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The Bachelorette Party Guide to Planning a Thailand Girls Trip

The Bachelorette Party Guide to Planning a Thailand Girls Trip
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Sure, a honeymoon in Thailand is romantic, but here’s a hot tip: A bachelorette party trip to this tropical, fun location with your best ladies might be an even better idea. Friendly faces, gorgeous beaches, bustling cities and adventurous jungle locales make Thailand a diverse destination with something for every kind of bride squad. Plus, Thailand is more affordable than you think. Your girls trip could very well become a reconnaissance mission for planning a return vacation with your husband-to-be! Check out our Thailand bachelorette party planning guide for the best hotel recommendations, activity tips, top eats and much more.

 

Where to Go:

 

Luckily when it comes to Thailand’s landscape, the sky’s the limit. Literally. You can hike the jungle mountains of Chiang Mai to reach a 900-year-old Buddhist temple or go snorkeling or scuba diving off the coast with over 1400 different Thai islands to choose from. Explore the emerald green waters of Krabi’s famed Railay Beach (not to mention Phuket, Koh Samui, Ko Phi Phi and many more). And don’t forget Bangkok! Beyond being the main metropolis you’ll likely fly in and out of, this expansive city compares to New York City in terms of the range of luxury hotels (for less), shopping and cultural opportunities — including catching a glimpse of  Thailand’s new king during the Royal Barge Procession, scheduled for December 12, 2019. FYI: Hopper flights from Bangkok to the North and various islands are inexpensive and abundant. See below for our hotel recommendations.

 

 

What to Do:

 

The best part about throwing a bachelorette party in Thailand is that there’s so much to do — or not! Your crew can opt out of partying or adventure travel activities and relax instead at a seaside hotel like Krabi Resort and just do “nothing” — aside from swim, sunbathe, drink mango cocktails and eat delicious Thai food, that is! Wilder ladies can snorkel, rock climb or explore the caves at Princess Beach, also known as Phra Nang Cave Beach. Those looking for deals on gifts and souvenirs best not miss Krabi's night market. In general, the night markets are the place to see, be seen, shop (and eat!) ’til you drop in Thailand. Chiang Mai's night bazaar is a maze of amazing retail options, snacks, bars and people-watching. You’ll find a similar experience in Bangkok on Khao San Road but more bars for all the bachelorette party gals. Really, there’s so much to do and see in Thailand. Check out our top picks below.

 

1 of 9 Image Credits: SO Sofitel

Bangkok, Thailand

SO Sofitel Hotel

Price: $167.00

Start your Thailand adventure out right, and book a room at this funky, eco-friendly, exquisitely appointed artsy hotel located across from Bangkok's Lumphini Park. (Think: The Thai version of New York City's Central Park.) We love the SO Sofitel Bangkok as a bachelorette party home base for multiple reasons. Firstly, every Wednesday night there's a "Girls Gone Bad" party at the gorgeous rooftop pool and bar (buffet drinks from 7:30-10:30 p.m., all for approximately $10 USD) which caters to expats. The SO Sofitel also boasts a mystical forest-themed spa, a superb Thai-French rooftop restaurant with a chef's table and arguably the best breakfast buffet in all of Southeast Asia. Plus, the chocolate shop in the lobby offers classes for groups. SO sweet!

2 of 9 Image Credits: Saryn Chorney

Bangkok, Thailand

Royal Barge Processional (or Royal Barges National Museum)

Price: $103.00

As mentioned, Thailand's Royal Barge Processional is the culminating event in a year of special ceremonial traditions to honor the Royal Coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Scheduled for Dec. 12, 2019, the celebrations feature over 50 elaborately decorated ancient longboats and take place along Bangkok's Chao Phraya River with beautiful views of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Why tour cold, rainy London when you and your ladies can get a royal fix in Thailand? If you visit in 2020, you can check out all the beautiful historical boats at the Royal Barges National Museum. (The price above reflects a day tour of the museum, palace and more.)

3 of 9 Image Credits: Saryn Chorney

Bangkok, Thailand

Reclining Buddha, Wat Phra Chetuphon

Price: $25.00

Mind you, Bangkok isn't only about swanky rooftop bars and royal parties. One of the most compelling aspects of Thai culture is its Buddhist tradition. Visiting the country's many temples may not seem like your typical bachelorette activity, but trust us, it'll be a meaningful bonding activity for Team Bride. We were particularly impressed by Wat Phra Chetuphon, the site of Thailand's first yoga school and home of the incredible Reclining Buddha. You can say a prayer for the engaged couple and bring offerings to the Buddha in the form of floral garlands made at Pak Khlong Talat, Bangkok's largest flower market.

4 of 9 Image Credits: Saryn Chorney

Bangkok, Thailand

Magic Food Point, Suvarnabhumi Airport

Price: $3.00

Yes, you'll be eating lots of delicious and relatively inexpensive Thai food during your trip, but most airports aren't exactly known for great meals. Forget the fast food options upstairs, and check out Magic Food Point, the lower level food court at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport. The food court uses a coupon system, which makes things easy. Purchase your coupons from the front cashier, then peruse the various stalls. It's a great, cheap eats kind of way to explore just about every Thai cuisine you can imagine. Nom nom, ladies (but prepare yourself for those Thai chilis. They can be too hot to handle!).

5 of 9 Image Credits: Krabi Resort

Krabi, Thailand

Krabi Resort

Price: $301.00

Ahh, so you've decided to take a quick hopper flight from Bangkok to the infamous Thai beaches. Forget Phuket; Krabi is the place to be. Specifically the Krabi Resort on Ao Nang Beach. This charming resort is the only hotel property in Ao Nang with a private beachfront area. Plus, the sandy white beach is the most popular one in Krabi. Only 30 minutes from Krabi International Airport, you'll find a plethora of funky bars, restaurants and shops in this neighborhood, including the Krabi Weekend Night Market, which just so happens to be located across the street from Krabi Resort. Whether the bride squad crashes in a few different rooms around the immense pool (and poolside bar...) or splurges on a fabulous beachfront villa (Do it! Do it! Do it!), fun in the sun is sure to be found at Krabi Resort.

6 of 9 Image Credits: Saryn Chorney

Krabi, Thailand

4 Islands Full-day Tour from Krabi (Chicken Island, Poda Island, Phra Nang & more)

Price: $57.00

We opted for a half-day tour but highly recommend a full-day tour of the myriad of beautiful islands scattered off the coast of Krabi. Options include Phi Phi, Chicken, Tup, Poda and Hong islands, plus many more beaches and bays than we have space to mention. However, the 4 Islands Tour may be the best bet for your bride squad: Spend the morning in the sun at Phra Nang Beach a.k.a. Princess Beach, and explore the caves, rock climb, snorkel and stalk some macaque monkeys (but don't let them steal your snacks!). You can also give alms and say a prayer for your bestie and her boo in the visitor-made shrine inside Phra Nang Cave. Make sure to get some group selfies snapped in front of Chicken Island. Poda Island is a popular spot for a picnic lunch (it has bathroom facilities). Overall, you can't go wrong exploring Thailand's exotic emerald green waters, and the Krabi Resort can also help set up your tour.

7 of 9 Image Credits: Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai

Price: $203.00

We get it. When you think of Thailand you think beaches and Bangkok. Same here, until we traveled north to Chiang Mai and realized the jungle and mountain towns are where it's at! At the luxurious Veranda High Resort in Chiang Mai, your gals can get in some much needed R&R after the party-time portion of your trip. Situated on a former farm, the Veranda Resort was the first "design hotel" to grace Chiang Mai. The grounds, restaurants, pool and vistas (feast your eyes on the 900+ year old Aranyawas Temple on the mountain overlooking the hotel!) are unparalleled. Chiang Mai is known as the "arts & crafts city," but we have a feeling your gals will be more than content chilling in a pavilion with private pool and/or outdoor hot tub. The hotel can also set up excursions to learn how to plant rice, visit local temples, explore Thai coffee shop culture and elephant experiences, among other activities.

8 of 9 Image Credits: Saryn Chorney

Chiang Mai, Thailand

ChangChill Elephant Sanctuary

Price: $83.00

For all the animal loving ladies, a visit to ChangChill is a once-in-a-lifetime special experience. Previously known as “Happy Elephant Care Valley,” in the past year ChangChill has rebranded from a tourist interaction experience (bathing them, playing, touching, etc.) to a more ethical, observational tour of the camp. Currently, six retired female elephants reside at the sanctuary and spend their morning exercising, grazing the jungle, taking mud baths, getting fed a lunch of sugarcane and corn and then receive “medicine ball” snacks consisting of local herbs and fruit that are made fresh daily by staff and, well, you! Check out the website for more information about touring this beautiful, inspirational, ethical and very wildlife-friendly sanctuary. Such a special bonding experience!

9 of 9 Image Credits: Saryn Chorney

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Temple)

Price: $55.00

No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This immense temple located at the top of a mountain was chosen as a holy place by the ancient king's mystical white elephant. The temple was originally built in 1385, then rebuilt in the 1500s so you'll get a fascinating Thai history lesson in addition to getting blessed by monks, having your fortune told and reveling in the incredible city of gold in front of you. Be sure to check out the dragon staircase for that all-too-important Instagram shot, and don't miss your chance to haggle with vendors outside the temple for snacks and sweet deals on souvenirs.