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.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best for: Culture History, Family, Honeymoon
The Four Seasons Chiang Mai lies in the verdant tropics of the Mae Rim Valley, where you can immerse yourself in the captivating local Thai culture, miles and miles of terraced rice fields and astonishing mountain scenery.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is a serene escape in the most wonderful location, surrounded by luscious countryside, rice paddies, lakes and lily ponds. The spectacular secluded resort offers its guests world-class service and is a romantic sanctuary perfect for honeymooners and couples looking to detach themselves from the hubbub of the city. The attention to detail here is second to none, and guests will feel totally relaxed in this lush haven, tucked away from the buzz of the city. The resort is located perfectly for exploring the best of Northern Thailand, just a one-hour flight from Bangkok and a 30-minute drive north of Chiang Mai and has its own shuttle bus and a range of activities on offer for those looking to get out and about. The property is vast, taking up 32 acres of land in a tranquil location, especially beautiful at night when the walkways and paddies are ambiently lit by flaming torches.The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is home to 98 large guestrooms, villas and residences with spectacular views, polished wooden floors, opulent Thai fabrics and marble bathrooms, blending Thai style with the beautiful outside world. Expect classic and elegant design with contemporary touches finished to an extremely high standard, with a heavy use of natural materials and chic, understated patterns.There are plenty of wonderful dining options at the resort, and foodies will also love the excellent Thai cookery school. Terraces Restaurant serves graceful Italian cuisine al fresco, whilst the innovative Rim Tai Kitchen is an interactive street food experience. Enjoy Sunday brunch, private dining in your villa, and even breakfast in the rice fields, as The Four Seasons will do everything they can to accommodate any wish. Unwind in the indulgent spa, connect body and soul with a yoga lesson, or blow off some steam at the fantastic golf course, in the gym or on the tennis court. The remarkable infinity pool flows alongside the rice terraces, as if it were part of the natural environment. Couples can visit the adults-only infinity pool and feel pampered with a foot massage while they recline on a plush lounger. The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is a great choice for couples and families alike, looking for a little rest and recuperation away from the busy cities.
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.
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.
Elephants as nature intended
Elephant Nature Park was set up more than 20 years ago and is a wonderful haven for Thailand’s abused elephants that have been rescued from their cruel previous owners. Better your understanding of elephants and the threats to their species as they roam.
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.