Hello! My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon and we are trying to figure out the best combination of countries to visit. We're very lucky to have 3-4 weeks to travel (depending on how long we can make our budget stretch!). We have Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand, and Laos in mind.
Our idea is to combine rugged travel (maybe 1 step above backpacking) with some luxury days (it is our honeymoon, after all!). We want to experience culture, food, architecture, history -- and also adventure! So snorkeling, hiking/climbing, etc.
Is it too ambitious to try to hit 3 countries?
We'll be leaving from New York mid- to late-May, which I think can be rainy season in that part of the world. I don't mind a few hours of rain a day, as long as we don't get stuck in a monsoon!
Thanks in advance for your recommendations!
Hello. I did a trip with my (now wife) 2 years ago to Thailand and Cambodia and it was incredible. Highlights include Bangkok (Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11), Chiang Mai (Elephant Nature Parkwhere you "help" elephants rather than exploit or ride them). We went to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat and it was unreal experience. Then we went to Phuket and stayed at The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa (beautiful and well priced). Then went to Phi Phi Islands and stayed at Phi phi The Beach Resort which was awesome. Then went to Railey Beach which was magical and stayed at Railay Bay Resort And Spa. Our trip was 2 weeks and was amazing! If we had more time I would have extended each of those places and then gone to another few places.
We also did a trip to Bali this year for our honeymoon which was very awesome as well. More quiet, calm and cultural...but awesome.
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For great diversity of fantastic food it does not get better than Penang Island on the planet. The food is fantastic there and it comes from all over Asia as the island is very multi cultural and these guys invented all the food courts you see in the rrst of Asia today.
And if you want some really interesting cultural experience then I would recommend Plain of Jars Site 1. It's one of those few mysterious places left in the world from a civilisation that still has no name cause next to nothing is known about the people who used to live there other than they left hundreds of giant stone jars scattered around the mountains.
And in Sri Lanka I would highly recommend Galle as an absolute cultural gem with fantastic food and great cafes and nice little boutique style places.
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Hi Julia! all your selected countries are very interesting to explore. Malaysia and Thailand have many good food to try. For Malaysia, you might need to travel across street to try different delicacies. for sri lanka and maldives are surely good selection to explore nature.too beautiful. I never been to laos. but i know its very interesting country with rich culture