Located on the borders of Laos and Myanmar, the Anantara Golden Triangle is a stunning place to stay whilst exploring this fascinating historical, cultural and adventurous region. The resort beautifully fuses Thai architecture and decor with international standards and all rooms are furnished with oversized terrazzo bathtubs, Thai textiles, teak furnishings and artwork from the diverse local cultures.
Dining at the Anantara's Golden Triangle is a culinary journey through centuries of Lanna culture and Old World European favourites and both restaurants have dramatic views over the valley and its surrounding landscape. The Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace serves casual meals and fabulous cocktails. Alternatively, seek privacy and peace and chose the Anantara 'dining by design' programme, allowing you to eat whatever you like in a location embracing the region's glorious serene landscape.
The Anantara's signature Chiang Rai spa comprises teak wood suites perched high above the Thai and Burmese jungle and uses ancient Thai remedies as well as pioneering treatments from across the globe. After your treatment relax in one of the private open air terrazzo tubs with views across the valley.
The Anantara Golden Triangle prides itself on its private elephant camp and this is a wonderful place to experience these great animals first-hand by trekking through the bamboo jungle, helping bathe them or even spend a full day learning how to master the art of being a mahout.
There is an abundance of other activities on offer during your stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle, including visits to Chiang Rai and to the neighbouring countries by longtail boat, yoga, mountain biking, tree planting, trekking and a wonderful Thai cookery school where the chef personally takes you to visit the local market. Alternatively enjoy the magnificent free form infinity-edged swimming pool looking down over the tree canopy towards the Mekong River.
All rooms at the Anantara are spacious with crisp Thai silks, teakwood floors, large terrazzo tubs and balconies. The Deluxe Rooms are Thai in style and the balconies complete with sofas look out over the infinity pool or gardens. The Deluxe Three Country View Rooms have palatial balcony views over the hills of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand and these rooms have upgraded facilities such as flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Suites are available with huge balconies and sumptuous daybeds. All rooms and suites feature spacious balconies, king beds, down duvets, bathrobes and spectacular views in all directions.
Children are very welcome at the Anantara Golden Triangle and will love all of the adventure the area has to offer, especially the elephant camp. Children under 12 can share their parents' room for free but there are no formal facilities except for babysitting which is available on request.
The Anantara has three very different restaurants and bars which serve everything from Thai curries to home made fresh pasta and meals can also be arranged wherever you like around the resort whether in the rice paddies, by the river or even with the elephants. There is a fabulous holistic spa, squash court, gym, free form infinity edged swimming pool overlooking the tree canopy, elephant camp and cookery school.
Activities available at the Anantara Golden Triangle include a Mahout course, mountain biking, elephant trekking, long tail boat rides, cooking classes, yoga classes and tree planting.
When to travel
The best time to visit Chiang Rai is between October and April. The monsoon season traditionally begins in May and lasts through to October, with July to September usually being the time of heaviest rain. The hottest month is April, when temperatures can hit the 40s. The cooler months of November to January will be a good time to travel if you don't like the heat, with the average day temperature slightly below 30°C.
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Location and directions
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa is ideally located at the convergence of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos known as the Golden Triangle, nearby the northern city Chiang Rai. The resort sits on a lush hillside on the Thailand side of the border, looking out over the romantic landscape that has been inspiring writers and artists for centuries.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Chiang Rai Mae Fah Luang International Airport. Anantara Golden Triangle is 40-minutes from the airport.