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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.
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Honeymoon
Ariyasom Villa is a charming and secluded boutique hotel that sits in the heart of bustling Bangkok. Offering a respite from the busy streets of Bangkok, Ariyasom was originally built in the 1940s but has been transformed into a comfortable 24 room hotel.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Ariyasom is a beautiful boutique hotel in central Bangkok with only 24 rooms, its own library, meditation space, and outdoor swimming pool; separated from the river by a wall of waving palms.The rooms are uniquely furnished with charming and elegant décor, finished with silks and antique-style wooden furniture. All the rooms are air-conditioned and have comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. The rooms are beautifully designed with unique touches such as stain glass windows in some bathrooms, polished wooden floors, comfortable sofas, cushions, fruit baskets, and fresh flowers, all of which make guests feel totally at home. Rooms vary from the spacious studio rooms to the stunning executive suites; home to four-poster beds surrounded by pink and white orchids.Please note that despite having a fantastic reputation, the hotel’s restaurant, Na Aroon, only serves vegetarian meals. However they do sometimes offer fish. Open for three meals a day, the menu incorporates both Thai and Western dishes, focusing on healthy, hearty Thai meals.The Spa Som Sen has three private treatment rooms for massages, as well as steam rooms, a Jacuzzi, and a semi-open massage sala. Enjoy a range of heavenly massages and steams using traditional Thai techniques and aromatherapy; ideal after a day exploring.Ariyasom is a fantastic option for those who prefer a more intimate experience. Expect colonial charm, antique artwork and friendly service in this charming family-run establishment.
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 Bangkok, the hot season runs from March to June, the rainy season from July to October, and the cool and dry season from November to April. The best time to visit is in the dry season between December and March, when the temperature is pleasant and days have clear blue skies. Although the rainy season, visiting from May to October offers warm temperatures and a chance to avoid the crowds that often arrive in the peak season from November to March.
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.
Full Day Adventure in Kanchanaburi
Spend an action-packed day exploring Kanchanaburi province. Learn about the area's tragic past with a visit to the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai, cycle through the pretty countryside, watch elephants in the river and kayak along serene waterways
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai/Golden Triangle, Luang Say Cruise, Luang Prabang, Champasak
This extensive, action-packed itinerary is floodlit palaces and glittering skyline in Bangkok, temples nestled in the forest, hill tribes and rice fields in Northern Thailand, and sunset river cruises, limestone cliffs and cascading waterfalls in Laos.
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.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai
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.
Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hoi An, Siem Reap & Khao Lak
This diverse itinerary is ideal for couples looking for a flavour of Thailand and Indochina, taking in iconic sites, with plenty of culture and adventure along the way, staying at some of the region's most charming boutique properties.
Bangkok, Khao Lak
Taking in the bright lights of Bangkok and the tranquil shores of Khao Lak, this eight night itinerary is ideal for honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic city and beach escape.