Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Golden Triangle, Northern Thailand

At a Glance

  • Breathtaking views across to Laos and Burma

  • Three superb restaurants to choose from

  • Many activities to suit all ages

  • Impressive cookery school

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

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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Insider's View

Thirty years ago, the steep mountain slopes of the Golden Triangle produced most of the world’s opium and were completely off limits to tourists. This stunning area on the borders with Laos and Burma is now safe to visit and the Hall of Opium gives a fascinating insight into Chiang Rai’s history.

Make sure you spend a morning doing an experience with the elephants - it will make for a memorable experience

If you're here for an elephant experience, ensure you reserve your spot before arriving, the group sizes are small and it gets booked up - especially in high season

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort or take a look at our itineraries to Thailand


The Anantara is a stunning luxury hotel set high up in the lush hills of Thailand's border overlooking Myanmar and Laos, in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Explore three countries, enjoy a walk with elephants, or simply relax and take in the view.

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 décor 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 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 choose 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 walking with them 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.

The Discovery Package allows you to enjoy all-inclusive benefits with one experience each day. You can choose from a spa treatment, elephant activity, Thai cooking class or cultural tour options. This package also means you can dine at one of the two restaurants, enjoy a select range of unlimited beverages, in-room mini bar, internet and airport transfers.

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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 mountain biking, long tail boat rides, cooking classes, yoga classes and tree planting.



Louise Canton (Staff)

Get into the heart of the Thai countryside by staying in beautiful rural Chiang Rai. Every room in this hotel has wonderful views of the three countries, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, and you'll also see the Elephants enjoying the grounds. The staff here are incredible and will ensure you have the best possible stay.


Clare Barratt (Staff)

My stay here will be very memorable as it so different from any other place mostly because of its location. All the main facilities and rooms overlook a valley filled with rice fields, jungle like vegetation, elephants and a river as well as looking over to Burma and Laos. A few days spent here are well worth it, I particularly enjoyed the elephant mahout experience! The all-inclusive option is also a great way to make the most of the hotel, make sure you spend at least one evening at the Italian restaurant where the prawn linguine I enjoyed was sublime. There is a great pool area where you can spend some time in between activities.


Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)

Spending the day with the elephants at the Anantara is something I will never forget for the rest of my life. I chose to do the 1-day mahout training course and if you are staying at the Anatara, I would say that it is a must. You go down to the elephant camp early in the morning and spend a few hours learning the basic mahout commands and how to drive your elephant. The real thrill is in the afternoon, when you can put your skills into practice and take your elephant for a trek through the jungle. Bathing the elephant is also really fun although be warned that you will get wet! This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I would highly recommend it for everyone from families to honeymooners.


  • Anantara, Golden Triangle - Explore Three Countries in One Day

    Uncover the mysteries of the Golden Triangle and explore the unique character and traditions of Thailand and Myanmar, with the option of adding on an experience in Laos. Where else can you say you visited three countries in a single day?

  • Anantara, Golden Triangle - Mahout Experience

    This interactive educational experience will allow you to discover the strong bond between elephants and their mahouts. Master the Thai commands to instruct these intelligent creatures yourself and get a taste of everyday life as a mahout.

  • Anantara, Golden Triangle - Spice Spoons

    Anantara Goldern Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort offers a rich and interactive immersion into Thai cuisine with their cooking class, Spice Spoons. During this half day tour, learn the difference in spices and ingredients that make Thai food so delicious.

  • Anantara, Golden Triangle - Walking with Giants

    Journey into the jungle on foot with the elephants and their mahouts on their daily walk, and watch as these gentle giants splash in the river or play in the mud, snack on leaves from nearby branches and socialise with the herd.

  • Floating Market at Khlong Lat Mayom

    Only open at weekends, Khlong Lat Mayom is one of Bangkok's best floating markets, and it is only a short journey from the city centre. This is one of the prettiest floating markets, and a great place to try some mouth-watering local Thai delicacies.

  • Hall of Opium Museum

    The Hall of Opium Museum is a fantastic way of learning about the history of the opium trade in the northern Thailand. Find out about the origins of opium and how the authorities came to counteract it.

  • Wat Rong Khun

    Wat Rong Khun, or rather the White Temple as it is better known as amongst foreigners, is located between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and is a rather spectacular temple, very different from the many others in the area.

Holiday Ideas

  • Epic Laos and Northern Thailand

    Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Bangkok

    from £4800 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • Get set for an “off the beaten track” journey through two exciting and culturally rich countries full of beautiful golden temples and memorable sunsets
    • Cycle, paddle, hike and swim through lush countryside and dense jungle and come face to face with Asia’s gentle giant…the elephant!
    • Cruise down the famous Mekong River, watching the world go by whilst sipping cocktails from the comfort of your luxurious river boat
  • Ultimate Thailand

    Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai & Phuket

    from £5400 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Gain a new insight and appreciation of authentic Thai ingredients and flavours as you sample delicacies at traditional food stands and fresh produce at colourful floating markets
    • Indulge in some of life’s more simple pleasures such as cocktails high above the city skyline in Bangkok and shopping for kitsch souvenirs at the famous night bazars
    • Hike through jungle and even bathe with Thailand’s famous gentle giants…the elephant! And dive underneath the surface to discover a colourful marine underworld teeming with exotic fish and corals

Location & directions

Golden Triangle, Northern 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 around a 70-minute drive from the airport.

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