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.
Twin Palms Phuket
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon
The Twin Palms lies on the golden sands of Surin Beach on Phuket’s west coast. This fashionable and highly modern hotel encourages guests to let go and really enjoy themselves, with fabulous food, exquisite accommodation and a party life-style.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Twin Palms Phuket was designed by one of the best landscape architects of the region, Martin Palleros, who has created a stunning property that blends seamlessly into the surrounding natural environment. His brief, ‘contemporary tropical’, is wildly apparent in the modern penthouses and suites set amongst water gardens, waving palms and shaded paths. Twin Palm’s lustrous contemporary architecture is connected by walkways lined with trickling streams. With a hip yet luxurious atmosphere, this is not a serene escape and the pool area can get busy and some sunbed reservation can be expected. With this comes a casual, buzzy vibe, where guests are encouraged to let loose on Surin beach to the sounds of local DJs, meeting other cool customers and arty ex-pats. Each room has a beach butler who will carry your mats and drinks coolers down to the golden sand when you decide to hit the beach.
Twin Palms has a vast range of penthouses, pool suites, rooms and regular suites, many of which have a delightful terrace with a private pool that wraps around the building. Expect strong contemporary lines, minimalist and ultra-fashionable décor, glossy stone floors, enormous sliding glass doors and the latest mod cons in your luxury home away from home. Each room is totally computer controlled and has a sweet feature garden.
The Oriental Spoon Grill & Bar is Twin Palm’s main restaurant, offering a Thai-Western fusion menu and a breakfast buffet. The Wine Room is a 20-seat area offering excellent wine-tasting experiences, and the Pool Bar has an international menu with health drinks and classic cocktails. Those seeking a little privacy and romance can choose to dine in the Thai Sala, which offers exclusive candle-lit dinners for two. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to other renowned restaurants on the island.
Twin Palms has an enormous pool area with a lap pool, and a more secluded lagoon pool, which is connected to 15 of the suites from their private terraces, surrounded by luscious verdant water gardens and filled with shaded romantic corners. As well as a gym, the resort is home to the Sun Spa Esthederm, which specialises in treatments for skin that has been exposed to sunlight. The resort allows children, although there are no specific facilities for them and the atmosphere is much better suited to couples or groups of friends.
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.