A Thai wedding, but without The Hangover

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Thailand earned an estimated 984-billion baht in revenue from foreign tourists last year.

Bangkok - Every couple wants their wedding day to not only be memorable but also a reflection of their personalities and interests, making tailor-made destination weddings an increasingly popular choice.

It is therefore not surprising that exotic and mystical Thailand with its varied landscape, colourful culture and value for money packages saw it recently voted as the Best Wedding Destination by Travel + Leisure magazine, and ranked the No. 1 Dream Wedding Destination in a survey by the Swedish magazine Resia.

“The appeal of Thailand is that it offers a variety of beautiful and unique locations for those looking to tie the knot. Couples have the choice of beautiful islands, sandy beaches, majestic mountains or tropical rainforest scenery all in one destination and at very affordable prices.

“No matter how big or small their budget, Thailand allows every couple to make their dream wedding a reality,” says Thamanoon Kuprasert, general manager of Central, Eastern and Southern Africa for Thai Airways International (THAI).

Kuprasert says that the last few years has seen a noticeable move away from local, traditional weddings held in the couples country and community of origin.

“Worldwide couples are now considering options that make a statement about who they are and that are a reflection of how they want to celebrate their love for each other and share their special day with family and friends in their own unique way,” he adds.

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Thai groom Prasit Rangsiyawong kisses his bride Varuttaon Rangsiyawong during a wedding ceremony ahead of Valentine's Day in Prachin Buri province.

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These days anything is possible, and Kuprasert explains that there are no limits as to where and how couples choose to get married in Thailand.

“Although beach weddings are by far the most popular choice, there are a great variety of unique wedding packages available that allow couples to hold ceremonies and celebrations just about anywhere.

“And even if none of the already existing packages appeal to them, couples have the opportunity to tailor-make their own wedding package to ensure that nothing gets left off their dream wedding must-do list and also meets their budget requirements,” he comments.

Nowadays a romantic sunset beach wedding is quite traditional by Thai standards and it is not unusual to witness local Thai couples opting instead for underwater, elephant back or abseiling wedding ceremonies.

“Besides beach weddings, local Thai temples are also becoming a popular venue choice for locals and visitors alike. These provide a unique backdrop for couples looking for a colourful, vibrant ceremony that is a true reflection of Thai culture.

With its many tropical forest regions containing an abundance of remote and scenic waterfall locations, a ceremony at the foot of a mystical waterfall plunging into the depths of a crystal clear pool lends itself well to couples looking for something remote that shows an appreciation for the sights, sounds and smells of nature.

Cliff top ceremonies in the mountainous regions guarantee breathtaking scenery and a dramatic backdrop for amazing wedding photos,” describes Kuprasert.

With its abundance of islands and beautiful bay areas, hiring a villa on an island or even an entire island are popular choices for those with a bigger budget and guest list.

“Although there is no question that many couples see Thailand as a value for money option, it is still the location of choice for many of the worlds wealthy and even famous. Besides its scenery, the climate, food and friendly people are a huge attraction and I am confident we will continue to welcome an increasing number of wedding couples to our shores,” concludes Kuprasert.

Thai Airways travellers can take advantage of the Thailand & Asia Pacific Delight Promotion and purchase an air ticket to Thailand and Asia Pacific destinations such as Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, China, Indo-China, Australia & New Zealand until March 31, 2014. For more information, visit www.thaiair.co.za or phone (011) 268 2580.

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