The most difficult thing with the whole wedding malarky was deciding on our honeymoon. I think we have “been to” New York, Jamaica, all around Europe, Maldives, Seychelles, Bali, Cambodia, and of course – Vietnam. We wanted five things: Go somewhere completely new, eat lovely food, feel the culture, lie on the beach and travel around. Which meant most of the countries above were a no-no…. They ticked most of the boxes but Vietnam ticked all five of them.
Howie, Mumford and myself will drive to Colchester for Christmas and leave just a few days later. Here is our plan so far (which can (will) change).
1st Destination – Hanoi
We fly out of Heathrow early December 27th – arriving in Hanoi after an 13 hour long flight. We are staying here one night, and exploring this amazing capital. The traffic here is a must see, which after all, is hard to miss. Although I am confident driver I will leave my drivers license at home and walk a few metres instead.
2nd Destination – Halong Bay
After staying in Hanoi for one night only we will drive to Halong Bay for a 2 night on a cruise. Our cabin has its own balcony and the view will be nothing but breath taking. This is what a think of when I hear Vietnam and I can not wait to be there in person. Is there anything more beautiful?
3rd destination – Hoi An
It’s time to head south and we are aiming for Hoi An, a city on the coast, in the middle of Vietnam. This city is a world heritage site, with beautiful architecture and canals. During the full moon there are light lanterns floating on the river, which we will miss completely as its nearly new moon whilst we are there. But the city is colourful and vibrant and is a must see, according to our friends who have been all over Vietnam. Hoi An has no airport or train station, but we will somehow manage to get there after flying in to Da Nang.
4th destination – Phu Quoc
We have been talking for hours whether or not to go to Cambodia to see the temples at Angkor, but have eventually decided to give it a miss this time around. That was not an easy decision to make, as they are meant to be spectacular, and everyone has recommended we go, however, it means even more traveling and flying, which we are already doing heaps of. We decided to spend less time at airports and more time on the beach. Cambodia will be there forever, meaning we have to go there another time – what a shame. Out trip ends in Phu Quoc where we will stay for 8 days, hopefully in a bungalow, where chill time is on the menu. I have never heard of this place before we booked it, but it looks like i will get a piece of the Maldives after all, just look how beautiful it is.
I am 100% confident we have chosen the right destination for us. We get to explore city life, travel and relax on the beach – all within the 16 days we are away. A part of me was upset we didn’t go straight after the wedding, but we do have something to look forward to now.