Top 21 Romantic Thailand Honeymoon Destinations for an Exotic Trip

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Planning a honeymoon is so much fun compared to planning a wedding. Are you l;ooking for a unique honeymoon destination that will have your friends in awe? Plan a Thailand honeymoon!

You only have one honeymoon, well at least that’s what you hope for, so make it epic! Head to some of the best beaches in Thailand, or relax in the Thai jungle. There are so many amazing places in Thailand to visit. 

Here are 21 unique Thai honeymoon ideas that will have you planning a romantic honeymoon in Thailand in no time. Make sure to read our Thailand travel tips before packing your bags.

We can talk with experience as we spent 2 weeks of our honeymoon in Thailand and since have spent more than a year exploring the country’s top couples’ holiday spots. If you are looking for beautiful beaches, romantic dinners, adventure, great marine life, lush greenery, culture, and more than Thailand would be a great honeymoon for you. 

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Suggested Two Week Thailand Honeymoon Itinerary

This is how we would spend our two week honeymoon in Thailand if we did it all over again after experiencing these amazing places over the past three years of living in Thailand. Adjust it to fit your style and switch out honeymoon destinations based on your taste and interests.

One thing to keep in mind while planning your Thailand honeymoon itinerary, be sure not to add too many destinations, but rather truly enjoy the places you visit. We suggest not planning more than 4 destinations on your honeymoon itinerary because travel time between the cities will take away from actually enjoying your honeymoon. Here’s what our perfect Thailand honeymoon would look like.

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Days 1-3: Bangkok

Bangkok is the biggest international terminal and you’ll likely land here when starting your honeymoon. We think Bangkok is the best introduction to Thailand and an overall fascinating city.

Spend the first few days of your honeymoon seeing the sights and recovering from your jet lag. Stay at a luxurious 4-star hotel for under $150 a night.  The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, is huge and where you stay can make or break your trip, make sure to read our where to stay in Bangkok guide.

We have been to Bangkok over a dozen times and fall in love with the city more and more after every visit. Make sure to read our 3 days in Bangkok guide to help plan your days. Some of the best things to do in Bangkok include: visit the Grand Palace, explore a local market like the Chatuchak Weekend Market, check out the shopping malls in Bangkok (our favorite Siam Square), and watch the sunset from high above in one a skybar in Bangkok.

Alternatively, you may want to get straight to one of the best beachfront resorts and recover from jet lag on the white sand beaches of Thailand. That’s not a bad plan either, so we would then suggest modifying your itinerary to put Bangkok at the end of the trip because it will likely be the airport you leave from.

One thing to note is this will result in an extra transfer and potentially a shuttle transfer to the beach destination. This additional travel after a long-haul flight may sound like a good idea from your couch at home, but it might not be the most pleasant way to start your honeymoon.

Days 4-9: The Beach (choose one from the destinations below)

After the intense big city of Bangkok catch a flight south to one of the many Thai beach destinations to get a few days of relaxation on your honeymoon.

We personally suggest Koh Lipe for a relaxing and beautiful Thailand honeymoon, but if you are looking for a bigger party scene you might opt for Koh Phi Phi or Koh Pha Ngan, or Krabi. Go on a Thailand island hopping adventure and visit several islands.

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Days 10-14: A bit of Thai Culture

To round out your trip head to one of the country’s many culturally rich destinations. There is a number to choose from, but we highly recommend a trip to the north in the cities like Chiang Mai and Chaing Rai. There are over 300 Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai we’ve trimmed it down to our top 10 temples in Chiang Mai.

If you’re taking a Thailand Honeymoon in April, head to the Songkran Chiang Mai festival every April 13-15th to celebrate the Thai New Year. We lived in Chiang Mai and attended the festival four times, not if you are looking for a romantic getaway I would not visit during the festival dates. 

Alternatively, if you and your new husband or wife are not big culture buffs and would rather have a more adventurous honeymoon, you might opt for a trip to Kanchanaburi or Koh Sok Lake both are perfect for nature lovers. Party animals might want to check out the Phi Phi Islands or Koh Pha Ngan, and those wanting to do some scuba diving might want to explore Koh Tao. There is something for every honeymoon in Thailand.

Related Article: Must Do Chiang Mai Attractions

Ending Your Thailand Honeymoon Properly

If you plan your honeymoon itinerary properly you can leave Thailand late in the day on the last day of your trip so there is time in your itinerary to fly from Chiang Mai (or whichever city you choose to finish) and not have to spend an additional night in Bangkok if you don’t wish to.

Keep in mind there are two airports in Bangkok, and almost all international flights to Europe and North America will leave out of Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) while most domestic (all Air Asia flights) will land in Bangkok at Don Muang Airport (DMK). Transport between the two airports is relatively easy to arrange but can take several hours with Bangkok traffic.

If leaving from Chiang Mai (and other cities in Thailand) there are multiple daily flights on Thai Smile (Thai Airways) that land in Bangkok at BKK. This way no airport transfer is needed, making the last day of your Thai honeymoon a little less stressful. Flight prices are generally the same as other carriers flying into DMK airport.

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Longtail boat on sunrise beach in Koh Lipe Thailand from our honeymoon
A colorful longtail boat sways in the turquoise clear water of Koh Lipe Thailand if we were to do it again our honeymoon would definitely be here!

1. Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe, also known as “The Maldives of Thailand.” When you compare anything to the Maldives it’s got big shoes to fill. But Koh Lipe does it, we have spent 5 weeks island hopping in the Maldives and 4 weeks in Koh Lipe (on 3 different trips). It is one of our favorite places in Southeast Asia. 

If a Maldives honeymoon is out of your budget then a honeymoon in Koh Lipe is the spot. Koh Lipe is the magical paradise floating in the middle of the Andaman Sea with insane turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Several of the best places to stay have pool villas with private pools. Our pick for one of the best romantic places to stay would be Serendipity.

Traveling to Koh Lipe is only accessible by boat year-round from Pak Bara Thailand and from Langkawi Malaysia & other Thai islands November-April. There is no ferry during the rainy season. Click here for the Koh Lipe ferry schedule and tickets.

Related Article: Ultimate Koh Lipe Guide

Romantic Koh Lipe Honeymoon Hotels:

Related Article: Ten Moons Lipe Resort

Suggested Nights In Koh Lipe: 3 to 5 nights

Things to do in Koh Lipe: Rent a longtail boat for the day and take a private tour of the small islands nearby for less than $50 a day. Watch the sunset on Sunset Beach and watch the sunrise on Sunrise Beach. Go scuba diving and dive Koh Lipe’s best dive site Stonehenge.

2. Koh Tao

Ko Tao / Koh Tao is the perfect Thailand honeymoon destination for scuba divers. However, this small island in the Gulf of Thailand is equally stunning above the water as it is below. This little island packs a lot of punch with jaw-dropping sights, top-notch restaurants, and plenty of high-end resorts to come home to every evening. Koh Tao is a special place worth considering for your honeymoon!

Koh Tao is easily connected to Koh Samui and other Thai islands by ferry. Click here for the Koh Tao ferry schedule and tickets.

Romantic Koh Tao Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Koh Tao: 3 to 5 nights

Things to do in Koh Tao: Diving on Koh Tao is the number one thing to do but if you aren’t a diver there is great snorkeling right off the beach. When you’re ready to stay above the surface head off on a hike in the coastal jungle.

Longtail boat daytrip near Koh Phi Phi Island photo from our Honeymoon
Just look at that scenery! Koh Phi Phi and the surrounding islands are some of the most dramatic in all of Thailand!

3. Koh Phi Phi

If you have seen Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “The Beach“, then you’ve heard of Koh Phi Phi. Couples looking for a gorgeous Thai island with some nightlife head to Koh Phi Phi. Nightlife in Koh Phi Phi starts with a good seafood BBQ followed by a fire show and then a few too many Thai buckets or Chang beers.

If you want a quiet peaceful honeymoon you may want to choose another destination or opt to stay in the quieter Long Beach area of the island. There are several ferries to Koh Phi Phi from other Thai islands click here for the schedule and prices.

Romantic Koh Phi Phi Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Koh Phi Phi: 3 to 4 nights

Things to do in Koh Phi Phi: Rent a longtail boat for the day and take a private tour out to Maya Bay and check out all the gorgeous limestone cliffs. Make sure to head to Maya Bay before the group tours leave, Maya Bay gets really busy and pictures are best before all the day trip boats arrive, trust us it is the ideal spot for great couple photos but before the groups arrive.

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Woman in a red swimsuit standing in front of a waterfall in Koh Phangan Thailand

4. Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan has developed a notorious reputation for being nothing but a full moon party island. However, it’s a large island with way more to offer than just a once-a-month party. There are actually many beaches in Koh Phangan catering to high-end honeymoon-worthy experiences and hotel stays with private infinity pools.

Don’t dismiss this beautiful island if you aren’t into the party scene. There’s plenty of natural beauty including some epic waterfalls, stunning lookout points, and of course beaches. 

If it’s the party you are after in Koh Phangan, make sure to coordinate your Thailand honeymoon with the full moon. Koh Phangan full moon parties are known around the world, if your dates don’t line up there are also half moon parties and solid nightlife just about any day of the month.

If you do not like all-night parties involving lots of alcohol and drugs you might pick another time to visit Koh Phangan than during the full moon. Many hotels on the island have a minimum night booking during the full moon and higher prices.

Koh Phangan is accessed by ferry, Click here for the Koh Phangan ferry schedule and tickets.

Romantic Koh Phangan Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Koh Phangan: 2 to 3 nights

Things to do in Koh Phangan: Have dinner at the night market, try all sorts of tasty Thai street food you never heard of before. When you have sworn off alcohol on Koh Phangan head off on a boat and explore the nearby islands or Ang Thong National marine park. Rent a bike and find the quieter side of Koh Phangan, you’ll be surprised how different the island is on certain beaches. Go chasing waterfalls, there are 7 waterfalls on Koh Phangan!

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5. Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is located in the Andaman Sea and is part of an archipelago of about 52 islands. Most tourists stay on Koh Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta is connected easily by ferry to other Thai islands. Tie in Koh Lanta to a Thailand honeymoon island hopping trip. Koh Lanta has not one, but eleven white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and much more to offer. Koh Lanta is an ideal place for honeymooners not looking for a party island who want to spend quality time together.

Koh Lanta can be reached by ferry from several other Thai islands or by land coming from Krabi the nearest airport. Click here for the Koh Lanta ferry schedule and prices.

Romantic Koh Lanta Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Koh Lanta: 2 to 4 nights

Things to do in Koh LantaRent a scooter and explore Koh Lanta. It’s quite large and you could spend the day finding hidden gems. Make sure to visit Old Town Koh Lanta to see a whole different side of Koh Lanta. Of course, make sure to relax on the white sandy beaches.

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6. Koh Chang

Koh Chang is still not on the mainstream tourist radar and is one of the last of Thailand’s (semi) hidden gems. This is one of those tranquil islands that is the perfect place to do just that, lay back and relax.

Please note there is another island called Ko Chang located in the Andaman Sea near Myanmar (consider adding on some time for a Myanmar honeymoon). Koh Chang is in the Gulf of Thailand near the board of Cambodia, which is another great place to visit for some of the best ancient temples like Angkor Wat.

Travel to Koh Chang is done by ferry from other islands and from the mainland. Click here for the Koh Chang bus schedule and tickets.

Romantic Koh Chang Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Koh Chang: 2 to 4 nights

Things to do in Koh Chang: There are several gorgeous white sandy coves, rainforests, swaying palm trees, coral reefs, waterfalls, and much more on Koh Chang.

Koh Adang Thailand beaches and accomadation for an adventurous honeymoon in Thailand
The empty beaches of Koh Adang from above

7. Koh Adang

Koh Adang is great spot for the adventure honeymoon couple looking for outdoor activities and doesn’t require a 5-star resort. You are sure to find your own private beach on Koh Adang. There are simple bungalows available to rent through the National Park system or camping right on the beach.

Koh Adang is a quick ten-minute boat ride away from Koh Lipe. In 2018 there is now a 3.5-star resort on Koh Adang with all the modern amenities.

Koh Adang Accommodation:

  • Adang Island Resort
  • Chalets are bookable online through the National Park Service and camping walk-up only

Related Article: Koh Adang Guide

Suggested Nights In Koh Adang: 1 to 2 nights

Things to do in Koh Adang: Koh Adang has some amazing hikes leading to viewpoints of Koh Lipe and waterfalls. Bring your own snorkel gear or rent it from the restaurant for some amazing snorkeling in Koh Adang.

Yellow sunset over wat arung in Bangkok is the perfect way to end a honeymoon day in Thailand
Looking over Phuket’s prime honeymoon beaches Karon beach, Kuta Beach, and Patong

8. Phuket

Phuket is the most popular tourist destination in Thailand, but for that same reason, it may not be for everyone. When deciding to honeymoon in Phuket you’ll have to choose what part of Phuket to stay in.

We advise staying far away from Patpong and Bangla Road. Instead, we suggest staying in Kata Beach, Surin Beach, Bang Tao Beach, Panwa Beach, Nai Harn Beach, or Kamala Beach. Hotels of all budgets are available as well as several Airbnb condos.

Fly into Phuket international airport or take a shuttle/ferry from other Thai cities. Click here for Phuket travel schedules.

Romantic Phuket Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Phuket: 3 to 5 nights

Things to do in Phuket: There are tons of things to do in Phuket, you could easily spend a week exploring as it is the largest island in Thailand. Click here to see all the Phuket tours on and to book transport. Make sure to look at the Thailand festival calendar and see if you happen to be in town for one of the country’s festivals like Songkran or Vegetarian Festival.

Related Article: Thailand Songkran Festival 

9. Khao Lak

Located on the Andaman Sea not far from Phuket is Khao Lak. It’s the perfect choice for those honeymoons traveling with children and taking a more family honeymoon trip.

The nearest airport is in Phuket 46 miles away, there are several shuttles from Phuket to Khao Lak and other cities within Thailand. Click here for Khao Lak schedules and tickets.

Romantic Khao Lak Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Khao Lak: 2 to 4 nights

Things to do in Khao Lak: Spend the day exploring Khao Sok National Park. Discover the beaches, you’ll be surprised how empty they are compared to the nearby Phuket beaches. Most of the Phuket tours are also bookable from Khao Lak, so you have plenty of great options for day trips.

10. Koh Samui

Koh Samui is in the Gulf of Thailand and is the second-largest island in Thailand and another popular destination. Koh Samui has honeymoon accommodation for all budgets from super luxury resorts to simple bamboo beach huts. No matter where you rest your head at night you’re still in paradise on your honeymoon.

Make sure to check out some of the best overwater bungalows in Thailand, some of the best are in Koh Samui some even have a private infinity pool. There is an airport on the island, you can travel by ferry to Koh Samui from several other islands as well. Click here for the Koh Samui ferry schedule and prices.

Romantic Koh Samui Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights On Koh Samui: 3 to 5 nights

Things to do in Koh Samui: After a day of relaxing on the beach and taking in the views head off and explore the island. There are several temples to check out but don’t miss Wat Plai Laem. The adventurous can rent a motorbike and swim in Na Muang Waterfall.

11. Koh Yao Noi

For the ultimate Thailand honeymoon in luxury head to Koh Yao Noi for a 5-star hotel stay. There are several luxury hotels in Koh Yao Noi that scream honeymoon. If you’re looking for an exotic private escape with your loved one this is it. Koh Yao Noi is located in the Andaman Sea between Phuket and Krabi.

Fly into Krabi or Phuket and then take a ferry to Koh Yao Noi. Or if you really want to go all out on your Thailand honeymoon take a private helicopter from Phuket airport to Six Senses Resort for 65,000 baht (around $1,900) and rent one of their gorgeous private villas. If money is no object, this is one of the top places to stay. 

Romantic Koh Yao Noi Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Koh Yao Noi: 3 to 5 nights

Things to do in Khao Lak: Rent a yacht and explore the islands in style. Give rock climbing a try or rent a bicycle and hit the bike trails. Most Phuket day trips can be arranged in Koh Yao Noi as well.

12. Krabi

Rally Beach Thailand large exposed rock face white sand beach and tropical waters make for a perfect honeymoon destination
The famous Railay Beach just outside of Krabi Town

If you’re a diver, beach lover, or adventurer, Krabi is a great place to call “home” while on a Thailand honeymoon. Krabi is centrally located so you can visit many Thailand attractions and islands while staying in the same hotel.

Krabi has its own international airport but is also accessible by ferry from other nearby cities as well as by land. Most tourists take the ferry from Phuket or Koh Phi Phi to Krabi. Click here for the Krabi ferry schedule and tickets.

Romantic Krabi Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Krabi: 3 to 5 nights

Things to do in Krabi: The #1 thing to do in Krabi is to take a long tail boat to Railay beach for the day. Explore Ko Lanta National Park and visit Ko Lanta Yai where the sea gypsies aka “Chao Le” people living from the sea. Day trips to Phuket and Koh Phi Phi are also popular from Krabi.

13. Koh Phayam

Imagine an island without cars and no working ATMs. There are only a few islands in Thailand like this that still exist. Head back in time to what Thailand used to be like 20 years ago. There are only a few resorts with 24-hour power and power outages are frequent. Spend a few nights at Koh Phayam if you are planning on traveling to Myanmar through Ranong to Kawthoung.

The nearest airport to Phayam is Ranong and then a 45-minute boat ride from the Ranong pier. Click here for the schedule and tickets.

Romantic Koh Phayam Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Phayam: 2 to 4 nights

Things to do in Koh Phayam: Disconnect in Koh Phayam, well technically now a few hotels have wifi and cell phone service works as well. Explore the islands scattered around the island. Rent a motorbike and get lost, the island isn’t that large so you’ll easily find your back to your hotel.

14. Hua Hin

Hua Hin is the oldest beach in Thailand and home to the Thai royal family’s summer palaces. If it’s good enough for the king it has to be fabulous. If you love water sports head to Hua Hin. There are tons of high-end hotels and even budget-friendly bungalows for backpackers.

Traveling to Hua Hin is really easy from Bangkok as it’s only 3 hours away click here for the Hua Hin bus schedule and prices. There is an airport in Hua Hin as well.

Romantic Hua Hin Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Hua Hin: 2 to 4 nights

Things to do in Hua Hin: Try your hand at kitesurfing, learn about Thailand’s history and culture, and make sure to head to the night market for a tasty local dinner.

15. Khao Sok Lake

Wake up with gorgeous mountain views from a floating hotel on Khao Sok Lake. This is definitely a unique Thailand honeymoon and would be a great place to visit after a few days on the beaches. Khao Sok Lake National Park is estimated to be home to over five percent of the world’s species, with the most famous being the Asian elephant. It’s the largest jungle in southern Thailand and is considered more diverse than the Amazon.

The nearest airport is Surat Thani, click here for the shuttle from Surat Thani to Khao Sok. This is one of the wettest regions in Thailand so it’s best not to visit May-November due to weather.

Romantic Khao Sok Lake Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Khao Sok Lake: 2 to 3 nights

Things to do in Khao Sok Lake: Rent a kayak to explore the lake and the scenery. Go on a jungle trek or get up close to an Asian elephant but please make sure you are choosing a reputable company with no elephant riding. Jump on a boat tour to Cheow Larn Lake to see the limestone mountains just rise up hundreds of feet above the water. Click here to view Khao Sok Lake tours.

Sunset over Bangkok's famous Wat Arung one of the city's many magical spots
Sunset over Bangkok’s famous Wat Arun one of the city’s many magical spots

16. Bangkok

A great way to kick off a Thailand honeymoon is in the chaotic capital city of Bangkok. More than likely you’ll fly into Bangkok making it a logical start or finishing city.

Spend a few days exploring the city and dive headfirst into the Thai culture and food. Indulge in Bangkok in 5-star hotels and restaurants for a fraction of the price compared to the western world. Have drinks at the Lebua State Tower, you may recognize this hotel from the Hangover 2 movie.

Related Article: 3 Days In Bangkok

Romantic Bangkok Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Bangkok: 3 to 4 nights

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Things to do in Bangkok: There are so many things to do in Bangkok it can be overwhelming, but we have put together a 3-day guide to Bangkok with detailed itineraries and maps to make the most of your time in the city. 

Don’t miss: The floating market, Maeklong Train Market, the famous Khao San Road, try eating bugs in Thailand, watch a muay Thai fight, and surely a sunset at a rooftop sky bar in Bangkok. If you’d rather not go exploring on your own, there are tons of Viator Bangkok tours.

17. Kanchanaburi

Only 3 hours from Bangkok, you can sleep on the River Kwai in a luxury floating hotel. You won’t believe such an oasis is not far from Bangkok. Kanchanaburi is easily accessed by shuttle bus from Bangkok and other cities, click here for the schedule.

Romantic Kanchanaburi Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Kanchanaburi: 2 to 3 nights

Things to do in Kanchanaburi: Trek the Hellfire Pass trail that was used by POWs during World War II to construct the Death Railway. Head off into the jungle in search of waterfalls. The best waterfalls in Kanchanaburi are Erawan waterfall, Saiyok Waterfalls, and Saiyok Noi Waterfalls.

Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai Thailand a good early morning destination on a Thai Honeymoon
Early mornings at Doi Suthep temple is our favorite time to visit

18. Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is often referred to as Thailand’s “Rose of the North.” There are over 200 temples in Chiang Mai. The city oozes culture. Avoid traveling to Chiang Mai in late February & March as this is “burning season,” where the farmers in the north literally burn the fields creating this constant smoke lingering in the city. We think the best time to visit is November to January. 

Fly right into Chiang Mai international airport or click here for overland schedules.

Romantic Chiang Mai Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Chiang Mai: 2 to 3 nights

Things to do in Chiang Mai: Head up the mountain to Doi Suthep for the best views of Chiang Mai. Time your visit to celebrate the Thai New Year festival Songkran, which is basically one large squirt gun festival around April 13-15 of every year.

Get a 150 baht Thai massage or foot massage. Get a Sak Yant tattoo by a monk, a souvenir that will last a lifetime. Shop at the Saturday night market or Sunday night market, or the famous Chiang Mai Ladyboy Cabaret. Don’t leave town without trying the local dish Khao Soi.

19. Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya was once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam and the largest city in the world back in the 1700s. At that time, the population was estimated at 1 million people, but it’s nothing like that anymore.

Ayutthaya was almost burnt down to the ground back in 1767 when the Burmese invaded. Today there are some remains that give light on what the city used to be. The old city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular day trip from Bangkok. Click here for the Ayutthaya bus schedule and tickets.

Romantic Ayutthaya Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Ayutthaya: 1 to 2 nights

Things to do in Ayutthaya: Visit Wat Phra Mahathat and find the banyan tree that has a Buddha’s head entwined in the roots of the tree. Grab your camera and head to Wat Chaiwattararam early in the morning before the tourist buses come from Bangkok. Learn the history of Ayutthaya and what it use to be like.

Golden Triangle Thailand Statue of Buddha
A giant Buddha is here to greet you as you near the golden triangle where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet

20. Golden Triangle

In Northern Thailand, not far from Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai, they are several luxury tented camps in the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is where Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand intersect. It also happens to be where the Mekong River and Ruak River meet.

Spend the night in nature on the river but in luxury. Many of the resorts have rescued elephant programs, where you can interact with elephants in a responsible tourism manner. There are way too many elephant companies that aren’t ethically treating the animals, that should be avoided. You don’t want to know what those elephants have gone through, make sure to visit an elephant rescue place.

The nearest airport is Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai, click here for the shuttle schedule.

Romantic Golden Triangle Honeymoon Hotels:

  • Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
  • Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Suggested Nights In Golden Triangle: 2 to 3 nights

Things to do in Golden Triangle: Cruise down the Mekong River and visit local villages. Spend the day with the elephants, bath, and feed rescued elephants. Visit the spa in the middle of the jungle.

Sunset over the white temple in Chiang Rai Thailand is a great destination for honeymooners
Sunset at the famous white temple in Chiang Rai How Romantic!

21. Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is a popular northern Thailand famous for “The White Temple” or Wat Rong Khun, which we would name the prettiest temple in Thailand.

Fly directly into Chiang Rai International airport or easily take a shuttle from Chiang Mai, click here for the schedule and tickets. Chiang Rai could also be done as a day trip from Chiang Mai to avoid packing and moving hotels.

Romantic Chiang Rai Honeymoon Hotels:

Suggested Nights In Chiang Rai: 2 to 3 nights

Things to do in Chiang Rai: A visit to Chiang Rai wouldn’t be complete without going to the white temple. Head there early in the day or right before sunset to avoid the crowds. Visit the Black House. It’s hard to explain the Black House it’s like a strange art museum. Rent a bike and explore the countryside.

Thailand Honeymoon Budget & Typical Costs

The biggest expense on a Honeymoon in Thailand is the international flight cost. Once you land in Thailand, things get much more affordable. Traditionally honeymoons involve above-average accommodation and hotels, which in Thailand are still not that expensive, and you can have luxury but on a relatively small budget. Below is the average spending on a honeymoon in Thailand based on our two-week honeymoon itinerary above.

International Flight Cost for a couple (2 people): $900-$2,000

Flights to Bangkok are becoming very budget-friendly from Europe and North America. If you are working with a smaller budget, look at flying from major cities near your home city. Prices in 2016-2017 from U.S. hubs are as low as $450 per person (roundtrip) and should not cost more than $1,000 per person.

Hotel Cost for a Two Week Thailand Honeymoon: $700-$2,100+

In Thailand, $100 per night will get you a honeymoon-worthy hotel room, and $150 per night will get you something even more lavish. You can spend up to $300 per night and for that sum of money, you should be treated like a king or queen.

However, nice three-star rooms all over the country will run from $30-$50 per night and can help you save more money for the next trip. Many islands and Bangkok have luxurious homes on Airbnb that are a fraction of hotel prices.

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Food and Drink Costs for a Thai Honeymoon: $700-1000

Food in Thailand is very budget-friendly, and you can eat like a king for very little money. Spending $50-75 per day for a couple you should be able to have a nice dinner and several drinks, along with food for the rest of the day.

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Transportation Costs in Thailand: $750 destination dependent

Flights within Thailand are very budget-friendly. Most flights should cost between $20-100 per person per flight. So if you visit four destinations an estimate that’s $600, leaving you around $150 for taxis and airport shuttles.

Activities on a Thailand Honeymoon $750

Most day trips should average to about $50 per person per day. If you plan half of your days as day trips, this would be seven days’ worth of activities, leaving some days to relax and others for transportation days.

Average Budget for a Thailand Honeymoon: $3,800-$6,600

This is a general estimate and could be much less expensive if you wanted it to be. However, to have the luxuries most expect from a honeymoon, these prices are realistic. Another factor that will make the trip more affordable is if you chose to visit fewer cities, it would reduce the travel costs. However, our recommended honeymoon Itinerary is what we would do if it was our honeymoon, and it’s what we have recommended to our close friends wanting to honeymoon in Thailand.

Don’t forget your insurance! You never know when you’ll need it. We suggest getting travel insurance with Safety Wing. Which coverage includes medical, trip interruption, lost luggage, and more. Often rates are as low as $12 a week. 

Other Epic Honeymoon Destinations

If a Thailand honeymoon isn’t for you, make sure to check out our other honeymoon guides.

Now you have more than enough Thailand honeymoon ideas to start going through now, it’s time to plan your perfect trip. No matter where in Thailand you decide to take your honeymoon, you’ll have a fabulous time.

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  1. Thank you for all the help, this is SO helpful! I just booked my flights to Thailand for our honeymoon and will be there Nov 23- Dec 4th. I am planning on starting in Bangkok for 1 or 2 nights, Chiang Mai for 3 nights, and then flying south for 6 nights but there are so many options! Krabi, Phuket, Phi Phi, and Ko Lanta. Which of these would you recommend visiting/staying? After reading your suggestions, I am also considering Koh Lipe! Thank you again

    • We hope you have an amazing honeymoon. For a honeymoon, we would not suggest Koh Phi Phi unless you want more of a party loud scene. We would obviously suggest Koh Lipe and Serendipity or Ten Moons Resort. Otherwise, there are some great quiet romantic resorts in Phuket. Another place to look is koh yao noi or Koh Yao Yai there are some great luxury options there.

      No matter where you go you’ll have an amazing honeymoon in Thailand.

  2. Hi!

    My fiance and I are trying to debate between Bali and Thailand, but I think I would prefer Thailand. We have around 14 days, and want lots of beach and good food! What itinerary would you recommend?

    Also, we are honeymooning in August, will the rain be really bad?


    • We personally would choose Thailand over Bali for a honeymoon BUT you are traveling in August which is rainy season in Thailand but dry season n Bali…so we would then say go to Bali to ensure better weather.

      No matter which you choose you’ll have an amazing honeymoon in Asia!

  3. This is great! Thanks so much for making such a detailed post. My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon in Thailand for this December. Coming from Chiang Mai on Dec 29, it looks like we’ll have time for islands for 5 days and then need to head to Bangkok on Jan 3 to head back to the States. I was thinking of doing Koh Samui with possibly some day trips to Koh Tao for diving, but after reading this am considering Koh Lipe instead as I read somewhere else that the gulf might be rainier during this time. I wanted your thoughts on (a) which side we should stay on (b) if there’s any weather concerns on either side and (c) is either side preferable for New Years Eve activities? We’d be looking for some parties the night of but nothing too crazy.

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Katherine – During that time of the year it will be busy everywhere, so I would book pretty far in advance to ensure you get the places you want. As for the weather, the past few years have been pretty unpredictable with current climate changes. Personally, I would suggest spending more time on the Andaman side in December and early Jan, we visited this past Christmas/New Years season and got rained out on the Koh Samui side with one of the worst storms in 60 years. I know we will wait deeper into the dry season before visiting that side again. We have had decent weather in December in Koh Lipe on our last visit – but every year is of course different. You can probably find a new years eve party to suit your taste on just about any island I would say so I wouldn’t let that make your decision. Hope that helps a little bit and hope you have an amazing honeymoon in Thailand!

  4. Hi Hannah and Adam!

    I found your blog while doing some research for our Thailand honeymoon, and it was SO helpful! We are planning to go right after our wedding of this year, from roughly October 7th-21…about 15 days including travel. I have just a couple of questions if you don’t mind taking the time to answer!

    -We were originally thinking about doing Thailand and Bali, as we want to explore as much as we can! Is this too ambitious within our time frame and keeping in mind it’s our honeymoon so we do want to relax?
    -We want a mixture of relaxation and adventure. Definitely thinking we’ll fly into Bangkok, and definitely want to visit Chiang Mai and were also originally thinking Phuket and maybe Phi Phi Islands for beaches, but I’ve seen you advise against Phuket. Where else would you recommend to get both of these vibes?
    -Is the language barrier tough to navigate? And how easy is it to travel from place to place?
    -Is October a bad month to travel in Thailand?
    -Is there any other country you’d say would be a must for a honeymoon destination?

    Thank you so much!! Hoping you guys can help us!
    All our best!

    • Congrats on the wedding and honeymoon! – We generally think 2 weeks with travel is really only enough for Thailand, you could squeeze it in but for the time and money you’d spend doing that you’d have a better time staying in one country. Phuket is just not our favorite – we went there on our honeymoon and we would have much rather spent our time anywhere else. Language is not generally a problem, there will be people who don’t speak English but enough that do that it’s easy enough. Traveling place to place is very easy we either fly searching skyscanner or book ground/land transfer with this company –> October is rainy season, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from going, just know it’s probably going to rain for an hour or two everyday and somedays a bit more. Thailand is a great option and it’s hard to top all of the different things you can do there and I can’t say in October there is a better country to check out that fits what you are after. Happy planning let us know if you have questions!

  5. Hi Hannah,

    I’m really glad I came across your blog. My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Thailand this May. We will be flying in from Manila and I really want to go to Koh Lipe, and it looks like getting to Koh Lipe is easiest by way of Bangkok and that Air Asia package you recommended. My issue is I want to head to Koh Phi Phi and Krabi after Koh Lipe, but can’t figure out the best way to do so since ferries aren’t running after April 30. Any suggestions?

  6. Hi! I am currently planning my honeymoon in Thailand (going in March) and I was wondering if it makes sense to visit both the Gulf of Thailand and the West. I will be there for a little over 2 weeks and I am spending the first 5 days visiting Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Based on what I have read, I have decided to then make the Krabi (Ao Nang) area my base to do some island hopping and I’d like to spend a few days in Koh Samui before heading back to Bangkok. Does this seem doable? I would aim to fly from Krabi to Koh Samui. I have also been suggested removing Koh Samui from the trip and spending some time in Koh Lanta. I like places where there are options to eat, drink and some nightlife but nothing crazy!

    • Hi Vanessa – A few thoughts – Bangkok and Chiang Mai are not close together (about a 1-hour flight) so with travel and potentially jet lag I might extend the time you split between these by one day or more – 3 nights in each. Krabi has lots to see around it and it is possible to fly between Krabi and Koh Samui. Personally, I like Koh Tao better than Koh Samui which can be very “mainstream touristy”, but it depends what you are looking for. Koh Lanta is a bigger, but quiet island with some adventures to be had, however, the beaches are better elsewhere. Koh Lanta would not be an ideal place to end your time in Thailand because it can be a long day to get back to Bangkok to catch your flight out. Koh Samui/Krabi/ or even Koh Tao would be a little bit easier place to end. However, all that you suggested is doable – it just comes down to the experience you want to have. I hope we have answered a few questions, but if you have more feel free to ask! Happy planning.

  7. Hi Hannah and Adam,

    Thanks for all the great information! My fiance and I are also a Wisconsin couple, beginning to plan our Thailand honeymoon. We are getting married in September, do you recommend waiting until January (dry season) to spend 2 weeks there? I was thinking of an itinerary similar to:
    1. Fly into Bangkok – spend 3 nights. What part of Bangkok do you recommend for safety yet great food, nightlife?
    2. Phi Phi – 3 nights.
    3. Koh Lipe – 3 nights
    4. Ending in Chiang Mai – 3 nights.
    Is this a schedule that would be travel efficient? In terms of by plane, boat, etc. The last thing we want to do is spend full days on a boat or plane traveling to and from each destination. Thanks for your advice!

    • Hi Carly – Sorry for the delay in responding, we just returned from Thailand.

      I would suggest waiting until January because that’s the perfect time to get out of Wisconsin for a little bit! September in Thailand can be rainy, but if you really wanted to go then you could still have a nice time – but Jan will be much nicer – the Pros to September is that prices would be slightly lower in some destinations.

      As for where to stay in Bangkok we have a mini guide on that —> – but our favorites areas are Sukhumvit and near the river. The rest of your itinerary looks like a good mix of the best of Thailand and pretty close to what we recommend doing! Ending in Chiang Mai is good because there are frequent flights back to Bangkok (just make your life easier and book CNX to BKK and not DMK – Bangkok airport) to catch your international flight back home without spending a night there at the end. Congrats and let us know if you have more questions as you plan your trip!

  8. Hi Hannah,

    My husband and I are going to Thailand for 17 days in March..Flying into Bangkok from Chicago and Flying out of Chiang Mai.

    So we are thinking of spending 4 days in Bangkok and 4 days in Chiang Mai.

    We are having trouble picking out couple of islands in the middle. We would prefer islands with great food and snorkeling.



    • We always love Koh Lipe. You could make a few stops down the Andaman side of Thailand. You could start in Phuket and work your way down to Koh Lipe stopping on a few islands.

  9. Hi. Great Information! Was hoping I could get your input on my fiancé and I’s upcoming honeymoon! We are planning to visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Lipe but are not sure which in which order to visit each destination. We have 9 days in Thailand. Any tips?!

    • We always thing Bangkok is the best place to start a trip to Thailand and then I would say Chiang Mai and end on the beaches of Thailand. Make sure to read our two weeks in Thailand article for more ideas. Safe travels to Thailand.

  10. Hey Hannah! Great guide, my fiance and I are planning for our honeymoon in Thailand from October 14th to 28th, then to we will spend 4 nights in Dubai before flying back to Cairo on November 1st. I am following your guide and I will start with 3 days in Bangkok then I’ll have around 12 days for island hopping, what the weather will be like in Koh Lipe during this time? and what other islands would you recommend beside Koh Lipe? I think we can do 3 islands 4 days each? Bangkok to Koh Lip then what? I can fly from Phuket airport to Dubai, so I wouldn’t have to go back to Bangkok. What would be your recommendation?

    • October in Thailand is still rainy season and the island ferries in Thailand are still limited. Getting to Koh Lipe in October is only possible from Pak Bara at this time. The ferry service is also limited in Phuket/Krabi region. You could go to Lipe but we would suggest at least 4 night, then go over to Koh Lanta/Krabi/Phuket area. We aren’t the biggest fans of Phuket as we also suggest the smaller islands. Depending on your budget consider in Koh Yao Noi.

      No matter where you go you’ll have a blast!

  11. Hi, im planning a honeymoon april 9 to 18, 2019 and i have a couple of questions.
    1 After my extensive research(mainly on your blog), and seeing all your comments about skipping phuket im still under the impression that phuket has the most luxurious/affordable resorts for a 3 day break with nothing but the beach. Is this wrong? koh lipe seems less private beaches/less luxury. ko yao yai ive seen a lot of reviews about resorts being 5 stars but having 1 star food/service.
    2 My honeymoon priority is clear water beaches, eating and a little bit of drinking. any reccommended resorts? good food/ affordable drinks/ great beach/ romantic rooms?

    3 Phi phi islands, is it enough to only stay one night? i want to do budget island hopping after the 3 day luxury, is it too much to to 1 night each (phi phi, krabi, koh lanta)

    • Hi Natalia – You can still have a good time in Phuket, its just more developed, if you go that route I would avoid Patong area and opt for Karon or Kata. Koh Lipe has some luxury properties and while the beaches aren’t resort beaches they are very nice and still feels quiet. One night in Phi Phi is not really worth it, you could do it in two nights but the ferry from Phuket will take up several hours of your day. Each of those islands you listed are several hours apart by ferry, you’d spend most of you time on a boat. I would stick to one of those places and enjoy it or skip the 3 nights luxury and do two nights in each place. Have a great trip!

  12. Great post guys. This was so helpful my fiance and I will be honeymoon in their mid September for 10 day then heading to Australia to visit family. What can we expect for the weather and what islands would you suggest for foodies and beach lovers. We’re trying to avoid the extra crowds and be budget-conscious.

    • In general, in September you will have a good chance for rain in the afternoons in most of the country. The rains don’t usually last all day, but sometimes can. The positive to traveling in September is that prices and crowds are way down. As for islands we think Koh Lipe is the best honeymoon island, but you could have a great time in other places too Like Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao would be some of our top picks. We hope you have an amazing honeymoon, safe travels!

  13. What a comprehensive guide. Thanks, Hannah.
    Is there any suggestion on tour companies that can personalize the itinerary for our honeymoon?
    Been looking at Exotic Voyages and Oriental Escape, but not so sure about the quality.

    • Glad we could help you out. Sorry, I can’t recommend either of those company, but we have discussed putting together our own custom trip and selling it. You just made that a little higher on our to-do list. Let us know if you have any specific questions and we may be able to help you out.

  14. Hey Adam and Hannah!

    My fiancé and I were considering Thailand among a few other destinations for our honeymoon. However, after reading your highly thorough and comprehensive post, we’ve both been persuaded to go to Thailand! We want to go to Thailand in September 2018 and stay for 2 weeks. We would fly out of the United States. Which airport would you recommend flying into in Thailand? We would like to visit no more than 3 destinations and would like a mix of adventure (rock-climbing, hiking, watching Muay Thai fights, scuba, kayaking) and relaxation on our trip. Are there any islands in particular you would recommend for these types of activities in September? We are also big foodies! What types of transportation do you recommend for getting around? Thanks in advance. Your website is fantastic. I am going to recommend your website to my other travel friends seeking adventure and good food!

    • The easiest/fastest/cheapest place to fly into would be BKK Bangkok airport. We also suggest spending 3 nights in Bangkok, it’s our favorite city in the world. It’s a great introduction to Thailand too. We always tell people do Bangkok, an island or two, and if you want more nature we would love to go to Khao Sok Lake. It’s best to just fly around Thailand, it’s super cheap. We lived there for 2 years on and off. Airlines that are the best are Air Asia, Thai Airways, Smile (owned by Thai), there are others but we usually flew those 3. September is still monsoon season so the ferries will not be running often. We always tell people to avoid Phuket & Phi Phi, they aren’t what you think. We love Koh Lipe but during rainy season lots of places are closed and there is only the ferry from Pak Bara and the seas can be rough. I would maybe look into Koh Samui or Koh Tao. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  15. I’m sooo glad I came across this post!! Am looking to go to Thailand for our honeymoon and have spent so much time researching I think my brain has been fried with all the information and I’m still no nearer to picking where to go! We’re getting married at the end of May which doesn’t leave us much time to book at all! We only have around 7-10 days too so not much time to really explore Thailand. Going to take your advice and do Bangkok for 3 days before heading elsewhere. Where would you recommend for a nice relaxed break?

    • With the rest of your time, I would definitely go to the islands. Personally, we would always go to Koh Lipe, but if you want the famous tall limestone cliffs and great beaches try Koh Phi Phi or Krabi. We generally recommend skipping Phuket unless you just want to use it as a base to take lots of day trips. Here is our guide to which island is best for your travel style – Have fun planning and congrats on the upcoming wedding and honeymoon!

  16. HELP! We are planning our honeymoon for Feb 2019 – we will have just over 2 weeks actually in Thailand. We for sure want to spend a few days in Bangkok, then head up North to Chaing Mai area for 3 or 4 days. Then how do we possibly decide which islands to spend the remainder of our time on?! What area is best to spend our time at where we get the ‘best bang for our buck’? We aren’t huge into the massive party scene, that said, we certainly enjoy hanging out in beach bars and pubs and getting a taste of the night scene. Because of our limited time I am not sure if it is smart to go to both the Andaman and the Gulf? Opinions please 🙂

    • Hi Gina, You picked a great spot for a honeymoon! Each island has it’s own vibe and levels of nightlife with your 7 or so days you could probably visit 2 islands and certain islands are better if you want to see both the gulf and Andaman sea however most of one of those days will be a travel day if you want to visit both sides. To get a better idea of what each island has to offer check out our island hopping guide One option would be to fly to Phuket and then take the ferry to Koh Phi Phi for a few days and then take another ferry to Krabi, both of these areas are stunning and have a mix of nightlife options. Alternatively you could go to the other side and see Koh Tao and another island like Koh Samui. Seeing both sides if very possible but it will come down to which island you really want to see and how you want to spend your time. Happy planning!

  17. Greetings!

    I came across your blog and my fiance and I have found article the most helpful in trying to coordinate our honeymoon to Thailand. We are planning to go next June, 23 through July 5 (2019) which gives us a total of 14 days with travel from Orlando, Florida.

    Three questions I have for you:

    1. Should we be worried about rainy season? (the weather sounds a lot like a summer in Florida)
    2. Also, do you think we would have enough time to visit Bangkok, Phucket and explore the Phi Phi Islands?
    3. This might sounds dumb, but Is it safe to leave passports in the hotels?

    We have never traveled a trip like this before that is why we are trying to do as much research as possible early on.


    • Hi Sara, congrats on the honeymoon – Thailand is a great spot for it.

      Q1 – Rainy season in Thailand usually involves rain most days for a short (but sometimes longer) part of the day. Every year is a bit different, but the time we have spent in Thailand during the rainy season it is not usually total rain out days. Generally, a few showers most afternoons for a total of an hour, maybe two, but sometimes longer of course.

      Q2 – Two weeks is a good amount of time to see three destinations in Thailand. Personally, we usually suggest giving Phuket a miss, unless you plan to fill your time there with lots of day trips. We actually took our honeymoon to Thailand and people also told us to skip Phuket, but we didn’t listen and it ended up being our least favorite stop on that trip. Phi Phi Islands are beautiful and you can do several day trips from there to similar islands as Phuket. Bangkok is a must, either at the start or end of the trip – we usually think it’s best to start there and then go to the beaches but it’s all personal preference.

      Q3 – We generally always keep our passports in the hotel room in a locked suitcase. Generally, passports aren’t as big of a theft target as cash, electronics, or other valuables. However, we have not had any issues with theft in hotel rooms in Thailand, but always take some reasonable precautions and you should be alright. To add peace of mind take pictures of your passport and keep them somewhere safe electronically or print them. Then if something were to happen to them this will make it easier to get help at an embassy.

      Hope that helps planning – let us know if you have more question as the Honeymoon dates get closer!

      • Hey Adam!
        Thank you for answering our questions and for your suggestions. My fiancé was just approved to take some more time off of work after the wedding, which extends our tip by two days….very excited about that, so now we have a total of 16 days with travel time. What is another location you guys suggest besides Phuket to go island hopping from? We defiantly plan on spending at least 3 days in Bangkok. Koh Lanta looks and sounds beautiful….we kinda feel all over the place now…lol

        • Great news about the extra time off! Island hopping in Thailand is pretty easy and you can spend a few nights on each island working your way up or down the coast. From Bangkok you could fly to Phuket for a night or two and visit the Similan Islands as a day trip, then that the ferry to Phi Phi islands for I would suggest 3 nights and then take another ferry to Koh Lanta or Krabi to spend time. However, if you don’t want to move rooms as much and would rather take day trips you could base yourselves in Krabi also. There are lots of options on islands to visit, we also have an island hopping guide if you haven’t checked it out yet . Transportation is easy to book while in Thailand or in advance on line. If you want to see lots of places this is the way to do it and then you can fly back to Bangkok from your last island or nearby airport. Happy Planning!

  18. Hi Hannah! What are the best months to visit the islands? I’ve read some discrepancies in when the rainy season begins/ends. Is late June right in the middle of it? What about the middle of November? Thanks so much for your advice! Great tips 🙂

    • Rainy season has been weird the past few years (as all over the world). In 2016/2017 they had crazy floods in January which is dry season. Technically mid-November you’re in dry season and late June it’s the early part of rainy season. So both of those times I wouldn’t worry about the rain too much. Safe travels.

  19. Nice post Hannah and Adam! I got intrigued by your pick ‘The Beach’ between days 5-10. I actually did a trail following the trail of the movie ‘The Beach’ as a 4 part documentary. I still see that we have covered only 10% of the surface. Awesome post which highlights more of the beach destinations! I never knew about Koh Lipe and Koh Yao. My next year’s Thailand trip has enough research 🙂

    • A honeymoon in Thailand during May isn’t during the rainy season it will be hot but honestly it’s always hot in Thailand, some months are just hotter. Where are you planning on going during your Thailand honeymoon? Let us know if you have any other Thailand travel questions. We’ve spent over a year living in Thailand. Safe travels.

  20. Hey Hannah!! I am quickly becoming addicted to this blog. Reading and SEEING all these amazing places is very inspirational for me to do the cash saving necessary for my fiancee and I to be able to travel like this.

    We are looking at possibly going to Thailand for our honeymoon, and I was just curious as to whether the islands, or anywhere in Thailand for that matter, are gay-friendly. We’re not an outlandish, in-your-face, make out in the street type of couple (we live in the South), BUT we are curious about the social implications and safety of two women traveling together as wives, not just friends.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • Glad you found our travel blog! You will have no problem being gay, Thailand is SUPER gay-friendly. Ladyboys are everywhere in Thailand and same sex couples are normal here. I wouldn’t worry about that one bit. I hope you two have a fabulous honeymoon in Thailand. Let us know if you have any other honeymoon questions.

  21. Hello!

    This is a great guide and has been a huge help while planning my honeymoon! We are going for 3 weeks and your island guide has been especially helpful. Do you happen to know if places thorughout Thailand accept American Express cards? Additionally, did you notice any issues or concerns if eating street food or food from the night markets? I have a sensitive stomach but am so looking forward to all the food! Lastly, for day-island tours, do you recommend buying them from a hotel, in advance online, or just playing it by ear once we arrive?

    Thank you!

    • Glad we could help answer your Thailand honeymoon questions. I wouldn’t plan on using your American Express in most of Thailand, possibly in a few bigger named stores in the Bangkok malls or hotels. Visa or Mastercard and you will have no issues. We eat street food all the time in Thailand, make sure to check out our street food safety guide to help you make your way through eating street food safely. For tours if you like things organized and don’t like to negotiate I’d book on Viator (links in articles for recommended tours). Do you have a specific city and tour you are looking for? We possibly can guide you in the right direction. Safe travels to Thailand.

  22. Hey Hannah! Great informative post, my wife and I are planning on going to Thailand for our honeymoon next January/February.

    Two quick questions for you:

    1) Did you and your husband hire a guide to take you around places or did you do a lot of exploring yourselves? Is it necessary to hire someone for this service?
    2) How easy is planning a trip to Bali while you’re in Thailand? (sorry I guess that’s three questions, haha)?

    • You are going to have an amazing honeymoon in Thailand. On our honeymoon, we hired a driver only in Phuket for the day to show us around. We have since lived in Thailand over a year and are confident you can do it yourself. In Bangkok, I always suggest a street food tour just a cheap one is fine. That way you can have a local Thai show & explain to you different things and the prices etc. If you are going to Bali you should book that before Thailand. Book flights on AirAsia, we have flown them 100+ times.Bali is still several hours from Bangkok. Stay tuned for a honeymoon in Bali post.

      Safe travel & congrats on the wedding.

  23. My fiance and I are honeymooning in Thailand for 14 – 16 days (including travel to/from US). We’re going from Bangkok to Koh Lipe to Koh Lanta to ???? before heading back to Bangkok to fly home. We’re struggling to decide between Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Krabi (possibly Koh Yao Yai) for our last stop of 3 nights. We know there are many day trips from each place. Do you have any thoughts on which island to stay on and why? And what day trips you would recommend from the island? Thanks!

    • That is going to be an epic honeymoon. I guess for the last 3 days what do you want to do? Party? Relax? Explore? Phi Phi would be good for party at night and then I would suggest renting a private boat during the day. Krabi there are great day trips as well. Phuket is big, whatever you do don’t stay in Patong but I wouldn’t suggest Phuket. We haven’t been to Koh Yao Yai but have heard great things about it, but that is much smaller and quieter of an island. Have you rented all your hotels yet? Feel free to email us too [email protected]

      Safe travels

  24. True, I also think so honeymoon plan is more fun than when planning the wedding. Thank you for providing information about this honeymoon guide in Thailand.

  25. I think even 3-5 days is still not enough for us to enjoy our honeymoon in phuket haha. Every couple who do honeymoon always want to linger, especially if the place is like Phuket. Imagine, the idyllic Andaman Sea becomes your own private playground. With direct ocean access to a coral reef in the cove in front of the villa. The infinity pool stretching to the horizon, the rugged coastline and the tropical jungle, all around is natural serenity and uncompromised privacy. This will be the best honeymoon.

  26. What a thorough and amazing guide! I’d love to travel here for two weeks. Still haven’t made it out to Thailand yet, though I will someday. There’s just so much to see and do! Saving this for future reference!

    • Thailand is an amazing country and you should spend at least 2 weeks in Thailand to get a good taste of the country. Let us know if you have any other questions.

  27. Love this! We’ve been married for a number of years now so have already had our honeymoon, but we’ll never say no to planning additional romantic vacations, perhaps an anniversary or just because we want to :D!

  28. What a comprehensive and exhaustive guide. Thailand with its picturesque beaches and exotic islands is an ideal destination for a honeymoon. These are lovely destinations and one would be definitely spoilt for choice.

  29. Lots of great suggestions! Thailand would be a perfect spot for a honeymoon, and I agree–planning a honeymoon is way more fun than planning a wedding. Koh Adang sounds like it would be right up our alley.

  30. Koh Lipe is my favorite of the destinations you have listed. That photo is just so appealing and gorgeous. Thailand is just bursting at the seams with beauty. 😉 I can see why it would make a perfect honeymoon destination.

  31. Oh wow what a lovely indepth itinerary and destination list. I have been to Thailand 7 times now but just once with my hubby. I know the islands have lovely resorts and nice secluded beaches which are perfect for a couple. Great stuff.

  32. Thailand is a great honeymoon destination because it offers a little bit of everything. I’m not much of a beach person, so I stayed in Bangkok and headed north to the Chiang Mai area. This is a great guide for how to piece all the different areas together. So glad you pointed out how even $50 a night in Thailand will get you a pretty nice place to stay. I think first-time visitors can’t believe the prices and book something more expensive without realizing that it’s not necessary.

  33. All have dream settings… hard to choose one out of the lot here.
    Thailand is blessed to have such scenic locations., very good list. You have given a good compilation of the various features too.

  34. This has got to be one of the best and most comprehensive posts on holidaying in Thailand that I’ve seen. It’s great learning more about the various itinerary options, I want to do it all though, but I’m really bookmarking for the practical advice such as the potential transfer stress between the Bangkok airports and also the budget tips.

  35. I am getting married on Feb and this post is a great help… I was thinking Phuket for our honeymoon but I think I like Kho Phi Phi more. Thank you for this ?

  36. I’m not planning a honeymoon anytime soon, but I’d definitely visit some of these locales, like Koh Adang. The breakdown of costs is very helpful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  37. Exotic location… quiet beaches… sunny day… it all sounds perfect for honeymoon. Especially it’s good value and wow, there are a lot of places to go in Thailand! Thanks for the post and it’s great! I would be interested to see Chiang Mai next.

  38. Great Guide for those who will be getting married and trying to decide where to spend the honeymoon. I think all the destinations you have mentioned would certainly be great.


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