We leave for our honeymoon in November, and I’m getting so excited, I wanted to share our honeymoon route and the plans we have whilst we’re away!
We booked our honeymoon back in January, and November felt like AGES away. I remember getting married, in April, and thinking that we had to wait 7 months between our wedding and going away, and thought it would go really slowly. But I can’t believe it’s nearly November, and we’re leaving soon! It felt like it would never actually happen, November would never come around.
I think we’re very lucky in that we managed to go into the travel agents, tell them where we wanted to go, and they tailor-made our honeymoon to exactly what we wanted. We’ve managed to fund it mostly through wedding gifts, and then the rest we’ve been saving every month so we have plenty of spends whilst we’re away.
Here’s our honeymoon route, and what we hope to do and see while we’re there.
Our first stop is Vietnam, a country that Jay picked. He really wanted to go (probably influenced by the Top Gear episode from 2008), so that’s the first stop on our trip.
We decided to book a small group tour to see as much of Vietnam as possible. The tour lasts 10 days and we’re stopping at 5 places on the way—Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)—meaning we’re spending an average of just 2 nights in each place. I’ve heard from some people that have done this that it’s too quick, and you can’t appreciate each place the same. But we’d probably see which place is our favourite, and go back there again in the future.
The tour includes an overnight boat cruise through Halong Bay, an overnight train (ew) to Hue, a tour of the Imperial Citadel, a noodles cooking class in Hoi An, and a tour of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh. It’s a fairly jam packed schedule, so we’ll be knackered.
Singapore is next on our honeymoon route. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to go. Our flight had to stop over at Singapore so we could go on to Bali, so we decided to extend our time in Singapore past the airport. We’ve only got 2 nights stopover here, so not much time to relax after our manic Vietnam tour.
This means we only have one full day in Singapore, and two half days because of flights. With this one day, me and Jay want to get tickets to the Singapore Gardens.
It’s supposed to be a spectacular visit. The bridge has some of the best views in Singapore. Within the gardens is housed the largest man-made waterfall in the world. It’s housed inside a building and you can walk around the huge rock/waterfall right to the top.
The gardens aren’t far from the famous Marina Bay Sands building (the one with what looks like a boat on top), so we’re hoping to visit its famous rooftop bar for an *expensive* drink.
Bali was my choice. It’s kind of taken over Thailand as the place to go, as everyone seems to be visiting there at the moment.
It’s about a 6 hour flight from Vietnam, but we’ve got our Singapore stop off on the way which fits in perfectly.
If it was up to me, I would have had a honeymoon that involves sitting on a beach in the Maldives somewhere for 2 weeks with a pile of books by me. But Jay would get fed up very quickly. But we’ve compromised, and I’ve still got nearly a week of sitting on a beach somewhere amazing.
We don’t have any particular plans for Bali. I want to go to the Monkey Sanctuary in Ubud but that’s all we have in mind. The rest of the time, we’ll suit ourselves, making a nice change from the craziness of Vietnam and Singapore.
We’re in a 5* beach and spa resort, with plenty of restaurants surrounding us.
Look out for my post to follow all about the adventures we have on our trip!