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Vietnamese parents organize tours for children to help them mature

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 10:43 GMT+7

More Vietnamese parents have begun organizing their own tours based on scenic spots mentioned in their children’s textbooks to enrich the kids’ practical knowledge and life skills.

The tours have provided couples and their children with priceless experiences and become an excellent way to spend their quality time together.

Bui Trong Hien and his wife, who run a small business in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, have taken their son, Bui Trong Hieu, on countryside tours every year since the boy was in kindergarten.

They have also brought their kid to the hometowns of theirs and their friends, and arranged homestay trips to other provinces to introduce to their boy their rustic charms and idyllic lifestyle.

A 4th grader now, Hieu has been armed with surprisingly rich knowledge of nature and livestock.

“Whenever I enjoy a fruit now, I immediately envision how its tree looks like and how it is grown. I have befriended different kinds of poultry, cattle, and insects,” Hieu rambled.

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Let us pick up your backpacks and explore the world! Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Two kids are eager to learn about the lifestyle of an ethnic minority group in northern Vietnam while buying their decorative brocade items. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, Tran Van Binh, residing in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City said since his two children entered elementary school, he has studied their textbooks to organize sightseeing tours related to the lessons.

He took the kids to Hue City – Vietnam’s imperial capital located in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue – last year to offer them glimpses into the feudal reigns and how the kings and their royal families lived.

The father and kids also traveled to Lang Sen (Lotus Village), late President Ho Chi Minh’s hometown, which is located in the central province of Nghe An, so that the youngsters would test out their bookish knowledge of the visionary leader.

Likewise, a mother enjoyed her priceless time with her 12-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl during a self-designed holiday from Hanoi to Sapa resort town in the northern province of Lao Cai.

She also hired a bike and drove her kids on rough terrain for sightseeing and nature exploration.

The kids learned how to build a tent and put stones on the rim of their mosquito net to stop it from being blown up by sea gusts while the three spent their night alone on a rocky beach during a trip to Rach Gia, situated in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

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A group of kids mingle outside of a tent during a trip. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Three kids excitedly cross a babbling stream during a tour. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Truong Hoang Phuong and his 13-year-old son, Truong Hoang Tri, always have their sleeping bag with them anywhere they go.

“I raise the trips’ difficulty little by little each year, and notice his maturity after each trip,” Phuong observed.

The two are looking forward to an eight-day-trip from Ho Chi Minh City to the central province of Quang Binh, where they would hire a bike to visit Tam Co Cave and the UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, home to the high-profile Son Doong Cave, which is the world’s largest.

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Two children are seen working on handicraft items. Photo: Tuoi Tre

“Arranging tours for our own children requires parents to be good planners who know how to seek assistance services and do homework on their destinations to answer their kids’ numerous questions,” advised Nguyen Cuong Sang, who lives in the city’s Binh Thanh District and regularly launches his own trips for his two junior school children.

“Parents are decision-makers when the kids are little, but as they grow a bit older, they will become companions who need to be consulted while tours are being mapped out.”

His two teens already suggested their desired scenic spots for this summer, which would be packed with fun and knit with familial bonds.

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