What destinations in the world would you consider ideal for the one travel many consider as the most important oF their lives? We are not talking about a student exchange, or an Erasmus at some University in the UK or in some Scandinavian campus, we are talking about a honeymoon. Which leads us to this: Vietnam is that destination, the ideal land where to flavour anything from adventure, quirks, culture, food on top of finding a luxurious nest where to enjoy the first days as newly wedded.
As tested and approved by one of our colleagues here in the office on her recent honeymoon, we will be giving you the things you should be seeing and not be seeing if you are planning to travel to Vietnam.
The chaotic city in the Nord of the country is surely a must see and if you want to get the best out of it, here are the best things to do in Hanoi.
The Temple of Literature
Considered one of the most iconic buildings representing Vietnam architecture, with its majestic gardens and ponds, it makes up surely for one of the best sites to visit on your travel to Vietnam. Built in 1070, The Temple of Literature was dedicated to Confucius.
Lake of the Restored Sword
A low key atmosphere amongst the locals going for their strolls at night at the market located by the Lake of the Restored Sword is one of the best things to do in Hanoi; marvel at the bridge rising from the water and glowing on the surface of the water.
A Unesco World Heritage Site since 2010, Thang Long is also known as the Hanoi Citadel, and it stands as an archaeological site of invaluable cultural heritage; this site was the political centre of the country for 13 years.
Food to try out in Hanoi:
Bami An Bread
If you want to flavour the original Banh Mi, the typical Vietnamese baguette style sandwich filled with chicken and pickled vegetables, this tiny eatery should surely deserve a spot on your travel map.
La Pho Bo Breakfast
This Vietnamese soup, made with rice noodles, coriander and beef might be the most unusual dish to try out in Vietnam and not because of its flavours, but because of the time of the day it gets eaten. If you were thinking of continental breakfast, La Pho Bo is the Vietnamese answer to it.
Halong Bay is one of the natural wonders of Vietnam and with its 1,600 limestone islands and the biodiversity it nestles, as well as the stunning landscapes visitors are welcomed by, it surely is one of Vietnam must-see. The ‘dragon-back’ shaped mountains and the thousands limestone karsts) are one of the most unique things to discover in Vietnam as, immersed in this scenario, you will also be able to admire the fishermen villages on the water.
Unfortunately, due to the large passage of merchant ships, the natural untouched beauty of this bay is threatened by rising pollution.
If you are planning to go on a boat Cruise on Halong Bay, make sure you know what to expect, as some of the cruises available can be crowded and not particularly comfortable.
Located on Red River Delta, Tràng An is a rather interesting area in the north of the country in the Ninh Bình, especially for the unique landscapes; here you will be able to explore different valleys and caves, on top of the limestone karst peaks skyline.
In this province goat meat is widely present in the typical cuisine; a rather bizarre practice performed by the local millners is to lightly tap the animals with small branches; it seems the sweat produced makes the meat sweeter.
A cluster of hindu temples constructed by the kings of Champa between the 4th and the 14th century AD. It is possible to visit the area of the ruins of the temple with a two to three hour tours; not only will you be marvelled by the ancient character of this place, but also entertained by typical Vietnamese live music and dance performances during your tour.
Hằng Nga’s Crazy House
From outside it looks like a giant tree, inside it is home to ten themed guest rooms. Designed by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga, the architecture of this building evoques Gaudi’s design and it is often compared to Dalì and Walt Disney’s works of art.
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)
Did you say street food? The area of Mekong Delta is surely the place in Vietnam where to experience the most lively street food market. Amongst the things to do in Ho Chi Minh the floating markets deserve your attention, and with boats being the main means of transportation, you will have a chance to hop on and spend time on the water.
Vietnamese Pagodas aren’t just architectural buildings to see on your trip, they are also where the locals pray and receive their blessings. One of the biggest Pagodas in the country is Bái Đính and it is one worth paying a visit to.
These and more the marvels that can make your honeymoon a little bit more special and memorable.
When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
The best time to visit Vietnam is between March and April, during spring, when the rainfall is considerably lower than in other periods of the year.
What type of Visa do you need?
To enter the country you can simply do the ‘Vietnam Visa Online’ procedure, which will guide you with few and easy steps into obtaining a Visa on your arrival in Vietnam.