Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle – All Inclusive
What We Love
- The vintage military jeep used to ferry guests around the property
- Guest room bathtubs, made from hand-hammered copper, are big enough for two
- Watching the sunset from the whirlpool, glass of wine in hand
- Morning meditation at Camp Peak, the resort’s highest point
What To Know
- There are no televisions, but you won’t miss them
- The all-inclusive package includes airport transfers, meals, elephant trekking, and a treatment at the spa
- Kids under 10 aren’t allowed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When the Four Seasons does camping, it turns out, that means a spa and masseuse, pillow-top beds, and a wine cellar. This luxe resort occupies a stunning patch of scenery at the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos and has just 15 luxury tents scattered among the trees. Flaps open to the air, and the views—verdant hills, bamboo forests—are so calm-inducing you’ll forget you have any problems at all. The tents feature hardwood floors and are stuffed with locally made metal craftwork including antiques that seem sourced from old-timey explorers, like a compass and a rifle. Splurge on a “Deluxe” tent to get your own wooden hot tub on the deck. If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with an elephant, now’s your chance: the camp has its own elephant crew, and mahouts will take you trekking and bathing with the gentle giants. Afterwards, sit down to a divine communal meal of local specialties or western cuisine, sample a wine or two from the cellar, and enjoy that sense of wellbeing that comes from the very glammest of glamping experiences.
In the Area
Though most of the hotel’s all-inclusive packages include excursions, the camp’s isolation means you won’t be renting a car and heading off to explore on your own (even your arrival at the camp involves a long-tail boat trip down the Ruak River). The off-site trips organized by the Four Seasons include city tours of Chiang Rai, trips to the markets and pagodas in the Burmese border town of Takilek, hikes that end with a dip into natural hot springs, and visits to Thailand’s hill tribe communities.
How to Get There
First, there are 2 ways to get there. You first fly into the Chiang Rai airport and take either a hotel private service or the local taxi to the river port. Then take a long tail boat to the private dock of the Four Seasons Chiang Rai. If you take a taxi they will take you directly top the resort. I highly recommend the private car service which includes the river taxi. The hotel itself is not too large consisting of maybe about 13 sets of tents with outdoor showers and private decks. Best part of this is riding the elephants they have on site. Super cold air conditioning. Tasty restaurant and a boutique bar for a couple of drinks.
Home away from home. Undoubtedly competes with the luxury safari tented accommodations I have experienced in Africa. Old world ambiance in the tent with all the modern amenities and vastly sweeping views of the river high from a hill. Massive claw tub graced our room. Since the place is remote and quiet and you are away from it all with little sightseeing necessary out of the resort you can truly experience relaxation. Dining exceptional. Greatest experience is with the elephants. They have 6 of them and you can train with the mahouts to ride them bareback or just walk beside them through the jungle on their daily walk to the river to bathe and to eat in the grasslands. Memorable petting and talking to them. Previously I have experienced elephant rides and feeding them but this was totally different to feel so close talking with them and feeding them banana treats. You can see how the mahouts treat each one with care and respect. Love to hear our guides stories about the different elephant personalities. The mahouts take them into the river to bathe. Quite frankly there are a lot of elephant sanctuaries in Thailand that allow you to bathe the elephant but seeing the river so brown and fast flowing it didn't seem very hygienic to be in there myself so did not miss that. The infinity pool overlooking the jungle and river was fantastic with a little bar fridge to help your self. All the staff were so polite and smiling. Truly a memorable experience. Very well worth the cost.
I never post reviews on travel websites but needed to make an exception to give kudos to the team at Four Seasons' Tented Camps. Without going into too much detail, I wanted to affirm the general gist of the other five star reviews and also give a personal shoutout to Rain, our tour guide (who was very warm, accommodating, experienced and sensitive to our different preferences/vibes) and also the Camphost Team, which for us comprised of Omkar (who helped me plan my proposal itinerary months before I arrived and who in the day ensured my Elephant Camp private dinner proposal went as smoothly as I wanted it to go, which it did, and in a post-proposal basis also helped us expedite some of the photos from the event and arranged a laptop for us to view them - we were very grateful) and Ling Ling (who I had less interactions with admittedly but her lovely, beaming personality left a strong impression on me from the moment we arrived at the site). The Camphost and Dining teams were very accommodating too - our food requests bordered on the ridiculous at times and they never made us feel sheepish about it - thank you for that!
Everything about this property is special, the location, the accommodations, the activities, the food! We stayed for 4 nights, very pricy but understandable when you are on location. We loved everything (well, my husband was a bit hesitant about the elephant riding) having the elephants on site and viewing them in their natural habitat was truly special. The management cares so much about the guest experience it is exceptional. I have been to several Four Seasons properties but this one really shines! The one item which needs addressing is the off site activities. After urging by our guide that it was the most popular one, we chose the Myanmar trip. It was TERRIBLE! If you want another stamp in your passport (really, who cares?), go, otherwise STAY AWAY. There's nothing scenic, we crossed the border, were taken to a few filthy markets, filled with junk and came back. Our impression was the trip simply existed to prove the superiority of Thailand over their neighbor? However, this was the only detractor to an otherwise really special trip.
Four Seasons always does it right
Difficult to find and get to
Once you are in property, it’s amazing
Elephant experience also available
Be prepared to trek to your tent
Not good for mobile impaired guests.