Babymoon in Ixtapa, Mexico

Go to where where Andy and Red escape to in the Shawshank Redemption! Ixtapa is a planned resort community Mexico created in the 1970s in order to compete with Cancun. It’s next to a Mexcian beach village named Zihuatenejo which is pretty laid back and has a long history to explore.

Here are some things to do there:

  • Visit Zihuatenejo and it’s cobblestone streets and boutiques. And eat the fresh fish right out of the ocean. And go to Zih Galeria and see the art by famous Mexican artists. This town has a long history and it’s reflected in streets.
Photo courtesy of The Intrepid Amazon
Photo courtesy of The Intrepid Amazon

 

  • Ride on a dolphin’s belly or have them push you up in the air in Ixtapa. You can book this at any hotel.
Photo courtesy of My Ixtapa Tours
Photo courtesy of My Ixtapa Tours
  • Visit the horse ranches and ride horses along the beach. This can also be arranged through your hotel
Photo courtesy of Dream Plan Go
Photo courtesy of Dream Plan Go
  • Go snorkeling or scuba diving near Isla Ixtapa. Book this through your hotel.
Photo courtesy of Get Your Guide
Photo courtesy of Get Your Guide
  • Go kayaking through the mangroves.
Photo courtesy of Ketavi
Photo courtesy of Ketavi
  • Go to the beach! Playa Las Gatas (Cats Beach) and Playa La Ropa (Clothes Beach) are a bit further away, 10 or 15 minutes, but beautiful. Playa Troncones is a bit further away, but it doesn’t have the crowds that Ixtapa has. It’s considered “the real Mexico.”
Photo courtesy of Hotel Rossy
Photo courtesy of Hotel Rossy

One thing to note is the beaches closer to the towns. Make sure you check to see what beaches are currently open to the public and clean. This is a beautiful place to lay on the beach but due to the pollution caused by fishing boats and runoff, some beaches are not good to go swimming. Mexico has higher restrictions on water pollution then the US, and they will close beaches if the pollution is too bad.

 

Let me know if there’s something I missed in the comments below!

Sources:

Mexico

What to Do in Ixtapa, Mexico

Ixtapa

Ixtapa

Zihuatanejo

 

Babymoon in Vientiane, Laos

Laos was home to one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia for four centuries, the Kingdom of Lan Xang Hom Khao, translated to the Kingdom of a Million Elephants Under the White Parasol. After that it broke into three different kingdoms and in 1893 became a French protectorate. It finally became independent in 1953, and after the civil war ended in 1975, the country was renamed the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Vientiane is their capital city.

Vientiane has a long and interesting history. It began as an early Khmer settlement but when the Lao people settled, they took over the city. It was made the capital city in 1563 to avoid a Burmese invasion. In 1707 it became the Kingdom of Vientiane, and in 1779 it was conquered by the Siamese. King Anouvong tried to rebel but was defeated and the city was burned to the ground and looted. In 1893, the French rebuilt it and made it the capital city. During World War II, it was occupied by the Japanese. During the civil war, it changed hands a few times before it was liberated symbolically by a group of Pathet Lao women in 1975.

Even though there’s a lot of history in this city, it’s very small, and you can actually see most of attractions in one day. Here are some attractions you can see in Vientiane:

  • Visit Xieng Khuan, the Buddha Park. It was built by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat in the 1950’s combining the Buddhist and Hindu religions. The park has more than 200 sculptures.
Photo courtesy of Quilaztli a Small World Story
Photo courtesy of Quilaztli a Small World Story
  • Join an outdoor fitness class during sunset along the boulevard next to the Mekong.
Photo courtesy of Minisuitcase
Photo courtesy of Minisuitcase
  • Go shopping at the night market that pops up on the boulevard near central Vientiane for souvenirs and necessities alike.
Photo courtesy of Travel Laos
Photo courtesy of Travel Laos
  • Visit the National History Museum, which is a subjective look at the history of Laos.
Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor
Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

 

  • Go on a Temple Tour. Unfortunately, due to the periods of conflict, none of the temples are very old. They are still very beautiful and many of them tell the stories of the Buddhist religion.
Photo courtesy of Asia Tourism
Photo courtesy of Asia Tourism
  • For a look at what happened in the aftermath of the Vietnam war and the Unexploded Ordinances (cluster bombs), visit the COPE Visitor Center.
Photo courtesy of World Travel Family
Photo courtesy of World Travel Family
  • Rent a bicycle to explore around the outside of the city. You can ride down the Mekong, pass by temples, and visit with the locals.
Photo courtesy of 123rf
Photo courtesy of 123rf
  • Visit the Patuxay Monument, or the Victory Gate, also known as the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane.
Photo courtesy of Minisuitcase
Photo courtesy of Minisuitcase

Let me know if there’s anything else that you visited if you went to Vientiane in the comments below.

Sources:

Laos

Vientiane

7 Awesome Things to do in Vientiane, Laos

A Month in Vientiane, the Little Capital of Laos

 

Babymoon in Bali

Bali, Indonesia is one of those places that people have always dreamed of going to. It’s part of the coral triangle which has the greatest biodiversity of marine species in the world. The beaches are amazing, the snorkeling is out of this world, and its steeped in culture and the arts.

Among the touristy activities like safaris, spas, fantastic and unique restaurants and bars, there are some more spiritual and off the beaten path things to do in Bali:

  • Get a traditional Jari Menari rhythmic massage at the Dancing Fingers School. On Tuesdays you can learn how to do it yourself, participate in a yoga class and have lunch.
Photo courtesy of AWOL Junkie
Photo courtesy of AWOL Junkie
  • Dine at Prince Ajoaes’ Tabanan Palace, a 17th century restored palace and following dinner, see the dance performance.
Photo courtesy of Bali Travel Newspaper
Photo courtesy of Bali Travel Newspaper
Photo courtesy of Private Concierge Bali
Photo courtesy of Private Concierge Bali
  • Take a sunset sail on a Jukung and perhaps see some dolphins. com/tembokbali.
Photo courtesy of Trek Earth
Photo courtesy of Trek Earth
Photo courtesy of Bali Bagus Adventure
Photo courtesy of Bali Bagus Adventure
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Photo courtesy of Shaun’s Travel Tips
  • Take a day long tour to the 7 temples of enlightenment, A UNESCO World Heritage site, including Bali’s first Hindu temple dating back to the 10th century. privateconciergebali.com
Photo courtesy of Private Concierge Bali
Photo courtesy of Private Concierge Bali
  • If you go during Balinese New Year, there is a day of cleansing ceremonies, then villages hold huge processions, then on Nyepi, you will experience a day of silence, where everyone must stay inside and there is no noise and no lights in the houses.
Photo courtesy of Love Bali
Photo courtesy of Love Bali

Photo courtesy of Love Bali

  • Visit the rice terraces and water temples that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  combalirescentre.com
Photo courtesy of Indonesia Tourist Forum
Photo courtesy of Indonesia Tourist Forum

Photo courtesy of Indonesia Tourism Forum

 

This is only a sample of all the things to do in Bali. There is so much, both culturally significant and more light. Please let us know what you’ve seen and done in Bali in the comments below!

 

Bali

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First Timers Guide: 20 Things to do in Bali