Budget and Advice for Thailand Honeymoon? Or Bahamas?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Honeymoon?
    Thailand : (31 votes)
    66 %
    Bahamas : (10 votes)
    21 %
    I prefer cream cheese croissants : (4 votes)
    9 %
    I prefer chocolate croissants : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    3217 posts
    Sugar bee

    @kes18:  How long would you have in Thailand? if it’s just a week, I’d say too far and not worth it.  You will have 2-4 days of travel just to get there.

    Definitely fly between Chaing Mai and Phuket. Though # of days will impact this too.

    There are loads of nice guest houses that are way cheaper then chain hotels. Last time I went we were staying in 10-15 dollar a night places and they were lovely.

    Get yourself the Lonely Planet and see what tickles your fancy. I’d say don’t over plan. I love being able to stay somewhere I like a day extra.

    Post # 4
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I picked Thailand.  I prefer to go on an adventure in another country rather than go to a resort with a bunch of Americans.


    I didn’t make it to Chaing Mai, but it looks amazing.   My main advice is DO NOT GO TO PHUKET.  It’s like going to Cancun.  You can use it as a way to get to some other amazing resorts.


    Try to hire a guide in Bangkok, because it can be a little difficult to navigate.  Spend an entire day at Chatachuk Market.


    Post # 6
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Unfortunately, we booked a hotel in Phuket.  Although we did take an amazing sunset tour of James Bond Island.  You can’t stay there, but it was so cool to visit it with only a handful of tourists.  It was probably the best thing we did in Thailand.

    Post # 8
    3217 posts
    Sugar bee

    @kes18:  I never pre-book. I like to be flexible, and not locked into anything.

    I’ve only once pre-booked anything on a trip. Including when moved to India. Didn’t even have a room booked for the first night.

    2 weeks is do-able. Remember that every flight is about 1/2 to a full day out of your trip just getting places. try to limit those days.

    Koh Samui or Koh Samet are nice.


    Post # 10
    138 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    If you go to the Bahamas DON’T stay at Atlantis it’s a huge rip off! I don’t remember the name but when I went a couple years ago there was a hotel beside Atlantis that also included passes to Atlantis for like half the price! 

    Though if it was me Thailand would win hands down! Beautiful country, we did Bangkok and Phuket and loved every minute of it.

    Post # 11
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My fiance and I did 2 weeks in Thailand 2 years ago and it was amazing!!! Seriously, I recommend it to everyone. Beautful country and really awesome people. We went to 

    • Bangkok: We onl slept in Bangkok  the night we got there and the night before we left, the other 2 days were days in between going other places, since most trains go through Bangkok. The “must sees” include the weekend market and the royal palace
    • Golden Triangle: This is where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos come together. We stayed  at Anantara, which was our hotel splurge for the trip – they are on an elephant preserve where you can actually ride on the necks of the elephants (unlike he benches you get at most places) and you get to swim with the elephants. The hotel and service and food are all amazing. Also don’t miss the opium museum. I never would have expected such a modern, high quality, museum but it was spectacular.
    • Chaing Rai – This is like a smaller, more eco-adventurey version of Chaing Mai. Very laid back and the mountains are just amazingly beautiful. we did a hike that had me super duper sore, but it was totally worth it.
    • Koh Samui – we got SCUBA certified and didn’t want to deal with crazy partyers so we stayed on the quiet side of the island – if I had to cut somehting this would be it. The beaches are amazing, but not as unique as the rest of the places we visited.
    • Cambodia – we went to Angkor Wat and it the hands down favorite of both mysellf and my fiance. We really debated about it because it takes an entire day to get there and an entire day to get back but it was so worth it.  It’s like walking through the pages of National Geographic. Feaking amazing. And dirt cheap.
    • Kanchanaburi – we just did this as a day trip from Bangkok at  the end  of the trip. We saw the “Bridge Over the River Kwai” and went to the Tiger Temple, where you can pet adult tigers and feed/play with tiger cubs. We also saw Erawan Falls and I really wish we had more  time with that since we didn’t get to see al the levels.

    If you’re interested in more  specifics about things to do and things to see, let me  know, I love to talk about it!

    I can tell you about the hotels where we stayed at any of those locations. I especially recommmend the Angkor Pearl in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    Some general things about Thailand:

    • Generally a very safe country – we walked around at all hours in all the places we visited and never felt unsafe. Like anywhere else, just don’t be stupid about pickpockets in tourist areas. And beware of jewelry scams in Bangkok. They’s super  common – someone tried one on us! It’s easier to just not buy expensive jewelry because it’s next to impossible to know you’re getting the real stuff. I bougt tons of jewlery while I was there, but not gemstones!
    • Smile. It is the best response in most situations. Thailand is called the “Land of 1000 smiles”
    • We rented a car in the north and it was great. The driving is on the left and can be a bit crazy but we had a GPS and it worked great. That meant we got to make stops at a temple where you can feed monkeys and at the super crazy and amazing Wat Rong Kuhn (or something like that – known as the white temple).
    • The first Thai phrase I learned was “Mai pen rai kah” which means “not spicy, please”. Nuf said.  but they usually go easy on white people. Beyond that, be adventurous with your food. We ate and drank everything and were just fine. If you see a crazy fruit you don’t know how to eat – just watch or ask someone – seriously, people are really nice.
    • Get massages every day. Okay, that might be overkill. But seriously, they’re cheap and all over the place – take advantage.
    • My fiance and I really like taking overnight trains – we didn’t  have to pay for a hotel or lose sight seeing time traveling. But we weren’t on our honeymoon. The trains generally leave on time and come in late. how late depends on how long the trip is. From talking to locals it seeems to be consistently late, so you’d think they’d just change th times – but apparently not.

    There are tons of other things to talk about, but this post is way too long, so just PM  me  if  you have any more questions!

    Post # 12
    1148 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I went to Thailand last May for a class trip, and was it ever amazing! We spent five or six days in Chiang Mai, and each night my friend and I went to the Night Market, and I got way more stuff than I needed to, but it is relatively inexpensive there for souvenirs.

    As far as what to see, here are some of the things we saw while there:

    Wat Doi Sutep, Orchard Jade Factory, went to a dance and drama workshop at the university, did an elephant ride at Mae Taeng Elephant Park, went to a cooking school for a day, and went to a tiger sanctuary where we got to pet/play with baby tigers!

    Here is where our class stayed in Chiang Mai: http://www.ecoresortchiangmai.com/default-en.html There were many varieties of rooms, for example part of the class stayed in the octagon room (8 bunks), part of them stayed in a regular hotel-like part, and I stayed in the dorm area, but I’m not sure the availability on that.

    Chiang Mai was wonderful, but I would definitely recommend it! I really hope to return someday, and to Thailand in general. I wish I could find my school itinerary to tell you what else there is to do/see!

    Post # 13
    938 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Definitely go with Thailand. I would suggest 2 days in Bankok, Chang Mai for a few days, then to Koh Samui. My husband and I loved that island. Lots of bars and restaurants, but still small enough. Avoid Phuket. We really didn’t like it at all. As for hotels, there were a lot to choose from at very decent prices. We used sawadee.com for all of out Thailand bookings.

    Post # 14
    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Thailand is amazing! We went to Koh Chang and Bangkok. Koh Chang was great, it was just the perfect balance between not too crowded and not too developed. The beaches were not that white, but it was still really beautiful, as almost the whole island is covered in rainforest. There are lots of activities there, like hiking in the jungle, bicycle tour in the local area of the island, riding an elephant, snorkelling, canoeing etc. We stayed at the Gajapuri Resort & Spa, which was really romantic and I think the cheapest rooms still fit your budget.


    I’ve been thinking of going to Thailand again, and to me Koh Lanta or Koh Phangan look like they would have the same nice balance between touristy/too quiet as Koh Chang did. So I’d suggest you look into those places. Koh Phangan is known for its infamous Full Moon Parties, but is supposedly nice and relaxing if you don’t stay at the party beach.


    Thailand is cheap. With your hotel budget, you should be able to stay in four or five star hotels. Bangkok’s luxury hotels often have great deals if you book online in advance. Food and activities were also really cheap. I think I spent about 350 euros a week, whereas in Greece I’ve spent about 500 euros a week. Meals were usually 60-150 bahts per dish, we always ordered three different dishes to share. Exotic drinks (I had the best Pina Coladas in Koh Chang) were a bit expensive, about 100-150 bahts.


    Post # 15
    46 posts

    We used sawadee.com for all of out Thailand bookings.

    Post # 16
    7282 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I wish people would stop saying avoid Phuket. Phuket is much more than just the Patong area. I would avoid the Patong area unless you want to party.

    There are many great places to stay on Phuket- Cape Panwa, Nia Yang etc etc.

    If you want to do an Island off Phuket then your only real choice if you want a mix of party and relax would be Phi Phi Don but rooms in your price range will be towards the party area (so it will keep you up at night) or in secluded sections of the Island they would be very basic (no aircon etc).

    I would probably go to Koh Samui or Koh Chang if I was you. or you could skip an island and visit Kho Lak or Hua Hin instead.

    I would check out the Australian versions of groupon and living social (also spreets and scoupon and ourdeal) as they often have mid-range hotel deals.

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