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    Paras and I are married for an year, we were contemplating on different options for our anniversary trip, we both are travel freaks and believe in exploring the place locally.

    A trip to Vietnam and Cambodia was on our list for quite some time. We decided to explore this option for our 16 day long anniversary trip (phew, it was longer than our Honeymoon trip).

    While we were exploring the travel & stay options for our trip, we stumbled upon TravelTriangle and figured it was much easier and economical to plan our trip with them, we planned the trip our way with all the convenience and ease of a travel agent.

    We customized our 15 nights-16 days tour package with the help of Anna from Indochina Charming Travels, one of the vendors with TravelTriangle.

    Duration: 15 Nights 16 Days
    Trip Type: Historically romantic
    Cost: INR 151961
    Inclusions: Flights, Transfers (including airport and sightseeing), Hotels, Breakfast, and Sightseeing
    Exclusions: Activities not part of the package

    Without writing much, we’ll let our itinerary & images do the talking.

    Day 1: Hanoi & the charming night market

    Neha and her husband on their flight to Vietnam
    Neha and Paras sightseeing in Hanoi
    Paras at the market in vietnam
    Beauty of Hanoi in dark

    We arrived at Hanoi airport around 11am. A private car was ready to pick us up and transfer us to our hotel in Hanoi, Old Quarter. We spent the evening watching the traditional water puppet show and with a stroll at the night market. The traditional market is organised only during the weekends and the whole town comes alive during this time.

    Enjoying water puppet show at night
    An amazing view of water puppet show
    Beauty of the Hanoi city at night

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    Day 2: Soaking in the city charm

    A great view of one pillar pagoda
    Spending happy time in city attractions
    Having delicious local food at restaurant
    A lovely visit to temple of literature

    This day was our city tour in Hanoi, we visited Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father Ho Chi Minh, one pillar pagoda, Temple of literature and we sampled the amazing Vietnamese cuisine at the a local restaurant in old quarter. The same evening we boarded a train to visit the Sapa Valley, where we were upgraded to a two bed private cabin :)

    Feeling top of the world on free up-gradation of cabin
    Enjoying Sapa Valley journey in luxurious cabin
    Cute baby turtles
    Train to Sa Pa Valley
    Luxurious cabin in train to Sa Pa valley

    Day 3: Trek to Sapa Valley

    A mesmerizing view of Sa Pa Valley
    Quality time in Sapa Valley
    Beautiful view of Sa Pa Valley
    Natural beauty of Sa Pa Valley
    On the way to Sa Pa Valley

    Suggested Read: 10 Exhilarating Things To Do In Vietnam For An Awe-Inspiring Vacation

    Sa Pa is a town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwestern Vietnam. A popular trekking base, it overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, and is near Phang Xi Pang peak, which is climbable via a steep, multiday guided walk. We were guided by a local tour guide for our 12 km long & beautiful trek to Lao Chai & Ta Van Village. We stayed with a local tribal family overnight.

    Trek to Sapa Valley
    Having delicious local food in Sa Pa Valley
    Enjoying local food
    A local tribal family

    Further Read: 20 Stunning Places To Visit In Vietnam

    Day 4: Trek back to Sapa & train to Hanoi

    Trek back to Sa Pa Valley
    A visit to Sin Chai village
    On the way to Fansipan Mountain

    We trekked back to Sapa visiting the Sin Chai village, it is the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain which is called the roof of Vietnam and Indochina.

    Lovely trekking in mountains
    Beautiful view of Sin Chai village

    Day 5-6: Cruising along the Halong Bay

    Cruising along the Halong Bay
    An amazing view from cruise
    Finding peace in a cruise
    A peaceful journey in Halong Bay

    And it was another lucky day for us, our guide informed us that we have been upgraded to a 4 star cruise for our Halong Bay excursion. (we were super excited with all the upgrades we were getting in this trip)

    Enjoying free time in cruise
    It's selfie time
    A visit to caves

    Towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay is spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s must visit destination.

    Beautiful caves on our way
    An amazing sea food at the cruise
    Scenic caves in Halong Bay
    mouth watering sea food

    We had amazing seafood at the cruise and also got a chance to attend a Vietnamese cooking class. The tour also includes a visit to surprise caves- biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay.

    Day 7-8: The lantern festival

    Beautiful lantern festival

    Let the darkness go with these lanterns

    Magical melange of flickering candles
    Stunning view of lights in the dark

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    We took a flight from Hanoi to Danang and reached Hoi An, (the most beautiful town in Vietnam). We arrived right on the day of Lantern festival. It is an age-old tradition that sees the entire old town shut off electricity, close the traffic and transform into a magical melange of flickering candles, multi-coloured lanterns and lively gatherings.

    It's a beautiful night life in Hoi An
    Exploring the town on bicycles
    Cycling on road
    Happily roaming on roads in Vietnam
    let's have a hunger break

    The next day was spent exploring the town on bicycles, we cycled around the Tra Que vegetable and visited a small craft store where we learned to make lanterns.

    Tempting food in Hoi An
    Learning crafts in free time

    Day 9: Visit to the paradise caves!

    A visit to Paradise caves
    Beautiful caves in Hue
    Mesmerizing caves view
    Simply visit to Paradise
    Looking amazing in every capture

    We took a evening night flight to Hue for our next day tour to Paradise Caves. Surrounded by forested karst peaks, this remarkable cave system extends for 31.4Km though it’s only possible to visit the first kilometre. The scale is breathtaking, as wooden staircases descend into a cathedral-like space with colossal stalagmites and glimmering stalactites.

    Breathtaking caves
    Giant caves leave you amazed
    Wonderful caves surrounded by forested karst peaks
    Tired at the end of the day

    Day 10-11: Ho chi Minh and city life

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    Last day in Vietnam

    Local attire of Vietnam

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    This was our last city in Vietnam, where we planned to explore Mekong Delta & Cu chi Tunnels.

    The Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. We took a boat ride to explore the region and also sampled various local delicacies of the area.

    Next day was spent in exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels, they are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War. We also got a chance to fire Ak 47 & other military rifles at the tunnels.

    Hunger time

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    Day 12: Siem Reap & Temples of Angkor

    Beautiful Angkor Wat
    An ancient temple
    Old yet amazing

    Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnufor the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century.

    Scenic beauty of the temple
    Picture perfect place
    must visit place in Vietnam

    After a tiring day spent exploring the temples, we pampered ourselves to a foot massage at our hotel.

    Day 13: Visit to the floating village

     Visit to the floating village
    Kampong Phluk village
    Floating village Vietnam

    Kampong Phluk is a commune and village in Siem Reap Province in northern-central Cambodia. It is a village built on stilts on the Tonle Sap.

    Kampong Phluk
    crabs
    A view of floating village

    During the dry season when the lake is low, the buildings in the villages seem to soar atop their 6-meter stilts exposed by the lack of water.

    Night view in Vietnam
    Night view of street in Vietnam
    Beautiful night in Vietnam street

    The evening was spent at the pub street exploring Cambodian cuisine & local flavours. The whole town comes alive on the streets, there are live street performances, music, amazing food, Pit is deal for a night out of bar-hopping with like-minded travellers as its numerous bars are easily accessible on foot while unique cocktails and beers cost only US$1 (or less) during happy hour.

    Tasty sea food in Vietnam

    Day 14-15: Swimming in the Kulen Mountain & exploring the surrounding areas

    Swimming in the Kulen Mountain
    Beauty of Kulen Mountain
    Kulen Mountain visit

    Phnom Kulen, is a mountain range in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. It is is located 30 km northwards from Angkor Wat. Its name means “mountain of the lychees”.There is a sacred hilltop site on top of the range.

    Natural beauty of Kulen Mountain in Vietnam
    Mesmerizing view in Kulen Mountain
    perfect sea food in Kulen Mountain visit

    Further Read: 15 Exciting Things To Do In Cambodia For A Truly Refreshing Retreat

    Phnom Kulen is considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, of special religious significance to Hindus and Buddhists who come to the mountain in pilgrimage.
    We spent the day swimming in the waterfall, we arrived back at our hotel around afternoon, since the day was quite relaxed we decided to visit the local circus performance.

    A visit to the local circus performance
    circus performance

    Phare circus shows are unlike any in the world: dance, theater, original live music and breathtaking circus arts are used to tell uniquely Cambodian stories, both traditional and modern. It had amazing vibe & energy and was an excellent way to end our memorable trip to the two beautiful countries.

    breathtaking circus arts
    An excellent way to end memorable trip

    Reading our travel account, I am sure by now, you know how much my husband and I love to travel. It is one of those fantastic experiences in life where we both can discover the world through our own romantic point of view and create memories of a lifetime! And this trip is a testimony to that.

    Vietnam and Cambodia showed us a glimpse of the amazing life and times of the past along with their magnificent culture that still keeps them shining.

    Everything that we witnessed was further made better with each other’s company and in the end, spending our anniversary exploring the marvels of these countries was the best decision we ever took.

    High Points:

    • The traditional night market
    • Trek to Sapa Valley
    • Cruising along the Halong Bay
    • The lantern festival
    • Paradise Caves
    • Cu Chi Tunnels
    • Siem Reap & Temples of Angkor
    • Swimming in the Kulen Mountain & exploring the surrounding

    Tips for travelers: Vietnam and Cambodia both offer an out of the world romantic historical experience. Stories of the past that you will find out here are best experienced either solo or with your partner  – so go on and explore their hidden gems and embark on a romantic adventure!

    You too can witness a romantic adventure escapade like they did! Simply book a Vietnam and Cambodia package here and let us do the planning!

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