5 Instagram-worthy Honeymoon Spots (That Won't Break the Bank)
Having the perfect honeymoon is just as important as your dream wedding. We want to preserve these precious memories and reminisce each moment as we look back over the years. Who doesn’t desire picturesque, over-the-top snaps of your first adventure as a couple to share on your Instagram feed?
If you’re feeling stretched by your wedding expenses, don’t worry! Some of the most beautiful places in the world do not require you to empty your bank accounts of all your hard-earned Ringgit! If you’re having a hard time coming up with a solid shortlist, the Bear has done the homework for you!
Here are five of the best spots for a budget-friendly honeymoon vacay you and your boo will love:
1. Bali, Indonesia
Bask in the beauty of heaven on earth, because Bali is the place to be. The island is one of the top popular honeymoon destinations among Malaysian couples as it offers stunning natural backdrops and endless choices of local and far-flung cuisine.
You’ll also find towering volcanoes, pristine jungles and rocking night spots for couples who want to make the night more unforgettable.
Things to do: Take a trip to the Tirta Empul temple to receive blessings from the holy water known as Tirtha and Agama Tirtha. The water cleanses the evil and gives a protective aura to those blessed by the sacred water from the ancient spring at Tirta Empul.
- Hanging Gardens of Bali
- Nusa Penida
- Tengenungan Waterfall
- Tanah Lot Temple
- La Laguna Bali
- 1 Malaysian Ringgit = 3,526 Indonesian Rupiah (at time of publishing)
Best Time to Visit:
- May, June and July
- Malaysian citizens are granted non-extendable visa-free entry into Indonesia for 30 days
GoBear tip: Have you heard about the Tanah Lot curse? You might want to read about it here.
2. Siargao, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines
Beaches in the Philippines aren’t unheard of – after all they’re only some of the best in the world! However, with Boracay being closed (until the 6-month rehabilitation process is complete), that’s one less glorious option for those seeking sandy white beaches of the Philippines.
That’s why we’re taking you to the best surfing spot in the country, Siargao! While it’s an excellent destination for thrill-seekers, Siargao is also a beach bum haven for couples who just want to unwind. The island is an abundance of natural attractions and beautiful scenery – white beaches, enchanting lagoons, caves, waterfalls, and everything an Instagram star wannabe could ever ask for.
Things to do: Take an island-hopping tour by visiting Magpupungko Beach, Mamon Island, Algeria Beach, Guyam Island and Daku Island. Enjoy the electrifying parties with Siargao’s slew of bars and nightspots that serve up local delicacies or trek down Sohoton Cave National Park.
- Magpupungko Tidal and Rock Pool
- Sugba Lagoon
- Palm Tree-lined Roads
- Daku Island
- Cloud 9 Boardwalk
- 1 Malaysian Ringgit = 13.3 Philippine Peso
Best Time to Visit:
- Between March and October
- Malaysian travellers and those from ASEAN countries are allowed to enter the Philippines visa-free for a stay not exceeding 30 days with a few conditions
GoBear tip: Honeymooners – and foreign travelers alike – should consider bringing more cash as some resorts might accept major credit cards with an additional fee and travellers’ cheques are less likely to be accepted
Curious about Boracay?
Boracay is currently on a cleanup process and recently, a whale shark was spotted! It has been a while since whale sharks hung out at Boracay since its development. Now that one showed up, it sparked hullabaloos among locals why a whale shark turned up. Who knows, maybe the beautiful creature was showing its appreciation?
3. Hamilton Island, Australia
Fringed by coral reefs and spectacular beaches, Hamilton Island is a must-visit beach escape among couples who want to get an idyllic island experience. Known to the locals as “Hamo”, Hamilton Island is nestled amongst the Whitsunday Islands, an archipelago of 74 beautiful islands off the Queensland coast of Australia. This choice might just break the bank, but we just couldn't resist it!
Turquoise waters and white sandbars are mere just desserts to the dramatic and beautiful landscape which Hamilton Island offers. Of course, it helps that it’s situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
If Hamilton Island sounds familiar to you, that’s because they advertised for the Best Job In The World back in 2008 for one lucky soul to live and blog about it once a week.
Things to do: Put your feet up with a good book and a drink in hand at Catseye beach or explore the natural wonders by visiting the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re feeling alive (and you definitely should), indulge in water sports like paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkelling.
- Passage Peak
- Cedar Greek Falls
- Whitehaven Beach
- Cat’s Eye Beach
- Boathaven Beach
- 1 Malaysian Ringgit is equivalent to 0.3 Australian Dollars
Best Time to Visit:
- Between April and June
- Malaysians can apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) for AUD$20 which allows unlimited entries for a 12-month period from the date the ETA is granted; each entry has a maximum stay of three months on each visit
GoBear tip: As the most inhabited island in the Whitsunday group, Hamilton is positioned more as a sociable island destination rather than an escape. So, bear this in mind when honeymooning and make some new friends!
4. Koh Samui, Thailand
If you’re looking for a breathtaking, relaxing beach experience, why not try Thailand’s second largest island?
Topped with assets of extraordinarily idyllic place, Koh Samui is a haven for beautiful isolated beaches and exotic landscapes. The romantic atmosphere that can be experienced in Koh Samui’s most remote areas is a favourite amongst honeymooners.
Things to do: Cruise on a sunset sailing tour to admire the beautiful tropical shores of Koh Samui on a rustic sailing vessel. Experience a private beach picnic or snorkel in the turquoise waters of the island.
- Hin Ta & Hin Yai
- Samui Big Buddha
- Chaweng Beach (at dusk)
- Na Muang Waterfalls
- Thongson Bay
- 1 Malaysian Ringgit = 8.2 Thai Baht (at time of publishing)
Best Time to Visit:
- February and March
- Under the Visa Exemption Rule, Malaysian citizens are permitted to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days when entering via the international airport and up to 15 days if via a land border checkpoint from a neighbouring county
GoBear tip: Enjoy the sun but do pack a good sunscreen from home as the same product found on island destinations tend to cost more.
5. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
If you’ve never heard of Phu Quoc, you’re missing out on the beauty of the pearl islands of Vietnam. Pronounced “foo kwok”,Phu Quoc is a paradise in the making and one of South East Asia’s best-kept secrets.
More than just a “beachy destination”, the island boasts a range of attractions from towns bursting with vibrant culture to natural areas for hiking, snorkelling, fishing – and lounging at the beach of course.
If you’re worried about this little-known island and its accessibility, rest assured that there is an international airport ready to fly in you honeymooners right now.
Things to do: Taste the fresh seafood and locally brewed beer at the night market, take a stroll to Phu Quoc’s tiny island paradise, enjoy sunset watching, discover thousands of starfish and take in the beauty of Phu Quoc through a cable car.
- Da Ban Waterfall
- Long Beach
- Ham Ninh Fishing Village
- Suoi Tranh (Tranh Waterfall)
- An Thoi island
- 1 Malaysian Ringgit = 5,695 Vietnamese Dong (at time of publishing)
Best Time to Visit:
- April to June and late October
- Malaysians enjoy visa-free stays in Vietnam for less than 30 days
GoBear tip: There are many beaches in Phu Quoc, so if you are planning to take a series of self-indulging Instagram pics to win a million followers, you should consider heading out to the less touristy options like Ong Lang and Cua Canh
Now, you can start your happily ever after and add more flair to your Instagram feed with these destination ideas.