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.
Khao Lak, Thailand
Best for: Diving, Honeymoon, Spa
The Sarojin is an award-winning luxury boutique in heavenly Khao Lak, with great service and exquisite attention to detail. With a heavenly spa and incredibly innovative dining locations, this is a wonderfully romantic choice, ideal for honeymooners.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Nestled on its own white sand beach in Khao Lak, just a one-hour drive from Phuket airport, the award-winning Sarojin sits in acres of lush vegetation by the Andaman Sea. This trendy hotel is the ultimate honeymooner’s getaway, with memorable experiences individually curated just for couples and delivered by staff trained to ensure your total relaxation and pampering.
The property is set in 10 acres of exotic gardens, but retains a small, boutique feel with an atmosphere of elegance and luxury, topped off with chic contemporary Asian style. The 56 enormous residences and spa suites are nestled amidst the vegetation, some with their own sala pavilions and tropical plunge pools. The interiors are sleek, modern and minimalist, with gleaming wooden floors and cool furniture. The vast windows allow natural light to flood in, showcasing the views of the intensely green gardens and the sea beyond.
The cuisine at The Sarojin is always fresh, prepared by expert chefs and served in imaginative locations. Expect seafood straight from Khao Lak’s shores, tropical fruits, dishes flavoured with herbs from the gardens and a fantastic wine list. The Sarojin specialises in romantic private dining, and guests can choose to dine on a private sand isle as if they had been shipwrecked, by a lantern-illuminated jungle waterfall, on the beach with a simple barbecue, or picnics around the verdant gardens. Foodies will love the Thai cooking classes on offer, with trips to local markets to learn about the special ingredients, before cooking up classic dishes and devouring them with a glass of wine.
Those looking to luxuriate in exquisite natural surroundings, accompanied by the sound of the Andaman’s gentle lapping waves, can visit The Pathways Spa. Blow off steam in the gym or take a refreshing dip in the infinity pool, before heading back to sunbathe on a floating pavilion. The resort’s location on the protective Pakarang Cape provides year round swimming from the 6 miles of immaculate secluded beach. After you have spent the day on the sun dappled sand, nestled between warm ocean and waving coconut palms, there are plenty of shops, night markets and bars to explore not far away. The Sarojin is best suited for couples and adults as children under the age of ten are not allowed to stay at the resort.
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
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Phuket
Combine the adventure and mystery of Bhutan with the striking scenery and relaxation of Thailand in one trip. This itinerary is perfect for someone that wants the best of both worlds!
Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hoi An, Siem Reap & Khao Lak
This diverse itinerary is ideal for couples looking for a flavour of Thailand and Indochina, taking in iconic sites, with plenty of culture and adventure along the way, staying at some of the region's most charming boutique properties.
Bangkok, Khao Lak
Taking in the bright lights of Bangkok and the tranquil shores of Khao Lak, this eight night itinerary is ideal for honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic city and beach escape.
Bangkok, Khao Sok, Khao Lak
From spending time with elephants in Khao Sok National Park to unwinding on the tranquil beaches of Khao Lak, this varied nine night itinerary is ideal for those looking to combine wildlife with some time on the beach.