How to Ensure a Memorable Valentine’s Day Date in Thailand

It’s that time of the year again! And I’m talking about the day of love itself – Valentine’s Day!

Have you gotten yourself a date yet? Decided to take your chances in Thailand in hopes of getting a Valentine’s date in a foreign country? Hoping to find a lover within the throngs of many single Thai women?

Well, there’s nothing wrong with trying! In fact, your chances might just be a lot better in Thailand anyway. And luckily for you, celebrating Valentine’s Day in Thailand is mostly the same as any other country in the world.

couple on Valentine's day
Thai women would rather go on a date with you than just get gifts!

In Thailand, they call it Wan Valentine, and like one would expect, everywhere you go, there are heart-shaped cutouts, balloons, flowers, and chocolates being sold and gifted to loved ones. With a distinctly Thai touch, locals get to enjoy the bustling flower market and events held by various establishments or the government, including restaurants that offer special promotions.

As one can expect, it’s very commercialized. But that doesn’t make it any less fun.

So if you happen to have a date already, here is what you’re expected to do with your Thai date.

Early Booking

Hotels, inns, fancy restaurants, and even day spas will get packed to the brim. If you want to make sure you two have a place to eat, have fun, and settle in, book all of them two weeks in advance. I can assure you that you will have a lot of trouble if you delay booking any further.

Here are the top recommendations for the best experience and service:

  1. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort - this is for those who have a love for bird-watching and just being in the thick of it. It’s like being stuck in a luxurious castle in the middle of the jungle, making for a new and once in a lifetime experience. The best part is that you’ll be taken to the resort via helicopter.

  2. Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui - this private escape takes you to a beachfront property, allowing for a sunny and breezy morning. It’s the best place for a Valentine’s escapade, seeing as they offer spa treatments and a cruise on their luxury yacht.

  3. Ritz Carlton Phulay Bay - imagine getting your own personal butler while you and your date enjoy yourselves in a resort that offers the ultimate romance package. From floral bubble baths to private dinners, not to mention their 90-minute spa package, you will have an all-in-one romantic experience here like no other.

  4. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok - they have a Valentine’s Day Staycation package where you get to have a bottle of Louis Roederer Rose 2010 delivered to your room. You can also attend a cooking class at the Oriental Cooking School. This way, you’ll have a unique romantic resort experience with your date. Before dinner time, you can go on a sunset cruise on a Hacker-Craft mahogany boat. Either that or go for an al fresco dining experience at Ciao Terrazza.

  5. Sri Panwa Phuket - and here we have the very trendy Sri Panwa that allows you to enjoy a private villa pool that just so happens to be perched atop the famous Cape Panwa. Imagine you and your girl overlooking a beautiful view from above as you enjoy dinner with a soothing, romantic ambiance.

Fun Date Ideas to Do

Of course, you two aren’t just going to stay in a hotel all day. That’s where you go at the end of the night. Before that though, you need to have some fun in the city.

Here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Visit a themed cafe - Bangkok has an abundance of themed cafes like the Death Cafe.

  2. Ride a tuk tuk - if you’ve never ridden an open-air car before, it would be a good time to do so while in Thailand.

  3. Go to the park and rent a swan boat - time for some old-school romance!

  4. Get a massage together - you can get this in the hotel too.

  5. Attend a concert - there is bound to be one (or thirteen) of them during the day of love.

Get Her Chocolates

There is no such thing as Valentine’s Day without some chocolates. Chocolate boxes are sold nearly everywhere you look while in a country as commercialized as Thailand. You can bet that hand-held baskets filled with the stuff and some custom chocolate boxes will be a common sight throughout the day.

You can easily buy either of them. Or you could personally have a box custom-made for her. She will love it either way, since women love chocolates. In fact, it’s rare for a woman not to like chocolates. Buying her some will get you in her good graces and set the mood for the entire date.

If you want to get a bit extra, add in a bottle of expensive red wine. Only if she drinks it, though. Make sure to ask if she minds alcohol first.

And don’t forget to slip in a Valentine’s card while you’re at it.

Thailand’s Flower Market

woman holding flowers
Never forget to give her Valentine’s flowers when you meet her for a date!

A flower market is probably one of the most colorful places in Thailand. All kinds of blooms are there, beautiful and cultured, ready for purchasing so you could give a bouquet to your girlfriend. Valentine’s flowers are never far away when February 14th is around the corner. It’s probably one of the busiest times of the year where tons of flowers are being sold.

Be careful with what you choose, though. The fastest and safest bouquet to get her would be a bunch of red roses, as is the standard when it comes to symbols of love (at least in the form of flowers). You can also add in other flowers to make the bouquet a little varied.

Suggested additional flowers:

  • Red Camellias - means flaming love.

  • Carnations - all red or pink shades convey love in some forms.

  • Tulips - greatest love.

Go on a Food Tour

Aside from giving your girlfriend Valentine’s Day flowers, Thailand is famous for many exotic dishes and tasty local street food. Some of which include Thai curries, Som Tam Salad, Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai noodles, Satay, etc.

And if both of you are foodies, then you can’t miss out on doing this Valentine’s Day date idea together with your girlfriend. Here are some of the best places to eat authentic Thai street food:

  • Yaowarat - Located in Chinatown Bangkok, Yaowarat is home to the best local street food such as oyster crispy omelet, Chinese roll noodle soup, wonton noodle soup, seafood, and much more.

  • Ratchawat and Sriyan Markets - As the two oldest markets in the city, they’re very popular among the locals. Ratchawat market is a great place to try out the Kobe beef noodles and roast duck dishes while Sriyan market is a short walk away and is a popular destination for noodles and curries.

  • Bangrak District - This is the place to be if you enjoy eating seafood. The food stalls offer a variety of delicious food, including vegetarian options.

  • Nang Loeng Market - An old and traditional market, Nang Loeng market is full of food stall vendors who have been selling food there for years. It’s a famous lunch spot that is surrounded by food stalls both inside and around the market.

With a wide variety of Thai street food venues to choose from, it can be tough to narrow down which areas you should visit especially if you’re only visiting for a few days. There might not be enough time to check them all out.

That’s why we recommend these must-try Thai dishes - if you haven’t tried them already.

  • Pad Thai - One of Thailand’s famous signature dishes, you can find pad thai on every street corner. It’s a rice noodle dish that includes shrimp, egg, peanut, and tofu. It has a sweet, tangy taste that’s overall delicious.

  • Hoi Tod (Oyster Omelet) - Another one of Thailand’s signature dishes, Hoi Tod is made with oysters dipped in rice flour and egg batter and then fried to crisp perfection.

  • Khanom Buang (Thai Crepes) - A crispy pancake with sweet filling, khanom buang comes in a variety of flavors depending on whether you prefer it sweet or savory.

  • Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad) - It’s a must-try snack that has a great balance between sour and spicy. The dish contains shredded green papaya with sliced tomatoes, carrots, peanuts, string beans, garlic, fish sauce, and chilies.

  • Ma Laeng Tod (Fried Insects) - You’ve probably seen them on countless adventure blog videos. Fried insects are a popular snack among locals. Go on and give it a try! It actually tastes good and is grilled with salt, pepper, chilies, and some kaffir lime.

Be a Gentleman and Give Her Lots of Attention

Of course, you aren’t going to get anywhere with your girl if you don’t shape up. Always remember to be a gentleman. Do gentlemanly things and be well-mannered. Open doors for her, offer to carry her bag or jacket, or give her yours if it’s chilly – you know the drill.

Another thing you should remember is that this is a foreign country. Thailand is very religious, so always be respectful and courteous of their culture and traditions. Despite the season of love, you will not be forgiven if you act indecently in public (and in private too).

Polite and well-mannered men win the race. Never forget that.