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Planning a Romantic Trip to Asia for a Honeymoon/Anniversary

By RitaUpdated Sep. 29, 2022

To celebrate with sweet moments, what ideas for a perfect romantic trip are in your mind?

Soaking up the sun together, sunbathing on tropical beaches with your favorite drinks? Private and relaxing hours at a resort with an infinity pool? Or doing something new/exciting to make memories — what about some tropical ocean adventures?

Looking for a warm local vibe, exotic traditional festival celebrations, great wonders of the world, and ancient oriental civilization?

Interested in food adventures? Fancy romantic dining in a special setting?

Hope to take a wildlife safari or interact with lovely animals? Fond of exploring the mountains, jungles, or countryside?

Asia is full of chances to celebrate life together and share sweet moments with your beloved.

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For a vast array of romantic choices, we recommend you visit the following five countries for a romantic trip. For each country a stay of 5 days to 2 weeks is suggested.

1. Thailand

Best time to visit: November to early April

As the Land of Smiles, Thailand offers a happy atmosphere for a romantic trip. Meet the smiling people, immerse yourself in the Buddhist culture, and lie peacefully on the sunny beaches.  

When travelling to Thailand, BangkokChiang Mai, and Ko Samui are on most romantic travelers’ bucket lists. Take a tuk-tuk car to discover the bustling nightlife in Bangkok, visit an elephant rescue station in Chiang Mai, and enjoy private, quality hours at a relaxing resort on Samui.

Seek more planning info? Have an extending reading about 2 Weeks in Thailand – 3 Perfect Thailand Itineraries >>>

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2. Vietnam

Best time to visit: October to April

In Vietnam, a romantic getaway can’t miss out Halong Bay. Hop on a luxury cruise, visit the special floating villages, and spend a night among peaceful seascapes with stunning sunset and sunrise potential. All will create a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

A world of lanterns, Hoi An is a perfect backdrop for a romantic trip. You’ll see newly-weds taking wedding photos everywhere. If you like, wear Vietnam’s traditional ao dai costume and capture memorable pictures. Taking a lantern boat ride will make your night special as well.

Quite different from the bustling modern life in nearby Ho Chi Min City, the Mekong Delta shows you Vietnam’s traditional lifestyle at the floating markets.

Get more inspiration from Planning Your First Trip to Vietnam>>>

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3. Myanmar

Best time to visit: November to February

Sunrises and sunsets in Bagan are iconic spectacles that appeal to honeymoon travelers. At sunrise, a hot air balloon ride over 2,000 pagodas and temples offers unrivaled scenery and creates a lifetime-high experience!

Inle Lake is another must-see in Myanmar for its villages over the water and its traditional floating markets. At sunset, encounter local fishermen and see their remarkable “leg-casting” fishing techniques.

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4. Bali

Best time to visit: April–October 

Romance is the trademark of Bali. It’s a hot spot for weddings and honeymoons.

Beyond the stunning beaches, Ubud is a bonus reason to visit Bali for its exotic Indonesian temples, peaceful jungles, active volcanoes, and emerald rice terraces.

A candlelit dinner is a perfect way to make a little surprise and say “I love you”. You could have a private candlelit dinner in various settings: a hidden cave, a private beach, a bird-nest-shaped cabana over the jungle, among the rice terraces...

You'll find more romantic guide at Bali Honeymoon Trip Plan: Sample Itinerary, Romantic Experiences>>>

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5. India

Best time to visit: December to February

India is packed with romantic choices for sweet moments. Wander around the Taj Mahal — a symbol of true love, rickshaw through the pink city, enjoy a candlelit dinner like a king and queen in Amber Fort, camp in the Thar Desert on a starry night...

When planning a romantic trip to India, the golden triangle is a must for first-timers. With more time, you could extend to Goa and Kerala for sandy beaches, Varanasi for a pilgrimage to the Ganges River or Rajasthan for historic castles, desert, and wildlife.   

Wanna more romantic adventures? See  Honeymoon In India (First-Time Visit): Romantic Places, Itinerary>>>

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If you prefer a relaxing pace but only have 7–10 days, just focus on one country. Thailand and Bali are the top choices for you. You can select one of them according to your travel date. From October to March, Thailand has dry weather when Bali is in its rainy season. For more cultural adventures, India is a third option.

With 2+ weeks, you could easily visit 2–3 countries for more discoveries in Asia. The best combos are based on similar good weather seasons, variety of features, and convenient transportation.

The popular combos are:

  • Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia
  • Singapore and Bali
  • India, Nepal, and Bhutan

Can’t decide? Contact us: we are here to help. We will help you select the best travel combinations based on your interests, schedule, budget, preferences, and other requirements.

Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia: The Most Characteristic View of Southeast Asia (Most Popular)

Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia 3-week Map

You’ll see some of the most iconic highlights in Asia, such as Halong Bay in Vietnam, the Mekong River, and the amazing Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

You are suggested to travel for 3 weeks and in the sequence of Vietnam, Cambodia, then Thailand. You can shorten it to 2 weeks as well.

If you have more time, travel to Laos for Luang Prabang and Myanmar for Bagan and Phnom Penh.

You can see the following sample itinerary. For any other interests / customizations, you’re warmly welcomed to contact us for a tailor-made itinerary.

Days 1–8: Vietnam

Mekong Delta Mekong Delta

Arriving in Hanoi, explore the historic old quarter and taste delicious pho (noodle soup), then on to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise. Travel to central Hoi An for its old town, cooking class, and colorful lanterns. And finally, take three days to explore Ho Chi Minh City with an excursion to the Mekong Delta.

Days 9–11: Siem Reap in Cambodia

Angkor Wat Angkor Wat

Fly to Cambodia’s Siem Reap and get lost in the crumbling world of the lost Khmer Empire — Angkor Wat. Cycling around the temple complex or taking a sunrise balloon ride are incredible ways to admire it.

Days 12–19: Thailand

Fly to Thailand’s capital Bangkok from Siem Reap.

Enjoy a day trip in Bangkok for the city highlights, like the Grand Palace. Then stay 2 nights in Chiang Mai for rural life, temples, mountains, and an elephant experience. To wind down, relax on an island (Phuket or Koh Samui) for 4 days.

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Singapore and Bali: Relaxing Getaway

Map of 2-week Singapore and Bali tour

Singapore is known for its urban life, high skyline buildings, shopping paradise, and for being a cultural hub. As an air hub in Asia, you should have a rich choice of flights and can enjoy the first-class service of Singapore Airport/Airlines.

Bali is a paradise for beach lovers, foodies and adventurers

These two countries are good alternatives if your schedule meets the rainy season (May to October) in other Asian countries.

Check out the following 2-week itinerary for inspiration:

Days 1–6: Singapore

Staying 6 days in Singapore is suggested. Although it is not a big country, you still have a lot to explore.

You can soak up the cultural diversity in China Town, Kampong Glam, and Little India. For a food adventure, just go to Old Airport Road Food Centre and sip a Singapore Sling at a rooftop bar. Cycling around rustic Pulau Ubin Island deserves an unhurried few hours.

Days 7–13 Bali

Bali Tanah Lot in Bali

Flying to Bali, head to Ubud, the artistic center of Bali, and stay at a jungle hotel for 3 nights. You have options to get blessed in sacred Balinese temples, do yoga in the lush jungle, and hike among emerald rice terraces at Jatiluwih.

Then transfer to one of southern beaches (Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, or Seminyak) for the last 3 nights. The fine dining and boutique hotels with infinity pools will amaze you.

For more ideas about planning a trip to Southeast Asia, you can read A Beginner’s Guide and How Long to Spend in Southeast Asia (for First Timers)>>>

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India, Nepal, and Bhutan: Romantic Adventures in South Asia

Map of India, Bhutan and Nepal Map of India, Bhutan and Nepal

See incredible India with the Taj Mahal, historic forts, and its wildlife, take adventures in the holy land of Nepal among religious Kathmandu Valley, and seek out seclusion in the happiness haven of Bhutan. 

For the main highlights, you’re recommended to stay 7–10 days in India, 4–7 days in Nepal, and 4–7 days in Bhutan.

Check out the following 2-week sample itinerary.

Day 1 – Day 7: India

Stay 7 days to explore the golden triangle (3 days in Delhi, 2 days in Agra, and 2 days in Jaipur).

In Old Delhi, you’re suggested to explore the Jama Masjid and chaotic city life. Agra is home to the impressive ivory wonder — the Taj Mahal — a monument to the love of a king. When you arrive in Jaipur, don’t miss a candlelit dinner in Amber Fort.

Day 7 – Day 9: Nepal

Fly to Kathmandu and discover history-filled Kathmandu Valley. You’ll encounter magnificent royal palaces and holy pilgrimage sites like Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath.

Day 9 – Day 14: Bhutan

Bhutan is considered the Shangri-La of the Himalayas. Most people visiting Bhutan explore Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro.

Discover the spiritual sites in Thimphu, seek out spectacular views of the Himalayas and take a 5-hour trek to Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro. 

If you're interested in different combos with India, you're suggested to read: 12-Day Perfect India and Nepal Itineraries with Add-On Options.

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Costs for a Romantic Trip in Asia

Asia, especially Southeast Asia, is quite affordable compared with other destinations.

Let’s take the Alila hotel chain as an example. Alila Napa Valley in the USA costs from US$1,000 per night, while Alila Ubud in Bali costs just US$230+ per night, and Alila Fort Bishangarh Jaipur in India costs from US$250 per night.

For a daily private tour, the cost ranges from US$100 to US$200. As for food, you can have hearty meals at a street vendor’s for US$3–5 per person, and fine dining costs from around just US$60 per person.

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