You’ve tied the knot, which means any wedding planning woes are – thankfully – long gone. Now is the time to celebrate. Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday that should be more than just 'bucket list' worthy. Whether you’re looking to explore the far-reaching corners of the region, or have your hearts set on putting a luxurious spin on a stay at a well-known travel destination, there’s something to suit every type of honeymooner, just a few hours flight from Hong Kong. Here are our top picks of romantic spots.
Relax in a Tropical Paradise – Bali
Bali offers something for every type of traveller, but if you’re looking for a romantic getaway, then you’re not likely to head to the nightclubs of Kuta. North of the Indonesian island’s most populous beaches, Ubud offers a quiet sanctuary for couples looking for an intimate holiday destination. The town is surrounded by rainforest, temples, and the iconic rice terraces. Popular activities include yoga, authentic Balinese cooking classes, and a visit to the Monkey Forest (just don’t carry any loose valuables, as these pesky primates are well-known petty thieves).
Beat the Monday Blues – the Maldives
Perhaps the most iconic of the honeymoon hotspots, the appeal of the Maldives requires little explanation – crystal clear seas, luxurious overwater villas, and the promise of privacy. Rates at the archipelago’s swanky resorts might seem extravagant, but the majority of them are all-inclusive, owing to their remote locations. Given the beauty of your surroundings, we doubt you’d be tempted to venture too far afield, anyway.
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Skip the Run-of-the-Mill Snorkelling Sites – Japan
Travelling to Japan is hardly a novel idea, but the country has much more to offer than most have experienced. Beyond the cosmopolitan Tokyo and the charismatic charm of ancient capital Kyoto, Japan’s islands are many and varied. In the Okinawa Prefecture in the far south (just 300 kilometres from Taiwan), lies Ishigaki island, which is known for its beaches and marine life, and is a great destination for those with an interest in snorkelling and scuba diving.
Travel the Golden Triangle – Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar
The Golden Triangle is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers. Moving away from its unfavourable historical reputation as the world’s most prolific opium-producing region, nowadays the region has become a popular choice for travellers looking to go beyond the conventional cultural excursions in Southeast Asia. While parts of the Golden Triangle remain off the beaten track, the region is now home to some new and luxurious accommodation offerings, including the Four Seasons Tented Camp
and its unique spin on the 'glamping' experience.
See the Sights in Style – The Oriental Express
Honeymoons don’t have to stay rooted in a single destination, nor do they necessarily need to involve countless connecting flights. If Southeast Asia is on the agenda, then a roving holiday could help you take in the sights at a leisurely pace while living in lavish surroundings. The Eastern & Oriental Express
is the perfect example of this. Operated by Belmond Trains, these luxury train journeys embark from Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur and offer a slice of old-world charm as you coast through cosmopolitan cities in style.
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Travel at a Leisurely Pace
If you’re happy to eschew planes, but trains aren’t quite up to speed, then you could always opt to set sail. International operators including Viking River Cruises
and Avalon Waterways
offer Mekong river cruises ranging from eight days to two weeks and above. Passing through tranquil waterways and rice paddies, cruises traverse through Laos to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, taking in the sights and sounds of everyday life along the way.
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