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The romantic side of Thailand

There are a lot of incredible reasons to visit Thailand: bustling cities with mouth-watering markets, ancient and adorned temples, rich and flavorful food, bygone ruins to wander, pristine beaches to lounge on, and incredible sunsets. So have you considered it for your next romantic getaway? From “newlywed” to “forever after”, Thailand is one of THE premier places for lovers. With our newest line of romantic getaways you and your partner can experience the Land of Smiles in luxurious bliss. Below we break down for you five destinations in Thailand and why their romantic side makes them tempting for two.

Bangkok

Bangkok ©Adam Selwood - Flickr

Traditional Thai Dancers at the Mandarin OrientalA fascinating kaleidoscope for the senses, Bangkok is considered a cultural hub of the region and an excellent starting point for any trip to Thailand! Tuk-tuks zip through the maze of market-stall lined alleys as merchants call out to passers-by to pause a moment to peruse their wares. Visit the Royal Grand Palace and let the local guide take you on an in-depth journey through Thailand’s rich history and royal heritage. Marvel at the most revered Buddha image in Thailand: the mysterious Emerald Buddha, made from a solid piece of green jasper. Take an optional trip by bicycle and boat from the city’s heart to its picturesque rural outskirts or spend a day exploring the ancient capital of Ayutthaya.

Bangkok is for Lovers: Indulge in the romance of Bangkok and transform this bustling city into a seemingly private escape for two. Stay in the heart of Bangkok at the Mandarin Oriental featuring deluxe accommodations, stunning views of the Chao Phraya (River of Kings), and expertly adorned in Thai silk and natural teaks. Watch the sun sink beneath the sky as you sip cocktails and take in the city’s panoramic skyline at the Sky Bar rooftop. Bring an appetite and join your sweetheart for a cooking class and traditional Thai food demonstration or take a break from the hustle and bustle to refresh your body and mind at the Oasis Spa!

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai ©Stefan Fussan - Flickr

Once the aThai Cooking Classncient capital of an independent kingdom, Chiang Mai offers so much for visitors to do! Home to many interesting wats (temples) worth exploring, start your adventure by climbing the staircase at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep for an amazing bird’s eye view of the city below. Explore the towering, gilded stupas and receive a blessing of good health and fortune from one of the monks as the sun sets. Take an optional day trip away from the buzz of Chiang Mai’s city center and trek the hills and landscapes of Doi Inthanon National Park, complete with lush forests and mountain streams. Hike to a Karen hilltribe and discover traditional ways of life crafted for centuries along the mountainside coffee plantations.

Chiang Mai is for Lovers: Experience the calm and easy-going life of the locals during your romantic stay in Chiang Mai! Together with your sweetheart, board a traditional scorpion-tailed boat for a cruise along the Mae Ping River, complete with drinks and appetizers followed by a private dinner for two at the Riverside Lawn. Try your hand at Thai cooking at an authentic cooking school and savor the delicate flavors of home-cooked Thai cuisine as you enjoy the results of the day’s activities. Relax each evening at 137 Pillars House — a carefully restored colonial teak homestead turned boutique hotel. Each of the suites are havens of tranquility with large terraces, expansive daybeds, and tropical garden views.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui ©Nayaab Shaikh - Flickr

Koh Samui beach picnicWith idyllic turquoise waters and expansive beaches the island of Koh Samui is a perfect place to unwind. Visitors that take the trek here, almost 500 miles from the Thai capital of Bangkok, are in for a treat. While on the island explore Ang Thong National Park, a tropical paradise and stunning archipelago of limestone islands. Spend the days snorkeling or kayaking among the secluded beaches and coves. Take a leisurely boat ride from Koh Samui to Koh Mae Island to visit the unforgettable Emerald Lake. Surrounded on all sides by steep limestone cliffs, the lake is connected to the sea by a naturally occurring underground tunnel. Climb up the winding staircase for a view of the stunning green saltwater lake.

Koh Samui is for Lovers: Stay in a private hillside luxury villa overlooking the Gulf at the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui and use it as a jumping off point for your romantic adventures (or completely unwind at the spa). To escape the tourist crowds, head to the south or west of the island for an authentic seafood lunch and your very own stretch of secluded sweet-and-low sand. On your way back to the hotel, do a tasting for two at the Magic Alambic Rum Distillery, then end the evening with a private, multi-course meal on the beach at sunset.

Krabi

Krabi ©Chiee Hong - Flickr

Leave the mainlThai Island sunsetand behind for an unforgettable visit to the Andaman paradise of Krabi and it will be love at first sight! Located just 40 miles northeast of Phuket, Krabi offers travelers a variety of active and relaxing experiences. Limestone karst formations curve along the coast and the clear waters offer spectacular snorkeling. Grab a mask and head for nearby Hin Klang, famous for vibrant ocean life, colorful coral reefs, and scores of tropical fish.

Krabi is for Lovers: Venture to one of Krabi’s natural hot springs secluded in the rainforest for a rejuvenating jacuzzi experience amidst the flora and fauna of the jungle. The most popular are Emerald pool in the Khao Nor Juji forest and the Klong Thom Hot Springs, but there’s other more private pools for the discerning traveler. You could also explore one of the 150+ islands floating off of Krabi’s crystal clear coastline. Phi Phi Island is world famous for its beautiful beaches, verdant landscapes and rich biodiversity. Phi Phi Leh has two shallow bays: Loh Samah and Maya Bay (made famous in Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2000 film The Beach). After a long day, sip cocktails at The Grotto at Rayavadee Resort and let the waves lap at your feet inside a shallow and candlelit limestone cave. Then retire to your own private two story Deluxe Pavillion.

Phuket

James Bond Island ©Diego Delso/Flickr

Floating Lamp CeremonyThailand’s largest island, Phuket (pronounced poo-KET), is known as the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”. And it’s no surprise why! Long stretches of pristine beaches meet jewel colored waters and create a paradise-like vibe that draws in thousands of visitors each year. Spend your day lounging, soaking up the sun and dipping your toes in the warm tropical waters. Or, leave the crowds behind and head off for a trip across the Phang Nga Bay to one of the countless tiny islands that dot the bay. These islands, in shallow water, are full of marine life and perfect for a day of snorkeling.

Phuket is for Lovers: By far Thailand’s most developed resort island, there’s plenty for the upscale romance and luxury seeking traveler to indulge in on Phuket. The island offers swanky spas, 5-star accommodation, screensaver worthy beaches, high-end dining and upmarket shopping in its urban hubs. But you can also rent a motorbike for two or a private taxi and head to the northern parts of the island where things really quiet down. Sirinat National Park and Khao Phra Thaew offer relatively secluded beaches due to their preserved status. You and your significant other can light a Thai lantern for good luck in your relationship and watch your problems and worries float away into the night. If you happen to be on the island during Thai New Year, April 13-15, you can watch hundreds if not thousands of lanterns float into the sky for a truly romantic and ethereal experience. Take a dip in your private pool at the uber-luxurious Banyan Tree Phuket before choosing from one of 9 restaurants all set around or nearby the hotels sparkling saltwater lagoon.

 

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