Beyond Bali: 5 Lesser Known Destination Wedding Location in South East Asia

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Southeast Asia offers a plethora of beautiful wedding destinations that are both affordable and unforgettable. Islands such as Malaysia’s Langkawi offer stunning beaches and luxurious resorts that cater to a range of wedding needs. For those looking for unique cultural experience, Indonesia’s Bandung, Cambodia Siem Reap and Vietnam’s Hoi An Ancient Town provide a surprisingly romantic ambiance that will surely make your special day memorable. These destinations offer a range of pricing options that suit different budgets without compromising the quality of the experience. Let’s dive in to explore these 5 lesser known wedding destinations in South East Asia:

Bandung, Indonesia

When it comes to destination weddings in Indonesia, Bandung may not be the first destination couples think of. Yet, it is an excellent choice for those who’d like somewhere a little off the beaten path. Bandung’s charming scenery, laid-back feel and vibrant culture make for an enchanting atmosphere that will create unforgettable memories at a fraction of the cost. A large city set amid volcanoes and tea plantations. Bandung is known for colonial and art deco architecture, beautiful and awe-inspiring landscape. At an elevation of 768m, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy an outdoor wedding in cool tropical weather.

Flights | Direct flights that take approximately 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung are available via Malindo Air, a return ticket starts from USD 200. 

5 things to arrange for your guest to do in Bandung | Dine at Dusun Bambu, Visit Kawah Putih, Outlet Shopping, Off-Road Tripping, Visit a Tea Plantation or Shop at a Floating Market

1. Bumi Sangkuriang

Bumi Sangkuriang is a popular destination for events and weddings in Bandung due to its vintage appeal and exceptional service. The building has maintained its historic charm over the years and offers a spacious ballroom and outdoor area for hosting events. Couples looking to host a garden-themed wedding will be pleased to find this gem of a location. 

Price Range | Sangkuriang package from USD 4,050 for 300 pax

Distance from airport | 9.9km (see on map)

2. Malaka Hotel Bandung

With its semi-outdoor glass concept, many couples choose Melaka Hotel Bandung for its stunning and unique architecture.

Price range | USD 2318/100 pax

Distance from airport | 7.5 km (see on map)

3. Pine Forest Camp, Bandung 

Magical Glam Forest Wedding at Pine Forest Camp, Bandung

A versatile campsite set on a clearing in the middle of the woods is the perfect venue for a woodland themed wedding that can be rented out for a mere USD 200. Though slightly remote from the city, this location would make for an intriguing journey. Check you and your guest into one of the many hotels neighbouring this property for a dreamy wedding flair with all the comforts of modern amenities. 

Price range | USD 200 rental of outdoor camping ground

Distance from airport | 23.1 km (see on map)

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is known for its ancient temples, lush scenery, and warm hospitality, making it a perfect location for a romantic wedding ceremony. While Siem Reap is steeped in history, it offers modern amenities such as luxurious hotels and resorts at very reasonable prices. Couples can also enjoy local food, culture, and traditions in Siem Reap, and it is a great opportunity to explore the country’s unique customs.

Flights | Direct flights that take approximately 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur and are available via Airasia, a return ticket starts from USD 110. 

5 things to arrange for your guest to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia | Visit Angkor Wat, Shopping at the Old Market, Wander Pub Street, Try Local Delicacies or Enjoy a Spa

1. Song Saa Private Island

Credit: Song Saa Private Island

Song Saa Private Island is a spectacular destination for a wedding venue. The private island resort offers stunning panoramic views of the ocean and is surrounded by tropical greenery, creating a truly magical atmosphere. Guests can enjoy the romantic ambiance of the island, with its secluded beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and luxurious accommodations. With the addition of personalised touches such as traditional monk blessings, flower bouquets for the bride, and unique setups and decorations for the wedding ceremony.

Price range | Wedding Packages start from USD 4,500 ++

Distance from airport | 1 hour 5 min flight from Siem Reap airport (see on map)

2. Navutu Dreams Resort

Nestled in Angkor, Cambodia – the Kingdom of Wonder, lies a stunning tropical paradise with verdant green rice paddies, breezy palm trees, and pristine panoramas. The resort’s idyllic location provides the perfect backdrop for a tropical destination wedding. Your special day will be an unforgettable event, infused with the beauty and tranquility of this romantic setting.

Distance from airport | 14 km (see on map)

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand is a dream wedding destination, offering a picturesque backdrop of lush greenery, breathtaking scenery, and a distinct cultural experience. This northern city is home to a wide range of exquisite wedding venues, including luxurious resorts, elegant boutique hotels, and traditional Thai villas.

Flights | Direct flights that take approximately 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai are available via Airasia, a return ticket starts from USD 250. 

5 things to arrange for your guest to do in Chiang Mai | Visit Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara, Shop the Night Bazaar, Visit Elephant Rescue Park, Join a Muay Thai Class and Take an E-bike Tour of Ping River and Rice Fields

1. Anantara, Chiang Mai

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a standout option that offers a truly unforgettable experience with excellent service, delicious food in a breathtaking property. With a 100-year-old heritage house and a rooftop terrace boasting sweeping views of the Mae Ping River, couples can hold a traditional Thai ceremony and say their vows in a breathtaking setting filled with history and natural beauty. 

Price range | wedding packages starts from USD 5,000

Distance from airport | 7.6 km (see on map)

2. Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort

Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort is a luxurious and tranquil wedding venue nestled in the hills of Maerim, Chiang Mai. This upscale 5-star boutique resort is spread over a vast expanse of tropical greenery, providing a serene escape for couples and their guests. Couples can opt for one of Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort’s three beautiful wedding venues, including a stunning outdoor option overlooking the mountains, providing an idyllic setting for your celebration.

Price range | Wedding packages start at USD 2349 ++

Distance from airport | 39.7 km (see on map)

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam is a beautiful and romantic destination for weddings. With its stunning beaches, lush gardens, and lantern-lit trees, Hoi An provides a picturesque backdrop for a memorable celebration. Whether it’s a small elopement with close family and friends or a lavish wedding with many guests, Hoi An has something for every couple looking to tie the knot in a romantic and unique destination.

Flights | Direct flights that take approximately 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang Airport, available via Airasia, a return ticket starts from USD 110. 
5 things to arrange for your guest to do in Hoi An: Visit Cau Temple, Explore Hoi An Night Market, Enjoy An Bang Beach, Hike The Marble Mountain and Traditional Lantern Making Class

1. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Begin your journey towards “song hy” or double happiness with a stunning ceremony beneath a beautiful floral arch on one of Forbes’ top beaches in the world – Hoi An, Vietnam. Embrace the local culture with a ‘receiving the bride’ ritual or float across a lotus-dotted lagoon in a flower-adorned basket boat. The resort offers villa accommodation, sleek seaside pools, lush tropical gardens, and Phong Thuy-inspired architecture that create a romantic atmosphere for the perfect wedding.

Price range | Starting at USD 6,418 for 50 pax

Distance from airport | 22 km (see on map)

2. Palm Garden Beach Resort

The wedding package caters for 30 pax with a Western theme with seasoned local flowers, elegant wedding arch and floral aisle. The bride and groom can enjoy a 2 night stay at their resort and a round trip for an airport ride.

Price range | starts from USD4,300 for 30 pax

Distance from airport | 27.3 km (see on map)

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia is a stunning location for couples who are seeking a unique and exotic wedding destination. With its beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and clear turquoise waters, Langkawi provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding ceremony.

Flights | Direct flights that take approximately 1 hour from Kuala Lumpur and are available via Airasia, a return ticket starts from USD 50. 

5 things to arrange for your guest to do in Langkawi | Visit Langkawi sky bridge, explore Telaga Tujuh Waterfall, go Langkawi Wildlife Park, rest at Pantai Cenang and try the seafood feast

1. Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

At The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, stunning seascapes and carefully curated surroundings provide an idyllic and picturesque setting for your wedding or reception. Take your vows on our private jetty while gazing out at the breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea, and dance the night away beside their Ocean Rocks pool amid lush tropical palms.

Price range | starts from USD 2500 for outdoor ceremony

istance from airport | 20.1 km (see on map)

2. St Regis, Langkawi

The open-air wedding pavilion at The St. Regis Langkawi is a true masterpiece of Moorish design, perfect for those seeking an enchanting venue to tie the knot. The pavilion features a beautiful teak wood and wrought iron construction adorned with stunning batik star motifs, and a meticulously hand-laid, diamond-shaped stone pebbled floor. The pavilion boasts a private beachfront view of the Andaman Sea, providing an intimately memorable setting for couples to celebrate their special day. It’s a location that will be remembered by all for years to come.

Price range | starts from USD 5600 for outdoor ceremony

Distance from airport | 20.6 km (see on map)

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