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HONEYMOONS The Grand Palace of Bangkok

Exploring the island of Krabi

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Ready for a relaxing and adventure-filled retreat, Kelly and EJ made the trek to Thailand after saying “I do.”

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Docked long-tail boats

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“We could have vacationed a lot closer to home, but we wanted an exotic location that would be different from any future travel we might do together,” Kelly says of their decision to honeymoon near the Andaman Sea. With help from a travel agent and TripAdvisor, the couple planned a 16-day excursion that first took them to Bangkok, where they spent three nights in Ariyasom Villa. “It was our little oasis in the heart of the crazy city,” Kelly says. After exploring a local Thai farm and Bangkok’s historic temples, the pair checked off one (very) large item on Kelly’s travel to-do list: “We visited an elephant

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sanctuary!” she says. Next, Kelly and EJ boarded a flight to Krabi and canoed around the entire island of Koh Hong before taking a ferry to Phuket. From there, the newlyweds landed on Phi Phi Island, where they stumbled upon Pad Thai, a tucked away local restaurant. “We loved it so much that we ate there every night,” Kelly says. “It was the best food we had in Thailand.” BOOK IT: Bangkok: Ariyasom Villa Krabi: Tubkaak Krabi Phi Phi Island: Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort >>

$12,000 time of year

June–July 16 days travel time

About 24 hours from Washington, DC

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