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If you’re looking for the best honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia, you’re in luck! Across Southeast Asia there are 11 countries and, within them, you’ll find a whole host of glorious settings that are perfect for a romantic getaway.
From pristine beaches to captivating cultural sites, this is a part of the world that boasts a lot, so it’s a fantastic choice for an unforgettable honeymoon.
Whether you’re dreaming of sun-kissed shores and swaying palms, awe-inspiring temples or cool and colourful cities, you won’t be disappointed!
I absolutely loved visiting Southeast Asia and I can’t wait to share some of its very best gems. So, if you’re not sure where you want to honeymoon in Southeast Asia, I’ve got you covered.
Here’s my pick of the 7 best honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia for the ultimate couples escape!
Best Southeast Asia honeymoon destinations
1 Bali, Indonesia
Best for: Couples who want a romantic, back-to-nature honeymoon
Bali had to be first on the list of best honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia. This little island is vibrant and romantic, and it’s no wonder so many people flock here.
As a small destination, Bali is easy to explore so you’ll be able to take in a few different settings if you want to maximise your honeymoon.
Across the island, you’ll find beautiful ancient temples, impressive volcanic scenery and lively beaches that are perfect for watching the sunset.
For the most romantic surroundings, Ubud is the best spot for a honeymoon in Bali. Away from the coast, it delivers a picture-perfect backdrop with dense jungles, rice paddies and cascading waterfalls.
If all you want to do is chill on your honeymoon, it’s also a great spot for relaxation with yoga studios, spas and plenty of cute cafes. It’s a lovely place to unwind and spend quality time together.
If you choose to stay in Ubud, you’ll find a fab choice of luxury hotels that are made with honeymooners in mind. From villas and resorts to the dreamiest eco-luxe treehouses, there’ll be something you love, no matter your style.
📸 Top things to do in Bali: Visit temples, have a floating breakfast, explore rice terraces, go surfing, get traditional Balinese massages, chase waterfalls
When to visit: May to September
Best romantic hotel: COMO Shambhala Estate
Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
2 Langkawi, Malaysia
Best for: Couples who want a laid-back tropical escape
If you’re looking for a quieter destination than Bali, Langkawi needs to be on your list.
Langkawi is one of the best honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia for good reason – it’s a tropical paradise that’s all kinds of perfect.
As an archipelago made up of 99 islands, a honeymoon here has a big focus on beaches – you can expect beautiful white beaches fringed with swaying palms.
Sunbathing, dinner cruises and beach hopping are all part and parcel of a honeymoon to exotic Langkawi. Plus, there are plenty of cool beach bars that are perfect for a celebratory drink at sunset.
As a destination that’s known for its wildlife, Langkawi is a great choice if you want to experience nature in a more laid-back way. On the main island, you’ll find mangrove forests, mountainous jungles and waterfalls you can visit during your stay.
When you’re not out exploring or making the most of the beaches, you’ll be treated to blissful accommodation. Much of the accommodation is secluded and romantic, so it’s amazing for honeymooners wanting to get away from it all.
If you want a multi-centre honeymoon, Langkawi also fits the bill. It would be a great destination to combine with Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.
📸 Top things to do in Langkawi: Ride the SkyCab cable car & visit the SkyBridge, take a mangrove tour, go island hopping, visit night markets, relax at the beach
When to visit: November to March
Best romantic hotel: The Datai Langkawi
Nearest airport: Langkawi International Airport (LGK)
3 Palawan, Philippines
Best for: Couples who want an island-hopping honeymoon
The province of Palawan is one of those destinations that so many people dream about. If you want to be wowed by the scenery, you can’t go wrong here.
Palawan’s turquoise waters, secluded sandy beaches and limestone cliffs are famed world-over – it’s an area that boasts a ton of photogenic spots!
If you want to visit Palawan on your honeymoon to Southeast Asia, you have a few places to choose from.
The most famous locations are El Nido and Coron, but some of the lesser-known islands are well worth looking into. You’ll find unspoilt, dazzling settings that are a lot less crowded.
Island hopping around Palawan is one of the best options for a dream honeymoon in Southeast Asia.
Perfect for water lovers, sunny days here will be filled with swimming in azure shallows, snorkelling colourful reefs and diving at shipwreck sites. You can also take a boat tour along one of the world’s longest underground rivers.
Palawan’s dramatic landscape is also brilliant for exploring caves, trekking through jungles and chasing waterfalls. If you’re an adventurous couple you can try rock climbing and ziplining, too.
With so many islands and areas to explore, you’ve got plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation. From romantic rustic hideaways to beachside villas and upscale resorts, it’s a heavenly destination for a once-in-a-lifetime escape.
📸 Top things to do in Palawan: Go island hopping, enjoy the world’s best beaches, try sea kayaking, explore an underground river, swim & snorkel amongst vibrant reefs
When to visit: November to May
Best romantic hotel: El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island
Nearest airport: Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) or El Nido Lio Airport (ENI)
Best for: Couples who want a stylish city honeymoon
There’s so much more to Southeast Asia than beaches, so if you want a chic city honeymoon – you’re in luck! One of the best city destinations in Southeast Asia is Singapore.
Singapore is a buzzy, cosmopolitan city-state and is amazing for newlywed celebrations.
If you’re looking for a splurge-worthy Southeast Asia honeymoon, this is a city that ticks the right boxes. You’ll find luxury in abundance with glitzy upscale hotels, swanky clubs and amazing restaurants.
There’s loads to see and do in Singapore, too. It’s known for its diversity so it’s a great place for a culture fix. Dotted amongst this modern city, you’ll find enchanting temples and beautiful religious sites.
There’s also an eclectic mix of neighbourhoods – from Chinatown and Little India to hip hideouts and stylish shopping districts. Marina Bay is one of the most famous areas with its impressive skyline and famous Gardens by the Bay.
As one of the world’s most expensive destinations, a lot of people spend a few days in Singapore before heading elsewhere.
If you want to mix city with beaches, you can fly to many Southeast Asia destinations direct from Singapore. But, if you want to stay in Singapore longer, consider heading to nearby Sentosa – it’s a lovely resort island with beaches and fun attractions.
📸 Top things to do in Singapore: Visit Gardens by the Bay, enjoy luxury dining & nightlife, cruise the Singapore River, go shopping, visit temples, take a food tour
When to visit: February to July
Best romantic hotel: Raffles Singapore
Nearest airport: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
5 Koh Samui, Thailand
Best for: Couples who want a paradise beach resort
If you love the idea of powdery beaches and sparkling turquoise waters, Thailand will be your dream country. It’s one of my favourite places in the world and I really believe it’s one of the best honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia!
As such a diverse place, there’s so much to see and do across the country. But, if you want an island escape, you can’t go wrong with a honeymoon in Koh Samui.
Tropical Koh Samui is a favourite with honeymooners. It’s an island that boasts some of the country’s best hotels. You’ll find luxury resorts along the coast with heavenly options made with couples in mind.
Plus, as one of the easiest islands to get to in Thailand, it’s a great choice if all you want to do is fly and flop!
If you can be dragged away from your resort, Koh Samui has loads to offer so it’s a lovely place to explore. Inland, you’ll be able to do everything from jungle safari tours and hiking to temple visits.
There are also gorgeous waterfalls, elephant sanctuaries and vibrant night markets.
If you want to stay by the coast, you’ll want to add a day trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park to your list. It’s a protected archipelago of 42 islands and is really breathtaking. There’ll be loads of opportunities for swimming, scuba diving and boat trips in Koh Samui, too.
For couples only wanting to relax on the beach, this is a paradise destination so it’s always a winner! But, if you want to explore further afield, island hopping is amazing around the Gulf of Thailand and is easy to organise from Koh Samui.
Koh Phangan and Koh Tao are some of the most famous islands and both can be visited on day trips.
📸 Top things to do in Koh Samui: Relax on the beach, get a Thai massage, go island hopping, take a jungle safari, visit temples, take a cooking class, visit an elephant sanctuary
When to visit: January to April
Best romantic hotel: Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
Nearest airport: Samui International Airport (USM)
6 Hoi An, Vietnam
Best for: Couples who want a unique honeymoon in Southeast Asia
Vietnam’s Hoi An might not be the first place you think of for a honeymoon but I promise you it’s a great choice!
As a country, Vietnam is magical and has so much to offer. If you want to explore more than one region, consider travelling north to south (or vice versa) for a big honeymoon adventure.
But, if you want to pick just one area, go for Hoi An.
Hoi An has been named one of the world’s best (and prettiest) cities. It’s famed for its gorgeous old town, unique markets and colourful lanterns.
It’s a vibrant, enchanting and romantic destination that’s bursting with history and culture… so it’s only fitting that it’s one of the best honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia!
Hoi An packs a punch when it comes to things to see and do. And it’s not all city-centric either. If you want to float in a traditional Vietnamese basket boat, you can do this here.
You can also spend a leisurely morning cycling amongst the city’s nearby rice paddies.
Plus, the beach is close by for couples wanting to lounge in the sun. It really is a perfect destination if you want to mix romance, relaxation and adventure!
As a destination, Hoi An is also heaven for foodies. The food in Vietnam is delicious and you’ll find food stalls, food tours and cooking classes aplenty in Hoi An. It’s also a city that’s renowned for its coffee so you’ll find lots of cosy cafes.
📸 Top things to do in Hoi An: Visit the old town, peruse traditional markets, try a cookery class, take a sunset dinner cruise, join a basket boat tour, day trip to My Son Sanctuary, enjoy the nightlife
When to visit: February to August
Best romantic hotel: Anantara Hoi An Resort
Nearest airport: Da Nang International Airport (DAD)
7 Gili Meno, Indonesia
Best for: Couples who want to get away from it all with island life
Indonesia’s Gili Islands are famed world-over. Commonly combined with a trip to Bali, the three islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno – offer idyllic tropical vibes.
If you want to experience real island life, these coral-fringed islands are a good bet.
Unlike many other islands in Southeast Asia, there are no cars or motorised vehicles on the Gilis. They offer a back-to-nature, boho paradise so they’re one of the best beach destinations in Southeast Asia!
Vibrant Gili Trawangan is the most popular of the Gili islands and is known for its lively, party atmosphere. But it’s Gili Meno that needs to be on your honeymoon radar.
Known as the ‘honeymoon island’, Gili Meno is the smallest of the Gili islands and is a wonderful place for peace and serenity.
This is an island that’s a lot less busy than Gili T or Gili Air (and has fewer backpackers) so it’s great for a romantic getaway. You can walk around the island within two hours so it’s a lovely spot for some beachside strolls or leisurely bike rides.
Gili Meno also boasts the best snorkelling and beaches in the region – you’ll feel like you’re in paradise.
As a tiny tropical isle, this is a destination that’s all about relaxation, slowing down and enjoying island life. If you want loads to see and do, it might not be the best bet for you – but it could be a nice option to combine with other destinations in Indonesia.
You could also consider island hopping between the Gili islands to experience the different vibes of each.
📸 Top things to do in Gili Meno: Relax in a hammock on the beach, go snorkelling, dive at the Gili Meno underwater sculpture site, watch the sunset, visit a turtle sanctuary, go island hopping
When to visit: May to September
Best romantic hotel: Karma Reef
Nearest airport: Lombok International Airport (LOP) or Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
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Southeast Asia has so much to offer so there really is something for everyone. I hope this post has helped you decide which Southeast Asia honeymoon destination is best for you… I can’t wait to hear what you decide!