We chose Thailand because we had both travelled there, and loved the people, the landscapes and the food! Since it was our honeymoon, we wanted to see the quieter areas, away from tourist hotspots like Phuket and Koh Samui. After a hectic wedding (and an Indian one at that!) we wanted to chill, explore beaches, relax, and do nothing!
We spent four days in Bangkok, seven days in Krabi and an overnight stay in Bangkok on our way back from Krabi. In Bangkok we stayed at Vie Hotel - M Gallery, which was the perfect hotel for us. Our main aim in Bangkok was to shop and see temples. Vie is walking distance to MBK. We spent time shopping there - fantastic. We also went to Chatuchak Weekend Market, which was a Skytrain ride away.
The highlight of our stay in Bangkok was a visit to Ayutthaya. The UNESCO heritage ruins were beautiful. Wat Phra Mahthat, with the famous Buddha face in the tree, is magical.
|The honeymooners at Wat Phra Mathat|
In Krabi we stayed at Klong Muong Beach at Beyond Krabi Resort which is on the mainland. There is literally no one on this beach except hotel guests. You will find mainly European couples and families at this resort. Seaview rooms have unobstructed views of the beach, overlooking the infinity-style pool. The rooms were clean and modern.
|Beyond Krabi Resort|
Kayaking was also a highlight at Bor Thor. The guides were fantastic. They understood the environment and educated us about the importance of the mangroves and the limestone caves to the area.
Another day we hired a scooter (I had travel insurance!) and visited Khao Phanom Bencha National Park. Its main attraction is Huay Toh waterfall, a seven-tiered waterfall. Another beautiful gem, and the perfect spot to cool off. Next stop Tiger Temple Cave...1327 steps up a mountain to reach the temple. Definitely worth the hike. Spectacular views of Krabi's striking coastline and huge Buddha statue at the top.
The main highlight of our trip was the final three nights in Krabi. We stayed at Islanda Eco village resort on Koh Klang. It is a small island that is a five minute boat ride from Krabi Town. Love love love this place. The island has only a one-lane road, and a majority Muslim island with a population of 3000.
|Nick in a tuk-tuk on the beach at Koh Klang|
|Honeymoon chilling at Islanda|
We definitely recommend Thailand for a honeymoon! We could have gone with the masses to places like Phuket, but sometimes you have to do the research to find the gems!