(Closed) Thailand honeymoon itinerary critique

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2446 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Are you interested in visiting any temples? Or the Great Buddha? Your itinerary sounds like a whirlwind! I’m sorry I don’t have much else to recommend, I have family there but it’s been a loooong time since I’ve visited. We may actually have the opportunity to go later this year though, and that will be a honeymoon of sorts for us too! πŸ™‚ You will have a great time no matter what – Thailand is a wonderful country.

Post # 4
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@hollyberry4:  was there for three months did everything you wrote down in your itinerary and then some. I have tons of ideas for you if you’re interested in hearing. Message me and i can share them with you. Just too long to type here and on my ipad it’s a pain lol!

Post # 5
8432 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@hollyberry4:  Definately wait to book your day trips til once you get there. You will be able to haggle that way.


Post # 6
287 posts
Helper bee

I was just in Bangkok last weekend for a mini-vacation with my SO and his family. Fun and wonderful city!

My thoughts are that your itinerary is very ambitious. Any particular reason that you want to do both Koh Samui and Koh Tao? Perhaps stick to just one so you can actually relax in one place for a few days instead of constantsly moving around. Keep in mind that domestic travel in Thailand is often quite tiring and uncomfortable…

We considered doing the river cruise as well, but decided against it. It’s rather expensive for what it is, mediocre food, and most importantly, the Chao Praya river is horribly polluted. It smells and I didn’t want to have to spend 2-3 hours on it. A water taxi ride was enough. Perhaps you can walk along it if you want to see the lights at nights. Personally, I prefer to walk around at night in the heart of city to see the hustle and bustle.

As for the city, definitely go see the Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace. The Wat Pho is nice too but not as impressive as the other two. And the weekend market is an absolute blast. Go there after 11am so all the stalls will be open and plan to have lunch there! The Jim Thompson house is also worth a visit. 

We went in “winter” and it was so incredibly hot. Sighteeing was very exhausting and got sunburnt even with lots of lotion on. I can’t even imagine what summer will be like! So pace yourself and don’t overdo it if you actually want to enjoy it. Don’t forget to get lots of food massages throughout the trip; it will help with your fatigued legs.


Post # 8
9201 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

You should DEFFFFFF go to the Elephant Nature Park outside of Chang Mai! It is sooo cool, an awesome cause where they rescue orphaned or slave elephants and house them in a big happy herd. You get to feed them, help bathe them in the river, pet the tiny new babies, etc. most of the elephant interactions in Thailand just perpetuate the elephant trade, but this is 100% a good cause. It kinda expensive, $75/day, but it’s so worth it. Google it!!

Beyond that, it looks good! Except I might consolidate your beach trips to one place cause it gets tiring traveling every couple days. 

Post # 9
498 posts
Helper bee

@hollyberry4:  I loved the Sofitel sukhmviht or something like that. It was near the night markets. It sounds like a lot of going back and forth. Maybe just do one island?

there is a mall maybe three metro stops from the Sofitel which has an awesome food court. I mean beyond amazing.  

the floating market was cool but you have to get up early and some tours also make you do a bunch of other things that same day which can be way too much. 


Tours and excursions are super easy to book once you are ether. I booked. Otha g until I got. There.wewent to Koh Samet which was very relaxing but not as much party and fun as ooh samaui. Good luck

Post # 10
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are going to Thailand for our honeymoon so this post makes me so excited!  Our itineraries are quite similar, but reversed.

We’re flying into Bangkok and heading to Koh Samui the following morning, where we’ll stay for 8 days.  We figured it would be best to recover from jet lag laying on a beach or by a pool, rather than running around sightseeing or doing adventure activities.  From Koh Samui, we’ll fly to Chiang Mai where we’ll stay 4 nights – we plan to zipline there, and hopefully visit an elephant preserve as well.

Then it’s back to Bangkok for 2 nights before we head back!


Post # 11
755 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


make sure you get a sleeper train to Chiang Mai. those seats are mighty hard and uncomfortable.

while there…go climbing! and rafting! so much fun!!!

Post # 12
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My only two suggestions on top of what the bees are saying is if u can take a day trip from Bangkok to sukhouthai – a UNESCO site the previous capital of Thailand. It’s about 2 hr train ride and a  great cultural sight seeing trip. Also. Koh Tao is more of a diver island (where I stayed for three weeks and I’ve seen it from end to end) not much to do there if you r a non diver. If you’re looking for restaurants and massages stick to Koh Samui for the four days more relaxing. Plus there is no airport on Tao u will have to ferry back to Samui (about a 2 hr trip) to fly back to Bangkok. In BK see the Temple of the Dawn. bit of a paim to get to but worth it. Familiarize yourself with the water shuttle taxies. They have stops that u pay and hop on and off. Like a bus. It will take u wherever u wanna go on the river. Hit the mega malls downtown and see the 10000000 gallon aquarium in the basement. Take a cab that’s registered or regulated and if u take a tuktuk agree on the price before u get on. Don’t fall for scams they r everywhere. Don’t be afraid of the street food. Go to khao San road where the backpackers go for good street food. If u go to temples cover your shoulders and no short shorts. Go early to avoid heat and Japanese tourists. Keep hydrated cause it’s easy to faint in the humidity. Lol. Ok more than just the TWO suggestions but I can go on and on but I hate typing on this iPad. 


Post # 13
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

You definitely have some great advice here.

I actually just got back from Chiang Mai.. Darling Husband and I did this insane day trip where we got picked up at 8am, went to a butterfly and orchid farm (it’s one of those “stops” that is kind of obligatory for tourists and not that thrilling – personal opinion), to the tiger temple (I was really concerned they might be drugged, but they were VERY awake and active, so I was pleasantly surprised!), then took a drive to visit the Karen (long neck and ear) hilltribes, went white water rafting and THEN to the elephant camp, where we rode the elephants bare back and got to “bathe” them aka play in the river with them. It was SO TIRING, but SO much fun! I can ask him for the name of the company if you want, considering the amount of time we spent out and about, and the fact that it was private, and we had a driver… I think 9,000 Baht or so was totally worth it.

However, the only thing I really didn’t enjoy as much as I anticipated was the hilltribes. They were very kind, and I understand that they live off of tourism, it still felt awkward. We originally planned to do an overnight stay with them, but I personally am very happy we didn’t. If you decide to do it, let me know how it is!

Oh, and another thing you might consider, head to Chiang Rai. I heard it’s awesome!!! 


Post # 14
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Commenting to follow as this is basically our honeymoon too πŸ˜€ except Koh Lanta for the beach part πŸ™‚

where are you staying in Bangkok and chiang Mai? 

Post # 15
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d also go to one island only, it would be much more relaxing.

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