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A couple’s guide to Vietnam’s most romantic hideaways

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A couple’s guide to Vietnam’s most romantic hideaways

story by: Anna Sarjeant

Vietnam is the most rewarding country to explore as a duo. Think of all that glorious food you can share, the sunsets (and sunrises) you’ll ​see together, and tandem rides through rice paddies and emerald waters, ​on bikes, kayaks and pedalos. Vietnam is twice as nice when you ​travel together.  


Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Hello Hanoi, you little crowd-pleaser, you. The capital of Vietnam, this city is an artsy mix of good looks and entertainment, with a thriving art scene and plenty of contemporary charm. You’ll find a little nugget of Paris in the French Quarter and bars spilling into narrow streets in the Old Quarter. But nothing eclipses the West Lake; locate corner cafés down its back alleys and drink coffee on the pavement, ride chintzy duck pedalos and stay until the sun goes down; enjoying Vietnamese Bia Hoi beer and an unforgettable sunset. 


Day 2 - 3: Halong Bay
A jewel in Vietnam's already glistening crown, Halong Bay stuns its visitors with an emerald sheet of perfectly still water and gigantic green karsts. Board a wooden junk boat and enjoy a dusk dinner with shimmering limestone giants as your backdrop. Mist-filled mornings are followed by dips into the emerald water and swims to stairways carved into rock. Visit other-worldly caves and sunbathing on the deck, before sailing peacefully back to shore.


Day 4 - 5: Overnight Hoi An
Hoi-An is your immaculately preserved trading port, where silk lanterns adorn the trees and glistening eateries tickle the water. Borrow vintage bikes and navigate the narrow alleyways, stopping at Secret Garden Hoi An; the city’s best kept dining secret and hidden down a lane off Le Loi Street, it’s also the most peaceful sanctuary in Hoi An. Devour freshly baked bánh mi and explore Ho An’s ceramic art scene, you could even try your hand at a potter’s wheel. Demi Moore eat your heart out.


Day 5: Danang
Take a day trip to Danang, it’s just 40 minutes’ drive from Hoi An. Ignore the name and seek out Con Market – mingle with the locals and follow their lead, ordering fresh rice paper rolls and fruit desserts. Surrounded by beaches, order enough provisions for a picnic and spend the afternoon lazing on platinum-white sand. Binh Thanh beach is right in the centre of Danang city, so pack your togs and snooze beneath a thatched parasol. Return to Hoi An come nightfall and depart the following morning.


Day: 6: Depart Hoi An.
A morning in Hoi An at your own leisure, before your afternoon ​flight or on​ward journey.  

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