Ah, February, the love month. Red roses are in full bloom, luxury candies and chocolates are available everywhere, and Valentine’s Dinner specials are selling out fast. However, there’s no guarantee that your significant other will enjoy V-Day if you stick to this annual tradition. A word of advice from us at Viyahe: go on a romantic trip!
Surprise your beloved with a getaway to a breathtaking destination on Valentine’s weekend. To give you an idea, here are 5 Romantic Destinations in Asia that are worth flying to, even if you’re just staying for three days.
Dubbed as the Paris of Asia, Hanoi has a unique East-meets-West charm with the coexistence of French and Vietnamese architecture. This Vietnamese city may be small, but it’s rich in culture, history, and flavor—yes, Hanoian food is a sure delight and also healthy.
For an ideal Hanoi experience, start your day by strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake and check out the Temple of the Jade Mountain. There you’ll be able to cross the Huc Bridge or Red Bridge, a famous landmark in the city, and is said to give luck to anyone who crosses it. If you get hungry, restaurants and cafes are just around the lake; grab a French pastry or a Banh Mi sandwich and pair it with a cup of Vietnamese coffee.
In the afternoon, explore Hanoi landmarks and shops on a rickshaw ride. Drivers usually offer a hop-on and hop-off arrangement, which is a bit pricier than a regular trip, but seeing the city on a rickshaw is already an adventure in itself. Before the sun sets, go to a roof deck bar and sip on cocktails with your significant other to set the romantic mood pre-dinner.
Make the most of your venture with a side trip to cruise around Halong Bay. Hotels and travel agencies in Hanoi offer guided tours, which usually includes onboard meals.
With countless picturesque landscapes, historical monuments, cozy hotels, and intimate restaurant setups, it’s no surprise that Kyoto remains a popular destination for honeymooners. Though there’s always something new and exciting in Kyoto each time travelers return to the city, its temples and gardens are still must-see’s.
During the day, make sure to visit Kodaiji, Shisen-Do, and Honen-in temples for a quiet quality time together. Both temples have beautiful gardens that comfort every visitor in nature’s solitude. There’s also Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, though it may be crowded and noisy, the temple has a section dedicated to giving luck on love.
Late in the afternoon, walk around Nene-no-Michi Lane in the Southern Higashiyama area. This stone-paved walkway connects you to some of Kyoto’s most loved landmarks. And of course, in the evening, enjoy a traditional Japanese meal in restaurants that have koshitu or private rooms for an unforgettable dinner date.
Three days may be short for a full Kyoto experience but relishing in what this ancient city has to offer enriches the soul, especially when you know how to pause.
Taiwan’s capital city is perfect for couples who are looking for fun and adventure. Even with a handful of outdoor activities and hiking trails, the city is also very cosmopolitan. Taipei boasts a sprawl of Michelin-starred restaurants, fashion boutiques, museums and art galleries, and modern architecture with Asian sensibilities. Think of an exhilarating day on the outskirts of Taipei, then end with a relaxing evening back in town.
For an itinerary guide, read our Must-Visit Spots in Taipei.
Another East-meets-West destination, Malacca (or Melaka, locally) is a colorful city with an eclectic vibe. Colonial structures from its long history of Dutch, Portuguese, and British conquerors still stand in Malaccan streets. And its dominant Nyonya culture (Chinese-Malay) makes the Malaysian city even more enjoyable.
In the morning, spot some quirky shops and cafes in Jonker Street and get your cameras ready for the ‘gram. After getting your coffee or tea fix, check out the historical Red Square (as locals call it) where the famous 18th century Christ Church is found. You can also add the Sultanate Palace Museum to your itinerary and learn about Malacca’s history.
From late afternoon to evening, go on a romantic stroll along the Melaka River and watch how the golden hour adds another layer of beauty to the city. Enjoy a delectable dinner in this area as some of the best restaurants in Malacca are here.
Bali is every couple’s paradise even before the movie “Eat. Pray. Love.” featured it as the penultimate destination of Julia Roberts’ character. The island province is rich in lush greenery and stunning beaches, and there’s always something for every kind of traveler.
Many resorts in Bali provide privacy to couples, think of villas with infinity pool, or a large hotel room with an outdoor shower. The best thing about Bali accommodations is that you will feel like a VIP without breaking the bank.
If you and your special someone are into nature, go for a hike in the mountains and rice terraces. Mount Agung, Sambangan Forest, Campuhan Ridge, and Tegallalang Rice Terraces are popular treks spots. For beach trips, enjoy the serenity of Jimbaran Bay and Balian Beaches in West Bali from day to dusk, or catch some waves at Padang Padang, Balangan, and Keramas Beaches. For a more relaxing activity, book a Balinese spa treatment or join a yoga class in meditation centers around the province.
Ready for an unforgettable Valentine’s weekend? Make your romantic getaway seamless by booking your trip with Viyahe. Our live travel assistants will ensure that your journey is hassle-free; from the moment that you book your flight until you get back to the comforts of your home. All you need to do is chat.