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
My stay here was a highlight of my six week trip. We booked a three night package (and were given two complimentary nights at the four seasons koh samui) and our stay was near perfect from the moment we were picked up at the airport to the time we were dropped off. We loved the cool towels, newspapers, and hotel info in the car and were surprised at check in that there were only four other tents occupied. This meant the attentiveness of the staff was impeccable. The room is such a neat colonial style with a very comfortable bed and fully stocked mini bar. I liked getting rides around the resort in an old fashioned safari type Jeep. My only complaints about the room were as the shower is outdoor (quite pretty) you have to be careful of mosquitos and unfortunately we were woken up a few times in the night by a mouse breaking into the cookie jar. The staff couldn’t have been more apologetic and moved our room the next day and offered us a complimentary elephant walk, which was the highlight of our stay (along with getting to bathe the elephants in the mornings and feed them bananas at breakfasts). We loved all of our meals, as well as the nightly cheese/wine tasing and the spa was incredibly beautiful. We also did the Chiang Rai tour, which was quite long, but we were happy to see the white temple (I could’ve done without the other stops on the tour though). The only thing I feel that needs to be noted is that the elephants here are working. This isn’t a “sanctuary.” I really didn’t feel great about riding the elephants or about how they are chained up around the hotel. For this reason, we liked the “my elephant and I“ tour the best since you walk next to the elephants down to the river where they get to graze. Overall, I feel like if you know this going in, you’ll enjoy your time with them.
No photos nor words can do this place justice, as it is simply a slice of heaven.
The moment you arrive in Chiang Mai airport, you know you will be in good hands.
Besides the stunning location (right next to the elephant sanctuary), the staff and their superb service made our experience truly unforgettable. It has been one year since we stayed on this property, yet we are still raving about it.
My husband and I hesitated prior to booking this stay for our mini-moon (we got married in Ko Samui and took advantage of the Four Seasons 2 + 3 night deal), but looking back it was completely worthwhile.
It's impossible to describe this in words or pictures, so you'll have to visit this place for a first-hand luxury experience.
World class style, comfort, design, and aesthetic, paired with the comforts and service of the Four Seasons. Well worth the trip all the way to Northern Thailand - just make sure you stay for 3 or 4 days as you wont want to leave. Come for the beauty of the Golden Triangle and have your breath taken away by the majesty of the Tented Camp's Elephants. This is a special special place.