(Closed) Honeymoon in VIETNAM, looking for advice

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

How long do you have?

ho cho ming is not overly exciting. 

I would do Hoi Anne for good energy and you can get the best bespoke tailored ANYTHING made there. Danang supposedly is great for beach. 

 

I loved Nha Trang. You can go on a fun boat island day trip which is awesome and there is a mud spa place called Thap Ba hot springs that is simply divine. Sooo luXurious!

 

also try to To to the north to Hannoi so that you can do a 2 night boat trip in Halong Bay which is fantastic and beautiful and so worth doing. 

Hope that helps!

 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Be very, very careful how you book tours, if you go that route. The IP law in Vietnam is basically non-existant, so that means that dummy companies/hotels/restaurants of the same name/same icon etc pop up as soon as something is successful to try and take business away. The cabs by and large have rigged meters. Make sure you know about how much it should cost (ask at your hotel) and make sure you know where you are/where you are going. There are some good iphone apps that let you track your whereabouts without data usage on local vietnam maps.

Don’t let this scare you, though! It’s a wonderful country with spectacular food and beautiful scenery! My Darling Husband and I backpacked through Asia for almost 8 months last year, and loved Vietnam. The Lonely Planet forums online were an invaluable resource – I really recommend that you check them out!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was just there in May! Hanoi is, in my opinion, so much more charming than HCMC. I actually liked everywhere we went for different reasons, so it depends on what you’re looking for, but I think for a honeymoon spot, I’d definitely spend time in Hanoi and maybe a couple of days in Halong Bay.

I also really loved Nha Trang, a cute little beach town closer to HCMC.

 

If you have any specific questions let me know, I might be able to help =)

One thing I’ll say though, is that I much prefered small hotels and hostels to large expensive chain hotels. We stayed at the Parkroyal Saigon and it was expensive and awful. The cheap little hole in the wall places were so charming and the staff was super friendly.

 

ETA: and on the issues mentioned above – I read every horror story I could find on the internet before we went and I think it was helpful, just because I knew what to be aware of. And we didn’t run into any problems. The only problem I had was with my bank – they wouldn’t let me take any money out of an ATM! I spent $150 on the phone with them trying to get it resolved and they refused to let me have any of my money, despite calling ahead to let them know we’d be in Vietnam. They said it was too risky of a country. ugh.

 

ETA again: I agree with the above poster – Thap Ba hot springs is fantastic!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Halong Bay is supposed to be AMAZING!  

I am so jealous!  I spent a month in Thailand and Laos a few years ago, but didn’t have time to get to Vietnam.  I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews though.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I second Hoi An! I loved it; I remembered buying lots of pretty lanterns.  And, Hue was beautiful, too.  The food was delicious!  I remembered the food in Hue the most.  My family and I didn’t do much in Ho Chi Minh/Saigon since our family was there so we just hung out around the house. 

Vinh Ha Long/Ha Long Bay is breathtaking so if you’re into nature and want to see some caves, I’d definitely go. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That  sounds perfect phoebophoebo

 

makr sure you do the 2 night Halong bay cruise. Everyone I know (including myself ) regretted only doing 1 night. It is worth doing 2. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@phoebephoebo:  Sounds perfect! 

March is good weather.  It is usually dry.  The summers are monsoon season.  //  I’m glad you picked March to go since Tet/New Year starts Feb. 9-12.  My dad always go back around that time to visit family. 

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