We have a selection of guidebooks to some of our most popular countries in Asia. Written by our specialists, they detail destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send this via a PDF to your email.
There is so much to do in Bangkok, you could easily while away a few days here or even a week. But if you’re just stopping off en route to somewhere else, here’s what Nathan would do with 24 hours in Bankgkok…
Famed for its white sand beaches and amazing food, Thailand is normally the first stop for people who want to experience Asia. The trouble we have is that people increasingly associate it with busy beaches and backpacker bars. Thailand however still has some amazing hidden gems, here are a few of our favourite beaches that are away from the tourist-trodden path…
Few destinations encapsulate the enduring charm of Asia quite like Thailand. Its intoxicating allure is woven into the fabric of its beach escapes, spa retreats and island resorts but nowhere more so than in its ever-growing collection of boutique hotels. From romantic jungle retreats, to luxury beachfront hideaways and off the beaten track boltholes, we’ve rounded up our favourite boutique properties for a unique stay in Thailand.
Thailand has it all whether you’re a wildlife fanatic, a culture aficionado or a beach buff. Vibrant metropolises sit cheek by jowl with extravagant palaces, pastoral countryside is laced with rivers and jungle clad hills are inhabited by fascinating hill tribes and incredible wildlife. Tick off temples, cook up a storm in a culinary class, or cruise down a languid river to really get under the skin of this magical destination on an unforgettable holiday.
Here at Imagine Asia we are a team of nature enthusiasts. We’ve put together a list of our top five nature retreats across the continent, each with their own characteristics and special attributes that make them a must see.
Elephants have played a crucial part in the history and culture of Thailand for centuries, and these magnificent creatures remain an enduring symbol of Thailand. This being said, it is vitally important to keep elephant safety and welfare in mind whilst ticking off a bucket list encounter with one of the country’s gentle giants.
Matched only by the calibre of its world class beaches, remarkable scenery and turquoise blue seas is Thailand’s impressive repertoire of luxury hotels. We’ve handpicked our favourite luxury resorts from across Thailand, just perfect for celebrating a special occasion, indulging on a once in a lifetime holiday or escaping on an exclusive getaway with a loved one. Expect unspoilt beaches, undiscovered locations and ultimate luxury on a holiday that is just for you.
Perfect for first-time visitors, this 11 night itinerary offers an unhurried introduction to the highlights of Thailand. Enjoy the city sights of Bangkok, spend time with elephants in Chiang Mai and unwind on the beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta.
Laos, Cambodia & Coastal Thailand
Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap & Khao Lak
Best for: Honeymoon, Beach, Culture History
This is a fantastic itinerary for those seeking a combination of adventure, culture and relaxation. Explore fascinating history, from the charming town of Luang Prabang to the magnificent temples of Angkor, before unwinding on a beautiful Thai beach.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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This itinerary incorporates some of the key cultural 'hubs' of Southeast Asia, including the bustling city of Bangkok, the beguiling town of Luang Prabang in Laos, and the extraordinary Angkor Archaeological Park and Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap in Cambodia. Finish your trip on a picturesque sandy beach in the quiet coastal area of Khao Lak on Thailand's west coast.
Days 1 - 3 : Bangkok, Thailand
Stay at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok for 2 nights
You journey will start in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The frenetic energy and vibrant culture make this a fantastic introduction to modern-day Asia.
There are plenty of temples and palaces to explore here, including the majestic Grand Palace, the colourful Wat Pho and the beautiful Wat Arun. There are also some fantastic foodie tours and bustling floating markets to explore.
Day 3 : International flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang
Days 3 - 5 : Luang Prabang, Laos
Stay at Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel for 2 nights
From Bangkok take an international flight to the charming town of Luang Prabang. From the minute you step off the plane you will notice the difference not only in climate but in atmosphere. The town has a wonderfully serene feel, with quaint red-roofed buildings and saffron-robed monks strolling through the streets.
There is so much to see and do here. Take a guided tour of town stopping off to see the most culturally important temples and the Royal Palace, or journey out into the countryside to see gorgeous waterfalls or mysterious caves. It is also possible to embrace the spiritual side of the town by witnessing the alms giving to the monks at dawn, or participating in the traditional Baci ceremony for good luck and prosperity.
Day 5 : International flight from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap
Days 5 - 8 : Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stay at Jaya House River Park for 3 nights
From Luang Prabang, take an international flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. This town also has its own unique personality; a buzzing atmosphere combined with fantastic modern restaurants and trendy hotels, which contrast with the ancient temples hidden in the forest only a few miles away.
Of course much of your time in this area will be spent exploring the incredible temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park, from the magnificent Angkor Wat to the forest covered Preah Khan. However there are also plenty of other things to do, from boat trips on the vast Tonle Sap lake, to Vespa tours through rural villages.
Day 8 : International flight from Siem Reap to Phuket
Days 8 - 13 : Khao Lak, Thailand
Stay at Ramada Khao Lak Resort for 5 nights
From Siem Reap it is only a 90-minute direct flight, or a short change in Bangkok to reach Phuket. From here it is approximately a 90-minute drive north to Khao Lak.
Khao Lak feels much quieter and more untouched compared to the busier shores of Phuket. Whilst it is possible to simply sit back and unwind, the Similan Islands are within easy reach for some fantastic snorkelling and diving, and the breathtaking Khao Sok National Park is only one to hours' drive away for those seeking adventure.
When to go
In general, the best time to travel to Thailand and Indochina is from November to April, as this is when there is the least rain and the temperatures are warm but pleasant, although it can start to get much hotter from the end of March onwards. The rainy season can be unpredictable, but usually runs from May to October. The beginning and end of the rainy season tend to see short, heavy showers, with the wettest months being July to September.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
From $3270 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private transfers and domestic flights
Entry fees and a selection of experiences
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.