Asia offers such diverse landscapes and experiences it can be overwhelming picking the perfect destination for your honeymoon. To circumvent that issue, we’ve come up with the Ultimate Honeymoon in Asia, a 2.5 week-long itinerary that takes you to some of the region’s most unique sites: from deserted beaches, to snow-capped mountains and Cliffside temples to friendly wildlife encounters, this holiday will give you a good overview of Asia’s various facets.
Day 1: Arrival into Manila
Upon arrival into the Filipino capital, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel, the Peninsula Manila, where you will be able to rest and relax.
Stay: The Peninsula Manila
Day 2: Onwards to El Nido
Today, you will catch your flight to El Nido to discover one of the Philippine’s most stunning regions, Palawan. Once you have made your way through immigrations, you will be transferred to Pangulasian Island Resort by boat.
Day 3 - 7: Relaxing in El Nido
During the next couple of days, you are free to enjoy the beautiful beaches and numerous activities available on the island. We recommend going scuba diving and snorkeling to marvel at the unique underwater world. For something that required a little more adrenaline, there are countless watersports activities such as sailing and windsurfing which are bound to get your heart pumping. Alternatively, you can just relax by the beach or spend time getting pampered in the spa
Day 8: From the Philippines to Indonesia
Once you have checked out of your hotel, you will be transferred back to the airport to catch your flight to Bali. From there, you have a one hour car drive to reach your next accommodation, Uma Ubud. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Stay: Uma Ubud
Day 9 - 10: Leisure time in Ubud
Ubud is Bali’s cultural hub and there are a myriad of activities to partake in during your free time. Visit the Agung Rai Museum of Art, go on a walk at Campuhan, visit the Monkey Forest, watch a dance show, visit the Elephant Cave…
Stay: Uma Ubud
Day 11: From Bali to Tanjung Puting National Park
Today, you travel from Bali’s lush vegetation to Tanjung Puting National Park and its wildlife. Once you arrive at Pangkalan Bun airport, you will be met and then transferred to Kumai, seaport and the gate to reach the National Park. Lunch will be served aboard your boat, where you will have two hours to enjoy your surroundings before arriving at Rimba Lodge.
Stay: Rimba Lodge
Day 12: Exploring Tanjung Puting National Park
After breakfast, proceed upstream in to Pondok Tanggui the second rehabilitation center where you can enjoy watching baby orangutans feeding. You will continue your tour to reach the highlight of the National Park, Camp Leakey where you will be able to observe forest wildlife.
Lunch will be served back on your boat, followed by the orangutan feeding program in the afternoon before returning to your hotel.
Stay: Rimba Lodge
Day 13: From Indonesia to Thailand
After an early morning breakfast, you will catch your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival into Thailand’s capital, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, the soothing Metropolitan by COMO. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to relax and unwind
Day 14: From Thailand to Bhutan
Today, you will travel from bustling Bangkok to the sprawling valleys of Bhutan. Once you arrive in Paro, you will be driven to Punakha via Thimpu. During the 4 hour drive, you will visit the Big Buddha statue which offers superb views and, time permitting, Thimphu which is the country’s capital. On arrival at your hotel, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure
Stay: COMO Uma Paro
Day 15: Exploring Punakha Valley
A full day of exploration of the Punakha Valley awaits today, where you will discover whitewashed homsteads and farmland in Khamsum Yuley Mangay Chorten (a shrine recently built by the royal family). Then, the massive architectural edifice of the 17th century Punkha Dzong soon looms into view as you head down the riverside. It once served as the seat of the Kingdom’s government and is now the winter home of the head abbot of Bhutan, along with 1,000 monks.
In the afternoon, a short walk across rice paddies takes us to Chimmi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as the Divine Madman. The temple sits atop a picturesque hill surrounded by rice fields.
The duration of the days trek is 6-7 hours long, with picnic or lunch at a local restaurant.
Stay: Uma Punakha
Day 16: From Punakha to Gangtey
After check-out, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your next hotel, which is 2.5 hours away.
In the afternoon, you will have time at leisure. We recommend trying your hand at archery, going mountain biking, trekking or visiting the quaint Gagntey village
Stay: Amankora Gangtey
Day 17: From Gangtey to Paro
Depart in the morning and make your way to Paro, which is a 7 hour drive away. Once you arrive in your next accommodation, Uma Paro, you will have time at leisure to relax.
Stay: COMO Uma Paro
Day 18: Trek to Tiger’s Nest
After breakfast, you will hike to one of Bhutan’s most sacred places, the site of a Cliffside monastery and an important pilgrimage destinations: Tiger’s Nest. Partly damaged by fire in 1998, the Taksang (meaning Tiger’s Nest) Monastery was built atop the cave where Guru Rimpoche, the father of Mahayana Buddhism, meditated for three months after arriving in the Paro Valley on the back of a legendary tigress.
The trail rises slowly above the valley, passing through fields, forests and by large prayer wheels turned by a stream. We continue hiking across an open meadow and up a steep trail to a ridge where prayer flags rustle in the wind. Just beyond is the Taktsang teahouse, at 9,200 feet, where we stop to enjoy a hot drink and striking views of the monastery across the valley. The scene is straight out of National Geographic! Depending on your energy level, continue just as far as our lunch spot or tackle the next mile of steep climbing to reach another dramatic viewpoint.Lunch today takes place at the Taksang View Point Cafeteria enjoying typical Bhutanese food while taking in phenomenal views of the monastery perched across the ravine. You will then retrace your steps for the descent.
Stay: COMO Uma Paro
Day 19: Departure
Today, you will depart Paro and be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight home.
|Day 1:||Arrival into Manila||The Peninsula Manila|
|Day 2:||Onwards to El Nido||Pangulasian Island Resort|
|Day 3 - 7:||Relaxing in El Nido||Pangulasian Island Resort|
|Day 8:||From the Philippines to Indonesia||Uma Ubud|
|Day 9 - 10:||Leisure time in Ubud||Uma Ubud|
|Day 11:||From Bali to Tanjung Puting National Park||Rimba Lodge|
|Day 12:||Exploring Tanjung Puting National Park||Rimba Lodge|
|Day 13:||From Indonesia to Thailand||The Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok|
|Day 14:||From Thailand to Bhutan||COMO Uma Paro|
|Day 15:||Exploring Punakha Valley||Uma Punakha|
|Day 16:||From Punakha to Gangtey||Amankora Gangtey|
|Day 17:||From Gangtey to Paro||COMO Uma Paro|
|Day 18:||Trek to Tiger’s Nest||COMO Uma Paro|
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- Guide at mentioned excursions
- International airfare
- Personal expenses
- Visa fees and/or visa authorization
- Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
- Travel insurance (please note that this is requried for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)
From USD 11,800 per person based on two guests travelling
Notes on our prices
- This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
- Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
- Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
- This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant