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Vietnam’s beaches are family friendly — a young couple and daughter take a stroll on the shoreline near Danang by Aaron Joel Santos Take me there

Though family travel can present its share of challenges, the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime more compensates for any minor hassles. This is especially true in a country as dynamic and varied as Vietnam, which offers something for everyone to enjoy. Whether your kids are craving adventure or relaxation, they’re sure to find it here—they may even learn a thing or two in the process.

Many families gravitate towards the country’s sugar-sand beaches, where older kids can boogie board while their younger siblings wade in the warm shallows. One could easily have a lovely, laid-back vacation at a single seaside destination, but there are also plenty of other places to tempt travellers of all ages. The parks and atmospheric streets of Hanoi are a wonderful spot for children to delve into the country’s rich history. In Ho Chi Minh City, parents can balance education with a fun-filled day of rides and waterslides at Suối Tiên Theme Park or learn about saving some cuddly critters at the Củ Chi Wildlife Station.

Equally important is the fact that Vietnam’s hospitality culture and highly developed infrastructure make family travel a fairly low-stress affair. Don’t be surprised if your new baby or toddler elicits an admiring coo from strangers. A solid network of internal domestic flights and plenty of well-organised tours make it easy to see large swathes of the country without stretching the limited patience of little ones, although many families may opt to spend their time in one or two spectacular destinations. In that case, upscale resorts from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi often offer babysitting services, play areas or pools, and designated kid-friendly activities ranging from cooking classes to art projects. All that extra help gives parents a chance to kick back and unwind.

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