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.
SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort
Best for: Family, Honeymoon, Spa
The Sala Phuket is a stunning boutique pool villa property with contemporary rooms and a laid-back atmosphere, set on the lovely Mai Khao beach, in a beautiful National Park on Phuket's northern coast.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The Sala Phuket is a fabulous luxury hotel with stylish villas, an intimate vibe and fantastic attention to detail. Set on the pristine north-western coast of Phuket, well away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area, this is the perfect place to escape the real world. The sophisticated yet funky hotel is located within Sirinat National Park, on the protected and immaculate beach Mai Khao beach, ideal for long romantic walks. If you visit between November and February you may be lucky enough to witness sea turtles nesting on the sand. Despite it being tucked away amidst coconut palms and manicured lawns, there is plenty to explore nearby and the wonders of Phang Nga Bay are just 25 minutes away.
Sala Phuket is small and exclusive, offering the best in private beach getaways. Each contemporary villa has a fantastic outdoor bathroom, large private pool and contemporary décor, all surrounded by a wall for ultimate privacy. The interiors are exotic yet modern with a heavy use of windows and glass, allowing daylight to flood in, creating airy spaces. These spectacularly luxurious villas have floor to ceiling windows that open completely as if the bedrooms were outside, allowing the breeze drift in as you sit up in bed with a morning coffee.
The cuisine at Sala Phuket is exceptional, with a range of international and Thai options. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the Sala Restaurant, which appeared in Tatler Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2016, and has a fabulous beachfront setting. Kick back on a day bed at the Phuket Beach Bar, or dine on the rooftops amidst the coconut groves, for a wonderfully romantic experience. Those looking to rejuvenate with an indulgent spa treatment can visit the small award-winning spa and have a massage by the sea. As well as a five-day detox programme, Sala Phuket also has a modern gym and three swimming pools, two of them right next to the ocean, where you can laze the day away on an oversized lounger with an oversized cocktail in hand. Families are welcome here, but the Sala Phuket seems best suited to couples and honeymooners thanks to its sophisticated atmosphere and focus on tranquillity and relaxation.
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. The most favourable time to visit Thailand’s west coast is between November and March, where sunny days and hot temperatures are coupled with a refreshing breeze. At the end of May, the monsoon rains begin to arrive, reaching their heaviest between the middle of September and the middle of October. Khao Sok National Park is best visited during this monsoon season, as temperatures are more pleasant and flora and fauna are abundant.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
The Former Glory of Old Phuket
An action-packed Phuket sightseeing experience, with visits to a rubber plantation, Tong Sai National Park and its Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, the Kathu Mining Museum, a cashew nut factory, and the beautiful Wat Prathong temple.
Phuket Old Town E-Bike Tour
Take an electric bicycle tour around Phuket, meandering through the streets, visiting Chinese buildings, Portuguese buildings, the Thavorn Museum, and a tropical fruit market.
A blissful day on Phang Nga Bay
Leave Phuket behind and head off to spend a day in total tranquillity and paradise in secluded beaches and private islands in Phang Nga Bay, voyaging in a luxury longtail boat and enjoying delicious seafood on the sand.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
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.