If you’re looking for the perfect romantic vacation, you don’t need to go further than our own Southeast Asia. This part of the world is blessed with natural attractions – tropical beaches, scenic mountains, fields of rice paddies – and each country has its own captivating culture. Not to mention that there are tons of unique romantic resorts for couples you can book based on your budget.
Here’s our top pick for 5 budget-friendly romantic destinations in Southeast Asia, ideal for your honeymoon, anniversary or casual occasions when you just to enjoy time with your SO.
1. Coron, Palawan (Philippines)
Most international tourists skip over the Philippines because of expensive flights to the country, but as long as you’re able to snag a promo ticket, you’ll find that everything else is within budget.
Coron is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Here you can visit amazing beaches, swim in green lagoons or dive in historical shipwrecks left from WWII. In Coron, you don’t necessarily need to splurge in over-expensive water bungalows or resorts, the sightseeing tours are enough to make you feel that you’re having a one-of-a-kind experience.
Hire a private boat with your partner to explore the islands, kayak together or wait for the colorful sunset while dining in one of its seaside restaurants.
2. Bali (Indonesia)
There are many reasons we’re voting for Bali as a good destination for romantic vacations. One, its culture is undeniably unique — the whole island follows Hinduism and as such has amazing architecture, including temples for meditation and praying. Two, there are several destinations to pick from in Bali depending on what you’d like to do — sightsee temples and explore towns, snorkel and dive, or learn surfing. Third, it has amazing deals on villas and resorts!
Want to stay for a few days in your own private villa? Check. Want to check in a hotel overlooking the jungles of Ubud? Check. Want to spend your honeymoon in a deluxe suite in a luxury resort on a beachside? Check.
Whatever your budget and preferred accommodation is (homestay, private villa, luxury resort, eco-friendly bamboo house, etc), you can find it in Bali.
3. Sihanoukville (Cambodia)
Sihanoukville is one of the lesser-known destinations in Cambodia, and it’s best for those who want a more relaxing type of vacation with their SO.
Sihanoukville is a seaside town where you can spend your days lazing in the beach. Or you can do one of the many activities this town offers, including taking a boat tour in nearby islands, seeing the wildlife in Cardamom Mountains and visiting temples.
Accommodations in Sihanoukville are relatively cheap. You can choose from hostels, resorts or even luxury floating tents in the Tatai River.
4. Perhentian Islands (Malaysia)
Unlike its neighboring countries, Malaysia isn’t exactly known for its beaches. However, it does have something to offer to sun-loving tourists too.
Perhentian Islands is a group of islands in peninsular Malaysia best known for its diving spots. In fact, it’s one of the cheapest places in Southeast Asia to get a PADI certification. As such it’s a great honeymoon retreat for adventuring couples. Aside from its underwater offers, it also has great beaches for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking and jungle where you can do a little bit of trekking.
Budget travelers can easily find a cheap overnight accommodation in Perhentical Kecil or head over for nicer resorts in Perhentian Besar. As with every other province in Malaysia, you’ll find that food here is cheap as well, not to mention delicious. Your budget will go a long way in Perhentian Islands.
5. Koh Phi Phi (Thailand)
With its affordable prices and tropical islands in the south, Thailand is a classic destination for romantic getaways. There are various islands in the south you can choose from, and one that stands out is Koh Phi Phi.
Koh Phi Phi has clear blue waters, white sand and great food. During daytime, you can go on island hopping tours, dive in shipwrecks, or go on other adrenaline-filling activities such as shark feeding. Or you can just beach bum, stroll along the Phi Phi market for local fruits and produce, and take photos in the Koh Phi Phi viewpoint. At night, you can go to different bars to party.
Koh Phi Phi is a great budget-friendly romantic vacation spot in Southeast Asia for adventure seekers and party goers. If you’re visiting during high season, prepare to be with packs of other tourists.
If you want a little bit of quiet, there are other islands in Thailand, including Koh Lipe.
Here are our pick for the best affordable romantic getaways in Southeast Asia. Do you have other recommendations?