5 Great Reasons to Honeymoon in Vietnam Right Now

Vietnam – packed with activities and attractions – is quickly becoming an increasingly popular destination for honeymooners.

Below, we’ve listed five of our favorite reasons for newlyweds to take their ultimate vacation there.

1) Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai

This is easily one of Vietnam’s finest hotels and overall a dream honeymoon spot. Newlyweds will enjoy multiple infinity pools, a mile-long pristine beach, a renowned spa (soon to feature an anti-gravity yoga room), certifiable cooking classes (with fresh food from the hotel’s own garden), and a multitude of daily activities like windsurfing, tai chi, and rice field cycling.

2) Vietnamese Street Food Tours

Treat your tastebuds by indulging in Vietnamese street food. Sour and sweet, crunchy yet soft, soup and salad somehow at the same time, these cheap, quick eats are the best way to taste the culture’s cuisine.

Look for open-air markets, hot steam clouds, and packed seating areas to find the best spots. Ho Chi Minh City offers a world renowned foodie tour where you’ll try the country’s best while being zipped around on the back of a female-driven scooter. Hoi An is also particularly packed with fantastic street food vendors, and easy to enough to navigate your own street food tour.

3) Hiking Adventures in Sapa

Sapa is a mountainous region in Northern Vietnam, and is fast becoming among the best trekking routes in all of Southeast Asia. Home to the tallest mountains in the country, hiking through the peaks and valleys of these many trails gives you a glimpse into hill-tribe villages and a more traditional way of Vietnamese life.

Breathtaking vistas, manicured rice fields and stunning mountain views are in no short supply. Tackle it by yourselves, or book a tour to get more local perspective along the route.

4) Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Squeezed between the Laos border and South China Sea, this UNESCO listed national park is teeming with unspoiled jungle, mysterious caves, and underground rivers. Getting there can be a bit difficult, with a lengthy sleeper bus from Hanoi being your best bet, but the kayaking, ziplining, wildlife watching and general trekking are well worth it for adventurous travelers. Oxalis is the best in organizing multi-day hikes and explorations, with sleeping accommodations included.

5) Authentic Culture in Hoi An

This ancient riverside town was a thriving trade port for hundreds of years, and its multi-cultural roots make it a perfect place to experience the fusion of Vietnamese culinary flavors, from street barbecue meats to fresh vegetables, crispy pancakes, and even cau lao, a local noodle specialty from the 17th century.

The scenic homes, Japanese-designed bridges, and meandering boats along the lazy river make leaving the quiet streets of Hoi An’s colorful old town difficult, but historic temples and romantic beaches await just a short bicycle ride away.

 

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Wanderable Real Honeymoon Registries: Best of Asia

Have you started designing your honeymoon registry this month? Gather some fresh ideas and trip inspiration by browsing a few of our favorite recent registries created by real Wanderable couples.

The following couples traveled to popular honeymoon destinations throughout Asia, including Bali, Japan, and Thailand. Simply click on their registry pages below to trace their incredible journeys.

Hannah & Blake (Japan)

Highlights from their incredible trip include saké tasting in Tokyo, visits to local izakayas, a Japan Rail Pass for access to the country’s bullet trains, and even a stay at a ryokan, which is a traditional Japanese inn.

Rachel & Trent (Thailand)

These newlyweds enjoyed a little bit of everything on their honeymoon to Thailand. Registry favorites include a beachside Thai massage, a snorkeling and cliff jumping tour of Maya Bay, and a traditional Thai cooking class.

David & Steven (Bali)

We love their use of colorful photos and creative gift descriptions. From Scuba classes to restaurant tasting menu experiences, these newlyweds embarked on a honeymoon to remember forever.

 

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What It Feels Like to Win a Trip to Vietnam

Ever wonder what it would feel like to win a trip to Vietnam?! Kelly and John share their amazing story.

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We recently teamed up with Mr. and Mrs. Smith (side note: we are all obsessed with Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s gorgeous hotelsto co-host a Vietnam Giveaway and are so excited for our winners, Kelly and John! You know how there always seems to be that one hip and inspiring couple you know and love? That’s Kelly and John. They are wanderers at heart. In true adventurous fashion, they shared with us their how-to for enjoying life to the fullest and what they’re most excited to try in Vietnam.

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Kelly, what was your reaction when you found out you had won the contest?

My first reaction was of skepticism and disbelief. I received the email from Ann Marie [of Mr. and Mrs. Smith] while I was at work and talking with a co-worker. It was like “OMG, I think I just won a trip to Vietnam” and then I called Ann Marie to see if it was legit and she assured me it was. I was just super floored by the whole thing, I’ll enter these contests from time to time, you know, “The Downton Abbey” sweepstakes, “Win a Trip to Wimbeldon”, “Win a Trip to the French Open” (we’re both big tennis fans), I just fill them out and forget about them, never expecting to win, but this time I did! I called John and let him know and we both still cannot get over how crazy the whole thing is. We’re super, DUPER insanely, excited!

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What are you and John most excited about for your Vietnam trip?

The prospect of taking a REAL, proper, vacation! Overseas! To an exotic locale! On the beach! 5-star hotels! John has never been out of the country aside from Mexico and I’ve only ever been to Paris so having a real vacation is just a dream come true. Neither of us has EVER stayed in a 5-Star hotel. We plan on extending the trip a bit and taking a full two weeks. Seeing the temples of Angkor Wat has been on my bucket list for years and we figure, while we’re over there, let’s just go to Cambodia too! We both love Vietnamese food so we plan on spending a lot of time sampling the offerings of the various street vendors. We’re just so excited to explore a part of the world that’s so different from ours!

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We’d love to hear, where did you and John go on your honeymoon?

Well, we had initially registered for a Croatian and Slovenian honeymoon but because we didn’t have a traditional wedding (we were married in a courthouse in August 2012 and had a party the following October with our friends to celebrate), we didn’t quite make our goal, funding wise. Instead we used the money our friends donated through Wanderable and took an epic two week camping trip through the Eastern Sierras and the Cascades and back down the coast of California with our dog, Juniper. We both love the outdoors, camping, and hiking, and this turned out to be the ideal trip for us at the time. We had a blast!

Why did you choose to register for experiences over things when you got married?

Being an “older” couple (I was 40 when we got married and John 38, first marriage for both us!) we really didn’t have a need for household items, we already had them. Life and marriage for us at this point wasn’t about things or kids, it was just about spending the rest of our lives together. John’s mom had been fighting cancer throughout our engagement and she lost that fight the week that we were married. The importance of enjoying life to the fullest was really and profoundly made apparent to us. We’re both super adventurous and love new experiences, exploring different cultures and foods and really just seeing, smelling, hearing, laughing, loving, doing and living as much as possible! Our time here is short and our time together even shorter, why spend it in the aisles of Target registering for an espresso machine when we could be sipping espresso along the Dalmatian coast, or in this case, sipping Vietnamese Iced Coffees on the beaches of Hoi An!

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How amazing do Kelly and John sound?! Thank you so much, Kelly! And a huge shout out again to Mr. and Mrs. Smith for helping to make Kelly and John’s next adventure to Vietnam a reality!

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Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

The first step of honeymoon planning is choosing a perfect location, which is easier said than done if you’re already busy with Big Day prep work! If you don’t have time for research, get inspired by this quick list of the Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations: AKA the locations that our modern, well-traveled couples register for again and again!

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1. Hawaii

Hawaii is the undisputed MVP for newlyweds everywhere, and for good reason – each island has its own distinct personality, with the sunshine and friendly island culture keeping couples coming back again and again for more paradise.

What to do:
Snorkel amongst 250 different species of fish in the secluded Molokini coral reef.
Explore a lava tube in Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Savor the local food at the Old Lahaina Luau, voted one of the best luaus in Hawaii.

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2. Italy

Italy seems to run both slow and fast. It’s just as natural to spend hours savoring a leisurely meal with the one you love as the infectious energy of Rome surrounds you, or racing through the quiet hills of the Tuscan countryside on bike.

What to do:
Learn how to make your own fresh, authentic Italian pasta.
Wind through the catacombs that twist under the surface of Rome.
Cycle through the beautiful hills of Tuscany!

 

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3. Thailand

In Thailand, you’re equally likely to experience a zen moment of peace in a jungle, a refreshing afternoon at a budget-friendly spa, or a crazy adventure in the streets downtown. Perfect for spontaneous couples who want it all!

What to do:
Train an elephant for an entire day (we’ve heard amazing things!).
Nosh on dinner as we enjoy the famous, fabulous ladyboy cabaret show.
Cruise along the beautiful coast of Phuket without a worry in the world.

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 4. Greece

Greece shocks upon first look. Its white and turquoise houses stand out against the beautiful Aegean Sea, exactly the sort of gorgeous view that will help you recharge after those long months, planning guest lists and venue details!

What to do:
Taste organic wine at the Mykonos Vioma Farm (along with cheese and meat, naturally).
Watch the sunset on your private cruise on open waters.
Catch big air in this private kitesurfing lesson right off the coast of Crete.

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 5. New Zealand

New Zealand is the rare kind of destination that well-heeled hikers, wine lovers, adrenaline junkies, and culture buffs can all enjoy equally. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in this beautiful and unique country.

What to do:
Sample wine from your pick of 20 different wineries in the Martinborough region.
Tour the locations shot during the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Horseback ride amongst the mountainous Rees Valley.

 

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 6. Spain

Spain has long been the go-to for those looking to find a place that lives life with passion, whether that means serving the perfect tapas, dancing to the beat of its own song, or boasting some of the best architecture in the world.

What to do:
Enjoy tasty dishes of tapas and wine during this private tour around Seville.
Zip around Barcelona’s best architectural spots on Vespa (yes, Vespa!).
Dance during this private dance lesson to learn the Spanish way to Salsa or Flamenco.

 

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7. St. Lucia

St. Lucia just drips with tropical adventure. You never know what you’re going to find in the next beach you relax on or the next village you dine at. Perhaps it will be the most romantic moment of your life. After all, St. Lucia never disappoints.

What to do:
Soar on high-flying zip lines over the rainforest!
Cruise in a sleek catamaran in one of the best bays in the Caribbean, Marigot Bay.
Relax in a spa treatment set outdoors.

 

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8. France

France immediately conjures up images befitting a classic romantic film. Whether you end up strolling along the bustling cafés of Paris or biking on the countryside roads of Provence, you’ll see life through rose-tinted glasses.

What to do:
Savor the sweetest bites along the Saint Germain des Prés.
Skip the line to gain instant, VIP entry into the Louvre.
Visit all of Van Gogh’s famous paintings in Provence.

 

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 9. Australia

Australia offers more than just perfect weather and golden beaches. Most Australians live in one of the island country’s many hip cities, where you shouldn’t be surprised to find surfers and fashionistas sipping on a world-class cappuccino side by side.

What to do:
Discover the wildlife at Phillip Island, one of the few places in the world with little penguins!
Kayak right under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sample your way through all the best coffee spots in Melbourne.

 

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 10. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic almost buzzes with good energy. If you want miles of powdery beaches, thundering waterfalls, lush rainforests, and warm village life all in one place, look no further!

What to do:
Find your zen center with a private yoga session right on the beach.
Paddleboard right at sunrise or sunset, a workout and relaxing excursion in one.
Catch waves during this private surf lesson for two.

 

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Want to find more travel inspiration? Browse popular destinations by month, view other couples’ registries, or check out our other amazing experiences!

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A Spotlight on Two Rad Short Travel Films

Two travel films that document experiences abroad, from tranquil and meditative to ecstatic and hazy 

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We imagine some of you might be more visual learners (we know we certainly are). Well, if you’re having trouble grasping the otherworldly appeal of either Bali or Myanmar, we have some eye candy for you. In honor of the Oscars this past weekend, we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to give a shout-out to two epic short travel films that you won’t be able to stop watching.

Month In Myanmar

Video by Lauren Alper

We are ready to hop on a plane! These ladies make Myanmar look cozy and sumptuous. Good thing AmaWaterways has just launched their Myanmar itinerary, who does an equally golden job of touring through this tiny but powerful country.

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Lost in a Dream: Bali

Next, check out the Wanderable couple behind Hiishii Creative who spent months living their dream life in Bali and masterfully documenting their adventures. Their free-wheeling, surf-all-day-dance-all-night philosophy is infectious! And if you’re dreaming about Bali, may we recommend Alexa Private Cruises, who are featured in the video (how can you not love that majestic boat at the 2:05 mark?!). 

Video by Hiishii Creative

This is the creme de la creme of cruise getaways, a once in a lifetime experience that will redefine what travel means to you. First of all, boarding the yacht is akin to something out of a Hemingway novel. It is designed down to the last detail, and it feels kind of magical from the moment you step on deck. Oh, and, did we mention, you’ll be the only guests? That’s right, it’s a private yacht for two that includes seafood barbeques, spa therapy and pro diving.

Perhaps these films will ignite your wanderlust. Or if you’re planning to travel, perhaps they’ll spark an idea for documenting your trip. At the very least, peek in the windows of other worlds and learn about these far-off lands.

Oh, and add travel to your to-do list.

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