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The Most Romantic Spots on a Thailand Vacation

When your clients think of the world’s most romantic locations, they might not immediately mention Thailand, but instead think of Paris, Venice, and idyllic islands like Bora Bora and Santorini. However, they should list Thailand right alongside those other romantic destinations. With its combination of gorgeous beaches, incredible food, lively cities, and fascinating history, it’s a world-class destination to offer your clients for their honeymoon or romantic getaway.  

If they are considering a romantic vacation in the near future, set their sights no further than Thailand. It might be the world’s most popular backpacker destination and the world champion in street food, but it’s also a haven for romance. From the idyllic beaches of the Krabi Coast and Phuket, to the gorgeous northern cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, it’s a country with romantic splendour to spare.

1. Quintessential beach romance on the Krabi Coast and remote Koh Lanta 

If your client is wanting romance on a Thailand vacation, you should consider chatting with them about the Krabi Coast as their first stop in the country. This picturesque coastline features the green-covered limestone karst islands and blue waters that they imagine when they think of Southeast Asian beaches. On the Krabi Coast, they’ll find plenty of fine accommodations and fancy restaurants to provide for the essentials. Of course, the beach activities are the main draw in Krabi.  

Ao Nang is the most popular beach in the area. They can lounge along its long strips of sand with their partner, or spend their day in the water, exploring the surrounding areas. They can easily snorkel through the crystal-clear waters to see marine life around Bamboo Island and Tonsai Bay. They can also take a canoe or kayak out to explore some of the natural cave formations along the coastline. Nearby Railay Beach is another great spot to spend the day lounging in the sun. As well, remind them to take some time away from the coastline; an hour in an emerald pool hot spring in the Khao Nor Chu Chi Forest or a spa treatment at Aonang Haven Massage is a great way to spend an afternoon with their partner.

Emerald Pool. Krabi, Thailand
Emerald Pool, Krabi

The remote island of Koh Lanta is also a great place to head to when you’re on a romantic stay in Krabi. The island is relatively quiet compared to the other beach getaways of Thailand and offers a taste of luxury away from the rush of big tourist centres. In fact, it’s the kind of place you may want to suggest as an overnight so that they experience a bit of the castaway life. It’s also an ideal place to scuba dive, as diving sites around Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, and Koh Haa are spectacular. They should also consider heading to the nearby islands of Phi Phi to explore small stilted villages and enjoy local food stalls. With their flat landscape and good roads, they’re relatively easy to traverse.

Longtail boats at Long Beach or Had Yao Beach, Phi Phi Island
Longtail boats at Long Beach or Had Yao Beach, Phi Phi Island

2. Indulge with a stay on glamorous Koh Samui

Koh Samui on the Gulf of Thailand is the country’s most glamorous romantic getaway your clients want to honeymoon alongside Hollywood celebrities who’ve recently won Oscars, or international pop stars taking a break from touring, Koh Samui is the place to be.

View of Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Samui, Thailand
View of Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Samui

The island of Koh Samui is full of long beaches, incredible restaurants, and more spas than anyone could ever possibly visit. Client should spend their days taking advantage of its leisure. Spend a morning on the beach, before the heat of the day overwhelms them and draws them to shade for some refreshment. In the afternoon, they can pamper themselves with rejuvenating Thai massages and wellness treatments at one of the island’s many spas. In the evening, they can retire to a world-class resort where a soak in private plunge pool is well received. The island’s many resorts also boast incredible restaurants where dining on the beach or enjoying a gourmet meal on the water by chartering a boat seems to be the order of the day.

If your clients asks to experience a bit of the island away from the glamour, they can head to a nearby coconut plantations or fishing villages to learn about the island’s history. Alternatively, head to the waterfalls of Hin Lad or Na Muang to witness nature’s spectacle, or spend the evening on the northern tip of the island on Bang Rak Beach where they can watch the sunset from a beach bar or sit next to their partner on the warm sand.

Na Muang Waterfalls, Koh Samui, Thailand
Na Muang 1 Waterfall, Koh Samui

3. Off the beaten path and offer to explore the charm of Chiang Rai 

It might not be on the radar like the beaches of the south, but Chiang Rai in Thailand’s northwestern corner provides plenty of charm on a romantic vacation. The city was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom until the 16th century and today, it’s a great place to experience a bit of unique history and culture in between delicious meals and nature experiences. It’s also where they can get a taste of the country away from the tourist crowds and feel like they’ve discovered a hidden treasure along with their partner.

Chiang Rai is primarily known for its architecture, so they’ll want to tour some of the temples alongside their partner. Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phra That Chedi Luang are particularly memorable, as is the incredible and bizarre Wat Rong Khun, the “White Temple.” This whitewashed design project by famous artist Chalermchai Kositpipat is famous for its monochromatic palette and dragon scaling; it might not be romantic, but they’d be remiss to skip out on this incredible building, one of the most unique the planet over.

Of course, so much of the draw of Chiang Rai is the northern cuisine. Once the sun goes down, they should head to the Night Bazaar to peruse artisan stalls and feast on northern Thai dishes from over 40 restaurants. A walk down Chiang Rai Beach along the Mae Kok River to experience a touch of the city’s romance. As well, the resorts around Chiang Rai are lovely; the 2013 season of The Bachelor was filmed here, so if they want to experience some TV-style romance, they’ve come to the right place. 

Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand
Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai

4. The country’s original beach getaway in Hua Hin 

Khao Takiab (Chopstick Hill) in Hua Hin Beach, Thailand
Khao Takiab (Chopstick Hill) at Hua Hin Beach

Hua Hin is where the beach getaway was born in Thailand. In the 1920s, the Royal Family built some summer residences in this fishing village south of Bangkok, and ever since, the city has been a popular summer getaway spot for Thai people and Globetrotters alike. Unlike Koh Samui or Phuket (see lower down on this list), Hua Hin is not a castaway island or an undisturbed stretch of beach. Instead, it’s a mixture of city and sea, old markets and new resorts. In shorts, it’s a taste of Thailand’s essential nature. 

In Hua Hin, they’ll have no problem finding plenty of luxury hotels and resorts to stay at. The construction boom of international hotel chains began in the 1980s and never really stopped. There’s a lot of money in this city and it’s a busy place on weekends, but it’s also a great place to get a taste of the country’s historical opulence and indulge on incredible seafood. 

While in Hua Hin, they’ll want to visit some of the famous royal residences. Phra Ratchawang Klai Kangwon, around three kilometres north of the city centre, is the most famous and opulent of these mini-palaces. Of course, the beach itself is also a major attraction. It stretches along the coastline for five kilometres and they can engage in any watersport they want on its shores. Or just simply relax on the beach or take advantage of all the spas, restaurants, and shops that line the coast. If they want to take in some shopping, they should head to The Venezia, a shopping village modelled after Venice where your client can find plenty of trinkets to take home with them.

The Venezia at Night, Hua Hin, Thailand
The Venezia at Night, Hua Hin

5. Phuket where beach and jungle combine to glorious effect 

When it comes to Thai beach getaways, there’s no place more famous than Phuket. This island on the Andaman Sea in Thailand’s southwest is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, second only to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. As such, it’s got plenty of resort infrastructure to cater to your client’s needs.  

The landscape here is the big draw. Spending time on the sandy beaches and exploring the magnificent coves that make Phuket such a popular summer getaway. Lounging on the beach with a good book or snorkel through the coves to see marine life and enjoy the warm waters seems to be a popular choice. Suggest they take a sunset cruise out onto the Andaman Sea onboard a Chinese junk or canoe through Phang Nga Bay to experience the island from the vantage point of the water. 

The resorts in Phuket offer plenty of nature excursions, whether that means heading on a guided walk to learn about the region’s plants or marine life, or learning how to tap a rubber tree at a local farm. Phuket is also a haven for wellness, so they should consider enjoying a couple’s spa treatment or engaging in some meditation to relax.

Sunset View of Karon Beach and Kata Beach from Karon Viewpoint, Phuket, Thailand
Sunset view of Karon and Kata Beach from Karon Viewpoint, Phuket

6. A cultural and culinary haven in Chiang Mai 

As Thailand’s de-facto northern capital, Chiang Mai attracts a lot of Globetrotters. It’s one of the country’s premier cultural centres and arguably the best place to eat in the country. And because sightseeing and good food are a great part of any romantic vacation, Chiang Mai is also a great place to include in a romantic itinerary. 

You will want to include some of the city’s main sights so that they can experience its icons. The temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which houses a relic of the Buddha, is particularly appealing. Suggest they leave the city limits and experience the surrounding countryside. A trip to the Elephant Nature Park, where they can engage with rescued elephants and contribute to their rehabilitation, is a must-do. It’s the type of iconic nature experience that’ll touch any person’s heart. If they want something a little more exciting, they can experience the zip-line adventures through the jungles of Doi Chiang Dao or trek to Mae Kampong Waterfall. 

Of course, the primary appeal of Chiang Mai is the food. Northern Thai cuisine is incredible and they’ll find no shortage of restaurants ready to serve their favourites like khao soi and yum jin gai. They can even take a cooking class along with their partner to learn how to make dishes like khao soi. They should also head to the Night Market at Chang Phuak Gate to indulge themselves in the flavours of street cuisine. 

Thailand is a country that has nearly-endless opportunities for romantic vacations. From exploring the culture and cuisine in the northern cities of Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai to snorkelling through warm waters and enjoying world-class resorts in Krabi and Phuket, there are plenty of engaging and romantic options on a Thailand vacation.

Buddhist Monk at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Buddhist monk at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

Suggested Itineraries:
10-Day City and Beach with Phuket incl. Air
10-Day City and Beach with Samui incl. Air
11-Day Classic Thailand featuring Phuket incl. Airfare
11-Day Classic Thailand with Koh Samui incl. Air

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Aren Bergstrom

You might say that Aren was destined to become a Globetrotter after his family took him to Germany two times before he was four. If that wasn’t enough, a term spent in Sweden as a young teenager and a trek across Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand confirmed that destiny. An independent writer, director, and film critic, Aren has traveled across East and Southeast Asia and Eastern and Central Europe. His favourite travel experience was visiting the major cities of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, but his love for food, drink, and film will take him anywhere that boasts great art and culture.

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