With lush exotic jungle, gorgeous beaches, picturesque island resorts, friendly people, mouth-watering food, plus fascinating temples and culture – it’s no wonder that couples fall in love with Thailand, one of the world’s most romantic holiday destinations.
Thailand has become one of the most popular destinations for weddings and honeymoons. And couples often return to celebrate anniversaries and even to renew their wedding vows.
But first, you need to “pop the question” – and romantic Thailand offers so many wonderful places to propose to that special person.
Romantic sunset in Krabi, Thailand. Photo credit: ©Tourism Authority of Thailand
If you’re looking for a special location where you can ask a certain someone to share their life with you, then why not check out our Top 10 places to propose in Thailand? There are hundreds of other options but we wanted to give you a taste of Thailand’s romantic possibilities:
Love is in the air
If you’ve both got a head for heights, how about a hot air balloon ride as the sun rises? Up, up and away over glittering temples, rice fields, and tropical forests, drifting along between 500 and 2,000 feet above the treetops.
You can find companies offering balloon flights in most of the regional cities in Thailand, e.g. Chiang Mai, and most even offer a champagne breakfast on landing – perfect!
Sing it from the rooftops
An alternative option for people who don’t mind heights is a romantic rooftop dinner at one of the many high rise hotels and bars in Bangkok. Get there before sunset and watch this bustling capital city light up around you.
There are many excellent places to choose from – Vertigo Bar at the Banyan Tree, Sirocco at State Tower, Red Sky@55 at Centara Grand Hotel and 360 Bar at Millennium Hilton to name just a few.
Hand in hand on the beach
What can be more romantic than a stroll along the sand, hand in hand watching the sun go down and listening to the gentle waves lapping on the shore? A perfect setting for a proposal.
Luckily, Thailand has an abundance of wonderful beaches – both on the mainland as well as on the many islands. Hua Hin, in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, is only a 2.5 hour drive from Bangkok – and has the cutest little railway station too. Or within an hour’s flights from Bangkok is Phuket, Krabi or Koh Samui.
On the water
Although Thailand’s capital city Bangkok is a bustling metropolis, it does have a romantic side, especially at night. A dinner cruise in an antique rice barge on Bangkok’s Chao Praya river is a wonderful way to create a romantic mood – just don’t drop the ring!
The Manohra Cruise departs every evening at 7.30pm from a private pier at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa.
A taste of history
Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand and the fascinating ruins at Ayutthaya Historical Park – a UNESCO World heritage Site – should provide an unforgettable backdrop to your romantic day.
Wander amongst the ancient temples, have a picnic, and enjoy the peace and quiet of this enigmatic place.
Enjoy a little luxury
There are a growing number of luxury and boutique hotels opening up across Thailand. From 5* luxury brands such as Hilton, Starwood, Mandarin Oriental, Kempinski, St Regis, Banyan Tree and COMO to quirky, independent, designer boutiques all of which offer luxury settings for your special moment.
Luxury tented camps – camping might not be the obvious romantic choice to pop the question but in Thailand you can enjoy nature in comfort at the Four Seasons in Chiang Rai or Elephant Hills in Khao Sok National Park.
Say I do with a view – for one of most picturesque settings in Thailand head to the Six Senses on Koh Yao Noi to enjoy a panoramic view of Phang Nga Bay peppered with limestone casts.
Imagineer your perfect proposal – at The Sarojin in Khao Lak they invite guests to “Imagineer” their stay. This service helps to personalise the holiday of your dreams – and one to remember. No dream is too big or budget too small; just tell them how you have always wanted to propose and they will go out of their way to help. How about popping the question underneath a waterfall with a candlelit dinner? They can make it happen!
Give her a rock on a rock – diamonds are a girls best friend so how about surprising her with a ring during dinner at Dining on the Rocks at Six Senses on Koh Samui. Situated on multi-level decks nestled into the side of the cliff this is an unusual and memorable place to propose.
Phuket Pool Villa Proposals – Thailand does pool villas like Tiffany does diamonds . There are some amazing hotels and resorts to chose from for a special stay but some of our favourites for views, beautiful villas and location are Point Yamu, Sri Panwa, Anantara, The Shore.
Here’s an idea, how about getting closer to Thailand as you get closer to your partner? A community homestay offers you the chance to become part of village life and get a real insight into traditional Thai culture. You’ll also be away from the madding crowds.
For example, Symbiosis Custom Travel offers a four-day community homestay on the picturesque island of Koh Yao Noi in southern Thailand.
Say a prayer at the Love Shrine
People in search of love in Bangkok leave flower offerings and say prayers at the Trimurti Shrine in front of the Central World Plaza shopping mall. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 9.30pm it is thought Lord Trimurti descends from heaven to listen to these prayers. What better time to pop the question? Make sure you leave nine red roses as an offering!
The Thaizer Thailand blog has a good article all about the Trimurti Shrine, here.
Back to nature
Easily reached from Bangkok, the Khao Yai National Park – another UNESCO World Heritage site – is a wonderful haven for wildlife, including many endangered species. You may even like to consider a two or three-day wildlife trek to really appreciate all it has to offer.
Companies such as Blue Sky Thailand organise guided trips into the park where you’ll get the chance to see over 350 bird species, and large mammals including elephants, white handed gibbons, Asiatic black bear and wild dogs. There are also spectacular waterfalls, as featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach.
Under the sea
The Similan Islands National Park in the Andaman Sea on the West coat of Thailand offers some of the best scuba diving in the world. For those of you who love to explore the watery depths and reefs, a scuba dive can be surprisingly romantic!
As the famous song from Disney’s The Little Mermaid goes: “Darlin’ it’s better, when you are wetter, under the sea!”