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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: Honeymoon
Tubkaak is a luxury boutique resort in Krabi, surrounded by lush green hills and aquamarine ocean, in front of Hang Nak Mountain, on an untouched stretch of tropical beach. Expect stunning sunsets, limestone cliffs and calm waters.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Tubkaak is a charming boutique property set in a wonderfully fertile landscape on Krabi’s coast. The two large islands in the distance mean that the resort is protected from any monsoon winds and the beach is safe with calm waters throughout the year. Featuring Thai design throughout with quirky touches, Tubkaak is a cool, relaxing property and the ultimate romantic getaway. No trees in the grounds were cut down during the construction of the hotel so it is almost completely concealed by vegetation, creating near total privacy.
The property boasts an excellent location in Krabi’s Nopparat Thara National Park, on its very own Tubkaak beach. This private stretch of idyllic sand looks out at a verdant archipelago of 13 islands, and is surrounded by dense emerald forest, so the scenery is truly wonderful. Heavenly Klong Muang is only 15-minutes away and buzzy Ao Nang, just 25.
Tubkaak’s 49 individually designed villas are warm and inviting with a distinct Thai ambience that matches the surrounding environment, yet current in style. Each room and suite is cool and contemporary, housed in delightful wooden lodges. With minimalist décor peppered with antiques, the accommodation feels warm and traditional. Expect glowing lamps, fluffy rugs, glossy wooden shutters, gorgeous balconies with plush day beds and marble bathrooms and romantic outdoor bathtubs.
The resort has two elegant and atmospheric restaurants, both set on the beachfront with beautiful views of the sea and other islands. The Arundina serves deliciously fresh Thai dishes in a wonderfully romantic setting, where you can sip on a cocktail and watch the sun go down during happy hour. Di Mare is the Italian restaurant, cooking up authentic fare accompanied by an extensive wine list, on a deck, just a few steps away from the beach. Foodies will love the Thai cooking class, where you will learn classic recipes to take home with you. L’escape Spa offers stress relieving and therapeutic treatments in stunningly designed surrounds, shaped like enormous wooden beehives. There are no family facilities available and no children under the age of ten are allowed, so Tubkaak is better suited for couples and honeymooners who will love this supremely romantic and ultra-relaxing 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
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi
From the thriving metropolis of Bangkok to the rich culture of Chiang Mai and the sun soaked coastline of Krabi, this 10 night itinerary takes in some of Thailand’s must see highlights staying in wonderful boutique hotels.