Anantara Elephant Camp, Golden Triangle

Of all South-East Asia’s wildlife, elephants have had an especially hard time, but well-run rescue facilities like the Anantara’s Elephant Camp are turning the situation around, letting you interact respectfully with the elephants and contribute to their future wellbeing. Alongside the camp, the Anantara itself provides superb accommodation - spotless luxury surrounded by jungle, with attentive staff and excellent restaurants ensuring that despite the stunning wilderness around you, there is no sense of compromise.

What to expect from the Anantara Elephant Camp...

Situated overlooking the Rauk River near the border between Thailand and Laos, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort boasts luxury and location that are very much worth visiting for in themselves - but its elephants are without doubt the star attraction.

The resort’s camp provides a comfortable home and top-notch care for rescued animals, their mahouts and families, with a population of 25 (and growing) animals and the 60+ humans who depend on them. Many elephants here were rescued from sad situations, but they’ve come together to form a breeding herd, so you’ll also meet babies born on site. A range of activities have been designed to let you spend quality time with them all, but since the elephants are free to roam throughout much of the resort’s 160 acres, you’ll find they often pop up to say ‘hi’ while you’re doing something else!

Nick describes this place as 'a truly inspirational experience. Of all the many elephant camps I have visited and inspected over the years, none come close to the Anantara for their duty of care and focus on conservation and education.'

Observe and connect with the elephants in their natural environment as you accompany them on foot for their daily roam through the forest and grasslands, enjoy watching bath time as the elephants play in the pond, help at feeding time, and learn about the conservation and research projects taking place at the camp from the knowledgeable vets. Essentially this is a chance to get involved in everything you’ve seen on those elephant rescue documentaries and wished you could experience first hand.

There are many opportunities for romance, too - we particularly recommend the secluded forest picnics, and private sunset dining with mind-boggling views into Laos, Myanmar and across Thailand.

Some of our favourite rooms and suites also boast these views, along with elegant Lanna-influenced decor and world class amenities. Add to this the well-received spa, beautiful pool, two restaurants and a stylishly old fashioned bar, and it all adds up to a tremendous level of luxury, especially given how deep in the jungle you’ll be.

Watch the video we filmed at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Elephant Camp:

Location: Chiang Saen, Thailand

Duration: as long as you like

Accommodation: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

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Our client Penny told us...

'Every breakfast a young elephant came onto the terrace with her mahout to have her breakfast whilst we had ours, and we gave her delicious pineapple tops, melon skins and vegetables. If we were slow to put the delicacies into her trunk she obligingly opened her huge mouth as a second option!'