Most Romantic Ideas for an Enchanting Honeymoon In Southeast Asia

07 Jun, 2024 | Travel Blog

Plan the ultimate honeymoon in S.E. Asia with our list of romantic and fun honeymoon destinations and attractions.

If you have set your sights on Southeast Asia as your honeymoon destination, you have made an excellent choice. Fun, romantic attractions abound throughout Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos. Let’s explore where you can make lifelong memories with your beloved as you celebrate your union.

1. Wake up in an Elephant sanctuary in Chiang Rai, Thailand (Anantara Golden Triangle Camp)

Whisk your sweetheart away to Chiang Rai, Thailand, for an unforgettable honeymoon experience unlike any other. Wake up surrounded by jungle, and meet the rescued elephants of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp. Embark on a romantic adventure with your new spouse, following these gentle giants into the lush wilderness with their mahouts. Witness them graze, frolic, and connect with each other in their natural habitat.

The most heartwarming part is that just by staying at the resort, you and your partner will be supporting the rescue and care of these loveable creatures. If you have the budget for it, you can even sponsor an individual elephant together. What better way could you celebrate and strengthen your married bond? 

While the elephants are the highlight of a stay at Anantara, you can also look forward to comfortable accommodations, delicious food, a relaxing spa, and more, all at a luxurious and sustainable resort like no other. 

2. Discover the beautiful marine life in Koh Samui - one of the most private beaches in Thailand

Ready for an underwater kiss with the colorful background of coral reef, fish, beautiful aquatic creatures? This magical moment awaits you and your loved one in Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island. Here you can discover some of the most secluded beaches in the country.

Head to Samrong Beach and Thongson Bay on the northern coast, Thongtakian (Silver Beach) on the eastern coast, or the sheltered cove of Laem Yai on the northwestern tip of the island. You’ll be able to find a stretch of white sand that you’ll have all to yourselves.

But try not to spend the entire time lounging around on the beach, however tempting that might be. Make some time to don your snorkeling or scuba diving gear to explore the incredible world that awaits you under the waves surrounding Koh Samui island. Underwater at this honeymoon destination, you will find yourself surrounded by colorful coral reefs, fish, and other aquatic critters.

Some spectacular snorkeling spots to explore with your love include Coral Cove, Choeng Mon, and the previously mentioned Silver Beach. 

3. Go on a frenzied tuk-tuk ride and unlock Bangkok’s food map

Bangkok beckons with a symphony of flavors, a paradise for adventurous palates like yours and your sweetheart's. Embark on a culinary adventure through bustling markets aboard a charming tuk-tuk, savoring delectable bites together. Some street foods to sample with your beloved include pad see ew, som tam, pad krapao moo khai dao, jok and others. Each bite will be a delicious memory you create together.

Bonus activity: Sign up for a cooking class to learn how to make some of these tasty recipes.  Return home with the skills to recreate them together, a taste of Bangkok to rekindle the magic of your honeymoon whenever you desire.

4. Spend at least one night on a luxury cruise in Ha Long Bay

Set sail on a honeymoon voyage to the famous Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, where emerald waters cradle dramatic limestone pillars. No doubt, you have seen its distinctive limestone formations featured before in films, including Kong: Skull Island, Pan, Indochine, The Vertical Ray of the Sun, and others.

(Photo: Ginger Cruise)

A luxury cruise can take you and your sweetheart to points of interest such as floating villages, mysterious caves, and secluded beaches, all while offering picturesque views of the rock formations. While on your cruise, you’ll be able to sleep in a comfortable onboard suite, getting some moments where it is just you and your love, and and you’ll have your choice of delicious foods. Some cruises also offer free kayaking.

5. Go on a cocktail date in the Old Quarter in Hanoi

Back on land, pay a visit to the famous Old Quarter in Hanoi where you can find a dense concentration of fantastic cocktail bars such as Breeznees 1920s, Ne Boong-ke, Polite & Co, The Haflington, Ne Cocktail Bar, Spy Bar, Hanoi Blues Bar, and many others. Each bar has its own distinctive atmosphere. For example, Breeznees 1920s is designed to look and feel like a 1920s speakeasy, while Spy Bar is an Irish pub. Any one of these bars is the perfect setting for an intimate evening together.

Make sure you try the world-famous pho cocktail at least once. Invented by Phan Tien Tiep, this beverage contains pho soup spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and star anise, along with gin, triple sec and lime. Sometimes there is a dash of fish sauce or Sriracha sauce as well.

6. Take beautiful couple photos in Hoi An’s Ancient Town

If you enjoy historical adventures, add this honeymoon destination on the north bank of the Thu Bon River to your bucket list. Trade flowed through this port between the 15th and 19th centuries, bringing with it a range of foreign cultural influences, including Chinese, Japanese and European. As a result, its architecture is distinctive. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As you venture among the well-preserved, colorful buildings, you can take romantic photos together. The reflective waters of the river, the beautiful structures, and the warm glow of lanterns make for gorgeous photos at any time of day or night. 

7. Explore Phu Quoc Island and take the iconic photo at Kiss Bridge

This Vietnamese island is a wonderful place to sunbathe, swim, and explore the Phu Quoc Island National Park. But the most famous destination for couples is the Kiss Bridge. It isn’t a bridge in the traditional sense; it is actually a sculpture that captures the essence of romantic love. The two halves of the bridge almost touch, but not quite, like two lovers going in for a kiss. They are just 12 inches apart. 

Consider hiring a photographer. You can go to one side of the “bridge,” while your newly-wedded spouse goes to the other. Then you can lean across and kiss each other, while the photographer snaps the perfect shot of this timeless moment. 

8. Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the Mekong River in Laos

Savor the magic of Southeast Asia's dry season on your honeymoon with a Mekong River cruise. The dry season spans the months of November through April. As one of the world’s largest rivers, the Mekong’s majesty is a wonder unto itself. But the breathtaking scenery along its banks will steal your breath away.

The most romantic months for a Mekong River dinner cruise are December through February. You will be able to watch the sun setting over spectacular blooms of flowers lining the banks while you dine on delicious local cuisine. This honeymoon experience will etch itself forever in your memory, a perfect blend of nature’s beauty and exquisite flavors.

9. Get blessed by a Buddhist monk in Cambodia

For a spiritually uplifting experience with your love, visit one of Cambodia’s many wats and have one of the Buddhist monks there bless you both.

Anyone can ask for a blessing, but blessings often mark special occasions. Your honeymoon certainly qualifies. The ceremony is simple and brief, but soothing, involving chanting and the burning of incense, a blessing of your union for a happy and prosperous future. It is a mindful, meditative experience that will become one of your most special memories of your honeymoon in Southeast Asia.

10. Have breakfast in Ubud with a breathtaking rice terrace view

Ubud in Indonesia calls to couples on their honeymoons with its vivid green rice terraces, which just beg to be photographed. After you take a stroll arm-in-arm to enjoy the scenery and snap some shots, settle down for a romantic meal for two at any of the area’s renowned cafes. There are even some eateries that are situated right next to the rice fields, so you can delight in the views while you eat. 

Perhaps the most well-known café for breakfast in this region is Watercress. Here you can enjoy scrumptious foods prepared from locally-sourced ingredients. Start the day with a croissant, some chorizo, toasted sprouts, French toast, or any number of other countless culinary delights. 

11. Climb Mount Batur for a thrilling adventure

If you want to add an adventurous expedition to your list of honeymoon destinations, plan a climb up the stunning Mount Batur in Bali. To stay safe, make sure to book a tour with an experienced guide. For the most dramatic lighting and views, choose a sunrise trek. 

Our honeymoon clients are watching sunrise from Mount Batur

The climb lasts around two hours. That may not sound like a lot, but remember, you are going uphill the whole way. So, you will need to be in pretty good shape. The toil is worth it though, as you and your beloved will soon be watching a new day dawn above the sea. Reaching this summit together to enjoy its rewards will remind you of what you are capable of as you embark on life’s adventures as a married couple.  

12. Go on a cruise to explore the beauty of untouched islands in Indonesia

Indonesia consists entirely of islands. But what surprises many people is just how many there are: 17,508 in total. That is why Indonesia is a paradise for island hoppers. As you would guess, many of those 17,508 islands are uninhabited or relatively uninhabited. By embarking on a romantic odyssey among these secluded jewels, you can discover hidden gems with your love.

The easiest and most comfortable way to explore Indonesia’s more remote and unspoiled islands is to take an island-hopping cruise. You will be able to voyage in sumptuous comfort with your new spouse to islands like Rinca, Moyo and Padar, marveling at lush green foliage, sandy shores, volcanic peaks, and sometimes even komodo dragons.

Celebrate Your Honeymoon in Southeast Asia

If you are ready to plan the perfect honeymoon in S.E. Asia, contact Exotic Voyages. We will design a personalized tour that will help you and your love to start creating beautiful memories, celebrating the start of your journey together.

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