Got hitched recently in a big, fat wedding ceremony and the thought of planning the Honeymoon within your budget is giving you jitters? A honeymoon, especially after the huge wedding expenses can be stressful. Not anymore! Listed below are our pick of Budget Honeymoon destinations which are economically viable, and gives you a great way to unwind after a hectic wedding.
Your next thought must go towards the planning bit and that is solved for here.
#1 Langkawi Island, Malaysia
Nothing beats the feeling of getting tanned on a deserted Island beach with the love of your life! A fabulous choice for a budget honeymoon destination this season is Langkawi – an archipelago of 100+ islands in the Kedah state of Malaysia. Its picturesque, palm-fringed beaches are the best places to get cosy with your partner.
Hop on a cruise here – sunset or day cruises to the UNESCO-protected rainforest Geopark or to other tourist attractions in Malaysia. Try diving or snorkelling cruises to Thailand, which is just across the border. Enjoy barbeque lunches and spa pampering on-board and snorkel under professional guidance and end the day with a romantic candle-lit dinner. Discover Langkawi’s many beautiful islands at your own leisure, especially the beautiful Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Beras Basah.
Also read: Adventurously yours, Malaysia
#2 Bali, Indonesia
Romantic beaches, interesting traditions and a rich cultural history. Bali has it all. No wonder that the destination’s popularity is steadily increasing among the honeymooners! Bali is the best choice for couples, especially those looking for a beach holiday. It is also great as it provides abundant natural recreation options and luxury accommodations.
Stay at an amazing beachfront villa or ones with a private pool and enjoy thrilling activities like parasailing, scuba diving and snorkelling. And if you’re not much of an adventurous person, opt for a sunset dinner cruise instead! A great option to start off would be the Uluwatu Sunset Tour, the pickup for which is from either Seminyak or Kuta. Don’t forget the fresh seafood lunch at Jimbaran Bay and the famous Kecak Dance performed at this temple.
For those adrenaline junkies, the best option is to go white water rafting in Bali’s longest river – the Ayung river. Visiting their world-famous rice-paddies is a must-do on your trip to Bali.The best option is the UNESCO-protected heritage site of Jatiluwih. The breathtaking Tanah Lot temple in Ubud, the west coast of Bali is a sure thing to be done while on your trip. One can also indulge in interesting activities like enrolling in a cooking class or a jewellery-making class! Also, don’t forget to shop in traditional Balinese markets and stock up on their beautiful traditional handicrafts as souvenirs.
Also read: Why we love these beach resorts in Bali
#3 Krabi, Thailand
With over a hundred islands, Krabi is truly an exciting store of adventure, heritage and a beach destination all in one. Its pristine natural beauty makes it perfect for that super-romantic honeymoon with your besotted.
For those adventure seekers – you have the opportunity to keep your passion alive, even while honeymooning! Go for rock climbing or white-water rafting while at Krabi!
Take the path less travelled by canoeing through the waters of the Bor Thor National Park, and discover some undiscovered gems in the country. Explore the colourful formations in the interiors of the Tham Klang caves in Krabi, and cherish the memorable caving experience.
Go scuba diving in the Phi Phi islands and be awed by the abundant and beautiful marine life beneath the clear blue waters.
One can also go for ziplining and trekking from the Hollow Mountain Extreme Adventure Park. As the name says, the adventure is extreme!
Also read: Get out – 6 ways to explore Krabi
#4 Sentosa Island, Singapore
Often referred to as Singapore’s Hawaii, Sentosa Island is a brilliant choice for a quick, romantic budget honeymoon. Sentosa is a resort island located off the coast of Singapore.
The Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort located on the Sentosa Island. It is probably the most popular attraction on the island. It has a big casino, lots of hotels, restaurants and few of the biggest attractions in the country itself.
The SEA aquarium is the largest of its kind in the world. It is an amazing place with lots of transparent tunnels where you can see the amazing array of marine life, with over 10,000 different underwater organisms!
The Adventure Cove Waterpark is also a great hit among tourists.It has water slides, a wave pool, a water-based obstacle course, snorkelling with fish in a reef, and a river to tube around.
The Universal Studios in Singapore is a sure bucket list destination for almost everyone. There are different themed zones – like Madagascar, Shrek, and Mummy themes! Each themed zone has its own attractions- like shopping and eating establishments and street entertainment around the theme. There were also rides, street performance, live shows and people dressed up as movie characters. Also, don’t forget the famed Sentosa Merlion!
The Butterfly Park and the Insect Kingdom is also a must-visit in the island. It consists of three different areas – a butterfly aviary, a bird aviary and a museum with lots of bugs and creepy- crawlies. It is a simple but an exciting attraction!
The very mentioning of Maldives conjures images of relaxed tropical holidays. How many of you knew that Maldives could be a great budget honeymoon destination? Tucked in the cobalt blue expanse of the Indian Ocean, honeymooning in Maldives is like living your own fairytale. Comprising of 1000+ islands of which almost 900 of them are uninhabited, the abundance of privacy and secluded moments for the romantic couples is quite obvious. The ideal setting of sun-kissed seashores, turquoise-blue waters, a kaleidoscope of a thriving marine life, multicoloured reefs and luxurious resorts concocts your perfect honeymoon.
Beach babies cannot just resist the untrodden white sands of the heavenly beaches. The crystal-clear sea is perfect for taking a refreshing dip or trying out an exciting water sport.
The country is well-known for island hopping.The islands that can be inhabited thrive with a large number of tourist allures and other beautiful attractions. Some isolated islands are ideal for day trips.
Apart from the natural beauty; there are museums, markets, art centres, and other places to check out. Located at Male is the National Museum of Maldives. The building houses a lot of interesting collections of artefacts- including the Sultan’s throne and the palanquins. Also check out the beautiful 17th-century coral stone Hukuru, or the Friday mosque, in Malé.
Also read: 7 best places to stay in Maldives while on a honeymoon!
With spectacular bays, charming beaches, busy cities, amazing cuisine and a staggering number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, there’s a lot of everything for everyone in Vietnam and makes for a great budget honeymoon destination also. In fact, there is enough to see and do for a couple to not get bored even on a century-long trip.
With over 3,000 kilometres of coastline, which runs almost the entire length of the country, your fantasy of a romantic getaway with your partner on a beautiful beach will finally get fulfilled. But if you also want to delve into mesmerizing culture and heritage, the bustling cities of Vietnam is the best bet.
Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, and its autumn is definitely the season to die for. During fall, the city seems to be more beautiful than ever. Holding hands with your significant other, strolling along Ho Tay, Ho Guom or wandering on Phan Dinh Phung’s sidewalk flooded with golden yellow leaves will literally sweep you off your feet. Another romantic activity for lovebirds is exploring Hanoi’s 36 old streets on a bike. These are the streets that retain many of Hanoi’s traditional characteristics and offer a huge amount products ranging from small traditional instruments to silk fabrics.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ha Long Bay is a huge beach. Thousands of rock islands have created such a place, which is nothing less than a marvellous work of art! This is a suitable destination for young couples to enjoy romantic candlelight dinners, bathing in the blue water of the seas, or exploring and climbing the rocky mountains and caves. You can also do fun activities such as kayaking and squid fishing.
Also read: Exciting 3-day vacation ideas from India to get you out of the office stress
Another wonderful budget honeymoon destination, Cambodia is a place which will bewitch you with its historic architecture and wonderful traditions. It helps young couples escape the world and to enjoy their seclusion, within their budget.
The ancient temple of Angkor Wat is the country’s landmark. It is now a UNESCO-protected world heritage site. The closest city to the Wat is Siem Reap, which can be considered as a start to explore the ruins of this temple complex.
The lake of Tonle Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. You can either opt to go on a river cruise, past several floating villages with houses built on stilts. It is almost the Venice of Asia! The cruise also covers the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, which is one of the important breeding grounds for large water birds in the world. Several rare species of birds like the Black-Headed Ibis and Grey-Headed Fish Eagle can be spotted here.
The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh is a relatively new site open to visitors and tourists. Housing the King of Cambodia and whole of the Royal Family, the Royal Palace was built in 1866. One must also visit the ‘Killing Fields’ at Phnom Penh, where millions of Cambodians were killed under the rule of King Pot Pol. It is now a mass cemetery.
And while at it, do not forget to indulge in delicious Khmer cuisine!
Also read: 7 things to do in Cambodia
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