The perfect fall honeymoon in asia on a budget

Honeymoon in Phuket. James Bond Island.

So, you’re hitched and facing the monumental task of picking a honeymoon spot. I tied the knot in the fall, and let me tell you, narrowing down our honeymoon was like planning a covert mission. And we ultimately choose our honeymoon in Asia because it was budget-friendly and with the longest vacation either of us had ever taken, worth it to spend two weeks hopping around Thailand and Tokyo.

We decided on two phases for our honeymoon in the fall: city adventures and beach bumming. Now, if you’re in the fall honeymoon dilemma, Thailand and Japan should be on your radar. These places offer experiences so unique and relaxing. Here’s the lowdown on why Asia is the perfect place for a honeymoon on a budget.



November marks the kickoff of the fabulous dry season in Thailand, especially in the southern gems like Phuket and Krabi. Brace yourself for some seriously delightful weather – we’re talking lower humidity, a sprinkle less rainfall, and a whole lot of sunshine. It’s like the weather gods decided to give us a gift, and boy, did they deliver!

Now, here’s the scoop – coming from someone who survived the humidity of Florida, I was low-key worried about turning into a frizzy mess in Thailand. But surprise, surprise! The weather was so perfectπŸŒžπŸ’β€β™€οΈ

Cultural Richness:

Oh, honey, let me tell you about my love affair with Bangkok! Imagine a dreamy Michelin Star food tour weaving through the vibrant tapestry of Chinatown. But wait, there’s more – we hopped into Tuk Tuk’s, with a sprinkle of romance, and zipped through the city’s charming streets alongside other fabulous couples.

Picture this: the sun dipping below the horizon, the tantalizing aroma of street food, and the laughter of kindred spirits filling the air. It was more than an amazing experience; it was like stepping into a girly dreamland, where every moment sparkled with a touch of magic. Bangkok, you stole my heart and gave me a fairytale to remember. πŸ’–πŸŒŸ

Island Hopping:

Alright, buckle up, darlings! Thailand is full of beautiful islands – think Phi Phi Islands, Koh Samui, and Koh Tao.

We dipped our perfectly pedicured toes (just kidding, we did not try the fish spa pedicure at the night market next to people cooking chicken) into the Phi Phi Islands, and sure, snorkeling was fab, but then we upgraded to the James Bond island hopping extravaganza. Because, you know, life is just better when you’re channeling your inner Bond girl.

Now, here’s the glittery part – we got to island hop all day for less than a hundred bucks. Yep, less than a Benjamin for a day that was basically a real-life chick flick, complete with caves, canoes, and snorkeling with fish that probably have better contouring skills than us.

Imagine this: zipping around on a speed boat, then casually swinging on the sand, all while having an adventure that’s basically the stuff of rom-com dreams. Thailand, you glamorous goddess, you know exactly how to keep honeymooners feeling like the stars of their own chick flick.

Couples Massages:

If you decide to hit up Thailand for your honeymoon, get ready to be the most pampered couple on the planet. You can practically have a massage every day because, guess what, it’s like $15 for a 60-minute Thai massage. That’s right, the price of a cocktail gets you a full-body experience that’s a mix of pure relaxation and the occasional “ow, that’s my knot” moment.

I thought I was signing up for a chill time, but those Thai massages can be sneakily intense. I was so laid-back during our couple’s massages that I actually dozed off. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our honeymoon shenanigans.

We got them in both Phuket and Bangkok, and let me tell you, the one in Bangkok was like a massage fit for royalty. They treated us like spa kings and queensβ€”green tea, comfy slippers, a foot soak, and even pajamas for the ultimate relaxation swag during our 90 minutes of bliss. After the massage, we lounged on a plush couch and got served mouthwatering mango sticky rice and tea. It was so fancy; I almost forgot we had an overnight flight to Tokyo to catch.

Pro tip: If you book this right before your flight, be prepared to sprint through the airport. Those masseuses don’t mess around when it comes to delivering 90 minutes of pure, unadulterated zen. We were cutting it so close to missing our flight; it’s a good thing relaxation doesn’t have a snooze button.

Photo: The Carlton Spa in Bangkok


Fall Foliage:

November is the peak of the fall foliage season in Japan. The stunning autumn colors create a picturesque backdrop, especially in places like Kyoto, Nara, and Hakone. We went to Tokyo and strolled throughout the gardens and parks taking in the stunning fall foliage in November.

Cultural Heritage:

Explore historic cities like Kyoto with its traditional tea houses, ancient temples, and beautiful gardens. Visit Tokyo for a blend of modern and traditional Japan. We ended up taking a tour bus and cruise under Rainbow Bridge for the day which was more like $100 per person on Expedia. I would highly recommend it because we got to explore so much of Tokyo and learn about the rich history like at our first stop, Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine, one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Japan. We also had fun at the Matcha experience, we could choose between matcha tea, matcha beer or matcha gelato. And then had Japanese fried chicken at Matsuya Ginza. And of course stopped at the touristy, Tokyo Sky Tree & Sora-machi shopping mall.

At night, I did what they do Japan – I took a bath. There was no pool in our hotel but there was a bath house or Sento.


Now, here’s the scoop – who would’ve thought the best foodie adventures would happen in malls? But darling, mall culture in Japan is a whole vibe, and we were here for it. One night, it was all about breathtaking views of Tokyo paired with sushi and Udon soup at Tsuru TonTan Udon in the Shibuya Sky building. The next, we hit up the busiest train station in the world for an Omakase feast that felt straight out of a foodie fairy tale.

And oh, it doesn’t end there – picture us strolling through the city at night, stumbling upon a conveyor belt sushi spot where the total bill was a sweet $14. Total win, right? Japan served up a feast for our taste buds, and every bite was like a little piece of culinary heaven. πŸ£πŸ’–


Can you feel the anticipation building? These destinations are tailor-made for a honeymoon filled with romance, adventure, and countless memories to cherish. So, grab your partner’s hand, pack your most fabulous outfits, and get ready to make this honeymoon an absolute fairytale!

Amanda Whitfield
Amanda Whitfield

Amanda Whitfield is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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