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.
Hintok River Camp
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Hintok River Camp is a great natural tented camp in Kanchanaburi, offering a wonderful glamping experience in a location steeped in history, accompanied by social campfire dining and a lovely natural spring swimming pool.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
In its former life as a prisoner of war camp, Hintok River Camp held 300 prisoners between July to September 1943 and is a fascinating place to stay for those with an interest in the history of that time. The camp is located at Hellfire Pass, a famous World War II site surrounded by hiking trails and memorials, on an enormous cliff next to the meandering River Kwai. This award-winning camp provides its guests with a myriad of activities, including the Hintok Story Museum which sits just inside the property where the war camp kitchen used to be. Staying at Hintok is also an immersive way to soak up rural Thailand and the surrounding natural environment is particularly impressive, with soaring limestone cliffs rising either side of the river. There are many local villages and temples around Hellfire Pass, as well as the stunning Sai Yok National Park, where you can visit water falls, hot springs and temples. The camp is remote, cosy and secluded, 50 miles north of Kanchanaburi and 80 miles away from Bangkok. Hintok River Camp has 30 air-conditioned spacious lavish tents each with a private bamboo bathroom and hot shower. The tents, which are raised off the ground on wooden bases, have private balcony areas with seating, and inside you can expect rustic wooden furniture, silk pillows, rattan flooring and charming flower arrangements. The dining here is a social affair, with BBQ campfire dinners each night served in an open-air restaurant, and guests can sip on wines, cocktails and ice-cold beer at the Camp Bar. The exquisite swimming pool takes the form of a rock pool, filled with spring water that comes naturally filtered straight from the mountain, and traditional Thai massages are also on offer at the camp. Hintok is a great choice for intrepid couples and older families looking to delve into the history of Thailand in World War II, in delightful glamping surroundings with delicious barbecues and roaring camp fires each night.
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.
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, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui
With biking in Bangkok, trekking in Chiang Mai and snorkelling and sailing in Koh Samui, this action-packed two week itinerary is ideal for families looking to explore Thailand accompanied by energetic teens.