Honeymoon Destinations in Southeast Asia: 11 Magical Choices!

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Breathe a sigh of relief! You’ve finally got everything sorted for the wedding, now there is only the honeymoon to plan. And, this is where the fun starts! 

Southeast Asia is bursting with dreamy destinations, making it a popular choice among honeymooners. The diversity of the region appeals to a huge range of couples, from beach bums to adrenaline junkies and wildlife enthusiasts. Combine this with the low prices offered in most parts of Southeast Asia and you’re onto a winner!

Planning your honeymoon in Southeast Asia can be a daunting task. Even if you’ve chosen the perfect destination, poor research can lead to rookie mistakes like booking a beach break in monsoon season or blowing your budget on day one!

Start married life right and take your pick of the following honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia. No matter what your budget, you’re sure to find the perfect start to wedded life below! 

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11 Enchanting Southeast Asian Honeymoon Destinations

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1. Palawan, The Philippines

Palawan Philippines photo by Rhys-Mckay
Palawan is one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines.

The island of Palawan in the west of the Philippines is the ideal honeymoon destination in Southeast Asia. Frequently voted one of the most beautiful islands in the entire region, white sandy beaches are available in abundance but there are still enough adventure activities to keep more active souls energised. 

A visit to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a must-do and offers visitors the opportunity to cruise down one of the world’s longest underground rivers. As well as cave exploration, adrenaline-seeking newlyweds can also try ziplining, diving, trekking and kayaking. 

December to May (dry season) is the best time to visit Palawan for good weather. The abundant marine life around the island makes it one of the best spots for scuba divers – don’t miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tubbataha if you’re visiting towards the end of the dry season. This is when underwater visibility is at its best.

If you prefer to stay on land, head to the backpacker hotspot of El Nido. From here, you can island hop to the nearby Bacuit archipelago, hike up to Talaw Cliff for amazing views or dance the night away at the island’s Full Moon Party. For a stay you’ll never forget, check out Dryft Darocotan Island. Offering romantic accommodation in glamping tents along one of the area’s most beautiful beaches, it is hard to imagine a better start to married life.

2. Luang Prabang, Laos

Kuang Si Waterfall, laos
Outdoorsy couples will find plenty to entertain in and around Luang Prabang, Laos.

Although Laos is landlocked, it still has plenty of stunning scenery and nowhere is this more obvious than the pretty colonial-style capital of Luang Prabang. From mesmerising cascades such as Kuang Si Falls to the impressive Pak Ou Caves, natural wonders are everywhere.  

Hike to the top of Mount Phousi for an unbeatable city view or take a sunset boat tour down the Mekong with your beloved – the choice is yours. If you can drag yourselves up at the crack of dawn, it is well worth heading into the centre to observe the Alms Giving Ceremony but we appreciate you may want to stay in bed ?. 

Luang Prabang is a great destination for couples who have bonded over a shared appreciation of delicious food. Traditional Laotian food is available in abundance on the night market and the cheap prices mean you can sample as much as you want! Once your stomachs have reached their limits, head to the muddy banks of the Mekong to do some firefly spotting in the moonlight.  

One of the cheapest countries in Asia, Laos offers a lot of bang for your buck, meaning you can still experience luxury and stay within budget! 

For unbeatable riverside views, book a stay at the newly renovated On The Mekong Resort. There are 11 rooms at the property, including a honeymoon suite. Pro-tip! Why not try your luck and ask if there is availability in the owner’s suite? It’s only available when the host travels out of town. 

3. Chiang Mai, Thailand 

Hiking in Doi Inthanon, Thailand
The countryside around Chiang Mai is breathtaking.

Thailand is arguably one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia for honeymooners, especially the islands in the south. Whilst Thailand’s breathtaking beaches are hard to beat, the north of the country is equally impressive. 

The largest city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai, is a great place to experience the cultural side of the country that can be harder to find in the southern beach resorts. Gateway to some of Thailand’s most beautiful countryside, the incredible Doi Inthanon National Park is just a stone’s throw away!

A paradise for trekking enthusiasts, adrenaline junkies will also find plenty to suit in Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas, from ziplining at the Flight Of The Gibbon to mountain biking through the hills. Those who like their adventure with a bit more fuel shouldn’t miss the Mae Hong Son Loop motorbike trip – it promises epic scenery and thrills to boot!

Foodie couples will relish the opportunity to get their teeth into Northern Thai food culture. Boasting a myriad of food stalls and street vendors, the night market is where you’ll find the best dishes, including Khao Soi (coconut noodle soup) and Khao Pad Sapparod (pineapple fried rice). 

Peak tourist season in Northern Thailand is typically between October and February when the region is cooler. Many festivals are also held in this area and accommodation can book out fast, especially during Thai New Year (Songkran) and the Festival Of Lights (Loi Krathong). 

Good to know!

Burning season in Southeast Asia is a big deal which can have far-reaching consequences. Chiang Mai is heavily affected when the burns start and the pollution levels in the city can reach sky-high levels. Avoid the months of March and April if you are visiting Chiang Mai.  

For a day you’ll forever cherish, head to BEES Elephant Sanctuary and work with the team to give these elephants the retirement they deserve. A truly ethical experience which promotes a hands-off policy, seeing these majestic mammals forage, bathe and roam as they would in the wild is really special. Top it all off with a romantic stay at either Villa Thapae or Makkachiva

Also read: Recommended elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai and top elephant sanctuaries in Thailand.

4. Yogyakarta, Indonesia 

Yogyakarta Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Yogyakarta, also known as Jogya, might seem an unlikely pick for a honeymoon destination, but there are a few reasons to add it to your shortlist. Firstly, the city is a vibrant cultural hub, which promises to teach visitors about Javanese traditions through art, music, dance, fashion and food. You’ll have endless options for entertainment here – from cooking classes to visiting historical temples and exploring the big outdoors! 

Expect a tourist crowd in the city centre and in particular, around Malioboro Street, as visitors hunt for the best bargains. There are several local restaurants in this part of the city as well as hotels. While the centre bustles with activity, take a short ride out and you will be met with unforgettable views of the surrounding nature. 

Both the Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple are unmissable, especially at sunrise or sunset. For the best chance of getting a clear day, try to coincide your trip during the dry season (May-October). The temple grounds make for great photo opportunities – the way that the rays of sunlight fall on the surrounding mountains is nothing short of spectacular. Speak to a local photographer to see whether you can arrange a couples photoshoot here. You’re bound to want some mementoes of your once-in-a-lifetime trip! 

Culture vultures will never be bored in Jogya, but those looking for something a little more fast-paced to break up the days should head out to the dunes in Parangkusumo village for a spot of sandboarding. Once you’ve had enough of trudging up the dunes with your board, check out the Jomblang Cave or go rafting on River Oya. 

When it comes to romantic accommodation options, you’ll be spoilt for choice here! Stay at Jogja Village for great hospitality on a budget or splash the cash at the swanky Plataran Borobudur Resort and Spa

5. Singapore 

Tall buildings Singapore
Singapore is a vibrant, cosmopoliton destination for honeymooners.

Singapore is undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most magical honeymoon destinations, with the perk that it comes in one eminently small and walkable package. 

An interesting fusion of traditional and contemporary, Singapore is a vibrant city packed with exciting places to go. Find everything your heart desires, from Michelin-star fine dining to grand light shows and sprawling green spaces. 

Newlyweds can gaze into each other’s eyes as the Gardens By the Bay light show flashes around them, sip on Singapore Slings together at the Raffles Hotel and take in the views from the rooftop infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands

Couples who want to wine and dine will be spoilt for choice in Singapore, which hosts some of the best restaurants and hawker centres in Asia. For a night that you’ll never forget, book a romantic dinner date at VUE and enjoy an incredible view of the Singapore skyline while you eat. 

As anyone who has seen Crazy Rich Asians will know, the sky is the limit when choosing where to stay in Singapore. Airbnb offers some cheaper options but overall, this is an expensive destination. Probably only an option for the most disciplined savers or those who have more cash to play with.

Not settled on a destination yet? Read our other guides for some inspo!

6. Dalat, Vietnam

Flowers in Dalat, Vietnam
Dalat is nicknamed the ‘City of Flowers’ – How romantic!

Calling all adventure couples! Dalat is the place for you. Also known as the ‘City of Flowers,’ Dalat sits in the southern area of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Despite its popularity with tourists, the area is still incredibly peaceful. Perched 1500m above sea level and surrounded by tea plantations, Dalat experiences a cool climate year-round; a welcome change from the humid weather found across much of Southeast Asia. 

The rugged landscape of Dalat is the perfect backdrop for a range of adventure activities like canyoning, hiking, white water rafting, and rock climbing. After a day of working up an appetite with your significant other, head to the market to sample some of Vietnam’s best street food

Grilled sweetcorn and sweet potatoes, bamboo-cooked rice, beef noodles, chicken hotpot, and the famous ‘Dalat Pizza’ are all must-try snacks. ‘Dalat Pizza’ is the local name used to describe Bánh tráng nướng (grilled rice paper). It’s topped with different ingredients such as pork, spring onion, sausage, dried shrimp and quail egg. Don’t miss it if you’re in the city!

Soak up the charming French colonial architecture in the centre of Dalat, rent a pedalo on Xuan Huong Lake or get lost in the ‘Crazy House’ together. Annually, Dalat hosts the Dalat Flower Festival so if you plan on wooing your new husband or wife with colourful blooms, plan ahead and make sure to reserve your accommodation early. For a quiet and relaxing stay you won’t forget, head to Zen Cafe Lakeside, around 20 minutes out of the city. 

7. Bali, Indonesia

Padang Padang Beach, Bali
Bali is a hugely popular honeymoon destination with beach bums!

When you think of Southeast Asian honeymoon destinations, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Indonesian island of Bali was the first place you pictured. Internationally famous for its natural beauty and known for delivering luxury at a very reasonable price point, the island has long been a favourite among honeymooners. 

Those in search of developing their spirituality together will love Ubud, where yogis, hippies and other free spirits congregate. This area in Bali is home to countless yoga retreats, meditation courses, alternative therapies and vegan health shops – the perfect destination for couples looking to deepen their connection to each other in a wonderful setting. 

Balinese hospitality is some of the world’s best and if your wallet will cooperate, you can access seriously high-end luxury for comparatively low prices. Seminyak is a popular area for those seeking comfort and poolside villas are a popular offering. Gracia Bali Villas & Apartment is a budget-friendly self-catering option but massages, butler and chef services are available for an extra fee. 

Although there is plenty to do in Bali, there is joy to be found in doing absolutely nothing too! Check out somewhere like Nyuh Bali Villas and have a lazy morning in bed before venturing out to your own private pool for a floating breakfast. Not a bad way to start wedded bliss!

8. George Town, Malaysia

Street art in penang
Fall in love all over again with a visit to George Town, Penang.

Located on the island of Penang, George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which attracts art and food enthusiasts the world over. It is famous for its impressive street art culture which characterises the area. Embark on a walking tour to learn more about the murals or scan the unique QR code under each one to discover more about the history behind the graffiti. 

Hosting a mix of different cultures and ethnicities, Penang is known for its diversity which is highlighted in its exciting food scene. No matter whether you check out Chinatown or Little India, you’ll find a mouthwatering dish to fuel your explorations! Enjoy breakfast as the locals do and enjoy a Roti Canai and a glass of Teh Tarik streetside in the city. 

For a day outside the tourist centre, head up to Penang Hill to see exotic wildlife firsthand and learn about Malaysia’s rainforests.  From there, pay a visit to the Penang Butterfly Farm, home to over 4000 butterflies. 

Once you’ve had your fill of nature, make your way out to one of the many beaches on the coastline. The popular resort area of Batu Ferringhi hosts a bustling nightlife scene with plenty of beach clubs and bars. Make the most of Happy Hour and toast to your future together.

If five-star luxury is on the table, the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang has over 300 rooms and is set in the hills with spectacular ocean views. There are also several budget and midrange hotel options closer to George Town. 

Also Read: A Guide to the Food in Penang, Malaysia.

9. Thulusdhoo Island, Maldives

A honeymoon to the Maldives doesn’t have to break the bank!

When you think of bucket list honeymoon destinations, the Maldives is likely to be one of the first places to spring to mind. Despite this, many people disregard the thought as soon as it comes into their heads. After all, we don’t all have the bank balance of Kim K, am I right? 

While many people think they’re more likely to find the Lost City of Atlantis rather than an affordable honeymoon in the Maldives, I am here to tell you this is not the case! If crystal clear waters are what you and your loved one have been dreaming of, check out Thulusdhoo Island. 

Palm-fringed Thulusdhoo Island is a wonderful base from which to explore the Maldives and it is home to a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. The cheapest options begin at only $400USD a week – not bad for a little slice of paradise! Eden Blue is a great budget offering but if you want luxury, you’ll certainly find that too. Met House is just steps from Bikini Beach and promises a honeymoon you’ll never forget!

In the Maldives, you can do as little or as much as you like. Spend your days hand in hand relaxing on postcard-perfect beaches or catch some waves together instead. The Maldives archipelago is home to world-class snorkelling and diving and there is even the opportunity to swim with whale sharks here. That is certain to be a highlight of your trip! 

The island experiences a consistently warm climate all year round, but the hottest months to visit are between April and June. The rainy months typically span from October to December so it is best to avoid this time. 

Good to know!

The Maldives is a majority Muslim country, so there are expectations for visitors regarding public displays of affection, dress code, and the consumption of alcohol. Drinks containing alcohol are only available in tourist resorts. 

10. Koh Phayam, Thailand

Sunset on Koh Phayam 1
Who would you want to share this sunset view with?

Ever dreamt about ending up on a deserted island with your other half? Wonder no more! Thailand’s Koh Phayam, located in the Andaman Sea, is a wonderful retreat for those looking to get away from it all.

The laidback lifestyle, lack of development and low tourist numbers make this an ideal honeymoon destination for couples who like nothing better than to kick back on the beach for a long lazy afternoon. 

The lack of infrastructure and a limited amount of things to do will mean that this is not a destination for everyone, but those who need nothing more than a beautiful setting and the company of their forever date will fall in love with Koh Phayam.

Stroll hand in hand along powdery sand, take a couple of paddle boards out or explore the rich diversity of underwater life together. If you like dancing, head for Musika where you can jive in the jungle. Every Saturday night they host a trance party which is a great place to let loose and shake off those old wedding stresses!

As Koh Phayam is underdeveloped when compared to its southern sister islands, honeymoon accommodation can be hard to come by. For a stretch of private beach, coupled with spacious rooms, look no further than Phayamas Private Beach Resort and Island Brew

11. Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot mountain
The idyllic countryside of Kampot, Cambodia.

Located just one hour from the seaside playground of Sihanoukville, Kampot offers the best of Cambodia’s rural scenery. This combined with increasingly developed infrastructure has meant that the town has become ever more popular over recent years, with tourists and expats alike. What you may not know is that Kampot is also a great spot for honeymooners looking for outdoor activities and Cambodian culture. 

This region is famous for its pepper so if you’re interested in food tourism, join a tour with La Plantation (offered in English or French) to learn more about pepper production in the area. Each tour also allows guests to taste a few different varieties of the good stuff! 

For couples who enjoy the outdoors, there are countless attractions in and around Kampot to keep you occupied. From endless waterfalls, off-the-beaten-track national parks and fast-flowing rivers, it is possible to try kayaking, kiteboarding, caving, and rock climbing – to name a few! Rent a motorbike and head to the under-visited spot of Bokor National Park for a great day out. 

If you enjoy a bike ride, there are plenty of places to go in and around Kampot, either as part of a tour group or on a couples-only cycling date! Once you’re both worn out, enjoy a meal at Ecran Noodles and Dumplings before you hop on a boat to watch the sunset together.

Kampot is home to a range of accommodation options, from budget guesthouses to boutique hotels. For something extra special, book a few nights at the RiverTree Villa & Resort in one of the riverfront view rooms. There is a great swimming pool and guests get free use of the sauna and jacuzzi, a great way to kick back together after a busy day.

No matter what kind of vacation you and your partner are looking for, a visit to any of the above Southeast Asian honeymoon destinations promises to be really special. 

Featuring a range of traditional romantic choices as well as other less-conventional locations aimed at more adventurous couples, you’re sure to find somewhere in this list to mark the beginning of your happily ever after! 

Where have you honeymooned in Southeast Asia? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Sheree Hooker | Editor @ South East Asia Backpacker + Winging The World

Sheree is the awkward British wanderluster behind Winging The World, a blog designed to show that even the most useless of us can travel. Follow Sheree’s adventures as she blunders around the globe, falling into squat toilets, getting into cars with machete men and running away from angry peacocks. In recent years, Sheree has also taken on the role of editor at South East Asia Backpacker.

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