If there’s one person at Rickshaw who knows her In Style from her Standard accommodation it’s Asia specialist, Emma. Queen of seeking out a romantic spot in any destination she visits, Emma shares with us the best honeymoon destinations and experiences with a twist. Imagine wooden bungalows on whitewashed sands, sunset boat rides along the Mekong and stylish restaurants serving authentic cuisine…
1. Mix romance with new experiences
“My first real taste of travelling was when I made my first backpacking trip 16 years ago taking in the Indo-loop of South East Asia staying in simple wooden huts and making my money stretch as far as possible, it was then I fell in love with the beauty of Asia.
I return year after year for 2–3 week holidays but now I’m the kind of traveller who likes to stay in more comfortable surrounding while not losing out on the experience, so the mix of In-Style accommodation and Rickshaw meaningful travel suits me to a tee! If you are looking for a honeymoon with a difference or a trip with some added romance then look no further than Vietnam and Cambodia.
2. Sail beneath the stars in Vietnam
Beautiful and diverse, this long skinny country is best explored from North to South if you fancy ending your honeymoon on a beautiful beach (oh go on then!).
The city of Hanoi is a myriad of winding streets full of bohemian street cafes. A gateway to North Vietnam, from here you can take a trek to Sapa or cycle around the rice paddies of Ninh Binh. Most people have heard of Halong Bay, however I’d advise to skip the crowds and visit it’s more peaceful neighbour, Bai Tu Long Bay, upgrading to our In-Style Junk Boat where you’ll sail between limestone cliffs through turquoise waters and enjoy a three-course dinner under twinkling stars.
3. Discover the lantern-lit grandeur of Hoi An
Hoi An is by far my favourite place in Vietnam, it is atmospheric and beautiful, with lanterns hanging from crumbling shop houses and tiny restaurants lining the river. Hoi An town has a stretch of quiet beach 15 mins away which is easily reached by cycling through the lush green rice paddies or by taxi. We also offer upgraded accommodation along the beach where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the area with your partner.
Tip: Visit Nu Eatery, Hoi An Town – tucked in a quiet alley this small restaurant serves modern Vietnamese tapas that is simply delicious.
4. Beautiful beaches – without the crowds
If you’re looking for a romantic stylish getaway midway through your trip, you can request our secret In-Style hotel near Nha Trang. Alternatively if you like to snorkel & dive why not try the small Palm Island off the coastline, it’s a real slice of laid-back paradise with just a handful of cosy beach bungalows and a bar/restaurant that looks over the crystal clear sea.
Tip: For a stylish evening with plenty of character head to Nha Trang Sailing Club – where you can watch the sunset with a jam jar cocktail whilst listening to live music.
5. Castaway in chilled out Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc is the furthest island South, relatively undeveloped with a lush green rainforest in the interior and lots of lovely in-style resorts. The pace here is slow so the best thing to do is simply relax, take in the clear waters and collapse on a comfy lounger with a fresh coconut in hand!
Tip: Try a couples massage at Siem Reap’s Seeing Hands massage who employ blind masseurs.
Tip: Try a mango margarita on Viva restaurant’s balcony overlooking the open market in Siem Reap.
7. Culture & cocktails in Cambodia
The history of Cambodia is staggering but by visiting first hand you will be inspired by the gentle spirit of the locals and how the country has recovered. This beautiful country has plenty to offer from crumbling temples to bustling cities, local villages and mountains, the mighty Mekong river and not forgetting the beautiful beaches in the South. It’s the perfect destination for a laid back, cultural honeymoon.
8. Indulge your sense of adventure
I’d suggest you spend your first week in Cambodia soaking up the culture and getting active in and around the cities of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Visit the epic ruins of Angkor Wat at sunrise, or perhaps stay with a local family on a stilted lake house for a true taste of Cambodian life. There’s plenty to do, and many memories for you to create with your loved one.
9. Paradise islands… without the crowds
After an adventurous start the latter part of your honeymoon should surely be spent hitting the islands off the Cambodia South Coast. The island of Ko Rong Samloem is stunning – think off the beaten track, rustic stylish beach huts steps away from the clear turquoise waters and quiet evenings by flickering candlelight.
Tip: Head to Saracen Bay restaurant in Ko Rong Samloem for the best Khmer Curry looking over the bay and the friendliest staff to match.”
Why not combine Vietnam and Cambodia for an epic South east Asia honeymoon? Sailing along the Mekong River is a great way to travel between the countries, taking part in local river life as your drift along. Chat to our Travel Specialists for more information.
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