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.
The Legend Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Best for: Culture History, Family, Highlights
The Legend Chiang Rai is a traditional Thai style property on the banks of the Mae Kok River. Combining local artwork and furnishings with modern amenities and facilities, this is a fantastic option.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The Legend Chiang Rai sits on the edge of the Mae Kok River, and provides its guests with a traditional northern Thai atmosphere. The hotel's lush gardens, lotus ponds and tropical vegetation lend a peaceful feel to the property, an atmosphere broadened by the full spa and infinity edge swimming pool overlooking the gardens. The hotel is also in a fantastic location for exploring the historic and cultural delights of surrounding Chiang Rai.
Each of The Legend's spacious 78 studios and villas are contemporary in style, including large comfortable beds and teak furniture. There are plenty of guest rooms to choose from, to suit every need and budget, from the Superior Studio, with its outdoor sala living area, outdoor bathroom and all modern amenities, to the two-bedroom pool villa, with its private swimming pool, stunning views of the river, an enormous outdoor area, and its own lush garden. The large master bedroom leads out onto its own terrace with a swinging sofa seat. With the extra space afforded by the villas, they are the perfect option for families.
The Legend has an air-conditioned gym featuring cardio machines, free weights and a flat screen television. There is a range of dining options including international and local cuisine at the riverside Sala Rimnam Restaurant and the garden Suan Chainum Restaurant, and a fantastic range of beverages at the Wine Casa. The hotel can organise private dinners, which are ideal for honeymooners, as they can incorporate romantic candle-lit dinners on the hotel’s river raft. Guests can pick up northern Thai handicrafts at the souvenir shop, however, the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar is nearby, and the hotel offers a shuttle bus service. As well as a beauty salon, there is a tranquil spa which uses ancient Thai herbal remedies and traditional treatments. Enjoy massages, facials and body treatments in a private outdoor sala, or in a private air-conditioned spa room.
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
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.
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
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.