Post # 1
We are starting to look at our honeymoon choices.
Figure since we are getting 3 weeks off from work and a generous gift from our boss (letting us use the vacation pay we have in our accounts to pay for our trip and company keeps paying us our regular salary – we both work for the same company) we shoul dgo somewhere where we likely won’t have chance to go for a while.
Since we are in Canada, we can go to anywhere in Carribean within few hours which i think that is ideal for when you only take one week vacation or so.
But since we get 3….. this gives us enough time to settle for two days after the wedding, fly to weherever we want, stay there for 2 weeks and come back.
I really like how phuket in Thailand looks but I also love how Bali presents itself and it just looks lie such a relaxing, sensual place.
I heard that Bali is better for honeymoons then Thailand….
Any thoughts or opinions please ?
Post # 3
@Lulume: Your company is amazing!!! FI and I think you guys should go to Thailand because there’s so much to do. You might go a little stir crazy in Bali for a full 2 weeks. You’re going to have a blast either way. This is going to be an exciting opportunity for you. When it comes to your honeymoon…go all out. Good luck!
Post # 4
@Lulume: I would choose Bali over Thailand. Bali is known to be a good vacation spot. Thailand you have to be really carefully with food.When I used to live in asia, I often hear stories how people got food poisoning from trips.
Post # 5
@Lulume: I have been to both….I say Thailand. Actually if I were you I would travel to a few countries in Asia. Asia is amazing.
Post # 6
I’ve never been to Bali, but I’ve spent a month in Thailand on vacation once and loved it! My impression of Bali is that it’d get boring for 3 full weeks, but that would be the same if you were to just stay on Phuket for 3 weeks also. Maybe you can use either as a base to explore other areas? Or do 2 weeks of more adventurous exploring, and then end with a relaxing week in either place. There are so many amazing things to see once there, that I think it’d be a waste to fly all the way there and be bound to a single beachy location.
Post # 7
To be honest I would go to Vietnam…it’s not as touristy yet as Bali and Thailand have become but still lots of great resorts and sooo cheap. I’ve been to Phuket – we stayed in Kata beach which is more suitable for couples than PatOng. We went into PatOng but hated it and were glad we were not staying there. Koh Samui is apparently quite different and nice to honeymoon in. You could not pay me to go to Bali.
We went all through Vietnam on a cycling trip a few years ago and loved it – hoi an is fabulous (so pretty, excellent food and amazing tailors), nha trang was great, hue was very cultural and halong bay is amazing. There is alot of variety in vietnam we found and you could easily spend 3 weeks there, could even head into cambodia as well. And seriously good value. Just my 2 cents 🙂
Post # 8
They are both amazing places! You’re so lucky to have those 3 weeks and paid for, too!
I’ve been to both, and I agree with a PP that Thailand has more to do. I wouldn’t go to Phuket, though, because it’s too touristy. I’ve been to Krabi twice and loved it. There are still a lot of tourists, but not as much as Phuket. I’m sure you can look up other places to go; I’ve heard good things about Koh Samui and Koh Lanta, though I haven’t been there myself. I absolutely LOVED all the Thai food.
Bali is good too, but I didn’t think the beaches were as nice (I was in Seminyak). I do want to go back, but I want to visit Ubud, because I hear that it is beautiful and has more cultural areas/activities.
Post # 9
We did both in a 17-18 day trip. The beach IMO was far nicer in Koh Samui (thailand) than in Bali (Nusa Dua and Jimbaran Bay area). I think in Thailand you can do more of a mix very easily – fly to Bangkok, get a direct flight and see elephants and tigers and trek/hike in Chiang Mai for a few days, then get a direct flight to Koh Samui or another island for beach time. A lot of people just island hop, too.
We took Bangkok Airways once in Thailand (friends also used Air Asia) and you can get an idea of where they fly on their website in terms of destinations and distances.
Post # 10
I feel like I would be bored just lounging on the beach for three weeks. I would go to Thailand, go to phuket for a week to aclimate to the time change and then spend a week in bangkok and then jump over to vietnam or cambodia and would make angkor wat a must. I just fond Thailand mor interesting all around.
Post # 11
@Lulume: I have been to both, and I loved Thailand for a honeymoon!There’s everything from temples, jungles to the most redonkulous beaches, to metropolitan city, so there was lots to offer everybody. I loved bali as well, but I found parts of Indonesia to be pretty scetchy. Now don’t get me wrong,I actually really like a country with a high scetch factor, I didn’t like the way I was treated as a single female traveller, possibly becaue it is a very traditional muslim country and gender roles are a lottle different than I have experienced. I totally don’t mean to offend anyone by saying that, but I just found Bali a little more buttoned up than I expected for such a beachy place! BEAUTIFUL country though!!
My suggestion: Land in Bangkok, stay 3 nights, head north, see the Elephant sanctuary in Lampang. See Golden Triangle, then fly from Chang Mai down to Crabi, then the islands of koh mook, koh pan ang, koh tao and back to Phukett. then see Koh Samui and head back to Bangkok to fly home.
@nyclove2: I didn’t get to the tiger sanctuary, I was going to go but I mentioned it to another Canadian girl I met and she had just come from there and said not to go as the tigers are drugged most of the time and are generally mistreated so I didn’t go. What did you think of it?
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Thailand is SO great and with 3 weeks I think you’d go a little stir-crazy in Bali. I’d go to Thailand and go to:
-Bangkok for a couple days
– Koh Phanghan for a week (go to one of the cooler, quieter beaches, not the “full moon beach”
– Chang Mai for a few days, including the Elephant Nature Park (they rescue “working” elephants – very very cool – http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/- but plese don’t go to anywhere that lets you ride elephants, they torture the poor things to break them in)
– Pai and surrounding area for a week – visit some hill tribes, rent a motorbike and tour around, etc
OK, so that was basically my itinerary when I visited Thailand. So maybe I’m biased. But it was SO GREAT! Loved it.
Also, I’d avoid Phuket unless you like super touristy over-developed areas. (And no judgement meant – some people do like that.)
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@Lollybags: I agree with you that Vietnam is supposed to be AWESOME. (Didn’t have a chance to get there, boohoo.) OP, maybe a week and a half in Thailand, and a week and a half in Vietnam?? Flights are quite inexpensive between SE Asian countries.
Post # 14
Also, while in Thailand, you could hop over to Cambodia and visit Angkor Wat. 2-3 days would be enough there and totally worth seeing imo.
Post # 15
Thailand. We hated Bali. We recently stayed at the Sheraton in Krabi for the weekend (Thailand) which was lovely and really geared towards honeymooners.
Post # 16
Definitely Bali over Phuket, I love Bali and we go back every year, the people are so lovely, the food is amazing and just being able to chill out and relax in such lovely surroundings. Have never been imporessed with Phuket.