It may come as no surprise that as a professional wedding photographer based in Hong Kong I not only photograph weddings in our beautiful city but I’m also booked to photograph luxurious destination weddings in exotic locations all over Asia and beyond! Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason, which engaged couple doesn’t want to extend the most special day of their life by having a holiday with their beloved family and friends in a paradise-on-earth location? Here, we explore the top destination wedding locations in Asia.
Bangkok might not be an obvious destination wedding location; however, you’d be surprised at what the “Big Mango” has to offer. I’ve got a long-standing relationship with the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok, located on the legendary River of Kings. The team at the Peninsula Hotel Bangkok make hosting a wedding look easy and go above and beyond to tailor each couple’s perfect day. An added bonus as a wedding photographer is the opportunity to use the hotel’s helipad with panoramic views of Bangkok’s iconic cityscape as an exhilarating location for the couple’s pre-wedding photo shoot!
Phuket has long been one of Thailand’s most famous islands and for good reason! Not only is it easy to get to with an international airport, but it also has all the cultural charm that Thailand is so renowned for. Some of the world’s best high-end luxury resorts are located in Phuket, so whether you’re looking for a private beachfront wedding or a grandiose lavish affair with floral displays, Phuket is an ideal spot for a destination wedding. If you arrive early and plan to have your hen and stag parties in Phuket, prepare your bridesmaids and groomsmen as they are in for a party of a lifetime.
Hua Hin, Thailand
Hua Hin is a popular holiday destination for people from all over the world and local Thai’s alike, including the Royal family! An easy couple hours drive from Bangkok will have you relaxing on white sand beaches and frolicking in turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand. Hua Hin has numerous luxury resorts and boutique hotels – the perfect way to host your destination wedding. If you’re a bride-to-be and the thought of wedding planning evokes an image of never-ending to-do-lists, you’ll also be happy to hear that once you’ve picked your wedding location you can also choose every last detail with the help of the hotel’s onsite wedding team leaving you very little to do except invite your special guests.
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Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui is a hot rival to Phuket on Thailand’s most famous island list and although there are similarities between the two, there are also unique differences. Perched above Taling Ngam Beach the Intercontinental offers a magical destination wedding venue. If you're imagining tying the knot as the sun sets in hues of orange and yellow into the ocean beyond as your wedding dress flutters in the wind – this is your spot! Bonus tip: Get your bridesmaids together before the big day and enjoy one of the island’s many yoga spots or get pampered at a heavenly spa as a pre or post-wedding treat!
Jakarta, Indonesian’s vibrant and bustling capital is one of the new and emerging favorite destination wedding locations in Asia. This cultural melting pot has Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European influences. The many wedding planners, vendors and hotels available in Jakarta customize dream weddings for even the most discerning couples. Two hotels I have photographed in were Grand Hyatt’s The Residence and The Kempinski Hotel, both with excellent staff, facilities and service.
Bali, Indonesia has got to be one of the most quintessential destination wedding locations in Asia. This island paradise gives couples ample option to choose their ideal wedding location, whether it be amongst lush rice paddy fields, on the crystalline shores, in a charming temple or even on the crater of a sacred volcano. Couples are also free to choose to bring in their team of wedding planners or let one of the many resorts do the hard work for them. If you’re into fireworks at your wedding celebration, hotels such as the Ritz Carlton Bali can arrange it for you!
If you’re looking for a Cebu destination wedding in the Philippines look no further than the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa. Especially popular for Indian weddings, this island oasis comes complete with palm trees, white crescent beaches and azure waters. The Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa also boasts the very best in wedding planning and hosting, 5-star facilities, fine dining and exquisite décor. To be sure your big day is as perfect as it can be book Stanz Catalan and her team, the very best wedding planner in the country!
I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the amazing couples who’ve allowed me to be part of their beautiful destination weddings so far! If you have a destination wedding coming up, I would love to hear from you, no destination is too far!
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