Feel the Love at these Romantic Getaways

activities - Saigon/HCMC: Jan. 24, 2016

Everyone looks for that perfect romantic setting for Valentine’s Day. Many prefer to stay in. However, what if you fancy getting out of the smog and clogged up streets of Saigon and heading off on a romantic getaway somewhere? Where are those places that say “I love you”, better than the rest? I took a look at some of the great romantic spots around Ho Chi Minh City.

Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien District, Lam Dong Province
+84 6 1366 9228 | cattien_nationalpark@yahoo.com

If your loved one loves nature they’ll love Cat Tien National Park. Just 150km north of Ho Chi Minh City it is 720 square kilometres of mainly lowland tropical forestry. It was expanded in 1998 upon the discovery of Vietnamese Javan Rhinos, in order to give them protected breeding grounds. In addition to these animals, Asian elephants, sun bears and the huge gaur can still be found in the wild. An excellent place to stay is the Ta Lai Longhouse, an ecolodge and retreat that is one of the most restful places imaginable. How romantic is getting at one with nature in an idyllic setting?

Bassac Cruises

144 Hai Ba Trung, Tan An, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho
+84 292 382 9540 | bassac@transmekong.com

The Bassac River is a distributary of both the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers. This delightful river flows through the wonderful scenery that forms the Mekong Delta. Any way of viewing this amazing natural Vietnam attraction is worthwhile; seeing it in a superb Bassac Cruise Boat is exceptional. The company has three traditional built wooden cruise ships. This is a 5 star floating hotel in which to watch some of the world’s most amazing scenery as it slips by your cabin window.

An Lam Saigon River

21/4 Trung Street, Vinh Phu, Thuan An, Binh Duong
+84 650 378 5555 | rsvn.sr@anlam.com

This superb retreat is a real romantic getaway in every sense of the word. An Lam Saigon River is a totally enrapturing lifestyle boutique hotel. It is situated just outside the Ho Chi Minh City borders, but feels a million miles away. There are nineteen luxurious villas set in delightful tropical gardens. Loving couples get to stay in gorgeous, expertly-designed venues, with facilities situated right by the tranquil Saigon River. It’s easy to lose yourself in this truly one-of-a-kind escape.

Ho Tram

Huoc Thuan, Xuyen Moc, Ba Ria Vung Tau
+84 6 4378 8888 | info@thegrandhotram.com

Ho Tram Strip Resort Casino Vietnam is to be found about 80km to the east of Ho Chi Minh City. This modern 5 star resort has everything and more that you could ask for. The rooms are of superb quality, there is a top class casino for those who want to live the high life, and ten F&B outlets offering delicious and diverse cuisine. Great beaches and poolside areas offer the perfect chill out space and if golf is your thing, The Bluffs 18 hole championship golf course is one of the best in Vietnam.

So there you have it, just a few terrific places to which you can whisk your loved one this coming Valentine's Day weekend. There are many more in this fascinating country, but I think that you will be far from disappointed with any of these great locations.

How to Get There:

Cat Tien National Park is situated 155km to the northeast of HCMC. The bus from HCMC to Dalat goes past the park on the highway and will drop you off. From here motorbike taxis wait to take passengers to the entrance.

Bassac Cruises begin their journey from Can Tho. Buses run daily from HCMC and the journey takes about two and a half hours to Can Tho.

An Lam Saigon River is a getaway without getting away. It is only 13km from downtown HCMC and a relatively easy taxi journey.

Ho Tram Strip Resort Casino Vietnam have their own free bus running from their D1 office on Nguyen Van Thu. The 45 seat coach runs three times per day in each direction.