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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There’s already something romantic about taking your loved one to an exotic destination but a place like Myanmar offers things to do on top of that that make it the irresistible choice. A true getaway and one you that you will never forget. Keep reading for a guide on romantic adventures in Myanmar.

1). The Ancient City of Bagan

There’s something mysterious about visiting an ancient city and especially Bagan, the place once home to over 10,000 temples, sadly of which many have been destroyed but over 2000 still stand strong today!

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2). Hot Air Balloon Ride

This will be a memorable experience that will mesmerise you and your partner! Float over the thousands of temples in Bagan or take in the views over Lake Inle for unbeaten views of the mountain range. If you’re looking for a 5-star hotel in Yangon to stay in while you embark on your adventure, there are several choices to opt for like the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon for example.

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3). Local Cooking Classes

What an experience to bond over! Cooking together can be fun but taking them together in a land far far away is perfect! Start your day by shopping together in an organic market for ingredients and then cook away!

4). Pindaya Caves

Situated on a limestone ridge, this is the site of pilgrimage for many Buddhists. This can be the perfect place for you and your partner to get in touch with your spirituality together!

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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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At the stage of your wedding planning where you are looking for a honeymoon destination? Look no further than the Maldives! These are just some of the many things that newlyweds can enjoy here.

Stay at a Water Villa

Imagine being serenaded by the sounds of the waves and surrounded by breathtaking vistas at your very own Maldives water villa. Holidays or honeymoons are perfect at such abodes, perched above the ocean, offering you access to the sea below anytime you want to have a dip.

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Escape to a Desert Island

A desert island experience offered by resorts such as Adaaran Prestige Water Villas offers the ultimate privacy at a place that’s completely uninhabited. Be transported on a traditional dhoni (boat) to an island where you and that special someone can enjoy champagne, a gourmet lunch and each other’s company amidst romantic seclusion.

Indulge in Spa Pampering

If you’ve had a stressful wedding, nothing beats a rejuvenating spa session for the both of you! Maldives spa resorts offer a variety of therapies for couples to enjoy including traditional Ayurvedic or Balinese treatments.

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Experience Oceanside Dining

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The Maldives offers some enchanting backdrops by the ocean for an intimate meal with that special someone. Be it on a deck outside or on the beach, such private dining with some fine wine certainly sets the mood for more romance on your honeymoon!

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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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Around the world, you will find entrancing islands that are renowned for romance. In these visions of paradise, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an exotic escape with your loved one.

Maldives

This archipelago set amidst the expanses of the Indian Ocean has secured a firm reputation as an outstanding destination for romance, featuring pristine beaches, picturesque scenery and a delightful tropical climate. A Maldives resort to consider for your romantic holiday would be Anantara Veli Maldives Resort.

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Bora-Bora in French Polynesia

The island of Bora-Bora in French Polynesia is sure to capture the imagination of the couple desiring romance. Here you will find turquoise lagoons, a striking coral reef, tiny islets and the jagged Mount Otemanu which is located within its heart.

Capri in Italy

The picturesque island of Capri is renowned for its villas on the waterfront and limestone cliffs. Undoubtedly an outstanding setting for romance, in Capri town you will encounter charming streets lined with boutiques. You will also find Anacapri, a quiet village offering seclusion and privacy.

Santorini in Greece

Santorini will be a delight for romance seekers with its whitewashed houses and striking churches with blue domes. It also features other attractions such as captivating beaches, outstanding wines and archaeological attractions dating from prehistoric times.

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The Maldives will be an excellent choice for your romantic wedding. When planning a Maldives wedding there are some important considerations that will make it a magical experience.

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Choosing a resort

It is important to select a resort in Maldives that offers good opportunities and facilities for your special day. Some resorts will go that extra mile to ensure that you have a magical wedding experience that you will always remember. When seeking the best resorts in Maldives for your special day, consider those that offer unique wedding packages such as Naladhu Private Island Maldives.

Decide on the type of wedding

Many couples opt for a beach wedding in the Maldives amidst the soft sandy beaches, gleaming waters and refreshing sea breezes. An evening wedding will provide you with the opportunity to have your nuptials with the setting sun as a backdrop.

Incorporate the local culture

In the Maldives, you will have the chance to add elements of the local culture to your wedding ceremony. You will be able to have local boduberu music at your wedding, wear traditional native attire and even conduct the ceremony in the native language, Dhivehi.

Plan a special honeymoon

Naturally, after your wedding in the Maldives, you will probably stay on in the islands for your honeymoon. You can choose to plan what you will be doing on your exotic honeymoon, selecting experiences and excursions that both you and your partner will enjoy.

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Is the stress of planning your wedding getting you down? Well, the good news is, if you plan a honeymoon in the Maldives you can look forward to plenty of stress-free, magical moments with your one true love!

Pamper yourself

One of the best ways to unwind while on your honeymoon is to book spa treatments for couples. Most Maldives luxury resorts have their own spas offering a range of holistic healing options to give tired minds and bodies some much needed personal care.

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Sail into the sunset

A popular activity for couples, a sunset cruise on a traditional dhoni (boat) is not to be missed. Offered at resorts such as Naladhu Private Island Maldives, such intimate voyages most often also feature champagne and canapés that let you toast to your new future.

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Dine to seaside serenades

Most resorts offer special romantic dining options; inform them ahead and you could plan a wonderful surprise. A gourmet dinner on the beach, beside the gentle rhythms of the ocean and under a night sky bejewelled with stars, will certainly sweep your partner off their feet!

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Add a little adventure

After all that relaxing, you may want to add some adventure to your honeymoon. Snorkelling is a great couples’ activity in Maldives, while a plethora of water sports from waterskiing to surfing also offer some fun in the sun and surf.

Hand in hand by the shore

Of course, the Maldives also offers plenty of intimate moments to share; spend lazy days at your overwater villa or just walk hand in hand taking in a magical sunset, as whispers of love eternal are carried away on the ocean breeze.

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Wedding!

Retaining a rare charm of another era, where traditional wooden houses stand alongside colonial mansions on ancient streets, Luang Prabang is considered to be a great wedding destination.

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The Atmosphere

Home to dozens of stunning temples clad in gold, Luang Prabang embodies a traditional yet timeless atmosphere; a magical setting perfect to celebrate your very own fairy-tale Laos wedding with your friends and family around you.

The Setting

Luang Prabang is home to a wide range of exquisite colonial villas and hotels such as AVANI+ Luang Prabang, which offers couples great wedding packages that cater to different budgets. Making inquiries and booking well advance is recommended.

The Logistics

If you wish to be cost-effective with your planning, choosing to book your wedding venue and other plans for the off-peak season would help you save up to 20-35% off your given rates. To save more consider booking your flights around 3-6 prior. This applies especially for ASEAN regions, since booking in advance is approximately 53% cheaper than doing so closer to the date.

Plan Minimally

Destination weddings can be quite expensive, but it also can be quite affordable if one goes about planning it correctly and minimally. Thinking long and hard about what will be crucial for the ceremony and keeping the guest list small will save you a couple hundred of dollars. Since destination weddings are all about the views, location and novel experience consider skipping the extravagant party favours and decorations.

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The ‘together time’ you spend on your honeymoon is a special time and goes down as some of the golden memories of your married life together. Therefore, it’s up to you to make sure you pick the perfect honeymoon location for the perfect honeymoon vacation! Seychelles is quite popular among fellow romantics because of its gorgeous locations;

 

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Island romance

Talking about island romance, here are some of those islands that sound like the honeymoon paradise in romance novels! Praslin Island is well-known for Vallee de Mai where the coco de mer palms can be found. Having the highest mountain ranges in Seychelles, Mahe Island is bursting with remarkable scenery. What’s more, it is the location of the world’s smallest capital, Victoria! For fans of water sports, check out Fregate Island for snorkelling, scuba diving, and yachting.

Activities for the starry-eyed

Enjoy the wonderful outdoors of Seychelles, laze around on the beige sand in the heat of the sun. Head over to the beach together in the evening and watch as the ball of fire is swallowed up by the ocean causing the ocean to reflect a tinge of pink. Romantic indeed! Moreover, spoil yourselves with a rejuvenating tropical couple massage. Also, there is nothing dreamier than a walk in the Garden of Eden in Praslin Island.

Lovey-dovey places to visit

The Clock Tower (over 110 years old!) is a famed spot with travellers. It is common to take selfies with the tower when you visit. How about a lovely picnic? Parcel up your snacks and drinks and set out towards Mission Lodge Lookout. The place holds the scenic beauty of Mahe Island. Some of these locations are ideal for weddings in Seychelles too!

Shop till you drop

If you are accommodated in hotels like AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, set out together on s Seychelles shopping spree! Take back some gewgaws from Victoria Market from the small shops. Step into SEPNA Esplanade Craft kiosks for some souvenir shopping. These shops have things like colourful beachwear and dried fruits on sale.

 

 

 

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