One of our favourite honeymoon destinations, a honeymoon in Thailand is everything! Whether it’s an adventure honeymoon, beach honeymoon, foodie honeymoon, island hopping honeymoon, wellness honeymoon, or a cultural honeymoon, a Thailand honeymoon has it all. With an abundance of beaches with gorgeous limestone cliffs jutting out from sparkling emerald and turquoise water, lush junglescapes and bustling cities with history, culture and famously friendly faces, you will have an unforgettable time celebrating getting married.
If you’re planning a honeymoon in Thailand, you might be wondering, is Thailand good for honeymoon? How do you get there? How do you get around? What are the best things to do in Thailand? What are the best honeymoon hotels in Thailand? Let us help you plan the perfect trip to the Land of Smiles with our Ultimate Thailand Honeymoon Guide!
- Good to know
- When to go
- How to get there
- What to pack
- Getting around
- Where to go
- Northern Thailand
- East Coast
- West Coast
- Cruises & Trains
- Plan a Thailand honeymoon itinerary
- What to buy
- Where to tag on
- Ethical & sustainable travel
- Books & Movies
Good to know
Time Zone: GMT +7
Population: 70 million
Currency: Thai Baht ฿
A few phrases:
Thank you: Khop Khun
Visa Required: Most nationalities can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. You need 6 months of validity left on your passport. iVisa.com can help if you need a visa.
Health: Thailand’s islands are malaria-free. However, there may be some areas you will need to take malaria tablets. Other travel vaccinations are recommended. We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations or speak to a Tropical Medicine Specialist.
When to go
The best time to visit Thailand for a honeymoon is from November to April. It is the dry season in northern Thailand and the west coast beach areas of Phuket and the surrounding islands in the Andaman Sea. The east coast beaches around Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand have a different climate pattern and the heaviest rains for this area are from September to November, so we’d recommend avoiding these months. While many couples travel during the summer months from June to August, expect some bouts of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
How to get there
Thailand is a very well-connected country and easy to get to. There are direct flights from most major European airport hubs (approx 11 hours flying time) to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport aka Bangkok Airport (Airport Code: BKK) including from London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), Helsinki (HEL), Frankfurt (FRA) to name a few. Bangkok has a second airport, Don Mueang International Airport (Airport Code: DMK), which mainly serves domestic and regional routes with Nok Air & Air Asia. You can also fly via the Middle East, including the UAE via Dubai (DXB) with Emirates and Abu Dhabi (AUH) with Etihad Airways or Turkey via Istanbul (IST) with Turkish Airlines. There are direct flights from Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL) and Perth (PER) in Australia. It also connected Bangkok to most other parts of Asia, so if you’re travelling from North America, you’ll usually connect through another Asian city like Tokyo, for example.
Some of the big Middle Eastern airlines, like Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Etihad Airways and Australia’s Jetstar, also fly directly to Phuket International Airport too so you can start your honeymoon on the islands without connecting or stopping over in Bangkok.
What to pack
Thailand’s hotels and resorts are not usually all-inclusive and the hotel prices mainly include bed & breakfast. There is a range of accommodation types and room categories, from the world’s most luxurious five-star hotels to villa rentals to budget guesthouses and hostels and everything in between. The good news is that it’s very affordable. In fact, you get some of the best value in the world in Thailand. If you love luxury (or if you have champagne tastes on a beer budget!), Thailand is your perfect honeymoon destination.
Hotels are usually on a bed & breakfast board basis because Thailand has an incredible dining scene! Thai food is one of the world’s most renowned cuisines. You’ll also find many other world cuisines to choose from in the major tourist centres too. For example, on Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui choose from an Argentinian steakhouse, an Italian restaurant or an Indian (to name a few!).
You can explore Michelin star restaurants in Bangkok, little huts serving authentic food along the beach and the best street food in the world. Consider doing a cooking school shortly after arrival to immerse yourself in Thai cuisine (and also demystify things if you’re not an adventurous eater).
There are so many amazing things to try – you’ll find all the dishes from your local Thai restaurant at home – Pad Thai, Payaya salad, and all types of curries and noodles. Discover exotic fruits like durian and dragon fruit or more familiar ones like mango, pineapple and coconut.
Planes, trains, automobiles, and tuk-tuks. There are many ways to get around Thailand. Most modes of transport are cheap too. While backpackers will take overnight buses and trains, if you’re there for your honeymoon on a shorter stint, we’d recommend flying between the north, Bangkok and the islands. You will most likely need to take some flights if doing more than the beaches. There are many airlines serving domestic routes, including Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways, Thai AirAsia and NokAir.
In Bangkok, there are a few ways to get around. The convenient Sky Train is a fantastic way to get to many of the city’s top landmarks. There is also a metro. The most famous mode of transportation is probably the Túk-Túk · which can be more convenient than taxis, although taxis are widely available.
In the north and on the islands, most couples will either take taxis, including the cheap, safe and convenient songthaew (converted shared truck taxis). You can also take scooter taxis or hire a moped/scooter. Although we would recommend caution and only hire these if you’re an experienced driver and have travel insurance. You can hire bikes when you’re on the islands, too. To get from island to island, you will find ferries, speedboats and long-tail boats.
Where to go
Thailand is jam-packed full of things to do and sights to see. Whether it’s a massage on the beach, a yoga class at sunrise, snorkelling, diving, partying, cultural pursuits, or shopping – the list is endless. Where to go and where to stay? Let us take you on a tour around Thailand to help you decide on the perfect honeymoon itinerary!
Airport Code: BKK & DMK
We love Bangkok! This vibrant, bustling city is one of the most exciting in the world. If you haven’t been to Asia before, it may feel a little overwhelming, but book a brief tour on arrival to get a feel for the city. We’d recommend staying around Sukhumvit Road or in one of the luxury hotels on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Visit the Grand Palace and the many incredible temples like Wat Phra Kaew. There are many high-end eateries but the foodie highlight is the street food – take a tour to find the best spots. Visit China Town, go shopping in the MBK Center and Chatuchak Weekend Market. See the Floating Market and see a Muay Thai boxing match or try it for yourselves!
Did we mention the nightlife? From the backpacker haven of the Khao San Road to the red-light district in Patpong to sophisticated clubs, Bangkok is the perfect city for night owls.
Bangkok also has some beach areas less than a 3-hour drive away. The most popular is Pattaya which we’d recommend avoiding for your honeymoon. However, on the other side of the bay, you’ll find Hua Hin, which has some lovely luxury hotels like The Standard and plenty to do. While it’s not your typical Thai island vibe, it was traditionally the holiday location of the Thai Royal Family. Although not our first choice of beach destination in Thailand, it is convenient if you need a pool and beach to bookend your Thailand honeymoon.
Airport Code: CNX
Ancient coincides with modern in Thailand’s second-biggest city, Chiang Mai. This is the perfect base for exploring some of Thailand’s cultural and historic highlights. Book in for a Thai massage to help banish the jet lag. Visit intricate temples with saffron-clad monks. Haggle (but not too hard) in colourful markets and visit the Chiang Mai night bazaar. Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary and tag on Bua Tong Waterfalls, also known as Sticky Waterfall. Take a cooking class and discover northern Thai cuisine highlights like Khao Soi. Marvel at the sacred Doi Suthep and visit a rural village. Explore Doi Inthanon National Park.
Where to stay: Raya Heritage | Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai | Anantara Chiang Mai | Villa Mahabhirom | 137 Pillars House | The Inside House | Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Hotel | Away Chiang Mai Thapae | Tamarind Village
Airport Code: CEI
Despite the similar name, Chiang Rai is 3 hours north of Chiang Mai. You could do a day trip from Chiang Mai or take a few days to dive deep into life in northern Thailand. Chiang Rai is closer to the border of Laos & Burma, aka The Golden Triangle. It’s a little less busy than Chiang Mai as it’s a little more rural. However, there are a lot of fascinating things to do. Explore unique temples like Wat Rong Khun aka White Temple. Visit the Opium museum. Take a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River. You won’t regret visiting this tranquil jungle region.
No airport – the nearest is Chiang Mai (CNX)
A 2.5-hour winding, mountainous drive from Chiang Mai, Pai, in Mae Hong Son Province, is surrounded by lush mountain landscapes of dense jungle. Close to the border with Burma, it’s a typical hippie and backpacker town. Even if you’re not interested in that side of things, it’s also a haven for cute coffee spots and great dining. You’ll find nearby hot springs, waterfalls and temples. Watch the sunset over Pai Canyon and take a bamboo raft into local caves.
Where to stay: Reverie Siam Resort
Airport Code: USM
Koh Samui is the most popular island in the Gulf of Thailand and is ideal if you want to be close to some of the action. Located just off the coast of the mainland, you’ll find tiny fishing villages to livelier beach towns and it has beautiful beaches, snorkelling and some of the best hotels in Thailand. Stay on (or close to) Chaweng beach if you want to be near the best dining and nightlife or consider Bo Phut, Choeng Mon or Lamai Beach around a 20-minute drive away. There are luxurious resorts like Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui and Conrad Koh Samui, around 30-45 minutes drive away on the island’s west coast. Go kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong National Marine Park, visit Koh Samui’s first ever elephant sanctuary, Samui Elephant Sanctuary and take an island ATV tour. Visit the stunning Koh Nang Yuan by speedboat.
No airport – the nearest is Koh Samui (USM) and you take a speedboat/ferry.
Koh Pha Ngan island is the home of the famous Full Moon Parties. This hedonistic gathering on Haad Rin Beach is a big draw. Although you can take a day trip from Koh Samui and you can take the ferry just for the party, there is more to this paradise island than partying and we’d highly recommend staying for a few days. Explore the tropical jungle and beautiful beaches like Hat Khuat.
When is the Full Moon Party in Thailand? We’ve included the schedule for 2023 below:
Friday 6th January
Sunday 5th February
Tuesday 7th March
Friday 7th April
Friday 5th May
Sunday 4th June
Sunday 2nd July
Thursday 3rd August
Thursday 31st August
Friday 29th September
Monday 30th October
Monday 27th November
Wednesday 27th December
Sunday 31st December
No airport – the nearest are Koh Samui (USM) or Surat Thani (URT) and take a speedboat/ferry. You can also take a ferry from Koh Phangnan – approx 90 minutes.
Koh Tao island is famous for snorkelling and diving off its coastline of beautiful beaches. Swim amongst the coral reefs and abundant marine life. Some are just off the beach, ideal for water lovers. Koh Tao is smaller than the other islands but it’s one of the best places to dive or to do a PADI course and learn to dive. Sairee Beach is the most popular place to stay and although Ko Tao is a place to chill out, you’ll find plenty of dining and drinking options after a day of exploring the underwater life.
Where to stay: The Tarna Align Resort
Koh Chang, Ko Kood & Koh Mak
No Airport – the nearest is Trat (TDX) and you take a speedboat/ferry.
Koh Chang, Ko Kood & Koh Mak islands are in the north of the Gulf of Thailand, close to Cambodia in Trat province (Trat is also a 4-hour drive from Bangkok). These islands are a little more off the radar compared to Koh Samui and Phuket. Koh Chang is the most popular of this archipelago, Thailand’s second largest island, so you’ll find everything you want from a Thai island. Learn to dive, discover Lonely Beach, swim at Klong Plu Waterfall and snorkel at Mu Koh Rang National Park.
Ko Kood (or Koh Kut) is ideal for those who want a low key idyl with untouched jungle and waterfalls. Explore the heavenly beaches of Klong Chao, Bang Bao, Ao Tapao and Ao Phrao. One of Thailand’s most unique and beautiful hotels, Soneva Kiri is on the island of Koh Kood.
Koh Mak is ideal if you want to get a bit more off the beaten track, away from the tourist crowds. You won’t find big hotels or crazy nightlife here. Most of the island is owned by a few families who’ve resisted mass tourism and the development of the island.
Airport Code: HKT
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. Situated off the west coast of mainland Thailand in the Andaman Sea, this is the island in the middle of the action. The perfect jump-off point to other islands, day trips and nightlife. The west coast is lined with beaches, many beautiful resorts with perfect sunset views. You’ll find bustling beachside towns and quieter coves with something to suit everyone. Patong Beach is the busiest area, and Bangla Road is sometimes described as a mini-Bangkok. So while you may want to explore the shopping and nightlife, we’d recommend staying a little further away from here.
Take a day trip to paradise islands like Khai islands, the Racha Islands or the famed James Bond Island. Do a foodie tour of Phuket Town and go whitewater rafting and zip lining – just a taste of the activities available on Phuket.
If you’re short on time, it’s a great base to visit other islands like Phi Phi. As we mentioned above, international flights from the Middle East and Australia fly directly to Phuket, so it’s an ideal entry point to the country.
Airport code: HKT
Khao Lak is actually not an island at all, but you cross a bridge from Phuket island to the mainland to get there. Khao Lak is less busy with some beautiful hotels and it’s also a handy jumping-off point to the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Seychelles, these stunning islands are accessible from this area. It’s also close to Khao Sok National Park.
Koh Phi Phi
No airport – the nearest airports are Phuket (HKT) and Krabi (KBV) and you take a speedboat/ferry.
Probably Thailand’s most famous, Phi Phi islands are a heavenly archipelago that is usually on almost every Thailand honeymoon bucket list. Famous for its stunning beaches and abundant marine life. It also has plenty of nightlife on Ko Phi Phi Don. Leonardo Di Caprio’s The Beach made Maya Bay famous but unfortunately because of overtourism, the Thailand authorities closed it to the public. It reopened in 2022 with a focus on sustainable efforts which are subject to ongoing review. This area is still one of Thailand’s highlights.
Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yao Noi
No airport – the nearest is Phuket (HKT) and you take a speedboat
Just a short speedboat from eastern Phuket, Koh Yao Noi and neighbouring Koh Yao Yai in the middle of Phang Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi. These are peaceful havens away from the crowds. Tiny fishing villages, coconut farms, unspoiled beaches with limestone rocks climbing out of the Andaman Sea. Although there are a smattering of luxury hotels, over tourism has not reached these islands. Charter a boat to explore the beautiful islands nearby – Thailand honeymoon heaven!
Airport Code: KBV
Krabi is a province on the mainland of Thailand with offshore islands, too. Gorgeous limestone cliffs, wonderful beaches and a jungle interior – just like those insta and travel brochure images. Abundant natural beauty awaits with some of Thailand’s most beautiful luxury hotels. It’s also a great jump off point for island hopping to Ko Phi Phi & Ko Lanta. Ao Nang, the main village / town and Railay Beach (aka Rai Leh) are big draws. You’ll find plenty to keep you entertained! Take a dip in Emerald Pool and climb 1,000 steps to the summit of Tiger Cave Temple to take in the magical views over the plains below or kayak through the mangrove forest. Go rock climbing or paddle boarding. Visit Krabi Town’s colourful morning market. Do a PADI course and learn to dive. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
No airport – the nearest is Krabi (KBV) and you take a speedboat/ferry.
Koh Santa is a less crowded island off the coast of Krabi. The sunsets are incredible and it’s known for the abundant marine life in Mu Ko Lanta National Park. Discover colourful bars on Klong Nin Beach, visit Koh Lanta Old Town, take a day trip to the tiny paradise island of Ko Ngai, go snorkelling on Koh Rok & Koh Haa. Go paddle boarding and kayaking. Ko Lanta is a pretty honeymoon haven.
No airport – Trang (TST) is the nearest and you will need to take a speedboat/ferry.
Closer to Malaysia than Thailand, these extraordinary islands in the Tarutao National Marine Park in the south Andaman Sea are a little slice of heaven without the crowds. There are no ultra-luxe hotels or resorts here and they’re a little harder to get to (accessible from the Thai mainland or Langkawi in Malaysia or by speedboat from Koh Lanta and Phuket during the high season). Koh Lipe is ideal for couples looking for something with a bit more of an adventurous feel. Go snorkelling, have a massage on the beach or take a yoga class. Make sure you squeeze in a couple of days in neighbouring Koh Adang.
Cruises & Trains
While most couples will island hop and stay on the islands, it is possible to do sailing tours. G Adventures have some wonderful 4-night and 7-night group adventures, sailing on a catamaran around the Andaman Sea.
Many of the big cruise ship companies incorporate Thailand into their Asia cruise itineraries. For example, starting in Singapore and sailing the Gulf of Thailand, stopping at one or two of the islands and Bangkok before travelling to other parts of Asia, like Vietnam. Find out more about cruises with our best cruises for honeymoon.
Go back in time on Belmond’s stunning Eastern & Oriental Express train that meanders through the lush Southeast Asia jungle from Singapore to Bangkok. 4 days of classic luxury. We love a romantic honeymoon train journey!
Plan a Thailand honeymoon itinerary
It can be a little overwhelming trying to create the perfect Thailand honeymoon. Confused about where to go and how long to stay? No matter where you go, you’ll have a gorgeous time. Thailand is a relaxing tropical beach destination where you can do nothing and pass the time away with relaxing days on a beautiful beach, but as you can see there are lots of activities to do, islands and beaches to see, and foods to try! While you can base yourself on one island/beach area, the best way to maximise this incredible destination is to explore the multitude of beautiful locations on a tour of the country.
How much time you have and how much you want to relax vs sightseeing will help you decide on where to go, how many islands to visit and what islands to visit. When planning your itinerary, remember that 2 nights will only give you 1 full day to explore/relax, 3 nights = 2 full days, 4 nights = 3 full days, and so on. You’ll definitely want some relaxing days, but you’ll also want to get out and explore this magnificent country.
For convenience, it’s sometimes better to pick one coast, although there is a direct flight between Phuket and Koh Samui with Bangkok Airways. You could also travel overland via the beautiful Khao Sok National Park. The stunning Elephant Hills can pick you up from Phuket, Khao Lak or Krabi and drop you at Koh Samui. Spend 2-3 days exploring this beautiful jungle region and meet the wonderful herd of elephants.
Here are some Thailand honeymoon ideas:
Sample 10-night Thailand honeymoon itinerary:
4 nights Phuket | 3 nights Ko Yao Noi, Ko Yao Yai or Phi Phi | 3 nights Bangkok
4 nights Koh Samui | 3 nights Ko Phangnan or Ko Tao | 3 nights Bangkok
3 nights Phuket | 3 nights 3 nights Ko Yao Noi, Ko Yao Yai, Phi Phi or Koh Lanta | 4 nights Krabi
Sample 14-night Thailand honeymoon itinerary:
3 nights Phuket or Khao Lak | 4 nights Ko Yao Noi, Ko Yao Yai or Phi Phi | 4 nights Chiang Mai | 3 nights Bangkok
3 nights Phuket | 2 nights Elephant Hills | 4 nights Koh Samui | 2 nights Koh Pha Ngan or Koh Tao | 3 nights Bangkok
Sample 21-night Thailand honeymoon itinerary
3 nights Bangkok | 7 nights Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai or Pai | 4 nights Phuket | 3 nights Ko Yao Noi, Ko Yao Yai or Phi Phi | 4 nights Krabi or Koh Lanta
What to buy
Silk Textiles | Clothing | Coconut products | Spices
Where to tag on
As you can see whether you have a week or a month, Thailand has so much to see and do that even two weeks is not always enough. So if you want to spend your whole honeymoon there, you won’t be disappointed!
However, it is very easy to add neighbouring countries like Singapore and Malaysia. If you have a longer period, you can go from Northern Thailand and sail down the Mekong River to Laos and on to Vietnam and Cambodia overland (or just fly if you’re short on time!). You can also combine Thailand with other fascinating countries like Indonesia, India, China, The Philippines and Japan.
If you can’t decide between Bali and Thailand, we’ve got the lowdown on the differences here. Or, if the Maldives is on your bucket list, there is a direct flight, so you combine them for one of our favourite honeymoon combinations – Maldives & Thailand would be a dream honeymoon itinerary. Find out more with our Ultimate Maldives Honeymoon Guide.
Ethical and sustainable travel
As you can see, we absolutely adore Thailand as a honeymoon destination but like many nations, tourism can have a negative effect, so here are some tips to help you make your trip the best it can possibly be.
Elephants – While many businesses are called ‘elephant sanctuaries’, these majestic animals can still be treated badly. Do some research to ensure you are doing the right thing. The World Animal Protection organisation has some great tips which you can find here. Don’t ride an elephant or go to an elephant ‘show’
Hill Tribes – It’s not that you should rule this activity out completely as tourism brings many financial benefits to the numerous hill tribes that inhabit the rural areas of The Golden Triangle. However, there doesn’t seem to be an ethical way to visit the “long neck” Karen women, famous for the stacks of rings that elongate their necks (placed there in childhood). There are reports that these women are exploited and the fees you pay to see them and take pictures with them do not trickle back into their pockets.
Choose an underdeveloped island – Like many destinations around the world, Thailand feels the effects of overtourism. Choosing a less developed and avoid the crowds. Think Pai and Koh Lipe.
Local customs – Thai people are religious, royalist and conservative. Don’t disrespect their King. Don’t go topless. Respect their values.
Before you go
Watch – The Beach (2000, Danny Boyle) | The Hangover II (2009, Todd Philipps) | The Railway Man (2009, Jonathan Teplitzky)| The Impossible (2012, J.A. Bayona) | The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, David Lean) | James Bond The Man with the Golden Gun (1974, Guy Hamilton)
We would love to hear from you in the comments if you are planning a Thailand honeymoon! Let us know if this guide was useful or if we left out any essential information!