When you think about romantic beach vacations, what generally comes to mind are beautiful sunsets, secluded and sultry shorelines and long walks on the beach with that special someone. If you want something beyond the generic getaway, it might be a good idea to visit a place where you can do all of the above while immersing yourself in a fresh and distinct cultural experience. Instead of the usually romantic hotspots, find a hidden gem off the beaten track and you are sure to create some amazing memories.
Southeast Asia tends to be overlooked on traditional lists of romantic getaways. It is often overshadowed by the likes of the Caribbean sandy shores and the evocative images of the Pacific Islands. However, Southeast Asia has some pretty remarkable stretches of coastline where you can definitely find that cosy corner and, at amazingly affordable rates. From islands off the coast of Thailand, to must-sees in Malaysia and Indonesia; here is a beginner's guide to the best beach haunts on that side of the world.
Some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches are found off the coast of southern Thailand. There are islands and shores to suit every type of couple, from the party goers to the beach bums. Traditional favourites for romantic beach vacations in Thailand are Phuket and Krabi.
These popular locations are also good bases from which you can island hop to the surrounding beaches and islands. There is Koh Phangan, home to the world famous full moon party which promises a night of revelry. For something a little more laid back and in tune with nature, you could try the Phi Phi Islands.
The destination of choice in Indonesia would be the enclave of Bali. Beyond the brilliant beaches, Bali also has a tremendously rich and vibrant culture. Described as an absolute paradise, Balinese beaches are renowned for their seductive beauty. Malaysia too has a number of remarkable beach destinations, from the diving hotspots in the Perhentian Islands to the idyllic setting of Langkawi.
What sets these Asian destinations apart from the run of the mill romantic holiday escapades is that they can also be tremendously fulfilling cultural experiences. Whether you are indulging in the local cuisine or being pampered with a massage right at the beach, you will be experiencing a culture and lifestyle that is distinct and unique.
From the singing fruit vendors on the Thai beaches to the Indonesian women who walk the shores covered from head to toe to protect themselves from the sun, it promises to be an experience out of the ordinary. These locations also have all the activities and amenities that you would expect on a traditional beach vacation; diving, spas and all.
There is a whole host of picture perfect locations for you to rest, relax and rev up your relationship. The added perk is that it is all at a tremendously affordable price; most beach destinations in the region will cost you a fraction of what a Caribbean vacation would cost. So when you are dreaming up romantic beach vacations, think about heading over to Southeast Asia!