DNA’s on-going review of the best honeymoon destinations for you and your husband.
Attractions: If you want to plunge into couple’s massages, spa treatments and totally indulgent pampering, ditch the cesspool of sleaze that is Bangkok and opt for breezier, easier Phuket.
An hour’s flight from the capital, nothing says “just married!” like working your way through a wish list of beaches – from packed to private – on a romantic motorbike escapade.
Despite Cambodia and Myanmar muscling in on the backpacker “full moon party” package, Thailand remains good bang for your baht (the local currency) especially in the luxury travel market. Happy ending negotiable.
For couples who don’t want the “same same but different” honeymoon as everyone else.
Distractions: If you get judgy when it comes to grime, crime and Pad Thai noodles, Phuket is unlikely to be your top choice for post-wedding connubial bliss. Word to the wise – if you hire a motorbike, or two, get insurance. Good insurance. And health insurance.
Romance Factor: While the country continues to official mourn the death of their beloved king last year, it’s business as usual when it comes to cheap cocktail bar-hopping, street market bargain hunting and smiling assassin lady boys. Who said romance is dead?
Gay or nay? Thailand is, hands down, the most gay-welcoming Asian nation. Air Asia even has a preference for transgender flight crew so that’s worth considering when you book. The downside is it’s not just gay-friendly but over friendly at times. The relentless pushiness and often wandering hands (check your wallet and crotch) might be newlywed deal breakers.
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