And then there are those special places – like Laos, Cambodia and Thailand that are both supremely romantic and utterly unforgettable. In Laos your honeymoon will take you to Luang Prabang, a spiritual heartland for centuries and home to 100 temples, shrines and monuments that will move your heart.
Cambodia replies with Angkor Wat; an astounding citadel that was lost in the jungle for centuries. Then comes Thailand and your opportunity to make your own memories, helped by a supremely luxurious hotel, a white sand beach and a pristine marine park.
Fly from the UK to Laos, landing in Luang Prabang; your gateway to a world of memories that will stay with you forever. This unique city is a noted UNESCO World Heritage Site standing on the banks of one of the world’s great rivers – the Mekong. Luang Prabang will welcome you with tours that take in the history and culture of the city, including visits to the city’s museums and the most important of the 100 temples, ancient monuments and shrines that established Luang Prabang as a major religious centre.
You’ll see Vat Vishoun, set beside Vat Phou and Vat Aham; the latter seemingly being consumed by the twisting trunks and roots of living trees. You’ll also be taken to see a moving private Baci ceremony as well as embarking on a boat ride to the Pak Ou cave sanctuaries with their huge Buddhist images.
Stay: Three nights at in a garden suite at Hotel de la Paix.
As if a honeymoon wasn’t romantic enough, today you’ll fly to Siem Reap to see one of the most spiritually inspiring places on the planet. Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom form a breath-taking 10 sq km citadel complex accessed by a causeway lined with great statues of gods and devils. Once inside you’ll be surrounded by wonderful ancient temples – the 12th century Bayon, for example, has 54 towers – as well as gigantic statues with stone heads staring impassively down at you.
You’ll visit the Baphou, the Elephant Terrace and Leper King Terrace and the temple of Ta Prohm that seems to be struggling to tear itself free of the encroaching jungle. For ultimate romance, the top tip is to arrive early enough to watch the sunrise gild the ruins with golden rays. Then, to cap an unforgettable day, you can embark on a romantic sunset cruise.
Stay: Three nights in a poolside room at Belmond La Residence d’Angkor.
Now it’s time for some concentrated you time. You’ll fly to Southern Thailand to an astonishingly beautiful resort – even by Thai standards.
You’ll be staying on the incomparable Phranang Peninsula beside fabled Krabi Marine National Park. So, not only will you be able to lounge on a snow white beach and bath in the warm azure waters of the Anderman Sea, but you’ll be surrounded by natural wildlife and colourful birds.
When you’re not sun-worshipping together you can go diving or snorkelling in the marine park, embark on expeditions to secret waterfalls and hot springs, spend time in bustling Krabi market or browse around the Buddhist Tiger Cave Temple.
Stay: Seven nights in a deluxe pavilion at Rayavadee.
Thailand – United Kingdom
All too soon the days will pass and you find you have to return to the UK on an overnight flight.