Romantic Honeymoon Destination in Asia

Bali, Indonesia

Number one on our list of best honeymoon destinations in Asia in summer is Bali. The very utterance of the name Bali conjures exotic imageries of private beaches and volcanoes. Although the island does get busy during summer, newlywed couples can always escape the crowd to romantic beach villas or an eco-friendly hideaway surrounded by green rainforests.

Best Experiences

  • Get spiritual and explore the ancient and beautiful temples in Bali with your spouse
  • If you and your partner are art lovers, visit Ubud, the artistic capital of the island with several museums and a variety of informal workshop.
  • If you’re looking for some adventure, young couples can manage a trek quite easily to the volcanoes of Bali- smouldering Mount Batur or the massive Mount Agung

  • Go swimming at Jimbaran Bay
  • Bask in the lovely beaches with the love of your life
  • Scuba Diving is another extremely enjoyable and popular activity in Bali that couples can enjoy

Maldives

The smallest island country in the world, Maldives can work up magic in your love life. Known for its turquoise blue waters, world class scuba diving scene and a romantic milieu, it is amongst the best honeymoon places in Asia in May, June and July. Floating bungalows and honeymoon resorts set on some of the bluest water you have ever encountered will make you and your partner want to stay here forever.

Best Experiences

  • Enjoy Maldivian cuisine and delicious sea food
  • Go scuba diving and snorkelling with your spouse
  • Newly wed couples can take romantic walks on the shore lines at full moon nights and see the water glowing in the moon light

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is a beautiful island in Thailand with palm fringed beaches and bluest of waters. It is the most exotic honeymoon destinations in Asia in June and you can have the time of your life with your newlywed better half.

Best Experiences

  • If you and your spouse are beer lovers, then you’ve struck gold! The island is laden with amazing beer bars where you can get awesome local beers (Singha, Tiger, Chang, Heineken) at dirt cheap rates
  • The nightclubs at Chaweng Beach are the best!
  • Go scuba diving and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Koh Samui

Hong Kong

If your idea of a honeymoon deviates from the typical sandy beaches and blue skies, then plan a romantic escape to one of the happening and best honeymoon destinations in Asia – Hong Kong. The big bustling city life, world class hospitality, exotic parks and gardens, and award-winning restaurants make Hong Kong a perfect couple’s retreat in Asia.

Best Experiences

  • The most spectacular viewpoint in Hong Kong is the Victoria Peak enjoy the sights of the city and its harbours from here with your spouse
  • A trip on the the Peak Tram, the city’s oldest public transport, and enjoy the beautiful sights from the Peak Tower
  • The night air filled with romance is the time to take a trip together to see the twinkling lights of the city below

Best Destination in Asia

UBUD BALI, INDONESIA

The village cluster of Ubud is the ideal place to try a famed Balinese massage and soak up the ambiance of one of Asia’s top spa destinations. Acupressure, reflexology, stretching and aromatherapy star in the island’s distinctively firm massage treatments.

Ubud is also the vivacious centre of Bali’s arts scene, home to a small treasure trove of museums and galleries. Monkey around at nearby nature reserve Monkey Forest Park, home to hundreds of mischievous long-tailed macaques. Don’t miss the valley of tomb cloisters at Gunung Kawi.

KOMODO ISLAND, INDONESIA

Off the east coast of Sumbawa lies Komodo National Park, a group of parched but majestic islands, home to the Komodo dragon, or ora as it is known locally, which lives nowhere else.

The south coast of the main island is lined with impressive, mostly dormant volcanoes, the north with mainly dusty plains, irrigated to create rice paddies around the major settlements.

TOKYO, JAPAN

Tokyo can’t be judged from the outside, since those expecting ancient monuments will instead be greeted with modern drabness.

The Imperial Palace, still home to the Emperor, shouldn’t be missed, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum details the city’s history. Sensoji Temple is the city’s oldest, and the Tokyo National Museum holds the largest collection of Japanese art in the world.

KYOTO, JAPAN

Regardless of season, it’s hard not to succumb to romance as you wander Kyoto’s atmospheric streets, gaze at the glimmering Kinkaku-ji Pavilion, enjoy the traditional dances of the geisha or feast at restaurants over the Kamo River. Only Rome has more World Heritage Sites than the former Japanese capital.

But happily unlike Rome, Kyoto maintains its calmness and romance even among throngs of summer tourists.

NEW DELHI, INDIA

Laid out by British architect Edwin Lutyens, the Indian capital is a striking modern metropolis. A gracious contrast to Old Delhi’s winding streets, the grand avenues and stately buildings of New Delhi are rich with history and culture, from Gandhi’s Delhi home (and the site of his assassination) to the tomb of Humayun, a complex of Mughal buildings reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. Chaotic traffic is best left to the locals. Negotiate a good price for taxis or travel on the new Delhi Metro.

JAIPUR, INDIA

If you take one look at the glorious stucco buildings that line Jaipur’s wide streets, you’ll understand why this is nicknamed “The Pink City.” Spend your days exploring City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Amber and Jaigarh forts.

And if you’re looking for a unique souvenir, head to one of the bazaars, where you can pick up a pair of camel-leather slippers.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

From modern skyscrapers and neon lights to Buddhist temples, palaces and pagodas, Seoul is a fascinating mix of old and new. A hub of business, culture and finance both within South Korea and internationally, Seoul houses the headquarters for some of the world’s largest corporations.

It also has one of the world’s best subway systems – the easiest way to get around in this densely populated area. For the best view of the city, go to the tower on Namsan, one of the mountains that encircle the city.

 

 

Fabulous Family Vacation

Tips For Any Trip

Start rested. As difficult as it may be, try to finish all your packing and arrangements the day before your departure. This lets all of you take a deep breath before the trip begins.

Get excited. Talk about the trip and the destination with your child, and involve her in the planning. When she confronts the real thing, the familiarity will be reassuring to her. And you’ll be surprised at what she absorbs: Cleo, now 2, asks of every airplane she sees: “Going Arizona?”

Watch Barney-the-Greek. For planning advice, our favorite book is Have Kid, Will Travel, by Claire Tristram (Andrews & McMeel, 1997). But trust your own judgment too. If we had followed Tristram’s advice and removed the TV from our hotel room abroad, Cleo would never have had the enthralling cultural experience of being introduced to Barney the dinosaur in Greek.

Do it together. When packing, let your child help choose her outfits, but make sure you can mix, match, and layer her options. And accept that your space in the luggage will be what little is left over once your child’s every need has been met.

Lighten your load. If you are a chronic overpacker, read Judith Gilford’s The Packing Book (Ten Speed Press, 1998). Then practice what you’ve learned by not packing the book.

Stroll on. Strollers are truly handy-as restaurant seats, as nap venues, and especially as baggage carriers.

Pack a portable potty. Unfamiliar bathrooms can seem pretty intimidating to a toddler who’s learning to use the potty, so carry an inflatable or portable potty seat and expect some setbacks.

Make time for teddy. Often what little ones want most when they’re traveling is what they already know. Schedule a visit to a favorite fast-food restaurant or some quiet one-on-one time with a beloved stuffed animal.

BYO diapers. Disposable diapers are available almost everywhere in the world, but they can be expensive. If you’re traveling internationally, pack up to an entire bag’s worth. Coming back, use the space for souvenirs.

Rent right. Instead of transporting all of your baby items or having the grandparents buy their own, look for a local rental service. Have a local friend or relative look in the Yellow Pages under “crib rentals.”

Tips and Trick for Vacation

Pack less

Travelling with just hand-luggage should be your goal. Do you really need six pairs of heels, tea bags, and an iron? Take less and you’ll travel cheaper (no check-in luggage fees), travel faster (no waiting for your bags), and travel easier (one bag means less to lug around).

Never wear flip flops (on a plane)

I used to work for an airline and we were told never to wear sandals on board an aircraft. In the unlikely event of an emergency, it’s best to have a good set of sturdy shoes that will protect your feet from heat or sharp objects.

Jiggle it (just a little bit)

If you’re petrified of turbulence during flights, try slightly jiggling your body when you hit some rough air. No one will notice because everyone is being moved around due to the aircraft movement. Sounds a little crazy but your movement will counteract that of the aircraft and you won’t feel the turbulence so much.

Choose your seat-mate carefully

f you get the choice of plane seat, always sit far away from: babies, groups of friends who will chat, or women (men tend to need the toilet less often than ladies).

Learn a little lingo

Memorise a handful of words of the local language, and have the courage to use them! It’s amazing how just a few words will go a long way; locals tend to warm to those who have made the effort to communicate with them in their own tongue.

Keep your mouth shut

If you are in a country where it is unsafe to drink the water, keep your mouth shut in the shower.

Hotels are not the only fruit

Staying in a hotel when you’re on holiday is not the only option. Or in a hostel for that matter. Apartments or rooms in private homes are where the savvy travellers rest their heads these days.

Ditch your friends

Travelling all by your lonesome might seem daunting at first, but it gives you a chance to really immerse yourself in the travel experience. I’ve met friends for life, learnt a new language, and had amazing experiences by travelling solo.

Solo Vacation Ideas

Cruises

Cruises have long been notorious for their “single supplements,” charges that required single passengers to pay 50 or even 100 percent extra to compensate for their solo status.

Capsule Hotels

When there are two pairs of elbows in a tiny hotel room, someone’s going to get hurt. But a single traveler has more options, like New York’s two Pod Hotels in Midtown. Single rooms have a twin bed, flat-screen TV, and not much else, ideal for propelling you out on the town. In Tokyo’s Narita Airport or in Kyoto, the experience is more extreme: For less than $40, you can get a pod bed at 9 Hours (for, yes, nine hours, just long enough to rest and shower).

Trekking Europe

In the crowded Old World, the idea of backpacking is less wild and more cultural. Trek through the country on a multi-day trip and you’ll hardly be alone; you’ll meet farmers as you cross their fields and sleep in small-town inns every night.

Do a Yoga Retreat

Like meditation, yoga is a personal endeavor that benefits from solo practice. Even better, it’s something you can do in Hawaii. Join the cooperative spirit at volunteer-run Kalani on the Big Island, where they host a beginner’s week for complete newbies. In Bali, Como Shambhala Estate has daily yoga classes in a luxe jungle setting.

Volunteer

People travel alone for many reasons, but not everyone wants to focus on the self. Working vacations give a solo globe-hopper an exterior goal, like surveying coral in the Cayman Islands or tracking penguins in Patagonia as part of Earthwatch’s volunteer scientific expeditions. Cross-Cultural Solutions sends volunteers as far afield as India and Brazil for as little as one or two weeks and as long as several months.

 

Vacation Types

A vacation or holiday is a leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose ofrecreation or tourism. People often take a vacation during specific holiday observances, or for specific festivals or celebrations. Vacations are often spent with friends or family.

Sightseeing

You travel somewhere, near or far away, and explore that place: visit museums, exhibits, and markets, attend sporting events and concerts, and tour natural wonders. Sightseeing can be high-energy and expensive, but you can also structure a light schedule on a modest budget. To save money on travel and lodgings, you have to plan ahead, but too much planning and too detailed an itinerary can be the death of a good time. Know yourself and your traveling companions and what you can reasonably manage.

Play

Especially when you have kids at home, some vacation time must fall into this category. A play vacation often means visits to theme parks, water parks, summer festivals, or sports activities. Because this sort of vacation requires a lot of activity, it’s not always restful for the adults in charge. Consider a family camp; parents get time off from child-care and the adults have events of their own that provide the fun and relaxation they need. For people in their later years, play can mean a golf resort or a cruise with built-in activities and entertainment. A play vacation can also be quieter, exploring wildlife habitats or attending theatre festivals.

Time with Nature

This is perfect for people who enjoy camping, hiking, and canoeing. Although time with nature can involve a lot of activity, it also provides long evenings around a campfire, lazy hours at the beach, sleep until whenever, and time for that pile of books and magazines. Vacations with nature are important when the kids are young; if they learn to love the outdoors, they will more likely keep that connection when they’re older. Outdoor venues build in physical activity and curiosity, and in this age of constant screen-watching, limited recess at school, and ever-present junk-food temptation, activity and curiosity will become huge assets to children as they grow. Also, if you plan it well, a nature vacation can be relatively inexpensive.

Rest & Relaxation

If your daily life is high-stress or if you are coming off weeks or months of intense activity, the R & R vacation is probably for you. You might do this at home, but often the demands of a household make total relaxation impossible. More likely you hide out in comfortable but low-key lodgings and make a point not to create any itinerary whatsoever. You might wander and sight-see a bit, but mainly you will sleep a lot, eat good food, take walks, get a massage, read books or watch television, play cards, and otherwise “waste” hours doing nothing in particular.

Family Time

Most of us spend at least some vacation time traveling to see relatives or hosting relatives who travel to see us. This sort of vacation can also involve play and relaxation, especially if adult siblings bring their young families together for trips or a few days in a shared house near a beach or tourist attraction. Often, these are the vacations we remember many years later, because they included cousins, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas. One advantage to intergenerational family gatherings is that there are more adults and older teenagers around to spend time with little ones, which can be a real life-saver for parents who otherwise get little downtime on vacation.

Develop Budgeting for the Family Vacation

While many families have chosen to forego the annual family vacation this year due to the economy and the need to remain on track with debt, a vacation doesn’t necessarily have to be removed from the agenda – it just needs to be planned more carefully. One element of this plan should be a vacation budget.

Start Early

Since you likely will have to save up each week to afford your vacation, it is suggested that you start planning far in advance to give yourself the most amount of time to save the most amount of money.

Figure Out What’s Affordable

Your first step is to fully understand how much vacation you can afford. You need to make sure that you can put away enough to afford a vacation during a set amount of time. You’ll need a ballpark figure first so you know where you and your family will be able to go. A travel agent may help your find some reasonable suggestions based on the amount you think you can afford.

Beyond the ballpark figure, you need to section out how much spending you will have to do. Is is an all-inclusive resort or a pay-as-you-go type of vacation? Whatever it is, you’ll need to create a realistic list for food expenses, entertainment, supplies, transportation, accommodations, etc. Don’t forget to multiple the number by them members of your family.

Set Up an Account

There are several options for setting up an account to save up for a family vacation. First, there is the traditional piggy bank where you and your family can toss all loose change to be converted into spending money before your trip. You will also need a bigger venue, such as a traditional savings account through your bank or through an online savings account that typically will earn you a higher interest rate than your bank. There are other goal oriented sites such as Smartypig, where you can sign up for free, set your travel money goals and start saving. These types of sites will help you calculate how much you need to deposit and how often to reach your goal.

Go Direct

Once you have established an account, speak with your payroll department about setting up a direct deposit that will be automatically deposited into your vacation account from each paycheck. The out-of-sight, out-of-mind theory can be an effective savings tools because there is no additional effort. You’ll need to add up all of your spending categorizes for the total cost of your vacation and then divide by the number of weeks/months you have until your vacation.

This will tell you how much money you need to sock away on each pay day. The most important reason as to why you need a vacation budget is because essentially you want to make sure you can still meet your financial obligations when you get home. If you budget and save beforehand, your budget should remain on track even after you return. Plus, learning to save now will allow you even more exciting and expensive vacations in the future.

Romantic Honeymoon Tips

Marriage brings in a lot of drama, comedy and tragedy. However, before you experience a myriad of these flavours, why not catch the first trailer, with some fantasy elements? Well, every couple should get to taste the good aspects of getting married on their honeymoon. And, if you are still unsure about that ‘fantasy’ element, then here is your enlightenment chart. Take a look at the top ten things that you must try out as a couple, while on your honeymoon.

PLAN SURPRISES

Your honeymoon is one of the only times in your life when you will get to be this free, with this much time for each other and life far from getting in the way. Enjoy the phase by being extra romantic (even if you’re not the romantic type!). We’re not telling you to pack a special suitcase of treats to greet your loved one with every morning that you’re on vacation, but little surprises here and there will help. Pick a restaurant you know has your partner’s favourite dish, get some chocolates delivered to the room or organize a candle-lit dinner as a dinner surprise – the little things all matter on a honeymoon.

PACK IN SECRET

Alright, this sounds strange, but it really will help. If you’ve been dating for a while you’ve probably already seen each other’s wardrobes. Buy some new clothing and lingerie to surprise your partner with on your honeymoon – and don’t show it to them before wearing any of the pieces. This way, seeing each other every day will feel like the beginning of your relationship, which can be new and exciting.

TAKE PICTURES!

 

We’re usually big fans of enjoying what’s around you instead of going shutter crazy, but when you’re on your honeymoon, you can afford to be a little more involved with each other. Take lots of pictures – whether it’s secret shots of your partner caught in a candid moment or selfies (yes, we said it) together at cultural attractions. The memories will help you re-live your honeymoon later.

Forbidden love

You are away from your home, in arms of the one you love, so how about making the best of it? Try things that you can never do at home. Talk about each other’s fantasies and try them out. Just let your imagination run wild as no one would be knocking at your door!

 

Enjoy loads of intimacy

Although, a tad bit obvious, but yes this will break all sorts of barriers in your relationship. It will also make you cautious about each other’s comfort level. So, no matter how tired you are, do not forget to find time for some action in the bed.

 

Honeymoon Planning

Planning! Discuss how much activity you want. Are you itching to see a dozen museums and attend cooking classes? Or do you want to lie on a beach for a week? Even if you are planning a cultural tour of Thailand, start with some R&R—book a couple of nights at a beach resort to unwind after the wedding, then hit the streets.

Play the wild card! Honeymoons don’t have to mean lying on a beach! If it’s not your spouse’s thing, don’t force your new husband or wife to visit an exotic beach destination. Instead, compromise on a destination that will make you both happy! Plan to visit a wine tasting destination, go to a jungle with adventurous activities or visit a beautiful city with great history.

Time is money. Don’t fly halfway around the world if you have only have a limited amount of days for your honeymoon. I once had a couple that literally flew around the world in two weeks. They had an incredible time, but returned from their honeymoon more exhausted than when they left! And it was quite comical how many of their pictures were taken on planes, instead of in the amazing destinations they visited.

 

Check the weather! Summer is a popular time for weddings, but our summer is winter in parts of the world like South America. It can also be unbearably hot and humid in some destinations. Does your fiancé turn into an ogre when it’s 100+ degrees? How reliable is the air conditioning at that eco-friendly resort your eyeing? You should also consider the season in terms of crowds. Summer can be a popular time for all tourists, not just honeymooners.

Remember, you get what you pay for. I know you are excited to plan away, but reconsider jumping on the first good “deal” that you see, as there might be a reason for the deep discount! Maybe you will be traveling during hurricane season or the hotel is undergoing renovations. Do a little homework prior to booking.

The Bride, the Groom and the Wardrobe Malfunction. You really don’t need to drag around your entire closet, so pack smart and include layers. It’d be best to leave the heels at home if you’re traveling to the cobblestone streets of Europe — save the spice for later in the evening by packing lingerie instead. It is your honeymoon, after all! I always suggest bringing a pashmina or two as well. They are light and easy to pack, but can give you that warmth you need on a cool evening.

 

Vacation Planning

With so many practicalities to take into account, from knowing when to fly to get the best deals to selecting the right lodging choice and determining how to get around and what to do once you arrive, there are many things to consider.

Research Your Desired Destination

One of the most important parts of planning a vacation is ensuring you pick the right location. And when it comes to choosing an ideal setting for your needs, conducting plenty of research is key. Educate yourself on your desired destination to maximize safety, and select your accommodations and craft your itinerary wisely. Also, rely on trusted travel books, websites, user reviews and official tourism board websites to get to know the ins and outs of the destination you’re visiting. And if you are planning to go overseas, brushing up on the local language, the national currency and typical cultural norms will help make your journey smoother.

Create a Realistic Budget and Start Your Flight Search Early

Two major things that will eat into your travel budget are transportation and accommodation costs. So, it is critically important to establish how much you are willing to spend before your trip to help keep your budget on track. And as you search for the best flight deals, make sure to compare flights across different deal-focused websites and begin the search months ahead of your desired travel dates. Also, make sure to sign up for airfare alerts, so you never miss out on a good deal. While discount sites are useful, sometimes you can secure better deals booking directly with the airline, rather than an online travel agency, such as KAYAK or Expedia. Some airlines also offer special promotional codes that are only applicable on their websites, so make sure to keep an eye out for exclusive offers to land the best rates.

Consider Transportation Costs

Another factor to consider is how you will get around once you reach your desired destination. You should take into account whether you will be located in an urban area with pedestrian- or bike-friendly streets or if you will need to rely on public transportation. And if you’re staying in a rural area, remember to factor in whether you will need to rent a car or bring your own car, and budget accordingly for gas expenses and daily rental rates. If you’re headed to a metropolitan area, also consider purchasing a CityPASS (available in Chicago, Boston, New York City and Philadelphia, among other destinations), which offers unlimited transportation and discounts or free entry to museums and other attractions. And if you’re planning to pick up a set of wheels once you arrive, consider renting a car with unlimited mileage, an included GPS system and full insurance coverage to minimize hassles.

Find the Right Accommodations

Selecting a place to stay is often the most difficult part of planning a vacation on your own. Are you seeking an upscale property or a more low-key and budget-friendly lodging option? There are many websites out there that aim to help you find hotel deals depending on your needs and interests. Consider turning to third-party booking sites, such as Expedia, Orbitz and Booking.com to search for hotel deals as well as home rentals. Showcasing the lowest prices for hotels, hostels, and private homes, along with plenty of user reviews and filter options depending on your interests, Booking.com makes it easy to secure an ideal property at a reasonable rate.

Plan Activities

Organizing your vacation itinerary may seem like a tricky task, but it shouldn’t be. With legions of resources available to vacationers, especially official tourism board websites, it’s easy to pinpoint cultural points of interest, shopping suggestions, dining recommendations, suggested walks and special events. If you’re still undecided about the top attractions to hit after browsing reputable guidebooks and tourism board sites, consider purchasing tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus service, which serves as a reliable form of transportation and will allow you to get a lay of the land.

Prepare For the Unexpected

One of the best tips for planning a DIY vacation is staying flexible and embracing unexpected twists and turns that come up along the way. After all, the mantra that “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” often applies to travel. Investing in travel insurance can be a smart option, depending on your travel plans, itinerary and personal health history. It’s also important to stay vigilant of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings at all times. And make sure to stay prepared by considering where you will store valuables and important documents throughout your trip to dodge unnecessary stress later on. Unsuspecting tourists are often the target of thieves, so stay savvy by traveling with only a little cash on hand, keeping credit cards in hard to reach areas and staying alert.