What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of wedding? Lavish gown, gorgeous florals, bow ties, beautiful wedding cake, or the gathering of 200 people followed by big afterparty where people dance and get drunk? How about a small ceremony where only the vows and the couple matter - a “just-for-us” wedding. Yes, we’re talking about Elopement.
Elopement used to be defined as “an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married”. In modern days, eloping does not necessarily mean running away anymore. This form of ceremony is no longer an uncommon practice or a taboo, but instead became a powerful statement and intimate way to celebrate love and mark the beginning of two people’s new life together. In recent years, elopement has become a top trend in the wedding world. While people go crazy planning weddings, why not save yourself from the nightmares over floral arrangements, tablecloth patterns and the endless checklist that goes on and on.
Fancy a stress-free, Tailor-Made Elopement? We’re here to help you handcraft a perfect one. But first things first, let’s take a look at these 3 exotic, quirky yet little-known spots that we have found for you. They are all very unique destinations in Southeast Asia which offer high standards of luxury, service and jaw-dropping elopement settings. And no, we’re not talking about Bali or Phuket.
Heritage Adventures tented camp with romantic candle-lit set-up in the evening
Have you always wanted an outdoor wedding? So why not hold it at a private glampground where you and your loved one can stay and enjoy the beautiful nature? Surrounded by a waterfall, forest and the mountains, Heritage Adventures tented camp offers a refreshing escape and intimate settings for an elopement. The ceremony will be followed by a romantic dinner with an array of candles under the moonlight near a waterfall.
The tents are set up in a good location so that you can watch the sunset from your deck and take a dip in the natural pool. After the wedding, the newlyweds can also enjoy other services from the venue, including unique outdoor experiences like a sunrise breakfast, picnic or dinner in the temples, a sunset cruise with Champagne and canapés, treks, ATV rides and more.
Sunset view at Heritage Adventures tented camp
Situated in the heart of northern Laos in Oudomxay Province, the small town of Muang La will steal the heart of anyone who’s eager to experience its unspoilt natural beauty and numerous ethnic groups that dwell between rice paddies and mountains. The resort is located by the river, which houses a natural hot spring exuding peace tranquillity, and mountain views. Here, the couple can choose to hold their wedding ceremony in Laos traditional style (with water pouring ceremony, Baci ceremony, and a blessing by a tribal Shaman). For those who want to try on Laos traditional clothes for your wedding, this is a chance for you. After the ceremony, a poetic candle-lit dinner in private tower is what you can expect. The fusion cuisine is a mix of Lao and French dishes, prepared by the cooks from the village and using fresh local ingredients. At the end of the night, the couple can enjoy a show of Khamu dance performed by the locals.
Special Baci ceremony for wedding
Poetic candle-lit dinner in private tower
Traditional Khamu dance show in the evening
Muang La Lodge Eco Resort is also a place for you to appreciate the local culture and architecture. Inspired by the local traditional design, the rooms are built from the best materials and make extensive use of local wood treated with lightly scented oils.You can find pieces of Lao art, paintings and sculptures in every corner which gives the place a unique identity and makes your stay an unforgettable one.
Fusion cuisine mixing Lao and French dishes, prepared by our cooks from the village and using fresh local ingredients from our garden or the market.
Another highlight in Muang La Lodge Eco Resort is their hot-spring bath, which in one of the 4m elevated baths, overlooking the river and the mountains.
Traditionally designed interior in the rooms
Hot-spring bath in one of the 4m elevated baths, overlooking the river and the mountains
Koh Jum is a small island, which is located midway between Krabi Town and Koh Lanta. The northern part of the island is dominated by the jungle-covered peak of Koh Pu, while the south is mostly flat with rubber plantations and scrubland. In the west coast, you can find wild and rocky beaches, facing the Andaman Sea.
Koh Jum Beach Villas itself is luxury eco-chic beach hideout, where nature meets relaxation. The boutique resort has 700-metre long beach with lush tropical gardens and beautiful sunset views overlooking the Phi Phi National Park. The whole location makes this spot an ideal place for couples to celebrate their love in the most intimate way while exploring the beauty of Krabi’s wondrous nature and nearby islands.
Enjoy a glass of wine with your loved one at Koh Jum Villas, with its beautiful beach view
Romantic private dinner by the beach after the ceremony
And don’t you worry about the most important part because we make sure everything will be fully customised as you wish. You dream elopement ceremony can take place anywhere you like on the island. We want nothing more than to make your “I Do” moment a special and unique one that you’ll never forget.
Are you tempted yet to elope to one of these far-off places? Don’t hesitate to contact us and let us design a perfect plan for you and your loved one.