No date in the calendar has Cupid more excited than February 14, and that’s no different in the Thai Kingdom: Valentine’s day in Thailand means endless opportunities to celebrate your romance, reignite the passion between yourself and your other half, and spend quality time in one of the world’s most magical destinations.
Whether you take to the paradisal beaches of Koh Samui or the Similan Islands or spend a few days camping in the Kingdom’s rural north, LGBTQ+ couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to spend the most love-inducing day of the year… Below are some of the best things to do for queer couples!
Embark on a culinary excursion for a romantic Valentine’s day in Thailand
There’s a reason they say ‘love goes through the stomach’: if you and your significant other have an appetite for all things gastronomy, you could spend a year travelling around the Kingdom and not taste all of its flavours… But a guided tour around a traditional floating food market followed by a private cooking class is a way to make lifelong memories!
Many hotels (including gay-friendly The Siam!) offer these special experiences for guests to book, and what makes them so delicious isn’t just that you get to learn a new skill together, but also that you get to savour the results of your cooking afterwards. And with Thai food being incredibly sensual and oftentimes spicy, dinner really sets the tone for the night!
Camping in a national park can be utterly romantic
Remember the allure of the night when you went camping as a child? For a particularly magical Valentine’s day in Thailand, few things compare to spending a night or two camping in one of the country’s many national parks. A highlight is perhaps the famous Doi Inthanon National Park…
Here, lovebirds can set up their temporary accommodation underneath sky-high trees or on meadows overlooking valleys and rice terraces. To watch the sunset from up here is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and to make it as romantic as possible, it’s advised to place your tent on the edge of the camping ground – for added privacy and a more personal experience!
Staying in a bungalow in the Similan Islands makes for a seriously seductive Valentine’s day in Thailand
Ever dreamt of being stranded on an exotic island with your partner? In the off-the-beaten-track Similan Islands, visitors can get a sense of what it might feel like: a protected national park, the islands offer very limited accommodation options and only a small number of tourists get to stay in the island’s bungalows each night.
It’s advisable to book early, of course, as you’re hardly the only couple wanting to know what this sense of isolation in a tropical environment is like! Though the bungalows are more rustic than luxurious, this only adds to the charm… Long walks on the beach, a freshly cooked dinner as the sun sets into the Andaman Sea, and palm trees swaying in the warm breeze – what’s not to love?
Treat yourself and your beloved other to a day of pampering in a spa
Few are the pleasures that compare with a fully-fledged wellness day at a gorgeous spa. For couples looking to unwind together, the Kingdom is home to some of the world’s most renowned luxury spas – some offer sensual open-air massages by the beach while others invite you into to try out state-of-the-art floating baths and more.
Countless hotels offer specific couple treatment rooms, in which lovebirds get to relax together as well-trained staff provide therapies from traditional massages to rejuvenating facials. Best of all, many packages allow you to make use of a spa suite for several hours, meaning you and your other half can jump in the jacuzzi and pop a bottle of champagne in between treatments. This might just be the single best way to spend Valentine’s day in Thailand!