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.
Best for: Family, Culture History, Honeymoon
With a fantastic riverside location, The Peninsula Bangkok is a spoiling hotel with luxurious rooms and wonderfully elegant suites. The hotel has a range of fantastic restaurants, a spa and an outdoor swimming pool making it one of Bangkok's best.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The Peninsular is easily one of Bangkok's most sophisticated and grand hotels, with all the guest rooms boasting views of the Chao Phraya River and the city lights beyond. The property brilliantly blends a timeless style with comfort; think spacious rooms, wood panelled rooms, crisp white linens and the best of in room technology.Some of the rooms feature balconies where you can enjoy the views of the river the city, from the comfort of your own accommodation. All rooms and suites are elegantly designed with heavy drapes, upholstery, cushions and mood lighting. Those looking for contemporary Thai design should consider the Thai Suite, with its gold ceilings and marble bathrooms.The property offers excellent cuisine with a range of options. Mei Jiang is on the ground level overlooking the garden. It serves Cantonese food, with specialities such as lobster dumplings and snow fish. Thiptara is located right by the riverside and is surrounded by grand Banyan trees that sway in the river breeze; here you can enjoy delicious Thai cuisine. We loved the roasted duck and soft-shell crab. The River Café and Terrace serves up an international buffet with pasta, meat, seafood, sandwiches and much more and for a refreshing drink, guests can head to the spectacular setting of The River Bar. The Peninsula Pool Bar serves casual food and drink throughout the day, such as burgers, sandwiches and authentic Thai curries - ideal for the whole family.Housed in a separate three-storey colonial building right by the river is the spa. Containing many spa suites with private steam showers and whirlpools, here guests can rejuvenate after a busy day exploring Bangkok. The hotel also has its own gym, outdoor swimming pool surrounding by exotic flowers and trees, and a tennis court set amongst the verdant tropical garden.The Peninsula also has a luxury fleet of chauffeur driven limousines but the tuk-tuk is an equally fun (and always faster) way to nip about the city. The property is also accessed by way of a small boat that crosses the river, allowing easy access to shopping areas and the city's major historical attractions. You can also nip around town either by sky train or with one of our private drivers and guides.With impeccable service, fine dining and river views we highly recommend The Peninsula for those with the budget.
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 Bangkok, the hot season runs from March to June, the rainy season from July to October, and the cool and dry season from November to April. The best time to visit is in the dry season between December and March, when the temperature is pleasant and days have clear blue skies. Although the rainy season, visiting from May to October offers warm temperatures and a chance to avoid the crowds that often arrive in the peak season from November to March.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
The ultimate tour for food lovers, allowing you to experience the real culture of Bangkok in the charming village-like district of Bangrak, deepening your understanding of Thai food as you drift from stall to stall.
Elephant Haven from Bangkok
Elephant Haven is an elephant freedom project, that gives rehabilitated elephants the opportunity to live in natural habitats, roaming freely as they should. Clean, bathe, feed, walk and play with the elephants on this wonderful experience.
Full Day Adventure in Kanchanaburi
Spend an action-packed day exploring Kanchanaburi province. Learn about the area's tragic past with a visit to the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai, cycle through the pretty countryside, bathe elephants in the river and kayak along serene waterways
Bangkok City Safari
Immerse yourself in the local side of Thailand’s capital, discovering the traditional lifestyle of the local Thai people and enjoying some of the city’s best sights, journeying around Bangkok on public transport.
Art and Culture of Bangkok’s Klong
Discover one of Bangkok’s fascinating art communities and visit the Baan Silapin gallery, travelling along the canal networks by longtail boat. This experience is an excellent insight into Bangkok’s cultural side, perfect for arts & crafts buffs.
Unseen Klong Thonburi
This half day experience will find you cruising along Bangkok’s canals on a brightly painted longtail boat. Experience a more quaint and peaceful side of the bustling city and understand why Bangkok is called the ‘Venice of the East’.
Bangkok Sunset Bike Ride
This peaceful 15km (3-4 hour) bicycle ride will find you travelling along small roads and alleyways, stopping at temples and other landmarks along the way, watching the sun set over a park and nearby glittering Wats.
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.