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.
Best for: Beach
The Slate is an award-winning and recently renovated hotel created by one of Asia’s well-renowned architects, a chic and contemporary resort whose design wonderfully encapsulates the tin mining history of Phuket.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
With a milieu of thick rainforest, this funky hotel sits just in front of the immaculate and peaceful Nai Yang Beach. The Slate is a distinctively designed resort inspired by the history of Phuket as a tin mining industry, resulting in industrial flare alongside three glorious swimming pools and sumptuous cuisine, all intermingled with Thai influence. This contemporary resort lies on the heavenly shores of Nai Yang Beach, surrounded by Sirinat National Park and just a short drive from Phuket International Airport.
The Slate is a large resort, with 184 suites and villas together with several restaurants and bars, an adventure playground of a hotel. The design is extraordinary, whacky and eclectic, with stunning ambient lighting at night, bold colours, dark wooden and concrete flooring, cool and contemporary furnishings and touches of steel. Guests can choose between rooms, villas and suites, each designed to be luxurious and supremely comfortable despite the raw wood and brass used throughout. Each is a haven of contemporary style, with rich colours, lavish flower arrangements and artistic murals. These thoughtful spaces are intimate and striking.
The Slate prides itself on its nutritious menus with authentic dishes made from organic produce straight from the ground and ocean, served in attractive spots around the resort. Drink champagne to your heart’s content at Sunday Brunch, enjoy Phuket classics at Black Ginger, juicy steaks at Tin Mine, exquisite cocktails at Tongkah Tin Syndicate, and many more dining and drinking options. Foodies will love the Thai cooking experience that includes a visit to a vibrant local market. Those looking to totally relax should visit the Coqoon Spa, which is one of the island’s best, and the more active can hit the gym or try a Muay Thai class. The resort also has three swimming pools, two of which are reserved exclusively for adults, and there is a kid’s club to keep little ones entertained. The Slate Phuket is the ideal choice for couples and honeymooners looking to completely indulge in spectacularly hip surroundings, enjoying a myriad of cuisine and activities on the beach.
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
Things to do
The Former Glory of Old Phuket
An action-packed Phuket sightseeing experience, with visits to a rubber plantation, Tong Sai National Park and its Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, the Kathu Mining Museum, a cashew nut factory, and the beautiful Wat Prathong temple.
Phuket Old Town E-Bike Tour
Take an electric bicycle tour around Phuket, meandering through the streets, visiting Chinese buildings, Portuguese buildings, the Thavorn Museum, and a tropical fruit market.
A blissful day on Phang Nga Bay
Leave Phuket behind and head off to spend a day in total tranquillity and paradise in secluded beaches and private islands in Phang Nga Bay, voyaging in a luxury longtail boat and enjoying delicious seafood on the sand.