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Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles and the home of mouthwatering curries and noodles, but it’s also the best place to unwind with massages and wellness treatments in pristine, beachside resorts—all at an unbeatable price tag.
Not that price should ever be the main factor when choosing a holiday, but if your clients can get paradise at a fraction of the price, shouldn’t they? We think so, especially as Thailand is perfect for honeymoons, destination weddings, and couples looking for something more than just another trip to the Caribbean.
Thailand offers the perfect mix of culture, beaches, and over-the-top luxury. And it doesn’t break the bank. But let’s get a little more specific about what Thailand can offer your clients looking for a romantic getaway.
There are few things that bond romantic partners more than shared experiences. They’re the things to fondly reminisce about years down the line when life isn’t as exciting as it used to be. Thailand is jam-packed with opportunity for these sorts of unforgettable experiences to share.
Your clients with a culinary streak can take a Thai cooking class. For instance, with a half-day cooking class at the Blue Elephant Cooking School in Bangkok, couples can learn from professional chefs about how to source key ingredients and know what to look for when they’re at the market. Back home, they can host dinner parties with friends and showcase their incredible Massaman beef curries and papaya salads.
Nature lovers can have an once-in-a-lifetime encounter with elephants at the Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north. The park makes it its mission to rescue wild elephants from dangerous work conditions and rehabilitate them in a safe, natural environment. Couples will work in unison as they try their hand at becoming mahouts (trainers) for a day, learning how to feed and wash the gentle giants.
Your most adventurous clients can try their hand at weaving through traffic on their very own Tuk Tuk. This full-day excursion takes them through the backroads of Chiang Mai to see local farmers in their rice paddies and visit lesser-known temples. Don’t worry: you won’t lose your chance at repeat clients if things go awry; an experienced guide leads the tour and safety is a top priority.
What client doesn’t want to live life as a baller? Thailand can make that happen without clients having to take out a second mortgage. And let’s face it: happy clients equal repeat clients.
In Thailand, the difference in pricing between 3 and 4 stars or 4 and 5 stars is often negligible. It’s easy to upsell someone when they can see the value they are getting for only a few dollars more. Even for those clients on a more modest budget, why not suggest at least 1 or 2 nights of their journey in a luxury hotel—ideally to cap things off at the end of their vacation. In most cases, if you can show value for the upgrade, most people have no problem finding the extra money.
One of our top recommendations for a luxury splurge is a stay in a luxury villa like those offered at the Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort. Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort sits on the romantic island of Koh Samui on the shores of Hanuman Bay. It offers the chance to escape from the worries of ordinary life and indulge in a luxurious getaway.
Those clients who opt for a luxury villa will have their own private plunge pool to cool off in during the warm afternoon. Afterwards, they can amble over to the Navasana Spa to get a relaxing couples massage or take part in a cooking lesson on location at the resort. And for those couples who get so wrapped up in the romance Thailand offers, there is even the option to enjoy a destination wedding right on the beach. Now that would be a truly unforgettable vacation! The Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort is a great recommendation for any romantic getaway.
Think about a typical romantic night out back home: it might include grabbing dinner, drinks and/or a night out at an art gallery or a museum or taking in a show. These experiences involve food, history, or culture. Thailand is jammed packed with options for all of these things.
Couples who love history and culture will find dozens of temples to explore such as Wat Prathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, or The Golden Temple in Bangkok. Foodies can try their luck at any of the gazillion street side vendors offering just about every item under the sun, from fried scorpions to Khao Neow Ma Muang (Mango with sticky rice). An evening tour in the company of a guide will teach them which items to try and which ones might be best avoided.
Adventure lovers should consider flying through the canopy rainforest on a zip line or embarking on a full day kayaking trip through the hongs of Phang Nga Bay in the south. For the best date night, couples can take the elevator to any of the world-renowned rooftop bars in Bangkok and enjoy the frenetic vibe of the city with a 360° view. They’ll realize that people don’t call Bangkok the “City of Angels” for nothing.
And of course, sometimes people just want to relax with their significant others and while away the hours. With its long, white sandy beaches made romantic walks or lazy evenings, Thailand is perfect for these sorts of travellers. It really does have it all.
For a full list of all Goway’s Romantic Getaways, visit our Asia Specials page on Goway.com
And what’s in it for you? Your clients will come back raving about their incredibly romantic trip, which you made possible. That’s the kind of word-of-mouth advertising we all want. So stop rifling through those last minute sell-off flyers for Cuba and consider offering Thailand instead. Your clients won’t be disappointed.
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