July 12th, 2019 | Updated on June 28th, 2022
There is not one person in the world who doesn’t light up to the mention of a holiday – we live for those few weeks away when we can put aside our worries, leave work and everyday obligations at home and enjoy unadulterated relaxation at a faraway destination.
If you and your partner have been too busy with work lately to really pay attention to each other, a romantic holiday is what you need to release the pent up stress and come back as fresh, new people.
Organizing such a wonderful trip begins with choosing the perfect destination, which can be a challenge considering that nowadays, everything is at our fingertips. Nevertheless, for a romantic holiday, no one can deny that the continent of Asia has some of the best destinations.
With such an enormous size, it does not come as a surprise that Asia has all kinds of landscapes and diverse, colorful cultures in each of its countries.
Beautiful seasides, turquoise waters, extensive jungles and even breathtaking mountains are all at your disposal, so you are spoilt for choice.
Depending on your preferences and what you want your trip to be like, here are some of the best destinations in Asia for a truly romantic holiday with your loved one. Read on to get inspired to organize your trip starting today.
1. Towering Temples In Cambodia
When thinking about a holiday in Asia, Cambodia might not be the first country that comes to mind. However, located just between Thailand and Vietnam, this little country has so much to offer.
It’s an up-and-coming holiday destination that boasts eco-friendly accommodation options – if you two are an eco-conscious pair, this is amazing news. But what’s truly amazing about Cambodia is its impeccable sunsets.
Whether you are exploring the beautiful island of Koh Rong or are in in the heart of the country in the city of Angkor, you can catch such beautiful sights that your camera’s memory card will fill up very soon.
When not marveling at the sunsets, there are plenty of activities for you to choose from. Visiting the aforementioned Angkor is a must when in Cambodia, for instance.
This ancient city used to be the capital of the Khmer Empire as far back as the 9th century so you can imagine what an astonishing historical past it has – which all shows if you decide to visit the temples of Angkor.
Sometimes referred to as “heaven on Earth”, you will be transported back into a different time while exploring the Angkor Wat, Bayon, Beng Mealea and the rest of the temples that make this city an important historical and cultural hub. You don’t have to be history buffs to appreciate it, but you might find those bits interesting as well.
2. Bali, The Island Of Gods
There is no doubt that Bali is one of the most popular destinations for honeymooners and adventurers alike, and for so many good reasons. Often called the “Island of Gods”, Bali is an island with an ancient culture, tens of thousands of temples and a truly exotic feel.
Some of its beaches are the perfect spot for water fun and some surfing, while other spots prove to be perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving to explore the underwater world.
In Bali, your experience can vary greatly depending on where you decide to look for accommodation. For instance, if you don’t mind loud partying, Kuta is the perfect place. Wherever you go, be sure, you will encounter a lot of couples and don’t be surprised to witness a wedding or two.
Many couples dream of Bali weddings which were always seen as this unattainable luxurious experience. Fortunately, they are becoming more affordable in today’s wedding industry.
If you’re not a beach kind of person, there are wonderful rainforest accommodation options too, where you will be able to wake up under the shade of the trees every morning.
Wherever you stay though, don’t miss out on visiting some of the most iconic sights of the island, such as the Tanah Lot and Uluwatu temples, Ubud for some amazing art and the adjacent rice fields for breathtaking green views. Bali simply cannot be the wrong choice no matter your preferences.
3. Impeccable Islands Of Thailand
Undoubtedly another one of the go-to honeymoon destinations for many, Thailand is an incredible country that boasts the title of being one of the most visited countries in the world, and Bangkok actually being the single most-visited city out there in 2018.
The best thing about Thailand, though, is its amazing islands. Don’t get us wrong, Bangkok is a world of its own, but if you’re looking for relaxation rather than a buzzing hub that never seems to sleep, your go-to choice should be one of this country’s islands.
It is often said that all of them are so impeccable that it’s almost impossible to highlight just a few, but if you’d like a starting point, Koh Tao and Koh Lipe are great choices for a romantic, laid-back getaway.
The former has both the potential for adventures – especially for water fun such as scuba diving, while at the same time being your picture-perfect backdrop for enjoying a delicious dinner while overlooking the sea.
The latter island, Koh Lipe is a far less touristy place than some of Thailand’s most well-loved islands such as Koh Samui, which is why it’s a great choice for honeymooners and those who’d like a bit more seclusion. Here, too, you can enjoy snorkeling, however, you might want to go for a couple’s message first.
4. History And Culture In South Korea
South Korea is certainly not one of the cheaper destinations among your options, but this unique country is more than worth its price. After all, it doesn’t have to be Southeast Asia for you to have a romantic holiday.
An emerging country when it comes to tourism in recent years thanks to the Hallyu Wave, South Korea’s capital, Seoul has become the dream destination for many and there is no doubt that it makes for one of the most romantic getaway options for couples as well.
Whether you prefer vivid nightlife or tranquil walks in nature and exploring historic palaces while learning about the country’s culture, South Korea has got you.
Foodie couples will find Seoul to be a real playground with affordable street food stalls all over the place, as well as stylish cafes with all the best beverages and desserts.
Seoul is also a shopping hub with designer stores and interesting little shops you can find in districts such as Hongdae and Myeongdong. Also, make sure you dedicate some time to exploring some of the beautiful palaces around Seoul.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, one can spend an entire day strolling around, taking pictures. It’s even better if you and your significant other decide to rent out traditional Korean Hanboks to wear for these photos and feel like you were transported back into a different time.
5. Dive Into The Maldives
If you are willing to splurge on a truly catalog-worthy romantic holiday, consider the Maldives as your destination. While this is the smallest country in Asia, it has a lot to offer which is why honeymooners flock there each year.
The flawless white sand beaches combined with the colorful underwater world that is just waiting to be explored are only the tip of the iceberg, as the Maldives can provide you with unrivaled luxury across the 26 natural atolls that make up this country.
The especially popular “floating” or overwater bungalows that allow you to go to bed and wake up in the middle of the ocean, with turquoise water underneath make it a perfect romantic getaway.
Being so close to nature is a wonderful experience in itself, but the Maldives offer countless opportunities to get even closer to the local fauna.
For adventurous couples, swimming with creatures such as whale sharks and hammerhead sharks, or even feeding manta rays are viable options.
In between the diving sessions, checking out the Maldives’ National Museum or visiting the cosmopolitan island of Maafushi are also things you should put on your to-do list.
6. The Nature Of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is another one of those island destinations that are just so exotic and alluring that every couple dreams of visiting it at one point.
Why not make it your next holiday destination then? This island country off the coast of India is an affordable option but it has so much to offer.
Besides the beautiful beaches that seem to stretch infinitely, you might also want to go on a hiking adventure and conquer the highest point of the country, Adam’s Peak.
There are tours that lead you up there during the night in order to experience a breathtaking sunrise once dawn comes. Just make sure you plan in advance to avoid the crowds, which, unfortunately, can sometimes be a problem on this hike.
Nevertheless, Sri Lanka is known for its expansive rainforests and brimming wildlife so it would be a shame not to get close to Mother Nature while there.
So make sure you don’t shy away from getting acquainted with some of the local wildlife – there are plenty of tours and safaris available, just make sure you do ample research to pick the best one.
Moreover, make sure to venture out a bit and see the tea plantations, as Sri Lanka is a power to reckon with when it comes to tea production.
7. The Streets Of Taiwan
You don’t often find Taiwan on lists such as this one, however, this little island is a modern hub with friendly locals and you are sure to have a great time there.
You can explore the capital, Taipei on two wheels by taking advantage of the bike sharing system that this city boasts, while you can also take the train to more distant locations and marvel at the beautiful art that adorns some of these vehicles.
You can visit shopping districts, try authentic street food (and don’t forget bubble tea that originates exactly from Taiwan!), visit the old town or even pop into a hot spring to relax a bit together with your SO! While it is true that Taiwan might not be your typical honeymoon destination, the brimming culture of this place will surely intrigue the both of you and you will have a memorable journey behind you.
To tell the truth, you cannot really go wrong with any Asian country for your romantic trip. However, you have to be aware that each country is unique and offers a rather different experience so your preferences will play the most important role here (as well as your budget).
Whether you go for a classic, exotic beach destination or something less ordinary, ample preparation will ensure that you get the most out of your trip and have memories of a lifetime you will be able to tell your (future) children about!
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Liam Smith is a young and aspiring Australian blogger with a passion for everything related to travel, design and style. He has a B.Sc. in Interior design and is an avid reader.