Is Thailand on your bucket list? Consider this country for your honeymoon, even with the long flight from the US mainland. There are pretty good connections through San Francisco and Los Angeles into Bangkok, and you will want to explore the cultural attractions here for at least a night or two before heading into the countryside. It’s a fusion of old and new, and there are both riverside markets and posh hotels. (above photo is of honeymoon clients Becca and Corey Mason of Chicago, IL)
After indulging a bit in the finer things in the capital city, you will want to slow it down a bit. Depending on your budget and time, you might venture by river, rail or road to Ayutthaya. Here, once the capital of Siam, where the seat of power sat for 400 years, you will see Grand Palace, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Mahathat. There’s also a folks arts center, a park, aquarium and walk-thru aviaries.
In Saraburi you can visit The Buddha’s Footprint, one of the most sacred spots for Thai Buddhists because it’s believed the temple houses the imprint of Buddha.
Just 30 minutes outside of Bangkok is the Floating Market, in Nakhon Pathom. Also of note here is Phra Pahtom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist monument.
The South part of Thailand calls you sun worshippers. Phuket is well-known (and famous now for the devastation from the Tsunami many years back). Luxury resorts can be found here and in Krabi, Phi Phi Islands, Trang and Ko Samui. Divers are drawn to Ko Tao on the Gulf of Thailand and to The Similan islands National Marine Park, off the Andaman coast. It’s often recognized as one of the world’s top 10 spots for diving!
Becca and Corey, the honeymoon couple who graciously shared these photos from their trip recently, stayed at the Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort in an ocean view pool suite, and were treated like a king and queen. This relaxing part of their ten night trip (with flights) was at the end for four glorious nights, and I am sure they loved every minute of it. Just look at that gorgeous sunset in the photo above, and the smiles on their faces!
The North truly embodies the heart of this country’s ancient heritage. Chiang Mai is home to the Lanna tradition, and recently celebrated its 700th birthday! The city is laced with many temples, the most notable being Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, and a visit on top of the hill allows for an incredible view. Chiang Mai is also known for its artisan culture, including the manufacturing of silk, lacquerware, silver and other crafts. Sitting on the Ping River, the city is easily accessible by rail and air.
Chiang Rai is a perfect base camp for adventure and exploring the Golden Triangle by boat. Check out this amazing luxury Camp in the area called Anatara. Try white-water rafting down the Mae Kok River, trek at Doi Mae Salong, or go horseback riding.
Ready to go? The flight from Chicago through Hong Kong to Bangkok takes off at 2:05 pm (Cathay Pacific) and lands in Hong Kong at 7:55pm the next day. Then it’s just a 2 hour flight into Bangkok. The return took my clients from Koh Samui to Hong Kong to San Fran to Chicago. You may have better connections from your city, of course, but with private tours, private drivers and guides, all luxury hotels, their honeymoon was just over $3500 per person. That’s really not much more than an all-inclusive luxury resort in Mexico for a week! Should your budget require it, we could also choose lesser hotels. You can see…Thailand is a great value for you adventurers. Are you ready?