A Full Range of Accomodations
Honeymoons are a time to splurge and indulge, well beyond a typical vacation, so when suggesting accommodations in Thailand to your clients, start with a luxury hotel.
Thailand has some of the world’s finest five-star accommodations. You’ll find world-class hotels not only in Bangkok, but throughout the country, especially in resort areas like Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai (Thailand’s second major city), Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui to name a few.
While five-star hotels and resorts certainly go the extra mile in terms of upgraded amenities, four-star hotels often offer better deals on price, without skimping on the outstanding Thai hospitality and service.
In fact, no matter which level or style of accommodation your clients choose, it is the Thai hospitality that is the common denominator, which is what makes Thailand such an ideal honeymoon or romantic destination.
Combine that with excellent value and it’s easy to see why more than 60 percent of visitors from the U.S. and Canada become repeat visitors long after the honeymoon trip is over.
Where to Stay?
'Green Leaf' Accomodations
If your clients are truly committed to “green travel,” let them know that Thailand has more than 100 Green Leaf hotels, recognized for their commitment to conservation through the implementation of a stringent in-house program that fosters environmentally friendly practices, such as:
- The efficient use of energy and water, water management
- Stringent recycling and proper waste management, and
- Policies that favor the purchase of products and services from environmentally friendly companies.
Some notable Green Leaf hotels include:
- The Banyan Tree Bangkok
- Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
- Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, and
- Aleenta Resort & Spa in Phuket.
For a complete listing of Green Leaf certified hotels, please click on the web icon to the right.
For couples who really wish to minimize their footprints, some of the best camping in Thailand can be found in Tai Rom Yen, Khao Sok and Ang Thong national parks.
Villas, an Ideal Option
Your couples will be intrigued by the idea of a villa rental, which combines the utmost privacy with resort-like amenities.
Popular destinations for villa rentals include Phuket, Ko Samui, Chiang Mai and Krabi to name a few.
Click on the Agent Insight icon to hear why private villa's are at the top of the list when making arrangements for his romance couples.
Companies like Thai Villa Getaways and Thailand Villas offer rentals that have been inspected to ensure the highest quality of living space, and to ensure someone is available to handle all details and needs of guests. The villa rental agencies can often arrange everything from private chefs to car rentals and helicopter transfers.
Note: All accommodations add a ten percent service charge, plus seven percent government tax.
World-famous for its delicacies, which range from affordable street food to Michelin-star affairs, Thai food and experiencing the Amazing Thai Taste is a great way to get to know the country, its culture, and its people.
The DNA of Thai food is reflected in three values - nutrition, culture, and medicine, with the use of fresh ingredients and well-trained natural talent. Thai food and Thai cuisine has always been known for the harmonious blend of flavors created by different ingredients and cooking styles. The richness of Thai culture is best expressed through its food, which perfectly intertwines the full flavors of sour, sweet, spicy, salty, oily, bitter, tangy, and more. There are few countries in the world that taste quite like Thailand. At the heart of Thai cuisine are vegetables and herbs, like chili, ginger, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. Combined with rice, vegetables, various meats and fruits, there is an endless array of combinations and such a wide variety that you can eat a different Thai dish every day and still be hungry for more.
The regions of Thailand produce very different cooking styles. In the North, dishes are spiced with herbs like Laotian parsley, lemongrass, and kaffir lime. Dishes like spicy bamboo soup, papaya salad, and hot and spicy fermented fish dip all use these herbs. In the Northeast of Thailand, cuisine is heavily influenced by Laos. Rice is the sclickle, as are vegetables, meats, and local produce. Fermented fish is the main mixture to seasoning every dish. The foods foreigners tend to love from Thailand originate in Central Thailand. Most dishes can be customized according to condiments and cooking methods. Coconut milk is used in all types of curry, and rice is a central sclickle. Southern Thailand is famed for its spicy and bold flavors. A number of these dishes have been influenced by Chinese food, as well. The use of spicy herbs like turmeric delivers a zesty flavor.
Learning about Thai culture through a cooking class can provide the experience of a lifetime. No teaching method is better than the hands-on approach and copying the element of Thainess a teacher does.
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Thai cuisine is one of the most definitive aspects of Thai culture, and Thai people view food as more than just sustenance. To truly savor Thai cuisine is to embark on a pleasure experience.
Thai restaurants, street stalls, and bars are more than eateries. They are places for people to get together and enjoy each other’s company, as well as dine on mouth-watering treats. Eating is a Thailand nightlife attraction in its own right.
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Recommend to your clients to be adventurous and try some exotic dishes. Thai meals are often served family style, typically with entrees consisting of stir-fried or grilled meats, and a Thai curry or soup. Thai food is based on a balance of flavors - spicy, sour, sweet and salty. The blending of fresh herbs and spices, as well as the inclusion of fish sauce in almost every dish, gives Thai food its world-renowned signature flavor. While Thailand takes its culinary influences from neighboring China and India, the end product is something all its own, and each region of Thailand has its own distinct personality.
- The base for every Thai meal is rice, the most popular being jasmine, which is served steamed and accompanies most dishes.
- Khao Pad, the ever-popular fried rice, is served up with fried pork or chicken, chilies and fish sauce.
- In Chiang Mai your clients should definitely try the very popular lunch dish called Kao Soy. Noodles also play a prominent role in Thai cuisine.
- Thai desserts are made with combinations of rice, coconut milk and sugar along with a few unusual ingredients mixed in.
- Bottled water is readily provided by all hotels on a daily basis. Advise clients to stick to bottled water, which is very affordable, as are Thai beers like Singha and Chang.
Connecting through Cooking
- Notable cooking programs include the Oriental Thai Cooking School at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, the Blue Elephant Cooking School in Phuket and Bangkok, or The Cookery Course, both in Chiang Mai and Phuket.
- An extensive list of other culinary classes can be found on the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website.
Sublime Spa Experiences
- A typical Thai spa offers traditional Thai massage with Swedish, Javanese and sports options, as well.
- Menu items also include aromatherapy, reflexology, foot massage, facials, wraps and scrubs.
- There are also many exotic treatments that have been specially crafted by each spa all for the total relaxation and wellness of the client.
- Many of Thailand’s luxury spas have adopted the back-to-basics approach to the spa experience, where simplicity melds with comfort.
The culture of Thailand has a strong emphasis on overall wellbeing, and this is no better shown off than through its traditional spa culture. Thai culture has a long tradition of massage and wellness techniques, and as a result Thailand is a number one destination for indulgent spa experiences. Whether it's a day spa or a longer stay in a dedicated spa resort, travelers can customize their itineraries from spa treatments to meals and more.
All spas in Thailand offer traditional Thai massage, or a variation. This massage combines yoga and acupuncture techniques. Thai massage is based on the concept that physical and emotional problems are caused by blockage of vital energy channels. The masseuse uses feet, heels, knees, elbows, and hands to put pressure on these channels to release the body and mind. Thai people will visit Thai masseuses for body aches, as well as fevers, colds, and more. The best places for basic massage are the government-accredited clinics and hospitals, as well as the many luxury hotels and resorts that can be found across the country.
And the different settings of Thailand offer an endless opportunity for backdrops and vibes, from fresh northern mountain air, to laid-back beach vibes in the south. A typical Thai spa will offer Thai massage, as well as Swedish, Javanese, sports massages, and others. Menus also include aromatherapy, reflexology, foot massage, facials, wraps, and scrubs.
Wat Pho has been the primary school of Thai massage for centuries, and travelers can take courses there, as well. Masseuses trained at Wat Pho are said to be the best in the country.
Thailand is also a major destination for traveling yogis. Nature lovers relish the beautiful beaches and dramatic landscapes for practicing yoga. And a wide variety of yoga studios, retreats, and workshops are held year-round, along with massage training programs, meditation retreats, organic permaculture farms, nature healing, and Ayurvedic offerings.
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