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: Family, Honeymoon, Spa
The Surin is tucked away from the crowds on the pristine and quiet Pansea Beach in Phuket. Indulge in a range of treatments at the renowned Surin Spa, dip your toes in the sand and savour the best of local and international cuisine.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The Surin is set amidst coconut palms and gently rolling hillside overlooking Pansea Bay with its crystal-clear waters and soft white sand. Nestled on Phuket island’s west coast, the resort is hidden away from the crowds with its own private beach. Everything here revolves around the beach, so if you love digging your toes into the warm sand and diving into the ocean then this is the perfect destination. Made up of attractive cottages sprinkled across the hills and coconut groves, the resort is relaxed yet contemporary and elegant, creating a memorable Thai experience for each guest. With one of Phuket’s most enviable locations on the gorgeous white Pansea beach on the shores of the Andaman, it shares the area only with the exclusive Amanpuri. Despite being secluded and hidden, activities on Koh Phi Phi and around Phang Nga Bay are within easy reach.
The large resort has 103 cottages and suites, each spacious, light, and bright. The property strives to emulate the values of Thai culture by using natural colours and ancient styles of art. Green, yellow and gold fabrics are used to decorate the cottages, intended to reflect Thai temples. All the accommodation options are beautifully finished with a contemporary design. The furniture is cool and quirky, and the suites and villas are decorated in an understated style, absolutely defining ‘beach chic’.
The cuisine at The Surin ranges from Asian favourites to international fine dining. Savour authentic Thai food in a dazzling setting or a seafood dinner on the beach. With three restaurants and bars and an extensive in-villa dining selection, there is plenty of choice for every palate. Lomtalay Restaurant has a vast breakfast buffet with lovely views out to sea, whilst the Sunset Café looks out over the pool and serves Mediterranean and international fare. Enjoy a casual lunch at the Poolside restaurant, or fresh seafood at the Beach Restaurant, perfect for romantic candle-lit evenings. As well as happy hour at the Beach Bar, the hotel’s Champagne Brunch is a wonderful affair, with delicious bubbly and fresh lobster, a lovely idea for a special occasion. The Surin Spa is the perfect place to relax with a massage or facial, and guests can enjoy yoga and meditation classes or lounge beside the ultra-cool black hexagonal swimming pool. With a dedicated children’s pool, The Surin is ideal for couples and families alike.
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.