Of the millions of people who visit Thailand every year, many leave its shores head over heels in love with the country; the jaw-dropping nature, the relaxed pace of life and the warm, friendly people leaving a lasting positive impression. Fitting then, that the country is a perfect place to tie the knot with your beloved. With stunning beaches, exciting activities and world-class services, here are the best destination wedding venues in Thailand.
Koh Samui is perfect for a wedding as it’s a busy island that’s still manages to maintain the charm, beauty and appeal of one that’s still untouched. With a number of scenic bays to choose from – each with the atypical fine white sand and cerulean sea – it’s an ideal for those moments you’ll never forget, in a place that’s simply unforgettable. The airport on the island makes it convenient for guests, and the western-style shopping centres and restaurants offer something different if you tire of island life for whatever reason. There are a number of 5* hotels happy to cater for weddings of any size, adding a touch of luxury to an ideal that hardly goes wanting.
Rayavadee is one of the finest beach resorts in Thailand, and they certainly don’t disappoint when it comes to wedding celebrations. The beauty of Rayavadee lies in its unbeatable locations; from the idyllic beachside to their grotto, a cave in the imposing limestone cliff faces that put Railay on the map. Each package will see the bride and groom spoilt and pampered with spa treatments and a boozy meal, and the beautiful floral displays are one of a number of extra touches that help make this special day just a touch more so. With bustling Ao Nang and Krabi Town just a short boat ride away, and a number of islands in the vicinity, you and your guests won’t be short of things to do.
Few people who dream of getting married on a private island actually think it possible, yet Phuket’s Naka island can turn that dream into a reality. Just 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport, Naka island is empty, except for the hotel staff and a couple of fishing villages. Here guests can enjoy their big day in paradise with sweeping views of Phang Nga Bay to be enjoyed throughout the ceremony. The island is gorgeous, with several empty beaches just waiting to be explored and lush green forest, and the hotel is a thing of beauty itself, with its ample green spaces, scenic ponds and infinity pools.
Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is known throughout the world to be one of the most beautiful Thai islands, so why settle for anything else for your dream day? Here you can enjoy western-style wedding ceremonies in a truly Thai setting; stunning floral displays and garlands, a floral archway on the beach and of course, those unforgettable bay and sea views. Once that’s over with, the lucky couple and their guests can enjoy all Phi Phi has to offer, such as its many stunning beaches, fun nightlife and, of course, Maya Bay.
With a large number of spectacular beaches on which to enjoy the sand between your toes when getting hitched, there’s no surprise that Phuket remains a popular choice for Thai weddings after all these years. There are a number of hotels and local wedding planners who can put together every inch and detail of the ceremony, leaving the couple and their guests to enjoy all Phuket has to offer in the meantime – thriving nightlife, impressive temples and unrivalled shopping. There are enough options to suit any party size and budget, from the more elaborate shindigs to smaller, intimate affairs. Whatever you opt for, when the big day comes, and you’re looking into the eyes of your beloved on that white, sandy beach with the crystal clear sea behind, you’ll know you made the right choice.
Thailand has far more to offer than stunning beaches – and Chiang Mai is proof. Located in the northern highlands, Chiang Mai can provide a mountainous backdrop to a wedding that’s just as impressive as a beach one. Getting married amongst the tranquil hills and rice paddies is a great way to start what is hopefully an equally peaceful day and marriage, and resorts such as the Four Seasons can provide that touch of class and sophistication. Despite a more remote wedding experience, Chiang Mai is a popular city, so there’ll still be plenty to see and do once the knot is tied.
No Thai wedding destination list is complete without mentioning Bangkok. Whilst it might not have the beach backdrops or the mountain views of other locations, anyone who has visit Bangkok will attest to its unforgettableness! Bangkok has more 5* hotels than you can shake a stick at; from the traditional Thai-style ones to European-influenced, there’s definitely a hotel that can fit the bill of whatever you have in mind, or you may even choose to have the ceremony in a temple. Whether you opt for views from the Chao Phraya of the famous temples and palace, or a reception from one of the many rooftop bars, Bangkok is a great place to get hitched, with plenty to see and do on the days leading up to and after the big day too.
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood
A fabulous, eco-friendly hotel on a paradisaical island, Koh Kood has all you can hope for from a Thai island wedding – plus a little more. Guests can enjoy their rustic rooms located between the perfect beaches and the thick rainforest, and take a dip in the outdoor pool that comes with its own cinema screen. As for the ceremony, there are several options to choose from, such as holding the wedding in the rainforest, on the beach – or underwater, for an experience that no one will forget. On the morning after, the newlyweds can enjoy breakfast in a pod located high in the trees, before enjoying all the things this charming island has to offer.