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.
Banyan Tree Phuket
Best for: Honeymoon, Family, Spa
The acclaimed Banyan Tree Resort on Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay offers gorgeous Thai-style villas, outstanding facilities, and an award-winning spa, all nestled among the coconut groves, azure waters and white sands of the island’s north-western coast.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Set around a lagoon on beautiful Bang Tao Bay, the Banyan Tree Phuket offers some of the finest private villas in Thailand. This impossibly romantic tropical island getaway is an affluent all-villa resort offering total five-star luxury. Every corner of the property features exquisite attention to detail with award winning traditional Thai architecture.
The vast resort has 150 spacious private villas, which are open plan, flooded with natural light and elegantly styled to reflect Thailand’s rich heritage, all arranged in a peaceful village-like area surrounding a glistening lagoon. All have their own secluded walled garden with either a jet pool or private plunge pool, and a heavenly open-air bathtub. The décor is contemporary with subtle Thai touches and tranquil views can be admired from almost anywhere in the villas through floor to ceiling windows.
There are several excellent dining options at The Banyan Tree, with something to suit every taste. Enjoy light bites at The Banyan Café, a picnic on the beach from Sands, authentic Thai dishes at Saffron, Japanese fare at Tamarind and savour incredibly fresh seafood at Watercourt. Fine dining is executed in style at Tre Restaurant, or for romantic occasions dine on the lagoon in the floating Dinner of the Senses. For a cultural culinary experience, the Sanya Rak Dinner Cruise offers traditional music and cuisine on a long tail boat. Detoxify mind and body with a treatment in the award-winning spa or venture out of the resort for unforgettable experiences such as deep-sea fishing. Guests can enjoy a round of golf and a game of tennis, or simply relax by the gorgeous pool or on the two miles of pristine private beach. Children will love the jet cannons and water rapids in the free form pool, and adults can swim up to the pool bar to order a delicious cocktail. Take your children to the wonderful Turtle Club, whilst you enjoy a serene yoga class or a workout in the state-of-the-art gym. This is an ideal spot for couples and families to enjoy complete rest and indulgent relaxation.
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.