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WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS


marriage Love &


Thailand is a couples and honeymooners favourite – and it’s little wonder why!


honeymoon in Thailand makes couples feel like they've stepped into a picture postcard. There’s an excellent range of quality accommodation and teams of people keen to ensure couples get the best big day or romantic break possible.


W WEDDINGS


For weddings with a wow, Thailand is a clear winner. Idyllic beach or garden settings are available and orchid bouquets and fl oral arches and the release of paper lanterns are popular touches. It’s even possible to be photographed with an elephant. Many resorts off er East-meets-West ceremonies and couples don’t need to be Buddhist to receive a blessing from monks or incorporate traditional hand tying or water pouring rituals into their ceremony. That ‘conveyor belt’ feeling of some beach weddings is not an issue in


ith white sands and turquoise seas, orchids and longtail boats, a wedding or


Thailand where there’s a wide choice of secluded resorts. Even Bangkok (a must-stop for paperwork) has boutique hotels and riverside garden properties. Outside of hotels, couples can marry on board a yacht or in a national park, or the gardens of Sampran Riverside – a cultural centre near Bangkok which incorporates Thai customs and elephants. At Koh Kradan, off Trang, a mass underwater wedding takes place every Valentine’s Day.


DO IT ALL AGAIN!


Those who have tied the knot in a simple UK ceremony can consider a romantic wedding blessing as part of their honeymoon, while couples who’ve reached big anniversaries can plan an exotically located renewal of vows.


HONEYMOONS


It’s easy for newly-weds to fi nd their own slice of heaven at a classy boutique bolthole on an outlying island. Koh Lanta, Koh Samet, Koh Racha, Koh Yai Noi and


RECENT


Thailand is honeymoon heaven; relax on a beach one day, wash


elephants the next! YVONNE POWELL, HOLIDAYSPLEASE


‘Honeytouring’


ADDITIONS NAKA PHUKET Modern-minded couples can say their vows in an ocean-side chapel and bag one of 94 pool villas with wraparound glass walls, which jut over gardens. The minimalist rooms include HD movie jukeboxes, L-shaped settees and wooden fl oors. thenakaphuket.com


AMARI VOGUE KRABI The Honeymoon is taken quite literally at this resort with a new


package, giving couples a private guided visit to the hotel’s eco-minded rural honeybee farming project, combined with pampering spa treatments


incorporating honey scrubs and masks. amari.com/vogue


SAMUI IMPERIAL BOAT HOUSE BEACH RESORT


Lovebirds can stay in one of 34 teak rice barges, which sit in the hotel gardens.


Converted into suites, they comprise an outdoor deck, living


room, sky-lit bathroom and downstairs master bedroom. There are also eight


honeymoon suites. imperialhotels.com


KOH YAO YAI VILLAGE This locally-owned beach resort is on a quiet island off Phuket. Its ceremony locations are decorated with fl owers and candles. A traditional blessing, three-tiered cake, bride’s arrival by decorated buggy, seaside dinner, decorated bedroom and spa treatments are among inclusions. kohyaoyaivillage.com


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