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Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

Five Romantic Places to Have a Hassle-Free Honeymoon in Asia

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Once the buildup, planning, and big day have come and gone, you'll need someplace warm, beautiful, and romantic to undo all the stress that weddings ironically create. Honeymoon destinations in Asia offer some of the most beautiful scenery and memorable experiences for far less money than Hawaii or Fiji.

Whether you prefer quiet beach time or cultural adventures, you won't be disappointed with any of these top five honeymoon destinations in Asia. Alternatively, you can plan the trip of your lifetimes around any of these unforgettable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia.

1. Bali, Indonesia

Honeymoon in Bali Indonesia
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Not much of a surprise that Bali, Indonesia's most touristed island, is also one of the top spots in the world for a honeymoon. Just the mention of Bali conjures exotic images of volcanoes and private beaches. Although the island does get busy in the summer months, you can escape the crowds to romantic beach villas and eco-friendly hideaways surrounded by green rainforests.

More of a party scene, popular Kuta beach isn't exactly romantic. Instead, head for one of the other beaches in South Bali such as Sanur, Legian, or Seminyak. Once you've had enough beach time, you'll find peace, a great vibe, and plenty of green scenery in Ubud -- Bali's cultural center.

2. The Thai Islands

Koh Lanta sunset
Photo by Greg Rodgers

Thailand boasts some of the most beautiful and accessible islands in the world and with the best tourist infrastructure in Southeast Asia, you won't have to worry about the hassles of travel in Thailand interfering with your time together. The Thai islands, both on the Andaman side of the country and in the Gulf of Thailand, are well suited for romantic getaways.

If you prefer small islands, have a look at tiny Koh Lipe on the Phuket side of Thailand. Otherwise, consider Koh Lanta, Koh Samui, or some of the quiet bays dotted around the north of Koh Phangan. If things get a little too quiet on the island, you can always take a boat to Haad Rin to dance until sunrise with your partner!

3. Malaysian Borneo

Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sabah
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There is simply no other way to put it: Borneo is a nature lover's paradise. One of only two places left in the world to see wild orangutans, you can divide your time in Borneo between searching for wildlife on rainforest treks, exploring waterfalls in national parks, and lying on undeveloped beaches. Flights to Borneo from Kuala Lumpur are cheap, often even up to the last minute!

Borneo is divided into two states, Sarawak and Sabah, that are separated by the independent country of Brunei. Sarawak is quieter, cheaper, and less busy than the northern state of Sabah, while East Sabah boasts incredible scuba diving and natural attractions. You'll find plenty of wild beauty and friendly local culture in both places.

4. Sri Lanka

unawatuna sri lanka
Photo by Greg Rodgers

Although Sri Lanka off the southern coast of India doesn't receive nearly as much attention as its neighbor to the north, the islands there rank among the best honeymoon destinations in Asia! Great spicy curry, friendly people, an interesting culture, and a much more relaxed atmosphere lure more and more travelers each year.

A honeymoon in Sri Lanka is both an affordable and unique way to start a new life together.

5. The Maldives

Honeymoon in Maldives
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Not far from India, the island nation known as the Maldives is Asia's smallest country, both by population and land mass. A lack of space doesn't stop the Maldives from attracting an estimated 600,000 annual tourists who come to take advantage of the incredible island beauty and world-class scuba diving. Floating bungalows and honeymoon resorts set on some of the bluest water you have ever encountered will make you and your new partner want to stay forever.

Male is the capital, largest city, and usual port of entry for visiting the Maldives. While the beauty of the islands is breathtaking, a honeymoon in the Maldives will cost significantly more than one in the Thai islands.

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