Running through the heart of Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River offers a most unique perspective of the Thai capital. Here are some of the key attractions that can be found along the riverside.

Wat Arun

The magnificent Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun is a quintessential sight to behold on any Chao Phraya cruise be it day or night. Dating back to the Ayutthaya Kingdom, this stunning structure features a decorated spire (prang) that rises more than 70 metres in the air.

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National Museum of Royal Barges

Another notable riverside attraction, this museum showcases intricately decorated royal barges and boats used for auspicious or ceremonial occasions. Included on itineraries by cruise operators the likes of Manohra Cruises, the National Museum of Royal Barges also features the king’s personal barge which is known as “Suphannahong”.

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The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Beside the banks of the Chao Phraya River you will also find the famed Grand Palace, a former royal residence home to buildings and statues of exquisite beauty. Also here is the Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha one of the country’s most sacred sites.

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Wat Kanlayanamit

Dating back to the 19th century when King Rama III was in power, Wat Kanlayanamit is a distinctive riverfront temple which has a huge Buddha statue in the main prayer hall. Kanlayanamit translates to “Good Friend” and it is believed a visit here will help you find the company of good friends!

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Planning a wedding is never an easy task and is always nerve-wracking. When it’s a destination wedding, you’ve opted for this might double your anxiety. However, if you’ve decided that Thailand is where you want to host your big day, here are a few tips to make sure you don’t turn into a bridezilla!

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Planning

It is essential that you’ve drawn up your own plan for the event before you start on any of the arrangements. Think about your theme, hotel, guest list, food, and entertainment. This will also help you make your budget. Also, consulting a wedding planner when planning your wedding in Thailand is a must.

The backdrop

Do you visualise yourself exchanging rings in the setting of a garden by the beach? Hotels like Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok is ideal for a wedding by the riverside. However, have a clear picture in your mind before going ahead and reserving a hotel.

Logistics

When selecting your location in Thailand, you have a wide variety of options from a wedding in the mountains to a wedding by the beach or just at the ballroom of a luxurious hotel. However, if the place is hard to get to, the cost is said to be most likely to increase by 30%.

A bit of Thai

Since your wedding is in Thailand, why not make it unique by adding a touch of Thai culture? Event facilities in Bangkok hotels offer a bit of a Thai twist to your wedding. Still, it is your option whether you’ll go along with it or not.

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Thailand is a fabulous tourist destination, and if you’re looking to make Thailand the destination for your wedding, you need to get to planning. Here are a few tips to consider when planning a dream destination wedding.

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Selecting the setting

The atmosphere you want to set for your wedding is highly important. Are you looking at a beach wedding or something indoors? Once you decide this aspect, a lot of other things follow, but this is the very first step. Look up wedding venues in Bangkok, the likes of Chatirum Hotels & Residences, which will make the deciding process much easier.

A wedding planner

To ensure everything occurs way ahead of time so that you don’t have to fret about preparing during the very last minute, hire a wedding planner. They are the experts and know how to go about thins, especially in a land that you aren’t familiar with. This is a decision you won’t regret.

A Thai twist

The simple fact that you’re having your wedding in Thailand is amazing, however, to bring on a unique twist to things, add a Thai mix to it. It doesn’t really matter how you go about adding this twist, as far as you do. A Thai performance or Thai decor is enough to bring out the uniqueness of your wedding.

Food

The food plays a rather large role in any wedding, therefore ensure the menu at your wedding is something the guests look forward to. Thailand is a food haven, so you’re not bound to come across any issues in this regard.

 

 

 

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Home to stunning backdrops, turquoise waters, sun-kissed beaches and all things romantic, the paradise archipelago of Maldives is certainly an idyllic honeymoon destination. Read on to know what awaits here for lovebirds.

Snorkelling and Scuba diving

These are two of the most sought over activities by honeymooners who arrive at the Maldives. Almost all the islands in the Maldives are surrounded by reefs and you could find a myriad of marine creatures dwelling inside and around these reefs. This makes these regions ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Island Hopping

There are a number of uninhabited islands in the Maldives and if you wish to spend a romantic time together with your loved one in total privacy this is one of the best things to do.

Romantic dinner and luxury indulgence

The Maldives is home to exquisite resort properties the likes of Adaaran Select Meedhupparu and these hotels offer Maldives hotel packages that are carefully curated for honeymooners. You and your loved one can unwind, relax and enjoy luxurious comforts at your resort. You could also opt for a romantic dinner under the stars while you are here.

Watersports

If you wish to add a little bit of adventure to your vacation, then join in for an exciting watersport activity. Windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking are some of the activities you could take part together with your loved one.

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Marriage, the beginning of a wonderful journey. Additionally, if your honeymoon is in Koh Samui, its guaranteed to be even better. Want to know more about a trip here?

1) What to see

Once you land and get settled in your Koh Samui luxury resort, which is plentiful such as the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, it’s time for you to explore. There’s plenty to see here. From temples such as Wat Phra Yai or its many beaches, you’ll find something to make the most of your trip.

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2) What to do

Ang Thong National Marine is one of the most popular attractions in all of Koh Samui. Consisting of an archipelago of 42 islands that contain beautiful limestone formations, secret coves, lengthy beaches and rainforests, there’s always something to discover. You can try scuba diving or even kayaking as well.

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3) What to eat

Delve into the world of Thai cuisine when you’re here as there is no other place to do it. Across various restaurants, you can enjoy a dinner at the beach underneath the stars, which makes it an ideal romantic activity for your honeymoon.

4) Dance away

Koh Phangan, the neighbouring island of Koh Samui is quite the party destination. So, if you’re feeling quite in the mood, especially during Hat Rin’s Full Moon Party, you can dance away the night.

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Picture this; you and your partner stand barefoot along a soft sandy shore; your hands grasp each other as the cool ocean breeze swirls around you and a seemingly infinite carpet of azure stretches far into the distance. Sounds too good to be true? Not if you are planning a beach wedding in Sri Lanka!

Beach weddings

From lush gardens and serene beaches to luxury yachts and resorts to the banquet, Sri Lanka offers a selection of venues for weddings and receptions to set the stage for a one of a kind ceremony. But what could be more romantic than standing on a tropical white-sand beach, your toes in the warm sand, beautiful turquoise waves lapping at your ankles, surrounded by your closest friends and family as you promise your lives, your hearts, and your futures to each other?

Down south

There are many hotels in down south. Decide on a beach that is suitable for you. Whether you want a secluded spot or a lively type of beach atmosphere, there are many choices in this area like AVANI Kalutara Resort that guarantees a perfect beach wedding.

Bentota

Bentota is probably the most popular and most visited beach resort located on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. Mind you Bentota can be quite crowded and enjoy a private wedding on the beach may be a bit of a problem. However, if you are comfortable with loads of smiling and curious locals the Bentota Beach is a lovely location.

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Gorgeous East Coast Wedding

The Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka is virtually unspoilt and one of the best locations to plan a beach wedding in Sri Lanka. Resorts such as Pasikudah are fast gaining popularity amongst the international community for its stunning backdrops, idyllic beaches and lazy ambience.

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Have you found the perfect date but not the perfect place? Have you always dreams of a destination wedding that will make your special day, a whole lot more special? Pack your sunscreen, flip flops and wedding dress, your wedding in Maldives awaits!

Why Maldives?

Maldives, as you may or may not know, is a popular honeymoon destination. Many Maldives resorts cater to honeymoon couples or those that are getting married here. Complete with pristine beaches and azure waters, the backdrop for your wedding photographs will look stunning!

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The beach?

If you’re heading to Maldives for your wedding, there’s no doubt about it. A beach wedding is the only way to go. Picture this – your dress gently swaying with the breeze, the love of your life eagerly waiting for you at the end of seashell lined aisle of soft white sand? Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?

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Which resort?

With so many islands in Maldives, how exactly do you pick the right one? Most of the resorts would tend to offer you the same deal, but the key is to look for the one that stands out, in terms of what they offer, resort activities and honeymoon packages. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, amongst many are some of the more popular choices.

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Important things to note

As the Maldives is an Islamic country, you are not legally allowed to get married here, unless of course you’re a local. Weddings in Maldives are more of the celebration rather than the actual marriage – get hitched before you celebrate here.

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In an age where the cosmetics industry is ruling the markets, going all natural might have its benefits for the sensitive skinned souls.

 

Lavender
First of all, the smell itself will do wonders in soothing your nerves and calming you down. Furthermore, the properties of lavender oil reduce scarring; stretch marks, and wrinkles too. Lavender oil also has healing properties and can be used on insect bites and rashes. Most therapists in Sri Lanka use essential oils as a part of their treatments, and a typical spa hotel in Galle would have lavender in their treatments, for example.

 

Cranberry
The smell of this berry is sickly sweet and relaxes a person instantly. Cranberry essence is said to relieve joint pains and is, therefore, great oil for therapeutic massages.

 

Geranium
For the people with oily skin, geranium is your lifesaver! Spas and skin therapists swear by its wonders and most spas in tourist beach towns also use it now, like Tamarind Hill for instance. Geranium has antiseptic properties and helps prevent the build-up of sebum, the oils that help bacteria eat up your skin. Dermatitis, eczema, acne, and psoriasis are treated with this magical cure. As for therapy, geranium lightens up your mood, improves blood circulation and is a great cure for depression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Maldives is, without doubt, one of the most romantic holiday destinations in the world. There is something about the picturesque backdrop of this nation that stirs in hearts the strongest of desires.

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This tropical paradise is an entrancing setting for intimacy and romance, as you relax and unwind with your partner in the midst of a magically beautiful setting.

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Underwater weddings

Dreaming of a romantic Maldives island wedding? For a truly unforgettable experience, there is nothing quite like arranging an underwater wedding while staying in a villa such as Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. You will be able to descend into the glistening blue Indian Ocean waters with your partner and undertake the vows that will seal your nuptial ceremony.

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Party on the Beach

Emerge from the sea and get into a vibrant sunset celebration right on the beach; the best place to celebrate your union. Enjoy sunset cocktails, a fine spread of tropical delights and good cheer to last a lifetime.

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Weather

While it may seem like a tropical island should be sunny year-round, the Maldives does have its fair share of rainy days during the monsoon season. To save yourself, and your guests the trouble of running for cover in the middle of your ‘I do’s’, plan around the wet monsoon season during the months of May to November.

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In a very short time span the Maldives islands have become synonymous with luxury vacations and are one of the most dreamt about travel destinations in the world, and for good reason too.

The Beaches

There are hardly any places in the world that offer beaches that match up to the Maldives. The islands of the atolls that form this nation have beaches composed of powdery sands with waters that are a pristine transparent turquoise.

Over-Water Villas

The opportunity to reside in luxurious abodes situated above ocean waters is something that was pioneered in this nation. Nowadays, any given Maldives hotel would have their own unique over-water villas to choose from, with options such as Kandolhu Maldives.

Private Islands

What is more romantic than having an entire pristine tropical island to you and your significant other? In the Maldives, there are many uninhabited islands to choose from. Your resort can arrange everything from transportation to a personalised picnic basket to make your experience unforgettable.

Glowing Beaches

The bioluminescent beaches of the Maldives have become legendary. Walking side by side with your partner along a beach that is illuminated by the ambient glow of neon ocean water is definitely something out of a dreamscape.

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