You could spend weeks exploring Thailand on your honeymoon. A whole month in this breathtaking country might be just about the right amount of time to see it all—but since nobody has time for that after a wedding, this weeklong escapade is a little more focused on two central locales: Bangkok and the southern beaches.
After you arrive and drop your bags off at your hotel (Siam Heritage or the smaller Arun Residence are both excellent options), head out to explore. Most of the city’s major points of interest are near the former royal district of Ko Ratanakosin. Start with the big ones, Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, which can be explored in a few hours. Curry at Pa Aew is the perfect end to the day.
Start with coffee at Elefin on your way to Wat Pho, where you’ll see the temple’s giant Reclining Buddha in the sanctuary. It’s impressive for not only its size but also the beautiful mother of pearl inlays on its feet. The temple complex is huge and you can also see two galleries of Buddha statues there as well as one more well-known Buddha statue, the Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn.
City life has been exciting, but the real highlight of this particular agenda? Quality time on Thailand’s world-renowned beaches. When you arrive in Phuket (air travel is the most time-effective option), cozy up to your airy, modern accommodations at The Romanee before checking out the colorful town. Dinner at Suay is the perfect evening out—just don’t forget to order the mango with sticky rice.
It’s time to head to the water. Sea kayaking is an adventurous way to see the coastline, especially if you join a tour of the scenic Ao Phang-Nga to explore the area’s semi-submerged caves, which are accessible by kayak. If you’d rather be in the water than on it, join a snorkeling excursion to Ko Raya Yai or Ko Raya Noi to see the marine life.
Island hop your way to Ko Phi Phi, which is protected by stunning cliffs and another popular place to snorkel. The island was the setting for the 1999 film The Beach and is home to two incredible lagoons, Pilah and Ao Maya. Expect to pay a day-use fee.
Feeling adventurous? Head to the tip of the Krabi peninsula, where you’ll see some of Thailand’s most iconic natural features: white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and sky-scraping limestone cliffs. You can also make your way to Railay and take a rock climbing course with an outfit like Base Camp Ton Sai to scale the rocks in one of the top climbing spots in the world.
After yesterday’s adrenaline-packed adventure, your last full day in Thailand is an ideal opportunity to pull up to a stretch of white sand and just relax. You can head back to Railay, or Tham Phra Nang, which is a better place to try if you're looking to avoid crowds. Go for a swim, slip under the surf for a little last-minute snorkeling or just sit back and watch the waves.
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