I never believe this journey will be the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam. That’s why I slept in the flight. Until then I woke up from my sleep when the friendly voice of the pilot informing me the plane will reach Nha Trang. I immediately straightened my seat and take a glance at the window. My eyes widened and I then smile.
The scenery below is truly beautiful! It is like a photo in a travel magazine! My eyes are spoiled by the green landscape of the long coastline that looks beautiful. White beach collides with soothing blue water. This touristic destination obviously will be the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam. Nha Trang is listed on the most beautiful bays in the world!
Nha Trang is a beach resort city in southern Vietnam famous for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands. The main beach is a long and curved stretch along Tran Phu Street which is supported by pedestrian areas, hotels and seafood restaurants. The journey from the airport, which is located outside the city to the hotel where I stayed, was not a boring thirty minutes trip. Along the way I enjoyed the beautiful hills and the long coastal line. Remind me, this is only my first day, but I’m sure this place will become my recommendation for best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam.
Is it true Nha Trang is the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam ? Of course, you who can judge that ! But when I read reviews in online travel magazine, clearly, this city is very famous for tourists or travelers from China, Russia and South Korea. That’s why many restaurants and shops written information in Vietnamese, Chinese and Russian. Most of them came with family (children, mother, father, grandfather and grandmother) others came for honeymoon, toured in large groups (1 bus, mostly from China) or small group of teenagers. The beauty of this beach resort is confirmed by international events, such as 2008 Miss Universe and 2010 Miss Earth.
What can be done in this most beautiful bay in this world?
Since I arrived at lunch time, and I eat nothing at my flight, I begin my trip by trying fresh seafood at local restaurant. Nha Trang also famous for its fisheries and farming. I choose grilled eggplant, shrimp and spinach. Nha Trang Seafood further convince me this beach resort are the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam. They never fail to indulge your tummy.
After check in at Premier Havana Hotel, in the afternoon I enjoy the beach along Tran Phu Street. This long white sandy beach is the famous icon of Nha Trang. The contrasting scenery of skyscraper hotel buildings nearby beach, the white sands accompanied by the sound of waves and strong winds, make this street famous for tourists. Vietnamese and its government keep the street clean makes this street very cozy for pedestrians.
For your information, at dry season (not rainy season) the highest temperature in Nha Trang is around 27 degrees Celsius. In afternoon the weather is cooler and very windy. I suggest to bring spring jacket. There are many famous and five stars hotels along the coast. Nof far from beach there are many Seafood restaurants that serves dishes from fresh fishes on display in an aquarium or bucket. You can also find traditional restaurants that serves traditional Vietnamese menus, souvenir shops, bakery and coffee shops, and reflexology outlets. I do not try reflexology, because our tour guide informed me Nha Trang is famous for its mudbath spa, and she guaranteed I will enjoy the spa in the place I would visit on the third day.
Tonight for dinner I indulge myself by traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Galangal Restaurant. If your visit this restaurant near Citadine Hotel at 7:00 p.m., you should wait patiently for the queue. At the front of the restaurant there is a kitchen with glass walls that deliberately shows how traditional Vietnamese menus are cooked. From the book menu, visitors can also know spices, especially what spices are used by Vietnamese people to cook their delicious dishes. Tonight I tried Pho Beef, and Vietnamese specialties made from rice flour and shrimp and Ginger tea as my drinks. What is the unique of this ginger tea? They serve tea and preserved ginger. You do not put the ginger inside the tea, but chewing it while you sipping your tea.
After enjoying my dinner, while trying to make my full stomach flat again, I took a leisurely walking at the pedestrian lane along the beach.
The hotel where I stayed, Premier Havana Hotel, has tunnel which directly connecting to the beach. So it helps visitors to enjoy the beach early in the morning. I wake up before 6 am and I rush to the beach to see sun rise. After 5 minutes walk, I reach the beach and immediately took a lounge chair provided by the hotel waiting for the sunrise. It’s not a perfect sunrise moment as in Bali. I can not see the sun’s silhouette perfectly. Because here in Nha Trang sun rises from the hills or islands across the beach. But still enjoyed a beautiful tranquil morning, only feel the cool breeze, the waves and the laughter of children playing sand dunes.
Is this near to your expectation of the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam ? This second day my Tour Guide advises me to visit several city’s icons that are part of this city’s history. First I visit the Long Son Pagoda. The pagoda which is located at the foothills was built in 1886. This Pagoda and Buddhist monk school buildings was damaged during the Vietnam War, and was restored again in 1971. On the top of the hill there are a reclining Buddha Statue and a giant white Buddha statue. At this area, you can see Nha Trang panorama from a height. This building is still used by monks and Buddhists to worship.
After visiting the Long Son Pagoda, our tour guide brings us to Po Nagar Tower. Before reaching this temple, we passed a bridge over Cai river with a view of small boats painted blue and given eyes. My tour guide explained that it was the trust of the local people so that their boat was safe. Po Nagar is a place of worship of Champa people who are Hindus. This worship complex was built earlier than the Long Son Pagoda, which is in 781. Po Nagar means the motherland. To enter the temples visitors must dress modestly. But no need to worried. If you wear shorts or skirt above knees, they lend special clothes for free (including ticket prices). We are entertained by traditional Champa dances which in my opinion are somewhat similar to traditional dances from a region in my country, Indonesia. From the top of Po Nagar I could see the Cai river while I am sipping fresh small coconut directly from its shell.
After visiting Po Nagar, our tour guide let us visiting local traditional market, Dam Market. The market not far from the river. In this market we can buy various sweets (including the ginger I ate last night), Lotus flower seeds, cashews, fish and seafood dried with spicy chili spices, bags from Campa tribal woven fabrics, and others.
After buying some souvenirs from Dam Market, my stomach sends alarm. Our tour guide then take us to Mama Moo Restaurant. This restaurant is indeed famous for steak and lumpia (Vietnamese traditional cuisine), so I order it. This restaurant offer fusion menu, western and vietnamese. Just to remind for Asian people, I guess because there are many Russian tourists, or perhaps Vietnamese people eat a lot, most portions in Nha Trang restaurants are quite large for us Asian people. This afternoon I tried Pho beef, shrimp spring rolls and grilled squid. Yummy! Although it takes time to finish my lunch, but I was satisfied! Oh yeah, don’t forget to order a mango juice. Nha Trang is not only famous for its fisheries, but also famous for its fresh fruit. The juice served in Nha Trang is mostly concentrated and fresh.
Have you ever enjoying romantic dinner at rooftop restaurants in your city? Nha Trang has well-known rooftop restaurant and bar namely Skylight Havana. You can visit at the 45th floor of the Premier Havana Hotel. To go to the Rooftop Bar, you must buy a ticket. Ticket prices include free drinks. Up to the top, I could only catch my breath. It is a fabulous view of Nha Trang city, especially Tran Phu street scenery from the height of 45th level! The flickering lights of motorcycles and cars, sunsets, foam waves at the beach and skyscrapers were like beautiful photos on postcards. This is one of the best ways to enjoy time without doing anything. If you just married or had wedding anniversary, seems enjoying romantic dinner at Skylight can make Nha Trang as the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam !
After enjoying the evening at the Skylight Havana Restaurant, I decided to explore the night market on Tran Phu Street. Lanterns glitter welcoming Chinese New Year along the road, making the atmosphere here resemble the Jonker Walk in Melaka.
As our Tour Guide said to me at the first day, today we are going to go for relaxation at a very famous spa in Nha Trang. Have you ever had experience soaking your body in warm mud water? If not, you should try mudbath, and I bet you will memorize Nha Trang as the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam ! There are several mud bath resorts, but our tour guide recommend Mudbath I resort.
This resort is located not far from Premier Havana Hotel, but is located in hill area. It is only taken 20 minutes by car/ bus from beach. Soaking your body in warm mineral mud is good for health. Because the mud is a natural mud formed from geological changes. Mineral mud comes from plants such as trees, flowers, grass buried or from the ground and includes organic, inorganic, carbon-containing substances and easily absorbs water. At this resort there is a public spa and a closed VIP spa. For your honeymoon, I suggest please take VIP package so you can enjoy with your lovely spouse with privacy.
The series of spa treatments at I Resort is starting from soaking your body in warm muddy water, then of course you should clean it at shower, then swimming in a Jacuzzi of warm geothermal water with a whirl, pampering your body in warm mineral water and herbs consisting of ginger, turmeric and lemongrass, body massage for 45 minutes and enjoying your lunch. After finishing the spa treatments, you will be amazed when you touch your smooth skin.
What are the benefits of a Spa with warm mineral mud water?
- Relieves aches and pains of muscles and joints. Inner heat from mud and geothermal water has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties.
- Perfect relaxation, because the mixture of mud and geothermal water removes stress from the body.
- Detoxification of the body. Geothermal water, a mixture of mineral sludge and spices remove toxins and impurities from the body.
- Softens the skin. Volcanic ash exfoliates dead skin.
- Heat from geothermal water and Jacuzzi jets strengthen your circulation.
- Balancing the body’s pH level. Complex minerals from Calistoga geothermal water are incorporated into the body of Sahabat Eksplorer, helping to balance the body’s natural pH.
- Massage will be more effective, because mud and mineral baths will prepare the muscles
After the skin becomes smoother and the muscles are more relaxed, at night I join a group to enjoy cruise trips named “Emperor Cruises”. At 5 pm we have been picked up at hotel, and the car take us to the port. The cruise sailed to several small islands in Nha Trang Bay. According to the schedule we should enjoy European-style dinners at Vinpearl Island. VinPearl is an amusement park such as Disneyland. Unfortunately because the waves and wind are quite big, we only have dinner in the cruise. A day before joining this tour, the manager of Emperor Cruises had informed the menu of snacks and dinner and asked what is our preference. For Muslim or vegetarian friends, you can tell the menu choices before the trip.
That’s the story of my trip in Nha Trang, the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam. Why do I call it best? Because in my opinion this is the right package, not only you can play on white sand beaches, enjoy the best traditional Vietnamese cuisine and seafood, take a cruise tour, but also you and lovely one can relax at the Spa Resort trying to bathe mud with geothermal water. This trip is suitable not only for newly wed but also to you who wants to celebrate your Wedding Anniversary holiday with your beloved one.
For other honeymoon destinations, you can try Bali Honeymoon package if you have your holiday in Indonesia. Before you leave Vietnam, do not forget to try Vietnamese coffee while in Nha Trang!