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: Spa
Located on Phuket's north-western shores, Trisara is an extremely luxurious boutique property with fantastic private pool villas, all boasting incredible views out to the ocean - the philosophy here is of ultimate indulgence.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
With tropical forest on one side and the gentle Andaman sea on the other, Trisara is home to some of Phuket’s most exclusive and luxurious pool villas in a truly magical natural setting. Located on the north-west coast of Phuket, known for being the most untouched coastline of the island, the resort overlooks a secluded bay, naturally protected by a coral reef making it fantastic for snorkelling whilst providing privacy from the intrusive water sports of other resorts. This exclusive property is small and intimate and is considered the most stylish on the island, with palatial communal areas designed like miniature Thai temples and ambient lighting that illuminates the meandering walkways at night. Stroll through the grounds past geometric lotus ponds and enormous multi-tiered water features, and feel pampered as a chef serves up freshly grilled seafood and steaks on your private deck.
The 39 pavilion-style villas at Trisara are set far apart from each other, dotted around the 40 acres of emerald forest, offering absolute seclusion. Each has a supremely contemporary 10-metre infinity pool with stunning ocean views, and the interiors are stylish and use rich colours to create an opulent atmosphere. Expect glossy wooden shutters and neutral curtains, big silk pillows, fresh flowers and sumptuous marble bathrooms.
Guests can dine in their villa with a private chef or at one of the two restaurants, where world-class Thai and international dishes are served in serene settings. Enjoy the freshest of seafood at the beachfront restaurant, with your toes in the sand under the protective shade of a palm tree and immediate sea views. The resort has its own bakery so fluffy breads and fresh pastries can be enjoyed daily. Trisara is wonderfully peaceful, so those who choose to leave the haven of their villa can stretch out by the salt water pool or on the private beach. There is an excellent spa with ocean views and a sala for meditation and yoga. Thanks to its kid’s club, Trisara is perfect for couples and families alike, who want sheer luxury and absolute relaxation on Phuket.
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.