For me Thailand holidays really have it all; from cosmopolitan cities to beautiful beaches and exotic countryside! The beautiful South-East Asian country makes the perfect honeymoon and here are ten reasons why:
1. Luxurious Hotels
If I were to list some of the best hotels I’ve ever been to, several of them will be in Thailand. Having been to the country twice I’ve stayed in city hotels with the most incredible views, beautiful beach retreats and even an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Rai. I’ve written previously about eight of the best hotels in Thailand but I’d particularly recommend the following:
Four Seasons Koh Samui is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Located right on a private beach, this hotel is also stunning architecturally and has gorgeous water features and beautiful gardens throughout.
I’d suggest opting for a private pool villa which is just absolutely huge with a stunning view.
The Four Seasons properties in Thailand are utterly spectacular and I’d suggest Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai whilst staying in one of Thailand’s largest cities and the cultural hub of the country. One of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in is the totally unique Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle which sees you sleeping in a luxury tent in the jungle with hands-on interaction with elephants.
In Bangkok I’d recommend the Banyan Tree for incredible views and Mandarin Oriental Bangkok or the Peninsula for all out luxury.
2. Great Value for Money
Speaking of luxurious hotels, you’ll also find that they’re great value for money. We found a private pool villa in Thailand cost the same as a pokey windowless room in Europe!
With that in mind, you can go all out for your honeymoon without really breaking the bank. As well as hotels, you’ll find experiences and food also excellent value and the only thing that’s slightly more costly is alcohol.
3. Beautiful Beaches
What can be better than a stroll along a gorgeous beach in newly married bliss? Places like Koh Samui, Phuket and Koh Phi Phi are known to have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches but unfortunately have been over run with mass-tourism. Though you can seek out secluded secret beaches, this is probably easier said than done and instead I’d suggest opting for a hotel with a private beach or even one on it’s own island.
A good choice for this is Six Senses Yao Noi, a gorgeous hotel near Phuket, reachable only by boat. Mr S and I visited the beautiful property for lunch and we were blown away by its rustic beauty and the privacy.
4. The Service and The People
Being such a ‘tourist-friendly’ destination, Thailand has a tradition of excellent service and seriously I think the five-star experience in the country is second to none. With super friendly and thoughtful people, it’s no wonder it’s been nicknamed the ‘Land of Smiles.’
Part of the wonder of the service is in the very thoughtful details. For example when we arrived at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai we were greeted by spa therapists for a relaxing foot massage. Every day a special treat was left in our room and they ran lots of cultural events for us to enjoy right in the hotel.
Of course no trip to Thailand would be complete without trying the local food. Thai food is so much more than pad Thai and green curry and lovers of spicy cuisine will be spoilt for choice. Personally I love Tom Yum soup, Som Tam (papaya salad) and variations of fried rice. You may also want to try a cookery school or market visit during your trip.
Thailand has become increasingly popular over the years and for good reason. The scenery is some of the most gorgeous that you’ll see! I would particularly recommend taking a boat trip in order to experience the brilliant blue of the water and the rocky landscape.
For your honeymoon I’d recommend a private boat trip on the Andaman sea to take in some of the natural beauty that the Thai islands have to offer. Check out Ao Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park which make up of more than 40 islands and incredible limestone cliffs including the famous James Bond Island.
Also don’t miss exploring the beautiful mountains and more tranquil pathways of Chiang Mai and take a trip up the Mekong River in Chiang Rai.
A visit to Thailand allows interaction with some of your favourite exotic animals. A top tip here would be to choose the places that you visit wisely as many of the place in Thailand exploit animals. I’d highly recommend a stay at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle which allows interaction with elephants in a safe environment. The elephants here have been rescued from cruel environments to come to live in a sanctuary adjacent to the Four Seasons.
This is honestly one of the most wonderful and unique experiences I’ve had and I couldn’t recommend it more. Elsewhere, Lauren recommends visiting the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai where you can feed and walk with the elephants in a safe environment.
8. Romantic Experiences
I’ve been to many hotels that offer private romantic experiences but none more special than in Thailand. At Four Seasons Hotel Chiang Mai we had dinner is a private rice field before letting off a lantern into their pond. When we arrived back to our room, it had been fully decorated with petals and our butler had placed a framed photograph in there for us!
Another top romantic treat in Thailand is a couples spa treatment, I mean this is the place that invented the Thai Massage! You can pretty much guarantee your hotel will have luxury spa facilities and very special experiences such as couples suites.
With a devout Buddhist culture there’s plenty of interesting religious and historical sites to see throughout the country, giving another element to your honeymoon. In Bangkok the Grand Palace is an unmissable site as well as other recommended temples Wat Pho and Wat Arun. However, I highly recommend a trip to Thailand’s cultural capital, Chiang Mai particularly a visit to the temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple on top of the Doi Suthep hill which also boasts incredible views of the city.
It may not be for everyone but in Chiang Mai you can also visit the Hill Tribes and see what it’s like to visit a real tribal village. Choose your guide and village carefully as the experience can be quite touristy and you want to make sure the visit is carried out in an ethical manner. We had our hotel recommend a guide to us.
I would also highly recommend a visit to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle which is little off the tourist trail. It’s where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos converge and you can take boat trip along the river and also visit more authentic markets. I’d also recommend a visit to the eye-opening Opium Museum which traces the destination’s history of opium growing and trafficking.
The bar and restaurant scene in Thailand is fantastic if you’re looking for a good night out on your honeymoon. Thailand has become known for wild full moon parties and night clubs but there are also plenty of more sedate and chic beach bars and cool cocktail places with live music. Avoid the tourist hot spots and seek out cute hotel bars, high end beach clubs and more secluded sea front bars. We loved the Ska bar in Phuket, Nikki Beach in Koh Samui and get a lunch time drink at The Library while admiring the red pool.
Bangkok is wonderful for nightlife and I recommend facing any fear of heights and trying the vertiginous Moon Bar at Banyan Tree or Sirocco at Lebua State Tower. For restaurants I’d recommend Vertigo at Banyan Tree, Celadon at Sukothai and Lauren loved Nahm. I didn’t try it myself but La Normandie at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is on my bucket list for one day.
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This post was sponsored by Emirates Holiday but thoughts, opinions and love of Thailand are all my own.