It’s not only in the West that Valentine’s Day brings out the lover in all of us. In Asia, romance is at its best in these fabulous destinations for a romantic getaway!
Let’s face it – even the most romantic candlelit dinner gets a bit dull the third time around. More and more, couples looking for the ultimate Valentine’s Day are jetting off to some of the world’s most romantic destinations. And no surprise – the sandy beaches and exotic locales of Southeast Asia promise some of the best romantic getaway experiences for February!
To help you get started on planning the ultimate Valentine’s Day getaway, we’ve rounded up our favourite destinations to experience during the year’s most romantic holiday.
Moc Chau Highlands, Vietnam
Head up to the magical Moc Chau Highlights in Vietnam during the month of February, and you’re in for a surprise. Not only is February a particularly magical time for couples – it’s also the season when Moc Chau’s vibrant cherry blossoms are in full bloom!
Expect to see rolling hills dusted with a sprinkle of pastels. Plus, this area promises some truly magical connections with friendly ethnic minority locals. For adventurous couples looking for otherworldly charm but are keen to skip the beach, this is a great place to explore.
Not looking to head so far north? The highlights of magical Sapa are a great alternative for shorter getaways from Hanoi. Ask our team about some truly special experiences in Sapa and beyond.
Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
It doesn’t need to be February for Phang Nga Bay to be romantic – this is certainly one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire world. What makes February a great time to visit this southern Thai gem, though, is the fact that the weather during the month is at its best – about 25 – 30 degrees Celcius.
For the best experience here, make sure you head out for a romantic cruise through the area. If you’re up for something a bit more adventurous, opt for a speedboat trip to get you to and from the best diving and snorkeling spots. If you’re more keen to sit back and relax, slow things down a bit with a sunset dinner cruise aboard a traditional wooden cruiser instead. We’ve got both in our Thailand itinerary portfolio – ask our team of travel experts to help you choose the perfect tour!
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
When it comes to cities who can put on a show, Ho Chi Minh City tops that list. During the Valentine’s Day season, expect the city to erupt in a flurry of love hearts, chocolates and teddy bears. But beyond the cheesy gifts and love-struck locals, Ho Chi Minh City is a great place for Valentine’s Day thanks to its penchant for a certain brand of sky-high nightlife: rooftop bars and restaurants!
From gaudy to classy to downright glitzy, Ho Chi Minh City’s rooftop bars run the gamut. Our friends at Word Vietnam rounded up their ultimate list of Vietnam’s best rooftop bars (in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) to make your selection even easier.
Myanmar isn’t exactly brimming with relaxing, luxurious and leisurely romantic activities – but for particularly adventurous couples who love discovering new things together, it’s the ultimate Valentine’s Day trip.
There’s no better place to do so than Bagan, an incredible valley of over 2000 ancient temples. For the ultimate romance here, stick around for dinner near the temples during sunset. You won’t find anything more rewarding than the sun dipping below the horizon and the glowing silhouettes of centuries-old temples. Naturally, a luxury dinner with just that is part of our luxury Myanmar journey.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Nothing says romance like a leisurely cruise within a UNESCO World Heritage site – and Halong Bay is Vietnam’s UNESCO crown jewel. Depending on the cruise you take, you might find romance exploring caves and grottos, while kayaking near a floating village or having cocktails as the sun sets over the bay.
We’d say that our favourite romantic Halong experience comes with our luxury Halong Bay cruises (with an option for a group cruise or a private cruise), which puts a premium on delicious food and epic views. Couple that with a stunning room with a private balcony, and this might be the best Valentine’s Day getaway yet.