99 Couples Register for Marriage on Valentine’s With the Help of Elephants at Pattaya’s Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens


On this happy Valentine’s Day, it is not uncommon to see many Thai district offices busy with couples who want to have their marriage registered. However, this year at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, many love birds go creative and opt for an unconventional way to celebrate their special occasion by getting married on the back of an elephant.

Yes, on the back of two massive elephants are a couple and a district-chief officer of Sattahip district Mr. Sunthorn Munawaro who kindly traveled to the garden, climbed on top of an elephant, and registered the marriage for the pair.

This special event at Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is an idea of the president of the garden, Mr. Kampol Tansatcha. The opportunity is offered to only 99 lucky couples, starting at 9:09 AM. After having their marriage registered, the 99 couples marched around the garden in a cavalcade of elephants before receiving a special souvenir from Mr. Kampol to mark their remarkable occasion.

Getting married on an elephant’s back is a unique event that has been hosted at Pattaya Nong Nooch Tropical Garden since 2010. Couples in Pattaya can also choose a convenient way to commemorate their marriage at district offices, such as at the Banglamung district office, which is probably less romantic.

The Banglamung office was particularly packed today with Thai and Thai/foreign couples. Crowds were seen at the office early in the morning and throughout the day.

Many love birds hand in hand registered their marriage to make it official and took lovely photos with the photo props specially set up by the officials at the Banglamung office.

The atmosphere was filled with love, laughter, and happy tears. The couples left the office with official marriage certificates in their hands, marking the beginning of their new journey together. It was a beautiful day full of love and celebration, and one that the couples are sure to remember for years to come.


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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.