Let’s check out some awesome ideas to celebrate romance around Asia and Australia, especially compiled for travelling lovebirds.
1. Winter Sonata in Nami Island, South Korea
To those who are not familiar with Winter Sonata, it’s THE drama series that catapulted Korean pop culture to worldwide fame. Much of the series was filmed at Nami Island, which has attained cult status amongst fans who come here to relive scenes from the TV series. Nami Island is a delightful place to visit especially in February, when snow falls heavily on this small island laden with birches, chestnut trees, ginko trees, and maple trees – truly a winter wonderland.
2. Ballooning in Bagan, Myanmar
As far as off-the-beaten-path destinations go, Bagan is still relatively unperturbed by ‘mainstream’ tourists. A Buddhism powerhouse during the 11th and 12th century, this ancient city was described by Marco Polo as a “gilded city alive with tinkling bells and the swishing sounds of monks’ robes”. The best way to see everything? Get on the hot air balloon at sunrise for a spectacular view of the vast open land studded with over 2,000 temples and pagodas from the golden era of old Burma. Certainly a romantic excursion, a sight to behold, and an experience to be cherished for the rest of your lives.
3. Spa in Bali, Indonesia
Bali has consistently been named as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, and the reputation does not come unwarranted. This island paradise boasts gorgeous scenery and exquisite culture, the atmosphere is just perfect for a full-on pampering spa vacation. From the hills of Ubud and Uluwatu, to the beaches of Nusa Dua and Sanur, there are simply countless resorts to choose from. Balinese massage is known for its kneading technique that promotes the flow of oxygen, blood, and energy throughout the body, resulting in a deep massage that is not only rejuvenating for the body, but also relaxing for the mind as well. Total bliss!
4. Green retreats in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
To some, love is best embraced amidst nature. On the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, environmentally-friendly retreats have sprouted like mushrooms. Built as a means to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, these green enclaves are sure to provide you with a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Set within one to two hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur, some of the popular places to check out are the Sekeping Serendah Retreat in Serendah, Kuala Kampung Retreat in Sungai Buloh, or The Dusun in Seremban.
5. Wine-tasting in Yarra Valley, Australia
Yarra Valley’s whimsical vibe, picturesque farms, rolling hills, and sprawling wineries make it an excellent destination for the amorous ones. Blessed with ‘cuddle weather’ all year long, this wine region has been producing good, quality wines like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and sparkling wine. Rent a convertible, put the top down, pack a hearty lunch, and begin your very own tour of the rolling valleys. What better way to unwind than with some wine, right?
6. Circle the Xi’An City Wall on a tandem bike, China
For the couple who likes it chill and relaxed, a trip to Xi’an is just perfect. A capital for 13 dynasties, this ancient city is the birthplace of China’s many ideas, discoveries, and traditions. At its centre is the Xi’an City Wall, the world’s longest city wall. Soak in the grandeur and history of the 14-km wall on a tandem bicycle ride together. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and is a good way to test your balance, and your love for each other. Okay, so maybe cycling for a few hours isn’t a totally legit way to test your love, but it’s still a cute thing to do together, don’t you think?
7. Island Fling in Koh Kradan, Thailand
Last but not least, there is always the beach. Like sunnies and flip-flops, you can never go wrong with the beach and romance equation. There are hundreds of beautiful islands in Thailand for a beach rendezvous, but Koh Kradan is especially perfect for a romantic getaway thanks to its chic resorts, tranquil atmosphere, and easy access from Trang. And for those who are ready to take the relationship to the next level, why not take it underwater! Trang is known for hosting an underwater wedding ceremony every year on Valentine’s Day. That is if you’re all set to take the plunge literally and figuratively.