My fiancé and I are planning our honeymoon, and we're thinking Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. We have 16 days total to get there and back and will be going over Christmas and new year's. The question is: where do we go? We feel we should cut out a country, but which? So far research has been based mostly on watching Anthony Bourdain No Reservation episodes, and I found this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/660866. Please help!
We live in NYC and love food. I'm Chinese-American and am an adventurous eater (but no bugs). When traveling I try to cram in a good amount, with a focus on food, local culture, and breathtaking sights. He's German and has become a more adventurous eater since being with me. He also has the strongest stomach ever. He prefers a more relaxed vacation that involves beach and not too much moving around, but he also focuses on food. We want to eat as the locals do and love street food, but we also enjoy a nice sit-down restaurant with good service.
Sorry for too much background info, but hopefully you fellow chowhounds can help us make our trip perfect! Please let me know your thoughts. Malaysia, particularly Penang, sounds like a must. Bali is an obvious honeymoon choice, but how's the food there and the rest of Indonesia? And of course we've heard about lechon in the Philippines. Please help us decide where to go! Suggestions as to specific towns and even specific restaurants/markets/street corners are welcome. We'd also like to take a cooking class or two.
Thanks in advance!