Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day that can either be a nightmare or the best day of your life — depending on your relationship status and size of your bank account. Besides, ’tis the season to splurge on your loved one and shower them with extravagant gifts.
However, if your partner prefers experiences to material things (although you can never go wrong with a box of chocolates and bottle of champagne), planning something for the special day may be more of an ordeal for you — especially if you’ve run out of vacation ideas and leave days.
Don’t panic just yet. We’ve got you covered with new places to discover in Southeast Asia that are just a short flight (or yacht trip) away from Singapore.
If you’re looking to surprise your significant other with a last minute getaway this 14 February, check out these underrated yet romantic destinations in Southeast Asia where you can book a last minute ticket to.
El Nido (meaning ‘nest’ in Spanish) is the gateway to the stunning Bacuit archipelago, a cluster of islands known for its white-sand beaches and coral reefs off the tip of the famed Palawan Island. The town is surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs and lush jungle landscapes, hence its name, and makes for the perfect romantic getaway.
While located just 1.5 hours from Singapore, Langkawi’s beauty is a world away. The destination has recently been seeing the opening of new luxury hotels such as the new St Regis Langkawi and Ritz Carlton Langkawi, which is nestled in an ancient rainforest contrasted by the sparkling Andaman Sea and home to the island’s only overwater spa.
How to get there: Malaysia Airlines operate flights from Singapore to Langkawi.
A beach vacation may not be the ideal getaway for every couple. If your loved one has a taste for adventure and wants to explore destinations that are off-the-beaten-track, Dambulla in Sri Lanka is the best bet. The town located in the Matale District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka is known for being the home of its famed rock cave temple, which has become an iconic Sri Lankan image.
Additionally, you can also take in magnificent views of sunrise from a hot air balloon journey that departs from Kandalama Dambulla.
How to get there: Emirates operates flights from Singapore to Colombo. Dambulla is a four-hour private taxi journey.
Bawah Island, which just opened last year, is a haven that’s located in the Anambas Archipelago — just within proximity to Singapore. We mean, what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than jet off to a private island? We can’t think of any.
The island offers a wide range of activities such as kayaking or snorkelling in its iconic turquoise iconic lagoons, hiking through the dense forest or just relaxing in its saltwater infinity pool. After which, you can retreat into your gorgeous eco-designed villas, which includes 21 stunning suites that offer breathtaking sea views.
How to get there: Embark on a 50-minute ferry journey to Batam island in Indonesia, where you’ll board a 70-minute seaplane to Bawah.
Known as Vietnam’s answer to the city of love, Dalat is probably the most romantic destination in Southeast Asia. The luxury retreat, which sits on a stunning valley of Langbiang mountain in Southern Vietnam is known as “Le Petit Paris”, attributed to the fact that it is lined with French colonial villas that are flanked by the surrounding vast valleys and waterfalls.
How to get there: Hahn Air operates flights from Singapore to Dalat, which includes a stopover in Ho Chi Minh.