From its pristine beaches to lush rainforests, and magical mountain views to luxurious resorts, it’s no surprise Thailand is a beloved spot for destination weddings. Combining opulence, relaxation and affordability, this scenic country invites you to discover a land where time slows and sultry, breathtaking sunsets bathe dramatic and diverse landscapes.
Whether exploring the wealth of cultural and adventure activities or relaxing poolside with a delicious fruity cocktail, Thailand is a slice of tropical paradise, making it the perfect destination for weddings. Your guests will be spoilt for choice when souvenir shopping and will love the country’s vibrant attractions, which lend themselves to wonderful pre- and post-wedding outings. Be seduced by the nation’s flavours as you and your guests dine your way around the local areas or experience a sense of barefoot luxury staying put at a glamorous beach resort. Whatever you decide to see or do, Thailand has it all!
Legalities of getting married in Thailand
As a couple you must spend at least three days in Bangkok getting relevant paperwork before making a visit to your country’s embassy in Thailand to complete declarations confirming your single status and eligibility to marry. The documents will be translated into Thai and taken to the Consular Affairs department – along with the originals and copies of your passports – where a consular official’s signature will be authenticated. After this, the documents are ready for submission to the district registrar who will register the marriage and issue a marriage certificate in Thai. If this sounds a little too complicated, a good wedding planner will be happy to help and will be familiar with exactly what’s required.
According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the weather throughout the country is generally hot and humid for most of the year. It is however subject to a southwest monsoon, which is when rainfall is at its heaviest.
For those planning a beach wedding, Thailand’s two coastal regions have different rainy seasons, allowing you to find sunny beaches virtually all year round.
The monsoon brings heavy storms to the Andaman or west coast, in areas like Phuket, Krabi, and the Phi Phi Islands, from April to October. In the Gulf of Thailand or on the east coast, in areas like Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao, most rain falls between September and December.
Inland provinces are mainly dry between November and May, and rainy between May and November.
The Thai Baht (THB) is the official currency of Thailand.
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Header image: The Tongsai Bay.
Australian couples can find everything they need to know about visiting Thailand via Tourism Authority of Thailand’s dot AU website.