Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
The sun begins to rise over the jungle covered hills below as you cozy up to the cushioned daybed of your balcony.
As the fog rolls away from the banks of the Mekong River an even grander view of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar is revealed.
Sipping your morning coffee you scan the green fields in search of one thing - elephants.
It's not everyday you have the ability to see three countries from your balcony, let alone wake up to elephants right outside your window.
Check that one off the bucket list.
Why You'll Love Your Stay
Elephants, need I say more? I could leave it at that and call it a day, but that would be taking the easy way out.
The truth is that beyond the amazing elephant experience and the magnificent views of the Golden Triangle (as if these weren't enough), the resort has yet even more to offer.
Here are four reasons why you will love your stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort:
Experience Elephants Without Leaving the Resort
Typically when visiting an elephant sanctuary in Thailand you would be picked up from your hotel and driven to a nearby sanctuary that is hopefully not too far away.
If you could experience these gentle giants first hand right at your resort, wouldn't you want to do that instead?
By staying steps away from the elephants (22 elephants to be exact) you are afforded a once in a lifetime opportunity of being completely immersed in the experience.
The resort offers learning programs where mahouts give you a crash course on all things elephant, as well as the Walking With Giants experience which consists of feeding, walking, and bathing these enormous creatures.
The best part is that if you wanted to interact with elephants every single day of your trip, you are able to. Great news for all those kiddies who are chomping at the bit to make some new elephant friends while on vacation.
Family Friendly Resort
The Anantara provides families with a great adjoining room option. Definitely a plus for those who want to stay together yet also appreciate a little separation.
In regards to activities at the resort, aside from the obvious spectacle of the elephants, there are many other activities to keep the whole family entertained.
To start, there is an excellent cooking class facility that makes for a memorable afternoon for all. Pick up all the ingredients from the local market and grab a few herbs from the onsite garden and you're good to go.
You also have the option of mountain biking in the hills, early morning yoga sessions, Muay Thai boxing lessons, and much more.
One more thing, I think it's time to address the elephant in the room and that is the infinity pool. (pun most definitely intended)
When you think of the dreamy infinity pools that grace Instagram feeds on the daily, this one is sure to be right up there with the best of them. You can literally dip your toes in the water while counting elephants from the pool. You can't beat that.
Excellent Thai Cuisine
We had the opportunity to join Mo, the resort's Food and Beverage Manager, for a dinner that felt like a culinary tour throughout the Golden Triangle.
The dishes on the menu were driven by the unique flavors Northern Thai cuisine is famous for. Since Northern Thai and Burmese cuisines are similar in many ways, Burma had a strong presence on the menu with a few Laotian options sprinkled in there.
Some of our favorites were the Nam Prik Num (smokey green chili sauce), Nam Prik Ong (chili, ground pork and tomatoes), Khao Soi (egg noodle curry), and Pomelo Salad.
Mango Sticky Rice topped off our night. I wish I had room left in my stomach to keep exploring but we chose to throw in the towel.
Making Strides in Sustainability
You'll notice that when you enter your room there will be reusable water bottles for you to use during your stay. They'll definitely come in handy when you partake in the daily activities.
There is also a lack of one-time-use plastic which was noticeable. While the plastic straws have not yet been completely phased out, bamboo straws are fast approaching.
And with the new bamboo straws also comes an interesting backstory, as they are being made by local Thai villagers.
Lastly, the elephant camp as a whole is not only a sanctuary for the elephants, but it also provides a great deal for the mahouts, who watch after the elephants, and their families. This includes a stable job to make a living, housing, and education for their children.
Looking back now, it seems like an obvious decision.
If a family was planning on visiting Thailand and was incorporating an elephant experience into their vacation, I would strongly recommend sending them to the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.
It just makes makes sense.
Not only is the location and scenery absolutely breathtaking, you also have the ability to interact with elephants on a daily basis.
By the time your family leaves, your kids will have a few new friends after developing a close bond with their elephants.
To top it off, if you decide that the Anantara is right for you, we want to give you the following perks:
- Room upgrade on arrival
- Daily breakfast for two
- $100 USD Resort Credit
- Early check-in and late check-out
We would love to make your trip even better by giving you a few extra benefits and some VIP treatment.
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