The best vacations are often those of close encounters with nature. And the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai is the perfect place for animal lovers looking to break bread with enormous creatures. The resort sits on serene forested lands stretching over 160 acres near the Mekong rivers and Ruak at the junction of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort has become a growing fascination for many avid travelers looking for their next viral social media post. The transparent bubble suites known as Jungle Bubbles sit in the area bustling with elephants, making for a pleasant view all day.
Décor of the resort
Inspired by Lanna’s art and culture, the resort offers ample space with polished teak floors, vaulted ceilings, and a gated entrance to an open-air lobby depicting northern Thai temple architecture. The 236-square-foot Jungle Bubbles were constructed with modern polyester fabric for reinforced strength.
The transparent dome is fully furnished to standard with a king-sized bed, air conditioning, and a bathroom. Hotel staff brings meal baskets to the doom, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenery without needing to leave their safe havens.
Walk with the elephants
The resort is home to over 20 elephants rescued from the streets of Thailand. At an extra fee, visitors can enjoy nature walks amongst the elephants accompanied by a vet or expert to brief them on the anatomy of the animals.
The once-in-lifetime experience termed “Walking with Giants,” exclusively provided by the Golden Asian Elephant Foundation, is often the highlight of the resort trip. Visitors get the rare opportunity to see the elephants in their natural habitat with detailed expertise from a specialist on how they think, interact and behave.
Services at the resort
Visitors are treated to a spa such as Yam Khang Therapy which requires the masseuse to warm feet on a heated ploughshare before gently using them to knead your tire muscles. In addition, visitors can take up a Muaythai kickboxing class.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort offers some of the best delicacies. First, visitors are treated to authentic northern Thai foods such as the tasty Gaeng Yod Mapraw Gai Bai Cha Plu (young coconut shoots with chicken curry and betel leaves) at Sala Mae Nam. Next, head to Chiang Mai for Mediterranean dishes, white truffles and Italian cuisines. And if you prefer something simple like a burger, worry not, stroll to the Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace.
There are about 61 suites at the resort, each with impeccable views of the local surroundings. Visitors can opt for a roomy Deluxe Three Country View with a king-size bed and balcony or a luxe-but-cozy Three Country Suite with a detached living area. The largest selection is the Three Country Family Suite which consists of a Deluxe Room and a Suite. Double rooms come with Wi-Fi and will set you back about $1162 a night in the off-season and $1318 in the high season. A night in the bubble will cost you $585 for two people.