Vietnam is a delicious country. Yes the countryside is spectacular, the people are lovely, and Ha Long Bay is stunning. But what I love most of all about Vietnam is the food! It would take me a long time to get sick of eating Pho and spring rolls on the street, and I’d trade-in my chai tea latte for iced Vietnamese coffee any day.

The girls were little during our first trip to Vietnam. Kacela was 6mo old and Calais had just turned 2 years old. We spent a short 2 weeks exploring the areas around Hanoi and HCMC. This short trip left us wanting more, and we were excited to return 5 years later! Randy and I were both concerned that our idea of how wonderful Vietnam wouldn’t match with reality on our second visit. Luckily for us, Vietnam was still as incredible the second time around!

The first time in Vietnam with Kids in 2012:

  • Hanoi is a beautiful city. It was my favourite in the Hanoi vs HCMC debate. It still exudes a good bit of old school charm, set against classic Asian architecture and food. It really is the Heart of Northern Vietnam.


  • After the cruise, we had the choice to either return immediately to Hanoi, or spend the afternoon at a small village. I always love a village visit and I think A Side Trip to Yen Duc Village is a worthwhile addition to any IndoChina Junk Cruise.

  • After a morning on the river at the Trang An Grottoes, we spent An Afternoon in Hoa Lu, the ancient capitol of Vietnam.
  • The other great day trip from Ninh Ninh was to Cuc Phuong National Park. If you are looking for a break from the noise and busyness of the cities, is a worthwhile distraction.

Our Second Trip to Vietnam in 2017/2018:

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