So it’s over. The dress, the flowers, the bridesmaids, the parties, the stress and the hype. All that’s left in this tale is to find out where the couple are going for their honeymoon. At Visited Planet we are of the opinion that the newly wedded royals should holiday in Asia. And in fact it has been rumoured that they may well head Down Under.
With that in mind here’s a list of places we think they should consider, in no particular order.
1. Pai, Thailand
In northern Thailand, Pai would be the ultimate romantic getaway. Think of lingering walks in the paddy fields at sunset, the chance to do some elephant trekking or rent a scooter and head out into wonderful landscapes together.
2. Yangtze River cruise, China
Wills and Kate could probably afford to book out their own steamer on the Yangtze River making for one heck of a romantic couple of days on a watery sojourn.
3. Valley of Flowers, India
Some Himalayan flowers could go down well for Kate if she’s feeling flat after the wedding. The Valley of Flowers near Dehra Dun (270km or so) would be a wonderful outing for the royal pair, although it would mean they have to delay their honeymoon until August/September when the meadow comes alive with colour, although there are blooms at other times of the year.
4. Ubud, Bali (Indonesia)
Wills and Kate could do some honeymoon shopping in this delightful hill resort in Bali, take in a performance at another royal palace (the famed Balinese dancers), sip some good Indonesian coffee in one of Ubud’s many cafes, take a cycle through the paddy fields or visit local handicraft villages.
Forget romance and idyllic landscapes, if Will and Kate want to eat, shop and party Singapore has it all for them. They could indulge in some succulent to-die-for pepper crab in one of the many Hawker centres, do some shopping on Orchard Road, sip some cocktails at Sentosa’s waterfront or party on at Clarke Quay. A stylish holiday for the leading couple.
6. Yangshuo, China
Yunnan’s wonderful karst landscapes are a beautiful backdrop for a romantic idyll for Kate and Wills. The limestone plateau riddled with caves, rivers, villages and green fields is very laid-back. The couple could rent bicycles and venture out into the countryside, take a cruise on the Li River or rent a bamboo raft to float along, explore the caves or hang back in Yangshuo’s many cafes and restaurants.
7. Lizard Island, Australia
There have been many suggestions in the media that the royal couple might head to Lizard Island for their honeymoon. I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about so I decided to check it out (online that is). Lizard Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef and only 10 square kilometres in size. Think powdery white beaches, exclusive accommodation and very few tourists and you’ve definitely got all the ingredients for a pretty good honeymoon.
8. Hong Kong
If the royal couple’s Welsh cottage needs more knick knacks or a wardrobe overhaul, then Kowloon is definitely the place they should go. Kowloon has all kinds of markets – fish, bird, clothing, shoe and other – with plenty of good bargains to spend royal pounds on. They could spend a romantic evening up Victoria Peak enjoying the city lights and a quiet meal. They may also like to jet over to Macau for the day or night for some dice rolling in the casinos.
9. Hunter Valley, Australia
For the ultimate in privacy, luxury and fine food and wine, Wills and Kate could head to the wine growing region of the Hunter Valley. Here they could rent out a villa, stay in a B&B or on a private estate and undertake tours of the vineyards and cellars at their leisure. There are some fantastic walks, bike rides and horse trekking in this region or they could enjoy the ultimate experience – hot air ballooning at dawn over the vineyards. I’ll raise my glass to that – chin chin!
10. Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Another fabulous beach side holiday for Wills and Kate is the Perhentian Islands in northeastern Malaysia. Lying about 20km offshore it would be easy enough for the couple to find a quiet little beach with exclusive accommodation and do little more than swim, sunbathe, snorkel and eat.
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