I am off to Vietnam (on my honeymoon). It is somewhere I have always wanted to go.
I am pretty experienced in travelling in Asia, but my groom...not so experienced, indact this is his firdt trip out of Australia (and what a way to start hey!).
Any way we are based in HoiAn and were trying to get away from the 'Honeymooners' and tourists and get stuck into the local stuff.
I am a market eater and nothing phases me...so bring it on.
Any advice will be really appreciated. Also any tips on local etiquite, I like to do things the local way.
Dear Bearbarker, you are an experienced traveller so you can be your groom's best guide. This is some information you may know already. Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century, and was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Hoi An's houses are much affected by Chiniese style. I recommend you to visit the ancient town, the romantic Thu Bon River, Cua Dai Beach, and Cham Islands.
About weather, the best time to visit Hoi An is between May and June. It's in summer.
Hope this help and wish you a happy trip with your darling!
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]
It is going to be a bit difficult to get away from the masses that travel the 'open tour' route. One option you may want to consider is to rent off road motorbikes and go down through the Central Highlands. This is only if you have ridden motorcycles before. There are guides that will take you from DaLat to Buon Me Thuot up to Pleiku. I don't know if you can find ones that will go from Hoi An south to DaLat. Check with the travel shops once in Hoi An.
Another option would be to take local buses on the way down to Nha Trang. There are many places to stop/see that the open tour goes right by. Qui Nhon, Song Cau, Tuy Hoa. There are several nice beaches north of NT. Dai Lanh, Doc Let, Jungle Beach. This maybe a viable option for a honeymoon couple that wants off the beaten track. Good Luck with your adventure.
I've read that DaLat is where the Vietnamese like to go for their honeymoons so it should be full of newly married locals, it might be advisable to bring warm clothing though as its up in a mountainous region & therefore gets cold at night.