When it comes to planning the perfect honeymoon in Asia, it pays to sweat the details. Traveling across the world on a once-in-a-lifetime trip requires a thoughtful itinerary chockfull of insider recommendations. Since most couples struggle with where to even begin planning, we asked travel expert Jen Boyd of ATJ (Asia Transpacific Journeys) to share her top 10 tips for honeymooning in Asia.
While working with a plugged-in travel specialist is always a good idea, it’s also important for couples to consider a few foolproof rules to make sure their honeymoon in Asia goes smoothly. From avoiding tourist crowds to overcoming every traveler’s worst nightmare—jet lag—here are the most important things to keep in mind when planning the perfect honeymoon in Asia.
Plan for the time difference.
Boyd’s number one rule is to get as much sleep as possible on the plane. “As soon as you land, change your mindset to the local time zone,” she explains. “If you don’t—and you’re instead constantly calculating what time it is back home—your body and mind will start to feel tired when it’s the middle of the night at home, throwing off your entire day.”
Fight through the jet lag.
If you arrive in the morning or the afternoon, Boyd suggests forcing yourself to keep busy and stay awake. Grab an early dinner and head to bed at a decent hour to get a solid first night’s sleep. (Boyd even says she takes a mild sleep aid the first couple of nights to help her sleep through the night.) If you beat the jet lag early on, she says, you’ll stay adjusted to the new time zone for the rest of the trip.
Pick one country.
“Don’t get too ambitious when it comes planning your itinerary. If you move around too much, you’ll spend more time in airports instead of the destinations themselves,” says Boyd. Most countries in Asia have enough to see and do in a 10-day to two-week honeymoon, so it’s better to spend the bulk of your time in one country. If you want to break up the trip or experience something a little different, add a short stopover in another destination. This could be a few nights in Hong Kong before traveling through Vietnam for the rest of the honeymoon.
Or combine two countries that are convenient to travel between.
If your heart is set on visiting more than one Asian country, pick ones that have solid international airline connectivity. One of Boyd’s favorite combinations is an Indochina circuit through Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Another great pairing she suggests is Indonesia and Singapore, as well as Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Whether or not a combination trip works for you ultimately comes down to how much time you have and what your primary interests and goals are for the trip.