Romantic Places in Thailand
-Southern Thailand- Beautiful beaches. Phuket Island Golden sand beaches, mountainous jungles and wild gibbons. Amanpuri Phuket, Thailand T: +66 76 324 333. 70 rooms and villas. US$ 925- www.amanresorts.com This first Aman resort hotel; the one that started it all. Villa Royale Phuket, Thailand T: +66 76 330 015. 46 rooms. US$ 275- www.boathousephuket.com Harvard educated architect Mon Tri transformed his waterside private house into a boutique hotel and restaurant. Koh Samui No longer a backpacker’s secret, Koh Samui—with its mountainous interior, nonstop beaches, and inexpensive shoreline lodging—is now a favorite Thai destination for European tourists looking for a stylish alternative to the more developed Phuket Island. Tongsai Bay Koh Samui, Thailand T: +66 77 245 480. 24 rooms. US$ 261- www.tongsaibay.co.th This eco-friendly tropical haven of cottages and bungalows sits on 25 acres of lush green hills and private beach.
-Northern Thailand- Forests and wildlife sanctuaries; the foothills to the Himalayas and Thailand’s highest peak. Chang Mai Northern Thailand’s gateway city and capital, founded in 1291A.D. Its old town is surrounded by a defensive moat and contains historic Buddhist temples.
Rachamankha 6 Rachamanhka 9 Phra Singh A. Muang Chiang Mai, Thailand T: +66 53 418-892. 26 rooms. US$ 210- www.rachamankha.com Graceful and serene, Rachamankha is tucked behind high walls in the old quarter. Its owner, Thai architect Rooj Changtrakui, designed the hotel after 13th and 14th century Thai temples.
Tamarind Village 50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Sri Phom Muang, Chiangmai 50200 T: +66 53 418-896-9. 40 rooms. US$ 95- www.tamarindvillage.com Simple yet stylish; located in old town. Chang Rai Venture deep into hilly, remote and tribal Thailand by taking a three hour drive northeast of Chang Mai. Here, near the border of Burma and Laos, you’ll find the northern provincial capital of Chang Rai. Anantara Golden Triangle Resort Chiang Saen, Chang Rai T: +66 53 784084. 90 rooms. US$ 250- www.goldentriangle.anantara.com At the hotel you can learn how to ride elephants and/or take a guided tour to a tribal village. This luxury resort is set in an adventurous location on the Mekong River, one hour’s drive north of Chang Rai.
Bangkok Capital of Thailand. The Siam Hotel Dusit, Bangkok 10300 Thailand T: +66 (0) 2206-6999. 36 rooms. $524- www.thesiamhotel.com Thai-American musician Krissanda Sukosol Clapp hired renowned hotel architect Bill Bensley to create a romantic hotel evoking Old Siam’s ambience. Located on the Chao Praya River, at the base of Krung Thon Bridge in the historic Dusit district of Bangkok.. The Sukosol family, including the matriach and other family members, are known as the ”musical hoteliers’ of Thailand.