Northernmost Thailand, home of the famed ‘Golden Triangle,’ embodies the heart of the country’s ancient heritage.
Chiang Mai, also known as the Rose of the North, is one of the most charming destinations your clients will ever visit, and is a must for all itineraries, especially for nature lovers and cultural tourists. Selling points include the elephant reserves, an array of centuries-old temples, unique northern style cuisine and hotels where the hospitality will truly give a new perspective on what world-class service means.
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Send your couples to one of the many well-known luxury hotels and resorts or choose from one of the intimate boutique hotels that are equally as elegant. Service is paramount at any hotel in Thailand and the northern destinations of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai are no exception.
Farther north is Chiang Rai steeped in the romance of centuries-old traditions and myriad temples that date back as far as the late 1200s. Today it is an artisan’s hub specializing in silk, lacquerware and silver crafts that make ideal souvenirs.
A must-do in Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai is a tour that will let couples get up close and personal with the legendary Thai elephants. An encounter with these gentle giants is an experience that creates lasting memories. The elegant Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle or the Anantara Golden Triangle have packages that include a full day of training and trekking with the elephants.
The Northeast region of Thailand, also known as Isan, offers a glimpse into Thailand’s untouched past.
It is one of Thailand’s largest regions with 20 provinces, bordered by the Mekong River and Laos to the north and east and by Cambodia to the southeast. With a cross-section of nationalities, the Northeast region has a cuisine and culture all its own, slightly different from the rest of the country which makes it like a destination within a destination. Thai food in Isan is considered one of the spiciest in all of Thailand after the South.
A haven for couples who share a love of wildlife is the 837-square-mile Khao Yai National Park. It is home to elephants, bears, tigers, leopards and barking deer, plus hundreds of species of birds.
This region will also appeal to couples who share a mutual interest in archaeology. Ban Chiang in Udon Thani, for example, is a heritage site containing artifacts that date back 5,000 years, while ancient cave paintings can be found in Ban Pheu.
Culture seeking couples will have a wealth at their fingertips in Thailand’s Northeast. Isan’s culture is predominantly Lao and has much in common with neighboring Laos. This can be seen in its cuisine, dress, temple architecture, festivals and arts.
Eastern Thailand is where the locals of Bangkok go to get away from it all.
- The Eastern Gulf is the closest beach resort destination to the capital, with its most popular destinations including Pattaya and Ko Samet.
- In the interior, couples will find a mountainous area off the beaten track, known for Khao Yai National Park.
- In southern Trat province on the border of Cambodia sits KohChang Archipelago, a popular but remote island destination for beaches, palm trees and fishing villages. Don’t expect any nightlife or shopping in these parts.
About 135 miles east of Bangkok, Rayong is a delightful seaside province on Thailand’s eastern gulf coast. Temples, shrines, and pagodas dot the city, along with botanical parks and a few coastal islands to explore. Divers will appreciate KohThalu, a scuba site among coral reefs with high cliffs and white, sandy beaches.
Also in the east is Koh Chang, Thailand’s second largest island following Phuket, which boasts several amazing natural wonders such as an undisturbed island rainforest, steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls, wildlife, fine beaches, coral reefs and an abundance of marine life.
With no airport located on the island and accessible only by boat, Koh Chang is part of a 52-island national marine park. Most of the scenic beaches and bays are on the west side, spreading from the north to the south; they include Ao Khlong Son, Hat Sai Khao, Hat Khlong Phrao and Hat Kai Bae.
Trat is Thailand’s eastern-most province, bordering Cambodia along the Khao Banthat mountain range.
The city of Trat serves as a launching point for visitors to the province’s 52 large and small islands, including those of Mu Koh Chang Marine National Park, whose long, white, sandy beaches have made Koh Chang one of Thailand’s top ‘get away from it all’ island destinations. Neighboring islands feature unspoiled coral reefs, and mainland Trat offers delightful scenery and a number of natural attractions for lovers of the outdoors.
The weather in and around Trat is very comfortable, with warm temperatures throughout the year. The region is influenced by the northeastern and southwestern winds, which sometimes limit sea transport to only the most visited islands, particularly from May to October when the southwest monsoon blows. During this period the western coast can be wet and stormy and occasionally unsuitable for ferries and smaller boats to lift anchor. However, Koh Chang is popular year round and visitors can still easily and safely visit the island via the normal ferry routes.
In addition to its abundance of spectacular islands, Trat boasts inland national parks with verdant jungles and beautiful waterfalls, as well as many fascinating markets and cultural attractions.
Some of Thailand’s best romantic and awe-inspiring idylls are in the south, such as the island of Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand, which is just one hour by plane from Bangkok.
Koh Samui is best known for its white sand beaches, jungles, intimate boutique luxury hotels and effervescent nightlife. Koh Samui has a universal appeal as a resort destination, LGBTQ and gay couples will find the island, as well as all of Thailand, especially welcoming.
Hotels on Koh Samui such as such as the Four Seasons Hotel & Resort, The Conrad, Six Senses, Banyan Tree, W Hotel and Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa, among others, are known as being exceptionally gay friendly.
Continuing south to the Andaman Region, travelers will find Phang Nga, a tranquil province just a short boat ride from the mainland. Koh Yao Noi, a picturesque island in Phang Nga Bay, is home to Six Senses Yao Noi where natural vegetation and tropical landscaping provides privacy for couples between its elevated villas.
Phuket, Thailand’s most popular beach destination, is the largest of all the Islands in Thailand. In Phuket, couples can enjoy the sun, sand and sea by day and join the throngs at the island’s bustling bars, pubs and cabarets by night. Phuket also has a wide selection of hotels and resorts to choose from as well as countless number of hotels, restaurants and bars that are all very gay-friendly.
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Near Phuket, about 3 hours by car, you will find Krabi, where glistening sands and blue skies converge with the Andaman Sea. Krabi is a province that not only encompasses the mainland, but also numerous offshore tropical islands, including the famous Phi Phi islands. The area began as a quiet and off-the-beaten-path destination, but is rapidly growing in popularity.
- The hotels and resorts are exclusive, and some are very grand and perfect for couples, such as The Rayavadee Resort and Spa. Equal grandeur and luxury awaits at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, or the very romantic Thai-owned Tubkaak Krabi Boutique.