Post # 1
Long time lurker here – as it gets closer and closer to my wedding date, I’m finding more and more things to do. One of which is plan for a honeymoon!
Crazy, right? As if a wedding wasn’t enough…
I shipped the task of coming up with a list to my FI – which was great. He came up with awesome ideas.
In an ideal world, we’d like a little bit of party, a little bit of beaching/relaxing, and little bit of adventure (safari, elephant treks, etc.)
I’ve narrowed the playing field down to these options – but now I’m torn! What do you think we should do?
We’re honeymooning in June for 1-2 weeks. HELP!
Post # 3
If you want a combination, why don’t you fly in to London or Amsterdam first – then head down to France, Italy or Greece for some sun? Flights within Europe are crazy cheap, so I would totally go for that combination!
Post # 4
@Jazzle: I vote London/Amsterdam because there are so many other countries you can visit while you’re there if you’d like to. The only issue of course is that it is quite expensive and no beaches!
Runner up would be Thailand which might be better suited to your style – party/beach/adventure.
Post # 5
I have a similar list of things I would like to do on my HM so I am in a similar position. I am considering increasing my HM budget to do Thailand (2-3 weeks). They have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world plus you can do some more adventurous stuff throughout the country. Plus a lot of the areas have a party-type atmosphere. So I voted for that.
If you want beaching/relaxing I wouldn’t personally do London/Amsterdam because I tend to want a more tropical beachy feel.
I think South Africa would be fun, but I don’t know much about it to help you.
I wouldn’t do Vegas/Hawaii (for me, personally) because I am going to be in Vegas twice this year already and I’ve been to Hawaii. I’m looking to go somewhere I haven’t been yet. But if haven’t been, I love Vegas and I do love Hawaii (I’ve only been to Maui) so I think it would be another good option! Hawaii is beautiful and there is quite a bit to do! If you do this I would suggest 3 days in Vegas and the rest in Hawaii. You need at least a week there.
Post # 6
Hello! Having been to both Thailand and South Africa, I’d say that Thailand seems to fit what you’d like to do best for that time of year. South Africa, although it is one of my most favorite countries, has its winter is during our summer months. While it doesn’t get super cold there, it most certainly will not be beach season.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I haven’t been to South Africa, but from everything I’ve heard about it from friends who have traveled there, I think it would fit your description perfectly.
London and Amsterdam are awesome but there’s really no beaches or big adventures that involve wild animals haha. They’re quite romantic, but very busy, bustling cities. What if you did a week in Amsterdam/adventuring around the Netherlands (there’s tons of really beautiful cities and towns a quick train ride from Amsterdam) and a week on the Mediterranean (southern France, Italy, Barcelona, or Greek islands)?
Post # 8
I voted Thailand of your options based on what you want, with the Hawaii/Vegas combo being runner up.
BUT, I agree that you could twin London/Amsterdam with somewhere hot and sunny: like Italy, one of the Greek islands (check out Santorini), Spain, or the South of France; there are some beautiful towns there, flights within Europe are very cheap (check out Ryan Air, Easy Jet, and British Airways; just remember BA includes luggage in their prices, with Ryan Air and Easy Jet it costs extra), and so is accommodation, and the food in some parts is amazing. If you did it that way I’d suggest maybe 4 nights in London, 4 in Amsterdam, then 5-7 at the beach.
Post # 9
I voted South Africa before I read your post. (I’m American but I live in South Africa with my fiancé – he’s from here. It’s an incredible place!!)
BUT, then I saw you’re coming in June. Which is winter in SA. While it doesn’t get as cold as NY does in winter.. it definitely gets cold. And the beach is unlikely to be an option in that weather.
So instead, I’d say Thailand. It should be good weather in June (but double check!) Thailand is awesome and so cool to visit.
Otherwise I’d say do Hawaii. I wouldn’t spend more than a few nights in Vegas if you’re set on going there.
Post # 10
This is exactly what I was looking for. I think I knew in my heart Thailand was the winner – but I needed some extra encouragement.
On that note – do any of you have any direction on how to actually plan a Thailand honeymoon? Should I start looking on my own or should I use a travel agent (and if so, how would I go about finding one)? I’m usually good about making my own travel arrangements – but Thailand is so foreign to me I don’t even know where to start.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’ve been to Thailand along with about 20 other countries, and it’s by far my favorite!!!
I’ve never used a travel agent but it might not be a bad idea, depending on your travel style. If you want to stay at resorts, etc, maybe that would work. Otherwise, just google towns you’re interested in or look at Trip Advisor / Thorn Tree forum on Lonely Planet.com to figure out about good hotels. (Back up… to figure out WHERE in Thailand to go, I’d just go old-fashioned and check out or buy a guidebook & read through it.) Anyway, in a lot of places, and particularly what I *believe* is a low season there, you can just show up and look around to find your favorite hotel to stay. We took a few flights in the country and the national airline (can’t remember the name) is really nice. You can book online. The train system is great as well, and local buses are super cheap and a really nice pleasant cultural experience.
In general it’s SUCH a nice place to travel – people are so friendly and helpful, most people associated with restaurants / hotels / travel / etc speak great English, it’s super cheap once you’re there, the food is amazing, the scenery and culture is amazing… love it!
I would highly recommend some of the little islands around Koh Samui (which is beautiful but a little overly developed / touristy for me). The little islands are great through. Check out some of the less developed beaches on Koh Phanghan – we spent a week and a half there and LOVED it.