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Are Eloping Marriages Becoming A Norm?

Getting Hitched The Millennial Way, in Songkhla!


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Are Eloping Marriages Becoming A Norm?
Songkhla, better known as the Vegas of Asia is a city located in the Southern province of Thailand, near the border of Malaysia. Why the Vegas of Asia you may ask? Remember Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’ eloping in Las Vegas? Well, Songkhla is the answer to the East as Las Vegas is the answer to the West.
 

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For as little as 5k to 8k, one can experience an intimate wedding along the beautiful beaches of Songkhla, with a professional photographer in tow to create stunning portrait sessions of the wedding. No more breaking the bank for a big scale wedding where you have to wake up at the crack of dawn just for a wedding tea ceremony and smile until your mouth freezes through the ‘yum seng’ sessions with relatives whom you’ve never seen before and will likely never cross paths with again. Ever.
 

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And while this gem of a city is gaining ground as a wedding destination for Millennials hoping to have customized low key weddings, Songkhla is also known as THE most popular destination for cross border marriages. Blink blink. Say what? Yeap, you read it right. Romeos and Juliets from Malaysia elope to Songkhla to legally get hitched and declare their undying love for one another when their family members object and oppose their marriages. The reasons may vary, some due to interracial marriages (oh come on, what era are we living in people?) and some because of polygamy (whatever happened to the one and only?).
 

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But the fact is, people go there to exploit a loophole that allows them to come back to Malaysia as legally married couples. While the process can be tedious, many still choose to go through them. In fact, the Consulate General of Malaysia in Songkhla recently recorded an increase in the number of applications from Malaysians to obtain marriage verification letters from 2,855 in 2011 to a whopping 4,375 in 2017.
 

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But whenever the case may be, we wish all couples the best in their union. To have and to hold, for better or for worse, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

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