Thailand and destination weddings just go together. With tropical islands, breathtaking beaches and lush rainforest, the Asian destination is blessed with an almost endless amount of romantic settings. Thinking of saying "I do" here? We've rounded up all the information you need to know…
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On Thailand's west coast, you'll find some of its most beloved spots – think Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Krabi. Each home to stretches of golden sand, palm-filled jungles and luxury resorts, these tropical islands seem made for beautiful celebrations.
When to go:
Avoid booking your wedding for between July and October – these are the wettest months. If you're okay with humidity, the March-to-May period is okay, but it can be quite hot and sticky in the lead up to the monsoon period. The best time to go? Thailand's west coast is driest between November and February – hello end-of-year escape!
When you Google 'Thailand destination weddings' you're likely to come across the beachy paradise that is Koh Samui. A cherished location for honeymoons and exchanging vows, this east coast island has plenty to fall in love with. If you're looking for somewhere just as dreamy but a little less popular, consider nearby Koh Phangan or the Trat Province.
When to go:
Your safest bet is to go between June and September. Try and avoid booking after September, during the monsoon season. You can still tie the knot then, though, with heavy downpours only lasting roughly an hour or two.
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For something a little different but still oh-so special, say "I do" in Thailand's scenic hinterland. One of our favourite destinations, Chiang Mai boasts many charms – expect majestic mountains, a tranquil atmosphere, pristine rainforests, green countryside and sensational temples.
When to go:
Time your visit for between November and February for cool breezes and warm sunshine. Between June and October, Chiang Mai experiences heavy rain, while the March-to-May period can be incredibly hot.
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Currently, same-sex marriage is not legally recognised in Thailand. The nation is very welcoming when it comes to symbolic ceremonies, though.
Having your marriage legally recognised in Thailand involves four steps. First, complete a pro forma Statutory Declaration (AUD$71) at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok or at the Australian Consulate-General in Phuket – but not in Australia or elsewhere in Thailand. Also, check with the district office where you intend to register your marriage to see whether your passport needs to be verified by the Embassy.
Next, make sure you have all your legal documents translated into Thai at a private agency. Fees will vary for this service. Once translated, take your documents to the Thai Department of Consular Affairs to be authenticated. This process can take up to two working days.
Lastly, register your marriage at any amphur office. Our tip – book an appointment before you arrive and bring a translator just in case. If you're marrying at a resort, your celebrant or wedding planner will notify the most convenient office.
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