For any couple planning an unforgettable honeymoon, we highly recommend Thailand. The value for the money is exceptional and the experiences are truly memorable.

Our travels began in Bangkok, where we were greeted with orchid and jasmine garlands. We immediately knew we were somewhere magical. February was a fabulous time to visit Thailand, the days were not too hot and the evenings cool and comfortable. Our first hotel experience was perfect, the rooms were spacious and therapeutic, the service and amenities impeccable, and the spa blew our mind. We took guided tours of all the major sites, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha, the floating market, the flower district and a romantic boat ride along the Chao Phraya River. We had ample downtime to sample unique massage treatments at the spa and lay poolside in the sunshine after a leisurely morning of touring.

We stayed in Chiang Mai at the Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, and both hotels were amazing. We felt like a queen and king in our very own castle. We enjoyed lavish breakfasts of fresh local fruits and juices, some we had never seen or tasted before. We loved waking to the sounds of birds chirping outside our villa, and the intimate dinner for two on our balcony overlooking the rice paddies. We spent one morning at the Elephant Life Experience, where we fed the elephants, rode them and to my amazement painted with them!

Our honeymoon in Thailand would not have been complete without a trip to the south. We visited Khao Lak first; off the beaten path and away from the fast pace of the city the landscape was lush and green. Evenings were particularly special. The grounds were all lit up and the reflection off the water surrounding the lily ponds was magical. One evening we ate at a restaurant near a waterfall. There was a pathway lit with hundreds of candles and we dined under a bamboo tree canopy. After an invigorating dip in the fresh water, we drank champagne while our private chef prepared a traditional Thai meal of our choice.

We took a full-day tour on a luxury yacht, sailed to remote islands and had a chance to snorkel, swim and sunbathe. The beaches were pristine and the water was warm and turquoise blue. While Julien went off to play a round of golf one morning, I decided to browse in the local markets for interesting finds.

In Phuket, our resort overlooked the Adaman Sea. We spent evenings gazing into the sunset and making secret wishes. Feasting at local restaurants, we tempted our taste buds with newly discovered Thai cuisine.

thank you amazing thailand! Marisa & Julien Married January 15, 2011 Forest Hills, NY 

For additional planning information, please contact Thailand Honeymoon Specialist, Beth Mollo of Pro Travel Inc. at beth.mollo@ protravelinc.com. Plus, check out Thailand’s new website dedicated exclusively to honeymoons at honeymooning-in-thailand.com.