With its intoxicating mix of tropical sunshine, incredible backdrops and sabai sabai approach to life, Thailand is ideal for a romantic holiday. Wherever you travel in Thailand, this is a country that is easy to fall in love with. Walk hand-in-hand with your loved one on the idyllic beaches of Southern Thailand, watch stunning sunsets and sample amazing local food. Or travel through the gorgeous mountains of North Thailand, enjoy the slower pace of life, appreciate local culture and take time out to recharge body and soul.
For our pick of romantic ideas we’ve chosen a mix of locations across Thailand that encompass the diversity of the country. A selection that covers islands, mountains, countryside and city. We’ve also tried to include something that will appeal to everyone regardless of age or travel style. Whether you’re looking for a special setting to propose, want to enjoy an idyllic honeymoon or celebrate a special anniversary, bookmark this list (shown here in alphabetical destination order) of romantic ideas for your next Thailand holiday.
1) Bangkok: Old-fashioned romance at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel
For a taste of old-fashioned romance, enjoy drinks or afternoon tea in the elegant confines of the Authors’ Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Over the decades, the historic Bangkok hotel has hosted a glittering array of literary talent including Joseph Conrad, John Le Carré, Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham.
2) Chiang Mai: Love elephants
Chiang Mai province is home to a number of ethical elephant centres including Burm and Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary (BEES), Elephant Nature Park and Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary. All these centres offer memorable experiences with these incredible animals. And if you book a stay at Chai Lai Orchid, you can enjoy a romantic stay in this jungle eco-lodge and wake up to the sights and sounds of elephants.
3) Chiang Rai: Stay overnight in a jungle bubble
Located in the gorgeous Chiang Rai countryside, a stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is a wonderful way to celebrate a special anniversary. And for an extra dash of romance, you can stay in one of the unique jungle bubbles and observe elephants in their natural habitat.
4) Khao Lak: Waterfall dining
Khao Lak is an excellent choice for a honeymoon or romantic holiday. The laid-back beach resort is home to a number of outstanding hotels including The Sarojin who offer a number of luxury experiences for couples. Pop the question or celebrate your anniversary with private beach dining or an unforgettable dinner in a stunning jungle waterfall setting.
5) Khao Sok: Stay in a floating hotel
Celebrate your love in the serene surroundings of Khao Sok National Park. Book a stay at the Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp located on Cheow Larn Lake and soak up the sights and sounds of one of the most spectacular locations in Southern Thailand.
6) Ko Kood: Dine in the treetops
On the east coast, the lovely island of Ko Kood is the setting for one of the most unusual dining experiences in Thailand. Stay at the luxurious Soneva Kiri and dine with your significant other amidst the treetops in the rainforest. The unique bamboo pods offer an intimate and unforgettable dining experience.
7) Ko Samui: View tropical sunsets
Sunsets on the Thai islands are often spectacular affairs. And if you are staying on Ko Samui, one of the best places on the island to witness the sun setting over the Gulf of Thailand is the InterContinental with elevated ocean views looking out towards the Ang Thong National Marine Park.
8) Krabi: Island hopping in the Andaman Sea
Krabi is the perfect base to go island hopping. While it’s easy enough to join a group tour, opt for more privacy and enjoy a leisurely and romantic private tour of the fabulous Krabi islands. Doing it this way, you set your own itinerary and your boatman will be able to take you to all the best places to avoid the crowds.
9) Mae Hong Son: Walk in the sunflower fields at Khun Yuam
During the cool season months, the hills of Mae Hong Son take on a spectacular golden hue as the landscape near the small town of Khun Yuam comes alive with sunflowers. Walk hand-in-hand with your loved one through this enchanted landscape and take time to explore the scenery all around in one of the most naturally beautiful provinces in Thailand.
10) Nong Khai: Mekong River views
For culture lovers, north-east Thailand is a fascinating region to explore. Travel off the beaten track and discover another side to Thailand that is easy to fall in love with. With the Mekong River forming a natural border between Thailand and Laos and Myanmar, this quiet corner of the country can be a great place to unwind with your loved one. Head to the pleasant riverside town of Nong Khai and stroll along the promenade or head to the impressive viewpoint at Wat Pha Tak Suea to take in the views.
11) Phang Nga: Visit Samet Nangshe viewpoint
If you’re staying in Phuket or Khao Lak, make the relatively short trip out to the Samet Nangshe viewpoint. The views here of Phang Nga Bay are sublime. There is an option to camp overnight and what the campsite lacks in luxury more than makes up for with the view.
12) Phatthalung: Cruise through the water lillies at Thale Noi
Travel with your partner to Phatthalung and admire the natural wonders of Thale Noi. Gliding on a longtail boat through carpets of vibrant pink water lilies as birds skim the water is a magical experience.
13) Phuket: Spa treatment for two
Visit any of Thailand’s world-class spas or wellness centres to rejuvenate body and soul . On Phuket, there are a host of options to choose from so no matter where you are staying on the island, you’ll never be too far away from a luxurious spa such as Amanpuri, Keemala and Trisara.
14) Sukhothai: Celebrate Thailand’s most romantic festival
The annual Loy Krathong Festival is one of Thailand’s most romantic and photogenic events. The festival is celebrated nationwide, but has added resonance in Sukhothai where, according to folklore, the festival originated. Set against the backdrop of a full moon and a myriad of twinkling candles and fireworks, Loy Krathong is one of the highlights of the Thai festival calendar and a memorable event to experience in person.
15) Trang: Stay on the island of love
The gorgeous island of Ko Kradan in Trang province is sometimes referred to as the island of love because of its association with the Trang Underwater Wedding. This unusual annual event sees adventurous couples getting hitched underwater. But whether you and your partner are divers or not, the white sands and turquoise seas of Ko Kradan provide a picture-perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
This is just a small selection of ideas, but everybody who has been to Thailand will have their own special memories. Connect with us on social media and share your suggestions for romantic things to see and do in Thailand.
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