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Exploring the Splendors of Thailand: Elephants, Luxury Tents, and Spa Treatments Under the Stars

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Meet Mena, the 35-year-old Indian elephant rescued from a logging camp in Thailand a decade ago. Today, she gracefully carries guests through the Ruak River while her mahout expertly guides her. This incredible experience is just a glimpse of what awaits at the Four Seasons Golden Triangle.

Partnered with the Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation Rescue and Adoption Program, the camp supports the well-being of elephants rescued from harsh conditions in logging camps and city streets. Guests contribute to this noble cause with their stay.

Visitors engage with these majestic creatures, learn basic commands, and embark on a jungle tour atop the elephants’ backs. Immersed in the Ruak River, guests witness the elephants bathing, creating unforgettable moments like being playfully sprayed with water.

Nestled in Northern Thailand, the Four Seasons Golden Triangle spans 400 lush acres along the borders of Thailand and Myanmar. The camp offers breathtaking views of the countryside from its outdoor terraces, overlooking a free-form pool, spa, restaurant, and bar. A charming suspension bridge links the resort to the forest, inviting guests to explore via foot or a vintage Land Rover Defender.

Accommodations consist of 15 luxury tents nestled in a tropical forest of towering bamboo trees. These spacious tents, resembling plush jungle villas, feature expansive verandas with panoramic views. Designed by renowned Bill Bensley, the tents exude a vintage safari ambiance with antique touches, hardwood floors, and outdoor showers. The highlight is the luxurious copper soaking tub reminiscent of a bygone era.

Indulge in exquisite cuisine at Nong Yao restaurant, offering a fusion of Thai, Laotian, Burmese, and Western flavors. Elephant artwork adorns the adobe fireplace, creating a cozy atmosphere for dining. For a relaxed evening, the Burma Bar beckons with its eclectic decor and sweeping savanna views.

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Tucked away in a secluded part of the property, the spa features two cabanas merging indoor and outdoor spaces for a truly immersive experience. Treatments like the Mahout Recovery Treatment blend Asian and European techniques, providing a rejuvenating escape amidst the jungle’s serenity.

For nature enthusiasts, the Four Seasons Golden Triangle promises adventures beyond elephant treks, including visits to Chiang Rai and meditation sessions at Wat Pra That Pra Ngao temple in Chiang Saen. With rates starting at THB 92,000 (USD $2,646) per night, this all-inclusive retreat ensures a luxurious and unforgettable vacation. Children under 10 are not accommodated.

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