No matter what you’re looking for in a honeymoon, Thailand has got it all. Although perhaps not a traditional honeymoon destination, this wonderful country offers so much more than cocktails on the beach and days by the pool. Thailand offers breathtaking scenery, fascinating culture and one of the warmest welcomes in the world. There are simply hundreds of reasons to go on honeymoon to Thailand, but let me share my top 10. They sure convinced me, and I bet they’ll convince you too!
1. INCREDIBLE NATURAL WONDERS
I know, I know. On honeymoon, you’re supposed to be gazing longingly into the eyes of your loved one, not the scenery! But, Thailand is one of those countries you could stare at, open-mouthed, for days on end. It’s just so naturally beautiful! On the coast, limestone cliffs jut out from the sea at angles that surely defy physics. Further to the north, the lush jungles treat you to thundering waterfalls and clear blue hot springs. Thailand makes the perfect backdrop for those honeymoon snaps.
2. AMAZING FOOD
Thai is renowned for being one of the best cuisines in the world. The four classic Thai flavours of sour, salty, spicy and sweet feature in all meals, from green curry to salads. And you don’t have to go to expensive restaurants to find good food. The little local cafes serve up tasty meals without breaking the bank. You could even attend a cookery class at one of the many schools in the country. We learnt how to cook curry, tom yum soup, pad thai and more at the fantastic Siam Cuisine school in Chiang Mai. I defy any newlywed to try Thai food and say they don’t like it!
Bangkok is a complete riot of colour, sights and smells, and it’s a great place to start your lives together as a married couple. You can visit the city’s beautiful Buddhist temples and palaces, head out on a street food tour or visit the ancient Siamese capital city, Ayutthaya. Bangkok offers something for everyone and will quickly become one of your favourite cities in the world.
4. SUITS EVERY BUDGET
Thailand is a very budget-friendly destination. Due to demand, you can fly there pretty cheaply and once you’re in country, you’re treated to inexpensive food, attractions and transport. Even the accommodation offers fantastic value for money. What you would normally pay for a 3* hotel in the UK would get you a pretty fancy room in a 5* hotel in Thailand! Go on, treat yourself. It’s your honeymoon after all!
5. THE LAND OF SMILES
Thailand is home to some of the friendliest people on the planet. Everybody we met on our honeymoon, from the cabin crew on our flight to the maids cleaning our room, and from the diving instructors to the street food vendors, everyone was so welcoming and eager to please. It’s no wonder they call Thailand the ‘Land of Smiles’! You’ll feel right at home as soon as you arrive.
6. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
It was the fact that Thailand is so full of contrast that made our decision to honeymoon in Thailand so easy. We knew we wouldn’t be content spending two weeks on a beach, or two weeks in a city or two weeks in the countryside. Thailand allowed us to do it all! We spent a few days on a city break in Bangkok, a few days spotting wildlife and nature trekking in the jungles near Chiang Mai AND then a week a spot of relaxation on the coast, all in one two week holiday! Now you can’t say that for many other countries, can you?
7. IT’S REALLY SAFE TO BE A COUPLE
In some countries, you can offend the locals by public displays of affection or even holding hands. There are no concerns over that in Thailand. Of course, you have to be respectful in Buddhist temples and near other religious buildings. Other than that, you’re quite free to demonstrate your love for each other as a newly married couple.
8. LOTS TO DO
There is so much to do in Thailand, you’ll never get bored! How about trying snorkelling in the beautiful coral reefs, rock climbing on the coast, wandering through Buddhist temples, shopping in the markets, trying your hand at cooking Thai food, walking along the beautiful beaches, relaxing in the hot springs, exploring the main cities, having a sustainable wildlife encounter (just don’t go cuddling tigers) or simply watching the world go by with a Thai beer in hand. The list of fantastic experiences you can share with your new spouse really is endless!
9. BEAUTIFUL WEATHER
On the whole, Thailand has a beautifully tropical climate throughout the year. Visiting in November, we only saw rain once and were treated to wall-to-wall sunshine and warm temperatures for the rest of our honeymoon. It does pay to do your research on Thai weather, though, as there are two distinct climates depending on where you go. It could be monsoon season in the north while the southern islands are basking in sunshine! Don’t let that put you off though – the monsoon rains are pretty spectacular.
10. THOSE LITTLE ROMANTIC TOUCHES
Everywhere we visited, the staff were always so excited that we were on our honeymoon. We were treated to upgraded hotel rooms, bottles of wine in the fridge, rose petals on the bed and even a delicious cake for our last night! It’s those little touches that made our honeymoon in Thailand the most romantic holiday of our lives. What better place to start your lives together than Thailand!
Are you planning your honeymoon? Is Thailand on your shortlist?
Written by Anna from Would Be Traveller
Would Be Traveller is a part-time travel blog, dedicated to inspiring people to travel alongside their full-time jobs. I aim to show you how easy it is to travel without unlimited budgets or all the time in the world by making the most of annual leave, weekends and national holidays.
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