Thailand Vacation for Couples
Travel to Thailand, it is called Amazing Thailand for many reasons, why not find out for yourself.
The Europeans and Australians have already discovered the beautiful Thailand beaches which are some of the most incredible beaches in the world.
Now is the time for you to discover Amazing Thailand!
Here are my travel tips for planning some incredible and romantic Thailand vacations:
Where to go
Bangkok, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi
When to go
January – March
This is high season but it also has the best weather
Minimum 2 weeks but go as long as you can since the majority of the cost is the airfare to get there.
Note: When searching for airfare, try to find a site that will allow you to book airfare and part of your hotel stay. We booked only our hotel stay for the first part of our trip in Bangkok and saved a lot.
Where to stay in Bangkok:
Highly Recommend = Novotel Bangkok
It is a great location close to shopping and public transportation.
There is wonderful free breakfast buffet included which is a great way to start your day.
Or now is the time to stay in a 5 star hotel, the prices are reasonable in Bangkok compared to anywhere else in the world.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
The Peninsula Bangkok
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Just to name a few of the 5 star hotels in Bangkok.
We splurged for part of our trip and stayed at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa (formerly a Marriott). It was a 5 star resort and it was very luxurious after staying on the small islands with little luxury. It was definitely more of an “American” experience than the Novotel and that may be a little different now that it is no longer a Marriott. The breakfast is not included but it was delicious.
They offer a teak boat to shuttle you on the river to the tram entrance. On the return trip to the resort you are offered a warm towel and water to wipe away the heat of the city, it is quite amazing and refreshing.
Temple of Emerald Buddha
How-to get to the Thailand beaches:
Recommendations for flying within Thailand:
We flew to Krabi on Thai Airways – I highly recommend this airlines, they are wonderful.
From Krabi we took a cab to Ao Nang and then a longtail boat to Tonsai.
There are a lot of resorts in Ao Nang with a beautiful beach and lots of restaurants. It would be a great place to stay for easy access to many of the other wonderful Thailand beaches
Note: Travel with backpacks or luggage that is easy to get on and off a longtail boat. Also, be sure to travel in clothes that can get wet since you will be getting in the water to hop onto the longtail boat. There are no docks.
Where to stay in Tonsai or Railay:
Tonsai – Is only accessible by boat and during low tide you can’t get in or out. It is a climber’s destination and very low-key area. The restaurants line the beach and most of them are squatters that have setup restaurants in the sand. The Thai people on Tonsai were the friendliest we had met in Thailand. Really great people and very laid back, you really get away from it all here. They do not know what ASAP means here.
The beaches are not the best, but you can hop on a longtail boat and get to Railay West pretty quickly for an amazing beach. The accommodations vary widely on Tonsai and are very, very inexpensive. The only place that takes reservations on Tonsai is the Tonsai Beach Resort which we stayed at and it was pretty nice compared to the other resorts on Tonsai. You stay in your own beach house with AC but hot water is not always available.
Railay – This is also only accessible by boat but you are greeted by the beautiful beach.
Recommendation to stay on Railay = Rai Lay Bay Beach Resort
Visit the Railay website for descriptions of each resort and to get help with booking at the resorts.
Koh Phi Phi
From Ao Nang, Tonsai or Railay you can book a boat trip to Koh Phi Phi (pronounced Ko Pee Pee).
This is a must -do! Plan at least a few nights on Koh Phi Phi. You will find the top Thailand beaches here.
The Amazing Thailand travel experience:
If you are in Tonsai or Railay you will first take a longtail boat and just wait in the ocean for a larger boat to come and then you will have to jump from the longtail to the larger boat and toss your luggage on up. Then you will be on your way – 1-1/2 hours later – you will arrive in paradise!
There are a lot of places to stay on Koh Phi Phi – check out the island on Trip Advisor.
You can either book ahead of time or once you arrive on the dock, you can find somewhere to stay at the information booth. There is a great market in Tonsai Village (on Koh Phi Phi) and a restaurant right on the beach that is really good.
Note: Travel tip – rent two beach chairs and umbrella on the beach in Loh Dalum Bay for $2-4 for the entire day. Great people watching and a lot of Europeans so expect topless attire on the beach.
Many, many more Amazing Thailand beaches and destinations to find and explore! I suggest the Lonely Planet guide book to help find information on everywhere you want to go. Thailand vacations must include at least one of these destinations for a complete city and beach experience.
Top things to do in Bangkok
Visit the temples:
The Grand Palace
Wat Po – see the Reclining Buddha
Wat Phra Kaew -see the Emerald Buddha
Visit the markets:
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Check out the wild nightlife:
Khao San Road
Rooftop bar in Bangkok
Take the public transportation:
Chao Phraya Express Boat
River taxis and express boats
MRT underground rail
Tuk-tuks and taxis
Get a traditional Thai massage
Take a Thai cooking class at Blue Elephant Thai Cooking School
See a Muay Thai boxing match
Visit the MBK Center for all your shopping needs and go to the food court for a great way to introduce yourself to all the Thai food.
Find the real Amazing Thailand for yourself and travel to Thailand!
Please contact me if you need any help researching or planning your next Great Travel Destination!