Forests, beaches, mountains, and romantic resorts – Bali, Indonesia, has everything that a couple could possibly dream of. Then again, Krabi, an island province in Thailand, is a once-in-a-lifetime destination with its picture-perfect seashore, mangrove forests, and limestone cliffs. And if we consider the taste buds, Thai is among the most delicious cuisines in the world, renowned for its soups and curries, while Indonesian food charms the palate with flavorful rice and gravy dishes punctuated by crispy tempura. So which one should you choose Bali or Krabi for your honeymoon?
Enjoy kayaking through lagoons and narrow canals, trying your hand at rock climbing, river rafting down the Songpraek River, and scuba diving in the Phi Phi Islands, apart from zip-lining across high cliffs in Ao Nang in Krabi. Meanwhile, in Bali, you and your better half can take surfing lessons in Canggu, go on a sunrise trek up Mount Agung, discover the forests and rice fields of Legian on a quad bike, and scuba dive with Manta Rays in Nusa Dua.
Go on a 3.7km long nature trail through Tab Kak Hang Nak in Krabi, a dense rainforest with serene ponds. Immersing yourself in the natural hot springs can be a very rejuvenating and romantic experience. You could also try elephant trekking with Nosey Parker’s Elephant Camp. In Bali, nature abounds at Ubud, with highlights being the Tegenungan Waterfall, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, and the Monkey Forest. Honeymooners shouldn’t miss the Bali Swing, an adventure activity that lets you swing over jungles and enjoy bird’s eye views of the rivers and valleys.
Temples & Architecture
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. However, Thai temples are no less impressive, and Krabi is home to the lofty Tiger Cave Temple, from where you enjoy stunning views of the island, and the hill-top Wat Kaew Korawaram, which also offers excellent panoramas.
Resorts & Spas
Thai massages in Krabi or Balinese massages in Bali – both are bound to lull you into a beautiful trance. In Bali, you’ll find wonderful beach resorts in Kuta and Legian, and heavenly tropical villas in Seminyak and Nusa Dua. Ubud is the best destination for Balinese-style accommodation ensconced in sylvan greenery. In Krabi, luxury honeymoon resorts are usually by the sea and equipped with marvelous infinity pools and spas.
Bali is an all-year-round destination though tourism does tend to peak in July and August. The shoulder months of April, May, June, and September are better for honeymooners as crowds thin down. As for Krabi, most people choose to visit the island between November and March. So now that you have all the information you need, which one will it be – beautiful Bali or charismatic Krabi?