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Fiance and I really wanted to have a different kind of honeymoon. Something that would be a bit harder to do with kids (Were planning soon), and something hopefully off the beaten path. So after lots of poking around looks like we’re heading to Cambodia and Vietnam for 3 weeks! Couldn’d be more excited!!! Especially when I learned there’s an elephant sanctuary where you can volunteer with elephants in the wild!!! Anyone have any experience with either country and could share some tips or places to see?
Anyone else going for a non traditional honeymoon?
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@papercrafter: That sounds FANTASTIC! You’ll have to report in when you come back and let us know how it was!
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Oo I really wanted to do Cambodia/Vietnam, it’s fantastic because there is culture, amazing places (both natural and historical), awesome food and you can still laze on the beach if you want!
Fiance really wants to go to Japan though, I’d say thats non-traditional. We can go skiing, see the cherry blossoms, and chill out in the hot springs with a view of Mount Fuji.
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@papercrafter: awesome choice! I’ve been to both and they are amazing! I might swap out Cambodia for Thailand, but you really can’t go wrong 🙂
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@papercrafter: Oh wow, I am not sure I’d ever do that lol. I’m so not adventurous. You’ll have a blast!
I’d just make sure you pack as lightly as possible.. so make some smart clothing choices… and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. I’d also take a lot of stomach bug medication just in case… cause you never know. Considering I get a bad stomach when I stay at 5 star hotels, I’d probably die on a trip like yours lol.
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OMG as soon as I saw the title of this I was like ‘Cambodia!’ and you are!!! Niiiiiiicee!!
I’ve never been, but so many people have told me how amazing it is. Ahhhhh I wanna go now!
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We do the tropical vacation pretty frequently, so we’re going off the beaten path for our honey moon.
We had the same thought process as you: we wanted to do something special, different from our norm, and something that would be difficult with kids…
We’re going to Iceland for 2 weeks!
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Thanks everyone!!! Im so excited!!! Definitely will be an adventure!
@clairebear000: Japan will be amazing too!! I had a chance to go about ten years ago because my dad was living there. I don’t have a lot of good advice because it was more of a family visit but it was very beautiful! The hot springs were amazing and the skiing is world class.
@lolot: We had Thailand at first but then I thought it would be too rushed to do all three countries. Id really like to spend 3 weeks in Thailand alone!
@canarydiamond: I use to be adventurous but it’s been a long time lol. Fiance is definitely more so than me so we’ll see! 🙂 Definitely getting as many vacines as possible- I have a horrible stomach too!
@BeachBride2014: I want to go to Iceland so bad too! That was on the list and we had a hard time deciding! My mom is going this spring so I hope she has lots of good trips when she comes back 🙂 Maybe in 2014 we’ll go but Fiance also wants to go to the world cup in Brazil so we’ll see!
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@papercrafter: Vietnam is amazing! We were just there in Feb! You will love it!
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I really wanted to do Tanzania for ours, but we want to go during a wildebeest migration and that does not coincide with our wedding in October. We’re doing something more traditional – Italy & Turkey. Hoping to get to Tanzania in the next couple of years. Cambodia and Vietnam will be amazing!!! We are adventurers and that is the type of trip I would be attracted to taking myself.
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Japan is our goal, if we can’t afford it we’ll go for our 1 year anniversary
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I’ve been to Cambodia!!! It was spectacular! My fiance and I did a trip to Thailand and Cambodia a couple years ago. Unfortunately we were only in Cambodia for a couple days and I wish we had more time.
We went to Angkor Wat, which you absolutely have to do (and I presume is part of why you’re going to Cambodia). I would recommend 2 days at Angkor Wat. We did one and saw most of the important stuff but I would have really liked another day. Because it’s a world heritage site, the tour guides have to be licensed and they take classes about the site. They are incredibly knowledgable and well worth the minimal cost to hire them for the day. I think we spent $35 on our guide. And $15 on our tuk-tuk driver (they’re like a cross between a motorcylce and taxi) for the day. We stayed at the Angkor Pearl which I cannot recommend highly enough. They were fantastic and the rooms were beautiful!
Have you been to a really poor country before? It’s a bit of a different experience and it probably isn’t for everyone, but I liked it. Even though the Khmer Rouge ended over 30 years ago, Cambodia is still a very poor country. And people know that tourists have money so expect to get propositioned by people selling stuff on a very regular basis. At least in Siem Reap and at the entrances to the Angkor Wat sites. Many of them are kids. They sell jewelry and trinkets and purses and postcards and just about anything you can think of. I never once had anyone get aggressive with us, but we were often surrounded by sellers. We had been warned about this by a friend who lived in Thailand and traveled in Cambodia. Their solution, which we stole, was to learn a magic trick. Go to a local magic store and buy a trick that you can learn easily. Then when you’re surrounded by people trying to sell stuff, you whip it out and they all stand back to watch the trick. Honestly I think the adults got more caught up in the tricks than the kids. Then while they’re all contemplating how you did it, you make your escape! We did end up buying a bunch of souveniers from some of these sellers but we purposefully waited until the end of the trip and we did it all at once. Because once you buy something from 1 person, everyone else raises the fervor of their sales pitch.
A big plus of Cambodia is that everything is dirt cheap. Our really nice hotel room was $25 per night. That also buys you a good meal for 2. Because things were so cheap, we didn’t really haggle over anything. Paying $3 for a purse or $5 isn’t worth a haggle to me. It’s a $5 purse! Also, don’t convert money into Cambodian currency. At least not if you’re going to be at Siem Reap. Everyone wants US Dollars. Or Thai baht. We changed into Cambodian currency and they took it but it was a pain because all the menus and prices listed in stores were in US dollars so we had to convert everything in our head.
Also, don’t drink the water in Cambodia. Just to be on the safe side. However, my fiance and I ate everything we came across and neither of us got sick. We also took anti-malarial medication while we were there. You can purchase it over the counter in Thailand (which is what we did) but I’m not sure if you can get it over the counter in Cambodia.
I think you’re going to have a fantastic honeymoon! I’m a little jealous. But we’re doing a safari to Kenya and Tanzania so I suppose I can’t be too jealous! If you have any questions at all about Cambodia – just PM me!
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@papercrafter: We went to Iceland for a week in January, trip of a lifetime!
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That sounds like an amazing honeymoon! I was very excited to see this post here on Weddingbee. I have a major travel addiction/obsession and I am constantly planning and researching trips to take.
We actually have spent the last 3-4 months very seriously (as in, we told our employers it was happening) planning a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia for SO and I this summer (not a honeymoon, just a trip) and had everything planned, just not yet paid for. We were planning to book this week and last minute changed our minds and booked a summer trip to Peru instead! We are doing the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu among a bunch of other things. We have also booked our next trip for after Peru – a 3 week African safari including gorilla trekking! I am over the moon excited for both trips. 😀
Seriously, congratulations and what an awesome choice for your honeymoon. I am also thrilled to see other Bees who love adventure and travel too. As for my honeymoon, even though we are technically not engaged (though we picked out my e-ring together two months ago!), we have already picked our wedding date and decided on our honeymoon – Iceland! So it was great to see a few other people mention Iceland in this thread too. 🙂
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@adoc86: If you need tips for Turkey, let me know. My SO is Turkish and I’ve been twice. A friend recently went with her SO and I prepared a document (especially if you like food)
Do take pictures! I’ve always wanted to visit those places as part of an SE Asia tour.
SO and I are not married yet, but because he’s very into his Turkic ancestry and I’m into my Chinese heritage, we plan to do the Silk Route and stop by some countries such as China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan etc.