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.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai
Best for: Culture History, Family, Walking Trekking
A culture-rich ten night itinerary introducing the highlights of Thailand’s northern region, including the hill tribes and temples of Chiang Mai and elephants in Chiang Rai coupled with the city delights of Bangkok.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Thailand’s northern region is steeped in history and retains and rich, vibrant culture that is well worth exploring. Starting in Bangkok to visit its iconic landmarks alongside the quieter parts from its waterways, you will then head into northern Thailand with the first stop in Chiang Mai. After discovering the city’s spiritual side and its hilltribe communities, you will continue north to the striking region of Chiang Rai to explore the rural surroundings and spend time with elephants.
Days 1 - 5 : Bangkok, Thailand
Stay at Ariyasom Villa for 4 nights
Upon arrival in the city, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure to relax and settle in, before exploring the city over the next few days. Combine visiting the iconic landmarks of Wat Pho and the Grand Palace with exploring the city’s quieter side as you cruise its canals by longtail boat. You may also wish to head out of the city to explore UNESCO listed Ayutthaya by tuk tuk, a region known for its ruins and ancient temples.
Day 5 : Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Days 5 - 8 : Chiang Mai, Thailand
Stay at Tamarind Village for 3 nights
After four nights in Bangkok, you will be driven to Bangkok’s airport in time to board a short one and a half hour flight to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a variety of activities and excursions over the next two days, exploring temples, watching the monks conduct evening prayers or trekking into the surrounding hills to discover the small hilltribe villages that pepper the slopes. There is also the opportunity to travel just outside of Chiang Mai to spend some time with rescued elephants as you feed and bathe them with volunteers.
Day 8 - 9 : Chiang Rai, Thailand
Stay at The Legend Chiang Rai for 1 night
On the morning of day nine, you will be driven approximately three hours to your first hotel in Chiang Rai. Your stay here is brief, but there is time to explore some of the city’s most striking temples, including Wat Rong Khun, otherwise known as the White Temple.
Days 9 - 11 : Chiang Rai, Thailand
Stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort for 2 nights
The following day, you will be driven approximately two hours out of Chiang Rai to your next hotel in the heart of Thailand’s Golden Triangle region. Spend your time here exploring the beautiful Thai countryside and soaking up the striking mountain scenery in between an array of activities including longtail boat trips, tea plantation visits, temple tours, cooking classes and walking with elephants at the Camp Dara Elephant Camp. On the morning of day 11, you will be transferred to Chiang Rai Airport in time for your flight home or on to your next destination.
When to go
Thailand’s tropical climate means that the country generally experiences high temperatures and humidity throughout the year, which can split into the hot, cool and rainy seasons. The average temperature ranges from the lowest at round 30°C in December, to the highest at around 36°C between January and April. The best time to visit is between November and February, when the weather is at its best throughout the country. In Central Thailand, rain mostly falls between December and September, whereas in Northern Thailand, the dry seasons is between November and May and the wet season is from June to October. Thailand’s southern parts are split into east and west – the west coast’s wet season is between April and October, whereas on the east coast it is from September to October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
The ultimate tour for food lovers, allowing you to experience the real culture of Bangkok in the charming village-like district of Bangrak, deepening your understanding of Thai food as you drift from stall to stall.
Doi Inthanon Waterfalls Walk
Journey to the magnificent landscape of Doi Inthanon National Park on this trekking experience, visiting a Karen hill tribe village, spotting exotic and fascinating wildlife, and relishing in the wonderful natural beauty of the Wachiratharn waterfall.
Segway Chiang Mai
This exciting Segway experience makes for a great day out in Chiang Mai for families, taking you on a journey through the cultural and magical old city, exploring its famous sites.
Elephant Haven from Bangkok
Elephant Haven is an elephant freedom project, that gives rehabilitated elephants the opportunity to live in natural habitats, roaming freely as they should. Clean, bathe, feed, walk and play with the elephants on this wonderful experience.
A Morning with the Monks
A wonderful tour that will immerse you in Chiang Mai’s cultural and spiritual traditions, watching barefoot monks process around the temples complex, witnessing breathtaking views of the city, and trying a delicious breakfast of noodles.
Thai for a day
This is a truly unique tour that will give you a taste of authentic Thai life, spending the day in a local Chiang Mai district with charming Mr Prapat and his family, learning traditional cooking techniques.
Bangkok City Safari
Immerse yourself in the local side of Thailand’s capital, discovering the traditional lifestyle of the local Thai people and enjoying some of the city’s best sights, journeying around Bangkok on public transport.
Art and Culture of Bangkok’s Klong
Discover one of Bangkok’s fascinating art communities and visit the Baan Silapin gallery, travelling along the canal networks by longtail boat. This experience is an excellent insight into Bangkok’s cultural side, perfect for arts & crafts buffs.
Unseen Klong Thonburi
This half day experience will find you cruising along Bangkok’s canals on a brightly painted longtail boat. Experience a more quaint and peaceful side of the bustling city and understand why Bangkok is called the ‘Venice of the East’.
Bangkok Sunset Bike Ride
This peaceful 15km (3-4 hour) bicycle ride will find you travelling along small roads and alleyways, stopping at temples and other landmarks along the way, watching the sun set over a park and nearby glittering Wats.
Pedal & Paddle Adventure
Enjoy a bicycle and kayak tour of Sri Lanna National Park, cycling through beautiful landscapes and paddling around the Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir, enjoying an authentic Lanna lunch in a floating house on the water.
From $2883 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Transfers and guided 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.