Wedding in Asia
Love the idea of getting married in Asia and the Pacific Islands?
Warm friendly people, beautiful scenery, sunny skies, gorgeous weather and stunning beaches are just some of the bonuses of getting married in Asia and the Pacific Islands. For me, these countries hold a secret fascination and I love the idea of combining your wedding and honeymoon in this region.
WEDDING IN THAILAND
If you are looking for an exotic getaway along with a spiritual ceremony in a land famous for its hospitality and beauty, then a wedding in Thailand is certain to deliver exactly what you require.
Known as the ‘Land of Endless Smiles’, Thailand is a truly beautiful destination for a wedding abroad. It’s sheer beauty coupled with its world-renowned service culture and welcoming hospitality make Thailand one of the more special wedding destinations.
Thailand offers a host of unique wedding locations; you can choose to have your wedding ceremony on the beach, at a world-class hotel or resort or even in a Buddhist Temple. Thai culture has many wonderful traditions, many of which can be included in your wedding celebrations to make your day even more special and unique.
A Bali Wedding is a fantastic choice for couples seeking a stunning backdrop. Ideal for couples who are looking for romance, elegance, and something extremely special, Bali is a perfect choice for couples looking for a Destination Wedding.
Whatever type of wedding you are looking for, Bali is sure to have an option that will cater to your needs. Fancy a stunning clifftop wedding, overlooking the clear blue ocean below? What about a specially designed airconditioned wedding chapel? There’s also the option of hiring one of many luxurious exclusive villas. Or how about in the midst of the jungle surrounded by greenery. For a completely unique experience you an even say your vows in the Elephant Park. Bali provides breathtaking scenery and a fantastic climate.
Romantic things to do
Powder-soft sand, aquamarine seas, swaying palms, secluded beachside resorts… Thailand has all the classic ingredients of a luxurious tropical honeymoon. If you’re planning a far-flung getaway to start married life – or even if you just want to treat someone special – here are a few ideas to really ramp up the romance…
Cruise around Bangkok on a private speedboat
Most Thai holidays start and end in the capital, Bangkok. Stay at Chakrabongse Villas, a cluster of sumptuous suites hidden in the gardens of a former royal residence, and you can book the hotel’s Bond-style speedboat and driver for a day. Being whisked between sights in private, leather-seated luxury is an unforgettable way to explore the city’s extensive network of rivers and canals
Sip sunset cocktails at a rooftop bar
Set 61 floors above central Bangkok, The Moon Bar claims to be one of the highest alfresco bars in the world. It’s a supremely romantic spot, with cushioned divans, candlelit tables, and 360-degree views over the glittering city lights far below. The cocktails are pricey, but it’s worth the splurge for the setting alone. Just don’t venture too close to the edge if you suffer from vertigo…
Book a massage à deux at Sri panwa
If your idea of the perfect couples’ activity involves a little more relaxation, you’ll like the ‘Sensual Massage for 2’ at Phuket’s Sri panwa; you and your partner can even book classes to learn the moves yourselves. Afterwards, admire the sunset – champagne in hand – from the plunge pool of your glass-encased villa, perched high above the Andaman Sea.
Your romantic Bali escape will take you wandering through the lush rice fields, snuggling up at the beach at sunset, and even above the clouds on a helicopter ride. If you and your other half like heights that is.
Bali is truly a living postcard destination offering picturesque dining opportunities as well as romantic rendezvous activities. Even if you prefer spending your romantic getaway in the comfort of a beautiful villa for example, then I assure you, you will love the Bali
After you have a walk around the stunning cliffs of Uluwatu with its most iconic temple in Bali, take a stroll along Jimbaran Beach where a fresh seafood dinner is waiting for you at the end. You will be literally sitting on the beach with your table and chair, toes in the sand.
Be in awe of the variety of seafood choices grilled to perfection for your meal. It’s not just lots but also fresh from the day’s catch caught by local fishermen.
The fresh food, the fine sand between your toes, that’s not even the best part. Jimbaran is famous for its stunning sunsets, the perfect backdrop for your romantic dinner at the beach.
There is nothing more exciting than a picnic on the hillside of Bugbug Village, Karangasem. Due to its natural atmosphere coupled with a still and beautiful calm, foreign tourists have nicknamed Bukit Asah the “Silent Hill”. At the top of this hill, you can set up a camp that overlooks the beautiful panorama of Bali’s sea, rocks, and small islands. As if this place couldn’t get any more perfect, Silent Hill is also the perfect romantic spot to enjoy sunrise and sunset views with your lover – a quiet paradise that is just right for love.
Exploring the Island
At the end of the day (which is the start of the day for some visitors), Bali’s rich culture, many amazing sights and truly lovely people are what takes Bali’s sheer delight to another level. Because Bali is fun, no matter what you want or who you are. Seminyak has shops and designers, Kerobokan has luxe beachside resorts and superb eating, Kuta and Legian have the nightlife, and Canggu wraps it all into one irresistible package. Plunge deep into Bali’s spirit while renewing your own in Ubud or catching the perfect wave in Bingin. You name it, it’s here.
At the bottom of a lush green river valley lies one of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments. Gunung Kawi consists of 10 candi (shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues. Part of a region nominated for Unesco Heritage status, they stand in awe-inspiring 8m-high sheltered niches cut into the sheer cliff face. The views as you walk through ancient terraced rice fields are as fine as any in Bali.
Each candi is believed to be a memorial to a member of the 11th-century Balinese royalty, but little is known for certain.
Legends relate that the whole group of memorials was carved out of the rock face in one hard-working night by the mighty fingernails of Kebo Iwa.
The five monuments on the eastern bank are probably dedicated to King Udayana, Queen Mavhendradatta and their sons Airlangga, Anak Wungsu and Marakata. While Airlangga ruled eastern Java, Anak Wungsu ruled Bali. The four monuments on the western side are, by this theory, to Anak Wungsu’s chief concubines. Another theory is that the whole complex is dedicated to Anak Wungsu, his wives, concubines and, in the case of the remote 10th candi, to a royal minister.
As you wander between monuments, temples, offerings, streams and fountains, you can’t help but feel a certain ancient majesty here.
From the end of the access road, a steep, stone stairway leads down to the river, at one point cutting through an embankment of solid rock. Be prepared for long climbs – there are more than 270 steps. The sarong is necessary as parts of the site are considered holy.
Some 2km southeast of Ubud on the road to Bedulu, Goa Gajah is carved into a rock face and you enter through the cavernous mouth of a demon. Inside the T-shaped cave you can see fragmentary remains of the lingam, the phallic symbol of the Hindu god Shiva, and its female counterpart the yoni, plus a statue of Shiva’s son, the elephant-headed god Ganesha. In front of the cave are two square bathing pools with waterspouts held by six female figures.
There were never any elephants in Bali (until tourist attractions changed that); ancient Goa Gajah probably takes its name from the nearby Sungai Petanu (Petanu River), which at one time was known as Elephant River, or perhaps because the face over the cave entrance might resemble an elephant.
The origins of the cave are uncertain; one tale relates that it was created by the fingernail of the legendary giant Kebo Iwa. It probably dates to the 11th century, and was certainly in existence during the Majapahit takeover of Bali. The cave was rediscovered by Dutch archaeologists in 1923, but the fountains and pool were not found until 1954.
From Goa Gajah you can clamber down through the rice paddies to Sungai Petanu, where there are crumbling rock carvings of stupas (domes for housing Buddhist relics) on a cliff face, and a small cave.
A popular stop for tours, try to get to Goa Gajah before 10am, which is when the big tourist buses begin lumbering into the large souvenir-stall-filled parking lot like, well, elephants. Breeze past the ‘coffee luwak’ stalls and other irritants in the parking area.