Halong Bay is definitely worth visiting. It is a great place to relax, sight see and find adventure. It is ideal for everyone whose is interested in great beaches, stunning water and nature. Halong Bay should be high on your list of places for family holiday with children in Viet Nam. Because it will be a great experiences when your family can spend time travelling together. However, family holiday with children can sometimes be a hard-work. In order to help you and your children enjoy Halong Bay to the fullest, here are some specific Halong travel tips that parents should know when joining a cruise.
Before you go
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To define what kind of travel you like is important. If you want a bustling atmosphere, you can visit Ha Long Bay center, where most of boats are cruising everyday. If you want a calm bay to relax, then BaiTuLong Bay is an ideal choice for your family. This is a part of Ha Long archipelago but less crowded with boats. The water is cleaner, the bay isn’t congested, the villages are more authentic and the beaches are peaceful and secluded.
You want your kids to stay in same cabin or at least in connecting cabins? Many boats have large family suites or connecting rooms. Think about it when booking.
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Family holiday with children, parents should have a list that their children need like:
Food: it is obvious that the chefs on board prepare meals for your children (the same menu with parents), but for the small babies, you should add: milk, tea or cookies, snack…
Clothes: make sure that you bring warm clothes in the winter and comfortable clothes in the summer for the children.
Others: you also should bring some medicine in case your children are not fine.
Safety on board
The safety on board is very important, especially for children, parents should:
Always take notice of the children, keep them in your sight.
Make sure that children do not climb on the handrail or the railing on boat. Children are not allowed to stand on the bow.
Ask the staffs on board to show you the life vests for children.
Activities on board
Children can join the activities on board like: cave visiting, kayaking, swimming or fishing village but they need their parents’ attention. Before each activity, children need to be told in advance about the safety so that they are more careful to follow the instructions.
Kayaking is offered by several junks however this is better suited for older children. Ask the staffs on board to show you the life vests for children. Children under 4 years should not join kayaking for safety reasons. A sunrise Tai Chi lesson is also an interesting activity for the kids. Evening fishing for squid is another of the unique things to do in Halong Bay with kids. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and water shoes if you plan to do any swimming on your tour. Also remember to pack your mini medical kit as there might not suitable ones on board.
In general, family holiday with children takes you more time and more preparation but it is a unforgettable memory for them and a happy time for your family that brings family members close to each other.