Destination: Southeast Asia
It seems only fitting that Richelle and I start the next chapter of our lives together in the same country it began.
While we won’t be revisiting the dingy Bangkok gay bar (seriously) in which we first crossed paths, we’ll be returning to Thailand for three and a half weeks of sun, scuba, hammocks, and digital detox.
(Chris will, of course, still make his required 7-12 Facebook posts per day)
Getting Off the Beaten Path (Mostly)
Since both of us have been to Thailand a bunch of times (including once already in 2019), we’re not going to be treading the usual tourist trail.
There are no ping-pong shows in Bangkok, no elephant experiences in Chiang Mai, and no self-discovery under the influence of psychotropic drugs on Koh Phangan.
Instead, we’re focussed on great scuba diving, gorgeous beaches, and WiFi dead-zones.
Koh Yao Yai (October 8th – 13th)
We’re starting our digital detox with five days on gorgeous Koh Yao Yai, where we’ll be pampering ourselves at the Santhiya Spa & Resort.
While it is close to Phuket, Koh Yao Yai has managed to avoid being overrun with tourists, so we’re both excited for a few days of eating delicious food, getting massages, and just relaxing after what will have been a hectic, fun wedding weekend.
It also puts us close to Koh Yao Noi, where we can go on some truly awesome mountain biking adventures through rice fields and sleepy little Thai villages.
Krabi (October 13th – 16th)
While we wanted to avoid being too touristy on our honeymoon, neither of us has ever had the chance to explore the breathtaking karst rock formations of Krabi and Railay Beach.
With that in mind, we’re going to spend a few days relaxing at Deevana Krabi Resort on Railay Beach and taking a few tours to see the nearby mangrove forests and hidden beaches.
Koh Lipe (October 16th – 22nd)
This is the part Richelle is most excited about, as Koh Lipe is at the heart of a marine reserve. That means plenty of snorkeling and scuba diving!
We’ll also be doing as much scuba diving as humanly possible, so it’s my job to not break my arm this time.
Langkawi (October 22nd to 27th)
We bid Thailand farewell and make our way to the Malaysian island of Langkawi next, as we’re following in Richelle’s parents’ footsteps with a visit to the gorgeous Berjaya Langkawi Resort.
We’ve got five nights here, but I’m most excited about spending two of them in a romantic overwater bungalow. It’s Richelle’s first time!
(In an overwater bungalow)
Malacca (October 27th – 30th)
Things get decidedly less romantic and more business as we head to this gorgeous corner of Malaysia.
After nearly three weeks without working, we’ll both be itching to reply to a few hundred emails and eat as much laksa as humanly possible. With that in mind, we’re in the Wayfarer Guesthouse for the WiFi and the location.
I intend to eat all of the laksa. Our firstborn may be 33% spicy Malaysian soup.
Singapore (October 30th – November ??)
It’s not cheap to fly from Southeast Asia to LA, so we’re finishing with a little time in Singapore – a country Richelle’s never visited!
We’ll base ourselves in the deliciously delightful Rabbit Carrot Gun, explore the colorful Katong area of the city, drink $25 Singapore Slings at Raffles, and finish it all off with some time at Gardens by the Bay.
Super touristy. Super fun.
We don’t have a definite end date for our honeymoon yet, so we may yet end up extending and taking some time to chill in Bali until it’s time to brave a Seattle winter.
It really isn’t!
We had originally planned to spend our honeymoon exploring Tonga, Fiji, and Vanuatu, but between the humpback whales not cooperating and the costs, we decided to take a trip of twice the length for 2/3rds of the price in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Of course, if you’d like to help make our honeymoon dreams a reality, you can always make a donation to our honeymoon fund.
We don’t need homewares or ‘stuff’, as we’re planning to be on the road for another few years yet, so a donation to our honey fund would be amazing!