Valentine’s Day is a somewhat new tradition for the Vietnamese. But perhaps, due to Western influence, a lot of Vietnamese locals are now taking part in the celebration. In Vietnam, Valentine’s Day is known as Ngày Tình Nhân or the feast of love. The younger locals would also refer to it as “Ngày Valentine.”
If you happen to be in Vietnam on Valentine’s Day, there are many ways on how you can celebrate this occasion with your special someone. Here are some tips.
1. Book a Romantic Cruise In Halong Bay
Treat your loved one for a romantic cruise at the stunning Halong Bay this Valentine’s Day! You can opt for an overnight cruise or a 2-day cruise! This tour will take you to explore the stunning limestone islands surrounded by emerald green waters. You can partake on various activities during your cruise, such as kayaking and snorkeling. There’s also a sundeck where you can watch beautiful views of sunrise and sunset with your special someone beside you. Delicious meals are served on board and you can enjoy a romantic dinner with your partner with the beautiful views of Halong Bay in the background.
2. Hike the Mountains of Sapa
Located in the northwestern part of the country, the majestic town of Sapa is no doubt, one of the most romantic places to visit in Vietnam. If you and your partner both love adventure, hike the mountains of Sapa and marvel at the scenic rice fields! You can also explore the local villages and learn more about the culture of the ethnic groups that have lived there for centuries. With a cool climate all year round and beautiful landscapes in the background, spending Valentine’s Day in Sapa is a truly memorable one!
3. Go for a Romantic Dinner in Hanoi
There’s nothing that can be more romantic than dining with your loved one at one of the top-notch restaurants in Hanoi! For instance, you can head to the Sunset Bar in Hanoi’s Intercontinental Hotel, which is right by the West Lake. Here, you can indulge in delicious International and Vietnamese specialties with the breathtaking views of the West Lake on the background. After dinner, walk hand in hand towards a floating bar by passing through a beautifully illuminated bridge!
4. Explore the Ancient City of Hoi An
Hoi An is one of the top honeymoon destinations in Vietnam, thanks to its romantic atmosphere. So take your loved one to this romantic town on Valentine’s Day! Explore the beautiful ancient buildings, art galleries, stunning temples, and colonial shop houses as you walk through its charming streets! When evening comes, colorful lanterns illuminate the streets that make the town look even more romantic! Everything in the town reflects old world charm and exploring it with your partner is definitely the best way to celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day.
5. Stay at a Luxurious Resort in Phu Quoc
If you’re planning for a beach getaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Vietnam, head to the island of Phu Quoc and stay at one of the luxurious resorts. With untouched beaches, great restaurants and bars, the island certainly has plenty of things to offer for couples! Some resorts offer honeymoon packages so you better take advantage of these! These packages include free breakfast, dinner, and even a relaxing massage! You can also book for an island hopping tour where you can snorkel with your partner and explore the island’s diverse marine life.
6. Visit the Beautiful City of Da Lat
Known as the “Valley of Love”, Da Lat is another beautiful place in Vietnam that you can visit with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. The city is famous for its flower parks, pine forests, and beautiful lakes. So hold your partner’s hand as you explore the beautiful sights and attractions in this romantic city called “Le Petit Paris” or mini Paris. For a more comfortable way to explore the city, you can rent a motorbike and get lost with your partner as you explore the city. Da Lat is so beautiful that local couples would visit this place to for their prenuptial photo ops!
7. Check out the Lovely Parks
You don’t really need to spend a lot of money to treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day in Vietnam! In big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, there are lots of beautiful parks that are free for you to visit. Exploring these parks with your partner is truly romantic. In Hanoi, for instance, you can go hiking at the Ba Vi National Park. You can also rent a bike and cycle your way towards the ancient village of Duong Lam. With houses and pagodas that date back to several centuries, the place is such a joy to explore, especially if you have your partner beside you!