i'm currently researching a number of destinations for me and my fiancees honeymoon (august 2005)...so far we have decided the following:
1) don't want to do anywhere in europe...we can do that over long weekends in the future
2) we don't want a beach type holiday...and definitely don't want to be in your typical holiday resort
3) the scenery must be spectacular...amazing and breath taking
4) we are looking to spend anything up to 2 weeks for our honeymoon
5) we want it to be relaxing but at the same time have options to do things e.g. junk boats in vietnam
so far we are considering the following:
b) vietnam (possibly with a combination of one of singapore, malaysia, thailand)
we don't want to do the typical destinations such as hawaii, barbados, maldives etc etc although i'm sure they would be amazing too
if anyone can come up with any more suggestions that would be great
more importantly, if people could provide further information on the locations above in terms of personal experiences and what one can do while there, and what kind of trip can be had, that would be much appreciated.
It might be worth check the weather figures out - it's a bit wetter in the Far East that time of year. How about staying in the interior of Bali. There are some cracking resorts inland surrounded by exotic scenery. Also August is a good time to go in terms of the weather and you could combine it with one of the cities such as Singapore, Bangkok or KL - even throw in Vietnam.
there are fantastic historical sites aswell as the beaches and swimming with dolphins.
Load of info on Mexico if you need
interior bali? sounds interesting...tell me more
still like the sound of singapore, malaysia and thailand too as you mentioned...any particular areas that are of extreme beauty and a must see?
allie - i'm still not quite convinced by mexico to be honest...don't really want to stay at a resort as i mentioned...unless it is likely to be quiet and amazingly beautiful in terms of natural surroundings
travelalot...can you tell me more about mexico in terms of what sites one must see when there...does it have alot of naturally beautiful scenery?
also not considered borneo...have you been there yourself? KL keeps being mentioned...is that the best part of malaysia? i like the idea of canada still because the scenery seems so amazing...in particular the west coast area...lake victoria, bannf etc...then do a mission over to vancouver and check out the niagra falls maybe?! hmmm...have you been to canada yourself? don't really want to do america...not for honeymoon. Budget is slightly flexible at the moment...because we are looking to see what is out there and what we fancy. Approx = £2500. Ideally as cheap as possible without compromising on luxury and scenery!
the budget you mention is that per person or for the whole trip? I mention Bali because its going to be the place with the best weather in the Far East at that time of year. The North of Bali is famed as a cultural centre with a lot of arts and crafts being produced - for example the area around Ubud. There are a number of up market small hotels you can stay in - set in jungle area or views of rice padi terraces - that kind of thing.
Malaysia gets a mention. The Datai on Langkawi is a luxury hotel in a very quiet setting on a glorious stretch of beach. the island itself is quiet quite scenic. KL (Kuala Lumpur) the capital of Malayasia gets mentioned because it is one of the hubs used in South East Asia to get to places like Bali, mainland Malaysia and Borneo. The other hubs being Singapore and Bangkok. They are convenient locations to provide a city element to a two or thee centre holiday or honeymoon. All three cities are great places to stay for few days - they have top notch hotels, great shopping and interesting sightseeing.
If you're not really looking for a beach holiday, I'm not sure that Langkawi would be right for you. We hired a car there and pretty much saw the whole island in two days, but vegging on the beach most of the time suited us just fine after 7 hectic days in HK. It did give us a taste for Malaysia though and we went back there last year to KL and Borneo. KL's ok, but we saw and did just about everything we wanted to in the 5 days we were there and thought it was pretty tame after HK.
But Borneo was fabulous and I think you could easily spend 2 or 3 weeks there without getting bored. There's so much to see and do, like trekking through the rainforest, seeing all the different wildlife - orangutans, turtles, proboscis monkeys, etc, whitewater rafting, climbing Mt Kinabalu, visiting tribal villages and longhouses, etc, etc, etc. And if you didn't want to spend the whole of your honeymoon there, you can easily combine it with Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok, all of which imho are more exciting than KL.
xenosuk - thanks for the tips...can you tell me more about borneo? what is the scenery like?
MaccyB - today i have started considering a cruise on the nile more seriously than before...i have heard many good things and been told that it is very romantic too. is the scenery amazing while you travel on the nile? of course at the same time you get to stop off and see some of the wonderful historical places...so not just lying about all the time...definitely want to relax too which it seems the cruise might provide a bit of both of. what was your week in luxor like? what did you get up to while there? pure relaxation or did you get out and about?
A good site for photos/video and general info is:-
right our options have been narrowed down now slightly
1) there is egypt - a nile cruise followed by a few days in cairo or some other city
2) south east asia - in which case we would most likely include vietnam, malaysia and singapore...a few days at each...or that would be the general idea
3) last but not least - canada - this looks amazingly beautiful too to say the least...i think we would most likely consider Alberta or British Columbia with possibly a trip to the niagra falls on our return
can anyone provide me with further information regarding canada and a honeymoon or trip they may have been on...definitely like the idea of the lakes and mountains in alberta...seem very romantic and the lady quite likes what she has seen of canada in the brochures...recommendations, advice and stories would be much appreciated!
was looking at chateau lake louise today...not sure if that is the one you are referring to?
any more advice on canada from anyone would be much appreciated!
or are they not THAT special to make a special trip from the west coast of canada?
thanks for the pointer though...may have to do south east asia some other time : (
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