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 Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle, Thailand
Best for: Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Riding
The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle offers a luxury camp experience like no other, where every detail has been thought of, and guests are free to relax in divine accommodation and explore the surrounding countryside.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
An eclectic tented resort, tucked away in the Chiang Rai province of the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet, the Four Seasons Tented Camp is buried deep in 200 acres of verdant Thai countryside. With Burma and Laos within touching distance, most of the activities here revolve around the rescued elephants, which guests are encouraged to bond with. A stay here offers the chance to trek stunning mountain trails, see local sights from the water, or simply sit back and relax at the excellent spa and natural rock pool. The camp itself is small and exclusive with only 15 tents, each filled with leather furnishings, shiny wooden floors, and hurricane lamps, an Indiana Jones-like vibe. In keeping with this atmosphere, the property has a vintage military jeep that drives guests around and the camp can only be reached only by riverboat, gliding through the jungle estuaries after a four-hour drive from Chiang Mai. The tents are set far apart from each other to provide total privacy and each has a large wooden deck where you can sit and drink in the natural beauty from your private hot tub. The cuisine is wonderful, with the Nong Yao Restaurant serving up Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Western dishes, and the Wine Cellar offers daily wine and cheese tasting. Sip on afternoon cocktails at the Burma Bar and enjoy private wine dinners and picnics around the grounds. There is also a cookery school for those looking to get to grips with South East Asian techniques. When you are not lying by the divine swimming pool overlooking the river, you can head to the spa and enjoy a massage in a pavilion in the lush jungle. The camp has distinctive three or four-night excursions, on which you will find yourself meeting rehabilitated elephants and exploring bamboo forests. Children under the age of 15 are not allowed at the camp, as this is more of a sanctuary-like resort for active adults. This is the ultimate countryside getaway, an experience like no other in one of the most luxurious tented camps in Asia. The Four Seasons Tented Camp is ideal for active couples and families with late teens, looking for a few nights of countryside adventure in plush accommodation.
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
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.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Yao Noi
Discover Thailand’s finer side on this 11 night itinerary, taking in the unspoiled beaches of Koh Yao Noi and the must see highlights of Bangkok and northern Thailand coupled with some of the country’s most luxurious hotels.