Unbelievable landscapes and beaches, amazing food and pleasant people are only some of the reasons why Vietnam has become an ultra-popular choice for the newlyweds in recent years. Even better, once you pay for airfare, the rest of the honeymoon can be extremely low-budget with a little bit of planning.
To that end, check out some of our favourite ideas for heavenly honeymoon locations to visit on a tight budget, right in one of the hottest tourist destinations in Asia.
The Valley of Love
Also known by the local name Dalat, the Valley of Love is one of the most picturesque and beautiful natural sights Vietnam has to offer. It is famous for the eternal spring and rolling mountain in the central Vietnam highland area, around 1500 meters above sea level. The best part of year to come is during spring and summer, when the fields are covered in rich greenery and sun gives special sparkle to the waterfalls. The main attraction is to paddle in the swan-shaped boats in the Xuan Huong Lake or enjoy colourful flowers in the nearby gardens. This area is also known as the Niagara Falls of Vietnam.
The archipelago of Con Dao includes sixteen islands in the serene South China Sea. The crystal waters, with their blue and green, resemble magnificent gemstones in the sunlight and make for an irresistible spot to take a dip. Like in most of the Vietnam, the beaches here are aso surrounded by dense forests and magnificent coral reefs, perfect for diving or snorkeling. Golden-sand beaches are the perfect romantic spot for cocktails and secret kisses with your partner. If you are in the mood for a more active stay, hire a boat or book local tours around the islands for fishing expeditions and aquatic exploration.
Although the largest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc only recently became a major tourist destination. For this reason, Phu Quoc surrounded by untouched beaches that can only be reached by plane or boat. The Gulf of Thailand is right in the magnetic turquoise waters where many tourists dive and explore colorful corals. Many couples who have visited say that Phu Quoc has the most beautiful sunset in the world -- or at least the most beautiful they'd ever seen! The season opens from November to March, so it's perfect for those fall and winter newlyweds who want to trade in the colder weather for a taste of tropical paradise.
Ha Long Bay
Also known as the Bay of the Descending Dragon, Ha Long is the cluster of forested islands erecting from the enchanting green-blue sea. Due to the beauty of this region, it's included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. This is the most popular honeymoon location in Vietnam, and due to its magical beauty it has been featured in Hollywood movies like Kong: Skull Island, James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies and Pan. The local attractions are many, ranging from cruising and parasailing to rock climbing. Overnight cruise tours are especially sought out since they provide a perfect opportunity to enjoy the hidden lagoons, starry skies, and other romantic delights.
Hoi An is a historically important region of Vietnam, and if you decide to come here for your honeymoon, you'll want to visit some nearby archaeological sites. This town is an incredible mix of old rural customs and modern urban commodities like lounge bars, boutiques and incredible Hoi An hotels. But going further from the city center, you can enjoy some usual Vietnamese life by the river with nearby beaches like An Bang and Cua Dai. Chinese temples and Japanese bridges bring out the Old Town charm, while for a little bit of entertainment you can visit riverside cafes.
Ho Chi Minh City
Those who want to enjoy a complete urban experience will be drawn to the marvels of Ho Chi Minh. This city, previously known as Saigon, is the largest in Vietnam and offers a lot to its visitors. Romantic outings include musical performances in the Saigon Opera House, local cuisine in one of the many extravagant restaurants or spa service in one of many 5-star hotels. Ho Chi Minh is the perfect place to experience contemporary Vietnamese culture and customs since it’s the perfect image of the country’s future and progress. It's also known as a city with some of the best street food in the entire world.
So where will you go for your dream honeymoon in Vietnam? This country makes for an effortlessly delightful romantic escape that's equal parts exotic, exciting, beautiful, and affordable, making it an ideal reomantic getaway. You can indulge in a luxurious Vietnamese hotel like Nam Hai, or you can go for something more toned down like An Lam Saigon River, a boutique resort. Those of you looking forward to more active honeymoon will have trouble deciding whether to go hiking, biking, climbing, or diving, since the landscape offers so many opportunities for adventure. Whatever you decide, don't hold back -- Vietnam has so much to offer honeymooners that it would be a shame not to experience all that your heart's desire.
Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur and freelance writer from Sydney. Currently, she’s spreading the word on cheap hotel deals in Vietnam that 1000 Trees can provide for all the adventurous honeymooners. In her free time, you can find her hiking with her furry four-legged friend.