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9 Reasons to Have a Beach Wedding in Koh Samui, Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful country with a fascinating heritage, sublime beaches, gorgeous architecture, stunning topography, and smiling people. It is a holiday destination that never ceases to dazzle or amaze. Consequently, the number of luxurious venues, both hotels, and private villas, is growing exponentially. Koh Samui, in particular, attracts a lot of couples planning a destination wedding in Thailand. From its white sand beaches to sparkling green seas and picturesque backdrops, there are endless reasons why the island is Thailand’s best beach wedding destination. Here are nine to start with.

 

  1. Breathtaking Beaches

Koh Samui is a fabulous beach wedding destination thanks to its 25 km of glorious coastline. Its beaches are famous for their fine white sands and crystal-clear waters. Some are often lined with lounging tourists but plenty isn’t. You can host a Thailand beach wedding at one of the quieter spots that feature secluded coves and hidden beaches. Some less crowded beaches to consider include Bang Tao, Choeng Mon, Laem Singh, and Nai Thon beach. After exchanging vows, you can hop on a traditional longtail boat for a photo shoot as you explore the little coves.

 

2. Affordable Prices

 

The cost of a wedding in Samui Island is quite affordable compared to other popular wedding destinations. For instance, the average cost of a wedding in Koh Samui (with 30 guests) is £900 while the cost of hosting an average wedding in the UK is £30,355. However, it is important to mention that the cost of a wedding in Koh Samui varies depending on the type of hotel that’s planning your wedding – five, four or three star – and the time of the year – low season or high season.

 

Most resorts at the island offer wedding packages that include reception setup, wedding cake, drinks, plated dinner, discounted accommodation and a photographer.

 

3. Delicious Food

You and your guests may be partial to Pad Thai, but you have no idea of the diversity of Thai cuisine. When getting married in Thailand, you’ll be dazzled by the food options available on this gorgeous island. Expect dishes like mango sticky rice, Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Green Chicken Curry), Massaman and Panang curries, papaya salad, soured pork sausage, and laab (minced pork salad) just to name a few.

 

Luxury hotels will also have an international chef serving Western food just in case you have guests who are not into Thai food.

 

4. Tropical Climate

 

Being a tropical climate zone, the sun at the island shines bright and strong and the temperature remains relatively constant (hot) year-round. Additionally, the island is frost-free making it a perfect wedding destination. You and your guests can celebrate on the beach, enjoy cocktails in the sunshine and dine under the stars.

 

While the climate in tropical zones is characterized by hot and dry days, the island also experiences occasional heavy rains. Therefore, if you’re getting married in Koh Samui, be sure to visit the island when the weather is favourable.

 

5. The Adventures

There are lots of awesome activities you can do the day after your wedding day. You and your guests can choose to sail along the coast or trek into the island’s jungle-clad mountains. Rock climbing, white-water rafting, bike riding, and zip lining are other great ways to explore the stunning island. If you want to explore the coast further, be sure to go snorkelling, kitesurfing, sea walking, stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking.

 

6. Rich in Culture

 

The fabulous culture of Thailand is intriguing and overwhelmingly rich. You can choose to have a theme for your wedding that mimic’s the Thai culture. You get an opportunity to celebrate your special day uniquely. The universal language of love allows you to incorporate romantic love songs for the ceremony. The lively Thai music, as well as their traditional attire, are sure to make your ceremony warm and welcoming.

 

7. Honeymoon paradise

 

When you have your wedding at the beach, you can also choose to have your honeymoon in Koh Samui so that you spend less time travelling and more quality time with your spouse. There are exquisite honeymoon destinations in Koh Samui that will interest you. Consider having your wedding at the beach and then hiding away in a peaceful destination for your honeymoon. Many secluded beaches host couples for their honeymoon.

 

8. Excellent Service From the Thai

Book yourself and your spouse into a luxurious hotel and enjoy room service as you spend quality time together. If the nightlife interests you, there are endless establishments in Koh Samui that have good music and amazing cocktails. The locals in Koh Samui will freely suggest beautiful wedding sites to hold your ceremony. You will be warmly welcomed by friendly residents who are known to be good for foreigners. Since you are allowed a thirty day stay as a foreigner, you get the opportunity to interact with new people.

 

9. Family Friendly Wedding Venues

 

Beaches in Koh Samui are neutral grounds that allow you to accommodate adults and children alike. The clean environment is favourable, and you can choose to hold your wedding at a private beach so that you enjoy tranquillity. There are many luxurious hotels around the major beaches in Koh Samui that have affordable rates. You can accommodate everyone comfortably while the wedding plans proceed.

 

Koh Samui is a top destination for a beach wedding. Its dazzling beaches, azure sky, fabulous food, and perfect weather will make your wedding truly extraordinary.

How to go off-beat with your honeymoon in Oregon

Personally, I find Oregon a thing of beauty. It’s anything but normal, so after I got hitched I looked for the most unusual destinations to set up my honeymoon. I really wanted to feel like a tourist, so I tried to search for the most off-beat place. Here are some of my favorites:

Climbing Mount Jefferson

My husband and I are avid mountaineers, and Oregon has a variety of mountain regions that one can explore. Dog mountain trail is perfect for beginners; although we’re daredevils and prefer Mount Jefferson. It’s very steep and challenging, but we truly enjoyed the experience. We cannot wait for winter to come to try out the routes on rough weather conditions!

Silver Falls State Park

It’s no wonder the locals call this place Oregon’s “crown jewel” of park systems – personally, I find it sublime. Silver Falls State Park is great offbeat location that made our honeymoon a dream come true. We loved the wealth of recreational opportunities available, natural beauty, and historic presence. Located at the foothills of Cascade Mountains, and only 1 hour away from Salem, the park is home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve seen in my life. Make sure to hop on the Trail of Ten Falls; a hiking area that descends into a beautiful winding creek! There are great camping spots nearby; as well as a playground and barbecue stands if you want your little honeymoon to really feel personal and alluring.

Cannon Beach

Moving from the top of the mountain to the beach, I do think Cannon Beach is the perfect travel destination for romantic honeymooners in Oregon. Famous for its sandy shores and peaceful vibes, this place exudes romance inside out. There’s Ecola State Park nearby; with sweeping views of the endless ocean, and the most surreal sunset. We stopped by Arcadia Beach as well; where we had a picnic and explored Hug Point with its secluded sea caves.

PortlandCrystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

We’re already familiar with Portland’s famous Peninsula Park and International Rose test Garden, meaning I was convinced that Crystal Springs will blow my mind. We visited the garden in late spring; the 2,500+ rhododendrons and beautiful azaleas made our honeymoon memorable. At the entrance, we decided to go for the self-guided tour because we really wanted to spend some time alone and admire the wildlife at our own pace. Crystal Lake never looked better!

Northeast Portland Cliff – The Grotto

Spanning on 62 acres of lush gardens, The Grotto is a sheer sanctuary with a very unique aesthetic. The tranquil paths and carved Catholic shrines really made us honeymoon feel even more romantic. At Lower Level, the imposing cave has a very nice trekking trail we decided to explore. The art gallery displayed spectacular nativity scenes; and from the gift shop nearby we got ourselves some souvenirs that we will probably cherish for a lifetime. I was impressed by the soft choral music in the background; definitely a must-see for couples.

For an extra $6 we also went to visit the Upper Level of the grotto. The famous botanical garden at the peak overlooks Columbia River Valley, Mount Saint Helens, and Cascade Mountains; a scenery that will always have a special place in my heart. I’m not a fan of meditation, but we got to the Marilyn Moyer chapel, I somehow felt the need to gather my thoughts and just embrace the serenity.

Crazy jet charter experience from Portland to Eugene

Because I’ve always wanted to see Eugene in Oregon, we chosen an air charter service in the last minute, and went on a crazy trip to Eugene. I was pleasantly impressed by the wonders of the city. The mix of impressive museums, variety of parks, and historic allure really made our honeymoon special. My favorite spot was Mount Pisgah Arboretum; a vast area of hills and valleys with stunning farmlands and a very traditional yet welcoming vibe.

What’s not to like Oregon? We had the best honeymoon ever and we would come back to the places I mentioned above anytime. I’m sure there’s plenty more to explore, and we’ve already started making plans for next year.

How to plan a luxury honeymoon you’ll never forget by private jet

You had the perfect wedding. If everything did not go as it should have then most of the things went as planned. Now you want to relax. It has been months of pressure and trying to get every detail right. You deserve a break. If you are planning your wedding as a couple or you want to surprise your lover with a great destination, why not spoil them with a luxurious honeymoon destination that will forever be imprinted in their mind. You do not want to plan your honeymoon just anywhere. The place you choose should be meaningful to you. After all, this will be the beginning of a great love story. Perhaps the first on many easy trips you will embark on together. As they say, first impressions are critical. If the first vacation you have together after marriage is not impressive, there are chances that your wife will never let you forget the terrible experiences she had. There are great places to go to especially for newlyweds. Places you will get to love and know each other. The beginning of your life together will be perfect, and the memories you make together not even death can take away.

Little Palm Island

The Florida Keys may not be your first choice, but it should be. It may seem like the world away, but it will be worth it. A quickly from Canada and you re there in a couple of hours. You will have private white sandy beaches and turquoise waters to enjoy. This is one of the most common vacation areas for some of the rich and famous people. If you feel like giving yourself the celebrity treatment, this sunny and romantic island is a place you should consider. There are tons of water sports and boats to enjoy. You can also enjoy the world class cuisines that are just unique to this island. The little palm island resort takes advantage of the beautiful setting and the incredible views from the villas to create a soothing and relaxing experience for their customers. The resort has 30 villas and looks like something from a movie.

San Diego

Here you get 70miles of postcard- perfect beaches. There are dreamy sandy areas where you get exciting activities for newlyweds. There are spas you cannot get enough of and water activities such as kayaking that are interesting and fun for couples. If you are looking for a place that will allow you to enjoy yourself and bond with your spouse, head to San Diego. You also get to visit the historic US Grant so that you can catch a glimpse of the history of San Diego. The best part is after taking in all that history. You get to visit some of the most luxurious beaches, dining areas, and entertainment spots because they are right next to the US Grant.

San Pedro, Belize

Facing the Caribbean Sea, San Pedro is an irresistible piece of paradise. It is home to the second largest reef in the world. The reef is known as the Belize Barrier Reef. You will love every day you wake up in San Pedro because there are endless activities. When you just want to relax, you can rest under the palm trees and watch how an ancient fishing village has been turned into a small town and how tradition merges with technology. You may also visit the Mayan ruins which are an incredible sight to behold. There is an amazing marine life to experience especially during the summer when you can scuba dive and enjoy the water and sea creatures.

Montenegro bay

Booking a private jet charter can be fun and amazing especially if you know where you want to go and how you want to get there. The Montenegro bay should be one of the destinations you choose for your honey moon especially if you do not want to stay in one place for too long. You can still enjoy all these places and have a fantastic time without being bored. Montenegro offers incredible diversity from cultural experiences to water adventures. You will certainly not be disappointed by the calm sandy beaches that always have a new experience to share.

 

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5 Safe Destinations for Solo Women Travelers

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Top 5 Pleasing Places in India for Expecting Moms to Spend Quality Time

Pregnancy is a time when the expecting moms are advised to relax and be away from taking any stress over things. Travelling during this phase is best when you are in your second semester as there is less morning sickness and one is able to move and walk around easily. So, if you want to take a break from the mundane life especially when you are expecting, then India is a superb destination filled with numerous places to holiday in the pregnancy phase. These places are quite safe and have medical services and are also filled with verdant relaxing havens where you can de-stress yourself and spend some great quality time with your partner. So, here we present the best pleasing destinations in India for soon-to-be moms and we assure you that these travel spots are completely safe and will let you unwind through the intricate phase of pregnancy.  Continue reading

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Looking for an extra special way to spend your honeymoon? Explore Sweden

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Signs You Are Ready to Move In with Your Partner

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Tips for Moving Abroad as a Couple

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Moving Tips as a Single Parent

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