Best 5 destinations for your romantic getaway in Vietnam and Cambodia

The spectacular landscapes, pristine beaches, colorful culture, and colonial architecture make Vietnam and Cambodia the romantic getaway for worldwide couples. A honeymoon tour to Vietnam and Cambodia beguiles you in all ways, from the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the colorful nightlife, from the sparkling bays to the private dinner on a luxury cruise. 

Not convinced yet? The following guide will get you covered with the list of the most fascinating activities you shouldn’t miss and hep you sure about whether or not to pick Vietnam and Cambodia for your romantic holidays. 

1. Embark on a luxury cruise to Halong 

Featuring more than 1600 limestone karst islands and islet jutting over the emerald water, Halong Bay was recognized one of the Seven New Wonders of the World in 2007 and was honored to be one of the 10 most impressive coastal lines in the planet in 2014 by US publication Huffington Post. Amidst the beautiful nature of Halong Bay, every moment can create romance. 

The water itself is gorgeous, but a romantic luxury cruise tour to Halong Bay kicks your experience up a notch with visits to the local pearl farms and floating markets, a discovery to the mysterious caves, the crystal-water swim, and an itinerary deep into the bay for kayaking and rock climbing. When embarking on a luxury cruise like Emperor Cruises, you and your lovers also can admire the most amazing sunset that you’ll ever set eyes on, enjoy a romantic dinner on sundeck with an instrumental band playing the songs you love, experience the royal life of Bao Dai King – the last empire of Vietnam and his beautiful wife – the Queen Nam Phuong, and join the private Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony. And why not trying Titanic’s “I’m flying” scene under the sparkling night sky.

Special Notes: 

Best time to travel: March, April, from September to December 

Must-try food: Squid Sausage, Horseshoe crab, Ngan, Gat Gu Cake 

Cruise: Emperor Cruises, Heritage Cruises

2. Watching flower lanterns in Hoi An’s River.

It’s not easy at all to find anywhere in Southeast Asia which is as peaceful, colorful, and easy-going as Hoi An – the hundreds-year town in Central Vietnam. For centuries, Hoi An has remained the same, lying on the banks of the Thu Bon River, with its colorful French colonial buildings and peaceful pace of life. A honeymoon trip to Hoi An is an ideal choice for those couples who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

Hoian offers you so many things! You will wake to the sound of the bells from the trishaws on the street, stroll around to realize this city is romantic and quiet at every turn, try dozens of special local cuisines, and follow the river and go bicycle to Cua Dai Beach to enjoy the sun and the wind. 

Once in Hoian, don’t miss the chance to drop the flower lantern on the river. When the moon hits the sky, all of the fluorescent lights are turned off and endless flower lanterns of many colors, shapes, and sizes are lit up. You and your lover can sit on a small coffee shop to watch colorful lanterns floating across the river or take a sampan ride and place them by yourself and wish for a happy life together. 

Special Notes: 

Best time to travel: All year 

Must-try food: Banh Mi Xiu Mai – Vietnamese Banh Mi with meatball soup, Noodle soup, Beef Rice Noodle Soup, Banh uot long ga – Wet rice cakes with boiled chicken, Grilled Rice Paper with egg

3. Stroll around Dalat – The City Of Love 

Located in Langbian Plateau, 1500 meters from the sea, Dalat has the cool weather all-year-around. Being home to endless gorgeous flowers, lush pine forest and the mysterious look under the morning mist, Dalat is widely comprised as the City Of Love. 

Wake up early and ride a motorbike to the top of the hill to hunt the sunrise and enjoy the panoramic view of the entire city still sleeping in the frog. You can spend your day time doing some sweet activities such as walking hand-in-hand to discover the heavenly beautiful lake, stop in a small coffee shop to take a sip of Cau Dat Coffee – the most excellent Arabica Coffee in Vietnam while watching the slow pace of the local lives. Don’t forget to visit some of the famous tourist attractions in Dalat including Xuan Huong Lake, Valley of Love, Tuyen Lam Lake, Dalat Cathedral, and Dreamy Hill.  

Special Notes: 

Best time to travel: March to August

Must-try food: Cao Lau, Vietnamese Banh Mi, Chicken Rice, Vietnamese Special Dumpling, Hoanh Thanh – Vietnamese Wonton

4. Discover the wild beauty of Nam Du Island 

Located in the Southeast of Phu Quoc Island, Nam Du Island is praised as the most beautiful islands in Kien Giang Province. Mother Nature favors Nam Du Island with charming landscapes of pristine beauty, bright blue sky, soft white sand, and golden sunshine. The unspoiled and spectacular beauty of the cluster, standing with a steady posture between the waves makes Nam Du Island the perfect place for those couples who want to temporarily leave the busy life behind and find a peaceful space by the sea. 

When being near the shore of the main island, you know that you will not want to waste any minute. Don’t miss the chance of walking along the wharf in the quiet island while the mid-afternoon sun blazes, immersing yourself in the jade green, clear water, and gazing at coral to watch peculiar fish both big and small. The calm waves blended in, and you enjoy the cheering feeling of being free between the vast ocean and blue sky. 

Nam Du Island is also famous for fresh, delicious ocean sea-food, so a BBQ on the beach under the sparkling night sky will make your honeymoon trip memorable for a lifetime.

Special Notes: 

Best time to travel: November to March

Must-try food: Sour fish soup, dried fish simmered with pepper sausage, iced tamarind drink, steamed squid with ginger 

5. Romantic Escape to Koh Rong Island, Cambodia 

If you choose Cambodia as the next destination for your honeymoon trip, put Koh Rong Island on the top of your list. Being the second-largest island in Cambodia, Koh Rong possesses the incredible white sand beach bordering the azure seas, the wonderful sunrise, and the wild jungle terrace dotted with coconut palms. No crowds, no hustle, no bustle, just you and your lover with an invitation from nature to kick off your shoes and rediscover the beautiful life. 

Koh Rong Island offers you a wide range of fantastic activities including admiring the mesmerizing sunset on the beach, go diving and snorkeling to watch the amazingly beautiful coral reefs, swim though the incredible bioluminescent plankton. If you love something more adventurous, let’s try windsurfing, jet skiing, jungle walking, or joining a fishing trip with the locals. 

Special Notes: 

Best time to travel: from Mid November to May

Must-try food: Kdam Chaa – Fried Crab, Cambodia Stir-Fried Beef, Ang Dtray – Meuk, Fish Amok,  Bai Sach Chrouk

About the Writer 
Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Vy, a Vietnamese wanderlust who always look for new destinations to discover and stories to tell. While traveling is every bit beautiful, it’s also challenging and brings me a great opportunity of digging deep into my soul and finding my inner peace. Traveling helps me to connect with myself, with other people, with the places and the space they occupy. My writing aim is not only to inform the readers, but also to inspire them to be slower to judge and quicker to pack their bags and book a flight to cross the world. If you share the same interest with me, please get in touch!
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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