No one that is seriously considering a southeast Asian honeymoon needs a travel writer to tell them why it’s a good idea. Warm water, climbing, diving, fantastic food and drink, white sand beaches, and countless other opportunities for adventure and repose are all available to newlyweds seeking a memorable trip to start off their new lives. That said, the following tips might help the contemplative narrow their respective lists.
For starters: stick to the beach. If you want to relax with your mate, the beaches in Thailand are the obvious choice.
Thailand’s third largest island, Koh Samui is blessed with beautiful white sand beaches, coral reefs, lagoons, waterfalls, coconut trees, crystal clear water and a profusion of entertainments, diversions and sports. The island is erupting with elite villas, but there are still opportunities for travelers on a shoestring.
You might also consider plowing the waters around Phuket aboard one of the many yachts available for charter service or group tours. Limestone cliffs and palm-fringed beaches combine with year-round good conditions on the water with some of the best diving in the world.
Located a few hundred miles southeast of Bangkok, the beautiful island of Koh Samet (Magic Crystal Island) has been spared the excessive construction that has plagued other islands. Diamond Beach (easily the most popular beach in the region) is well worth a visit, and Ao Hin Khok (near Diamond Beach; look out for the mermaid statue) is delightful as well. Ao Wong Deuan and Ao Nuan are both good choices as well for a love fest.