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.
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas
Best for: Honeymoon
Anantara Mai Khao is set in stunning grounds on Phuket's longest beach. Relaxation and seclusion are the focus of this elegant resort. Excellent dining options, activities and a spa make this an excellent choice for both families and couples.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Anantara Mai Khao Villas is a serene resort on the island of Phuket, filled with lotus ponds, palm trees and candle-lit pathways. Sitting right on the golden sands of Phuket’s longest beach, Mai Khao, the property is hidden away on the north-west point of the island. It is set in supremely exotic grounds, dotted with streams, lagoons, and wooden walkways which are all illuminated at night creating a wonderfully ambient atmosphere. On one side of the resort are dense emerald hills, and on the other the immaculate sugar-white sands of a private portion of Mai Khao beach and the gently lapping Andaman sea. The large resort has 91 secluded pool villas, peppered along the sand, with abundant space, beautiful furniture and contemporary décor. Expect a private deck with a pool and outdoor dining area surrounded by loungers and day beds where you can laze in the sunshine. These ultimate pool villas have sleek wooden furnishings, high ceilings, and ambient lighting, creating a totally private opulent oasis. The resort boasts some of the most sophisticated dining in the Mai Khao area. Enjoy barbecued seafood at Sea.Fire.Salt, Thai tapas and cocktails at The Tree House, a breakfast buffet and authentic Thai dishes at La Sala, and personally designed menus with accompanying wines in The Tasting Room. Honeymooners can enjoy romantic private dining around the resort in any location with the signature Dining by Design service. Drinks and light snacks can be ordered throughout the day at poolside Infinity, and foodies will love Spice Spoons, Anantara’s signature Thai cookery school.
Guest are encouraged to explore the natural wonders of Phang Nga Bay from a luxury yacht and for complete relaxation, visit the Anantara Spa or take a refreshing dip in the hotel’s infinity pool and jacuzzi that lie right next to the sand.
With plenty of activities on offer, including day cruises to nearby islands, tennis courts, scuba diving, and cooking classes, Anantara Mai Khao Villas is suitable for couples and families alike looking for a luxurious tropical holiday on a fantastic Thai island.
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. The most favourable time to visit Thailand’s west coast is between November and March, where sunny days and hot temperatures are coupled with a refreshing breeze. At the end of May, the monsoon rains begin to arrive, reaching their heaviest between the middle of September and the middle of October. Khao Sok National Park is best visited during this monsoon season, as temperatures are more pleasant and flora and fauna are abundant.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
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.
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.