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.
Elephant Hills Tented Camp
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Best for: Wildlife, Family, Honeymoon
Elephant Hills is located in Khao Sok National Park in Thailand, a true tropical environment within driving distance from Phuket. With two camps to choose from, guests are able to enjoy time with rescued elephants as well as a variety of other activities.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Elephant Hills is a charming option in Koh Sok National Park that consists of two completely separate camps; The Elephant Camp and the Rainforest Camp. Both camps offer a wonderful variety of experience that truly bring the wilderness and jungle surroundings to life, including spending time with rescued and orphaned elephants.The original Elephant Camp is located right on the border of the Khao Sok National Park and boasts 35 wonderful tents each with comfortable twin or double beds, a fan, tea and coffee facilities and a simple but perfectly formed bathroom. All tents sit around a main communal dining area, great for dining and sharing stories of the day if you are feeling sociable! There's also a souvenir shop and a swimming pool with the picturesque backdrop of spectacular limestone cliffs. Free WIFI is available to all guests from the main area of the camp. You will also find a herb garden where local plants have been planted along with a little fish pond and the river slightly further away where guests are welcome to feed the fish.The Rainforest Camp, opened in 2011 is located in the centre of Cheow Larn Lake in Khao Sok National Park. It is a unique camp being one of the only floating tented camps in the world surrounded by spectacular views of rainforest and limestone karst mountains. This camp has 20 safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms. Whilst staying at this camp you may get the opportunity to spot a variety of the local flora and fauna including wild elephants, hornbills, and if you're very lucky - rare Asian oxen.Eco-tourism is a high on the agenda here; this camp does everything it can to protect the environment and therefore all power for the camp comes from wind and solar energy. The Rainforest Camp is an ideal place to visit for any animal and nature enthusiast. Elephant Hills offers a number of 2 to 4 day luxury adventures in Khao Sok National Park, whilst staying at either of the camps. These tours involve a variety of activities which explore the area including an Elephant Experience, where you get the chance to interact with the giant creatures without riding them - an activity perfect for both children and adults.
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
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Sok, Koh Lanta
Designed with families in mind, this 11 night itinerary combines fun-filled experiences and must visit destinations with some wonderful family friendly hotels to provide the ultimate Thai family adventure.
Bangkok, Khao Sok, Khao Lak
From spending time with elephants in Khao Sok National Park to unwinding on the tranquil beaches of Khao Lak, this varied nine night itinerary is ideal for those looking to combine wildlife with some time on the beach.