Wanderable Real Honeymoon Registries: Best of Asia

Have you started designing your honeymoon registry this month? Gather some fresh ideas and trip inspiration by browsing a few of our favorite recent registries created by real Wanderable couples.

The following couples traveled to popular honeymoon destinations throughout Asia, including Bali, Japan, and Thailand. Simply click on their registry pages below to trace their incredible journeys.

Hannah & Blake (Japan)

Highlights from their incredible trip include saké tasting in Tokyo, visits to local izakayas, a Japan Rail Pass for access to the country’s bullet trains, and even a stay at a ryokan, which is a traditional Japanese inn.

Rachel & Trent (Thailand)

These newlyweds enjoyed a little bit of everything on their honeymoon to Thailand. Registry favorites include a beachside Thai massage, a snorkeling and cliff jumping tour of Maya Bay, and a traditional Thai cooking class.

David & Steven (Bali)

We love their use of colorful photos and creative gift descriptions. From Scuba classes to restaurant tasting menu experiences, these newlyweds embarked on a honeymoon to remember forever.

 

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#IKnewILovedYou, the Trip of a Lifetime

The winners of last year’s #IKnewILovedYou‬ giveaway share about THE trip of a lifetime!

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Ever wonder what it would feel like to win a dream trip to Bangkok and Bali? We recently caught up with Alexis and Willie, the impossibly cute couple who won the I Knew I Loved You‬ giveaway hosted last summer with our amazing partners, Clear Channel. Alexis and Willie were whisked off to paradise and treated to the trip of a lifetime with the luxurious Alexa Private Cruises and Oazia Spa Villas. Alexis shares her top moments with us, from the mouth-watering food they’re dying to recreate at home to their favorite memory of a spontaneous boat ride down the Klongs. Live vicariously through their images and favorite moments below!

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What was your reaction when you first found out that you won the I Knew I Loved You giveaway?!

We were completely floored! We were so excited to be finalists, but we never thought we would win. Who wins contests?! Particularly when the prize is an amazing trip to Bali!

What sorts of activities did you enjoy while staying at Oazia Spa Villas?

Oazia has all kinds of activities. Whether you want to lounge at your own private pool or have day trips, they are there to make sure you get everything out of your experience you hoped for. For us, they took us on a day trip to Ubud where we saw the Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces, and fed elephants! Had we had more time we could have taken an art class, surfing lessons, or had a spa day. We DID get a couples massage our last day and that evening had a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach 🙂

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What towns/cities did you stop at during your Alexa Private Cruises trip?

Given how remote that part of Indonesia is, there aren’t really towns or cities – mostly tiny fishing villages we passed that were pretty private, where we enjoyed the boat and the diving. The one stop we did do was on Rinca Island to see the Komodo Dragons. What an amazing experience!

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What was your favorite part?

Hah – we have to pick a favorite? That is almost impossible! Can I pick two? If so, I would say eating and diving. We ate some of the most incredible food! It was amazing given the tiny kitchen our chef had. You would have thought he had a huge, full-service kitchen and staff with the things he was serving! Even breakfast came with bread he made from scratch! We loved eating that bread in the morning (and dipping it into the hot chocolate 🙂 while the sun was coming up! The dives were also unbelievable – a once in a lifetime experience. The diving instructor was so knowledgeable and showed us all the wildlife to look for! We saw manta rays, sea turtles, and thousands of species of fish!

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Where else did you go?

Bangkok, Thailand! 🙂 We also had a 10 hour layover in Singapore so we spent the day there!

What is the best moment from the entire trip?

Oh golly…again with the hard ones. If you are MAKING us pick…the manta ray dive. It was pure magic. Well, that or the komodos? Or the beach dinner on our own private island? Or…ugh, you get the picture! This question is impossible.

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Did you pick up any travel tips? Care to share? 🙂

Definitely precise exchange rates :). We had done all our research and were feeling pretty proud of ourselves, but we found out in Bali we had forgotten a 0! We were so confused why everything was so expensive! HAHA – good thing the locals were nice and filled us in :). Also, we exchanged cash at our banks at home so we didn’t have to pay any exchange rates while were there which was awesome…well, until the Bali fiasco and we had to hit some ATMs! We only ended up bringing 20 instead of 200! OH! Also, tipping customs – learn those :).

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Do you have any tips for couples who are planning for their honeymoons?

Since we had about 6 months to plan I took my time and was as detail oriented as I could be. We used literally every resource we had: Tripadvisor, Pinterest, travel blogs. etc. For our Thailand portion we planned every day out, making sure that things we wanted to do were open the day we had planned to go. For example, we had to switch a few things around because of a holy holiday. If we hadn’t planned that day, we wouldn’t have known and may have missed out on the experiences. What I will say is that some of the best stuff wasn’t planned. It just fell into our lap – like the boat down the Klongs. That just fell into place and was one of our favorite days in Thailand!

For Bali, I knew we couldn’t really plan for the boat so we had to look into our 2 days on land. I knew I wanted to go to Ubud for the day so I looked into what activities I wanted to do and how far they were from one another so we could pack in as much as we could. One of the biggest pieces of advice I could give is that you need to remember jet-lag! It was great going to Thailand first so we could really truly enjoy Bali without any jet-lag. We also planned less stuff our first few days so we could adjust. Helped so much!

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What were your travel essentials?

Sunscreen and a camera

Are there any memorable dishes you want to try and recreate at home?

BREAD! I know it sounds silly, but now we are dying to make bread from scratch now! We loved it every day on the boat. Also, we took a cooking class in Bangkok and made some pretty great curry and Pad Thai!

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Did you discover any interesting things about the culture that you didn’t know before?

Oh goodness. Lots. We had no idea about the traditional food of Bali or much about their religion. Bali has GORGEOUS active temples which still are very much alive and worshipped. On our drive back from Ubud we saw all the women of a village walking to a temple ceremony with so much fruit and incense balanced on their heads for the ceremony. To them, it was just a normal routine to carry a shopping cart worth of stuff on their heads, but I can’t even balance a book! It was amazing!

Did you and Will learn anything about yourselves as a couple?

We learn something about each other every day :). I would say we were reminded how well we work together. We worked through any crisis we may have had and we compliment each other pretty nicely 🙂 – if we don’t say so ourselves. This isn’t particularly new info, but we learned that Willie just can’t eat squid. No matter how well it’s prepared.

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Where else is on your travel bucket list? 

Oh this list is QUITE long :). I think our next trip will be South America (thinking the Salt Flats in Bolivia, hiking in Peru, and either Chile or Argentina). Then I am hoping for Greece (Santorini and Mykonos), then Southern Italy and the Italian Islands. Also have our eyes on Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Didn’t their trip sound amazing?! We are so happy that Alexis and Willie experienced so many incredible adventures on their I Knew I Loved You‬ giveaway. Congrats again, Alexis and Willie! And a big shout-out to all their friends and family, as well as Alexa Private Cruises, Oazia Spa Villas and Clear Channel, who helped make their dream trip a possibility.

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Our Favorite Lustworthy Thailand Adventures

Wanderable’s well-traveled globetrotters pick their favorite lustworthy Thailand adventures. 

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Here at Wanderable, we’ve already discovered the best Experience Providers in the world for you. Today, we spoke to some of our team’s wanderers to ask, “Which Thailand activity tops your travel bucket list?”

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Jenny, Engineering Expert

“The Floating Market Full Day Private Tour! Usually, when I travel someplace, I really like to get to know the local culture and interact with the locals. With this tour, you’re taken along the Mae Klong River before you explore the colorful floating markets! I’d pick up fresh fruit to snack on as we drive through the local villages and canals around the area.”

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Sara, BD Hotshot

“Hands down, the Koh Tao Discover Scuba. It’s completely private. You get your own boat to cruise around Koh Tao with a specialized instructor. My boyfriend and I have been wanting to learn SCUBA forever, and what better place than in one of the world’s top-rated scuba diving locations? You experience a gorgeous, secluded bay filled with corals all to yourself.”

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Ilana – Marketing Extraordinaire

“I’m such an animal person, so I instantly honed in on the Phuket Wildlife and Romance Tour. It’s really cool – you first travel to Phuket’s largest Buddha sculpture, then take an elephant trek before lunch and more sightseeing. But, I’m most excited for the last stop at Tiger Kingdom! It’s one of my wildest dreams to be able to cuddle with baby tiger cubs.”

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Marcela, Product Whiz

“Oh, definitely the Bangkok Day Dream Package. Being able to relax in an herbal floral bath before enjoying a body scrub, an aromatherapy oil massage, and a facial relaxation treatment sounds amazing. I feel like I would unwind on years and years of stress in one luxurious afternoon. It sounds like it’ll be so hard to leave afterward!”

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Jacqui, Content Guru

“It would have to be the Full-Day Phi Phi Island (By Speed Boat), naturally. I love the idea of waking up early to beat the crowds and island-hopping in the Phi Phi Islands on this incredible, sleek speed boat. You’ll visit everywhere from the Phi Phi Don to the Maya Bay. And as if that weren’t enough, you also get to go snorkeling. Literally the perfect day.”

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Vicki, BD Mastermind

“I really love the Ayutthaya Relics Tour. It allows you to get in a bit of ancient history. You’re submerged in the the history of Thailand’s past royalty while you explore these gorgeous ruins in the former capital of Siam. And you end the day tasting local sweets – what better way to wrap up a fascinating look into Thailand’s past?”

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Esther, Customer Advocate

“If I were you, I would check out this amazing activity, Discovering Rural Thai Life Over Authentic Northern Thai Cuisine. I’m a huge foodie, so spending the day cooking with a culinary mother-daughter team is right up my alley. Plus, I’m secretly looking forward to impressing all my future dinner guests with authentic Thai recipes!”

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Which Thailand activities would you love to experience? See our other amazing Thailand activities to add to your own travel bucket list, today!

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From a Real #WanderableCouple: Why a Honeymoon Registry

Advice from a real couple on why they decided to register for experiences, over things.

I don’t know if you know this, but it’s officially engagement season! Which means love is in the air… right? We caught up with real #WanderableCouple Morgan and Logan on how he proposed, how they love to travel and ultimately why they choose to go with a honeymoon registry (hint: why they went with Wanderable). Read on, Wanderers… there’s some great stuff in here (especially if you’re planning to propose…wink).

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Wanderable: Give us a little background on you and your beau: how you met, how long you’ve been together, when you got married, and any interesting fun facts about the two of you

Morgan: Logan and I met in 2006, within the first few months of our freshman year at USC. We’ve been together for eight years now, and just got married in May.

W: How did he propose?

M: Logan popped the question while we were on a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. The first week of our trip, we were planning to see temples in Chiang Mai, visit elephant sanctuaries, and explore the Angkor Wat temple complex before heading to Koh Samui to relax on the beach. I had a feeling that he was going to propose, but was not expecting it on the second day of our trip – we were out in the jungle and I had no makeup on, just before we were about to take a ride on an elephant. It caught me completely off-guard!


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 W: Why did you decide to go with a honeymoon registry?

 M: We currently live in Boston in a tiny apartment, and don’t have much space for things. Using Wanderable gave us the chance to design memorable experiences and do things together, rather than accumulate items we didn’t really need.

W: What was your favorite part about using Wanderable? Can you talk a little bit about your overall experience using the site?

M: Wanderable helped us share our ideas and excitement allowing us to be creative with pictures and layouts. Also, we really liked being able to absorb the transaction fees rather than passing them along to our guests.

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W: How did you parents/grandparents react when you told them you were registering for experiences over things?

M: Many of our older family and guests wanted to get us things that we could hold onto, like vases and kitchen goods, but appreciated how excited we were to be taking an incredible trip together.

W: Where did you go on your honeymoon?

M: We spent a few days in Zurich, Switzerland, then took the train through the alps to Lake Como, Italy. After that we rented a car and drove to the Portofino coast!

W: Is there anything you wish you could have done on your honeymoon, but didn’t get too?

M: We wish we could have stayed longer!

W: What place is on your bucket list right now?

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M:
 Petra, Jordan

W: Do you have any advice for people getting engaged over the holidays? What should they do RIGHT away, what should they wait on?

M: Find a planner and a location first, then build the rest around that! And obviously a start a honeymoon registry!

W: What new Wanderable experience would you like to try today?

M: I’m thinking it’s just about time for some cocktail making classes and wine tasting…

You crazy kids. We’re SO GLAD we helped you #WanderOn

 

Thailand for the Adventurous

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We have been bubbling over in anticipation of launching our Thailand merchant activities this week, full of the most unique and fun experiences in all of Thailand! And believe us, we dug deep to find out which local merchants offer the best experiences. Here is a roundup of our top picks:

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(Photo by Flight of the Gibbon)

Zipline Canopy Adventure – This zipline will have you soaring through the lush forests of Chiang Mai with views that will leave you breathless.

 

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(Photo by Thai Sabai Life)

Elephant Training – What’s a trip to Thailand without elephants? Get up-close and personal with these magical creatures in an interactive experience you’ll never forget!

 

Photo credit: Goodtime Adventures

(Photo by Goodtime Adventures)

Discover Scuba Diving – Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor. Such wonderful things surround you, what more is you lookin’ for?

 

Photo credit: Goodtime Adventures

(Photo by Goodtime Adventures)

On the Rocks – Whether you’re a natural or beginner, this rock climb is all you need to conquer your fear of heights (we promise you’ll be hooked!).

 

(Photo by River Rovers Eco Tours Co.)

(Photo by River Rovers Eco Tours Co.)

Phang Nga Private Charter – No adventure in Thailand is complete without getting on a boat to explore the beautiful emerald green waters – did we mention it’s a private charter?!

So, tell us: which adventure do you think you would enjoy the most in Thailand? If you’d like, sneak a peek at more top activities here.