If you are done with those cookie-cutter ‘foreign’ honeymoon itineraries, then it is about time you explore the real gem that Asia is (beyond Bali, BTW!) Whether you want to spend the night on a private beach with a Pina Colada or prefer an adventurous forest safari with bae, here’s a list of our top 7 honeymoon destinations in Asia that you should surely tick off your travel bucket list in 2018.
With beautiful rainforests and endless white sandy beaches, Borneo islands in Malaysia, quite deservedly, tops our list as one of our favourite honeymoon islands in Asia. It is regarded as the third largest island in the world (and the largest in Asia) and is known for its natural reserves and all-year-round-sunshine. Even though the island is divided between Indonesia and the independent Kingdom of Brunei, the Malaysian provinces of Sarawak and Sabah can be two interesting places that can be explored without extra visas. Go for rainforest trekking or take a romantic riverboat safari on the Kinabatangan.
Best Time To Visit: October - May.
Places To Stay: Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a luxurious paradise and even has river facing chalet rooms priced at Rs 45,000-55,000 as per season.
Getting There: Fly to Kuala Lumpur and take a short plane ride to Lahad Datu Airport. Once there, the hotel can arrange for transfers to the lodge.
Often regarded as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg’s lush coffee plantations, colonial heritage, and fabulous cuisine make it a wonderful option for couples who love such things. Do visit the Tibetan monasteries of Bylakuppe, take a nature safari at the Nagarhole National Park, or steal a kiss while watching the sunset at Mandalpatti, the place is a romantic paradise.
Best Time To Visit: November to May
Places To Stay: The Tamara Coorg priced at Rs 25,000 per night is one of the best places to stay in Coorg.
Getting There: Mangaluru airport is the closest to Coorg. Once there, the hotel can arrange for a transfer or you could rent a taxi from the airport which is approximately a 4 hour drive to the hotel.
Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Mirissa is a hidden treasure that’s off the usual tourist circuit. The secluded beach town is famous for cozy sea facing resorts, glitzy beach parties, whale watching and water sports activities which are a must-do if you both love adventure.
Best Time To Go: November To April.
Places To Stay: Mandara resort is priced at Rs 15,000 per night and is perfect for a luxurious honeymoon getaway.
Getting There: Direct flights are available from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai to Colombo International Airport. Once there, you can hire a taxi or avail a cab service that can be arranged by the hotel.
Stay away from the touristy Tokyo and visit Hakone instead. Famous for its hot springs onsens, lakes and beautiful shrines, each corner in Hakone looks like an Insta worthy capture! Don’t forget to take a boat cruise to lake Ashinoko to experience some breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, while enjoying a glass of sparkling champagne together.
Best Time To Go: June to November
Places To Stay: Priced at Rs 12,000 per night, the Hotel Green Plaza Hakone would be your best bet.
Getting There: Once in Tokyo, you could take a train from Tokyo station to Hakone. The hotel is just a short walk away from the station.
Imagine strolling through lush paddy fields surrounded by a mountainous terrain and a lakeside view… Sounds like a dream? Sa Pa in Vietnam is one of the best places to go for a honeymoon if you want to experience nature at its best. Do visit the Thac Bac or the silver waterfalls or just adore a beautiful sunset at mount Fansipan if you’ll are not much of an adventure-loving couple.
Best Time To Go: March To May; September to November.
Places To Stay: Stay at the Victoria Sa Pa Resort &Spat (Rs 9,000) which overlooks the mountainous terrain.
Getting There: As Sa Pa is accessible only by road, you could arrange for a taxi from the hotel from Noi Bai International Airport.
We know the name can be quite a tongue twister, but trust us when we say that this undiscovered province is Cambodia is a honeymooner’s paradise. Considered as the most sparsely populated place in the country, we think you should definitely make a trip with bae to cut off from the mobile buzz and city life. Flanked by the most beautiful waterfalls - Taing Laing, Lak Pros Bras and ancient Pagodas, Mondulkiri in Cambodia is a scenic paradise. Don’t forget have a candle light dinner at Cafe Phka which overlooks the riverside and offers some lip smacking local food.
Best Time To Go: February To May
Places To Stay: At the Mayura Hill Resort (Rs 7,000). It is situated close to the Busra waterfalls. Need we say more?
Getting There: You can fly direct from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai to Phnom Penh International Airport. Taxis into the city are very affordable.
Now we are aware that Bagan is not a typical honeymoon destination, but that is the beauty of it! Famous for its innumerable temples and Pagodas, Bagan is a great choice if you want a honeymoon to be a spiritual retreat too. Catch the sunrise together at the U Bein bridge, get on a cruise along the Ayeyarwady river or exchange sweet nothings in a hot air balloon 35,000 feet above sky… You’ll only have happy memories to share!
Best Time To Go: November to February
Places To Stay: Aye Yar River View Resort for Rs 11,000 per night.
Getting There: Flights are available from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore to Nyaung U Airport. Once there, the resort is just a short (20 mins) cab ride away.
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