Who says you have to break your honeymoon budget to stay in luxury? With wedding planning underway, I’m sure you’ve noticed that you mention “wedding” and somewhere the price doubles. It’s easy to feel disheartened. Often, people think this means that they cannot have an amazing honeymoon or at least have to wait years before they can scrounge up funds for it. But you shouldn’t have to give up your dream honeymoon! Did you know you could live luxuriously in Thailand for 10 days for about $5,000? Here’s how to turn your dream Thai honeymoon into a reality. Check out this Thailand honeymoon budget here!
Chris and I are so excited to share this with you, as we’re going to be spending a bit of time in Thailand for our honeymoon. So why not divulge how to do the same? But the first thing to note is that while Thailand is becoming a new tourism hot spot around the world, with the exchange rate being only $0.03 per Thai baht, you’re in for a very inexpensive time over there.
Chris and I just booked our flights from Cleveland to Southeast Asia in business class using only miles and $60 each.
But how will you save on your flights? Chris and I just booked our flights from Cleveland to Southeast Asia in business class using only miles and $60 each. That’s it! We even managed to get a stopover in Seoul for a day and get to add another country to our list! But seriously, travel hacking is the number one way to save money on your flights over and even enable you to fly in luxury to start. EVA Airlines and ANA Airlines have some of the highest rated business classes in the world and are readily available using United miles to redeem. Be sure to check out which cards you need here, and why wedding planning is the perfect time to start travel hacking here!
You know how to save money getting there, but what about accommodation? Luckily, once you’re in Thailand, you learn quickly that it is a pretty affordable destination. Our itinerary, for instance, includes a couple of nights in Bangkok, 4 nights in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, and 4 nights in the relaxing island of Koh Lipe in southern Thailand off of the Andaman coast.
Where to go with your Thailand honeymoon budget
To start in Bangkok, there is a wonderful boutique hotel called U Sukumvit in the heart of all the action. It costs about $115 a night to stay there, or about $230 total. The next stop is Chiang Mai with the first two nights staying at the luxurious Panviman Resort high in the mountains. For your own private Jacuzzi villa with the Jacuzzi on your balcony facing the mountains, it costs an outstanding $208 a night, or $416. A bit pricier than some hotels, but to have your own villa and the quality of the accommodation, it would cost much more elsewhere.
The hotel can arrange for you to do some tours while you’re there, like a sticky waterfall tour, but it is about an hour outside of the city itself. It’s the perfect spot to relax before heading into the city of Chiang Mai. The other hotel is in the city center, close to restaurants and temples alike. The Twenty Lodge is about $57 a night or $114 for two nights and will save you tons of money. It isn’t quite as luxurious as the Panviman, but in the city, it’s one of the best hotels. From there you can venture off and explore night markets, see elephants, or maybe get a blessing from a monk.
The Twenty Lodge is about $57 a night or $114 for two nights and will save you tons of money.
Now it’s time for paradise! To Koh Lipe that is! I can’t tell you how hard I researched to find a great Thai beach or island that wasn’t full of crazy parties or super crowded. We want to relax on this part of the honeymoon. And relax in luxury. So we’re booking with the Serendipity Resort Koh Lipe, where you can have your very own private pool villa complete with breakfast in bed and amazing views of the ocean, for about $425 a night. There are other great places to stay for cheaper, but we loved the idea of having a pool to ourselves while watching a gorgeous sunrise. For about 4 nights, your most expensive hotel will be $1,700. And if you go in November, and avoid the holiday rush around Christmas, prices are cheaper, and the beach is much less crowded.
For flights around Southeast Asia, luckily you’ll have short flights and with Air Asia, you’ll be able to fly cheaply at about $336. As for food, I budgeted $1,500 thanks to Budgetyourtrip.com, but I highly doubt you’ll hit that unless if you’re eating at the finest establishments in each city. So if that’s your style, this is a great budget to have! Lastly, you want to have excursions while you’re there! What about snorkeling amongst bioluminescent plankton in Koh Lipe? What about feeding and washing elephants and a cooking class in Chiang Mai? And lastly, you’ll want to check out the markets in Bangkok. Be sure to budget about $550 for all of this.
So there you have it, a $5,000 Thailand honeymoon budget, and in luxury via using miles to fly business class, staying in resorts that are much cheaper with our exchange rate advantage, and more! And this is just one of the many places you can stick to your $5,000 honeymoon budget. I worked hard to create a list of 10 destinations where you can stick to your budget and see the world! Check it out via my email sign-up! Be sure to subscribe for this amazing free guide! And stay updated on all things World Wide Honeymoon and tips to save you money.