Vietnam is a country rich in cultural beauty and is a wonderful place to spend your honeymoon. Luxury accommodation can be a fraction of the price elsewhere in the world, and the French-infused Southeast Asian flavours are truly incredible.
Here are seven of our top Vietnamese experiences for couples on their honeymoon:
7) Stay near Bui Vien Street, District 1 in Saigon (also called Ho Chi Minh City).
Bui Vien St, Saigon, in the middle of the day. Photo by us
Not quite as rowdy as Bangkok’s Khao San Road, this area is the main tourist spot in Saigon, and is a bit of a party area at night.
After your hotel's included breakfast, enjoy some pastry treats from ABC Bakery and take upstairs to the balcony. Then head to The Note Cafe to try authentic Vietnamese egg coffee. Always specify if you’d like unsweetened beverages in Vietnam, because Vietnamese often load coffee, tea and juice with sugar!
6) Do a Cooking Class.
Vietnamese cuisine via Kelly Purkey, who blogged about her Vietnamese cooking class experience with her boyfriend.
Learn how to cook authentic Vietnamese food using the freshest ingredients and an English speaking teacher. If you’re like us, you love cooking together and this will be a highlight on your honeymoon. Take a piece of Vietnam home with you and incorporate a new style into the kitchen!
5) Take a cable car ride up to the old French style resort town in Ba Na Hills.
Castles in the style of Walt Disney at Ba Na Hills, taken by us.
Totally rebuilt after sustaining heavy damage from war and natural elements, the entire Ba Na experience feels a lot like staying at Disneyland (it even has a tower drop ride and bumper cars). The village is only accessible by cable car, and one night is enough time to take some photos, ride a cable car to the giant hands at Golden Bridge, and go head-to-head on the bumper cars.
Golden Bridge seemingly suspended by giant hands, taken by us.
Consider bringing your own food, especially if you are vegetarian/vegan because options are limited once you’re up there.
Logically you can know you are safe in the Australian cable car technology with a proven safety record, however if you are afraid of heights be aware that the cable cars are very high up and you do rock a little bit on the ride up and down!
4) Go shopping for a tailored suit, dress or pair of leather shoes in Hoi An.
Japanese bridge in Hoi An ancient town, taken by us
Hoi An was probably our favourite place to visit on our honeymoon and is an incredibly romantic place to visit. There are an abundance of tailors making clothing and even leather shoes and bags to order. You can choose your material and style or they can match a style you have found elsewhere.
Have a cuppa at Reaching Out Teahouse, where you will be served in silence by hearing impaired staff. Photo by us.
Even if you aren’t interested in shopping, Hoi An is a wonderful place to visit, walk the ancient Unesco Heritage streets and enjoy a tea, coffee or juice as you soak up the warm weather.
3) See Halong Bay.
Cruising through Halong Bay, via Balukoo Travel.
If you are looking for limestone cliffs rising our of crystal water, you can’t beat Halong Bay for beauty. So beautiful is this area that several films have been filmed in the location including Kong Skull Island and Pan. You can stay in Hanoi and do a day trip to the bay or you can stay at the bay itself, just make sure not to miss the sunrise!
2) Get a massage together.
Foot massage preparation via Christina's.
While you’re in Vietnam, why not unwind with a traditional massage on the cheap. There are usually a few massage spas close by when travelling through Vietnam and you can often choose between traditional Vietnamese, Thai and Swedish massage styles. Get at least one full body massage, and you can return another day for a foot, head, or shoulder massage.
1) Walk along the river of Hoi An by night
Kirstie taking in the beautiful streets of Hoi An at night.
Possibly the most romantic thing we did on our honeymoon was walk the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An by night, especially along Thu Bon River. You can take a boat ride with a local operator who will approach you as you walk near, or you can browse the night market together holding hands.
Hoi An at Night via Living Nomads.
These are our top 7 experiences for couples on their Vietnamese honeymoon, though the most rewarding thing about the trip will be enjoying each other's company.
If you have any other top experiences let us know in the comments below!