The sheer diversity of Vietnam entices almost every wandering soul with each destination being a charm in its own right. This 15-day Vietnam honeymoon up its slender curves and through the different lights of Vietnam is perfect for those in search of romance and relaxation.
Your Vietnam honeymoon starts with effervescent Saigon and the verdant Mekong Delta before heading north to the millennial capital city of Hanoi – the cradle of Vietnamese civilization. From Hanoi, you will have an opportunity to contemplate the grandiose vista of barren terrain looming out of the calm ocean of Halong Bay. Head off to the atmospheric central region rife with historic towns and unsung coastal glories to visit the majestic Hue – the latest imperial capital of Vietnam, the dynamic Danang, and the quaint Hoi An Ancient Town.
Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Meal: Dinner/ Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon
Our Vietnam honeymoon starts with the effervescent Saigon – the Pearl of the Far East. Upon arrival, your guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel to check in to your room.
In the afternoon, you will tour around the city to some nice attractions and historical sites including the Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. At the end of the visit, you will enjoy an utterly romantic candlelit dinner for two with red wine and an overflowing sense of romance. Stay overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Saigon – Mekong Delta
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch/ Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon
In the morning, set out on a 2-hour drive to the Mekong Delta, southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as the rice bowl of Vietnam. Upon arrival, embark on a scenic boat trip along Vam Xep Canal through luxuriant islets and tropical orchards to a small islet. Take a leisurely stroll along the shady footpaths lined with palm trees, through unassuming villages for candid insights into the local way of life. Pay an en route visit to a bee farm, take a sip of its unique honey tea, sample various tropical fruits, and listen to the host’s stories about life in the Mekong Delta.
Visit a small coconut workshop to get a glimpse of a typical family-owned business in the region. Head over to a lane where a horse-drawn carriage is waiting to get transferred to a handicraft village. Visit a coconut candy factory and enjoy tropical fruit while tuning in to the soothing melody of traditional music. Take a relaxing ride on a rowing boat through the narrow canals shaded by sprawling palm trees of the Mekong River before heading back to My Tho on a motorized boat. Have lunch at a local restaurant on the islet before returning to Ho Chi Minh city for some shopping at Ben Thanh Market. Dinner is on your own arrangement. Stay overnight in the city.
Day 3: Saigon Cu Chi – City Tour
Meal: Breakfast, lunch – Accommodation: Hotel in Park Hyatt Saigon
After breakfast, you will visit Cu Chi tunnel, where human knowledge has been enriched by experiencing a web-like tunnels system of more than 200km in length which used to be the shelters of guerrillas during the war against American troops. Return to Ho Chi Minh for lunch on your own arrangement.
After lunch, a take a short sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City with War Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Old Post Office, and The People’s Committee Hall.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 4: Saigon – Fly to Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast– Accommodation: Hotel in Sofitel Metropole Legend.
You are free today until it’s time to get transferred to the airport for your flight to Hanoi.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will get transferred to your luxurious hotel in the center of the city. The charm of Hanoi is apparent in the streets. Vibrant trees wrap around the serene and romantic Hoan Kiem Lake. The French Quarter is known for its tree-lined wide boulevards and narrow alleyways. The air is scented with ginger and chili that blends with the aroma of fresh baguettes. The day is at your leisure to stroll through the historic streets that date back a millennium or enjoy the strong and flavorful Vietnamese coffee at KOTO, a lovely café that offers underprivileged children the chance to learn the restaurant trade.
Day 5: Hanoi Half Day City Tour
Pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the center of monumental Ba Dinh Square, where the embalmed body of Vietnam communist leader in the 20th century, Ho Chi Minh, is preserved. Your exploration is followed by a visit to the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house in the garden at the back, as well as the neighboring diminutive One Pillar Pagoda – a symbol of Hanoi. A little further southwest is the tranquil Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam, inviting quiet contemplation. You have until noon to explore West Lake, 15km in circumference, covering a sizable part of Hanoi and offering colorful Vietnamese life filters with aesthetic temples scattered here and there such as Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple, fishermen casting their fish rods and nets, as well as Western-oriented cafes and bars.
Return the Old Quarter right at the heart of Hanoi and take a rickshaw ride to admire its signature tree-lined boulevards, saffron yellow French colonial villas and civic architecture landmarks. You will also pass by Hoan Kiem Lake, framed by winsome flame trees, along the way. At the end of the day, enjoy an authentic Water Puppet Show, the proudest and most intricate traditional folk art of the country.
Day 5: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Overnight on cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – Accommodation: on cruise
The boat sets sail to cruise into the Bay. Acquaint yourself with the facilities onboard. A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices is served in the restaurant. Savour your first hours in Halong Bay on the sun deck by simply letting your eyes wander around the grandiose vista of barren terrain looming out of the emerald waters.
As you arrive at the area of Cua Van floating fishing village, embark on a caving experience to Tien Ong Cave before heading to a floating fishing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave, with evidence of human civilization that dates back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just 5 meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1000 square meters. Our guide will take you on a loop through the cave and explain about its historical findings, as well as its particularities.
The voyage continues to a fishing village. On a small bamboo boat rowed by local people, we will move around the calm sea of this secluded area and gain an insight into the village life.
After returning to the boat we sail to the overnight mooring area Luom Bo. During this time, Halong Bay reveals its most magnificent beauty – we call it the “blue hour”. Rewind on the sun deck with a drink of your choice and let the moment sink in. During the sailing time, our Chef will demonstrate the preparation of typical Vietnamese dishes. Feel free to join and make one on your own.
Dinner is served in the restaurant in either à la carte or buffet style. Afterwards, the night is yours to kick-back and abundantly enjoy the unique moment amidst the surreal seascape of Halong. A presentation in our dining area with more interesting facts and insights on Halong Bay is also offered after dinner. We wish you a good night in Halong Bay where once upon a time Dragons played with sparkling jewels.
Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Hue
Meals: Brunch – Accommodation: Hotel in hotel
For early risers (~6.30 o’clock), tea, coffee, and pastries are available at the restaurant area. A Tai Chi class is offered on the sundeck again to ease your mind and muscles.
The boat continues to sail to Titop Island. We set off to this little landmass by tender. Prepare yourself for a refreshing morning swim on a sandy beach beneath towering rock formations. If you prefer to be more active, climb up to the top of Titop Island, which affords stunning views over Halong Bay. The 400 stone steps to the summit takes about 20 minutes, requiring minimal fitness expertise and proper footwear. There is also a viewing platform about half-way up with great panoramic views.
Back on board (around 8:45 o’clock), you may like to shower and freshen up. Now it is time to enjoy the last sailing time as you cruise back to the harbor. A full breakfast is served in the dining room. Relax on the sun deck or dine in the restaurant while savoring the last cruise moments of this iconic site before heading back on shore.
Our crew Checkout as the ship arrives at the harbor by noon and drive back to Hanoi for flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 7: Hue
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Today, our guide will take you to Minh Mang Tomb, located around 12 km to the south of Hue City center. Embark on a scenic boat trip on a Royal Dragon Boat to the historic seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda dating back to the 17th century serenely perched on Ha Khe Hill, overlooking the shimmering waves of the Perfume River dreamily winding its way through the ancient capital. The picturesque combination of the Perfume River and Thien Mu Pagoda has been immortalized in poetry and silk paintings for centuries.
Take in the poetic cityscape of Hue and let the hidden charm of Hue, manifested itself in the Imperial Citadel and the famed Forbidden City, transports you to a Vietnam of yore. The lively Dong Ba Market provides rich pickings for shoppers so you might want to consider doing some shopping before the day ends.
Day 8: Hue – Danang – Hoi An
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
Leave the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Hue for Hoi An. You will travel via the Hai Van pass before arriving in Hoi An Ancient Town. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200- year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour, there will be free time to shop or relax. Stay overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang
Meals: Breakfast/Accommodation: The Nam Hai (Four Season)
In the morning, you will get transferred to Bana Hill, take a Cable Car ride to Ba Na Hill Station. Make a stop at By Night Station to visit Vong Nguyet Hills, Linh Ung Pagoda, and the old villas of the French. Continue moving up on a cable car to Nui Chua Mountain – the top of the Ba Na Mountain Range, to visit Nghinh Phong Peak, Le Nim Villas, Orchid Garden, etc.
You will also experience riding on a hill climbing train (the first and unique funicular in Vietnam) and visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), as well as the flower garden Le Jardin D’amour. You will have a chance to visit Golden Bridge – Hand Bridge, which was newly opened in Jun 2018 and is already considered the highlight of this area.
Day 10 – Day 14: Hoi An – The Nam Hai
Situated on one of the Forbes ‘best beaches in the word’, the Four Seasons Nam Hai, Hoi An is the ultimate luxury destination for your honeymoon in Vietnam. If you’re picturing infinity pools, 24-hour in-villa dining, and coastlines dotted with coconut trees, you have found the right place. This luxury beach resort has a wide selection of contemporary villas, ranging from one to five bedrooms. Each has been carefully positioned to enjoy the spectacular scenery and views. All villas have outdoor garden showers, and some have raised sleeping platforms, private gardens and pools. All have direct access to the beautiful beach. After a dip in the incredible 3-tier infinity pool, you may want to relax in the spa and health club, which offers a gym, sauna, steam room, and outdoor tennis court.
If you’re feeling a little more active, you may also want to explore the extensive range of outdoor sports available. For the foodies amongst us, you may want to explore the amazing cooking academy for the opportunity to taste local food and learn about traditional cooking techniques. You can also learn to cook your evening meal through the academy. You can dine in any of the exceptional, world-class restaurants at the Four Seasons Nam Hai, ranging from contemporary Vietnamese, to Western-Asian Fusion you will be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for something more relaxed you can try the beach bar, or for something extra special why not book a private dinner for two. The incredible Four Seasons Nam Hai, will provide the perfect setting for your honeymoon in Vietnam. With so much to see and do, you can do as much or as little as you wish – it’s the perfect place to suit your honeymoon style.
Day 15: Hoi An Departure
Meals: Breakfast – Accommodation: N/A
After breakfast at the hotel, you are free until on time the guide will accompany you to the airport to catch your scheduled flight. Your Vietnam honeymoon ends here. Bon voyage!
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