Tucked into 160-acres of ancient jungle in Northern Thailand, Anantara is a perfect base for exploring the history and culture of the Golden Triangle region, from visiting indigenous hill tribes to cruising the Mekong in a longtail boat to walking treks with elephants and giving the mahouts a helping hand. Deluxe balconied rooms feature Thai silks, teakwood floors and oversized terrazzo bathtubs; suites are the epitome of romantic indulgence. Savour tantalising Thai curries at Sala Mae Nam and authentic Mediterranean cuisine at Baan Dhalia. Find sanctuary in the Bill Bensley designed Anantara Spa; discover the rare glimpse of a traditional mahout at the renowned onsite Elephant Camp and learn the secrets of the region’s exquisite cuisine in the Lanna Cooking School.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort includes one camp activity per day from the following options: Elephant Mahout Experience, Golden Triangle Excursion or a Spice Spoons Cookery Class.
Since its creation as a traditional mahout village in 2003, the onsite Elephant Camp has rescued over 25 elephants and their mahout families from Thailand's city streets. Working alongside Anantara's charity - the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation - guests can discover a real taste of mahout life; observe playful interaction and journey into the jungle on foot with these gentle giants on their daily walk.
Discover the secrets of Thai cooking and explore the gastronomic journey through the culture and history of Northern Thailand. Rise early to join a chef on a tour of the local market where you will find exotic vegetables, spices and herbs to take back to the resort for the morning cookery class. Watch the chef demonstrate his skills and artistry whilst you learn to cook your choice of authentic Thai recipes; savour your creations over lunch.
Uncover the mystery of the fabled Golden Triangle; discover the unique character and traditions of Thailand and Myanmar on a day tour with an experienced guide. There are two tours to choose from: Tha Khi Lek (Myanmar) a vibrant tour stopping off at a local food market, explore the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and Jade Temple. Chiang Sean (Thailand) discover Thailand's ancient Lanna Kingdom capital, cruise the legendary Mekong River on a traditional longtail boat.
Thailand is generally very hot and humid with distinct dry and rainy seasons. The best time to visit most resorts, including Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, is from November to March, with the exception of Koh Samui which is best visited from December to August. However, with ever-changing weather patterns and excellent offers, it is well worth considering a holiday during the shoulder seasons
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