08 Nov 2019
If you are planning your honeymoon soon, you should definitely consider making Southeast Asia your top travel option! Whether you are seeking an idyllic beach getaway or crave a romantic and culturally-rich experience, Southeast Asia has it all. Read on below and get inspired!
A hidden gem in Indonesia for beach lovers, this beautiful island paradise is a great place for snorkelling and diving. Imagine yourself swimming in crystal clear waters alongside the teeming marine life and animals, including whale sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles. This island north of Banda Aceh is also home to waterfalls and volcanoes, all waiting for you and your partner to explore. Forget the Maldives and visit this equally gorgeous and underrated island for your honeymoon!
In the middle of the sea, surrounded by azure blue waters, lies a little island that many have not heard of. Pasir Timbul Sandbar looks just like a photo taken in the Maldives! Here, you're able to have a picnic and snorkel in the waters surrounding the sand bar. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, strolling around Pasir Timbul is like floating in the world of your dreams. With the size of only about 150 metres square, this ultimate exotic destination is located at Raja Ampat and has the most calming and shallow waters. You and your partner have to come here to experience it for yourselves!
Literally means “Island of Romance”, Pulo Cinta is the ultimate beach destination for honeymooners. Forget the Maldives, you are sure to feel like a millionaire in this private island! Soft, white sand? Checked! Pristine, azure waters? Checked! Stunning sunsets and amazing marine life? Checked! What’s there not to love? At Pulo Cinta, you can stay in the Pulo Cinta Eco Resort with water villas uniquely arranged into a heart shape. This would mean unblocked views of the beautiful sea! Pulo Cinta is definitely synonymous to serenity, romance and peace, which makes it the perfect honeymoon destination for you and your partner!
Known for its pearly white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, Belitung has become one of the most popular places in Indonesia since the movie “Laskar Pelangi” was released in 2008. The waters here are fine even for non-swimmers, as there's almost no current and no surf. Island-hopping is also another fun activity to do; perfect for your next beach adventure! There is also more than just island hopping and snorkelling here - you and your partner can explore Tanjung Tinggi beach, go to the colourful Museum Kata, and visit the gorgeous white sandstones at Lake Kaolin.
This gorgeous island is actually owned by the Johor Sultanate. Located just 16km from Mersing, this idyllic destination is a haven for marine life and is part of the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park. This island has it all: emerald sea, white sandy beaches, and phenomenal sunsets all at your front door. There’s also a massive jetty with slides and rocky cliff sides if you and your partner are up for an adventurous jump, or a volleyball net to have a friendly game, and numerous water activities as well.
Mention Mabul Island and visions of pristine clear water, swaying coconut trees and blissful water bungalows come to mind. Located off the southern-coast of Borneo, Mabul Island could just be a little slice of beach heaven that you and your partner are looking for. Can you believe this is not in Maldives? If you’re not keen on diving, you can chill by the soft sandy beaches or explore the fishermen villages. It's also home to the one and only unique diving rig in the world! Stay at Mabul Water Bungalows to experience a luxurious floating resort, overlooking the world-famous Sipadan Island! There are also other types of accommodations on the island to suit different budgets.
One of the most underrated beach destinations in Southeast Asia, Koh Lipe is all about secluded dive sites, spectacular beaches, and some of the best snorkelling spots to see tropical fish. It is also a mere 30km away from Langkawi, which means finding food is not a problem at all! This small paradise island on the Andaman Coast also has trails leading to viewpoints for you to explore and soak in aerial views of the island’s natural beauty. There are no cars here and everything you need – from chalets to cafes, diving shops and massage huts - are within walking distance.
The ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam is still largely undeveloped. This means less crowd, untouched marine life and clean beaches! The beautiful island off the coast of Cambodia boasts stunning beaches, romantic sunsets, and a peaceful atmosphere. It's also one of the family-friendly islands with numerous activities such as snorkelling and fishing trips. It's even one of the very few places in the world with bioluminescent plankton – like in some of the Maldivian islands.
You don't have to go out of Southeast Asia for white, soft sand, crystal clear waters, amazing sunsets, and some beach therapy. Are you and your partner ready for some fun in the sun without heading to the Maldives? Happy honeymoon!
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