Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp Resort All Inclusive
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, soft drinks and house wine, beer and spirits, in-room mini bar, one entry to the Opium Museum per person, per stay, round-trip transfers to/from Chiang Rai Airport and one activity per person, per day (choose from a spa treatment, elephant camp experience, three country tour or cooking class)
- The remote but magnificent Golden Triangle location
- Reliable service from the English-speaking staff, many of whom have worked here since the opening
- The spa’s signature treatment using wild honey and fresh pumpkin
- Family-friendly, a rarity in this region
- An elephant ride through the jungle on one of the resort’s 24 resident pachyderms
What To Know
- The airport is about 46 miles away (an hour’s drive)
- Free WiFi seems slow to those who are used to urban hotels
- Elephant rides and excursions are extra; the resort takes safety seriously, and a professional driver will be with you during excursions
- Winter evenings can be chilly; pack a shawl or sweater. For traveling in the summer, bring a jacket for the daily rains
- Please note there is a compulsory Christmas Eve Gala Dinner on 24 December 2014 and a compulsory New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on 31 December 2014, for all resort guests booked over these dates. Prices per adult or child (aged 4 to 11) for the Christmas Eve Gala Dinner are $107. Prices per adult or child for the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner are $168. All prices are subject to 17.7 percent tax and service charge and will be collected at the hotel.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Anantara Resort Golden Triangle in Chiang Saen (Golden Triangle), you’ll be minutes from Hall of Opium. This 5-star hotel is within the region of Chiang Saen National Museum and Wat Chedi Luang.
Make yourself at home in one of the 63 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Rooms have private balconies. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a sauna. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and wedding services.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We recently stayed at this resort for 3 nights for our honeymoon coming from their sister resort in Chiang Mai for 2 nights. Along the way we stopped at the White Temple which I highly recommend but bring SPF and an umbrella because it is HOT. We were greeted by Tuk, who was absolutely lovely and always checked in to make sure we were happy with our stay. The entire wait staff (Mint was lovely) from every location we dined at were very friendly and accommodating to our dietary needs and requests. You can't go wrong staying here, we did the Golden Triangle Tour (Taweesak was the BEST tiur guide, ask for him), the Opium Museum (so cool and interesting yet sad at the same time, very informative and nobody was in there so it felt like it was opened just for us), Walking with Giants which was incredible as we got to give them a nice bath too, and a 90 min spa treatment which is always a nice touch after any long trip. We had the suite that faced the golden triangle, it was so nice to have our tea and coffee on the balcony while watching and seeing the elephants roam by. The entire place is absolutely special. Thank you to Anantara and everyone there, you will not be disappointed by your stay or the food or the quality of service. We will miss you!
Top notch across the board. The staff were incredible, the food amazing, and the elephants were magical. Definately would recommend staying here. Also, don't forget to visit the world class spa. It was outofthis world!
We had a great time at the Anantara Golden Triangle, despite some uncomfortable moments. The staff was incredibly friendly and really took care of us, especially our driver who drove us all the way to Chiang Rai city to see temples and the night bazaar.
You are pampered from the second you arrive, being picked up from the airport in a spacious black car filled with cookies shaped like elephants and other cute snacks. We had organised the 'VIP Elephant Arrival', meaning we were picked up by a boat that took us down the Mekong River towards the hotel, which was an amazing experience where we could see Laos and Myanmar up close (definitely recommend this!). Then, the boat dropped us off at a dock where we were greeted by two elephants that we fed with coconuts and walked to the hotel next to.
The resort’s design is stunning; you enter through a grand lobby looking out on the expansive surrounding grasslands, where the elephants reside. There is an adjacent pavilion, where you can get food and drinks, while looking out on the large pool. (If you're really brave try a shot of the Laotian Snake Whiskey they have on display. It's a whiskey a snake and scorpion have been drowned in, and you can still see their bodies in the bottle!)
Our room was also quite spacious and had a balcony with views over those same grasslands and the Golden Triangle, where Thailand intersects with Myanmar and Laos. Every evening, turn-down service would leave us local snacks to enjoy before bed, which I really liked.
In general, the food at the hotel is great. There are two restaurants, one Thai and one Italian. We opted to only eat at the Thai restaurant during our stay. Staff would come by during meals with little boats that carried various edible add-ons (like chicken skewers or rice in a banana leaf) which you could add to your meal.
The main draw for visiting however are the activities on offer. During our stay, we engaged in a few different activities. The first was a cooking class, which we really enjoyed. In the morning, we headed to an authentic market to pick up ingredients for our meals. Then, we headed to a local farm, where the owner provided us with a little snack. After a short break, we went on to learn how to make Tom Yum soup, Pad Thai noodles and Green Curry. It was a lot of fun!
Our other two activities centered around the elephants, of course.
A quick note: although it isn’t advertised on the hotel’s website, they do offer elephant rides. I wasn’t really aware of this until arriving to the hotel, but it did make me feel uncomfortable. The hotel assured us that, because they don’t use baskets to ride the elephants and because they have visitors sit on the elephant’s neck instead of back, it will not hurt the elephant. However, we did not feel convinced enough to ride them, so we only did the Walking with Elephants and Elephant Learning Experience instead.
During the 'Walking with Elephants' activity, we walked with a veterinarian and three elephants, each accompanied by their mahouts. We got to watch from a distance as the elephants bathed in the Mekong River, which was beautiful to behold. On the walk, we crossed some other elephants whom we noticed had one leg chained to the ground within the grasslands. We were told this is because the hotel is right next to the Golden Triangle, meaning the intersection of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Therefore, when one of the elephants crosses over the river into a different country it becomes problematic. To ensure this hardly ever happens, they need to be chained, which makes sense to me, I just thought I should mention it.
The 'Elephant Learning Experience' was very informative. The same vet we had met during the walking activity gave us a little presentation on elephants and answered many of our questions. She mentioned during the presentation that some of the mahouts cut the elephants’ tail hair and fashion them into rings to be sold to hotel guests under the table. She told us not to buy one if we were offered because elephants need tail hair to swat away insects.
After having learned this, we once again felt a bit uncomfortable when we had a private dinner next to the elephants and our waiter offered us to buy these rings. We decided to report this to hotel staff after we left.
Our last activity was hiring a car to take us to Chiang Rai city to see the famous White and Blue Temples, as well as the Black House and Night Market. Our driver was incredibly kind and patiently waited for us at each stop. We also highly recommend visiting the city if you have time, since it is definitely worth it!
Overall, this was a fantastic and memorable stay, however I just thought I should mention some of the things that stood out to me as being a bit uncomfortable.