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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.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best for: Culture History
The Tamarind Village Hotel is an exclusive and intimate boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old town. An excellent option for exploring the temples and charming markets that surround the property, this is one of the city's gems.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The hotel’s name comes from the majestic 200-year-old tamarind tree that the property is built around. Enclosed by courtyard gardens, this is a little sanctuary in the middle of a buzzing city. Tamarind Village has 47 guest rooms and five suites in total, dotted around the courtyards, which are brimming with tropical flowers. The design of the hotel draws its inspiration from temple clusters found in rural Thailand, and this means that guest rooms feel private and tucked away. The peaceful and spacious rooms and suites are tasteful and sophisticated with local furnishings and décor; simple but stylish but with a homely feel. From the sweet Lanna Rooms to the impressive Spa Suite, there is something to suit every taste and budget. The Spa Suite has a vast private terrace area with a large day bed overlooking the tropical surroundings, as well as a beautiful marble bathroom, making it a great choice for honeymooners. The hotel’s restaurant, Ruen Tamarind, serves a range of Thai and international dishes. Guests can choose to dine indoors or outdoors on the pool terrace. This quaint café-esque restaurant also offers a selection of authentic regional Lanna-Thai dishes to give its guests a taste of Chiang Mai. Tamarind Village also has afternoon tea where guests can enjoy sweet and savoury bites and fresh tea and coffee in the afternoon. The Village Spa is a tranquil haven in the hustle and bustle of the city, allowing guests to fully unwind and be pampered using fresh herbal remedies in the six treatment rooms, each with its own private bathroom. Choose between massages, facials, scrubs and rejuvenating packages to make your stay at Tamarind Village extra special. You can also enjoy a dip in the shimmering swimming pool and then relax in privacy on one of the poolside loungers within the courtyard, ideal after a day exploring. For those looking for a well located and intimate stay in Chiang Mai, Tamarind Village is an excellent and stylish choice.
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 the north of the country, the most popular time to visit is during the cool season from December to February, with pleasant daytime temperatures, chilly evenings and minimal rainfall. The rainy season arrives at the end of May, bringing heavy rains until November. Rainfall tends to appear in short, sudden downpours, with August and September seeing the most consistent rain.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Doi Inthanon Waterfalls Walk
Journey to the magnificent landscape of Doi Inthanon National Park on this trekking experience, visiting a Karen hill tribe village, spotting exotic and fascinating wildlife, and relishing in the wonderful natural beauty of the Wachiratharn waterfall.
Segway Chiang Mai
This exciting Segway experience makes for a great day out in Chiang Mai for families, taking you on a journey through the cultural and magical old city, exploring its famous sites.
A Morning with the Monks
A wonderful tour that will immerse you in Chiang Mai’s cultural and spiritual traditions, watching barefoot monks process around the temples complex, witnessing breathtaking views of the city, and trying a delicious breakfast of noodles.
Elephants as nature intended
Elephant Nature Park was set up more than 20 years ago and is a wonderful haven for Thailand’s abused elephants that have been rescued from their cruel previous owners. Better your understanding of elephants and the threats to their species as they roam.
Thai for a day
This is a truly unique tour that will give you a taste of authentic Thai life, spending the day in a local Chiang Mai district with charming Mr Prapat and his family, learning traditional cooking techniques.
Pedal & Paddle Adventure
Enjoy a bicycle and kayak tour of Sri Lanna National Park, cycling through beautiful landscapes and paddling around the Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir, enjoying an authentic Lanna lunch in a floating house on the water.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai/Golden Triangle, Luang Say Cruise, Luang Prabang, Champasak
This extensive, action-packed itinerary is floodlit palaces and glittering skyline in Bangkok, temples nestled in the forest, hill tribes and rice fields in Northern Thailand, and sunset river cruises, limestone cliffs and cascading waterfalls in Laos.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai
A culture-rich ten night itinerary introducing the highlights of Thailand’s northern region, including the hill tribes and temples of Chiang Mai and elephants in Chiang Rai coupled with the city delights of Bangkok.