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Inspiring temples from ancient kingdoms, tiny tranquil villages along the
Mekong river and impossibly green limestone islands nestled along the
Andaman Sea, makes this a vast cultural kaleidoscope.

It’s hardly surprising that Thailand, meaning ‘land of the free’, has
long been a honeymoon paradise, allowing sweethearts to cast off the
shackles of everyday life and immerse themselves deep into its liberating
and relaxed way of life. There is an abundant choice of exotic activities
on offer. Whether you want to languish on a glittering beach or ride a
wild animal on an exotic elephant safari – peace and adventure go hand in
hand here. Remote spas and hideaways dotted around the verdant island
will seduce you with their tranquil intimacy, while the vibrant streets
of Bangkok beckon you to experience a whole new world at your feet.

And if the idea of unspoilt beaches and fresh tropical cocktails at
sunset still doesn’t sway your man, casually mention that Leo Bay was
where James Bond’s The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed. No doubt he
can live out his 007 fantasies on Khao Phing Kan, the same sandy stretch
that saw Roger Moore and Christopher Lee battle it out! Get in the sea
and do your best Ursula Andress while he’s at it.

Blessed with a balmy climate that settles for 35 degrees centigrade at
its hottest, it is widely recommended that if your wedding is in April or
October, to postpone it by a few weeks – since these are the two worst
months to visit, particularly the capital. April is the peak of a
roasting summer, while October brings miserable floods – making the south
a more pleasing option.

Thailand’s beautiful bounty is vast enough to combine a beach and city
holiday, so even if you do fly into Bangkok, you can just as easily
travel down to the South to soak in the sun.

Bangkok, or City of Angels differs from its American counterpart in that
while the latter boasts guns, sex and plastic surgery, the former is
still steeped in rich Thai cultural charm, offering delectable food,
breath-taking temples and shopping heaven. Resisting the usual coldness
that most cities possess, it is a far cry from the advanced urban
development of neighbouring countries like Singapore, with Bangkok
natives exuding friendliness. A city of contrasts, Bangkok breathes
mystery on the east side of the Chao Phraya River, with polished temple
spires nestling against glittering glass and steel buildings rising up
from the seething mass. Delicate wreaths of jasmine flowers the buses and
taxis. Orange-robed monks potter along the street beneath a giant Sony
screen blasting western pop videos. Home to the most stunning temples in
the world, it is worth visiting a few to get away from the disquiet of
Bangkok’s streets for a moment of quiet reflection.

Khao San Rd in Banglamphu is the traditional haven for the budget
traveller, but the Sukhumvit Rd area has a better selection of mid-range
hotels. Banglamphu and neighbouring Thewet are the best spots for budget
eating, and if you want to go for a city stroll and experience day-to-day
Bangkok, head for Chinatown and Pahurat, the busy Chinese and Indian
market districts.

A Chinese-Thai residential area since 1782, it’s hard to believe that
this district used to house 245 opium dens and a huge number of pawn
shops, gambling houses and brothels. Today Chinatown is one of the most
charismatic districts in Bangkok, with intricate alleyways, bright
markets and mouth-watering food stalls.

A bargain shopper’s paradise lined with a stunning array of Indian silks
and Thai shoulder bags. Head down little alleys and you'll find a
thriving culture that might ordinarily pass you by.

Grand Palace: A testament to architectural wizardry, housing the famous
Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Go early in
the morning to avoid the major crowds and do not wear sandals or skirts.

Snake Farm
Even if snakes make you queasy, this is definitely worth a visit – the
sheer volume of information is astounding. Officially called the Queen
Saovabha Memorial Institute, the snake farm is one of the largest
producers of anti-venom serum in Asia.

Crocodile Farm
Whatever you’ve seen in Lake Placid or Crocodile Dundee is child’s play
compared to this enormous place with over 60,000 fresh and seawater
crocodiles to see. For extra garnish you can buy chicken to throw to the
crocs, and they also have a show every hour, in which an insane guy puts
his head inside the croc’s mouth.

Floating Market:
80 km from Bangkok, this market is famous for selling fresh produce and
fine trinkets. You will also be able to travel around in a boat and have
a taster of Thai village life.

If you base what you do on inaccurate information, you might be
unpleasantly surprised by the consequences. Make sure you get the whole
story from informed sources.

Temple of Dawn:
Situated on the other side of the Chao Phraya river, the sight of the 79-
metre-high porcelain encrusted pagoda sparkling in the sun is truly
something to behold.

Wat Trai Mit:
Built in the Sukhothai period, this temple houses an awe-inspiring solid
gold Buddha which weighs five and a half tonnes and is three metres in

Crystal clear waves lapping the shores of white beaches are standard
wherever you look in Thailand. Phuket, called the Pearl of the Ocean, is
particularly unmissable. If you want to do more than just sunbathe, pay a
visit to Ko Phi Phi, the stunning island where Leonardo Di Caprio’s The
Beach was filmed. Pattaya is a gorgeous beach resort tucked away on the
south-east coast of Thailand, a stone’s throw away from Bangkok, while
Koh Pha-Ngan is famous for revellers throwing their arms in the air in
the throes of its legendary full moon parties.

For a beach hotspot, Phuket is 70 per cent mountainous, yet this precious
jewel is Thailand’s largest island in the Andaman Sea, boasting a rich
and wealthy history. Although the warm and humid island is Thailand’s
main tourist attraction, it has the luxury of harbouring secluded and
unspoilt beaches for those wanting a romantic getaway. Pamper yourself
with fresh lobster everyday, be massaged to sleep in any of Phuket’s
legendary spas and take a midnight swim by moonlight in its indigo pools,
with the assurance that you’re going to love every minute of it. If
you’re lucky enough, you may even get to take part in the celebration of
Loi Krathong, a 700 year old festival to honour the water gods. Doorways
and gates of temples and houses are decorated with banana trees, palms,
and lit lanterns, while locals dress up in traditional Thai sarongs and
tunics. There are more tourists in Phuket than on any other island, which
hikes up the prices slightly, but by British standards is still cheap.

Koh Samui
Palm-fringed beaches punctuated by bursts of coconut plantations make Koh
Samui overflow with charm and, while on its way to becoming too touristy,
it still retains its old untouched-paradise charm. Tiny thatched
bungalows pepper most of the beaches, but make sure you book in advance
as accommodation is hard to secure in the high seasons between December
and February, and from July to August. There are flights from Bangkok to
the island's Don Sak Airport. Several ferry and jetboat companies operate
from Surat Thani: express boats take two and a half hours and jet boats
take one and a half hours.
Island-hopping isn’t just a past-time of hippies and backpackers, nor
does it mean you have to endure horrible conditions simply because you
choose to explore Thailand outside your hotel door. One of the perfect
ways to bond with each other in the first weeks of marriage is to
experience new things together and create a rich tapestry of memories. Be
adventurous – just because you’ve booked a flight to Phuket doesn’t mean
you can’t jet to Bangkok for a few days. Travelling within Thailand isn’t
half as daunting as you may think.