Post # 1
We are getting married next February 25th in Florida, live in San Diego, CA…our original dreams were to go to Italy for our honeymoon however early March will be too cold for Amalfi Coast…so now we are brainstorming again!
Thinking of doing Thailand. Not interested in Bangkok…we want to do more than just sit on the beach/pool but do want a little of that too. Looking for 5 star resorts, maybe would go to 2 different cities.
Has anyone been for their honeymoon? Would love to discuss!
Post # 2
How long would you go?
Flying out of Cali or Florida (much shorter out of Cali)?
I’d say Chiang Mai up north and then somewhere in the south for beaches. There are oodles of 5 star resorts- just have to pick!
I know you want to avoid Bangkok, but something to think about: A RT ticket in/out of BKK is going to be a lot cheaper than a US-BKK-Chiang Mai-Koh Samui-BKK-US ticket. There are plenty of budget airlines in Thailand that can get you from Bangkok up north or down south for a fraction of the cost- and you have to connect through there anyways, so why not save some $$. Maybe take a day on either end and see the Grand Palace and/or National Museum?
I’ll be in BKK for a week in April, let me know if you have any questions!
Post # 3
Thanks! We will most likely be flying from California (LAX) if we do Thailand..and yes, we were assuming we would fly into Bangkok and go from there with regional flights.
Maybe spend a night to rest in Bangkok!
Thinking anywhere from 10-14 days….Besides Chiang Mai in the north, do you have any other specific places in the south I should focus my search?
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I made a thread on this a few weeks ago, if you’d like to search my posts and get advice from there too (lots of good stuff).
We’re going to do 4 days in Bangkok (I heard avoid it if you hate big cities like NYC, but that it is totally worth exploring). There we plan to see the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun as far as landmarks go. We also plan on hitting up the Chatachak weekend market (I think this is the floating market) and for shopping check out the MBK and Siam Paragon.
Then we will take a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and spend 5 days in there. We plan to see the Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phrathat, maybe see an elephant or tiger camp (have to do more research on this to find something ethical … if it even really exists), the Wiang Kum Kam (underground ancient city) and hopefully will get to visit the Karen Long Neck Tribe. From Chiang Mai we will take a flight to Phuket and spend 5 days, where we are splurging on our hotel there. It’s one of those villas with a private infinity pool. We plan on taking day trips to Phi Phi Island and snorkling in the Similan Islands.
Post # 5
FutureDrAtkins: Don’t miss the National Museum in Bangkok- I’m not a big museum person, but it is a must-see for me!
The Chatuchak Market (JJ Market) is not a floating market, it’s the largest outdoor market in the world- with over 200k people/weekend and something like 2600 stalls. A must see!
The floating markets are VERY VERY touristy and to be avoided- not worth the early wake up call!
OP- def spend a night or two on each end in Bangkok (if only to build in a buffer for flight delays!)
There are so many places in Southern Thailand- Phuket is well known, but can be crazy touristy- in Phuket Town- try and go outside the city if you can. Koh Samui is beautiful, Similan Islands, Koh Phi Phi etc can’t go wrong!
Post # 6
Thanks! I’m looking for less touristy everywhere I go, and that’s why I am even shying away from Chiang Mai – any opinions on that?
Post # 7
I mean anywhere you go in Thailand is going to be ‘touristy’ because as a tourist, there are things you hear about that attract you to that place- and those same things attract other tourists.
When I say the floating markets are super touristy I mean they are no longer serving their original purpose in the majority- to be a floating market where locals go to buy and sell goods. They are now focused on selling souvenirs and to cater to tourists. There are ‘real’ floating markets you can go to, but you’ll have to work to get there, but (for me) that extra work/time is almost always worth it.
I too do not enjoy ‘tourist traps’- but again, there are places you want to go where- if you don’t do your research- you’ll end up on a 6 hour group tour doing the same circuit as everyone else. Find private guides ( don’t book through your resort!) , do a lot of homework (especially when it comes to Chiang Mai and Elephants!) and have a less touristy vacation. You could go off the beaten path and do homestays, but those won’t be 5 star! Haha
Post # 8
Haven’t been for my honeymoon, but I was there for a wedding a couple months ago and LOVED it. We stayed in a villa in Phuket, such a good deal, so relaxing and beautiful. I’d love to go back and travel around more one day.
Post # 9
FutureDrAtkins: Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. There are a couple others, but don’t go to anything where they ride elephants, especially with the saddle. Don’t go to any tiger camps. There aren’t any that raise them humanely. Please please don’t go.
OP there is tons to do! Go island hopping in the south and enjoy Chiang Mai. You can go out into national parks and hike too. You can kayak through the mangroves and all kinds of stuff like that. Chiang Mai is beautiful, also the best place to buy souvenirs too. Cheap there.
I would spend a couple days in Bangkok. It’s interesting if nothing else.
Post # 10
We were in Koh Samui, Thailand for our honeymoon! Koh Samui is considered to be the most romantic place in Thailand! We stayed at a private pool villa we had booked via http://yourkohsamuivillas.com/ website. I am extremely skeptical about villas as I’ve had very bad experiences. But the villa we stayed at was perfect to the last detail. Our honeymoon was such a great time! We were fortunate enough to try so many new things to do and to see!