Post # 1
So the FI and I planned our dream honeymoon to Thailand. We are/were planning on going for a month. We even did a honeymoon registry and many of our family anf riends have gotten us gifts off of it.
We are gtting married in a month and leaving for Thailand 2 days after the wedding. Now Thailand is in a state of civil unrest, the US State Dept. has a travel advisory out and things keep getting worse. We are now realizing we may not be able to go. It is such a bummer!
So A few questions for you clever bees:
1. What should we do about the honeymon registry? Eveything we listed is Thailand related? How do we handle this, Miss Manners?
2. We still want to get away for our honeymoon. We will be getting our tickets refunded so we can still go someplace. Where would you suggest going in June? We would like to go somewhere with blue waters and great beaches. Also we would probably shorten our trip to one week as opposed to a month. Any deals out there you know of?
3. If the advisory is still on but the violence lessens would you still go? We do have the trip planned out. The unrest is also located primarily in Bangkok.
Any advice would be great. This is not exactly how we wanted things to go but are trying to make the best of it.
Post # 3
My in-laws go thru Thailand a fair bit and they say the situation rears up every few years. They’ve never experienced anything particularly dangerous, it just can interrupt your travel plans, like with the airport closing. But I also just had a friend holiday there and family honeymoon there the end of March and neither had any problems whatsoever. They did steer clear of Bangkok though.
Post # 4
Are you flying into Bangkok? If you can avoid Bangkok it shouldn’t affect your plans too much. We are also planning a honeymoon in Thailand but haven’t booked yet.
Do you have travel insurance so you can get your money back and travel somewhere else? We are also considering Bali which could be an option for you as well.
Post # 5
I just got back from Thailand just about a month ago. As I was leaving was when things started to kick up, so I don’t know what its like now. It really depends where you are staying. i was in Bangkok for about a week (had absolutely no issues) and Phuket for another week. You shouldn’t have any problem if you are staying outside of Bangkok, although there may be a few issues at the airport. If you don’t have traveler’s insurance, get it! Make sure that civil unrest is included. I had the most amazing time and I highly recommend eating as much street food as possible. Its definitely cheaper and better than anything else. Just be smart, don’t eat things that look like they’ve been sitting out for hours, and eat where everyone else is. If your itinerary is flexible, go to Ko Yao Noi, at the Koyao Island Resort. Absolutely amazing, perfect spot for a honeymoon. Good luck, and have fun!
Post # 6
My sister is in Thailand right now and she says it’s way bigger on the news than it is anywhere else! They are doing fine, they have their kids with them. It’s not a big deal right now.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. We do have travel insurance and that is why we can get the tickets refunded. We are waiting another two weeks before we make our final decision. However it seems that the conflict is much more serious than in past years. There are more granade attacks and more violent protests.
We were not worried until we heard about the bombings. It seems like a big risk to be in the worng place at the wrong time. The King is also dying and if he does die there could be a more massive civil upheaval. We have been reading the news but also the travel forums on a variety of websites that have info from people there right now. The conflict is in Bangkok now but if it gets worse and they shut down the airport and close down the city it could be a problem for us.
We had only planned a few days in Bangkok with the majority of our travel in the southern islands and northern areas. We are just trying to be cautious. We are both travelers by nature and probaly would risk it but this is our honeymoon and we don’t need to add the risk of being there at the worng time-worng place or the stress.
@calmeg Where is you sister? Is she in Bangkok? If so where is she staying?
Does anyone have ideas or solutions to my first question about the registry?
Post # 8
@sbeedesign: Hi! DId you book your honeymoon in Thailand?! If so can you post some details? Thanks!!
Post # 9
@heyitskate: Hey, so you should check out this thread that started to only be about koh samui. FI and I have plane tickets, but are in the research phase for where to go! These girls were super helpful. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/koh-samui-anyone
Post # 10
@pengoala: Thanks!! I’m heading there now! 🙂