Thai The Knot In Style

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Thailand represents all things “honeymoon”, with luxury resorts, private beaches, warm weather, exotic scenery, fantastic cuisine and fascinating culture.

If your idea of the perfect honeymoon is to plonk yourself on a poolside or beachfront lounger, sip cocktails from coconuts and get a massage every day, then Thailand is your place. Not only can couples fulfil their dreams of total relaxation here, but Australia’s north-western neighbour also offers ample opportunities to mix downtime with cultural, adventure, and foodie thrills, which add a truly memorable dimension to any holiday.

Peak season for tourism in Thailand is mid-October through to the end of February. While the weather is not as hot or rainy during this period, accommodation and travel prices increase and there are heavier crowds. Some travellers fi nd the weather during off-peak months (March to mid-October) entirely tolerable, with high temperatures, humidity, and the occasional stormy afternoon being the only drawbacks. Benefits of travelling during this time are more elbow room and more affordability.

Before deciding what places to visit in Thailand, it’s important to know what you want from your honeymoon. Below are the key regions with an outline of what they offer.

Central and east: Bangkok is the geographic and economic heartland of Thailand, equally loved and disliked by tourists for its shopping mall towers and chaotic markets and traffic. The east of Thailand is where the kingdom’s agriculture is centred, and resorts along the southern coastline, from Chon Buri to Rayon, are worth a look.

North: Adventurous couples will relish mountainous northern Thailand for its hiking trails and clashing of culture and scenery. Chiang Mai is a popular base to see Buddhist temple Doi Suthep, climb Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon, and visit hill-tribe villages. Elephant treks are also popular, however make sure you research the trekking provider before you go. Do they treat their elephants ethically? One suggested company is Baan Chang Elephant Park. Visit

North-east: If ancient temples are your thing, add the north-east of Thailand (also known as Isaan) to your itinerary. It borders Laos to the north and Cambodia to the south and numerous Stone Age and Bronze Age buildings and artefacts can still be found here.

South: Perhaps the most synonymous with honeymooning, the southern region of Thailand encompasses the peninsula and islands between the Andaman Sea to the west and the Gulf of Thailand to the east. Each island has its own distinct personality, the more populated ones featuring beachside resorts, villages, unrivalled snorkelling and scuba diving. They are also often key “party” townswhere exciting nightlife can be found.

As well as a honeymoon hotspot, Thailand is an ideal destination for weddings. Many resorts feature chapels, ceremony locations and reception facilities on-site, and offer convenient packages that include photography, catering, flowers and accommodation for bridal parties and wedding guests. Destination weddings give your closest friends and relatives a great excuse for a holiday and ensure everyone is at their most relaxed on the most important day of your life. Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang and Mark Blackburn got married at Santhiya Resort on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan in 2013. Thailand turned out to be the perfect location for their intimate wedding as they had guests coming from the UK, Taiwan and Australia.

“I had always envisaged a beach wedding and after a holiday in Thailand we both wanted to return,” says Annie. “Our guests loved it because it was like a holiday and for us it was good to have seven days to catch up with friends and family we hadn’t seen in a long time.”

Their wedding was a very relaxed affair, with the bride and groom having massages in the morning, the ceremony on the beach and reception at a nearby resort restaurant. “Even organising it was very relaxed — the hotel really took care of everything. I didn’t know what colours or flowers I would get but it turned out way beyond our expectations. Our friends said it was the most beautiful wedding they have been to.”

Mark advises doing research online or seeking recommendations to find a quality resort. “Picking a hotel is the key thing. It was easy to get around, the food was great and people friendly. Considering the service we got, it was very reasonably priced. If you did the same thing in Australia it probably would have cost three or four times more.” The newlyweds went on a “buddymoon” with two other couples after the wedding to Chang Mai. Highlights included staying with a hill tribe, visiting an elephant sanctuary and getting creative in a Thai cooking class. For more information on Thai weddings or honeymoons, visit

The up-and-coming destinations to check out are
• Krabi
• Hua Hin
• Khao Lak

To make your Thai wedding ceremony official, you will need to go through the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. Some resorts may provide this service on your behalf, but check before you book.

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