Nearly 100 Pattaya couples register marriages while riding elephants on Valentine’s Day

Couple marries on elephant, photo by The Pattaya News.

Love was in the air in Pattaya on Valentine’s Day (yesterday) when nearly 100 couples registered marriages while riding elephants.

A total of 99 lucky couples registered their marriages on elephants’ back at Pattaya’s Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens.

Sattahip district Sunthorn Munawaro travelled to the garden to register the couples.

The event, which has been held annually since 2010, was the brainchild of the garden’s president, Kampol Tansatcha. After the marriage registrations in the morning, the couples marched around the garden in a procession of elephants, receiving a special souvenir from Kampol to mark their memorable occasion.

Nearly 100 Pattaya couples register marriages while riding elephants on Valentine's Day | News by Thaiger
Photo by The Pattaya News.

The Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens’ event is a unique and creative way for couples to celebrate their special day. However, for those who prefer a more conventional ceremony, the Banglamung district office was packed with couples who also registered their marriages on Valentine’s Day. Crowds were seen throughout the day, and the atmosphere was full of love, laughter, and happy tears, The Pattaya News reported.

This Valentine’s Day was a beautiful day full of love and celebration, marking the beginning of a new journey for many couples. No matter how they chose to celebrate, the memories created on this special day are sure to last a lifetime.

Pattaya isn’t the only spot in Thailand where people celebrated love in unique, quirky ways on Valentine’s Day.

A man from the central province of Nakhon Nayok who walked over “500 miles” and almost “500 more” and “to be the man who wakes up next to” his love, yesterday arrived at his destination. Suthep “Maew” Prompjit walked 1,200 kilometres to prove true love still exists and met his girlfriend for the first time, after talking on social media for nearly six months. They started a new life together on the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day.

Maew said he met his girlfriend, 56 year old Thanapa “Yu” Khiao-on, on TikTok just over five months ago. Yu challenged him to travel on foot to her house. He accepted the challenge because he wanted to prove to Yu and others that he was serious about their relationship and that true love could be found on social media.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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