Off the south west coast of Thailand, in the province of Trang, the largest underwater ceremony recorded in the Guinness book of world records takes place on valentine’s day every year. The couples put on their scuba diving equipment, and in the presence of the local district officer, make their vows among the fish and coral reef.
This oddball event started back in 1996 when a couple taking part in an eco-dive in the sea fell in love and decided to get married on the spot. The event caught on, and the local tourism board, seeing an opportunity to further promote the region as a tourist destination, decided to pro-actively encourage couples to take part. See their website www.underwaterwedding.com for more information! Gay and lesbian couples can also take part but will not receive official wedding certificates as same sex marriages are not yet legal in Thailand. This area was where me, my girlfriend and parents visited last week, and while the islands off the coast of Trang here are lesser known than some of the others further North in Thailand (Ko Phi Phi, Phuket or Ko Phan gan) they are no less spectacular. Here’s a short video I put together of the time we spent together.
On another note, I hope everyone had a great christmas and have a happy new year!
One of my new year’s resolutions is to keep a more regular writing schedule, so I will endeavour to keep this blog more up to date, and fill in many of the missing blanks – including all the highlights and the lowlights of 2012 (such as when I nearly drowned in the Philippines!), so stay tuned for more to come.