We recently discovered that Hoi An, in Central Vietnam is a perfect vegan honeymoon destination as it is full of history, culture, adventure and most importantly, opportunities to eat amazing vegan food.
Leisurely romantic bicycle rides through lush rice fields where local people tend to their crops under the
Stroll hand in hand, next to the river in the UNESCO heritage site old town bartering for beautiful clothes and souvenirs?
Take a cooking class together or simply enjoy a day at the beach; Hoi An has something for every
honeymooning vegan couple.
Where To Stay – The Nam Hai
If you want to indulge in some top-class luxury, it is your honeymoon, after all, consider booking a stay at The Nam Hai. We stayed at this gorgeous resort and felt like we were in heaven.
With a perfect sandy beach to stroll along and a warm clear sea to swim in, we didn’t have a care in the world. This is one of those special places where we made memories that will last a lifetime. The staff bent over backward to make sure we had an amazing vegan stay, with sumptuous breakfasts, fresh light lunches and romantic dinners where the vegan food matched the luxurious surroundings – they even had vegan champagne too!
We were truly spoiled and indulged with a lot of vegan luxury (even the spa uses vegan products), all whilst staying in a luxurious villa next to the ocean, surrounded by swaying palm trees and tropical gardens.
Where To Stay – Kiman Hotel
A brand new, family-owned hotel that is perfectly situated, just a couple of kilometers from the old town in one direction and the beach in the other. They made us vegan versions of local Vietnamese dishes that were absolutely delicious.
If the budget won’t stretch then there is plenty of other accommodation options where vegans on honeymoon will feel at home and the Kiman Hotel is one of those options.
They’ll lend you bicycles so you can explore the flat streets or cycle out to the beach, but if you don’t fancy anything too strenuous, you can take one of their cooking classes or just relax by the pool (we spent quite a bit of time doing just this!).
Where To Eat
One of the best things about Vietnam is the amazing food, and thanks to the population of Buddhists who observe vegan days on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar calendar, local vegan restaurants are easy to find.
These little hidden gems are often basic, local restaurants where you can eat delicious vegan food for less than $2 each.
Our favorite of these restaurants in Hoi a was An Nhu Quan Chay where Miss Lien and her family serve authentic Vietnamese dishes, vegan style. Try the locally famous hotpot or her vegan version of ‘Cao Lao’, a noodle salad that is only made in Hoi An.
Hoi An also has a couple of more upmarket vegetarian and vegan restaurants, that cater mainly for the many tourists who visit. We found ourselves going back to indulge in delicious eggplant dishes or stuffed tofu baked in banana leaves at ‘Minh Hien’.
Celebrate in local style with a glass or two of ‘Bia Hoi’ or ‘fresh beer’ which at $0.15 a glass will leave you plenty of spare spending money to splurge on honeymoon treats.
If you fancy a vegan taste of home, it’s easy to get Western food that can be veganized (like pizzas or pasta) or go to Karma Waters, a 100% vegan restaurant, to try one of their homemade burgers.
How To Get There
Hoi An is just 20 minutes from Danang airport, which has direct flights to both Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, but if you are feeling more adventurous, there is a 14-hour overnight train from both cities too which is certainly an experience!
Want To Know More?
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