Thailand, also often referred to as the Land of Smiles, has so many ways for couples to get in touch with their romantic side and have fun. Whether you’re a couple that enjoys moments of loved-up solitude in beautiful surroundings, likes to party the night away together, or something in between, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for romance in Thailand. Create sweet memories with some of these suggestions for couples:
1. Relax together on sublime beachesThailand is known for its many fine beaches and gorgeous islands. Be it finding your own little slice of deserted paradise or being in the thick of the action, there is a Thai beach to suit almost any couple.
For wild nights of partying on soft white sands, Koh Pha Ngan with its legendary Full Moon, Half Moon, and pretty much any moon, parties might be just what you are dreaming about. Haad Rin is the island’s hedonistic hotspot. Other lively Thai beaches include Patong in Phuket, Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui, Hat Sai Kaew on Koh Samui, and Koh Phi Phi’s Ao Ton Sai. These busier beaches also have a wide array of things to do during the day, such as zipping across the waves on a jet ski, bouncing around on the back of a banana boat, and enjoying the highs of parasailing.
If you prefer to relax on gorgeous beaches together with relatively few people around, some of the smaller and less-touristy islands could be perfect! There are also plenty of lovely mainland beaches to check out too. Some recommended places for that feeling of having stumbled upon your own blissful and idyllic beach include Koh Phayam and the Kam Islands off the coast of Ranong, Ao Manao in Prachuap Khiri Khan, the Koh Yao Islands in Phang Nga Bay, and Koh Tarutao off the coast of Satun. Other terrific options include Phuket’s Koh Racha, the spectacular Trang Islands, Trat’s Koh Kut, and Khanom Bay in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Active couples can combine climbing in Krabi’s Railay or jungle trekking on Koh Chang with blissful days on the beach. There really are so many awesome beaches in Thailand to enjoy, each with its own character and vibe.
A few things to keep in mind on Thailand’s beaches are that nude bathing is not permitted and topless bathing is considered inappropriate by many Thai people. You may see foreigners bathing topless in predominantly tourist areas, but it is really discouraged for more remote beaches. Indeed, the farther away from the tourist crowds you travel, the more conservative you should dress and act. Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon by Thais, especially those in the older generations, and away from the tourist hubs, you may notice that the majority of bathers are actually wearing clothes to swim in the ocean.
2. Wander through vibrant fields of flowersA somewhat lesser-known activity in Thailand, but something that can be super romantic, is to head into the countryside and visit stunning flower fields. The rural parts of Thailand are attractive in their own right, with lush rice paddies, pretty banana plantations, and other growing areas, but the stretching flower fields are especially dazzling.
Lopburi and Saraburi (also sometimes spelt as Salaburi) are famous for their bright yellow sunflower fields. The flowers are in bloom between November and January. Phu Ruea National Park in Loei boasts a gorgeous poinsettia garden, best visited in the cooler months between November and January, and Phu Lom Lo in the provinces of Loei and Phitsanulok is awash with striking pink cherry blossom in January and February. You can also see beautiful cherry blossom in several parts of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Thailand’s biggest flower field, located in Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani Province, is a visual treat. The stretching fields of wild flowers can be enjoyed all year round, but the ultimate time to visit is in October. Another excellent flower field is Thung Dok Bua Tong in Mae Hong Son. This is better towards the end of the year.
Visit Chaiyaphum’s Pa Hin Ngam National Park each July to see the stunning kra jiao (sometimes also spelt as krachio) flowers, a type of tulip. Delightful shades of pink, purple, and white blanket the fields. Udon Thani’s Red Lotus Sea is a sight for sore eyes. Pink lotus flowers cover the surface of an enormous lake between November and February. April is the ideal month to see stunning golden shower trees in full bloom alongside Kaen Nakhon Lake in Khon Kaen. The Latin name of the tree and flower is cassia fistula and it is Thailand’s national flower.
3. Watch one of nature's finest shows as the sun goes downThere are many places in Thailand where you can sit and watch the colours of the sky change as the sun goes down and day fades into night. Whether you love beaches, mountains, plains, or cities, there’s a pretty high chances that you won’t be too far away from a great spot to watch a beautiful sunset.
Some recommended spots include from Haad Pakmeng in Trang Province, where the stunning greenery-clad karsts rising out of the ocean provide picture perfect views at sunset, and Pha Taem National Park, where you can not only see the sun go down over the mountains but you can also boast of having seen the country’s first sunset of the day!
As the name suggests, Sunset Beach on Koh Lipe is another excellent spot, as is Promthep Cape in Phuket. Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai is also quite popular with sunset lovers.
Whether you want to find somewhere to cosy up alone and watch the sun go down or you would prefer to be sitting in a swanky bar and sipping on a cocktail, Thailand offers so many magical sunset views.
4. Hop in a kayak and explore!Thailand offers lots of opportunities for couples to rent a kayak and have fun together paddling around beautiful areas. Whilst there are many boat trips that you can take, for example sailing around the gorgeous Phi Phi Islands in a long tail boat, what makes kayaking so great for couples is the fact that it is just the two of you exploring together. Escape the crowds and be wowed by dazzling scenery as you row your small vessel.
Whether you fancy sea kayaking, river kayaking, or kayaking on large shimmering lakes, Thailand’s splendid coastlines and waterways provide loads of ways to discover natural gems.
Phang Nga Bay is perhaps one of the most breath-taking destinations for sea kayaking. Towering limestone rocks jut dramatically out of the gleaming emerald waters, and there are natural sea caves and amazing lagoons to discover. You’re sure to want to snap lots of selfies together with such stunning backdrops. Phuket and Krabi are also great places for sea kayaking.
The mangroves and jungles of Khao Sok National Park offer loads of wildlife spotting opportunities as you leisurely drift along in your kayak. Look out for elephants, monkeys, wild pigs, deer, otters, bears, lizards, and various species of bird. Sightings of impressive hornbills are fairly common.
Head north to Chiang Mai and you’ll find lots more glorious scenery and wildlife encounters as you kayak along the Ping River. Alternatively, the Sri Lanna National Park offers excellent lake kayaking. The picturesque Pai River in Mae Hong Son is another terrific place for couples to kayak in Northern Thailand. Be aware that regular kayaking trips usually only operate in the dry season (April to September) when the water levels are lower and the rivers aren’t raging. For even more excitement, why not try white water kayaking? The Taeng River in Chiang Mai offers exciting rapids and plenty of speed during the rainy season. It is only recommended, however, for experienced kayaking couples.
The Tha Chin River in Nakhon Prathom (Central Thailand) is ideal for paddling along peaceful stretches of calm water with barely another soul in sight. Passing by floating gardens, dense patches of lotus flowers, riverside temples, and traditional homes, you may also spot a few locals fishing. It is really quite romantic!
This is just a small selection of the numerous brilliant places around Thailand where you can explore in a kayak.
5. Lock your love in Wang Nam KhiaoWang Nam Khiao is a stunning mountainous destination in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Nicknamed the Switzerland of Isan, it is famous for its incredible views and excellent air quality. Whilst the entire area is perfect for lovers and provides lots of ways for couples to enjoy romantic interludes, there is one attraction in particular that is sure to delight.
Montana Farm has a small but charming ornamental bridge where couples are invited to affix padlocks as a symbol of their devotion. Whilst it certainly isn’t comparable to one of Europe’s great bridges, it is a lovely way for couples to do something cute to seal their adoration when in Thailand. You can also enjoy the farm’s other activities at the same time, including feeding sheep and alpacas, strolling through beautifully landscaped gardens, and dining on tasty food in the restaurant.
Admission to Montana Farm is 50 THB (approximately 1.40 USD) per person.
Many more ways for couples to enjoy Thailand
This article barely scratches the surface of the numerous things for couples to enjoy in Thailand. Experienced riders could rent a scooter and spend endless days riding around the countryside, coast, and mountains whilst lapping up exquisite views. You could pack a yummy picnic for an even lovelier day of explorations. Just be sure to always wear a helmet when riding!
Thailand boasts a plethora of dazzling temples, great for couples that want to admire architecture and experience a little of the local spirituality whilst on holiday. Chiang Rai’s Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, is a particularly charming temple.
Swim underneath gushing waterfalls, enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in a swanky restaurant, sip cocktails in chic bars, spot wildlife in lush jungles, enjoy adventures to some of the country’s more remote areas, admire fascinating rock formations, such as those at Mor Hin Khao, and … enjoy spending quality time together in the Land of Smiles!
There are so many ways for couples to have a wonderful time in Amazing Thailand! Book your next couple’s holiday to Thailand and feel the romance.
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