Nowhere captures the charms of Asia quite like Thailand and its people. It has extraordinary beach escapes, spa retreats and exclusive island resorts that belong in the movies. If luxuriating isn’t your thing, there are energising city breaks in Bangkok or the historic Chiang Mai, alive with cultural and culinary surprises. Or why not jump on an elephant? Idyllic jungles with waterfalls, rock pools and frangipane-scented valleys are begging to be explored.