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, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Phuket
Best for: Beach, Culture History, Spectacular scenery
Discover a side of Thailand many never get to see on this 13 day itinerary, combining the must see sights of Bangkok with the lesser visited gems of Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya before finishing with a relaxing beach break in Phuket.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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This 12 night itinerary offers an fantastic insight into local life and culture, combining lesser visited destinations with some well-known highlights to ensure an one of a kind journey through this remarkable destination. Starting in Thailand’s capital of Bangkok to explore the city’s major landmarks, you will travel northwest to Kanchanaburi, home to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Your journey then continues to Ayutthaya, a region characterised by spectacular landscapes peppered with temples, before enjoying some time to relax on the pristine shores of Phuket.
Days 1 - 4 : Bangkok, Thailand
Stay at Riva Surya Bangkok for 3 nights
Upon arrival in Thailand’s bustling capital of Bangkok, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax and settle into your new surroundings, before spending the next day exploring Bangkok’s cultural and historic delights with a private guide, including Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and the Skytrain. Your final day in the city is free to spend as you wish, relaxing at your hotel, heading into Bangkok’s artisan community for an art and culture tour or enjoying a number of other excursions in and around the city.
Days 4 - 6 : Kanchanaburi
Stay at The Float House River Kwai for 2 nights
On the morning of day four, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to Kanchanaburi, a provincial town to the west of Bangkok that is home to the Bridge on the River Kwai. On the way, make a stop at the garden province of Samut Songkhram to visit a lively floating market, some beautiful temples and a 400-year-old Banyan Tree. That afternoon and the following day in Kanchanaburi will be spent learning about the town’s rich history and key role during World War 2 amongst a number of excellent memorials and museums.
Days 6 - 8 : Ayutthaya, Thailand
Stay at Sala Ayutthaya for 2 nights
On the morning of day six, you will be driven three and a half hours to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s 14th century ancient capital and now a UNESCO World Heritage City. Spend the next day exploring the magnificent temple-strewn landscape and visiting some of the city’s most well-known temples such as the spellbinding Wat Mahathat, home to a Buddha’s image that mysteriously appears from a tangle of tree roots, and Niwet Thammaprawat, known for its unique gothic style and stained-glass windows.
Day 8 : Flight from Bangkok to Phuket
Days 8 - 13 : Phuket, Thailand
Stay at SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort for 5 nights
The following morning, you will be driven one hour to Bangkok Airport in time to board your one and a half hour flight to Phuket. Thailand’s largest island home to turquoise seas, limestone outcrops and white sandy beaches, Phuket offers a relaxing end to a busy trip through Thailand. Spend the next three days enjoying the facilities at your hotel, unwinding at the beach, enjoying snorkelling trips or embarking on excursions to nearby islands. On day 13, you will be transferred to Phuket International Airport in time for your flight home on onto your next destination.
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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.
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.
The Former Glory of Old Phuket
An action-packed Phuket sightseeing experience, with visits to a rubber plantation, Tong Sai National Park and its Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, the Kathu Mining Museum, a cashew nut factory, and the beautiful Wat Prathong temple.
Phuket Old Town E-Bike Tour
Take an electric bicycle tour around Phuket, meandering through the streets, visiting Chinese buildings, Portuguese buildings, the Thavorn Museum, and a tropical fruit market.
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.
A blissful day on Phang Nga Bay
Leave Phuket behind and head off to spend a day in total tranquillity and paradise in secluded beaches and private islands in Phang Nga Bay, voyaging in a luxury longtail boat and enjoying delicious seafood on the sand.
From $2730 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.