Getting Married in Thailand
Thailand’s hospitality is legendary (Land of Smiles...) and the destination provides an ideal setting for a memorable destination weddings. There are countless reasons for choosing Thailand but when it comes to weddings the conversation should begin with the Kingdom’s wealth of romantic settings and venues.
Perhaps more than any other destination, Thailand is blessed with an abundance of historical settings, natural wonders and cultural attractions that inspire romance and set the tone for the ultimate wedding. The splendor of royal palaces - such as Bangkok’s Grand Palace, home to the famous Emerald Buddha – and exotic appeal of ancient temples come immediately to mind.
Though it’s known as the Temple of Dawn, Bangkok’s Wat Arun should be visited in late afternoon so couples can see and photograph this imposing sight at sunset with the Chao Phraya River in the foreground. Founded more than 300 years ago, Wat Pho is most famous for the golden reclining Buddha that measures 150 feet and its feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Another great photo opportunity is the bright red, 68-foot-tall Giant Swing in front of Bangkok’s Wat Suthat Thepwararam.
About 50 miles north of Bangkok, but seemingly a world away, Ayutthaya beckons with its beauty and grandeur. Couples can marvel at magnificent temples and ruins concentrated in and around the city, most of which is contained on an island surrounded by the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak and Lopburi Rivers.
Then there are the lush settings of Thailand’s national parks and secluded beaches made for holding hands and watching magnificent sunsets. And when it comes to romantic backdrops, you can’t beat waterfalls and Thailand’s national parks have them is great abundance.
If it’s a secluded setting you are seeking, several sites come to mind. Popularly known as the Royal Coast, the beach towns of Hua Hin and Pran Buri on the Gulf of Thailand southwest of Bangkok provide a peaceful environment that affords a sense of privacy and exclusivity.
Krabi, on the Andaman Sea is an almost otherworldly region where islands seem to emerge vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorful long-tail boats. Guests can relax peacefully under the coconut trees and listen to the gentle sounds of seabirds and watch some of the most picturesque sunsets in Thailand. Popularly known as the Royal Coast, the beach towns of Hua Hin and Pran Buri on the Gulf of Thailand also provide a peaceful environment that affords a sense of privacy and exclusivity.
What says love more than roses? Suggest they visit the Rose Garden Riverside (Suan Sam Phran), about 18 miles outside of Bangkok. The 50-acre botanical park abounds with roses, orchids, jasmine and other blooms, as well as a variety of trees and wildlife.
When it comes to romantic backdrops, you can’t beat waterfalls – and Thailand’s national parks have them is great abundance. Another great photo oppourtunity is the bright red, 68-foot-tall Giant Swing in front of Bangkok’s Wat Suthat Thepwararam.
Hotels and resorts throughout Thailand offer a great variety of different settings that you will adore from Bangkok’s over-the-top luxury suites with sweeping panoramic views of the city, to resorts set amid lush tropical gardens to villas strategically tucked away to provide maximum privacy.