
If possible, travel light. Use a soft-shell bag or backpack, as this will be far easier when using transport, plus it’ll leave your hands free for holding onto the kids.
It’s a good idea to check the weather for the duration you’ll be staying in Vietnam, to avoid packing unnecessary clothing items and neglecting the ones you will need. Some of the more essential items are:
The idea of a family trip to the bustling and energetic city of Ho Chi Minh, with its chaotic streets teeming in motorcycles and food-stalls, may seem like a daunting prospect for a family holiday, but don’t be put off.
The city of Ho Chi Minh is nestled on the edge of the stunning Mekong Delta, with plenty to offer in the way of family-friendly attractions and things to do to keep both parents and kids happy and entertained.
Burn off some energy with a bicycle sightseeing tour of Cholon, Ho Chi Minh City's massive and atmospheric Chinatown district.
Great for a leisurely ride with the little ones, this approximately four-hour long excursion is guided by an English-speaking local, stopping at the 19th-century Thien Hau Pagoda and Binh Tay Market, where you can shop for local handicrafts and try some delicious Vietnamese street food.
2. Happy Sunny Days – There’s not much worse than dragging the kids around in the cold and having to pack for all weathers, but in Ho Chi Minh that’s not a problem.
The city has two distinct seasons - the northeast monsoon months from November to April and the rainy southwest monsoon months of May through October. The driest time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is during the months of December to March, when you can almost guarantee it’ll be warm and dry with temperatures ranging between 21°C and 34°C. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, you'll rarely need more than one layer of clothing in this south-eastern Vietnam city.
3. History for All Ages - Perhaps an unlikely contender for a family-friendly activity, the War Remnants Museum is an important and educational stop on your Ho Chi Minh City itinerary. Interesting and informative for the big kids and the little ones will love the big aircrafts and tanks outside.
Get a history lesson about Ho Chi Minh city by taking a trip to the Reunification Palace - home to the presidents of South Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in 1975. Discover a place rich in history where, inside the palace, it is as if time has stood still.
4. Family Fun-Time – For a fun filled day in the city head to Monkey Island.
Take a tour through this incredible palm-fringed island, discover the immense diversity of the island's flora and fauna, and get up close and personal with the monkeys. Not only is the island home to thousands of monkeys, there's also a crocodile preservation area, as well as other exciting animals for all the family to see. Enjoy quality time together in this beautiful mangrove setting.
5. Bedtime Bliss – After exhausting days out with the kids a good night’s sleep is absolutely essential. At the elegant five-star Sherwood Residence you’re sure to have the best nights rest. These beautifully appointed serviced apartments and penthouses in the heart of Ho Chi Minh, are perfect for exploring all major tourist attractions, with a complimentary shuttle service to key shopping, dining, and entertainment hotspots in Ho Chi Minh’s historic centre. You can also enjoy a direct route to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, which is only 20 minutes away.
There’s plenty to keep parents and kids happy at Sherwood Residence with an outdoor pool area, modern fitness centre, Finnish sauna, steam bath, table tennis, billiards and golf putting area, as well as an array of kid-friendly features, including a playroom, mini cinema, game room and separate children’s pool.
With 3,000 kilometers of spectacular tropical coastline, fascinating culture, endless activities and exquisite food, it comes as no surprise that Vietnam is an increasingly popular family holiday destination - from beach hoppers to culture buffs and adventure seekers, Vietnam has something for all ages. Take a family trip to Vietnam and share amazing new experiences with your loved ones
With more than 3,000km of coastline, Vietnam is perfect for the kids to build sandcastles and snorkel while you bask in the sunshine. Discover serene secluded coves, white sands and crystal-clear waters ideal for snorkelling. Just 175km to the south of Ho Chi Minh City, is Ho Coc - an enchanting, often deserted beach, offering a 5km stretch of golden sand, clear waters and backed by fine dunes. The Binh Chau Hot Springs are located conveniently nearby in case sunbathing gets too much.
Also, not far from Ho Chi Minh City is Vung Tau - this accessible destination ranks among the best beaches in Vietnam due to its beautiful landscape and well-developed tourism. As if endless sands and blue waters weren’t enough, Vung Tau is also home to a mountain range that diversifies the local landscape. Aside from swimming and sunbathing, the family can opt for a trekking trip to the giant statue of Jesus Christ or around the newly built Cloud Lake Resort- Amusement Park.
The famed Mekong River winds its way through Southeast Asia, flowing into the East Sea at the Mekong Delta just south of Ho Chi Minh City. The Mekong Delta allows visitors to look at an ancient riverside lifestyle and a habitat - more than 1,000 species of animal live side by side in what is described as a “biological treasure trove”. Why not take a boat ride to explore the floating markets?
2. Vietnamese Culture - Vietnam should be called ‘the land of endless smiles’. With friendliness present in every corner, from the urban cities to rural countryside, Vietnam offers the perfect warm welcome for families.
One of the oldest cultures in South East Asia, dating back to 2000 BC, Vietnam has a complicated history - influenced by Chinese, Khmer, and Indian cultures, as well as French colonialism - there is much for you and the family to discover about the country’s rich history.
The Museum of Ho Chi Minh City is housed in a beautiful and imposing neoclassical building built in 1885 and formerly known as Gia Long Palace and the Revolutionary Museum. Here you can take a journey of cultural discovery, learning the story of Vietnam with archaeological artifacts, ceramics, city maps and exhibits about the city’s diverse cultural heritage.
Ben Thanh Market is one of Saigon’s oldest landmarks and most dynamic places to visit – a bustling market by day and a vibrant social scene by night. Located in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1, it’s a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink at the food stalls inside the market. As night falls, restaurants around the market open their doors creating a vibrant street side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats.
3. Little Adventurers – Vietnam has plenty to offer in the way of adventures family vacation ideas – from discovering the Cu Chi Tunnels to sledding down the Mui Ne sand dunes, there's something in Vietnam that suits your appetite for adventure.
Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest and most modern city located in Southern Vietnam, where you’ll find some of the best destinations for all - from historical spots to entertainment centres and open spaces. Included in the must-visit list is Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Gia Long Palace, Saigon Opera House, Tao Dan Park and A O Show Saigon.
Close to Ho Chi Minh City are the Cu Chi Tunnels, considered as a heroic district for its role during the American war in Vietnam. Offering visitors a sneak-peek at the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers back in 1948, the site has over 120km of underground tunnels to crawl through - with trapdoors, living areas, kitchens, storage facilities, armoury, hospitals, and command centres.
If you need to burn-off some of the kids’ energy, why not travel by bicycle, kayak or foot. Bike through small rural villages and rice fields near Ninh Binh, kayak and hike in caves at Ha Long Bay, try your hand at traditional net fishing in floating baskets or ride a water buffalo in Hoi An.
For more outdoor activities for the family, enjoy a range of sporting activities including tennis, rock climbing, basketball and more at Phan Dinh Phung Sports Club, or explore Tao Dan Park and Le Van Tam Park – beautiful parks, featuring walks lined by tropical trees, including flame trees and So Khi trees.
4. Food for All Ages – The Vietnamese are obsessive foodies so there’s sure to be something to please even for the fussy eaters in the family. Plus, with vendors selling specialty dishes daily on every street corner, you don’t stay hungry for long in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.
Taking a food tour in this foodie’s paradise is a good idea as it offers tourists a variety of tasty street food such as banh khot, banh tam bi, banh da cua - always tasty, fresh and healthy. Beer is another major Vietnamese preoccupation and every major city seems to have its own brand of beer, from Hue's Huda to Saigon and Hanoi's eponymous brews.
5. Family Friendly Accommodation – For ultimate kid friendly vacations Sherwood Residence is an elegant five-star luxury hotel offering beautifully appointed two- and three-bedroom serviced apartments and penthouses in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
At this convenient location, hotel apartments provide easy access to all major tourist attractions and shopping centres. While you relax in the outdoor pool area, fitness centre, Finnish sauna, steam bath, table tennis, billiards and golf putting area, or yoga room, the kids will be happy and amused with an array of kid-friendly features, including a playroom (open 6am – 10pm), mini cinema, game room and separate children’s pool. For added convenience there is a complimentary shuttle service to key shopping, dining, and entertainment hotspots in Saigon’s historic centre.