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: Culture History
Overlooking Wat Phutthaisawan, Sala Ayutthaya is a modern boutique hotel on the Chao Phraya River, just 50 miles north of Bangkok in Ayutthaya. Minimalist in design, this simple but striking hotel is easily one of the best in the area.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Sala Ayutthaya is contemporary but intimate property and a fantastic base for exploring the historic temples of Ayutthaya, Thailand's ancient capital. This modern and minimalist hotel manages to retain a cosy feel despite being contemporary in style; those who prefer sleek, artistic design will feel right at home here. We love the contrast with its historic surroundings; expect glass doors, wooden beams and cool stone floors. The hotel even has its own art gallery in the lobby. This is a small boutique hotel with only 26 rooms, giving it a warm and secluded feel. Designed by a Bangkok based architect, the design focuses on geometric space creating a labyrinth of curved brick walkways and puzzle-like buildings, coupled with ambient lighting and simple interiors. The spotless and relaxed guest rooms are equally as cool as the communal areas, with gleaming concrete floors, crisp white sheets on enormous low beds, white-washed walls and exposed brick walls. Bathrooms are made from exposed beams and enormous sheets of glass, admittedly not offering total privacy. Each room has a unique design and the pool suites are especially spacious with private plunge pools. Even though the hotel is not overflowing with facilities, the restaurant is good quality and is set right on the edge of the river with both indoor and outdoor dining areas, serving delicious international and Thai dishes throughout the day. Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam for over four centuries and therefore there's an abundance of things to do and see, from ancient ruins and temples to bustling markets. Keen golfers can also head to the Bang Sai Country Club for a round, and those looking to rejuvenate can spend time in the hotel’s spa. The hotel overlooks the beautiful Wat Phutthaisawan, which lies on the opposite riverbank. Bicycle rental is available at the property so that you can head off on your own to explore the surrounding area. Sala Ayutthaya is a great choice for couples and adults looking to indulge in a fashionable modern space. This might not be the best choice for young families as there is not really anything specifically to keep children entertained within the hotel, but we think this is fantastic for teenagers and couples.
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
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, watch elephants in the river and kayak along serene waterways
Afternoon in Ancient Ayutthaya by Tuk Tuk
Discover the real Ayutthaya, the former Thai capital, with your private guide by local tuk tuk. Explore the local ruins, ancient temples, the summer palace as well as a local Muslim community on this afternoon adventure.
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Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya & Koh Samet
This fascinating itinerary combines historic highlights in Thailand and Cambodia. Learn about the countries' ancient heritage with magnificent temples in Siem Reap and Ayutthaya, and uncover modern-day history in Kanchanaburi and Phnom Penh.
Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Phuket
Discover a side of Thailand many never get to see on this 13 day itinerary, combining the must see sights of Bangkok with the lesser visited gems of Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya before finishing with a relaxing beach break in Phuket.