When it comes to celebrating a special occasion in style, there’s no better way to impress a loved one than with a luxury holiday to a sensational destination.
Whether you’re travelling on honeymoon, marking a landmark anniversary or celebrating a special birthday, The Land of Smiles has a spectrum of diverse destinations to choose from, all offering their own appeal, unique activities and a host of sublime accommodation options.
If your idea of marking a special occasion revolves around relaxation and spending heavenly hours stretched out on palm-fringed shores, the beaches of Thailand are sure to deliver.
Indeed, you are truly spoilt for choice in this department, with a beach destination to suit everyone.
Phuket is a splendid option, offering visitors a taste of paradise, as well as stunning sunsets and romantic meals in picture-perfect settings. World-famous nightlife, enchanting natural beauty and wonderful wildlife also add to the appeal of this sublime island destination.
When it comes to enchanting stretches of sand, Banana Beach is a superb choice for relaxation, offering golden sands and crystal-clear water. Another tranquil spot is Mai Khao Beach, on the island’s north west coast. Other greats places to discover include the stunning horseshoe-shaped Bang Tao Beach, in the Laguna area, or Freedom Beach, on the west coast, where the water is great for snorkelling and may appeal to adventure-loving couples.
Phuket is also a great place for a celebration, with plenty to offer in the way of evening entertainment.
This is especially the case in the resort Patong, with a spectrum of bars, nightclubs and street food vendors serving up an unforgettable experience. An evening of colour and culture can also be enjoyed at the spectacular Siam Niramit Dinner Show.
A visit to Taling Ngam Beach is a must for couples seeking a staggeringly-beautiful spot to enjoy secluded hours. Thong Tanote Beach is another picturesque stretch of sand, serving up mesmerising views and breathtaking sapphire water.
Like Phuket, Koh Samui also offers options for places to party, with Chaweng in particular being home to a variety of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
For scenery that is sure to take your breath away, look no further than the captivating coves and beautiful bays of Krabi. Here, a boat trip to the paradise shores of Railay Beach is a great way to impress a loved one. Visitors will also find lush rainforests, idyllic waterfalls and adventure activities including rock climbing.
The more active of couples might look to Khao Lak. As well as unspoilt shores and adrenaline-fuelled water sports, romantic adventures can also be had in Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park, where wonderful natural scenery and incredible wildlife - including elephants, hornbills, monkeys and langurs - are waiting to found.
All of these exceptional beach destinations are home to an array of luxury hotels and resorts, where guests can enjoy romantic private dining experiences and heavenly spa days, perfect treats for a special celebration escape.
Offering a wonderful blend of old and new, visitors can take in glistening skyscrapers alongside ancient temples, hit the town to sample colourful nightlife and enjoy shopping trips to one of a number of malls or bustling markets.
Must visits in Bangkok include the city’s historical Grand Palace, built in 1782, and the iconic Wat Arun temple.
If a little retail therapy is needed, a trip to the MBK Center could be in order, with around 2,000 shops to discover, selling everything from clothing, jewellery, cosmetics, toys, food, souvenirs and much more.
Evening entertainment is also covered, with the city’s Khao San Road and Patpong district offering great options for a celebration, with a spectrum of clubs and bars to choose from.
If your preference is for a relaxed urban experience, the ancient city of Chiang Mai may be more your style. Here you and that special someone can explore fascinating cultural attractions hand-in-hand or share laid-back days of bliss, taking in the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.
A visit to the sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple offers beautiful architecture and stunning views of the city, while the Talat Warorot market is a great place for foodies.
If nature is more your thing, Bua Tong Waterfall is a superb spot for picturesque scenery. You can also climb the structure if you so wish, as the limestone base creates enough friction to stop slipping.
Animal adventures are also on offer during a stay in Chiang Mai, with the Elephant Nature Park rescue and rehabilitation centre being the perfect place to experience Elephants in close proximity.