Get tips from our expert for planning a romantic Thailand honeymoon
Denise has been sharing her knowledge of Southeast Asia with honeymooners for years. Thailand in particular holds a very special place in her heart, thanks to its gorgeous landscapes, friendly locals and affordable prices. Here she outlines why having a Thailand honeymoon is especially popular and gives advice to newlyweds for planning the most romantic break possible.
Your honeymoon is one of the most important trips of your life and there’s a lot of pressure to get it just right. After months of thinking of nothing but vows and bouquets, menus and seating plans, you’re in definite need of some intimacy and relaxation. So where do you choose? Nowadays couples want more from their honeymoon than ever before. Beach holidays are, of course, still hugely popular but many newlyweds crave something more.
If you want a romantic getaway you’ll remember forever, I cannot recommend holidays to Thailand enough. This stunning country is extremely popular with Irish tourists and for good reason. There are few other destinations which offer relaxation and adventure, culture and romance, all at an unbeatable price.
Seasonality in Thailand
The first thing you should consider when planning a honeymoon in Thailand is seasonality. This is a great destination all year round but it’s important to take into account the varying climates within the country itself. Phuket and the surrounding islands on the south western coast are best visited between November and March when there is no rain and guaranteed high temperatures. If you’re getting married in the Irish summer then choose a resort on beautiful Koh Samui or another island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Flights from Dublin to Thailand
A Thailand honeymoon has never been easier thanks to multiple flights every day from Dublin to Bangkok. Minimal stopover time and world-class service means that your honeymoon will be stress-free from the get go. I’d definitely recommend considering Etihad’s new service direct to Phuket. This gives you the option of hitting the beach straight after your big day without having to face the bustling streets of Bangkok. Save this vibrant city for when you’re truly relaxed and in the right frame of mind to take in its weird and wonderful eccentricities. You can also make the most of the city’s incredible shopping malls and vibrant markets at the end of your trip.
Relaxation and culture
So what’s my top tip for honeymooners in Thailand? Break out of your comfort zone and try something new together. Sure, hit up the beach but explore some ancient ruins or a national park too. Why not learn a new skill together? There are incredible massage, cookery and Thai boxing schools dotted all over Thailand that offer a range of different short-term courses. My favourite place to visit, without a doubt, is Chiang Mai. Known as the ‘soul of Thailand’, this picturesque city acts as the perfect base for honeymooners who want to embark on a trekking expedition or experience northern tribe life. Activities like these are what make Thailand such a perfect destination for newlyweds, no matter what their age, interests or budget might be.
I could rave on and on about how amazing a Thailand honeymoon is but the best thing to do is to go and experience it for yourself. Be wary of climate variations in different parts of the country and mix things up a bit to have the best honeymoon possible. You’ll have such an amazing time you’ll be heading back to renew your vows in no time at all!