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Kids-friendly activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Explore the city lights on a cyclo

For Asian travellers who have covered all the popular parts of Southeast Asia and are moving on to the Indochina region, Vietnam is an up-and-coming destination. It is no doubt that Vietnam is safe to discover for adult travellers, how about bringing kids along for your trip here?

If you are accompanying with your young kids to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, you can definitely be surprised that there are actually kids-friendly activities which are well worth taking part in. There are some interesting things you can do with your little ones in this busy city.

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Eat a Bánh Mì

Eat a bánh mì

Eat a bánh mì- source: internet

Being a Vietnamese sandwich, Banh Mi combines many French-inspired ingredients (mayonnaise, pâté and of course baguettes) with original Vietnamese ingredients including: jalapeño, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber and cilantro).

Sometimes known as “special combo” or bánh mì đặc biệt, the classic version of bánh mì thịt nguội, is made with many Vietnamese cold cuts, such as sliced chả lụa (pork sausage), pork bellies or pork and head cheese, coming along with the liver pâté and fresh vegetables like cucumbers or carrot.

It is a rather cosmopolitan to sample which is preferred by both Westerners and Asians. For the sweet flavor, kids will like it too. When you are ordering for your kids, just be sure to ask for a non-spicy version.

Explore the city lights on a Cyclo

Explore the city lights on a cyclo

Explore the city lights on a cyclo- source: internet

Appearing in Vietnam during the French colonial period after a failed attempt to introduce rickshaws, cyclo, which is a three-wheel bicycle taxi, is now popularly used for tourism activities. With the driver sitting behind, a double seat (an average Caucasian is likely to find riding with a complement a bit of a squeeze) is supported by two front wheels.

Not being a common means of transportation, cyclo is primarily being hired for tourism activities. Make sure you negotiate on the prices to avoid getting conned if you are hiring one yourself. It is such a great way to catch the city sights as the cyclo moves slower than motor vehicles. Tours of Indochina

Enjoy an amazing water puppet show

Enjoy an amazing water puppet show

Enjoy an amazing water puppet show- source: internet

Water Puppet show (Múa rối nước), which is believed to have originated in the Red River delta in Vietnam in the 11th century and now remains highly developed in Vietnam, is an activity not only suitable for all ages but also perfect if your kid gets tired of walking.

In ancient time, the rural Vietnamese thought that all aspects of their lives, from the kitchen to the rice paddies, were controlled by spirits. Using what natural medium can be found in their environment, the Vietnamese devised water puppetry as a way to satisfy these spirits as well as a form of recreation. In ancient times, the flooded rice paddies after harvest and ponds were the stages for the unprepared yet interesting shows.

Unique to North Vietnam, this art form only found its way to the world stage in recent years as a result of relation normalization with the west.

Experience dinner on board a traditional junk ship

Experience dinner on board a traditional junk ship

Experience dinner on board a traditional junk ship- source: internet

This is extremely touristy and a little tacky. Although the food offered is not fantastic either, your kids can be able to climb up and down the decks of the ship or enjoy the fascinating performances here. In addition, parents can get to slow down, get away from the bustle and hustle of the crazy traffic in Ho Chi Minh City as well as relax a little on board the ship.

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