Cherished for its remarkable culture, bewitching landscapes, laid-back atmosphere and scrumptious cuisine, Thailand remains an outstanding option for honeymooners. Thinking of escaping here, just the two of you? Here are ten reasons to spend your post-wedding holiday in Thailand...
Straight-from-a-screensaver beaches and islands
It's no secret that one of Thailand's main attractions is its white-sand beaches and postcard-perfect isles. And for good reason – with around 1,430 islands on offer in this tropical paradise, there's plenty for surf-and-sand-loving couples to enjoy.
Beloved go-to options for honeymooners include Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi and the Phi Phi islands. All with palm-fringed stretches of sand and turquoise waters, plus sensational beachfront accommodation and dining, they're a winner for a tropical escape. Want to feel as if you're the only two people in the world? Set your sights for Thailand's lesser-known (but equally gorgeous) gems, like Koh Mook, Koh Lipe, Koh Ngai and Koh Phayam.
There's more to Thailand than beaches and neon-lit streets. In the destination's north, you'll find magnificent mountain regions that offer a glimpse into Thailand's more authentic side. Interact with hill tribes on a hiking tour, take a traditional cooking course or lose yourselves in the flavours and aromas of a night market for a truly magical honeymoon.
Though gaining a fair bit of attention lately, Chiang Mai is still a fantastic option for couples seeking a mountain escape. There's so much to do here – visit the northern village of Pai near the Myanmar boarder, climb to the peak of Suthep mountain to visit the iconic Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, spot elephants or take a leisurely cruise along the Mae Ping River. However you choose to spend your time in Chiang Mai, you'll be treated to sigh-inducing scenery and fascinating culture.
Consider yourselves an active couple? When you hit the (dirt) road and explore Thailand's many trekking trails you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking outlook and terrific memories.
Thailand's north is the place to go for keen hikers, with destinations like Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai boasting a number of marvellous trails and guided tours. Ready to get amongst it all? Navigate through terraced rice fields and jungle-clad mountains, and prepare to marvel at the scenery along the way.
Other than its tropical landscapes, Thailand's other most-loved attraction is easily its food – you'll rarely find someone who doesn't love Thai cuisine!
Of course, there's more to try than Pad Thai here. From green papaya salad to Tom Yum soup and traditional red and green curries, there's a seemingly endless list of classic dishes that will tempt you. Thailand's gourmet scene is also having a bit of a moment right now, with more and more restaurants serving their own take on Thai cuisine. Foodies, add Bangkok (obviously), Chiang Mai and Phuket to the itinerary for a culinary adventure you won't soon forget.
World-class snorkelling and diving
If you can drag yourselves away from chilling out on Thailand's sun-kissed beaches, dive under the water's surface to discover a colourful underwater wonderland.
With more than 1,931 kilometres of coast, the destination is blessed with an array of world-class dive and snorkelling sites. Adventure-seekers, there's everything from shipwrecks and coral gardens to mysterious tunnels and pinnacles to see. The marine life alone is worth donning a wetsuit for! Unsurprisingly, Thailand's islands are fantastic for watersports – check out Koh Tao (also known as 'Turtle Island'), Koh Phi Phi, Koh Chang, Koh Larn, Koh Similan and Koh Lipe, plus Hin Daeng and Hin Muang on the outer fringes of Mu Koh Lanta Marine Park.
Here at H4C, we think one of the best ways to get to know a destination is to visit its local markets. Well, we also can't say no to a good food market!
Honeymooners are spoiled for choice in Thailand, with almost countless options constantly popping up across the destination. After a souvenir from your travels? You'll find excellent bargains for hand-crafted fabrics, jewellery, scarves and decor. Of course, you really can't visit a market in Thailand without indulging in its enticing street-food! Our advice? Head to a local market at twilight and make a night of hopping from market stall to market stall – a simple but fabulous experience!
Chances are you've chosen Thailand for your honeymoon because of it's dreamy but delightfully affordable accommodation (we don't blame you!).
The world is your oyster here, with sumptuous island resorts, glamorous city hotels and eco-luxe mountain hideaways promising couples an unbelievably romantic stay. Spend your whole honeymoon at one exquisite escape or split your time between two (or even three!) Insta-ready retreats for a next-level post-wedding getaway! Haven't yet chosen your accommodation? Find plenty of inspiration here...
There are countless Buddhist temples scattered around Thailand, each one more beautiful and ornate than the last – don't hop back on the plane without visiting at least one!
A visit to Sukhothai (about a day's journey from Bangkok) offers an opportunity to explore the amazing ruins of this former capital. Rent bikes and cruise past crumbling temples, ancient monuments and giant Buddhas for a honeymoon with a difference. Spending a day or two in Bangkok before returning to reality? Thailand's capital is home to a vast collection of incredible temples, including Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple), Wat Suthat (Temple of the Giant Swing), The Royal Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun and The Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Who can resist the charm of Thailand's sweet-faced elephants and cheeky monkeys? Honeymooners, you can see them up close here, with an array of sanctuaries dedicated to the conservation of Thailand's awe-inspiring wildlife. Or, join an ethical wildlife tour and look out for creatures like tigers, pink dolphins, leopards and tapirs.
Another word of advice? Do your research into any wildlife tour you're considering and skip the elephant ride. Often these activities aren't respectful to the creatures, but there are soul-stirring elephant encounters to be had at ethical sanctuaries like the aptly named Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.
Pristine lakes and lagoons
Nature-lovers and romantics, treat yourselves to a scenic cruise along Thailand's lakes and lagoons if you get the chance. A blissfully relaxing way to see some of the destination's most stunning sights, hitching a ride aboard a chartered vessel or traditional long-tail boat (weather permitting) is a truly wonderful experience.
Inspired? Koh Kood, Koh Phi Phi, Khao Sok National Park (above), Koh Hong and Phang Nga Bay are top spots for an on-the-water sight-seeing trip.
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