Thailand is one of the most romantic destinations, and it’s not hard to see why — striking beaches, lush jungle, and an extraordinary culture all make for an incredible setting for love. With newlyweds looking for places to write their next chapter, Thailand is one of the best places to honeymoon; you can even decide to have your ceremony in the Land of Smiles to truly #ThaiTheKnot!
From temples to hot air balloons, here are a few places to start a romantic journey in Amazing Thailand, plus a few insider tips from our #ThaiTheKnot experts.
Parks: Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has multiple temples that provide an unforgettable backdrop for a romantic escapade. Sukhothai Historical Park, another UNESCO World Heritage site, is an expansive park that holds over 190 ruins, making for an impressive stop on your dream honeymoon.
Expert tip: PhuangMalai are traditional flower garlands used in weddings to symbolize the beauty of marriage. Order some for you and your partner!
Beaches: A sunset walk along the sand is the perfect way to relax after the wedding festivities. Beaches in Phuket and Koh Samui have beautiful seaside resorts and crystal-clear waters, while Phra Nang Beach in Krabi or Sunset Beach (Pramong in Thai) are more intimate spots perfect for a secluded getaway.
Expert tip: For an extra special touch, consider having your wedding attire designed and made in Thailand.
Rooftops: Thailand has stunning views, and Bangkok has the highest ones! One of the best ways to experience the city is by sipping on a cocktail at the best rooftop bars.
Expert tip: Visit the U.S. embassy in Thailand if you decide to have your ceremony in the Land of Smiles! A wedding planner is recommended, as some may have arrangements with embassies to speed the planning process along and can help navigate the foreign country.
Hot Air Balloon: For the more adventurous couple, a hot air balloon ride at sunrise is a breathtaking experience. Several companies offer these flights, and most include a champagne breakfast on landing!
Expert tip: If you get married in Thailand, remember to register at the District Office, otherwise your marriage will not be legally recognized.
Love Shrine: There are shrines scattered all around the country, each bringing their own unique setting for love. One of the most romantic shrines is the Trimurti Shrine in Bangkok. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 9:30 pm, it is said that Lord Trimurti, the combination of the three most important gods in Hinduism, descends from heaven to listen to the prayers for love and happiness. Remember to bring nine red roses (nine is a lucky number in Thailand) and red candles to offer to Trimurti!
Expert tip: Have your marriage blessed by a Thai monk to ensure long-lasting joy. Thai couples also often consult monks to choose a date for the ceremony, to ensure further blessings.
Scuba Diving: Thailand has some of the best scuba diving in the world, and there are plenty of diving spots that would fit perfectly for the aquatic lovers. An island like Koh Ma or Chumphon offer effortless options for beginner divers, while the Similan Islands offer a greater challenge.
Expert tip: Some other popular spots for weddings and honeymoons in Thailand are: Chiang Mai, Koh Phangan, Kao Lak, and Sukhothai.