November 27, 2014

Guest Post: Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Southeast Asia

November 27, 2014
So you've just come out of your fabulous wedding day, now what? Now it’s time for the search of your first getaway as a married couple. While most honeymooners want to spend their intimate holiday alongside the blue ocean, others crave for an authentic experience in a place that is far away and completely different than theirs. Good food and plenty of accommodation are also important premises. With that in mind, the exotic countries in Southeast Asia have them all. There’re numerous choices for everyone, from beach lovers, tranquil seekers, food explorers and even luxury travelers. Here are the top 5 destinations for honeymooners in Southeast Asia:

5. Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake is a must visit in one of the most underrated countries, perhaps in the world. Although the lake is not very large, it is home to a densely inhabited by various tribes. And if you want to have a glimpse of the local’s daily life in a picturesque background provided by Mother Nature, Inle Lake is where you should spend your honeymoon. Take your time and explore the unique culture of hydroponic farming and leg-fishing. In addition, there’re some of the most worth-visiting Buddhist temples located around the lake as well as the opportunity to sample real Burmese cuisine.

Leg-fishing – a scene you’re bound to encounter on Inle Lake

Perfect for: experiencing the local’s life at a slow pace and limited time
Best time to visit: November to February
Nearest international airport: Mandalay
Combination idea: visit thousands of magnificent temples in the plain of Old Bagan for a more complete Myanmar luxury trips

4. Luang Prabang, Laos

There are very few UNESCO World Heritage Sites that is a whole city. And Luang Prabang is one of them. The quiet, laidback, easy style of this French colonial town is ideal for an intimate time together. The streets here are packed with old French architecture buildings, golden Buddhist temples. For a change of pace, you can head out of town, to the magnificent three-level Kuang Si Waterfalls. Find a spot near the Mekong River for a romantic sunset together before getting immersed in the street food heaven at night. Despite being underrated, Luang Prabang is widely regarded as one of the most alluring destinations in Southeast Asia.

Sunset over Mekong River

Perfect for: couples who just look for pure relaxation and reluctant to move constantly
Best time to visit: September to March
Nearest international airport: Luang Prabang
Combination idea: go across the border and explore the world famous Halong Bay on an overnight cruise

3. Koh Lanta, Thailand

When it comes to beach destinations, Thailand is a true heaven. There’re so many great choices in this country that you will soon find it difficult to pick one. But if you are looking for a peaceful and quiet hideaway with the love of your life, Koh Lanta is the one for you. With more than 70 pristine forested islands scattered over the crystal emerald sea and abundant coral reefs, Koh Lanta has long been a perfect spot for couples from all over the world. But it’s not all about swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Other things to do in here include trekking and bird watching in the well-preserved national park, trying different kinds of fresh seafood, making friends with the smiling locals and having fun at nights with several parties and clubs.

Not the most beautiful but for sure one of the most untouched beaches in Thailand

Perfect for: those who are looking for a variety of outdoor activities, not just spending all day on the beach
Best time to visit: November to April with less intense heat
Nearest international airport: Phuket
Combination idea: wedding in Phuket followed by honeymoon in Koh Lanta has become an increasingly popular plan

2. Hoi An, Vietnam

This idyllic town in Central Vietnam was once the most prominent trading port in Southeast Asia. Now, all remains are the quaint oriental houses, beautifully decorated with vivid lanterns and flowers, and a charming river runs right through the town. Soon after cycling around the streets of Hoi An, you will definitely fall in love with this place. At night, pick a scenic spot along the river and release the floating lanterns and you will have one of the most memorable and romantic moments together as a newly married couple. And finally the added bonus, one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam located just a few kilometers away from the town with several five-star resorts. Hoi An is undoubtedly a not-to-miss stop in any Vietnam luxury honeymoon.

400 years ago, this street used to be full of merchants from all over the world

Perfect for: honeymooners who don’t want to miss anything
Best time to visit: all year round
Nearest international airport: Danang
Combination idea: explore the vibrant side of Vietnam by spending 3 or 4 days in Hanoi or Saigon

1. Bali, Indonesia

If this list was “Best Honeymoon Destinations in the World”, Bali would still be in there. And there’s a reason why people call it “Island of the Gods”. This island possesses a great diversity of ever-changing landscape. The rugged coastline and sandy beaches, the green rice terraces and the volcanic hillsides altogether provide a heavenly backdrop for the authentic culture, symbolized by the unique Hindu temples. Plus, the vast size of the island will keep you stay longer than you would wanted. The attractiveness of Bali is so great that it is accounted for about 80% of Indonesian incoming tourists in 2013.

There’re not many places in the world that offer more beautiful landscape than Bali

Perfect for: those who have plenty of time for their amazing honeymoon.
Best time to visit Bali: all year round
Nearest international airport: Denpasar
Combination idea: visit the iconic Borobudur Temple to cap off your wonderful trip

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