Say “I do” in some of the world’s most spectacular beach settings and enjoy a sublime honeymoon in exotic Thailand
Beautiful, vibrant Thailand is rapidly becoming one of the world’s number one destinations for overseas weddings, as well as honeymoons in paradise. Thailand boasts friendly, hospitable people, exotic culture, delicious cuisine, stunning beaches, verdant forests and mountains and colourful nightlife. What more could a bride and groom possibly want?
There can be few more stunning countries with so many romantic honeymoon options as Thailand, and even fewer offering such amazing value for money, with an endless supply of hotels and resorts to suit all pockets. From traditional Thai beach love nests to boutique chic and grand scale resorts offering an abundance of facilities, the choice of accommodation is excellent. And if you don’t simply want to laze on a sundrenched beach for your entire honeymoon, you can easily combine a multi-centre holiday to enjoy the beach culture and a city centre adventure for shopping, culture and nightlife.
This exciting city combines wonderful sights, shopping and sumptuous hotel retreats to plunge you into modern Thai culture. Get into the Thai spirit at the awe-inspiring Grand Palace with golden temples and the Emerald Buddha, dazzling in gold leaf. If you love haggling, then shop till you drop at the numerous markets and shopping centres. At night, the rooftop bars and restaurants are buzzing, however, a romantic night-time boat trip gives you a sparkling view of the city from the river.
Take in the bustling nightlife of Hua Hin, the royal resort just three hours drive from Bangkok, where you can ride horses on the beach and drink fresh coconut juice, and look out for beautiful local handicrafts.
Only 25km from Hua Hin’s nightlife, Cha Am is loved for its relaxed, laid-back vibe, stunning beach and Thai atmosphere. This romantic resort is a perfect hideaway for honeymooners.
The holiday island of Phuket has buzzing nightlife, beaches and ladyboy shows. Throw yourselves into the clubbers’ paradise or find a more secluded base and enjoy the nightlife only if you want to.
Koh Yao Noi
A short boat trip away from Phuket, Koh Yao No is a picturesque Muslim island which is in a different time zone. Listen to the call to prayer as you watch the sun go down.
Famous for its white beaches, tropical gardens and coco palms, this is an island packed with opportunities for activities, from walking in the jungle to exploring waterfalls, temples and a butterfly garden, as well as enjoying watersport and the vibrant night life.
In its northern setting, Chiang Mai offers another side of Thailand. From here you can take in the glorious temples, find silk scarves, jewellery and Buddha carvings galore at the famous night market and wash and feed rescued elephants at the wonderful Elephant Nature Park.
Marry in Thailand
Brides and grooms getting hitched in Thailand can choose from a colourful Traditional Thai wedding, a Christian wedding or a blend of the two which can be done simultaneously. You can also have a fabulous Muslim wedding or a ceremonious Chinese one.
For wow-factor wedding locations, choose from stunning white sandy beaches and lush, tropical resort gardens to mountain peaks, vibrant cities and even underwater ceremonies! Some resorts offer extra touches to make your big day more special – from elephant blessings to traditional Thai dancers and the release of lucky lanterns at sunset for the ultimate in romance.
As long as your wedding is properly registered in the Local Registration Office, your marriage in Thailand is recognised back home. Your marriage certificate will be in Thai, so it is recommended to commission a ‘sworn translation of the certificate for legal use in the UK. To ensure everything runs smoothly according to Thai law, it is recommended that you use the services of an independent wedding planner or your tour operator’s experienced wedding team.
The documentation to be produced is at the discretion of each individual Registrar, however as a guide you will need:
- Proof of identity
- Bride and groom to be over 18 years of age
- Both bride and groom to be single
- Relevant original paperwork if either party is widowed or divorced
- Passports valid for at least six months from date of entry to Thailand.
Consular Section British Embassy: 1031 Wireless Road Bangkok 10330