I loved chatting with you live from Vietnam on Journeys To Come radio last weekend – talking ‘the best of Asia’!
To continue the Vietnam love, here’s my ‘top five’ places you’ll feel the love in magnificent Vietnam…
The bustling, big capital city with a gorgeous Old Quarter that is an absolute must-see. It does get very cold in Hanoi and that’s something a lot of travellers forget and don’t prepare for… so make sure you do! But this can add to the romance of the holiday! – Cue the night fire and blankets.
Hanoi has amazing streets that reflect the shopping of times gone by. For example, Silk/ Gold/ Silver Street – each represents the items for sale.
For lovers of architecture, you’ll be in heaven here… the narrow buildings all clustered together are a reminder of the French-colonial influence.
The water puppet show is high on everyone’s list of things to do in Hanoi. It’s also a great gateway for accessing the stunning Mountains of Sapa (now with a new road for easier and quicker access) and also the beautiful Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO Heritage site that’s famous for its amazing rock formations.
Stay at the Sofitel Metropole, an amazing hotel that’s full of beautiful and rich in history, and near some amazing restaurants!
2. HO CHI MINH CITY
Has a completely different feeling to Hanoi, although still a major city and hot year-round. Explore the city, and yes, crossing the road still takes a deep breath and a while to get used to, but it’s part of the charm.
A must-do here is a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels and a city tour to really appreciate the history of the city. The Ben Thanh markets are amazing – a favourite for all your holiday shopping (and cashew nuts are so cheap!) For affordable designer boutiques head to Dong Khoi Street, in District 1, it’s the place to be. There are also some great bars frequented by expats along the way.
Getting a massage after a long day sightseeing is a must and easy to find on every corner, followed by a sundowner at one of the many roof top bars. At Chill Sky Bar, you will be spoilt for choice.
The Temple club is a great restaurant with gorgeous Vietnamese fusion food and made famous when the Jolie-Pitts dined here when adopting one of their children. Definitely worth a visit and don’t forget to try the delicious Pho, pronounced Fur (noodle soup) that’s readily available everywhere as it’s the national dish, eaten daily by the Vietnamese.
3. PHU QUOC
A brilliant island option that’s warm year round – a great beach escape outside of monsoon season. It’s a beautiful island off the south coast of Vietnam and just a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City. It’s still relatively unspoiled and naturally beautiful.
4. NHA TRANG
A great year-round destination, its warm and comfortable for most of the year! I’d recommend, however, visiting between Feb and April – when the weather is around 26 degrees.
Enjoy beautiful beaches, amazing snorkelling spots, quirky boutiques and a huge array of cosmopolitan dining options.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a gorgeous place to stay and honeymoon. The eight Hill Top Villas face the mountain ranges of Nha Trang, with incredible views over the South China Sea. Go on a romantic sunset cruise organised by Six Senses Ninh Van Bay: glide across the bay and toast to the setting sun – a beautiful honeymoon moment.
5. HOI AN
Located in central Vietnam and approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Danang airport, Hoi An is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing beach honeymoon, with lots to discover! Explore the Old Town to slow down and take in tradition and history. Some of the streets here only allow bike and motorbike traffic, while some are pedestrian only, so it’s the perfect contrast to the bustling streets of Saigon. While you’re here, have some amazing clothes and shoes handmade – that’ll fit you perfectly.
The weather in Hoi An is quite seasonal: September to January is wet season, with the weather getting chilly in December through to February.
Go on a couples bike tour, take part in one of the many cooking classes, check out the night markets or visit the historic city of Hue or the Marble Mountains. A boat ride to Cham Island is an absolute must-do.
Stay at the Golden Sand Resort & Spa, it boasts one of the largest pools in South East Asia and is located directly on the beach and only a five minute drive to the Old Town, it’s the perfect place to stay to fully appreciate this amazing destination.
Scoopon has an amazing deal on now for the Golden Sand Resort & Spa – stay in 5 star luxury right on the most blessed coastline of Vietnam. Two adults can stay five nights in a premiere room for just $899! Enjoy daily buffet breakfast, daily set lunch or dinner, seven 30 minute massages (to share) and more! Click here to take advantage of this amazing offer.
Why not see a few of these gorgeous places on your honeymoon… Spend two nights in Hanoi (with one overnight in Halong Bay), then make your may to Hoi An for a beach flop and drop, then spend a few days in Ho Chi Ming City. This way, you’ll get the best of both worlds… a bit of touring/history/sightseeing with a beach flop and drop!