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.
Thailand and Cambodia; Ancient and Modern
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya & Koh Samet
Best for: Culture History, Beach, Highlights
This fascinating itinerary combines historic highlights in Thailand and Cambodia. Learn about the countries' ancient heritage with magnificent temples in Siem Reap and Ayutthaya, and uncover modern-day history in Kanchanaburi and Phnom Penh.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Understandably, much of the focus on adventures to Southeast Asia tend to orientate around the magnificent ancient temples that can be found across Thailand and Indochina. These are most certainly worth a visit, and should be included on any itinerary to these regions. However, we also feel in order to truly get under the skin of these wonderful countries, and to understand what has made them what they are today, it is important to learn about their modern-day history, even though much of it is tragic.
Days 1 - 3 : Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stay at Raffles Le Royal for 2 nights
Your adventure will start in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. This is a great introduction to modern-day Cambodia, and also where you can learn about the country's tragic history. Visit sites such as the Tol Slueng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields to hear about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and the devastating impact these years had on Cambodia's people.
For ancient history, visit the National Museum which has an impressive collection featuring thousands of artefacts. We also recommend visiting the Royal Palace, which is home to ornate temples.
Day 3 : Domestic flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Days 3 - 6 : Siem Reap
Stay at Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor for 3 nights
From Phnom Penh, take a short domestic flight to Siem Reap. Here you can spend your days discovering the magnificent temple of Angkor. These astounding temples vary in style, size and location, from the iconic Angkor Wat to the remote and crumbling Bantey Srei.
There is also plenty of opportunity to explore further afield, including boat trips on Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Here you can see how people live on the lake in floating villages and stilt houses.
You may also wish to visit the Landmine Museum. Here you can learn about Cambodia's war history, and the fantastic efforts that have been made to de-mine the country.
Day 6 : International flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok
Days 6 - 8 : Bangkok, Thailand
Stay at Riva Surya Bangkok for 2 nights
The flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok is only just over an hour.
Bangkok has a distinct personality, with a number of impressive historical sites including the Grand Palace and beautiful temples such as Wat Pho and Wat Arun. We also recommend taking a longtail boat trip down some of the city's canals to catch a glimpse of local life, and of course no trip to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to at least one of the markets to try some delicious streetfood.
Days 8 - 10 : Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Stay at The Float House River Kwai for 2 nights
From Bangkok it is a three-hour road transfer out to Kanchanaburi Province. This is where Eastern and Western history entwine, as it is the location of the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai and a number of war cemeteries, which are the final resting place of thousands of allied soldiers who were once put to work as POWs in this region.
Beyond the poignant history, there is also picturesque countryside to explore. Take a boat trip along the river to visit stunning waterfalls, and walk through the jungle to visit deep caves.
Day 10 - 11 : Ayutthaya, Thailand
Stay at Sala Ayutthaya for 1 night
Journey by road for three to four hours to reach the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. There is a plethora of temples to see here, in varying states of repair. As the one-time capital of Thailand, the area has a fascinating history.
The town also has its own unique charm. Stroll through the Muslim Quarter and stop off to sample colourful candyfloss wrapped in equally gem-toned roti.
Days 11 - 14 : Koh Samet, Thailand
Stay at Paradee Resort for 3 nights
From Ayutthaya it is a three-hour drive to the coast and then a short speedboat journey over to Koh Samet. This idyllic island is a delightful place to end your adventure, with sandy shores, exciting watersports and a myriad of marine life to explore.
When to go
In general, the best time to travel to Thailand and Cambodia 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 $6250 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
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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.