Just got married? So, what’s next? Your honeymoon of course! What a way to reward months (or years) of wedding planning heading to a beach destination for your honeymoon. ?
2 notable beach destinations in Southeast Asia, Bali (Indonesia) and Krabi (Thailand), have its similarities as well as its differences. Wondering which one of these gorgeous locations will suit your dream honeymoon? Here’s a guide to help you make that decision.
A country with over 17,000 islands ?, Indonesia is known for its volcanic activity and its picturesque nature sites. One of the country’s many islands, a tourist magnet and sandwiched between Nusa Tenggara and Java, is the island of Bali.
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Bali is full of tourist attractions, most of which can be found in towns south of the island such as Kuta, Ubud and Sanur. However, don’t just mark off the north of the island. The highest point of Bali can be found in northeast Bali, the summit of Mount Agung. The active stratovolcano ? is one of the most visited volcanoes in Indonesia, mainly for the amazing scenery.
Thailand is surrounded by Southeast Asian neighbours, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia and is known for its delicious (and spicy) cuisine, unique culture and its monarch heritage.
Located along the southwestern coast of Thailand, Krabi is full of limestone formations and serene beaches. It is an alternative Thai beach destination to the more known, Phuket. Unlike Bali, Krabi’s well-known tourist hotspots are located on islands on the Andaman Sea, namely Phi Phi Islands and Koh Lanta.
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The preferred (and advised) mode of transport to get to Bali is to fly into Ngurah Rai Airport. Most tourists would prefer flying direct into Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Terminal ✈️. A direct, one-way flight into Bali could go as cheap as SGD 87 (from Singapore Changi International Airport on a budget airline) and MYR 244 (from Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a budget airline).
An alternate route is to fly domestically from any city airport (preferably via Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport) in Indonesia into Bali’s Ngurah Rai Domestic Terminal. Both terminals are located next to each other in Denpasar.
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There are many international airlines that fly direct to Krabi Airport from countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and China. You can even fly into Krabi Airport from Scandinavia, Poland, Germany or Russia (during the European winter season only) ✈️. Flying direct on a one-way flight into Krabi from Singapore could cost you as little as SGD 72 on budget and MYR 93 from Kuala Lumpur on budget.
Alternatively, you can fly domestically from various cities in Thailand such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui.
Another mode of transport (although not preferred) is by bus ?. You can take a bus from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (along Boromratchchonnani Road) to Krabi Town. But do always keep your belongings with you.
We would recommend renting a car (with a driver) ? to get you around especially if you are planning on heading to remote villages in Bali. Prices per car can go as cheap as IDR 550,000 (SGD 53 / MYR 164) per day.
If you have a motorbike license, you can easily rent a motorbike ? for a price and travel around the island with your significant other. Do this only at your own risk though as Bali’s traffic can get a little hectic during peak hours and in busier towns such as Kuta and Denpasar. There are many spots in Bali where you can rent a bike and rental prices vary. Do check with the staff in your villa or hotel for recommended rental spots.
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Local buses ? connect Krabi’s main town to smaller towns such as Ao Nang and Krabi’s many beaches. A trip from Ao Nang to Krabi can go as cheap as 50 THB (SGD 2.25 / MYR 7).
Another form of public transport in Krabi, just like other towns or cities in Thailand, is a tuk-tuk
. The price of taking a tuk-tuk
is approximately 20 - 50 THB per person (SGD 0.90 – SGD 2.25 / MYR 2.80 – MYR 7) depending on your destination. The safest way to travel is by car ?. You can rent a car (with drivers) for as cheap as 600 THB (SGD 27 / MYR 83), depending on destination.
Hipster cafes in Bali provide an excellent atmosphere for date night. Prices at these cafes average at approximately IDR 60,000 (SGD 5.80 / MYR 17.90). It may be a little costly as compared to having a meal at a typical Indonesian warung
ranging from IDR 20,000 - IDR 30,000 (SGD 1.95 – SGD 2.90 / MYR 6 - MYR 8.85).
On the other hand, Krabi specialises more on Thai cuisine and fresh seafood. Dining in a typical Krabi eatery would cost you an approximate average of 100 THB (SGD 4.50 / MYR 13.85).
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Bali’s main religion is Hinduism and its signature dish is not suitable for Muslim consumption but there are many Halal options across the island. That’s because Indonesia in general is a Muslim-populated country. This and the fact that Bali sees a huge influx of tourists of various religions each year, even Muslims from the different cities in Indonesia.
For a taste of Indonesia, you can find eateries (or street-side stalls) selling simple, home-cooked rice and dishes (Nasi Padang
or Nasi Campur
) all over Bali. Check out Warung KKN or Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika ?.
More modern hipster cafés have been popping up in Kuta, Ubud and Denpasar in recent years due to Bali’s booming tourism. Check out Bali Buda, which has cafés all around Bali. Bali Buda is a perfect place for brunch with your significant other plus a great dining spot for those on a diet ?.
P.S. Make sure to check out these eateries you absolutely can’t miss in Bali
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Generally a Muslim-populated area of Buddhist-majority Thailand, you will be spoilt for choice at the number of Halal or Muslim-friendly food options in Krabi. There are Muslim-owned stalls in Ao Nang Market if you are looking for delicious street food! ? (Do note that not all stalls are Halal or Muslim-friendly).
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Krabi is the go-to place for Halal-certified Thai cuisine. Madina Restaurant in Nopparat Thara and Asama Halal Thai Food in the vicinity of Klong Muang Beach serves authentic Thai cuisine. From yummy Pad Thai
to spicy ?, refreshing Tom Yam Goong
, you and your significant other won’t have to worry about finding Halal food in Krabi.
P.S. For a detailed guide, make sure to check out other Halal eateries in Krabi
Indonesia is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, which means it sees a lot of tectonic activity all year round. This movement of plates on the Earth’s surface shapes Bali’s land, giving it picturesque mountains and volcanoes ?.
Bali also has vast agricultural land, most of which are padi
and coffee fields, an opportunity for you and your partner to spend some quality time while admiring the scenery. ?
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Krabi’s coasts are the highlight of the beautiful town, especially that of Phi Phi Islands and Koh Lanta. Just lying on the beaches while watching the sun set along the horizon makes for perfect photo opportunities ?.
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One of the best scenic views in Krabi can be found on the top of Wat Tham Seua
(Krabi Tiger Cave). The hike up though can be a tiring, challenging one (1237 steps to be exact) but the 360-degree panoramic view at the top is just too amazing to miss ?.
Luxury can come at a price for over-the-top accommodations in Bali and Krabi. The price for a night in a luxurious room for two in both cities can range from SGD 200 to SGD 500 / MYR 614 to MYR 1534.90 per person.
There are cheaper alternatives for those on a budget, depending on preference. Decent, simple accommodations in both Bali and Krabi can go for less than SGD 100 / MYR 307 per night per person.
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Resorts and villas in Bali spell Romance with a capital R! From private pools to rooms with breath-taking views, you can easily spend an entire day just laying back in your room.
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The Griya Villas and Spa in Ubud tops the list when it comes to stunning views and private pools. They even have honeymoon packages for couples, which include massages, a cruise and a fully decorated (and private) room ?. A one-bedroom pool villa (From IDR 2,786,207 (SGD 271.30 / MYR 830) per night) at The Griya is perfect for spending your honeymoon nights with your significant other.
If you and your partner are looking for a remote resort, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali fits the bill. Located along the south-eastern coast of Bali and a short drive from Ubud, the resort is perfect for couples who just want to spend their honeymoon in their resort. The resort even has its own beach! ? Don’t expect to break the bank when booking a room in Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort as a King Resort room can go as cheap as IDR 1,487,603 (SGD 144.85 / MYR 443.20) per night.
P.S. Looking for more accommodations? Check out other accommodations in Bali for the perfect romantic getaway
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Resorts and villas in Krabi are very similar to that in Bali. There are many Muslim-friendly resorts in Krabi and most of which provide magnificent views of the beach or the bayfront.
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Turn back time at Ban Sainai Resort as you and your partner experience what it’s like to live in your own village-themed hut. Your hut would overlook the beautiful mountains of Krabi. The cheapest room you can find is the resort’s Garden Cottage (From 7020 THB (SGD 316.15 / MYR 971.10) per night). If you are willing to fork in a little more, spend your nights at The Grand Pond View Cottage. It may cost you 9,450 THB (SGD 425.70 / MYR 1307.20) per night but it is truly an experience of a lifetime! ?
If you and your partner are not looking to head out of Krabi’s main town, then you can consider Krabi Front Bay Resort as your choice of accommodation. It’s much cheaper for couples who wish to spend less on accommodation. Couples can either opt for the Deluxe Garden View room (From 2000 THB (SGD 90 / MYR 276.60) per night) or the Deluxe River View room (From 2200 THB (SGD 99 / MYR 304.20) per night). Did we mention the resort’s eateries are Halal-certified?
P.S. Check out other Muslim-friendly resorts in Krabi here
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Bali’s shopping scene is at extreme ends. You can find affordable goods in markets and street-side stores. For example, you can get the famed Balinese rattan bag at approximately IDR 150,000 (SGD 14.60 / MYR 44.85) in Kuta. If you are willing to splurge, then you can also find luxurious goods in Bali’s many shopping malls.
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For couples on a budget, the best place to shop for anything and everything (including Muslim-friendly Indonesian treats) at affordable prices is at Krisna Bali Souvenir Shop. There are 3 Krisna stores in Bali – Nusa Indah, Sunset Road and Raya Tuban. A full cotton t-shirt in Krisna can go for as cheap as IDR 30,000 (SGD 2.90 / MYR 9) and you can get souvenirs (in bulk) such as keychains at affordable prices.
For those who are willing to splurge a little more ?, then head on over to Beachwalk Shopping Centre, located just behind the famed Kuta Beach. Tenants at Beachwalk Shopping Centre include Pandora, Timberland and Kate Spade. Prices of luxurious brands do not differ much from outlets in other countries.
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Shopping in Krabi may not be as luxurious as shopping in Bali but you sure can shop at huge bargains. Experience Krabi’s shopping culture and get shoes, clothing and souvenirs at cheap prices at Krabi Town Walking Street. It’s a “weekend market” held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 10pm along Soi Maharaj 8. Prices here are of a typical night market. You don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to head back with a huge shopping haul.
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If you happen to be in the Ao Nang Beach vicinity, then check out Ao Nang’s Walking Street. You can find anything from ice-cream ? to artwork along this narrow street.
Secure your valuables with you always as shopping streets can get really crowded at certain times of the day. We would recommend getting a belt bag (or fanny pack) to store your valuables and avoid placing your valuables in your back pocket.
This beautiful Indonesian island is known for its beautiful, stunning beaches. A perfect opportunity to get your tan on! On top of just soaking into the sand and sea, it is known for water sports such as surfing ?♂️ and flyboarding.
The downside of Bali’s famous beaches though is that it can get extremely crowded with tourists during peak seasons especially during the northern hemisphere’s winter periods (November – January). European and Northern American tourists look to escape the freezing cold temperatures in their hometown by soaking in Bali’s sand, sun and sea.
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Krabi has equally beautiful beaches as Bali but not as “touristy” as the ones in Bali as beach goers would normally head to the more popular, Phuket. Have your honeymoon at Phi Phi Islands and Koh Lanta as the two islands are rather remote, perfect for a private time with your partner. ?
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Have a relaxing time in the sand as you take in Krabi’s fresh, chilling sea breeze. Don’t forget to pose for a photo! ?
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You will never run out of things to do in Bali. From posing for amazing photos to cliff diving (for the adrenaline junkies), you will have an epic time when you are in Bali.
There are many temples in Bali and one of the most iconic ones, Pura Lempuyang (nicknamed the “Gateway to Heaven”) is a must visit. What better way to celebrate your marriage than a beautiful photo of Pura Lempuyang with an epic view of Mount Agung.
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How about a heart-pumping activity? Aling-Aling Waterfalls in the north Bali is enough to make your spine tingle. Dive into the lakes from 5m, 10m and 15m platforms with your significant other while taking in the majestic views of the different waterfalls.
Note: There is an entrance fee of IDR 20,000 (SGD 1.95 / MYR 6) to enter the vicinity of Aling-Aling Waterfalls. You must pay an additional IDR 150,000 (SGD 14.60 / MYR 44.85) if you are planning to dive off the cliff or go swimming in the falls. The price paid will include licensed guides who will guarantee your safety throughout the experience.
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Unlike Bali, most activities or things to do in Krabi is out at sea. Hop on a boat and explore Krabi’s islands with your significant other. How about a kayaking trip? You can easily book a Kayak Trip
through Krabi’s mangrove forests at an affordable price. ?
Spend your honeymoon just admiring the beautiful geological features of Krabi at Phra Nang Beach, Ao Nang Beach, Koh Lanta or Phi Phi Islands. Just simple kick back in the sand and grab some of the sun’s Vitamin D, while you chill out at one of Krabi’s many islands. You don’t even need to spend a single penny for a perfect sun tan.
Krabi is more than just islands and beaches. Here are a few unique things you can only do in Krabi
Hope we’ve have made a clear division between the two cities. Bali is more of a “touristy” beach destination but has more things you can do as a couple including luxurious shopping and café-hopping. On the other hand, you can find remote, quiet spots in Muslim-populated Krabi away from the crowds, just nice if you and your significant other are looking for a private, intimate vacation.