Thinking about how to impress your better half on Valentine’s Day? This year, try something interesting and fun instead of the usual chocolates and roses. We put together a list of some of the most romantic South-East Asian getaways that will make him/her extra special this year.
The capital of Vietnam, it is a great budget destination for couples who like to explore and try different things. Tickets from Delhi will cost around Rs 16,000 (per person). There are lot of interesting things to do in Hanoi including visiting the One-Pillar Pagoda as well as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, check out the paintings at the Fine Arts Museum, visit The Temple of Literature founded in 1070, participate in a Hanoi Food Tasting Tour and more.
Whenever travellers are visiting Philippines, they tend to overlook Manila in their rush to get to the beaches but this is a pretty amazing holiday destination where you and your loved one can enjoy sightseeing, indulge in local cuisine and do some window shopping. Tickets from Delhi will cost around Rs 15,000 (per person). We highly recommend visiting Chinatown, the National Museum of the Philippines and the Manila Ocean Park. Also, do not forget to indulge in local delicacies like Biko (rice cakes topped latik which is made from caramelizing coconut milk and sugar), Cassava Cake, Bibingka (made from rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, milk, baking powder and softened butter).
If you and your better half enjoy shopping till you drop and dancing the night away then this is the ideal destination for you. Tickets from Delhi will cost around Rs 12,500 (per person). Be sure to visit the Ancol Dream Park, National Gallery of Indonesia, and Ragunan Zoo. For the shopoholic in you, head to Pasar Baru which is one of the oldest markets in Jakarta, Mangga Dua comprising of several malls, from low-end to mid-range and Jalan Thamrin which plays host to a Sunday market where you can buy clothes and fashion accessories.
The national capital of Taiwan, Taipei is a little expensive when compared to the other destinations on this list but it is still an amazing destination that has a lot to offer. Tickets from Delhi will cost around Rs 25,000 (per person). Be sure to visit the National Concert Hall where you can enjoy performances of a Taiwanese play or a dance troupe. You can also experience hot springs or go hiking in Yangmingshan National Park.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand’s fifth-largest city, it is a great budget destination where you can relax for a couple of days. Tickets from Delhi will cost around Rs 13,500 (per person). You should definitely stay the night at Baanchang Elephant Park and enjoy a rustic bonfire. If you are the kind who likes adventure then you should enjoy one of the many mountain biking trails in Chiang Mai, you can also try rafting or zip-lining if you are up for it. Also make a point to try the local cuisine.