Vietnam, a destination that has become a surprise favourite of many a grown-up traveler, is proving to be just as accommodating towards not-so-grown-up travelers. From cooking classes and cyclo rides in historic Hue, to water puppet shows and agricultural outings in Hanoi, to cave explorations and kayaking in Halong Bay—Vietnam presents a unique style of family travel that's chockfull of possibilities and memorable adventures.
Vietnam may sound like the antithesis of a honeymoon destination, but the country that once was the subject of war movies has a surprisingly rich and romantic story to tell travelers. With numerous atmospheric corners to explore, a world-famous cuisine and fascinating heritage, Vietnam holds all the elements for an unforgettably exotic honeymoon.
Vietnam's spas have had a big year so far in 2013. Two were listed among the world's top five spas by Travel + Leisure. One of the same was ranked among Asia's top 10 spa resorts by voters a worldwide online poll. For a country that used to be known for gruesome conflict, the path to spa sanctuary has been especially interesting.
For year hotels and resorts around the world have steered guests toward reputable tour operators and travel desks, whose job it is to present the destination's historic charms, to laud the local architecture and divert the inquisitive guest.
Every time we sit down to a cold drink on a hotel terrace in Asia, the ghosts of Graham Greene and the old European colonials come calling. We know a dozen great places in Asia where you can sit down to a fine citron presse.