For newly weds, few places are more attractive for honeymoons than Thailand. The Southeast Asian nation is known for its friendliness, its stability compared to other countries in the region, its culture, its history, and, of course, its beaches. Whether you choose to honeymoon in the big city, in the remote mountains of the north, or on a secluded beach in the south, Thailand has something romantic and beautiful to offer every couple.
Bangkok is known the world around for its party scene. If you and your partner enjoy discos, dancing, and wild nightlife, you can't find a city better than Bangkok. But although it may be best known for its nightlife, Bangkok has far more to offer than that. After all, Bangkok is the Thai kingdom's capital city, and a centre of international commerce and tourism.
You can visit the downtown skyscrapers, central business district, and posh, sophisticated hotels that will make you think you're in New York or London, or you can visit one of Bangkok's many Buddhist temples. Museums of art, culture, and Asian history abound, not to mention incredibly good food (what better place to find Pad Thai than Bangkok?).
Sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the East”, Bangkok is rich with sites of historical and cultural significance. Like other popular honeymoon destinations in Thailand, Bangkok also has plenty of luxury boutique hotels and spas to treat and pamper yourself, as well as some memorable fine dining. Without doubt, Bangkok represents the bestof what Thailand has to offer. Even if you don't base your honeymoon in Bangkok, it's a city worth exploring for a day or two before you make your way to your final destination.
Chiang Mai is Thailand's second biggest city. By contrast with Bangkok, Chiang Mai is far less crowded, less busy, and generally less intense. Even in the popular old town of Chiang Mai, it's safe to get around on foot or by bicycle. Even amongst the already friendly Thai people, Chiang Mai has a reputation for being especially laid-back. Within Thailand, Chiang Mai is known for its spa treatments, including traditional healing Thai massage, and its beautiful ancient temples. Chiang Mai is a little more off the beaten path, making for a quieter honeymoon than Bangkok.
Koh Samui is one of Thailand's beautiful tropical islands. Slightly less crowded than Phuket, Koh Samui is nonetheless a very popular tourist destination. The two most popular beaches in Koh Samui are Chaweng and Lamai. These two beaches are big enough that they don't feel overcrowded, even at the peak of the tourist season. Still, if you're looking for a more secluded beach for a quieter honeymoon, try Choeng Mon. Bophut Beach is another quieter beach, but there's a good reason for that – it's not nearly as pretty as Chaweng, Lamai, or Choeng Mon. Nevertheless, Bophut Beach has nearby the Fisherman's Village, which is reputed to have some of Koh Samui's best restaurants.
Phuket, by far, is the most popular of the Thai islands with westerners. Despite being badly damaged by the tsunami of 2004, you'll be amazed to see that Phuket is as welcoming and as beautiful as ever. Lined with incredible white sand beaches, Phuket has some of the most luxurious places to stay in all of Thailand. On top of that, with its international airport and regular domestic flights to and from Bangkok, Phuket is very easy to get to.
Phuket might not be the best place for someone looking for a very private, secluded honeymoon getaway unless you are planning to take a 5 star luxury hotel. These days, Phuket is filled with tourists almost year round, and many parts of the island are very developed. Phuket does still have its pockets of privacy, such as exclusive villas and out-of-the-way beaches, but they do come at a price.
However, if it's gorgeous beaches and pampering resort hotels that you and your spouse crave, Phuket has much to offer. A great spot for surfing, yachting, golfing, rock climbing, and even elephant riding, the advantage of visiting an island developed with western tourists in mind is that you and your spouse will never run out of fun things to do on your honeymoon.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Phuket are just a few of the top honeymoon destinations in Thailand. With a little extra creativity, you'll be able to find a spot off the beaten path that will serve as the perfect romantic getaway for you and your spouse on your honeymoon. If you would like to learn more about honeymoons in Thailand or plan the perfect honeymoon package, please speak to one of our advisors.