A Thailand honeymoon will be an unforgettable jumble of culture, history, nightlife, beaches, buzzing markets, street food and sacred temples.
This vibrant, friendly nation has so much on offer and so many islands to explore. From the high-rise, neon lights of Bangkok to the growing wellness resorts around the Samui archipelago to the dazzlingly beautiful beaches and legendary nightlife of the Andaman Islands, there’s a dream Thailand honeymoon for every couple.
Where to Go in Thailand
At the heart of Northern Thailand is Chiang Mai, which has a plethora of beautiful temples waiting to be explored. Outdoor activities, like river rafting, and hot springs are a huge draw in this area.
Off the south coast, you’ll find the famous islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan which attract a large backpacker crowd - but mean you can find luxury accommodation at fantastic prices.
A private dinner on the beach is a staple of any romantic break, and there’s nowhere more breathtaking than Krabi Province’s Railay Beach which overlooks the fairytale limestone formations that rise from the sea. All of the idyllic beaches of Ko Phi-Phi and Ko Lanta to the west of the archipelago should be on your itinerary.
When to Go to Thailand
Thailand is a year-round honeymoon destination, but the peak time to visit is from November to April. The beginning of that period is the cool season where temperatures are pleasant and the weather dry. The end, from February to the beginning of May, is the hot season when all you'll want to do is cool off in the sea.
What to See in Thailand
One of the most respected elephant conservation projects in the country is Elephant Nature Park, near Chiang Mai. You can go on jungle walks with the rescued elephants and join in feeding time, but importantly there’s a no-ride policy.
Almost every hotel will offer a cooking class so you can return home with an arsenal of delicious dishes. Find one where you can go food shopping with a guide first. If you can, make a floating market top of your bucket list – don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the colours.
Where to Stay in Thailand
Hobbit-inspired huts and floating treehouse perch on a hillside high above Kamala beach. The interiors are slick, the spa luxurious, and each villa comes with its own attentive host at Keemala.
Rocky’s Boutique Resort
This chilled-out beachside resort is designed for couples after a lazy break, where the most you have to worry about is getting to your massage on time and deciding whether to snorkel or have a cocktail. Rocky's Boutique Resort is close enough to Koh Samui’s famous nightlife for those who want a few wild nights too.
Sri Panwa Phuket
Boasting one of the most showstopping rooftop bars in Asia, this contemporary Thai resort has a hip, international crowd with bags of glamour. If you love diving or snorkelling, Sri Panwa is perfectly located for Chalong, where many of the island’s boat trips leave from.
Bangkok Publishing Residence
As the name suggests, this former printing press shophouse has been lovingly restored into a unique property, full of charm, antique interiors and old magazine cover artwork. You won’t find a property like Bangkok Publishing Residence (and it’s ace for vegetarians too).
Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas
The island might be best known for its Full Moon parties, but this side of the idyllic Koh Phangan is all grown-up. The refined Anantara Rasananda resort sits on the beach with a spectacular jungle backdrop. Charter the hotel’s private yacht for a romantic night away.
How to Get to Thailand
Being a favourite of backpackers, airfare to Thailand is pretty cheap, with plenty of carriers taking you to cities across the country. If you include a stopover, you can get return flights for under £300, which is the fastest and best way to get there. London to Bangkok will take just over 11 hours in the air. Plenty of time to enjoy a glass or two of champagne.
No visa is required for Thailand, but you will need a yellow fever vaccine certificate. Make sure you're up-to-date with all your vaccines, including rabies.