You’ve just had the alternative wedding of the century so why would you want to plan a standard honeymoon to typical destination. Even if your wedding wasn’t especially alternative, you might like to try somewhere a little off the beaten track.
So Vietnam might not be totally ‘off-beat’ but it is a somewhat controversial choice as a honeymoon destination. Neighbouring Thailand is a more popular destination with its islands and stunning beaches. I mean, it must be a popular destination for newly weds – I keep hearing the phrase ‘Thai Bride’!!
If you fly into the northern city of Hanoi you’ll be absolutely amazed by all of the traffic, bikes buzzing past and horns constantly beeping. Expect to be wowed but don’t expect to be relaxed. For relaxation you need to head off to the gorgeous Ha Long Bay. Spending a couple of nights cruising the waters of this UNESCO World Heritage Site you will feel a unique sense of tranquillity and delight.
Travelling around to see as many sights as you can might be an attractive idea when planning your honeymoon but don’t forget that after the excitement of your wedding you will be in the mood for a rest. The perfect place to stop off for a while is the ancient town of Hoi An. This is a town that is as quaint as it is lively, with a heap of bars, restaurants and night markets. This town close the roads to motorised vehicles at night, allowing you to wander around with a relaxed holiday vibe. For an extra special treat make sure you’re in town for the lantern festival which is when Hoi An turns off the electricity and eliminate the streets with hundreds of brightly coloured lanterns.
Hoi An is the town that’s famous for its tailoring, so you can get yourself a made to measure suit, dress or whatever you fancy. And if you are looking for a little beach time and relaxation, book yourself into one of the fabulous beachside hotels that are a short shuttle into town. A couple of Off To Wed favourites are the Nam Hai and the Victoria.