My fiancé and I are researching our two-week honeymoon in August 2009. I’ve investigated some destinations and like sound of Bali, Thailand, French Polynesia and the Maldives. All these destinations look amazing and I’m sure I couldn’t go wrong with any of these choices. However, I am aware August in Thailand is the rainy season – how bad is it during that time? Most important to us are beautiful beaches and water, gorgeous scenery, snorkeling, and food. We also would like it to be somewhat secluded – we don’t want to feel like we are at South Beach!
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Regarding where to go, the best weather at that time of year would be either French Polynesia or Bali. Thailand is wonderful and I’ve been there at that time of year but it’s not ideal. A bit hot and humid with hazy skies and typically heavy thunder showers in the late afternoons. Between Bali and French Polynesia, a lot depends on what you want to do. French Polynesia is a lovely destination but other than relaxing in the sun and snorkeling and/or boat trips, there’s not much else to do. Personally, I think Bali is more interesting because there are a lot of things you can do other than sit around the resorts. It’s a Hindu island so there is a lot of cultural interest, Hindu temples, religious ceremonies, etc. plus you can go white-water rafting, visit artisan villages, climb dormant volcanoes, etc.
That said, if snorkeling is high on your priority list, you will have better options in French Polynesia. Snorkeling is okay off the eastern coast of Bali, but it’s not as picture-perfect as you’ll find in French Polynesia.
I hope this helps! Have a great time!