With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the time we tend to think about that perfect honeymoon adventure or romantic getaway with our loved ones whether it be an exhilarating adventure or blissful beach hideaway. We at AsiaTrips have come up with a list of the top 5 destination for couples in Southeast Asia and why you should make them at the top of your couples bucket list.
1. Siem Reap, Cambodia
The mystical and wondrous city of Siem Reap is an amazing place to stay with your loved one. The city is the base to explore the Temples of Angkor, renowned for its awe- inspiring timeless temples with tales of an era long gone which evokes a feeling of inspiration of what civilizations were capable of in the past. The jungle has also come alive and bonded with some of the temples to create a unique and stunning sight like a love story. Watching the sunrise or sunset from the top Angkor Wat is a sight that would melt any heart and while holding the hand of your loved one it will feel twice as special
The city itself holds a unique French colonial charm with beautiful buildings and plenty of character to experience and enjoy, and with it having such a strong French influence you can imagine that there are plenty of delicious French and other international restaurants where you can wine and dine away to your hearts content.
2. Mui Ne, Vietnam
This small southern coastal town in Vietnam has it all – stunning beaches, red and white sand dunes, hot springs, fairy streams, temples, markets and even spas and the best thing about it, is that it is still relatively unknown on the tourist trail so you’ll get to enjoy many of these beautiful attractions all to yourself which makes it feel even more romantic and adventurous. Surf the sand dunes and watch the beautiful sunsets that will simply take your breath away over the rolling red and white sand dunes.
Take advantage of the amazing seafood that Mui Ne is famous for and eat at the many beach side candle – lit restaurants with live music and then dance away with your partner to some of the night life which this amazing little town surprising excels at providing in abundance.
3. Bagan, Myanmar
This is the land that time forgot and so did many of us. Bagan can be ranked among the most romantic destinations not only in Southeast Asia but the world. The Lonely Planet actually voted it the No.1 place in the world to get a ‘Yes’ to a marriage proposal, so guys – take note! Bagan has over 2000 pagodas that dot the plains of the city so it has plenty of history to explore and discover, and what better way to see them all at once than by hot air balloon. The balloon ride is a must do for any couple and is one of the most memorable experiences of your life not to mention romantic experiences, as you watch the sun sparkle on the red plains of Bagan with the glistening of the pagodas and champagne in your hand, no wonder it is the No.1 to get a ‘Yes’ answer to a marriage proposal.
Also take advantage of the amazing luxury cruises that pass by Bagan and really wine and dine in style. If you truly want to experience something amazing then you have to head to Bagan.
4. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
A visit to the Phi Phi Islands is every couple’s dream. Island hopping on desert islands, secluded beaches, snorkelling in crystal clear water with an abundance of beautiful marine life and beach walks. Charter one of the numerous private boats and sail your hearts away round the islands and enjoy stunning views of towering limestone cliffs and explore sun – kissed beaches all to yourself with no one else to bother you. Here you will also find Maya Bay, the secret beach from the Hollywood movie ‘The Beach’ , you can even arrange a romantic overnight stay on this beach under the stars and dream that your dreams have come true! When it comes to dining there is plenty on offer to in the numerous international and fresh seafood restaurants that line the beach side and it is the perfect place to watch the waves crash upon the shore after enjoying a romantic meal.
5. Luang Prabang, Laos
With charming boutique hotels by the riverside or in the old quarter of the French influenced UNESCO Heritage city Luang Prabang is one of up top picks for the most romantic city in Southeast Asia. Surrounded against a backdrop of beautiful mountains and the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers this is THE picture postcard for a romantic getaway. Night markets line the main street and the architecture of some the buildings are in the style of old French colonial and as you make your way through the maze of gorgeous little streets which you can happily get lost in hand-in-hand and discover hidden bakeries and restaurants. The highlight of your romantic adventure will be Kuang Si Waterfalls just around 45 mins outside of town. These waterfalls and the pools that are made by them are some of the most romantic sights you will ever see and you can even take a swim in them.
Back in the main town walk to the top of Mount Phousi where you will find sublime panoramic views of this magical city with the sunset dropping behind the mountains that surround the city and the rays beating off the mighty Mekong river.