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.
Shangri La Hotel Bangkok
Best for: Family, Culture History, Honeymoon
The Shangri La Bangkok is one of the city’s finest hotels, boasting a fantastic riverfront location on the Chao Phraya and a full suite of luxury facilities including an excellent spa, and world-class cuisine.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
With 802 guest rooms, the Shangri La Hotel Bangkok, is a serious city hotel, with fabulously luxurious touches. Despite its size, the service is good and the facilities are superb. Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya, the hotel is well located near shops, restaurants and local markets and the nearby Bangkok Skytrain station means that the attractions of Silo and Sukhumvit are just minutes away. The hotel also offers a private limo service from the international airport, which takes just 35 minutes. The rooms and suites are in two wings surrounding the resort-style pool, set amongst lush vegetation and polished marble. All rooms have a Thai-inspired décor with elegant teak furniture, marble bathrooms, and silk finishes. The hotel has two wings; the Shangri La and the Krungthep. The views are better from the higher-floor deluxe rooms; some have either a balcony or small sitting room, making them rather more like junior suites. The rooms are stately, grand, and certainly not minimalistic, with heavy drapes, ambient lighting, and rich furniture. The presidential suite in the Krungthep Wing is the most luxurious, a spectacularly expansive and elegant space. The Shangri La has six restaurants to choose from, serving a wide range of international and Asian cuisine. Having breakfast on the riverside terrace is a wonderful way to start the day. Guests can enjoy an international buffet whilst travelling along the river on the Horizon II River Cruise, the hotel’s very own boat. The award-winning NEXT2 Café offers a market buffet of Asian a la carte and continental dishes in a lovely riverside location. Salathip is the ultimate Thai dining experience, serving guests delicious authentic cuisine in Thai huts in the gardens, accompanied by Thai dance shows. Enjoy Cantonese cuisine in Shang Palace, cakes and pastries in the Chocolate Boutique, and modern Italian food and sumptuous cocktails in the Volti Ristorante & Bar. With a lovely swimming pool featuring river views, an award-winning Chi Spa, a 10,000sqm fitness centre, and a tennis court, you will never be short of activities, and guests can enjoy aerobics, personal training, yoga, Muay Thai, and much more. The multi-award-winning spa boasts some of the largest private spa suites in the city, and has a wide range of treatments on offer which combine ancient Thai healing remedies with modern beauty techniques.Shangri La Bangkok is the perfect option for those looking facilities and a fantastic riverside location.
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.