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 Yao Noi
Phang Nga, Thailand
Best for: Honeymoon, Spa, Beach
Possibly one of the most luxurious resorts that Thailand has to offer, Six Senses Yao Noi is a wonderful choice for those looking to splash out and indulge with beautiful views, stunning accommodation and unparalleled service.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Nestled between the green hills of a small private island in the Phang Nga bay, Six Senses Yao Noi prides itself on creating an extraordinary experience for each of its guests. For attention to detail and personal service, the resort is relatively unrivalled and is the perfect place to get away from the crowds and indulge in complete style. The Six Senses Spa is world famous and you’ll find yourself drifting into a state of relaxation in this rustic, intimate escape.
The idyllic resort sits on Koh Yao Noi, an almost unpopulated island looking out over the limestone peaks that jut out of the Andaman sea in Phang Nga Bay and strives to emulate the immaculate beauty of the island, combining natural charm and modern design. Each of the 56 villas and suites have a private infinity pool, sun deck and al fresco dining area, all hidden away within the luscious hillside, the ultimate treehouse where you can disappear for the day, undisturbed. The Six Senses brand is committed to sustainability, so all the contemporary buildings have been made using natural materials, including local teak, and roofs thatched with palm leaves. The interiors are airy and open with lots of natural light that shines on polished wooden flooring and neutral linens.
Dining at Six Senses Yao Noi is wonderful, with several restaurants, bars and its own wine cellar. Those looking for a private culinary experience can visit the Chef’s Table, where you can also enjoy cooking classes. Savour authentic Thai dinners at The Hilltop Reserve, and fresh seafood at The Living Room. The Dining Room has a mesmerising glass floor with a stream flowing beneath it, serving organic European fare. Make the most of your personal butler who can bring champagne breakfasts to your door at the drop of a hat. If you plan to spend the day lounging by the pool, invigorate with a cocktail from The Den.
Just 45 minutes on a speedboat from Krabi or Phuket, the remoteness of the island means that guests can experience some of Thailand’s best diving and snorkelling sites nearby. Luxuriate on the 24 acres of lush rubber plantation and manicured gardens, as well as the secluded stretch of beach. Experience mangrove kayaking, Muay Thai boxing, nature trails, water sports and trips to Phi Phi island on a speedboat. The resort also has a series of yachts so you can spend the day out on the water. For a little pampering, visit the spa village, nestled on a hillside brimming with tropical flowers, large palms and small lotus ponds. There are plenty of activities specially curated for children over the age of four, making Six Senses Yao Noi ideal for the whole family, but its exclusive and romantic setting mean it is equally suitable for couples and honeymooners.
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
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.