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Why Honeymoon in Vietnam?

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Natasha of Holidays For Couples

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Here at Holidays for Couples mag, we pride ourselves on knowing what makes honeymoon spots a must-visit (and trust us, we visit our favourite places just to know them inside out for you!). Vietnam is a personal favourite of ours for a romantic getaway of any sort, but we especially love it as a honeymoon locale – after all, with its vast stretches of calm water, expansive canopies of vibrant green, and locals with the sunniest dispositions in the world, there’s absolutely nothing to put a dampener on your romantic days. With all the awe-inspiring scenery you can dream of, it’s the perfect place for a tranquil break after the big day. Natural and man-made highlights combine to create a honeymoon spot that will have you swooning at every turn and cherishing every moment with your sweetheart.

So read on to discover some of the things to do in Vietnam…

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Ho Chi Minh City | Image: Dreamstime

Visit Ho Chi Minh City

A visit to one of Vietnam’s most famous and bustling cities is just teeming with romantic opportunities! In Ho Chi Minh City, there’s a intoxicating blend of ancient and modern that’ll make your honeymoon utterly memorable. Skyscrapers graze the clouds in a show of Vietnam’s finest technological achievements, while lower to the ground, rickshaws and street stalls jostle for space.

The city’s more historic districts are always a great place to start for some old-world romance – with grand colonial architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens, they’re the perfect spot for a romantic afternoon picnic or stroll with your sweetheart.

After a cultural adventure? Head to the museums. Reunification Palace will be an utterly eye-opening experience for couples, as you’ll learn about the Vietnam War’s sombre history. Ho Chi Minh Museum, dedicated to the the late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, is also worth a visit.

To create some extra fun memories together (and possibly some photo-ops!), visit the street food stalls and try some of the most exotic food you can get your hands on. And this isn’t just for the foodies!

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Hanoi Opera House | Image: Dreamstime

Visit Hanoi

As Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi is a haven for honeymooners. Its beautiful and calm atmosphere makes it the ideal stop on your romantic getaway, while the sheer abundance of luxury resorts and accommodation offer you some utterly gorgeous places to call home during your stay!

First up, it’s time to unwind. As many of the 5-star hotels around Hanoi offer indulgent spa packages for couples to enjoy, your accommodation no doubt has some tricks to help ease the stress of your wedding planning experience.

Now you’re all relaxed, you need to head to Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Beautiful old colonial buildings, Buddhist temples, pagodas… spending the day strolling around this district will be a day that’s truly full of beauty thanks to the gorgeous little spots peppered throughout. And shopping is in abundance – check out the beautiful jewellery and silk on offer. If shopping isn’t quite your thing, don’t despair – art galleries, cafés and restaurants are in ample supply, so you’ll certainly find something to fill in your day!

After wandering the day away, it’s time for a romantic night at the opera. The Hanoi Opera House was originally built by the French in the early 1900s and is a neo-classical marvel. Even if opera isn’t your thing, we recommend making the trip just to check out how grand the place is. Though, naturally, the opera is world-class. You can catch classical performances of myriad origins and enjoy the opulent surrounds.

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Visit Halong Bay

Craving a romantic cruise? Well, you best take a trip to Halong Bay. Breathtaking limestone islands and rock formations emerge from emerald waters, making for a truly ethereal experience. The natural environment here is simply superb, and has to be experienced at least once on your honeymoon or Vietnamese getaway!

Stow away on a sailboat tour and lose yourself in the landscape’s beauty as you wind between stunning rocks, explore caves and spend some much-needed time on beaches.

Make sure you visit Sung Sot Cave – it’s one of the most impressive underground wonders you’ll set eyes on in this area! Marvel at the limestone stalactites and stalagmites and dip your toes into cool rock pools. You’ll then have to stretch out on the shores of Titop Beach and let the heady combination of sun, sand and surf take you away from all of life’s problems.

Whether you choose a day trip or a multi-day cruise, you can definitely spend many days in this region (and we seriously recommend tweaking your itinerary to do so!). Search around for your perfect trip and get a great deal from a bunch of different tour and cruise providers in this region.

No matter if you visit Vietnam as the sole destination on your romantic getaway, or if you stop off while visiting its neighbouring countries, it’s certainly obvious why travellers across the globe adore this country so much! With all the potential Vietnam has for romance and making memories to cherish forever, why wouldn’t you honeymoon there?

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Ms Gingham says: Another one to check off the list! Great tips for things to do in Vietnam!

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday inspiration? Holidays for Couples is full of romantic ideas for a getaway (or two). Check us out online, or say hello on Facebook!

Love at New Heights – The World’s Top 5 Love Monuments

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Natasha of Holidays For Couples

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With nearly 20 years’ experience, Holidays for Couples magazine has all the qualifications to help you make the most of your honeymoon or romantic getaway for two. And with so many stunning destinations around the world that have been struck by a serious case of the love bug, we thought it was time for us to round up our absolute faves.

Here are five of our top monuments to love around the world – why not pack your bags and head out on a couples’ getaway with your sweetheart to add your love story to these legacies?

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Love Lock Bridge, Paris

Make your way to Paris’ Pont des Arts and you’ll see hundreds of padlocks bolted to the bridge, inscribed with initials and names of couples from around the world.

The tradition is to buy a padlock, write your name and your lover’s name or initials on it, bolt it to the bridge and throw the key into the waters of the River Seine. This will ensure your everlasting love.

There are also ‘lovelocks’ on Pont de l’Archeveche, and the phenomenon has caught on with other bridges around Europe.

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In Philadelphia’s JFK Plaza you’ll find the LOVE Park, famous for its pop art LOVE statue, designed by Robert Indiana.

Be sure to take a picture in front of this bright red monument with your loved one.

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Coral Castle

The mysterious Coral Castle is located in Florida USA, and was single-handedly created with 1,100 tons of coral rock by a man named Edward Leedskalnin. Why? It turns out he did it all for love. Long before Ryan Gosling’s character built his lost love a beautiful home in the film the Notebook, Ed Leedskalnin made this monument to his own lost love, Agnes.

How he managed to build this giant structure alone is still a mystery – but they say love is the greatest miracle of all!

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Taj Mahal

India’s Taj Mahal is in fact one of the world’s most beautiful love monuments. It was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan to remember his late wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, a woman he loved and mourned deeply.

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Chandor Gardens

Located in Texas USA, the Chandor Gardens were created and nurtured by the Chandors, a husband and wife duo. When her husband died in 1953, Ina Chandor renamed and dedicated the gardens to her late husband.

A true labour of love, these expansive and breathtakingly beautiful gardens celebrate what two people in love can create.

So there you have it – destinations aplenty for you to explore on your honeymoon or romantic getaway! Why not visit one of these dreamy destinations with your loved one on a romantic escape? And make sure you take some pretty pictures!

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Ms Gingham says: What beautiful places to visit when in love! Perfect for honeymooners!

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday inspiration? Holidays for Couples is full of romantic ideas for a getaway (or two). Check us out online, or say hello on Facebook!

Bula! – Ten Reasons to Honeymoon in Fiji

by | Honeymoons


Natasha of Holidays For Couples

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Composed of 333 islands in the South Pacific, Fiji boasts gorgeous beaches, coral reefs, and rainforest. If you’re overwhelmed by all that Fiji has to offer, don’t despair! Holidays for Couples has a wealth of experience in helping couples plan romantic getaways and honeymoons, and they’ve gathered 10 reasons to love a honeymoon in Fiji. So, it’s time to discover Fiji’s ‘Bula Spirit’ – the warmth, compassion and genuine friendliness of the Fijian people will make your honeymoon unforgettable. With so many islands and activities, you and your better half can easily choose how you to best celebrate your love.

1. Beaches

No honeymoon’s complete without some time spent horizontal, good book in hand, soaking up some sun on a white sand beach. There’s no shortage of idyllic spots to throw down your towel in Fiji, but the top spots are in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups.

2. Snorkelling and diving

For those who love an underwater adventure, Fiji offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. Kadavu and Taveuni Islands have exceptional diving and you’re likely to spot manta rays, turtles, sea snakes and a wide range of coral fish. If you prefer to experience the reef from above, there are plenty of options. Many resorts rent snorkel gear and in some locations, you can skip the boat and swim right out from the beach.

3. Kayaking

A great way to soak up the sun while getting a bit of exercise and enjoying the incredible scenery, kayaking helps you escape the hustle bustle of island life. If you want to strike out on your own, launch your kayaks from Yasawa or Taveuni Islands to enjoy the peace and quiet of paddling amongst tropical islands and coral reefs. Never kayaked before? Take a guided tour and you will be hooked on paddling.

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4. Fishing

Want to catch your own dinner? Spend a day out on the Pacific trying to hook a blue or black marlin, mahimahi, or albacore. Head back to the resort and let the chef prepare your hard-won feast.

5. Local cuisine

You definitely won’t go hungry in Fiji, where the local fare mainly consists of coconut, sweet potatoes, fish and heaps of fresh fruit. Make sure you try kokoda, the Fijian equivalent of ceviche, comprised of  fresh fish like mahimahi, coconut cream, onions, lemon and lime juice, salt and chillies. Fresh and tangy, this dish delights as an early afternoon snack.

6. Coconuts

Coconuts are nature’s energy powerhouses. Just finished an incredible snorkel or dive session and feeling a little crispy and encrusted with sea salt? Sip on one of these and your thirst will be quenched, and energy instantly restored – totally ready for the next adventure.

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7. Sunsets

Few things are as extraordinary as a Fijian sunset. There’s something truly magical about the sun dipping below the skyline, reflecting a gorgeous spectrum of colours over white sand beaches, palm trees and fishing boats.

8. Rainforests

Get off the beaten path and venture into the lush rainforests of Fiji. The interiors of these islands are teeming with life: exotic birds and flowers abound. A hike into one of Fiji’s parks or forests will undoubtedly provide a remarkable cultural experience, too. Consider taking a guide for more about the country’s history, flora and fauna.

9. Volcanoes

Not only are they a stunning backdrop for all your honeymoon photos, Fiji’s volcanoes are an adventure waiting to happen. Hike a volcano and enjoy the 360 degree view from the top.

10. Waterfalls

Who doesn’t love a waterfall? Fiji’s home to several magnificent waterfalls, all waiting for you to experience their splendour. The gorgeous Tavoro Falls in Taveuni is well worth the hike, and the natural water slide at Lower Bouma Falls will make you and your partner giggle like the newlyweds you are.

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Images courtesy of Tourism Fiji

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday inspiration? Holidays for Couples is full of romantic ideas for a getaway (or two). Check us out online, or say hello on Facebook!

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