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.
Six Senses Samui
Koh Samui, Thailand
Best for: Honeymoon, Spa, Family
Six Senses Samui is in the north of Koh Samui island, nestled on the coast in a lush tropical landscape. With panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand and divinely luxurious villas, this is a wonderful choice for couples looking for an exclusive retreat.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Six Senses Samui is a remarkable property with exquisite attention to detail, offering an indulgent tropical island escape on Koh Samui. The exceptional service at this intimate retreat will leave you feeling truly pampered and it is one of the only resorts on the island that benefits from both sunrise and sunsets over the Gulf of Thailand, ideal for a romantic getaway. Expect accommodation with a luxury treehouse vibe and 360° views, possibly the best food on the island, and a wealth of beach activities on offer. This luxurious resort sits on its own 20-acre estate of verdant vegetation, just six kilometres from Samui Airport and only a 45-minute flight from Bangkok. Nestled on a hillside on the northern point of the island, the elevated position of the resort creates boundless sea views, and the thick surrounding jungle offers privacy and seclusion. The idyllic white sands of Choeng Mon beach are to the front of the resort and vibrant Bophut is a short drive away. As Six Senses Samui is on a hill there are quite a few steep steps that add to the natural authenticity of the resort, but mean that it is not recommended for those with mobility issues. The large yet intimate resort is made up of 66 secluded wooden villas, many of which have swimming pools. Expect funky décor with elegant touches, separate living areas, and private decks where you can recline on a sun lounger or enjoy private al fresco dining. The areas of each villa are naturally divided with bamboo screens and the roofs are thatched, creating a rustic atmosphere with supremely luxurious interiors. Gleaming wooden floors flow seamlessly into shiny stone bathrooms, and the sun shines on contemporary wooden furniture through panoramic windows. Six Senses is home to some of the best cuisine on the island, using fresh herbs and organic vegetables from its own gardens wherever possible. Dining on the Rocks is an award-winning restaurant set on ten wooden decks with stunning views out to sea. Dining on the Hill is open throughout the day and serves classic Thai dishes in the evening. In Villa Dining is great for those seeking a little privacy and is available 24-hours a day, from three course romantic meals on your sundeck to light snacks, barbecues and authentic Thai dishes. Enjoy an extensive menu of signature massages and facials at the delightful spa, or indulge in yoga, reiki and Pilates to balance body and mind. The hotel has an enormous infinity pool, and guests can also take part in Muay Thai and boot camps to keep fit. As well as Thai cooking and culture classes, the resort also runs sunset cruises and diving and snorkelling experiences. The incredible turquoise swimming pool is surrounded by luxurious loungers and day beds, the perfect spot for a shaded afternoon snooze. While Six Senses Samui has some facilities and menus for children, the resort feels as if it is better suited for couples because of its tranquil and romantic ambiance.
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 popular time to visit Thailand’s east coast is between December and February, when a cool breeze helps keep temperatures at bay and there is very little rainfall. March sees a rise in temperatures with the hottest months following in April and May. The wet season arrives in August, with particularly heavy rainfall from September until December.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916