We had been thinking about it for quite some time now and we wanted to do a honeymoon planning guide and itinerary for different places starting with Thailand because that’s where we went for our honeymoon and then later on for some other places also that we think are perfect for a honeymoon. In a few days, we will be celebrating our first anniversary and we thought we should really start with the Thailand one. So here it is:
First things first. Here are a few things you should consider before you start planning the itinerary for your honeymoon:
- Choose the right dates: We all know how tiring the Big Fat Indian weddings be for the people who are actually getting married. Those days of partying and dancing in your heels or formal shoes till late hours and not getting enough sleep because of the excitement or because you have a lot of things to take care of; those days are tiring no matter what. SO do not plan to leave for your honeymoon right after thee wedding day. Relax for a few days at home, so that when you actually go, you are not so freakin tired that you end up sleeping for days!
- Choose the right location: Usually the Indian wedding season is in winters and only god knows how the bride survives the cold. So, while deciding for the location, choose some place tropical where you can relax on the beach and where you don’t have to wear those bulky jackets. Of course if you both want to go to say Switzerland and want to go skiing and what not, it is totally up to you, but talk about where you both want to go to.
- Book in advance: Book your flight tickets and all the hotels etc well in advance, because once the wedding time is near, you will both be super busy in the prep and won’t get any time to actually look for hotels and all. Also, check if you need visas and get that done well in time as well!
- Pack for the honeymoon: Another great tip is to pack a suitcase/bag well in advance if you are leaving just after a few days after your wedding.
Now that you have all this sorted out, let’s talk about honeymoon in Thailand:
- Locations: The most common location for honeymooners is Phuket and that’s where we also went. There are a number of islands that you can head to and of course it can be a little over whelming. The most famous islands are Koh samui and Phi Phi islands and some of these beaches can get a little over crowded(which no one wants on their honeymoon). If you are heading to Koh Samui we highly recommend that you book your stay at Chaweng beach. It has a number of resorts that have the most stunning beaches and are available for almost all budgets.
- To Escape the crowds, you can also choose one of the lesser known beaches or beaches that have secluded resorts like Cheong Mon and Taling Ngma beach.
We have worked out a detailed itinerary for you guys:
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok. Check-in in a hotel. We highly recommend IBIS by the river side. It is on the banks of river Chao phraya which looks stunning specially at night with all the cruise boats and all the pretty lights. Spend the day relaxing at the hotel and lounging by the pool area(with a view of the river)
Day 2: (optional) Explore Bangkok. Visit the grand palace in the morning and watch the sun set over Arun Wat. The best way to get to the Grand palace complex is to take a cruise boat on the chao phraya river. You can also head to Asiatique for a different shopping experience. There are a number of boutique shops and it has an open mall concept which is great!
Day 3: If you are going to Koh Samui, instead of flying to Koh Samui, Take a flight to Surat Thani and then take a ferry to Koh Samui. It will cost you less than 1/3rd the cost of direct flights to Koh Samui. We recommend Buri Rasa Village and Centara Grand Beach Resort
Day 4-6: It totally depends on how long you want to stay ! Spend the days lounging on these stunning white sand beaches, relaxing and watching the sun go down. This was honestly the best part about our honeymoon as well!
Day 7-8: Return to Bangkok & explore the malls in Bangkok. Do a little bit of shopping and if you happen to be in Baan SIlom Area, grab a south Indian Meal at sarvana bhawan and of course faluda kulfi at Haji ali which is quite close to Sarvana Bhawan. Take a flight back home and start your married life! yay!
About the things to do in Thailand, the best are:
- Rent a scooter and explore the island you are on.
- Explore stunning beaches and spend the days getting a tan and reading a book and some sun downers with a gorgeous view of the sunset are never a bad way to end the day.
- Drink lots of coconut water and have a lot of fruits: Seriously the fruits in Thailand are so good. We went insane over a coconut because it was so delicious.
If you want a detailed itinerary here are the blogs that we ave written earlier:
Hope you found this helpful!
Till next time