Just a decade ago, the idea of planning a Honeymoon went only as far as driving up to Murree and Nathiagali for a weekend – that too only if you lived in Northern Pakistan. Seeing decked-up newly weds walking hand in hand down Mall Road was not at all unusual. As cliched as it became, not a lot of people had the time, energy, or financial capacity to think of a honeymoon trip beyond Murree.
Slowly, the trend is changing, and most millennials would rather not have a Honeymoon than visit Murree before their wedding henna has faded. Not only are people now looking further north [Hunza, Gilgit, Skardu etc.], but more and more couples are choosing to save up their money for a trip abroad. Here are the top five destinations of choice for Pakistani Honeymooners, and some ideas on what to do once there [beyond the obvious, of course ;)].
Thailand has long been a favorite destination for tourists from Pakistan, essentially because it’s relatively *closer* as well as less expensive than more tourist-heavy countries. To add to that, Thailand boasts some truly spectacular beaches – a commodity in short supply in Pakistan, as well as many activities for the more adventurous.
An activity you could plan for is Scuba Diving, which may be done off the east and west coast. Phuket is usually the city where Honeymooners congress, has great scuba options. Other things to do in Thailand, [besides sleeping on the beach and partying], include visiting the Khao Yai National Park and Elephant ride [near Bangkok], going on a Safari if you’re in Phuket, and going for Canoe Cave Exploration in Phang Nga Bay. For those that want to party, the Full Moon beach party takes place in Koh Phangan!
The best months to visit Thailand are November to March, when it is lush, comfortable and dry. For details on how to get to this country from Pakistan, read the full feature on Thailand.
The best weather to visit Malaysia is from April to September when the temperature is milder and the humidity isn’t too crazy.
Tickets to Malaysia are pretty cheap, and there is a lot to do. From the nightlife in Kuala Lampur, to the sparkling water and beaches in Langkawi, there is much to explore!
For more details, read the full feature on Malaysia.
The Maldives have sparkling, unbelievably bright blue waters that almost hurt the eyes at the same time as they soothe our senses. Add to this the fact that Pakistanis don’t need a visa to get to the Maldives, and we have ourselves a honeymoon winner!
Turkey has only recently became a favorite – with some credit going to the country’s push on increasing tourism, and some to the Urdu-dubbed Turkish dramas with super good looking actors that were broadcast on Pakistani channels!
For more details, read the full feature on Turkey.
Dubai has forever been a favorite, amidst laborers and tourists alike, albeit for vastly different reasons. Much like the American Dream, the Dubai dream is glittery and rich for everyone. It remains a popular honeymoon destination, offering the comfort of halal food and the excitement of beaches and clubs at the same time.