VIETNAM – In addition to Hanoi, Ha Giang, and Da Lat, other destinations such as Lan Ha Bay and Phu Quoc are among the places that captivate travelers during the autumn season, according to Booking.
Booking, the hotel booking application based in the Netherlands, has today announced a list of the most romantic autumn destinations in Vietnam. These destinations were selected based on reader surveys conducted on the website, insights from Booking’s travel experts, and criteria such as scenery, weather, and accessibility by public transportation.
In the cool autumn, Hanoi is infused with the delightful scents emanating from milk flower trees, flower vendors’ bicycles carrying blooms throughout the streets, and delicious dishes made from fresh green rice flakes (com).
During the autumn season, milk flowers bloom white along Phan Dinh Phung Street, Quan Thanh Street, Quang Trung Street, and the shores of West Lake. Take a stroll through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, explore its winding alleyways, find a quaint café or a street food stall, savor some com with a few sweet rice donuts, all while enjoying the autumn breeze.
Recommended accommodation: Located just a 2-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, May De Ville Luxury Hotel & Spa is a modern and cozy hotel. It’s also close to famous attractions like Ngoc Son Temple, the Opera House, and St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Lan Ha Bay
Ranking second on the list is Lan Ha Bay, located to the south of Cat Ba Island in Hai Phong, one of the world’s most beautiful bays as recognized by the World’s Most Beautiful Bays Club in 2020. What sets Lan Ha Bay apart from Ha Long Bay is the lush greenery covering most of its islands.
For those seeking the natural splendor of Ha Long Bay but with fewer crowds or for those who have already visited Ha Long and are looking for a new experience, Lan Ha Bay is the ideal choice, according to Booking.
Recommended accommodation: Lan Ha Floating House on Cat Ba Island offers sea-view bungalows with gardens, a bar, and a private beach. This accommodation is also close to famous attractions such as Monkey Island and Ben Beo Harbor.
In autumn, the Dong Van Plateau is blanketed in fields of white and pink buckwheat flowers. Many travelers opt for a motorbike journey to Ha Giang to fully immerse themselves in the unique beauty that only appears towards the end of the year in this region.
For the locals, buckwheat is an essential crop, typically planted after the summer rice harvest. During the autumn journey, travelers not only get to admire the vibrant flowers but also have the opportunity to taste buckwheat wine and snacks made from buckwheat.
Recommended destination: Panhou Retreat in Hoang Su Phi is a resort with bungalows by a small lake and a garden. Travelers can sign up for trekking tours with local guides, attend cooking classes, experience herbal baths, and enjoy relaxing massages.
Da Lat is a suitable destination for travel at any time of the year. In autumn, the city is adorned with yellow wildflowers. Upon arriving in Bao Loc, visitors will notice wildflowers adding vibrant colors to the mist-covered hills.
With its cool climate all year round and chilly evenings, Da Lat is an ideal destination for those seeking refuge from the heat.
Recommended accommodation: Da Lat Edensee Lake Resort & Spa, located 10 km from the city center and 30 km from Lien Khuong Airport, offers breathtaking views of Tuyen Lam Lake and a tranquil setting for your stay.
Ranking fifth on the list is Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, famous for its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and ancient fishing villages. October and November are the perfect times to visit Phu Quoc as the island is at its most beautiful during this season.
Travelers can engage in numerous activities, such as swimming in the clear blue waters, cycling to explore the scenery, kayaking, snorkeling to admire coral reefs, visiting pepper gardens, traditional fish sauce production facilities, and pearl farms.
Recommended accommodation: Situated right on the beach, Ocean Bay Phu Quoc Resort & Spa is a 5-star lodging option near popular attractions like Ong Lang Beach and Sung Hung Pagoda.
Booking conducted the survey from August to the end of September, targeting individuals planning or deciding on their upcoming trips, with travel plans scheduled for the next 1-2 months.
“This is the time for us to slow down, take leisurely walks, and appreciate the breathtaking natural landscapes before the cold winter sets in,” the booking platform remarked.