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#16 Liese

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 10:09 PM

I am partly with you here. We had a two week honey moon... The first week was in Fiji! I was so excited to be going there. Apart from Europe (which we had already done) this was the one place I really wanted to go. I had heard so many good things about how beautiful it was and how lovely the people were etc So I was so excited.
Anyway, We didnt realise how far away our hotel was from the airport, so by the time we got there we were so exhausted after a midnight flight that left Brissie. I dropped our duty free as soon as we got out of the transfer bus.. doh, lucky we had all inclusive spirits at the hotel. It drizzled just about the whole time we were there. We felt so tired the whole week cause of the wedding and cause we had all inclusive meals we stuffed ourselves. lol cause there was nothing else to do and then we had to sleep which made us more tired. I found the locals really only talked to us when we had our son with us. The rest of the time they were pretty rude to be honest... (I can understand why, they get paid a pitance but see the guests throwing money about... but still) We had an ok time, but it really didnt live up to my expectations....
As we were flying over Moreton Island to come back into Brisbane we looked down at the glorious beaches and water and both said, we should of just stayed in Australia.....
Our second week was in a self contained 3 bed apartment with a spa in Yamba, Northern NSW... it was so awesome, we didnt want to leave... our apartment overlooked the water so we had sunrises and the moon by night... We ate heaps of yummy salads and nibbles and fresh seafood everyday.... the beach was great, though the water a bit cold....There was a wonderful pub that served awesome food and had a great view..... we finally relaxed... We both wished we had of done 2 weeks there... you live and learn... I would do a little Honeymoon take 2 if I were you... You are a Brissie girl too, check out yamba... it really is wonderful and I think it is only a 3 hour drive south or so. Far enough to be a holiday, but still close to home. smile.gif
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 06:34 AM

I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your honeymoon Teneal!!! We were lucky that we went camping (in NSW in June!!) it was lovely us time..

I reckon you do a take two of your honeymoon and go somewhere else!!!!
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 08:32 AM

I'm so sorry to hear that it didn't go as planned sad.gif

I think from my understanding with any of those countries like Thailand there are good and bad aspects.

We went to Thailand for our honeymoon - 4 nights in Koh Samuii, 8 nights in Phuket and 2 in Bangkok. We had such a ball and where we stayed was amazing...5 star, butlers, huge buffet breakfasts etc. The only part I didn't like was when we walked down Phuket and at times u'd get that horrible sewer smell. ICK! But I also knew to expect some things like that...we went for the cultural experience primarily but were lucky in the places we chose that were so lovely. In fact my brother just went on his honeymoon there and they have already sent us the itenery for our group holiday next year which includes Thailand.

Did u do the tours and day trips while u were there?

I do know what u mean about the flights. We drove from Albury to Sydney to catch our flight after our wedding.. our flight then flew back down to Melbourne where we had a one hour stop over and then we flew straight to Bangkok and had to change flights to get to Koh Samuii. So by the time we got there we were so happy to be off planes.

We also didn't go for the shopping. Don't get me wrong.. we bought LOTS of stuff.. but of the cultural kind.. figurines of elephants..table centrepieces, silk cushion covers..stuff like that. I bought fake bags, wooden bags, beaded bags (actually lots of quaint bags) and wallets and crappy clothes to wear over there but I didn't go there for the shopping. I would go to Europe for that laugh.gif

I hope you can get past feeling down about your honeymoon and maybe as Ez said plan something else - whether it is another holiday or a mini break for your first wedding anniversary. smile.gif Also I'm sure u'll be very specific in what you do and don't want for your next break.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:06 AM

Sorry your honeymoon wasn't great!! Ours was actually cut short - we went up to the Blue Mountains for a quick break after the Wedding with the intent on doing something bigger for our 1yr anniversary, but it wasn't even a good break. We weren't able to do 1/2 the stuff that we wanted to (Bush Walking and the like) due to the Bush Fires that were up there. Our motel was OK, but again, I thought it could have been better, and because it was old, they kept having power failures due to the fires. So we left after 3 days and went home. The highlight was that we do go Adventure Caving and that was awesome!

But we didn't end up with our 1 yr anniversary holiday either as I was about 7 weeks pregnant at the time and not feeling very well at all - so we went out to dinner and that was it!! (we were planning on heading off to King Island or to Perth via the Wineries or something).

Anyway, I hope that you can look past the bad honeymoon and enjoy your life as a married woman!!

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:43 AM

So sorry about your honeymoon. Might be a good excuse to take another one at the soonest possible moment! We had a great honeymoon, but we did have a number of debacles that at times took a little shine of the experience, but other than those it was wonderful!

-My family in line with tradition filled my luggage with confetti. Despite being in bags etc, one of my lotions leaked, combined with the confetti and dyed ALL my clothes streaky rainbow colours. I HAD NO CLOTHES FROM DAY 1!!!! The dye was permanent it seems, no amount of washing in anything would ever get it out. Lesson here ladies: Confetti in your luggage? GET IT OUT!!!

-Jon decided to hire a scooter car to get around Rarotonga. On the very first day he crashed it (I told him I should drive!) and sent me flying out of the car onto the road. Stupid me listened to the guy that gave it to us when he said it goes so slow you won't need a seatbelt. It actually went quite fast. Where was my brain! So from day one I had large bump on the back of my head and a bruise near my tailbone and some scrapes etc.

-As a result of the crash the dodgy guy made us pay a small fortune to fix the scooter car, and thankfully given I made him sign a lot of receipts etc, travel insurance paid it all back to us.

-Jon struggled to get over the fact that I had been thrown from a vehicle he was driving, he was very very upset, and still is. Even now he can barely talk about that part. I keep telling him I would have not come out of the vehicle if I had worn my seatbelt, not his fault.

-The moist tropical air whilst being good for me, also gave me a cough, so I coughed night and day the whole time.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:52 AM

Wow girls, there are some classic stories here! Jo the confetti thing is terrible - I would have been the crankiest person ever (more than usual tongue.gif)

I just want to say thanks though, you may not know but you have cheered me up so much, and really reinforced that its not the end of the world!

Plus you have got me excited about some holidays to take in Australia (better start saving, hehe). Thank you SO much biggrin.gif

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:06 AM

Honeymoons are all about who you spend it with. As I have said babe, you were with you new hubby and the trouble fades in comparsion!!!!

I could be anywhere and won't care about it unless I was with my h2b..... know what I mean?

Maybe a nice holiday in Melb for your anniversary might be the key wink.gif
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:13 AM

Sorry to hear your honeymoon wasn't all you were hoping it would be hun! I just wanted to suggest that if you go somewhere in Australia for your next hol, buy an entertainment book (around $60) and you get all your accomm for 1/2 price. On our honeymoon in Tassie we stayed in all 4 1/2 - 5 star accomm and never paid more than $240 a night - and that price was at the most amazing spot ever, we could just about touch the ocean from our verandah!

I would highly reccommend Tassie - good price, good food, good drinks and a chance to do some differernt things apart from shopping. We had the best time and couldn't stop smiling it was so much fun.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 11:12 AM

Hey babe,

Same photographer, and same Honeymoon!

Almost.

We went to Thailand in the wet season. August! We had three nights in Bangkok, and then 7 nights at Khao Lak, and then another night in Bangkok.

when I first arrived I was homesick.. there were people living in hobbles on the side of the road right in the middle of the city, and there was this smell in the air! We arrived at 645 in the morning and it was already 100 degrees with 3000 degree humidity. Although our Bangkok Hotel was gorgeous. we stayed at Siam City and the concierge remembered us every morning and would point us in the direction of all these attractions and things to look at. We didnt get time to do the temple tours or anything like that.

You are right, the shopping is a different taste, and being a size 14 I couldnt get any clothes, but I loved all the fabrics you could buy dirt cheap, and it was just interesting to see the different ways people live and shop. We mastered the art of the sky train within 10 mins of being there so that was a help and we bought the 7 dollar map from the hotel. Although try as we might we would always end up walking in the wrong direction!

Then when we went to Kao Lak, it poured down the whole time. Here we are, six star hotel, 600 a night, with our own private pool, lying inside watching tv.. the whole time.. So we amused ourselves by buying bright yellow jackets and going into town to do some shopping, and then going to the beach side bar and getting drunk.

Whilst our honeymoon wasnt what was thought it was going to be (ie, lying on teh sand, getting a tan, and drinking pina coladas), it was still our honeymoon, and it would only happen once in our life, and we had to make the best of the situation. And we did.

I know what you mean about the flights from bris though. our travel agent was shit. We didnt realise we had to catch the plane at midnight!!! we thought it was a lunch flight, AND we didnt realise we had to go via SYD either. We hated that as we caught the plane at 8 in the morning, (Thai time), and got home at 11pm QLD time. I was so tired, and grateful at the end.. but it was worth it.

On your honeymoon being together is all that matters. so try and think of the good things that happened, rather than thinking of the negatives. xx (Positive, the cheap and absolutely beautiful food!!!!). smile.gif

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 12:21 PM

MissGucci this is a great thread! You don't often hear about dissapointing honeymoons so if you do experience one yourself you do tend to feel very upset and 'why me' about it!

We just drove down the coast to Forster for 4 nights as we have a 3year little girl who was staying with her grandparents while we were away. Money was an issue for us so DH's cousins all chipped in for our accommodation which was a 2 bedroom self contained apartment. It was fine, a bit daggy (all yellow and blue you know what I mean) but spacious and most of all just ours!!

It was great to just be able to spend some one on one time with my new husband BUT on the second last day I caught the dreaded Urinary Tract Infection!!!!! So sitting at Forsters medical centre with a UTI was not what I had signed up for!! It obviously put a huge dampner on things but the antibiotics cleared it up pretty quickly.

We also came to realise that Forster had not much mid-week nightlife going on laugh.gif we caught the courtesy bus to the Golf Club for dinner one night wich took about 40 mins to get there as we had to pick up all the old ladies for Bingo on the way rolleyes.gif We had a really gross meal and caught the next taxi home (took 5 mins!!)

We then drove to Sydney for 2 nights and stayed in a miniscule hotel room right in the city. We spent most of the time there catching up with friends as we had only moved out of sydney 6 months earlier. On the last night my UTI flared up again and we had to drive all the way back to Port Macquarie (4.5 hours) with me in utter agony and needing to pee!!!

I have 5 words for your next getaway - guarantee you wont be dissapointed with: 5 NIGHTS IN HAYMAN ISLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's our next couple only [i]mini break but we may have to wait a while as we are now expecting bub #2 in May!!

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 06:21 PM

Sorry to hear you had a bad honeymoon hun.

We also went to Thailand but we loved it. Although I also thought the shopping was crap! We hardly bought anything. We also really hated Patong so only went there once and that was enough.

Little things like flights and non smoking requests can make such a difference and your travel agent should have advised you the details properly when making the booking!!

I hope you can organise can amazing second honeymoon for your anniversary!

I used to be a travel agent so if you need any tips, I'd be happy to help smile.gif


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Posted 14 December 2007 - 11:23 PM

Hi there

We went to Dunk Island for our honeymoon where it rained for 5 days straight. I am talking Forrest Gump rain, sideways, from the side, upside down. But we still loved it. We just took the positives from it. To be honest I wasn't expecting much from our honeymoon but it was the most romantic experience of my life as we just made the most of it despite the rain and bad weather.

We stayed in Bangkok when we moved back from London and its a very different city. Its hot, noisy, loud and humid.

I think for your first anniversary, plan a lovely holiday or mini break somewhere smile.gif
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Posted 15 December 2007 - 07:17 AM

At the time of our wedding we didn't know if we were going to be having a honeymoon and were just spending an extra night at the resort. We so was our family, and although they new that we had no honeymoon plans and that one night was the closest thing we were having a to a honeymoon they got us to spend the whole time with them. Lets say between the time spent with them and catching up on sleep, there was no time for romance!

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 07:48 AM

Firstly before I say anything.... Forest Gump rain - Mrs Jo - CLASSIC!!! laugh.gif laugh.gif

We havent been on our honeymoon to Thailand yet, we will fly out 3 days after our wedding in March. Our flights I am not looking forward to. We dont fly out of Sydney till 10pm at night, my FH is built like a brick sh*7house and gets restless very easily, so will make for an interesting trip. When we get to BBK, we have a 4 hour stopover, to fly out to Phuket, when we get there we then have to catch the ferry across to Phi Phi Island.

I have been to BBK before so know what to expect, my FH has only been to Vanuatu before, and as much as I try to warn him of the culture shock I know he will encounter, until youve really been you have no idea what its going to be like. This worries me a little as my FH can only handle about 2 minutes in Paddies markets before chucking a wobbly, and wanting to leave.

All of my worries are eased at the fact that as ~Jo~ has said, that honeymoons are all about who you spend it with. I will be with my new husband, it will be our first holiday as man and wife, which is the most exciting thing out.

As much as you were disappointed with your honeymoon, I think there is only one way to look at it. You spent your time with your new husband, the holiday itself wasnt all what it was cracked up to be, but its just another excuse to go on another one wink.gif
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Posted 15 December 2007 - 08:51 AM

O I can relate in part !! We went to Thailand for the first part of our honeymoon and it was awesome. BUT....the second part of our honeymoon was TERRIBLE !!! First of all, we missed our flight back to Oz where we were going to rent a car and drive up the coast. The ticket was on points so we basically forfeited it when we didn't show and then had to shell out another $1000 to get back ! Once we got back (a day late) we headed up the beachside "cottage" we'd rented in Byron Bay only to find that it was raining so much we could barely get there (had to take many detours because of flooding) and then when we arrived the place was shockingly bad - not at ALL like the website photos - it was a musty shack with cockroaches (and twice the price of the absolutely gorgeous, 5-star property we'd just come from)!!!!! After the luxury of Thailand it was quite a shock. To top it off, my hubbie and I were ttcing at the time, and I got my period the day we arrived at this horrible place! You know I was sooo upset when we first arrived but my new husband said something that really made me realise why I'd married him - it sounds corny but I knew he meant it - he said "You know it really doesn't matter where we are staying or how much it rains, what matters is that we're together" Awwww... so sweet. That really made me perk up and realise that at least we have some funny stories to tell !
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