Bridezilla Dream Destinations: Thailand


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If your daily lunch menu includes pad Thai, tom yam, sticky rice, and anything made with coconut, you may have a problem with Thai food addiction. So why not take your fondness from the corner restaurant to the real thing? Thailand is gorgeous, exotic, packed with luxury hotels, and way, way more impressive than your hated cousin’s much-bragged-about Hawaiian honeymoon. Dig into your plate of Gai Phad Khing and read on…

Our research has taken us from the Four Seasons Chiang Mai to the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, but the clear winner to emerge was the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi.For luxury options, the place can’t be beat.

If you’re looking for more relaxation, take advantage of the 33,000 square foot Dheva Spa (pictured above), and if you can stand after the luxurious Thai Tok Sen massage, make your way over to one of the resort’s fine restaurants, including Fujian for imperial Chinese cuisine, Farang Ses for deluxe French dining, or Le Grand Lanna for Thai food that will make your everyday takeout taste like an over-spiced MSG-fest unworthy of your refined palate.

What, you think you might ever leave? If the grounds of the hotel aren’t enough to keep you busy, venture out for great shopping at the Night Bazaar or up market shopping area Nemmandhemind Road. But, again, those are options if you leave: if stepping too far from the resort sounds like too much work, rest assured that you can visit the Shopping Village Khad Dhara within the grounds of the resort. We know, we know. We’re pretty much moving there immediately too.

Want the experience without going overboard? The Honeymoon Package gets you a two-night stay in the more-than-adequate Colonial Suite, along with a dinner for two served on the terrace, and a flower bath (!); additional nights are reasonably priced as well.

Finally, daring Bridezillas who sometimes need a break away from the husband (especially if he’s off traveling the world on business) and can’t get enough of this section of the world might consider a solo trip on the Orient Express. With double beds, it’s not quite what most honeymooning couples are looking for, but if you’re ready for a room with a (constantly changing) view as you write your great American novel or hammer out that business plan on the way from Singapore to Bangkok the ultimate train ride might be your cup of tea.

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