Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Honeymoons are always a difficult one, you want something special but at the same time you don’t want to totally blow your budget, you have after all you probably had to shell out a small fortune on the wedding!
One of our favourite and good value honeymoon options is Thailand. Thailand has so much to offer from the shopping paradise and fun of Bangkok to some of the most amazing beaches you’re likely to see. Also Thailand has some amazing value for money hotels, including some great options with Pool Villas.
I’d suggest spending 3 or 4 nights in Bangkok – it’s quite a hectic place so you need a few days just to take in the main sites. There’s loads to see and do in Bangkok, and I find it handy to stay near the Skytrain monorail network to make getting around easy. Areas such as Silom and Sukhumvit are popular for their mix of shopping, great food and easy links to the rest of the city – try MBK centre for bargain electronics, or my favourite Platinum Mall for great clothes and an excellent food court on the top floor. Staying by the river gives you a more relaxed atmosphere, plus there’s a network of river boats which I find are a cheap and fun way to get to historic sites such as the Grand Palace.
Then head to the beach, and boy what a choice of options Thailand has.
Phuket is the most popular of all the Thai beach resorts, and as it’s a fairly large island it offers something for everyone, from lively resorts such as Patong with loads of restaurants and nightlife, to quieter corners more suited to a relaxed stay, such as Cape Panwa or the Northern beaches. My favourite areas are Kata and Karon, where you have a mix of relaxation and activities. The coastline in this part of Thailand is beautiful, so be sure to take to the water during your stay – I took a boat to Phi Phi when I was last here, which was fantastic!
The resorts of Hua Hin and nearby Cha Am are relaxed alternatives to some of the more commercialised resorts, and offer a more Thai feel – I find this area of Thailand to be perfect for a relaxed stay, without being dull. As they are reached by road from Bangkok they also offer a straightforward and great value option with no domestic flights involved. Hua Hin offers long, sandy beaches, great food (try the night market in the centre of town or the restaurants along the beach – the seafood is fantastic!) and a good range of quality hotels, while Cha Am has a more relaxed pace, but is only 20 minutes from Hua Hin.
Or something a bit more remote. Koh Lanta is a beautiful island located south of Krabi, and offers a small range of hotels plus places to eat & drink, mainly towards the north of the Island – I think it makes a good option for a relaxed beach stay, while remaining unspoilt. It’s a fairly small island that’s reached by boat and road from Krabi in around 90 minutes.
With so much to offer Thailand is a fantastic Honeymoon option.