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
My fiancée and i recently returned from a 2 week journey through Southeast Asia. We stayed at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp for 4 days and 3 nights during this trip and were completely blown away by the level of service as well as experiences we had while at this resort. In fact, I proposed to my fiancée while at Anantara Golden Triangle and they went out of the way to help make this all possible!
Booking: I booked through the Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts program. If you have the option to book this way, I highly encourage you too! We booked a Country View Room but since the hotel is part of the AMEX FHR group we were upgraded to the Country View Suite which is massive! You also get $100 resort credit which can be applied to any part of your stay.
Length: I believe staying 4 days and 3 nights is a significant amount of time to experience all that Chiang Rai has to offer.
Day 1- Take the option once you land to have Anantara take you to the White Temple and Blue Temple. They are both interesting sites to visit but are about an hour and half away from the resort and on the way from Chiang Rai airport to the resort. It was a great way to quickly stop in and take in the sites local to Chiang Rai Airport before heading to the Golden Triangle
Day 2- Golden Triangle Tour; I opted for the private tour. During this tour we we visited Myanmar, Laos, as well as spent time touring the Golden Triangle by long boat. In fact, I proposed to my fiancée while in the long boat while traveling along the Mekong River. An experience we will never forget. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable throughout the tour. She also was able to help discreetly coordinate the perfect time for me to propose.
Day 3- Morning (Walking with Giants) Afternoon (Spa). The Walking with Giants is an experience like none other. I've been to Thailand 3 times now, and this was very different than the traditional "tourist riding" elephant options. The Elephants all belong to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation which has about 160 acres of land right up next to Anantara. Not only are these elephants rescued but the Mahouts that they belong to are also rescued. It's a great story to learn about as well as experience. We spent all morning walking the elephants, watching them bathe with their mahouts and also eat non stop! Finished off Day 3 by heading to the Anantara Golden Triangle spa and enjoying a 90 minute Poo Loey massage.
Day 4 - Transit day
Amenities- The facilities and rooms are impeccable. With a limited amount of rooms you really feel a sense of peace and tranquility and intimacy throughout the resort.
Staff- Not once did we feel overwhelmed by the staff, Jin, one of the waiters in the restaurant was one of our favorites. He also had pleasantries to exchange with us and just made us feel at home while at the resort.
Food- The options are endless whether you enjoy Thai, Western, or Italian the choices are all there for you. We personally stayed with Thai food and were not disappointed with any of the options.
Lastly, wake up early to watch the morning dew drift through the countryside. It's an impressive site to see! Sunrise was between 6:30 to 7:30 while we were there.
Like others who wrote a negative review, we were concerned when we first pulled into the resort. It did look a little round down and we were concerned that this was not a true five star luxurious resort. However, from the time that we were first welcomed to the property until the moment that we departed, every single staff member went out of his or her way to make our stay nothing short of perfect. The attention to detail was excellent. For example, our room had a musty smell, but they quickly rectified by burning incense. The rooms are incredibly spacious, and have great amenities. We did two activities while here: the elephant learning experience and walking with giants. Both of these were fantastic and really highlight the reason that people should come to this resort. Not to be overlooked, the food was excellent. The options are endless for both local Thai cuisine and western food. We traveled as a family of five and everyone look forward to meals. I understand why some people who travel and stay at luxury/five-star resorts might feel that this resort falls short of the luxurious category. However, it is 5 star regarding the quality of food, amazing activities that they offer, and how each staff member makes you feel like a V.I.P. It is definitely worth the trip. I cannot imagine how this experience can be replicated.
We spent three days here and loved it. The location is beautiful and a real contrast to the other places we visited in Thailand. All the staff were friendly and helpful but special mentions to Tuk who was in touch with us prior to our stay and helped things run smoothly during our stay (and even beyond it). Also to Jam who seems to work everywhere all of the time! The elephants are great and it's a privilege to get to walk with these magnificent beasts. Spiced spoons was well worth doing - chef Jino is a genius who deserves a michelin star but he's also a really nice guy and a good teacher.
This is one of the most beautiful locations in Thailand: hill country, remote, with breath-taking views over hills, valleys, and rivers; and a gorgeous climate with bright skies, strong sun, and cool evenings and shade. The resort is fabulous - quite small, with just 40 rooms + 15 suites. This allows you to feel like you're in a boutique experience, and staff offered warm, personal service throughout our short stay. The hillside design takes advantage of views and breezes, looking down to a broad, shady, grassland valley where the resort's rescued elephants roam and rest during the heat of the day. A huge part of the experience here, is meeting the elephants. There is a well-run, ethically approved rescue and education program that helps the mahouts and their families, and provides great vet care for the elephants. No chair riding is allowed. We walked with the elephants, helped feed them and bathe them. There's no words to describe how magical it is to spend time with one of these wonderful animals. These elephants were calm, well-socialized, happy, and a bit naughty (in the best way)! The beds and rooms were wonderfully cool and comfortable. Staff, as mentioned, were fabulous - the spa is excellent too. The only thing that was a slight drawback, was that I felt the food wasn't the greatest - the Thai "medium" curry was bland and had little heat or real complexity even by Western standards. I wonder if it's been a bit too dumbed-down for international palates? But this is a minor quibble. This was a truly wonderful stay, and we could have settled in for a month! Hated having to leave after only 3 days, but in some ways we felt we'd been there longer - the sign of a great and very relaxing holiday.
Yes, this was like being in a movie from another time, from the moment you drive in the out of the world property, every where your gaze lands is a piece of asian adventure, the decor, the sounds from the nature, the amazing light all throughout the day, the view on the landscape and the elephants in the wild. Actually spent a whole afternoon walking with them, had never been so close to elephants before and it was a fanatstic experience. Visited the area, rice fields, unique temples (White, Blue, black!), and the golden triangle location was unique, Also the kind and always available staff, the quietness and exotic design of the rooms, the tasty breakfast at sunrise and colonial ambiance at sunset will make this a landmark experience in my memory book.