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Twenty-two couples said ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai for Valentine's Day

Many couples pledge that they would go to great heights for their loved ones, and what proves that point better than the twenty-two Thai couples who chose to exchange their wedding vows in floating hot-air balloons?

Newlyweds embracing against flying hot air balloons. Image: Petek Arici
Newlyweds embracing against flying hot air balloons. Image: Petek Arici

The sky above Singha Park in Chiang Rai was the setting for the incredible Valentine’s Day ceremony, which took place as part of Singha Park Chiang Rai Balloon Fiesta 2017.

Twenty-two couples say ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai. Image: Singha Park, Chiang Rai
Twenty-two couples say ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai. Image: Singha Park, Chiang Rai

Approximately 1000 couples registered their marriages at the ‘Balloon Love’’ event, but only 22 were selected to exchange their vows while in the sky.

Twenty-two couples say ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai. Image: Singha Park, Chiang Rai
Twenty-two couples say ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai. Image: Singha Park, Chiang Rai

Two celebrity pairings were among the happy couples, and they were singer-turned-businessman, Thana ‘Chen’ Lipayaraya, and his bride Kanikar Phusri, and table-tennis star and Paralympic gold medallist, Rungroj Thainiyom, and his bride Naruemol Chaichompoo.

Twenty-two couples say ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai. Image: Singha Park, Chang Rai
Twenty-two couples say ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai. Image: Singha Park, Chiang Rai

Deputy Chiang Rai governor, Sakchai Wongkanit, was among those who attended the romantic and unusual event.

 

The balloon event is considered one of the largest in Southeast Asia, with participants from 14 countries filling the sky with colourful hot air balloons.

Twenty-two couples say ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai. Image: Singha Park, Chiang Rai
Twenty-two couples say ‘I do’ in hot air balloons over Chiang Rai. Image: Singha Park, Chiang Rai

Saying ‘I do’ in the air has become a bit of a theme in Asia, as last summer, 50 couples were married at Pablo Ecological Valley in Zhuzhen, Liuhe District in China, as part of a new record of ‘Most Pairs of Lovers Participating in a Hot Air Balloon Wedding.’

Lovers kiss during their hot air balloon wedding at Pablo Ecological Valley in Zhuzhen, China. Image: VCG/VCG via Getty Images
Lovers kiss during their hot air balloon wedding at Pablo Ecological Valley in Zhuzhen, China. Image: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

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