Chiang Mai’s small town vibe gives the destination an intimate feel, perfect for honeymooners looking for a quiet getaway destination. The environment, from its green fields and hills, to the mountains, to the waterfalls and beaches, only adds to the romantic atmosphere.
Traveling to Chiang Mai can be tiring. The good thing is that honeymooners can take advantage of one of the numerous spa packages offered in the town, and this can double as a romantic start for your holiday.
Those who are on a tight budget can get a body or foot massage, which Thailand is known for, in a massage shop or even along the road. However, those who can afford to splurge can check out one of the spa resorts of Chiang Mai, such as Panviman Resort, which offers luxury treatments to ease tired bodies. It is even possible to stay overnight there. Prior arrangements can also be made for the resort to add even more romantic touches to your stay such as setting up a private Jacuzzi.
Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort
Address: 197/2 Moo 1, Tambol Pongyang, Amphur Mae Rim
Price: from 119 USD
Meeting/banquet facilities Billiards Private check-in/check-out Pool/beach towels Dry cleaning Parking Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle (additional charge)
Chiang Mai is a popular romantic destination, and it does not disappoint when it comes to offering accommodations that improve the ambience.
One such establishment is 137 Pillars House, so named because of the number of the pillars serving as the foundation. Its antique appearance, having been around for more than 100 years, only adds to the ambience of the hotel. Couples can book a honeymoon package in order to get a bottle of champagne with their booking.
Another romantic option is Ban Sabai Village Boutique Resort, which also offer honeymoon packages for couples. The hotel’s beautiful gardens, good food, spa, and swimming pool have tempted many a couple to not leave the establishment throughout their entire stay in Chiang Mai.
Four Seasons is, of course, another popular hotel for honeymooners. Its location, which is outside the city, is actually considered as favorable by vacation goers, because this allows guests to enjoy peace and quiet while on their holiday. Like Ban Sabai, the beautiful grounds, the relaxing spa, and the good food have tempted many couples to stay in the hotel instead of exploring what the rest of Chiang Mai has to offer.
Ban Sabai Village Boutique Resort
Address: 219 Moo 9, San Pee Sua, Chiang Mai
Contact: +66 53 854 778-9; +66 82-762 8310 | +66 82-762 8311 | +66 81-5377 154 | +66 77-4275 45
Website: Ban Sabai Village Boutique Resort
Address: 502 Moo 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, Chiang Mai
Contact: +66 53 298-181
Website: Four Seasons
3. Hire a private driver to take you around the city
The honeymoon is the time for newlywed couples to spend time together. Hiring the services of a private driver will allow them to enjoy the sights and your spouse’s company without any hassle.
Guests can coordinate with their hotel to help them get a private car with a driver who can tour them around the city. The destinations may differ depending on the agreements with the service provider. However, city tours usually include the following destinations: the Golden Triangle, the White Temple, the Mekong River, museums, shopping markets, the local hot springs, and visits to the nearby tribes.
Travel Hub Chiang Mai
Contact: +66 53 232931; +66 831521956; +66 53 298-190
Website: Travel Hub Chiang Mai
4. Visit Wat Phra That
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, simply known as Wat Phra That, is a temple at the top of Doi Suthep, a location that a white elephant allegedly chose. Its high location allows visitors to get a view of the entire city of Chiang Mai. Several pagodas, statues, shrines, and bells can be found along the temple, as well as a mural that portrays the life of Buddha. Visitors may choose to be blessed by a monk while there.
Visitors will need to climb 309 red-brick steps, or take a cable car to get the temple itself. According to superstition, ringing the bells found at the lower terrace will bring good luck to visitors. Meanwhile, an elaborately painted figure, found on the northwest portion of the temple, is said to have been made to pay tribute to the white elephant of legend.
Visitors must make sure that they are wearing clothes that cover their arms and legs to visit Wat Phra That. They will be asked to remove their shoes prior to entry in the temple.
A museum can be found right beside the temple. This provides more information about the history of Wat Phra That.
Visitors can choose to hike to this destination, or else rent a motorbike or take a songthaew to get to the foot of Wat Phra Thrat Suthep. If you have more time, you may also want to visit the other known temples in Chiang Mai. One is Wat Sri Suphan, which is made of silver, and the other is Wat Umong, a beautiful quiet destination.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Address: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Road Srivijaya Suthep Mueang Chiang Mai District Chiang Mai, Thailand
Price: Entrance fee is 20 THB (0.58 USD)
5. Learn Northern Thai cooking
They say the way to the heart of someone you love is through the stomach. You can get the chance to prove or disprove this saying by learning to cook Northern Thai cuisine while in Chiang Mai. Cooking schools, such as Mai Kaidee Cooking School, offer lessons to students interested in learning how to cook different Thai dishes. Depending on the package, you can learn to cook as many as six dishes in a single day.
The cost is inclusive of the ingredients, which you and your partner can take home with you once you are done cooking. Not only will you be full at the end of the day, you will also be able to learn how to prepare various dishes, the knowledge of which you can bring home at the end of your vacation. Some even provide you with a cookbook at the end of your lesson, so you get to learn how to cook more types of food even after your session.
Mai Kaidee Cooking School
Address: 29/4 Chang Moi Kao Road, Tombol Chang Moi, Amper Muang Chiang Mai
Price: from 1,150 THB (33.52 USD)
Contact: +66-(0)92-778-8594; +66-(0)53-232-696
Website: May Kaidee Cooking School
6. Go shopping
Chiang Mai is similar to other areas of Thailand, in that it offers visitors the chance to shop until they drop. Warorot Market, Chiang Mai’s oldest public market, is open daily from the early morning. If you want to do your shopping at night, a great option is the Chiang Mai Gate Market, which opens at night. Not only will visitors be able to try out different types of Thai street food in either place, they can also buy all sorts of trinkets as souvenirs.
There are fewer vendors on the weekends, so it would be better to go there on weeknights. Weekend visitors need not fear though, since they may also check out the Saturday walking street on Wualai Road and the Sunday walking street on Rachadamnoen Road for souvenirs.
Address: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
7. Go on a romantic river boat cruise along Mae Ping River
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Couples might also take a romantic boat cruise along the Mae Ping River. The actual boat cruise is only about two hours long. However, it is also possible to purchase a package that is inclusive of lunch or dinner.
Mae Ping River Cruise
Address: Chareonprathet Lane 8 Alley, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai
Price: River cruise: 550 THB (16.03 USD); with lunch: 800 THB (23.32 USD); with dinner 690 THB (20.11USD)
Duration: around 2 to 2.5 hours required.
Website: Chiang Mai River Cruise
8. Swim by the Mae Sa Waterfall
Adventure seekers may choose to explore and swim in the waters by the Mae Sa Waterfalls, which are actually 10 waterfalls connected together. This is located in San Doi Daen, which is about 45 minutes away from Chiang Mai.
Mae Sa Waterfall
Address: Pui National Park, Highway 1096, Tambon Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai
Price: Entrance fee is 200 THB (5.83 USD)
9. Try out delicious northern Thai cuisine in a romantic setting at Huen Huay Kaew Restaurant
This restaurant is located beside the Huen Huay Kaew River, providing a beautiful background for diners. Honeymooners may want to visit this at night when soft lighting is used to add a romantic touch to the beautiful surroundings.
Huen Huay Kaew Restaurant
Address: 31/2 Moo 2 Huey Keaw Road, Tambon SuThep Amper Muang, Chiang Mai
Contact: +66 62 961 59 64
Website: Huen Huay Kaew Restaurant
Chiang Mai: a place where romance blooms
Chiang Mai is known for being the most romantic place in Thailand, which says a lot, given that the country has a romantic vibe. Whether you are on your honeymoon, or simply want to spend some quality time with a loved one, your trip to Chiang Mai will definitely be something that you will remember.
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