Best Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

Honeymoon should be a time of romance and love. As a celebration of two individuals starting their lives together, honeymoon is set to be enjoyed for the more joined experiences later on. There is just nothing like the feeling of being newlyweds.Asia is one of the best places to go to while during honeymoon. As home of pristine beaches, hilly terrains and other must-experience adventures, Asia has a lot to offer to make your sweet start of life as husband and wife.

Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, you’re traveling guide based in Singapore, has the following list of today’s top honeymoon destinations in the heart of the largest archipelago to review and visit:

Maldives

Maldives is already gaining popularity to being one of the most dreamt honeymoon destination. This tiny island offers diverse bask of adventures secluded from other prying eyes. In this island, you will find the world’s top spa retreats, white beaches and a picturesque and scenic view. No fraudulent experts can ever copy the majesty of Maldives.

Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is a center of diverse culture and rich heritage fit for couples who like a little adventure and peak in the past. A good honeymoon itinerary would include going through the Chao Phrya River in a canal boat ride and visiting Royal Barges National Museum. Honeymooners may also want to visit Buddhist temple and pay little homage or ask for a blissful years of couple life to come.

Jakarta, Indonesia

Despite being a city, Jakarta offers a wide variety of activities hidden within its boundaries. A good place to say would be in Nihiwata, Sumba which is perfect if you want to achieve both city and beach honeymoon. The Marangga villas of Nihiwatu in Sumba offer an unobstructed view of the Indian Ocean from the terrace of your room, complete with private pool and the privacy that honeymoon couples need.

Borneo

Borneo offers more of the natural adventures of honeymoon. Seeing an orangutan during your romantic days wouldn’t seem a weird idea once you are already there. You don’t need to be a nature lover to appreciate the spectacular wildlife that roams free in this country

Lombok Island, Indonesia Lombok Island has the most heavenly atmosphere and the beautiful underwater scenery. The waves, which are not too big and quiet, of course will add romance honeymoon. Watching the sunset while holding hands by the shore is just one of the fantasies that can come true in this island.

The Different Shades of Indonesia

It is hard to travel to Indonesia without getting acquainted to one of its most priceless possession: batik. This traditional woven fabric rich in color is more or less a reflection of what the archipelago look like.

As a melting pot of races, religion or ethics, Indonesia has been complimented towards growth and fostering all the diverse culture belonging to its superfluous 17, 000 islands. Batik is only one of the cultural lifestyle of Indonesia but it has held a lot of sentiments on its Indonesia’s past, present and future. It indeed shows the different shades of Indonesia.

Join Westhill Travel and Tours as we look deeper into the discovery of this fabric which pretty much explains a lot about Indonesia.

According to UNESCO Cultural Sector, the technique, style, symbolism and culture surrounding this hand-woven Batik permeate Indonesian from beginning to end. This is one material which cannot be fabricated by fraudulent acts but can only be done by someone who has sufficient knowledge of its intricacies.

According to reviews, the word batik is thought to be derived from the word ‘ambatik’ which translated means ‘a cloth with little dots’. The suffix ‘tik’ means little dot, drop, point or to make dots. Batik may also originate from the Javanese word ‘tritik’ which describes a resist process for dying where the patterns are reserved on the textiles by tying and sewing areas prior to dying, similar to tie dye techniques. Another Javanese phase for the mystical experience of making batik is “mbatik manah” which means “drawing a batik design on the heart”.

Not only are these fabrics famous in malls near Jakarta or Java. International fashion trends are already using this material in different designs and styles. Samples have also been found in Turkey, India, China, Japan and West Africa from past centuries. Although in these countries people were using the technique of dye resisting decoration, within the textile realm, none have developed batik to its present day art form as the highly developed intricate batik found on the island of Java in Indonesia.

Traditional colors for Batik are made from natural ingredients and consisted primarily by blue, beige, brown and black. The oldest color that was used traditionally was blue. The final hue depended on how long the cloth is soaked and how often it was dipped. While the color has its explanation, the patterns woven in the fabric depended on the artistic skills of the individual.

Funny, Weird and Interesting

Indonesia is home to the most exotic and unexpected things. With 17,800 islands which can give you a variety of things to do, explore and experience, you will not run out of things which can be pretty surprising.

Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours has these following spoilers:

  1. Flora and Fauna

Being rich in natural resources, Indonesia has proved to be a natural habitat once again when in 2010, 200 new species of animals. Some of the most famous animals to be reviewed most of the time are:

  • Javana Rino

In no other place can you find these majestic beasts.  A local in Indonesia, they are treated with respect. If any other place claims it, they may be talking fraud.

  • Komodo Dragon

On the island of Komodo lives Komodo dragon. Komodo dragon it is a dangerous big reptile and it can eat a human. Komodo dragons live only in the national park of the Komodo Island.

  1. National Cuisine

Some people may find it weird to eat snakes or crickets but not in the streets of Indonesia. There are more than a lot of choices for those who are sensitive eaters to turn their stomachs upside down.

Rice remains a staple food just like any other parts of Asia. The combination though comes from different cultures around the world. One of the most traditional is the Soto Soup which is served differently depending on the region.

  1. Movies

Unlike other neighboring countries, Indonesians watch their movies through subtitles and prefer not to dub them.

  1. Corpse’s tea time

In cultures where passing over to the ancestors is a cause for celebration, funerals can be very grand affairs. A handful of Indonesia’s 300+ ethnic groups celebrate the death of their loved ones with ritual sacrifice lasting several days. In Toraja, in the highlands of Sulawesi, whole villages are built just for the funeral and dozens of buffalo will be slaughtered.

Death in Indonesia is a very big event even when you are in Jakarta which most practices are already westernized. In this event, the corpse serves as the host and is placed in the center of the living room.

In the south-eastern island of Sumba, the dead person sits in a specially-built bamboo chair in their own house and hosts the guests from there. They provide pork, rice and endless cups of tea and coffee every day for at least a week; on the final day horses and buffalos are killed and skinned in the village center. When the feasting is done, the host is bundled into a megalithic tomb along with the other ancestors.

  1. Forest Nomads

You might be able to meet these nomads while trekking. They set their tents on some rich part of the forest, plant their crops and hunt for food and move on when it is already infertile.

Where to Go to in Jakarta for 48 Hours

Ever felt like going out of the country but you only have the weekends free? If you think 48 hrs. is too short to travel and experience a lot of things, then, think again. Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours is going to show you that you can experience a lot in only 2 days. Our destination to review: Jakarta, Indonesia.

First Day

On your first day of tour, you may want to check in first in a nearby hotel. After freshening up, Jakarta hotels mostly offer great views from the balcony but to really experience the place, we suggest you head out.

For a little peek in the city, Monas, a 132-obelisk at the center of Medan Merdeka, topped by a golden flame is one of the most famous to go to. Since this is a popular place though, you may want to keep your wallets in close range. A lot of fraudsters are in the lookout for tourists’ valuables.

Wander through the charming residential lanes south of Kebon Sirih to an alley which is known as the Culinary Centre, but is actually a row of foodstalls and folding tables that offer cheap, freshly cooked food from across the region.

Historic city of Kota is also a place to see which is also to Jakarta Bay so it can give you a fresh stroll of both modern and old city. The well-to-do suburbs, Menteng and Kuningan, sit just to the south of the city centre while trendy Kemang and Blok M, further south and south west respectively, offer an array of bars, clubs and restaurants. We also recommend experience riding Bajaj (motor-rickshaws) and ojek (motorbike taxis).

Second day

Take a brunch on the Social House and meet other expatriates. From Plaza Indonesia, head east into upmarket Menteng, which has wide, tree-lined streets and a smattering of small parks. Find delicately-cut shadow puppets, carved wooden masks and an array of chandeliers, silks and metalwork miscellany at the antiques market along the length of Jalan Surabaya, a five-minute walk away. Prices vary considerably according to quality, condition and your haggling prowess – aim for half the initial price.

Another place to visit is the dark-domed Immanuel Church and if you are visiting on a Sunday, you may get a chance to experience a grand service. The church might be faded but its grandeur says more. After that, you may want to experience snorkeling or just ferry riding. Thousand Islands have silver beaches and clear water that’s perfect for that kind of sport.

Diving in Indonesia

Indonesia is one of hotspots in diving. From Bali to Sumatra and even the depths of the ocean near Jakarta, the archipelago is at your disposal when you need to find a different change of air and environment (literally). Many tourists go to Indonesia just to dive.

Diving is one of the most sought-after sports nowadays and a lot of people are more and more attracted to it.

It is therefore important to check and review the basic fundamentals in diving. Here are some tips gathered by Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours for you to use:

  1. Fine a reputable operator

The most important on your checklist is to find a reputable operator. Surf the net patiently and read other people’s comments on each operator. A reliable travel guidebook usually provides some recommended ones. It is better to trust your safety to someone who knows his way underwater than some fraud “instructor”.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the dive sites

Research as much information as possible on the dive sites in the location you’re planning to visit, whether they are current-affected, their seascapes (sandy slope, wall, etc.) water temperatures, marine lives, best times to dive, and so on.

  1. Know more about the coral reefs

Most Indonesia’s reefs are very rich and colorful, but they are also very fragile. Educate yourself about coral reefs, especially about the fact that they are living, breathing, animals that can easily be damaged even with a minor touch of fingertips, let alone and incidental blow of your fins.

  1. Practice taking a picture

You’d think taking pictures underwater is easy enough. Obviously, the weight and the current are far different below the sea than on land. At the very least, you should already master your buoyancy control skill before even thinking of taking an underwater camera.

  1. Check your Depth Regularly

The best sites in Indonesia, particularly in the east, are blessed with amazing visibility and sunlight that penetrates deep into the ocean. It is easy to be enchanted, thinking that you’re still in shallow while in fact you could already be too deep. Check your depth regularly.

Scuba diving is a scary thing for beginners. When you think about it, because of the change of environment, your body may be surprised and may go into all the survival mode instinct it got. A sudden underwater claustrophobia and vertigo may suddenly shock you as well. It is better to check all your options to enjoy a worth-it dive in the beautiful underwater experience in Indonesia.