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.
Dhara Devi Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best for: Honeymoon, Spa, Culture History
The Dhara Dhevi is one of Chiang Mai's most luxurious resorts and is purely inspired by the historic Lanna kingdom of Northern Thailand. The property is wonderfully authentic with spectacular cuisine and elegant suites.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Settled within 60 acres of lush landscaped tropical gardens, the serene Dhara Dhevi is an absolute treasure in Chiang Mai, offering outstanding service and extremely comfortable accommodation. Guests can dine in the award-winning restaurants or unwind in the outstanding spa, surrounded by architecture reminiscent of ancient Thai temples.The 123 rooms and suites here are very spacious and set within traditional villas and plush residence that are spread throughout the large and sprawling tropical gardens and grounds. The sizable property is made intimate by the candlelit wooden walkways, lotus ponds and rice paddies. We love that this illuminated temple-like complex glows at night.The authenticity of the resort extends to the accommodation which sit in converted rice barns, reinvented in a colonial-style. The rooms are elegant with a contemporary air, with heavy drapes, dark wooden furniture, ambient lighting and antiques. The pool villas have private pools and deck space with sun loungers, and are all lavish and luxurious.Despite its escape-like natural setting, Dhara Dhevi is still just a 15-minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport and a 10-minute drive from the centre of Chiang Mai, where guests will find exciting night markets, stunning temples, small little cafés serving delicious Lanna cuisine and for those who are interested, a buzzing nightlife. The resort itself commands peaceful views over the surrounding emerald paddy fields, making it hard to imagine its proximity to the city.The cuisine at Dhara Dhevi is also second to none, with a huge range of restaurants. Le Grand Lanna is the main restaurant, serving up excellent Thai dishes accompanied by traditional dance and music performances. Fujian offers Chinese cuisine, and there is a stylish French restaurant, a classic Italian trattoria, and a contemporary international buffet restaurant. The resort also boasts many bars, a modern fitness centre and jogging routes. Guests can also rejuvenate body and soul in the magnificent Dheva Spa; housed in a palace-like building with ornate mouldings and gold turrets, you can easily while away an entire day here.There are also two large swimming pools and floodlit tennis courts, as well as a kid’s club, so parents can feel at ease. We feel this is fantastic option for families or couples really wanting to indulge in Chiang Mai.
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.