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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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.
To start planning your holiday to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
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.
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.
A Short Getaway to Northern Thailand
Chiangmai, Golden Triangle
from £2000 pp inc flights & transfers for 5 nights
- All inclusive services at Anantara Golden Triangle which makes for a stress free holiday
- Explore Chiangmai in a different way via the exciting Segway!
- Get up close and personal with the elephants in Anantara Golden Triangle Tented Camp
Highlights of Northern Thailand and Laos
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Bangkok
from £6100 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang is famed for its waterfalls, temples, monks and trips on the Mekong.
- Chiang Rai is part of the "Golden Triangle", with its stunning views over to Myanmar and Laos.
- The Luang Say Cruise is the perfect way to explore life on the Mekong and is a far more relaxing way to travel than flying.
Highlights of Thailand
Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai & Krabi
from £5400 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are in the far north of Thailand and surrounded by the most gorgeous mountain scenery, hidden deep in the jungle. Make sure to get out and about whether on foot or by bike to fully make the most of it.
- This itinerary provides a great combination of culture, adventure, city and relaxation
- Bangkok is a bustling international city, offering something for everyone. Take a trip to the Grand Palace, enjoy the night life at a skybar, indulge in the shopping opportunities or simply take a longtail boat along the klongs to check out the local life.
Indochina and Thailand for Teens
Chiang Rai, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Koh Russey
from £9200 pp inc flights & transfers for 16 nights
- This is an action-packed itinerary that explores lesser known parts as well as highlights of Indochina. Taking in Laos' undisputed highlight and UNESCO protected Luang Prabang, the remote hills of Northern Laos, the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, and offering plenty of time at the end to relax on Cambodia’s island beaches, this journey perfectly combines culture with adventure, making it an ideal family trip.
- A unique tour of Indochina that's brimming with active and educational experiences, that are perfect for teenagers
- Visit the UNESCO Word Heritage sites of Luang Prabang and Angkor Archaeological Park all in one trip
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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