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Five days in the Golden Triangle – up, close and personal with jumbos

Those tender jumbos in the Golden Triangle invite you to watch them as a lifetime opportunity. Spend just five days in Hotel Chiang Rai, and you will be amazed to experience what this traditional mahout village has to offer.

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Elephant camp

Elephant camp

One salient aspect of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is the famous Elephant Camp, which offers a host of memorable adventures. This camp was set up in 2003 in order to work with Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. This foundation carries out street rescues and provides a comfortable lifestyle for both elephants and their mahouts.

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Mahout experience

Mahout experience

A mahout dedicates all his life for the elephants' sake. Their job needs full commitment with 24/7 service. A mahout is considered skilled when he could guide the elephant with 70 commands in addition behind-the-ear touches. Well, that kind of mastery takes years. All the same you could still go for some basics. You can opt to become a trainee mahout learning to guide an elephant. You could make him accompany you to the river as well.

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Elephant Learning Experience (ELE)

Elephant Learning Experience (ELE)

ELE is fun as well as educational. A research assistant from Think Elephants International makes a presentation of elephant activities. The local vet will carry out a health check-up on the elephant. You will also get a chance to assist bathing an elephant.

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Elephant Trekking

Elephant Trekking

This natural retreat has 160 acres. It is a large area from green bamboo forest to lush rice paddies and riverside plains. Meander along those luxurious landscapes and you will be in to be thrilled by the sight of various flora and fauna. Walk at your own pace, slow and steady – with your mahout and the elephant.

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Elephant Yoga

Elephant Yoga

Be watchful of the elephant's slow purposeful rhythm and make it the source of your inspiration for Yoga Asana. Get off the jumbo and do some Yoga exercises at the Baby Elephant camp.

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Sunset Elephant Trek

Sunset Elephant Trek

This elephant walk along the forest trails is really enticing. Take everything leisurely and wait until the sunset touches sala. Mekong river view is another sight you must not miss while enjoying your favourite drink and canapés.

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Dining at the Baby Elephant Camp

Dining at the Baby Elephant Camp

This provides setting for private dinner with natural surrounding in the Baby Elephant camp. There is a range of menus for you to rejuvenate your taste-buds. The menus offer out-of-the-ordinary cuisine. You would certainly think of visiting this site again.

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Elephant picnic

Elephant picnic

If you love the elephants, this is what you should do. Where else would you find a chance to travel the countryside atop an elephant? It's highly unlikely to have such an experience elsewhere in the world. There is a host of well-trained elephants who will take you on some picnic. They will take you through the splendid countryside.

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Elephant bar and opium terrace

Elephant bar and opium terrace

This place is ideal for get-togethers as darkness creeps in slowly. Be cuddled up in the warmth of the hearth to withstand the tough winter. This is the ideal moment to share all your anecdotes and sweet gossip while having a light meal. Don't forget to go for Gourmet beef burger which comes with crunchy green leaves, tomato, cucumber, fried egg, Swiss cheese and mushroom.