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Thai Wedding Traditions

To the Western world, Thai wedding customs may be a bit of a surprise, with the monetary element tied to proceedings.


African onlookers, on the other hand, will find many similarities between traditional Thai weddings as well as traditional African wedding ceremonies and, it is quite interesting to note the thinking behind all the customs, which is what makes the tradition all the more valuable and logical.


The pre-wedding arrangements kick off with the groom paying a visit to the bride's family, so as to negotiate what gifts and how much money he will have to give to them for their daughter. It isn't necessarily a trade, where the bride is being 'sold', rather a kind of 'insurance policy' indicating the groom has only good intentions in marrying the bride, and is sure to take good care of her.


The wedding ceremony itself is an all-day affair of festivities and well wishes, with the morning kicking off with a procession, known as 'Hae Khun Mag', where the groom is followed by all the guests, with food and gift parcels in tow, destined for the bride's home.


Two obstacles await the arrival of the groom, at the bride's house, a Golden Gate as well as a Silver Gate, with the Silver Gate to be crossed first, by way of offering the bride's sisters their gifts.


The groom, followed by the procession, then moves on to the Golden Gate, where the agreed money is to be paid for entry, after which the Buddhist wedding ceremony takes place.


After the traditional Buddhist wedding ceremony takes place, the evening party brings the night nearer to completion, after which time the very important, final evening sending off ceremony takes place, where an older couple paves the way for the newly weds, by sending them to the bedroom, signaling the start of their new married life together.


Even for people who are not of the Buddhist religion, or those who are not native of Thailand, a nice traditional Thai wedding can add some nice variety to their marriage, or renewal of vows.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.



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