Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles, as the home of mouthwatering curries and noodles, and as the best place to unwind with massages and wellness treatments in beachside resorts. It also ought to be known as the romantic hideaway of Southeast Asia.
With gorgeous islands and beaches, pristine resorts, charming cultural experiences, and an unbeatable price tag, a Thailand vacation has all the makings of a great place to head to on a romantic journey. It’s perfect whether you’re planning a honeymoon, special celebration, or overdue dream vacation with your special someone.
Thailand offers the perfect mix of culture, beaches, and over-the-top luxury that doesn’t break the bank. If that’s not enough to encourage you, here are our top four reasons for romance in Thailand.
Share an unforgettable hands-on cultural experience
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 the world outside your window doesn’t seem all that exciting, and warm memories of the past make the day pass a little easier. Thailand is jam-packed with opportunities to share these sorts of unforgettable experiences.
If you have a culinary streak, you can take a Thai cooking class to learn how to make your own dishes together when you return from your Thailand vacation. For instance, with a half-day cooking class at the Blue Elephant Cooking School in Bangkok, you can learn from professional chefs what to look for when you’re at the market and how to put together classic Thai dishes such as Massaman beef curry and papaya salad.
If you’re both more nature lovers than foodies, you can have a 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. You’ll get to learn about the elephants, and even help wash and feed them.
Whether you’re partaking in a cooking class, bonding with elephants in the jungle outside Chiang Mai, or simply riding bicycles together along the beaches of Phuket, you’ll find a lot of experiences in Thailand that take you out of your daily routines and let you bond with each other while expanding your comfort zones. Simply put, there are few countries that offer as many opportunities to enjoy the wonders of new experiences.
Indulge in an extravagant luxury experience without breaking the bank
If you want to stay in a 5-star resort or luxury hotel on a vacation, it’ll usually cost you a pretty penny. But not in Thailand, where you can score that dream night or two without spending as much as you would most anywhere else on the planet. As well, if you opt for luxury for just a few nights or even your entire trip to Thailand, rest assured that you’re guaranteed exceptional value and world-renowned hospitality during your stay.
At Goway, we recommend a stay in a luxury villa at 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.
If you opt for the luxury villa at Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort, you’ll enjoy a private plunge pool to cool off during the warm afternoon and a sundeck to lounge on while drying in the open air. You and your partner can get a couple’s massage at the Navasana Spa or opt for a cooking lesson on location at the resort. No matter how you spend your time there, you’ll find Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort an ideal luxury add-on to your romantic getaway. It’s the sort of affordable luxury that makes a Thailand vacation so appealing.
Immerse yourself in the local food, history, and culture in Chiang Mai
Think about the typical romantic night out back home: you might grab dinner or go for drinks or enjoy a night out at an art gallery or a museum. All of these things involve food, history, or culture. Luckily, Thailand abounds with all three, especially in Chiang Mai. In essence, Chiang Mai holds all the ingredients of a perfect date night.
Chiang Mai is the country’s unofficial northern capital and many travellers’ favourite spot on a Thailand vacation. Its sleepy residential atmosphere hides the fact that it’s bursting at the seams with historical and cultural highlights. If you and your partner love history, you’ll find dozens of temples in and around the city, such as Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, which holds a relic of the Buddha and overlooks the city from a high peak around 15km outside of town. If you’re both more culinary-inclined, you can head on a night tour that combines a visit to one of the popular street food avenues with a tour of the night market. In the company of a guide, you’ll pass through the streets and meet street food vendors as you sample delicious curries, grilled meats, and rice dishes. Afterwards, you’ll head to the night market to shop for local crafts by lamplight.
Enjoy an enchanting meal after a day of adventure in Phuket
Few things compare to a delicious meal in an unforgettable environment. During an all-day excursion in Phuket, you’ll enjoy a water-bound adventure and romantic sunset meal that satisfies both the urge to explore the beauty of Thailand and the desire for a romantic evening of companionship.
To begin, you’ll cruise to Phang Nga Bay, where you’ll enjoy a light Thai lunch before exploring the hidden bays and caves by water. Phang Nga Bay is known as one of the most picturesque spots in the Andaman Sea, and its many caves and hideaways make for perfect photography subjects. After kayaking, swimming, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the bay, you’ll arrange a krathong (a traditional Thai candle and flower arrangement) and enjoy a gourmet meal as the sun sets over the water. After you finish your delicious Thai food, you’ll head back onto the water to one of the bay’s many caves and set your krathong afloat to witness the flames bring to life the bioluminescent life in the water. Few excursions are better suited to travellers enjoying a romantic Thailand vacation.
Thailand never gets enough credit as an unforgettable romantic getaway. It offers the chance for partners to bond over incredible cultural experiences, savour delicious local foods, explore breathtaking beaches and islands, and spring for luxury without the exorbitant costs. Make Thailand your next romantic destination and you’re in for a vacation to remember.