By Merle Rosenstein
Thailand is an idyllic tropical paradise with forested mountains descending to breathtaking white-sand beaches, colourful time-honoured traditions, sumptuous spas and modern accommodation. In fact, the country’s arresting scenery and lush surroundings set the stage to celebrate undying love and togetherness, whether you’re igniting old passions or solidifying new ones.
In Thailand you can enjoy blissful seclusion at luxury resorts and make the most of room service and a private pool and patio, or experience true togetherness sunbathing on unspoiled beaches. Active couples appreciate opportunities to get physical while trekking through rugged forests and across mountain ridges, diving into the emerald sea to wrestle among the reefs or uncovering hidden caves while kayaking.
Here are six ways to start something special in Thailand:
Ascend The Heights
For couples feeling ‘on top of the world,’ Thailand’s mountainous north offers jungle trekking adventures through verdant forests to see exotic animals and unique flora and fauna, and visit tribal communities. Couples can find single or multi-day tours in guesthouses and hotels in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Overnight stays in a hill tribe village allow for elephant trekking, bamboo river rafting and ox-cart riding.
Plumb The Depths
Discover an underwater world together amid schools of striped fish swimming between multi-coloured corals. The aquamarine waters of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand support marine life such as manta rays, dugongs, barracuda, and the occasional whale shark. Excellent locations for marine life viewing are Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi and the Similan or Surin Islands.
Take An Elephant Trek
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For a truly Thai experience, couples can cuddle while seated on an Asian elephant and let these mammoth mammals do the walking. In Thailand, elephants carry visitors around the temples of Ayutthaya and through the mountains of the north and jungles of the south. Popular places for elephant rides are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Kanchanaburi.
Serenity At The Spa
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Spas sooth frayed nerves and tantalize the senses enabling couples to decompress and focus on each other. A wide array of options is available across Thailand from expertly administered day treatments to world famous spa and wellness retreats including meals. Luxury spas and wellness retreats in Phuket, Hua Hin, and Koh Phangan range from exclusive getaways for the rich and famous to affordable beachside resorts offering yoga instruction.
Learn the art of Thai cooking to spice up your union. At day-long cooking schools in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ko Samui and Phuket couples can learn the art of fruit and vegetable carving and practice preparing different regional dishes.
To elevate your romance to a whole new level, take your beloved on a tour of the pristine coastal waters of Thailand. Charter a yacht to one of Thailand’s mystical virgin islands, or board a cruise liner to island hop in Thailand’s Andaman Sea and swim along the shores of Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui.
For more information on romantic travel in Thailand go to www.tourismthailand.org/see-do/theme-travel/romance-travel-in-thailand