On Valentine’s Day, the Land of Smiles becomes the land of hearts and kisses. Although it is a Western tradition, the Thais have adapted this romantic day by adding their own touch it. During Wan Valentine, as the Thais call it, you will find motorbikes speeding away with oversized stuffed toys seated in between couples and venues promoting their Valentine’s Day packages in a sea of heart and flowers.
If you are in Thailand on Valentine’s Day, you will be carried away by the romance — After all, you are in the country that holds a kissing competition just to bag the world record for the longest kiss. So far, the current record is 25 hours, 22 minutes, and 36 seconds. If you feel that you can beat that time, then head to Ripley’s Believe It of Not in Pattaya. If you are not into long kisses, then there are other ways of spending Valentine’s Day in Thailand in our list below.
Bangkok goes nuts for romance in Valentine’s Day and there are plenty of couple-friendly promotions all around. Kindle the spark with a romantic cruise through the Chao Phraya River aboard Banyan Tree’s Apsara Dinner Cruise or head for the top of Bangkok at Vertigo. For a memorable but affordable dinner, then make your way to Le Du, which sounds French, but it is actually a Thai word meaning season. With its low lighting and hidden corners, you will have a lot of privacy for your sweet nothings. Continue the after party in one of Bangkok’s sky bars and if extend Valentine’s Day to the wee hours of dawn by taking a walk around the bustling flower market.
In Chiang Mai, love is in the air in the scent of the blossoms at Rajapruek Garden. Hold hands as you walk through paths lined with flowers and take a seat underneath a shade of cherry blossoms which blooms during this time of the year. Find the temple within the garden and seal your love with a wish to the heavens. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon here as you wait for the sunset before climbing up the viewpoint of Doi Suthep or head back to the city and jump on a cruise on Mae Ping River. Then, end the day with a candlelit dinner on the terrace of Huen Huay Kaew, a restaurant by the Huen Huay Kaew River.
The beachside location of Krabi makes romance easy to find. Whether you begin your Valentine’s Day climbing up a boulder in Railay Beach to profess your love to the world or a quiet walk along the beach as you watch the sun come down, soak in these beautiful sights in each other’s arms. If you are feeling particularly energetic, then climb up Wat Tham Sua’s 1,272 steps to see the sunset amidst a panoramic view of Krabi. Then, head to the Grotto for a unique dinner experience in a cave. If the price is a tiny bit over the top, then the Hilltop is the next best thing. Just make sure that you book the table after 8PM so you can get the place all to yourself after the sunset watchers have departed.
When you are on an island, filled with forest trails and white sand beaches, it’s not tough to find a romantic spot with a picnic basket in hand. If you want to take it up a notch, however, then perhaps renting a boat to explore the islands around Koh Phangan will take your breath away. End the special day right by dining by the beach. To add to the ambiance, book in advance and grab one of the longtail boats and imagine that you are sailing away as you dine on the best seafood dishes the island has to offer.
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