Deciding on a honeymoon destination can be quite a task. Couple that with an individual’s preferences and you are left in a tizzy. One loves the mountains and the other one loves the beach. So, how do you arrive on a decision? Luckily for us, India is located in one of the most gifted continents of the world. And with Asia on hand, you have a multitude of choices when it comes to exploring it. We particularly love the Southeast side of it because not only is it relatively affordable but also because it makes for a dreamy honeymoon backdrop. Here’s a comprehensive list of honeymoon destinations in Southeast Asia for Indians in particular.
1. Pattaya, Thailand
A popular beach destination, the city of Pattaya never disappoints the traveller. Once a small fishing town, Pattaya soon became one of the most popular cities in Thailand and is thronged by tourists. It is known for its beaches and hip metropolis. Head here if you want to chill by the beach during the day and party the night away.
Best Time To Visit: November – February
Flight Duration: 10h 50m (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 0.43 Thai Baht
2. Hội An, Vietnam
Most people head to Hanoi in Vietnam but why not take the road less travelled? Hội An, a coastal city makes for a great honeymoon spot. If you love your history then you will particularly love this city as it has a perfectly preserved Ancient Town. The entire city is line by canals and it’s akin to being called the Venice of the East.
Best Time To Visit: February – April
Flight Duration: 9h 30m+ (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 327.20 Vietnamese Dong
3. Galle, Sri Lanka
The best thing about Galle is that it has prominent Portuguese and Dutch influence which intermingle with Sri Lankan culture making it the perfect amalgamation of the east and the west. The Galle Fort is the main landmark here and makes for a great photography point. The Galle Lighthouse is also one of the most picturesque places here and a picture here looks straight out of a postcard.
Best Time To Visit: December – April
Flight Duration: 2h 20m (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 2.55 Sri Lankan Rupee
4. Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
What makes Kota Kinabalu incredibly unique is that it is part city and part rainforest. You literally get the best of both worlds here and what could possibly better than that? An architecture lover will feel right at home at the city mosque while taking in its splendour. And if you are into hiking then you can try to climb Mount Kinabalu which is at the height of 4,095m!
Best Time To Visit: January – March
Flight Duration: 8h 50m+ (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 0.058 Malaysian Ringgit
5. Java, Indonesia
One of the main islands in Indonesia, Java is sandwiched between Sumatra and the ever-popular Bali. Now, Bali tends to get pretty crowded and Java makes for the perfect substitute. It’s one of the best places to go scuba-diving and also boasts of two of Indonesia’s active volcanoes.
Best Time To Visit: May – September
Flight Duration: 8h 55m+ (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 197.42 Indonesian Rupiah
No place is better than Singapore if you want your honeymoon to be about eating good food and hitting the best bars in town. One of the most advanced countries in the world, Singapore is tiny but makes up for it with its abundance of Michelin star restaurants and nightclubs. It also has one of the best airports in the world. It’s so good in fact, that you won’t feel like getting out of the airport.
Best Time To Visit: November – January
Flight Duration: 5h 55m (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: 0.019 Singapore Dollar
7. Vang Vieng, Laos
If you are tired of the dhoom-dhaam following your wedding and are looking to kick back and be in a peaceful atmosphere then you simply can’t go wrong with Vang Vieng. Situated in the country of Laos, Vang Vieng is a tranquil town which is surrounded by mountains and caves made out of limestone. Towards the north of the town is the Tham Nam cave. The unique aspect of this deep cave is that there is a spring right at the entrance of it. Laos is known for being a Buddhist hub and the town also houses Buddhist monasteries that have stood the test of time since the 16th and 17th century.
Best Time To Visit: November – March
Flight Duration: 8h 30m+ (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 124.79 Laotian Kip
8. Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
Nothing beats the view of a blue sky and a lake so clear that you can see your own reflection in it. And you can get both at the Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan. The lake has a lot of foot trails which means you can hike as much as you want and stretch your legs. But the best possible thing is the view from the top of the cable car that runs over the lake.
Best Time To Visit: June – August
Flight Duration: 8h 5m+ (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 043 NT$
9. Kyoto, Japan
Japan is known to be one of the most progressive countries in the world. But along with that the country also manages to maintain and encapsulate their old traditions. Kyoto was once the capital of Japan and vestiges of it remain there till date. The city is full of Buddhist temples and palaces. You can even see geishas perform here.
Best Time To Visit: October – May
Flight Duration: 12h 40m+ (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 1.54 Japanese Yen
10. Jeju-do, South Korea
One of the only places in the world to have cave-like lava tubes, Jeju-do makes for a great vacation spot for honeymooners who love some adventure. The dormant volcano here makes for a great place to hike and the volcanic beaches are a sight to behold.
Best Time To Visit: November – February
Flight Duration: 10h (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 16.28 South Korean Won
Just a few nautical miles away, Maldives is one of the best beach destinations you can ever go to. With azure waters and palm tree-lined beaches, all you have to do here is relax. It’s the perfect place to get away to after a big fat Indian wedding.
Best Time To Visit: November – April
Flight Duration: 2h 45m (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 0.22 Maldivian Rufiyaa
Once the winter home of the Dalai Lama, you are bound to get some peace and quiet in the high-altitude city of Lhasa. The Potala Palace here is one of the main landmarks and has approximately 1000 rooms! It’s a treat to get lost here.
Best Time To Visit: August – October
Flight Duration: 22h 40m+ via connecting flights (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 0.098 Chinese Yuan
13. El Nido, Philippines
With sandy-white beaches as far as the eyes can see and water that is so blue that it looks like a piece of the sky, you will fall in love with El Nido. There are coral reefs here too and you can see schools of fish swimming right in front of you. Now that is something you don’t get to see every day.
Best Time To Visit: November – May
Flight Duration: 9h 35m from Mumbai to Manila, flights available from Manila to reach close to El Nido (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 0.71 Philippine Peso
14. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Home to the ruins of the Angkor Wat, a trip to Siem Reap is a spiritual experience. The vast estate of the Angkor Wat is full of old temples and buildings. Did you know that Tomb Raider was shot here? You have all the more reason to go here now!
Best Time To Visit: November – March
Flight Duration: 7h 25m+ via Bangkok (may vary depending on the airline)
Currency Conversion: ₹1 = 57.36 Cambodian Riel