Affordable tropical holiday destinations that aren't Bali or Thailand

Poetic Justice

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I'm not sure if I need to go into much more detail that isn't pointed out in the thread title but I'm wanting to plan the next holiday for my wife and I (kids free). We are off to Bali next week for the 3rd time and have also been to Phuket so looking at different options.

Understandably you can go to differing areas of Bali and Thailand which are still an option, I guess, but would also like to consider other places.

Would like to go to Bora Bora, Fiji or somewhere that has the beach bungalow or overwater bungalow style arrangement but everything seems quite expensive for my budget, not saying it's not worth it.

Any suggestions?
 

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Vietnam has some stunning beaches and is dirt cheap.
Langkawi is also beautiful and can have some great sales on accomodation at various times.
 

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SE Asia does offer excellent bang for you buck and has the added dimension that the food is pretty much awesome wherever you go.

But if you are on the east coast, New Caledonia can be pretty interesting. Firstly, it has all the beach type quality you are after but secondly it is really, really, really French.
 

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SE Asia does offer excellent bang for you buck and has the added dimension that the food is pretty much awesome wherever you go.

But if you are on the east coast, New Caledonia can be pretty interesting. Firstly, it has all the beach type quality you are after but secondly it is really, really, really French.
Affordable? Always thought it was damn expensive?
 

basashi

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Affordable? Always thought it was damn expensive?
Just searched expedia package to New Caledonia December 7-14 2 people economy, staying at 5 star Le Meridien on the beach and it is 1703 each. Cheaper if you get out of 5 star

Also plenty of good places to stay in January for 1100 to 1300 per person including flight
 
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Add $1.7k to $2k for flights and a 36 hour commute as well
Cost me $11,000 in flights as I no longer fly economy. Air New Zealand Business to LA then “First” Class United to Cancun.

Met a few good lads our last day there from the East of Melbourne rocking their EDFL players shorts in the pool.
 

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Cost me $11,000 in flights as I no longer fly economy. Air New Zealand Business to LA then “First” Class United to Cancun.

Met a few good lads our last day there from the East of Melbourne rocking their EDFL players shorts in the pool.
Why would you drop $11k on a flights so that you can have a cheap tropical holiday when you could do the same closer to home for the same total cost?

And yes I have been to Cancun, it is nice but it isn't that nice
 

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A cruise through the Caribbean would be pretty good I would have imagined.

Miami is a very over hyped city imo. Did the ship leave from Miami or Fort Lauderdale?
Didn’t spend much time in Miami. Flew in the night before we boarded the Symphony and stayed at the inter continental - perfect location to board the ship.
We then had about 6 hours to kill whilst waiting for the second cruise, so we did a bit of sightseeing on the water, checking out all the rich people’s homes (my wife digs that s**t. I chose a tour which had a bar 🤣)
We did a 7 night Western & 7 night Eastern cruise B2B. I preferred the Eastern, wifey preferred Western.

We got an uber up to Ft Lauderdale after the second cruise, we had 2 nights there before flying back to LAX from Ft Lauderdale. That place was cool as s**t I thought.
 

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Didn’t spend much time in Miami. Flew in the night before we boarded the Symphony and stayed at the inter continental - perfect location to board the ship.
We then had about 6 hours to kill whilst waiting for the second cruise, so we did a bit of sightseeing on the water, checking out all the rich people’s homes (my wife digs that s**t. I chose a tour which had a bar 🤣)
We did a 7 night Western & 7 night Eastern cruise B2B. I preferred the Eastern, wifey preferred Western.

We got an uber up to Ft Lauderdale after the second cruise, we had 2 nights there before flying back to LAX from Ft Lauderdale. That place was cool as s**t I thought.
Yeah I spent 3 or 4 nights in Ft Lauderdale and Hollywood Beach about 6 years ago, funnily enough after I had been to Cancun for 7 nights. Yeah it is a really cool place but you can end up in a dodgy area very easily there.

I would love to do a cruise through the Caribbean (I have been on one through the Mediterranean). What is the difference between the Eastern and Western cruises?
 

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Yeah I spent 3 or 4 nights in Ft Lauderdale and Hollywood Beach about 6 years ago, funnily enough after I had been to Cancun for 7 nights. Yeah it is a really cool place but you can end up in a dodgy area very easily there.

I would love to do a cruise through the Caribbean (I have been on one through the Mediterranean). What is the difference between the Eastern and Western cruises?
Itineraries is the only really difference.
One took us back to a couple of ports in Mexico and the Royal Caribbean privately owned island, Cococay.
The other to St Kitts & Nevis (my absolute favourite - my wife’s most hated), St Thomas and the same Cococay island.
 

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