Where is it?
In Northern Thailand, right by the Golden Triangle – where Laos, Thailand, Myanmar converge. It’s about an hour’s drive north of Chiang Rai, available via two-hour direct flight onboard HK Express.
Why Chiang Rai? It’s a relatively untouched region of Thailand, so you won’t have to worry about tour buses and constant crowds.
How’s the food? Northern Thai food is a far cry from your usual pad Thai and creamy coconut curries. You’ll find a lot of stew-like dishes, as well as pork and chicken in everything. At the camp, the chef’s signature khao soi curry is a must-try. Inspired by the culinary traditions of the surrounding hill tribes, it’s full of crunchy noodles, savoury broth and hearty chunks of chicken.
Did you say elephants? Sharing a massive 18,000-hectare plot of land with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, the Camp is home to roaming elephants that have been rescued from Thai cities. Four Seasons runs mahout training programs, where you can learn to properly feed, wash and ride elephants bare-back through the countryside – all using Thai commands.
But it’s a “tented camp”… Don’t worry – there are no sleeping bags in sight. You’ll finish every day in a decadent 19th-century styled safari tent, complete with a claw-foot tub, outdoor rain shower, king-size bed and complimentary minibar.
Fair warning: This is not a budget getaway. Expect to spend about $18,000 per night. Yes, it’s steep, but on the upside, rates include all food and drink, elephant training, excursions, a spa treatment, and private roundtrip transfers from Chiang Rai International airport.
P.O. Box 18, Chiang Saen Post Office, Chiang Rai, Thailand, +66 53 910-200, www.fourseasons.com/goldentriangle
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