About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb. 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Food Tours, Private Tours, City Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Cultural Tours
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
This is a far more spectacular show than you might expect from the words 'puppet theatre'. It’s incredibly elaborate, with everything from dragons to back-flipping babies, and the show actually takes place on the water. Each show lasts just 45 minutes, so it’s not too long for smaller kids to sit through either.
Vietnam has a total of 54 ethnic groups, and this is a great family-friendly museum that covers the ethnic diversity of Vietnam, as well as its history and culture. There’s an indoor and outdoor section to explore so you might want to plan your visit with outdoor temperatures in mind.
This tour involves young English-speaking students who will show you around the city according to an itinerary you can help plan yourself. Great for older kids and teens, as their guide will be another young person who is not much different to them in age.
In Hanoi’s Old Quarter you’ll find fascinating buildings, interesting shops, various entertainment options and tasty street food. You can take a tour, hire a guide or simply stroll around and take in the atmosphere.
Sometimes when you do a city break with kids, you need a big, reasonably quiet park to chill out in between activities. This park is convenient, with plenty of space for the kids to let off steam, plus plenty of spots to sit and watch Hanoi life go by.
If you don’t mind a real old-fashioned circus, complete with performing animals as well as a healthy dose of clowns, acrobats, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers, try the Hanoi Circus in Lenin Park.
If your kids are into bouldering, or would like to learn, the Viet Climb Gym has an impressive 200 square-metre climbing surface, and six bouldering circuits. Bouldering is ‘freestyle’ climbing at low levels, with no ropes or harness and a padded surface to land on. It’s a great way to learn, practice and refine the techniques needed in any rock-climbing situation.
If you and your family are into military history and like getting up close to tanks, planes, helicopters and guns, you’ll find a few hours’ worth of entertainment at the Hanoi Military Museum.
While it’s exciting to introduce children and teenagers to a whole new culture, sometimes it can also be useful to treat them to some entertainment that reminds them of home, especially on a long trip. The Vincom Mega Mall has shopping, ice skating, a cinema and even an indoor water park.