If you’re celebrating your wedding in Bangkok or taking a Thai island honeymoon with a stopover in Bangkok, here’s an itinerary that will bring you to the city’s most romantic spots and give you a chance to indulge in its great food and accommodations, too.
No Bangkok holiday, romantic or otherwise, is complete without a visit to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in the Old City. Though there are plenty of other temples and cultural attractions to visit while you’re here, these two are absolute must-sees. Visit in the later part of the day so you can avoid crowds and heat but keep in mind that you cannot enter after 3:30 p.m. Beyond those obvious sights, the city’s most romantic attraction is the Chao Phraya river. Urban honeymooners can enjoy it by either using it for transit (a ride on the river ferry at dusk is about as romantic as it gets, and will cost you less than a dollar), staying at one of the many hotels along the river, taking a riverboat cruise, or dining at one of the city’s romantic restaurants with a view.
Bangkok has lots of romantic hotels so it’s impossible to pick just one. If you have an unlimited budget, want to get to know both old and new Bangkok and love small, stylish hotels then consider staying at the Siam. This new hotel (just opened in 2012) is about as chic as they come and, aside from the fact that it’s expensive, there are just no reasons not to stay there. If you want to stay somewhere more central and a little less expensive, you cannot go wrong at the Oriental.
Wandering the streets of Bangkok and indulging in the city’s amazing street food can be a romantic adventure if you’re doing it with the one you love. Head to Chinatown or the Old City’s Thanon Thanao in search of an amazing shop house meal or street snack, and some fun people watching, too. You may just discover the next “it” restaurant in Bangkok.
Looking for other romantic dining options? You can also eat at one of the city’s rooftops, open-air restaurants such as Scirocco or Vertigo, but even if you don’t feel like dropping hundreds of dollars to dine surrounded by an amazing view, head to Scirocco’s Sky Bar for a cocktail after dinner. Sure, the Hangover 2 was filmed there but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a classy, romantic spot (it absolutely is).