“Sawadee krap (hello)!” From alluring islands to picturesque beaches, Thailand is an exotic dream honeymoon destination for any newly weds. Whether you want to indulge in gastronomic Thai cuisine, bask on the powdery beaches or sign up for adrenaline-filled adventure sports, “The Land of Smiles” have so much to offer that you will wish that you have enough time to experience it all on your Honeymoon in Thailand.
Renown for having one of the most pristine beaches, dig your toes into the powdery white sand at Krabi, one of Thailand’s most secluded and exotic paradise islands. Bestowed with picturesque landscapes, coral reefs and glorious sunsets over its cerulean waters, Krabi is a treasure trove of endless romantic activities.
Our favorite day of the trip was in Koh Phi Phi where we rented a boat and a captain for 4 of us.. for 10 hours, we rode around and snorkeled.. stopped at different islands including monkey island.. swam when we wanted to and they provided lunch. It was amazing. I’m sure you can find something similar from Phuket (island hopping). We did get robbed by the captain though… so swim with your money or don’t take cash with you on the boat (we thought we’d need cash on the islands.. we didn’t)… he took what’s equivalent to $40 USD so we didn’t care but just a heads up. It would’ve been what we would’ve tipped him anyway so we just didn’t tip him.
Things to do:
Embark on a boat tour to admire its beautiful coastline or arrange for an unforgettable candlelight seafood dinner on one of its untouched shores with your significant other.
Home to resplendent Buddhist temples with golden hues, immerse yourself in the rich Thai culture and tradition in Chiang Mai. A laidback, verdant gem of Northern Thailand nestled within forested foothills, Chiang Mai is a perfect place to rejuvenate yourself as you take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Head to its countryside and be fascinated with its many lush rainforest reserves, bubbling hot springs, cascading waterfalls and ancient forest temples.
Things to do:
Get a tour guide! We suggest Chiang Mai taxi driver / tour guide – Mr. Pon +66 81-166-5189. He is very sweet and his English is decent. He will take you to ride the elephants, visit the long neck village, temples and play w baby tigers and big tigers (he’ll come along to what he can and take pictures for you). If you want a very authentic meal for lunch he will take you to his mom’s restaurant – it was literally a hole in the wall but delicious.
The capital of Thailand is always full of surprises and plethora of choices. Featuring world-class rooftop bars and vibrant nightlife, partying in Bangkok starts in the afternoon. With bazaars, street stalls and state of the art skyscrapers standing side by side, Bangkok has melded the old and the new perfectly.
Things to do:
If your partner is a hardcore shopaholic, head over to the famous Chatuchak weekend market (remember to grab yourselves a classic coconut ice cream over there to beat the heat). Besides going on a shopping spree, lovebirds should definitely take an enriching and soothing ride down the famous floating market Damnoen Saduak.
KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest reserve and home to the largest intact monsoon forests. Covered with lush, mountainous landscape and wildlife, Khao Yai is situated only three hour’s drive from Bangkok. Step into this magical forested wonderland with your other half and spend your honeymoon at wild-west themed parks, aromatic vineyards, marvelling at pounding waterfalls and more!
Things to do:
Embark on a wine trail on a mountain bike as you indulge in wine tasting sessions in South East Asia’s finest vineyards, overlooking the rolling hills. Spend a fun-filled afternoon by going for horseback riding at OK Corral’s range. There are also plenty of hiking trails here, making Khao Yai a perfect honeymoon stop for adventurous couples.
Things to know before you go:
Flight Time: 18 hours from NYC
Currency: Thai Bhat
Travel Months: November-April
Entry requirements: Valid Passport and Visa is needed
Tipping: Not customary but appreciated
The King: Don’t talk about him period.
Temples: Bring clothes to cover your elbows and knees
Your hands: When hailing a taxi or a waiter keep your hand horizontal, fingers facing down. Holding your hand with fingers up is considered rude.
Scams: Be wary of scam of all types… don’t trust anyone.
Electricity: Voltage is 220 Volts with either 2 flat blades (NEMA 1-15 or JIS C 8303) or round 2 pin plugs (Europlug CEE 7/16).