If your idea of an ideal romantic getaway comprises of palm fringed beaches, gorgeous sunsets, secluded hillside resorts in the midst of a dense jungle or on the edge of a cliff with ocean views, then look no further than Bali or Krabi. Though they have plenty in common, these touristic gems from Southeast Asia allure amorous couples with a charm of their own.
While Bali, the crown jewel of Indonesia is a delightful blend of natural beauty and culture, Krabi boasts of a surreal landscape filled with limestone cliffs in turquoise water. Read along to find out which among the two spectacular destinations earn your seal of approval.
Bali is an island south of mainland Indonesia and Krabi is a province in southern Thailand’s west coast.
Bali is blessed with volcanic mountains, meandering rivers, thick jungles, golden beaches, coral reefs, and terraced rice fields.
Krabi boasts of craggy limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, and more than a hundred offshore coral-fringed islands.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit Bali is between April and September which is the dry season with very little chance of rain. July and August is peak season and full of tourists. Shoulder season from April to June and September is more relaxed and makes for a pleasant honeymoon. Bali enjoys an average temperature ranging between 30 – 34°C (86 – 93°F) throughout the year.
The best time to visit Krabi is between November to March when the temperature hovers around 28°C (83°F). June, July and August is equally beautiful with lesser tourists as the days alternate between bright sunshine and heavy rains.
Bali offers the best of all worlds for romantics to enjoy their honeymoon. You and your spouse can wake up to misty mountains in central Bali or to a spectacular sunrise in any of the popular beach towns.
Best places to stay in Bali are Alila Ubud and COMO Shambhala Estate ensconced in lush green rainforest whereas The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah is located in the midst of terraced rice fields. For some sun and surf, there is The Edge, Oberoi Bali, and St. Regis Bali Resort which offer unperturbed views of the sea.
Find out more about the best places to stay in Bali here.
When you are in Krabi, you can expect some of the most jaw dropping views of the rocky limestone cliffs jutting out of the turquoise blue sea from any corner of your villa.
The best places to stay in Krabi are Amari Vogue Krabi and Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve which bestow captivating ocean views dotted with limestone cliffs from the comforts of your villa. Another unique stay option is the beachside Rayavadee Krabi, set on the border of Krabi Marine National Park, known for its luxuriant tropical and marine life.
You can choose from a long list of best places to stay in Krabi here.
Balinese cuisine is a bounty of fresh local foods rich in spices and flavours. There are mid-range restaurants, cafes and fine-dining spots to cater to your hunger pangs. But one place you must not miss are the roadside eateries called warungs which serve authentic Balinese cuisine.
Must try local dishes in Bali are nasi goreng (fried rice), babi guling (spicy roast pig), bebek betutu (roasted duck), sayur urab (steamed vegetables with grated coconut), udang balado (spicy shrimp with steamed rice), pisa goreng (fried bananas), satay (meat skewers), and gado gado (vegetable salad) to name a few.
There are plenty of opportunities for experiential dining in Bali like the floating breakfast in an infinity pool, a candlelight dinner in the midst of tropical greenery, or even a private beach or in-villa BBQ.
Find out more such places to eat in Bali here.
In Krabi, there is an abundance of the world’s favorite Thai cuisine. Light yet supremely delicious, the dishes favor creamy coconut milk, soupy bases, vibrant flavors of lemongrass, galangal, and Thai chillies, and generous smatterings of peanuts. Main meals usually consist of soup and a meat or vegetable-based curry with rice or noodles.
There are plenty of street food joints, beach shacks, restaurants, cafes and fine-dining spots which concoct dishes that are finger-licking good. Popular dishes to try are pad thai (stir-fried rice noodles), moo ping (grilled pork on skewers) and khao niao (sticky rice), seafood omelette, fish cakes, green papaya salad, tom yom soup, boat noodles, satay, and more.
Supplementing good food with breathtaking views is the charm of eating in Krabi. If you are a guest at Rayavadee Krabi then you have exclusive access to dine sheltered under an ancient limestone cliff at the Grotto. Ruen Mai Restaurant on Ao Nang beach serves the best Thai food on the island and The Hilltop Ao Nang draws customers for the best sunset views and food, of course.
If you both love the outdoors, then there is a long list of things to do in Bali and Krabi.
Adventurous things to do
Among the things to do in Bali, adventurous couples can hike Mount Batur to catch a sunrise, go river rafting in Ayung river, surf and parasail in Kuta. You can also snorkel in Nusa Dua, explore Tegallalang rice terraces, discover the forests and rice fields of Legian on a quad bike, or just aimlessly explore the island on a scooter.
The first and foremost thing to do in Krabi is rock climbing at Railay Beach. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this is a must do as the views of the beach and the traditional Thai long boats that dot the beach are unmatchable.
Other things to do in Krabi are kayaking past the limestone cliffs and under the caves, scuba dive or snorkel in the Phi Phi Islands, swim in the Emerald Pool, river raft down the Songpraek River, apart from zip-lining across high cliffs in Ao Nang.
Thai massages in Krabi or Balinese massages in Bali – both are bound to lull you into a beautiful trance.
Unplug from all the post-wedding stress and unwind somewhere amid a lush tropical rainforest or rice terraces. You can also opt for a rejuvenating massage cliffside with fresh sea breeze.
Alleviate the stress and anxiety following a busy wedding with a relaxing Thai massage in Krabi. Since all the resorts are located on the beach, you are guaranteed a relaxing treatment to you and your spouse beside the aquamarine sea.
Bali is famous for its deep-rooted culture and you will frequently find locals lost in devotion in temples while they offer prayers. You too can get a taste of Balinese spirituality by learning how to make an offering to the God and carry the divine blessings back home.
Balinese are strongly inclined towards traditional art forms and Bali is the perfect place for the both of you to pick a new hobby. Learn batik painting, wooden or stone sculpting, jewellery making and weaving. You can even take a few cooking tips home and recreate Balinese dishes with some cooking classes.
Krabi, like any other Thai town has shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha. Locally known as ‘wat’, these shrines are found across Krabi. You will be greeted to the aroma of fresh flowers, incense sticks, chiming of bells and locals chanting prayers.
Getting a sneak peek into the local life of people in Krabi is not easy.
Hit the dance floor at some of the most happening nightclubs in Kuta, Legian or Seminyak. Beach bars like Ku De Ta and Potato Head and nightclubs like Sky Dome Super Club and Mirror Bali Lounge and Club has world renowned DJs playing a continuous stream of music to keep the crowd grooving.
Krabi has a happening nightlife, Ao Nang is the place to go to find the best bars. These bars are known for selling delicious cocktails, foot tapping music and an eclectic mix of party-goers. While you are bar-hopping don’t miss out on Luna Bar, Klinky Beach Bar and Full Moon Bar.
There’s no beating Bali when it comes to spectacular water temples with exquisite architecture. The sunset from Tanah Lot Temple and the oceanic Uluwatu Temple are breath-taking experiences for honeymooners, as are the lake-side Ulan Danu Beratan Temple, and Goa Gajah, with its ancient carvings.
Krabi is home to the lofty Tiger Cave Temple, where you enjoy stunning views of the island, and the hill-top Wat Tham Sua, which also offers excellent panoramas.
In Bali, 1 USD is worth approx. 14,000 Indonesian Rupiah [Rp], as of June 2019.
|A meal for two in a warung||50,000 – 80,000 Rp||USD 4 – 6|
|A meal for two in a mid-range hotel||80,000 – 120,000 Rp||USD 6 – 10|
|A meal for two in western or seafood restaurant||150,000 – 800,000 Rp||USD 10 – 60|
|A night in a luxury boutique resort||Starts from 850,000 Rp||Starts from USD 60|
In Krabi, 1 USD is worth approx. 31 Thai baht [THB] as of June 2019.
|A meal for two in a mid-range hotel||400 – 1000 THB||USD 15 – 30|
|A meal for two at a fine-dining restaurant||6000 THB and above||USD 200 and above|
|A night in a luxury boutique resort||Starts from 7241 THB||Starts from USD 230|
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