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Thinking about traveling to Asia for your honeymoon? You’re in good company then. Asia is home to some of the most diverse and beautiful places in the world. There is something for every type of couple. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite destinations, based on the type of honeymoon you’d like to have. So grab your partner, your passport, and start planning your dream honeymoon destination in Asia!
Top Honeymoon Destinations in Asia
For the Adventurous – Ubud, Indonesia
Ubud is just a few hours away from the famous beaches of Bali, but it could not be more different. Nestled in the deep mountainous rainforest of the Indonesian island, Ubud has a diverse range of outdoor activities for the adventurous couple. You can go climb Mt. Batur overnight to see the sunrise, then go white water rafting through the valley in the same day—the only limit will be your stamina. Once you’ve recovered, you can rent a motorbike to explore the rice paddies and waterfalls throughout the island. Ubud is optimized for travelers, so there is a place to stay for every budget, and even the most budget-friendly places often have your own private pool.
For Beachgoers: Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Phu Quoc is frequently named as one of Vietnam’s most beautiful islands so it’s a no brainer for a couple looking to relax on their honeymoon. This island is home to over 20 beaches, so you can spend your days trying out each one to find your favorite. When it gets too hot, you can also dive into the waters and explore its unique marine life offering. Phu Quoc houses nearly 108 species of corals and over 135 different coral reef fish species—see them all while snorkeling. The best place to stay is at Long Beach, where you can watch sunsets every evening at one of its many beach bars.
For Nature Lovers – Borneo
If you love animals and wildlife, then make sure Borneo is at the top of your honeymoon destination list. Borneo is located in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago and is known for its biodiverse rainforest and wildlife, including orangutans and clouded leopards. Borneo is (sadly) one of the few places left to meet an orangutan, or these weird proboscis monkeys. See the wildlife up close while jungle trekking with a guide, or on a night safari—the choice is yours.
For the Romantic – Dalat, Vietnam
Known as the Valley of Love, Dalat is truly made for the romantic couple. Nestled in the Southern Central Highlands of Vietnam, Da Lat is a beautiful town featuring rolling mountains and waterfalls. For that romantic experience, consider riding in a giant swan-shaped paddle boat in Xuan Huong Lake, or walk hand-in-hand through their numerous flower gardens.
For the Foodie Couple – Singapore
Get your appetites ready if you head to Singapore for your honeymoon. Singapore is a diverse city-state that boasts the world’s most Michelin-star meals that are under $5. Yes, you read that right. One of the defining characteristics about Singapore is its multicultural melting pot of Chinese, Malay, and Indian heritages so it’s no wonder their food also spans the gamut. Plan out your days hopping between different Hawker Centers, local food courts found throughout the city where each stall has been perfecting their signature dish for decades. Make sure you don’t miss trying the Singaporean famous chicken and rice, chili crabs, and Chuan Kee’s Boneless Braised Duck. Book your honeymoon trip to Singapore and your stomachs will thank you.
For the History Buffs – Siem Reap, Cambodia
The main draw in Siem Reap is Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These temples date back to the 12th century as devotional centers of a sprawling Khmer Empire. The history behind these temples are awe-inspiring and the architecture is considered a truly remarkable engineering feat. You’ll definitely need at least a few days to explore all 200 hectares of Angkor Wat—it’s the world’s largest single religious monument. Watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat with your loved one will surely make an unforgettable honeymoon trip.
For the Chill Couple – Hokkaido, Japan
If the idea of sinking into a steamy hot bath appeals to you, then you should put Hokkaido at the top of your honeymoon destination list. Hokkaido is famous for its rich hot springs, and has the most number of onsen places in Japan. Check out Jozankei Onsen for an onsen if you want to enjoy beautiful mountainous views while soaking in the outdoor hot springs, or Imagine Hotel Hakodate if you want to see unending blue waters ahead instead. After you are all relaxed out, make sure you take advantage of Hokkaido’s fresh seafood options and try kaisendon, a simple delicacy of rice topped with raw seafood.
Before booking any of these destinations, make sure you check for any current COVID-restrictions or regulations.
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Bio: Jenn is cofounder of East Meets Dress, the first modern cheongsam company for Asian-Americans. Their cheongsams are perfect for those who want to celebrate their Asian heritage on their wedding day. She loves traveling through Asia and honeymooned in Bali.
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