6 Tips for Planning a Honeymoon in South-East Asia
Honeymoon is a time for never ending romance, of moments of bliss snatched from the hands of time and memories created to be cherished for a life time. It is a time of discovery, of cementing relationships with shared moments of joy. A honeymoon is indeed an important chapter in everyone’s life and hence planning a honeymoon is required for a perfect honeymoon in an unique and offbeat destination.
Zeroing in on the Perfect Destination
While planning a honeymoon, destination plays a pivotal role. To make a honeymoon an unforgettable experience, the location has to be picture perfect and according to the tastes of the couple. South-East Asia – SEA is a wonderland which offers a mind-boggling range of options for honeymooners. Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, are all home to some of the most exotic honeymoon destinations in the world. The starting point for planning a honeymoon is of course deciding on a destination. Here it is good to have a healthy discussion and understand each other’s preferences and then decide. A compromise needs to be reached if both the partners’ preferences are at opposite ends of the spectrum. After all you do not want to start fighting ever before embarking on your honeymoon!
Thailand with its famous beaches and islands along with the vibrant city of Bangkok is a honeymoon getaway where one can enjoy a seclusion in the midst of nature as well as a throbbing and pulsating culture laced with spirituality.
Cambodia is for the couple who are interested to jointly explore the pages of history on their honeymoon, they can do this to their heart’s content in Siem Reap.
The Philippines offers a mind boggling choice of islands, many of them pristine and untouched, ideal getaways for honeymooning couples to get lost in.
Indonesia is another country where romance sings a merry tune and honeymooners can get lost in its surreal beauty and beaches of Bali.
Malaysia with its rustic charm combined with its urban centres beckons honeymooners for an indulgent and extravagant experience.
Deciding on whether to go for a Package or DIY
Now that you have finalised your destination, the next step in planning a honeymoon is to plan an itinerary. You do not want your honeymoon to be marred by unforeseen hitches that leave a sour taste in their aftermath. You would like everything to go with the precision of clockwork. If you do not want to get into the hassles of planning and executing, the best option is to opt for an all-inclusive honeymoon package. There are many Honeymoon Packages available for any of the destinations that you have chosen. A package ensures that you spend time really enjoying your trip and not worrying about your hotel or the logistics. The only drawback here may be you may not have control over your itinerary, however you can always have this customised. But if you are the kind of couple who want to do it your own way, do your research and plan a detailed itinerary and also leave a little portion of it open to accommodate for impulsive decisions.
Completing the Visa formalities if any
Ensuring that you have the proper documentation for visiting your chosen destination is the next step which is highly important and mandatory. Most of the South-East countries have visa on arrival, but you would need to check based on your destination country as well as your country of origin. Here is some Visa related information for the countries that we are looking at and this should prove quite useful in your planning.
Thailand provides Visa on arrival to 19 countries including India, China, Romania, and Taiwan among others. The visa fee is 2,000 THB. For more details do check out this site.
Malaysia Visa is also available to nationals of many countries and the country also has the provision for an eVisa.
Indonesia has a list of 52 countries that are eligible for Visa on arrival, in addition 11 countries that include Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore have the facility of free entry.
Cambodia offers eVisa to almost all countries and can be applied for online at least 4 days before the departure date.
Philippines offers visa free entry to visitors from many countries for a period not exceeding 3o days, you can determine if your origin country requires a visa or not here.
Packing for the Destination and the Weather
While planning a honeymoon, packing the right items is important. Well, who wants to lug around a huge amount of baggage on their honeymoon, travel as light as possible. But one needs to balance between the necessary and non-value add and a packing list would come in handy here. Also be mindful of the season that you are traveling and the destination. Generally most of the countries of South-East Asia enjoy temperate climatic conditions, hence you are not likely to be burdened with too many pieces of warm clothing. However, as all the destinations have lovely beaches, beach wear has to go in. But check before you pack.
It’s all about Food
The countries South-East Asia have a tantalising cuisine to offer for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. However in some of the countries, it is better to do some prior research on the food joints that you would like to eat in, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. So based on your destination, while planning a honeymoon, do check out the eating options available so that your are prepared for what is coming on your plate.
Enjoying the Honeymoon and bringing back countless memories
Once you are at your destination, do not get so lost in the experience that you forget to save the experience in the form of photographic memories. This does not mean just your camera and smart phones with selfies that do not go beyond yourselves. Carry the must have travel gadgets and ensure you have an immersive travel experience. Ensure that you carry a tripod, so that your sojourn in South-East Asia is captured for posterity against the backdrop of the lovely locales. Alternatively you could even think of hiring the services of an outdoor photographer.
These tips for planning a honeymoon are sure to stand you in good stead if you are planning a honeymoon to a destination in South-East Asia. Even if it is not a honeymoon and you are looking to traveling solo or with the family, these tips would still hold good.
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