Vietnam

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Our Favorites Places Include:
Hanoi, Sapa, DaNang, Hoi An, Saigon

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A  Vietnam Heritage Journey

From the jagged limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay to the vast Cu Chi tunnels built by the Viet Cong under Saigon, Vietnam’s landscape is as diverse as its history.

With one of the most robust economies in the developing world, Vietnam exemplifies tenacity, ambition, and recovery. The Vietnamese have kept China at bay for over a millennium, repelled three Mongol invasions, and declared victory over the United States. Between the 11th and 18th centuries, Vietnam expanded southward, eventually conquering the Kingdom of Champa and part of the Khmer Empire. The Cham ruins at My Son are perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina, and one of the most historically important temple complexes in Southeast Asia alongside Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Borobudur (Indonesia), Ayutthaya (Thailand), and Bagan (Burma).

From the most famous sites in Saigon and Hanoi to cooking classes and sunset boat trips in Hoi An (a UNESCO World Heritage site), from the colorful ethnic minority villages in the stunning landscape of northern Vietnam to the soaring limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam is culturally rich country, spectacularly beautiful and a place that your family will be thrilled to explore!

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Our Favorite Activities:

  • Exploring the Old Quarter of Hanoi
  • Hiking in Sapa
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay
  • Imperial City and the Tomb of Minh Mang in Hue
  • Bicycling around the ancient town of Hoi An
  • Exploring Thuan Tinh Island
  • War Remnants Museum (Saigon)
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Mekong Delta Discovery

Our Favorite Places:

  • Hanoi
  • Sapa
  • Halong Bay
  • DaNang
  • Hoi An
  • Nha Trang
  • Saigon
  • Mekong Delta

Our Adoptive Family Travel Philosophy

When we plan trips to a child’s birth country we are looking for activities that accomplish specific goals. First and foremost, we want to bring adoptive families closer together. We know that adoptive families often struggle with attachment and bonding issues so we use fun adventure activities that are challenging enough to require each family member to step outside his or her comfort zone, but easy enough to be accomplished. When that happens, research tells us that several different hormones are released into your body – serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. When those hormones are released into your body, you feel good – they are your happy hormones! When you feel good, you are more likely to connect deeply with all those around you. Especially when you congratulate, hug and talk about your accomplishments. And the good news, that’s when you release oxytocin – which is the clincher! Oxytocin is the bonding hormone and we want our travelers to release it as often as possible!

We use adventure activities like a company would use team-building exercises. We want the activity to act as the catalyst for healthy communication, collaboration and ultimately, connection. When families work as a team to accomplish a goal, it helps builds a positive family culture. Team-building exercises and adventure activities (when done together) lay the foundation for mutual understanding and respect. You get to see each other’s strengths and weaknesses and encourage each other through to the meeting your desired goal. The best part, accomplishing goals and  being rewarded for your efforts, releases all the happy “connecting” hormone’s AND builds self-esteem. Research also tells us that internationally adopted children often score lower on measures of self-esteem – we want to change that. When your adopted child accomplishes his or her goal, feels great, releases those happy hormones, he or she will connect more deeply with you and  other family members – it’s that simple.

Finally, we want all adopted children to leave their birth country having had a positive cultural and family experience. We look for triggers, we understand your child, we understand your family dynamics, we understand your needs, desires and limitations when we plan your itinerary. In other words, we strive to make every experience positive. When your child has a positive in-country experience, your child will develop a positive sense of self in relationship to his or her birth country. We know that a strong cultural identity fosters a positive sense of self, higher self-esteem, more joy and with all that comes richer connections.

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Basic Traveler Information

Visa and Passport Requirements:

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Weather and climate:

Vietnam is within the tropics and is principally agricultural with a central tropical rainforest. The climate in Vietnam varies from north to south although it does have three distinctive climatic zones. Monsoons occur from May to September in the north and south and then from October to April in the center of the country. It is almost completely dry through the remainder of the year. The temperatures can be very hot year round, but it is cooler in the north between October and April. Temperatures can reach up to 104F in the height of the hot and rainy season (May to September), but the northern highlands and Hanoi can be chilly and damp in the winter.

Because of the diversity of climatic zones, there is no one ideal time to visit Vietnam as a whole but the good news is that at any given time of year, there will be sun somewhere! The high season for travel is from September to March but bad weather can cause delays and cancellations in the center of the country during this period, particularly from September to December. For the beaches in the center of Vietnam (Danang, Hoi An and Nha Trang) it is best to go between May and August. The autumn is the best time to visit Halong Bay when there should be clear skies and spectacular views!!

Geography:

Vietnam, the ‘S’-shaped country, shares her borders to the north with the China, to the west with Laos and Cambodia, to the east by the South China Sea and to the south, the Pacific Ocean. The Red River plains that bisect Hanoi and the Lo and Chay rivers, dominate Northern Vietnam’s landscape. To the north and west of Hanoi is the verdant Sapa Valley. Halong Bay to the east of Hanoi features a stunning natural formation of more than 3,000 limestone karsts that jut sharply out of the South China Sea.

The fertile plains of the Mekong River dominate the southern landscape and consequently the rice industry. In the thin middle part of the country and to the southwest are mountainous areas, known as the highlands, where farmers grow rubber, tea and coffee.

What families are saying about working with Motherland Travel:

Originally, I hadn’t considered using a “travel agency” for our trip because I was used to doing all my family travel plans using tools on the web.  I am so grateful that we discovered Motherland Travel because we had only one opportunity to make a first impression of Guatemala on my son. Bambi thought of so many things that I would have missed. Our ultimate goal of the trip was to have Jack feel proud of his heritage. We knew that we had succeeded when on the last day of the trip as we were roasting cocoa beans at the chocolate factory, my son introduced himself to a stranger by saying “Hi, my name is Jack and I am from Guatemala.”

Bill

Proud Father of Jack

The trip transformed all of my fears of NOT being able to do a trip like this into joy and success. The people, pacing, activities, accommodations, and scope of the trip was a perfect fit for our family.

I feel like Bambi asked insightful questions during the initial consultation, helping me articulate my goals for this trip. I appreciate the family bonding/adventure travel information she provided, as well as the general information about Guatemala. Bambi targeted our budget and made the most of every experience, given our financial restraints. The itinerary proposal and final itinerary were thorough, detailed, and very clear. I so valued the personal details about possible triggers for my son, visiting his birth country.

We are so grateful for the effort, service, time, and thought Motherland Travel put into planning this trip for us. We have been transformed by the travel. Eddy exudes a pride and joy when he talks about our trip, and talks about Guatemala. A few days after we returned, his teacher had him present to his class about how the ecosystems in Guatemala affect the culture and way of life. As I watched him present to his peers, he shared details and experiences that revealed how much this trip was profoundly imprinted on his heart and his identity. Our family benefited so much from being out of our comfort zone – we learned so much about our son’s birth country, about human resilience, and even more about our family. I can’t choose one favorite moment, or even pick out a single least favorite moment. The days were unique, yet perfectly balanced, creating a gorgeous tapestry of experiences.

The Wall Family

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