Hanoi, the cultural capital of Vietnam, is the nation’s heart & soul. The city human settlements on the bank of the Red River that date back to the 3rd century BC provide a rustic aura to the ancient city. But the erstwhile French colony also has a romantic touch that ensures that there is no dearth of romantic things to do in Hanoi.
The city’s romantic charm can be witnessed in its boulevards, gardens, lakes, and more. And here’s a list of the best things to do in Hanoi city for those looking for a romantic vacation.
Romantic Cruise Tours In Hanoi For Couples
1. Head for a 2D/1N cruise trip in Halong Bay from Hanoi
Taking a 2-day cruise in the Halong Bay is one of the most romantic things to do in Hanoi. The day-night cruise takes the couples through the limestone islands in the emerald-green waters of the UNESCO-listed world heritage site of Halong Bay. The Sung Sot Cave in the bay is the most stunning attraction of the bay.
What’s romantic: Enjoy beautiful views of sunset & sunrise from the cruise, take kayak tours to the Vung Vieng floating village, and spend a night on the cruise
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2. Sail past the incredible islands in Halong Bay Marina for 12 hours flat
Jungle blanketed islands? Check. Limestone karsts? Check. Unique grottos? Check. All this and a lot more; all within a single day! Yes, the one-day Halong Bay Marina Cruise facilitates all of this. And so, sailing in the Halong Bay is one of the best things to do in Hanoi for the honeymooners.
What’s romantic: Swim in clear waters, explore caves & grottos, and relax on the sun deck of a traditional junk boat
3. Experience the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay from both sky and sea
If somebody tells you that you can witness the beauty of Hanoi & Halong Bay from both sky and sea, you might accept it after giving it a thought. But would you believe that you can witness the same in a single tour? No, right? Hanoi offers such an experience.
Seaplane journey: A 45-minutes’ flight in Cessna Grand Caravan seaplane from Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi to Tuan Chau Marina port in Halong Bay
Cruise: Luxury cruise along Halong Bay
What’s romantic: Visit the beautiful Paradise Caves, enjoy the beauty from both air & sea, explore the bay in kayaks, and enjoy the thrill of water landing on the coast at Tuan Chau Marina
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4. Dine in one of the romantic restaurants in Hanoi
A honeymoon in Hanoi would be incomplete without some romantic dinners with your beloved. Dining in the best restaurants is next on our list of the most romantic things to do in Hanoi. The gourmet Vietnamese cuisine, in addition to a wide range of international cuisines, can be experienced in the most romantic way possible with the intimate dining facilities at these restaurants.
5. Watch the setting sun from an artificial island as you enjoy your drinks at the Sunset Bar
In case you’re planning to escape the noise & drama of Hanoi, a romantic evening at the Sunset Bar in InterContinental Hanoi West Lake is your answer. Wondering what makes enjoying drinks here as one of most romantic things to do in Hanoi? Well, for starters, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the sun setting into the West Lake. Moreover, the bar is constructed on a man-made island on the waters of the lake and is accessible by a torch-lit bridge; providing that romantic aura that you seek. And yes, you can stay on after the sunset to relax under the starry Vietnam sky.
6. Jazz it up at the Binh Minh’s Jazz Club
Love jazz? Oh you’ll love it for sure after you have visited the Binh Minh’s Jazz Club. Owned by the veteran Vietnamese jazz artiste Quyen Van Minh, the jazz club is known for its minimal decor, cosy seating, efficient service, extensive food-and-beverages menu, and live performances by jazz artists.
Other things to do in Hanoi at night: Spend a night of culture at a live opera performance at Hanoi Opera House or attend a show of the ancient art of water puppetry at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Other Romantic Things To Do In Hanoi
7. Bicycle through the countryside or take romantic walks in Hanoi
The urban scene in Hanoi is truly splendid. But when it comes to the countryside, Hanoi isn’t far behind. Couples can go hiking at the Ba Vi National Park or take bicycle tours of the ancient village of Duong Lam. With houses dating back several centuries, temples, pagodas, and tombs, the village is a wonderful place to discover love.
And that’s not it! There are several other free things to do in Hanoi for couples. They can go on a romantic walk on the historic cantilever bridge over the Red River, along Hoan Kiem & Sword lakes, in gardens, & everywhere else.
8. Get up early and go to West Lake to enjoy the slight wind, sunrise, and beautiful lotuses
Talking of lakes and gardens, another name that must not be missed in the list is the West Lake. Now, we have already mentioned about the Sunset Bar here. But watching a sunrise and taking a Duck Boat ride here are other romantic things to do in Hanoi city.
9. Take a tour of the romantic tourist attractions in Hanoi
The ancient Vietnamese culture is well-preserved in the tourist attractions of Hanoi city. From temples & citadels to unique theatres & wilderness, the city has it all. And taking a sightseeing tour of these beautiful attractions is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Hanoi; be it for couples or otherwise.
Romantic places to visit in Hanoi: Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Perfume Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple in Hoan Kiem Lake, and Temple of Literature
For a romantic experience: Cover the Hanoi attractions while taking a ride in a cyclo
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10. Go for a couple spa after a long day of exploring Hanoi
And once you have explored the city, you can head back to inhouse spa of the hotel or head to some stand-alone spa centers across the town. Taking a couple spa can be both relaxing & romantic. The Vietnamese spa therapies are very popular and must not be missed.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning a honeymoon in Hanoi now!
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