Thailand is a dream destination if you’re planning a honeymoon or just want a romantic getaway in an exotic location. A lot of people who go to Thailand still choose to head to the beaches, and there are certainly numerous nice ones here. But if you’re looking for something a little more different, there are other wonderful places in Thailand that are off the beaten path. There are so many choices that will please everybody, and it might even take you a while to decide where to go first and what to do next.
If you seek adventure and culture, then Chiang Mai is the place for you and your partner. It has become a very popular honeymoon destination for travelers seeking relaxation and adventure in one place.
You can stay at any of the famous hotels in Chiang Mai, and if it’s luxury that you’re looking for, take your pick from The Four Seasons Resort, Mandarin Oriental or Dhara Devi. These hotels offer an abundance of activities especially made for honeymooners, such as private candlelight dinners overlooking the rice fields, or couples treatments at the hotel spa. You can get the signature Thai massages or Chakra Blessing treatments. Couples who want luxury without the sticker shock can get accommodations from The Chedi Chiang Mai. It’s located in the heart of the city, near the banks of the Mae Ping River, and just a few blocks away from the Night Market.
As for where to eat, the best food in the city can actually be found on the streets. Though the street carts don’t have a 5-star rating, they serve up the country’s finest cuisine. It’s good, hearty fare, incredibly delicious, and very cheap, so why not give it a try?
Need to do a little shopping? Check out the Night Bazaar or Weekend Walking Markets. Both places are a shopper’s paradise where one can buy anything from authentic Thai silks to novelty items. Make sure to bargain before you buy—it’s customary to do that here.
For thrill seekers, try trekking through the Thai jungles atop an elephant’s back. For this, check out Chiang Dao Elephant Training center, which is known for its humane treatment of animals. And for something a little bit more thrilling, you can climb into a tiger’s cage at Mae Rim’s Tiger Kingdom and play with a baby or full-grown cats.
The nightlife scene is very much a part of the city, and for live music, check out North Gate Jazz Co-op. If you’re in the mood to dance, you can visit either The Monkey Club or Mandalay.
A honeymoon in Phuket is a dream honeymoon for many couples who love the beach. Romantic cruises and restaurants are what Phuket does best, making it a favorite among foodies. There are many award winning international restaurants with amazing hilltop and sunset views, though the local cuisine isn’t bad either.
If you love Thai food, you will definitely love Phuket. There are restaurants to suit every palate serving a huge selection of western and Asian food. You can have breakfast at your hotel, lunch at any of the noodle stalls by the roadside, and have dinner at sophisticated restaurants. The selections are so good, you’ll be tempted to try it all. For dining, try Mom Tri’s Kitchen, where you can dine on local dishes and fresh seafood on a patio overlooking the open sea. Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante has a comfortably casual ambiance, and very well-executed Italian dishes. Joe’s Downstairs is another favorite for its casual ambiance, its selection of cocktails, beers and wines from their extensive selection, and New World cuisine.
Phuket is also a shopaholic’s paradise, and the island has a great variety of shopping, from open-air food markets, night markets, street stalls, local shops, specialty stores and department stores. You can buy traditional handicrafts, beautifully designed clothing, antiques and so much more. Check out Kata Plaza, Karon Plaza, or Ocean Plaza Patong Beach for all your shopping needs.
There are many activities that you and your partner can do in Phuket, though there are some that stand out from the rest. One that definitely is a must-see is the Phang Nga Bay, with its sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of emerald green waters. The James Bond Island (named as such because the James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun starring Roger Moore was filmed here) and Koh Panyee are two of the most famous spots in the bay. You can take a boat and explore some of the caves, go on a speed boat, or go all-out and charter a yacht.
For a spiritual experience, stop by Chalong and see two of the most important highlights of the area, one of them is the Wat Chalong temple, and the other is a 45-meter tall replica of Buddha. The Wat Chalong is one of Phuket’s most important temples and it’s visited by thousands of people each year. It’s decorated with hundreds of tiny glass pieces and a few pagodas. If you happen to arrive on a special holiday, then you’re in for a real treat as the temple hosts country fairs where you can buy or eat just about anything. Compared to the temple, the Big Buddha is a recent arrival to the island. The whole body is layered with white Burmese marble, and it is a symbol of hope for the locals.
If you and your partner are looking for some tongue-in-cheek entertainment, check out the Simon Cabaret show. It’s one of the most flamboyant shows you will ever witness. The majority of the actors are transvestites or ladyboys, and they are very talented and well-trained in contemporary, jazz and ballet dance. The cabaret has been running for two decades already, and some of the stars of the show have been on stage since the very beginning. There are celebrity impersonators and showgirls, and people often marvel at the beauty and grace of the performers.
There’s a perfect honeymoon for every couple, so choose the place that suits both of your preferences and budget. Don’t forget to bring a camera to document every fun-filled moment! A honeymoon in Thailand is definitely a great way to start your life as a couple, and you’ll find yourself reliving the memories in the years to come.