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So you’ve decided to tie the knot and spend your life with that one special person who understands your love for travel and adventure. What better way to celebrate than with an exotic trip to Asia to make new memories that’ll last a lifetime?
Asia is the biggest continent on the planet and is incredibly diverse. This means that every Asia honeymoon will be a little bit different. It will give you the flexibility to work with your individual travel style and adventure goals while staying within your budget! Before settling into married life, this is the perfect time to see the world and learn new things about each other and yourself.
So here are some of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in Asia to consider for your first big trip together as a married couple.
The Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, but that certainly doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of things to see and do here. This is a popular tourist destination that is a favorite spot of couples who enjoy scuba diving. Book a floating bungalow surrounded by nature or a honeymoon suite in a luxury resort, depending on your travel style. Most couples visiting the Maldives start their lovers’ journey in the capital city of Male. This is an ideal honeymoon destination for couples willing to splurge, as some of the other Asian destinations on this list are more budget-friendly.
If you’re looking for romance and luxury on your honeymoon, then look no further than Singapore. Top attractions in Singapore include the botanical gardens, the Sungei Buloh wetland, and Marina Bay. Plan to spoil yourselves and go shopping while in Singapore and dine on the delectable foods influenced by Indian, Chinese, and Arab flavors. On this honeymoon, scope out local spas to indulge in a treatment or two with your sweetheart.
The Phi Phi Islands in Thailand provided the backdrop for the movie, The Beach, so watch that before making this trip to tempt your senses. Some of the top areas to spend time in while honeymooning here include the Viking Cave, Palong Bay and Koh Phi Phi Leh. Another great honeymoon island in Thailand is Koh Lipe, which is small, secluded, and gorgeous. Koh Samui is another exotic Thai honeymoon stop that has awesome beer bars that serve local beers at low cost, as well as nightclubs along Chaweng Beach and scuba diving in the crystal clear waters.
Nature-loving couples should seriously consider taking a honeymoon to Borneo because this is the ultimate rainforest destination for wildlife and undeveloped natural lands. You can see wild orangutans on an expedition and explore untouched beaches in the states of Sarawak and Sabah. Sarawak is generally less crowded and costly, while Sabah is a favorite spot among scuba divers and hikers. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is worth a visit to see rare and endangered animals. Flights from Kuala Lumpur are quite reasonable if you’re planning on seeing other places in Malaysia too. Malaysia is also known as a top place to go shopping, so squeeze in some shopping days if you feel so inclined. The Perhentian Islands of Malaysia are also a romantic destination for both young and older couples.
Sapa is a wonderfully intriguing city in Vietnam that’s mountainous and rich with culture. Browse the local markets and take in the scenery of the orchid fields and rice terraces. Vietnam is a great place to experience beaches, Buddhist pagodas, rivers, bustling cities, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cruising in the Mekong Delta and taking a bike trip with the locals can be fun for adventurous couples. Another great honeymoon spot in Vietnam is Phu Quoc, which has a beautiful waterfall that you can hike to and take a refreshing dip to cool off.
Located off the southern coast of India, Sri Lanka is a friendly and fascinating honeymoon destination in Asia that’s both unique and affordable. Summers here tend to be hot and steamy, so plan your trip for the shoulder seasons if possible. There is a long list of unique travel experiences in Sri Lanka to add to your bucket list, and be sure to plan a visit to the charming town of Galle as well.
Eco-friendly couples will enjoy a honeymoon to Cambodia because so many of the hotels and resorts here now pride themselves on sustainability. Sihanoukville is a luxury resort destination that is hip and happening. Plan this honeymoon if you’re not shy about indulging a bit in the finer things of life and love the nightlife and staying out late. Koh Kong in Cambodia is a great trip to take for couples that want to experience the elephants and other wildlife in the Cardamom Mountains and along the coast. Koh Kong is just about 30 minutes from Sihanoukville if you hop on a speedboat.
Bali has been one of the most popular honeymoon destinations of all time and clearly deserves a place on this list. This Indonesian destination has pretty much everything that a honeymooning couple could ask for: relaxing beaches, luxury resorts, and fascinating culture. Make time to see the Tirta Empul temple. Popular and ultra-picturesque beaches to check out are at Legian, Sanur, and South Bali. These beaches are generally quieter and more romantic than the party scene at Kuta beach. If you have more time on your honeymoon and want to explore other parts of Indonesia in a less-crowded environment, head to Lombok Island for romantic days of seeing the waterfalls, volcanoes, and beaches.
The Philippines are often less crowded with honeymooning couples, but a beautiful place to travel to celebrate your love. This is a destination for crystal clear waters and peaceful serenity. Cebu is charmingly beautiful, and couples often enjoy taking a romantic cruise to explore the islands from the water. The Palawan Islands are also one of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines and offer a chance to explore caves, go kayaking, and try snorkeling. Warm, tropical weather makes honeymoon packing a breeze.
One of the most colorful honeymoon destinations you can find is Laos. This place is packed with historic Buddhist shrines and temples that will entice your imagination and teach you both a few things about art, history, and culture. Much of the natural lands here remained untouched and unspoiled. Start your journey at Luang Prabang and then head to Luang Namtha for trekking or Vang Vieng for caving and kayaking.