Family Travel in Vietnam

My former husband is half Vietnamese, with his mother living part time in Vietnam. I suggested that we go and visit her and scored some amazingly cheap tickets through Just Travel (around $300 each, round-trip, from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City).

We ended up having a family rift – my MIL was really volatile – so we went off on our own.

Even without speaking Vietnamese or knowing much beyond Lonely Planet and the internet, we had a blast as a family traveling in Vietnam. The people were kind, transportation was always exciting, the country was thrumming. There was an energy in the air there that I found very appealing.

Vietnamese food is one of my favorite foods in the world. Unfortunately, when we were there, there was a crisis going on in which people were getting freaked out about all the chemicals being sprayed on vegetables. I shrugged it off and ate, but then got sick. Not as sick as my former husband got though, and I was nervous about the kids getting that sick – so we were really, REALLY careful with what we ate, which limited a lot of interesting-looking stuff.

If I went back, I’d be sure to go when the food crisis has cleared up

I’d also go north – I really wanted to see other areas and beaches.

All in all though, it was a fabulous country with lovely people.

family travel in vietnam I would go again in a heartbeat.

Here are the family travel in Vietnam posts that I wrote:

This is IT: The Very Last Post on Vietnam!

The last post of Vietnam – capturing 12 days on Phu Quoc Island and a few days in Saigon before we headed back to San Francisco

Growing Pains in Paradise: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Headed back to Vietnam by way of Phu Quoc to finish our stories

Like a River

Watching people on their motorbikes in Saigon is something of a zen experience. – How do they do it? How does their calm stay? Does it stay? They seem to react to one another like the current in a river; moving and flowing. Traffic lights are not used much; there is an awareness of one

Kid Play in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

We were desperate to find places for kid play in Saigon – as our 3 kids really needed to blow off some steam!

That One Restaurant in Saigon… (Photo Essay)

Skip this post if you are hungry! I’m telling you… we just haven’t ever seen a group of people that love our kids as much as they seem to in Vietnam. I kind of feel like saying that means a LOT, given that we’ve spent a lot of time traveling around Mexico, which is a

Duck Embryos, Pho and Other Tales from Saigon

Warning! Lots of food photos here! I’ll do the right thing though and start out with our first Pho in Vietnam: Beautiful, wonderful Saigon. I get why this place has such a great reputation now. The people are lovely, warm and friendly. It’s clean. Inexpensive. It’s hella charming. The food part has been kinda tortuous

Across the Ocean: With Kids!

There we were at the airport, and I admit that I was kind of nervous. I was nervous about everything! The dynamics of traveling with 3 little kids for 20 hours! The flight! The seats! The layover in Beijing! You know what?! I didn’t tell Mikey but I was even nervous about our tickets! They


We always knew that the day would come in which we’d need to stay put for school; it just happened a lot sooner than we thought it would. We thought we’d have a few more years to travel in the winter, but it really seems unfair to Micah to pull up again this year. So we

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