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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.
137 Pillars House
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon
137 Pillars is an award-winning boutique property that sits in a leafy residential and historic part of Chiang Mai, just a few minutes’ walk away from the Watt Gate Temple. With stylish suites and intimate dining options, this is one of our favourites.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
137 Pillars is wonderful boutique option in Chiang Mai that has an enthralling colonial history, dating back to the late 1800s. Today the property is home to 30 super stylish suites, that combine Asian style with contemporary design. This is easily Chiang Mai's most stylish and upscale small boutique hotel and we think it's the perfect option for couples wanting to stay somewhere small and very special. There are four types of suite to choose from, each individually designed. The suites all feature comforts you might expect from a upscale boutique hotel such as speaker systems, espresso machines and Wi-Fi, as well a large balconies or terraces with comfortable day beds and rocking chairs. Inside, enjoy super king-size beds, walk-in dressing rooms, wardrobes and enormous bathrooms. These boast both indoor and outdoor showers, and large Victorian baths, exuding true colonial grace.Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in The Dining Room, where guests can enjoy their meals al fresco or in the restaurant, with both Lanna and Thai cuisines served. We enjoyed the classic pad Thai and Thai duck curry. The Palette restaurant offers gourmet food created using the freshest of farm ingredients. Enjoy refreshing cocktails, premium spirits and bar snacks at Jack Bain’s Bar, or afternoon tea in the tropical gardens. Guests can also enjoy traditional Thai cooking classes at the property, learning wonderful recipes to take back home.We think 137 Pillars is an excellent choice for those looking for exclusivity and sophistication in the city. We feel it's ideal for couples wanting something peaceful.
When to go
Characterised by a warm tropical climate, Thailand can be visited all year round, however there are some distinct seasons that could affect when you choose to travel. In the north of the country, the most popular time to visit is during the cool season from December to February, with pleasant daytime temperatures, chilly evenings and minimal rainfall. The rainy season arrives at the end of May, bringing heavy rains until November. Rainfall tends to appear in short, sudden downpours, with August and September seeing the most consistent rain.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
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.
Kanta Elephant Sanctuary Day Visit
Kanta Elephant Sanctuary is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project which offers a retirement home for elephants. Throughout the day you'll gain an insight into the elephants' lives whilst being able to spend time with them.
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.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Yao Noi
Discover Thailand’s finer side on this 11 night itinerary, taking in the unspoiled beaches of Koh Yao Noi and the must see highlights of Bangkok and northern Thailand coupled with some of the country’s most luxurious hotels.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi
From the thriving metropolis of Bangkok to the rich culture of Chiang Mai and the sun soaked coastline of Krabi, this 10 night itinerary takes in some of Thailand’s must see highlights staying in wonderful boutique hotels.