My husband and I are traveling for a month in SEA starting early November. We've booked a few legs on our trip and are looking to fill in our itinerary. We are traveling with our ten month old and just aren't sure which locations within specific regions would be best for him. We are intentionally not booking rooms/tours with deposits because we are aware that traveling with a baby needs to be kept flexible.
Luang Prabang - 11/10 - 11/16
Is it feasible to travel with a baby to Nong Kiaow? On the boat or by bus? We have been to LP before and loved it, so definitely willing to stay here the entire time but wanted to explore our options for further excursions.
Hanoi - 11/17 -11/24
We are interested in going to either Sa Pa or Ha Long Bay. Which would be better suited for traveling with a baby? Is it possible to do both?
The rest of the trip will be in Hoi An for five days and then on to Bali for a week. In Bali we will be in Sanur, Ubud and Amed. If anyone has any insight into these locations, that would be great as well.
Also, are there any specific medical issues/concerns we should be aware of?
Thank you in advance!
#1 ambicoed has been a member since 13/10/2009. Posts: 3
Get a rabies shot for the whole family!
#2 jonnyvc has been a member since 16/3/2009. Posts: 1
If you think you can handle the baby care, so both Halong Bay and Sapa are worthy to travel. But I think to give you some information for your trip that: to go to Sapa, you have to take a night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and then transfer to a bus to go to Sapa. The weather in Sapa in November is dry and sunny in the morning and noon, afternoon and at night is cold but still dry. Halong bay would be interesting if you can take the cruise 2 days 1 night but it's quite inconvenient for baby care. Hoian is a nice place to visit but it's a small city so five days is a long time to stay. Why don't you spend one or two nights in Hue (3 hours from Hoian by car/train) - an famous ancient city of Vietnam with the Citadel and King's Tombs. Hue has many hotels for your family with the baby cot, you can stay in a hotel with best service for families with babies like Mondial Hue Hotel.
For you reference: http://www.mondialhotel.com.vn
#3 samwin has been a member since 1/10/2012. Posts: 5
Hanoi and The center of Vietnam is my suggestion for your family. Sapa is really wonderful but to your baby, it's seem not convirnient. Just pick up Halong Bay tours and book a cruise. There are many cruises there so check the booking cruises to have best choice. And you are right about flexible things. Just book a tour once you landing in Vietnam. Travel agencies are availble now. Of course you have to find at home first to have your choice as reference.
Other thing should be aware of that is the cost of things you buy. Sometimes you need to bargain. But to my experience, it's quite cheap in the center than the North in everything. Good luck to your trip.
#4 Lila_Kue has been a member since 16/10/2012. Posts: 13