Deciding where to go on a honeymoon holiday is not always an easy choice so why not go for something a little bit different. Vietnam is fast becoming an incredibly popular holiday destination and is perfect for honeymooners and indeed families alike. This mysterious and wondrous land offers everything a newlywed couple could want – fantastic beaches, stunning interior forests, mountains and lowlands as well as the bustling metropolises of Hanoi and the UNESCO protected town of Hoi An.
As a country whose geography follows a relatively slender, linear course travelling across Vietnam rewards tourists with an ever changing physical and cultural landscape. Although touring the whole country in one go would be a near impossible task particularly popular attractions include; in the north the capital of Hanoi and the famous Halong Bay; Hoi An and Da Nang in the central provinces and Nha Trang, Phan Tiet and Saigon in the south. The country has over 3,000 km of coastline, running almost its entire length, so honeymooners will not want for lack of picturesque shores or soft sands. Spread across this extensive geographical spectrum Vietnam actually experiences a number of diverse microclimates which can bring cool weather and frosts to the mountains of the north and soaring 40 degree temperatures to the communities of the south. Overall the best months to visit Vietnam are April, May and October although if you intend to spend much of your time in the south then anytime between October and February should provide drier and pleasantly cooler (though still warm) conditions.
When contemplating a Vietnamese honeymoon the best thing to do is to start by considering how much you actually want to travel or whether you would be content to simply enjoy a more intimate experience of just one or two locations during your stay. Those seeking culture should perhaps spend a few days in Hanoi’s old quarter and then head down south to Hoi An. Or if you are simply seeking, sun, sand and relaxation then you may be better off journeying to the up and coming island resort of Phu Quo or more established destinations such as Phan Thiet, Mui Ne or Nha Trang. If you are a champion of maritime history or simply appreciate stunning natural beauty then a trip to the renowned Halong Bay for a cruise in your own private junk boat is certainly recommended.
In regards to accommodation; one particularly favoured property for honeymooners is the Six Senses Con Dao, which is only a 45 minute flight from Saigon, just off the south east coat of Vietnam. The resort is located on Con Son which is the largest of the islands in the Con Dao archipelago. The hotel is situated on a beautiful long stretch of beach, a halo of white sand which gives way to the dense and verdant foliage of the islands’ interior forests.
The Six Senses was only opened in 2010 and was specifically constructed sympathetically to the fragile environment of Con Son. The resort is comprised of 50 villas nestled along the stunning private beach each of which can enjoy breathtaking sea views. All of the structures have been crafted using natural and sustainable resources, with a majority of the materials sourced locally on the island. The public reception rooms as well as the personal guest suites have been appointed to the highest standard featuring authentic carvings, crafts and artifacts.
The villas offer a private retreat for honeymooners, as each one features its own infinity pool and spectacular panoramas of the East Vietnam Sea. They also enjoy a terrace as well as all the modern luxuries one might expect such as TV, DVD and iPod docking. The hotel also boasts its own spa where honeymooners can choose from a range of holistic treatments, applied by experienced and dedicated staff.
Vietnam is an ideal destination for honeymooners and promises the perfect backdrop to celebrate the union of two loving people. A world of incredible beauty, fascinating culture, mystery, intrigue and romance; for a memorable honeymoon Vietnam certainly offers the full package.
Author: Craig is an experienced travel writer who believes that a honeymoon holiday to Vietnam provides the ultimate romantic break.