Golden Triangle, Thailand


    January 2006

    Anthony Gill
Physical Features

Total Number of Rooms: 16

  • Tents: 15
  • Explorer's Lodge (2 bedroom): 1

Design Aesthetic: Tents are reminiscent of 19th-century adventure expeditions with handcrafted furniture, hardwood floors and traditional thatched roofs

Architect: Bill Bensley Design

Interior Designer(s): Bill Bensley Design


  • Located in the legendary Golden Triangle – where Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos meet – at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers
  • The area was once infamously known as a centre of the opium trade
The Spa

Interior Designer: Bill Bensley Design

Design Aesthetic: Open-air platform spa overlooking jungle valley

Number of Treatment Rooms: 2

Signature Treatments:

  • Mahout Recovery Treatment (90 minutes)
  • Ruak Bamboo Treatment (90 minutes)

Camp Chef: Pisan Torphet

Examples of Locally Sourced Ingredients:

  • Papaya, kaffir lime
  • Lemongrass, chilli, galangal, sweet basil, curry paste
  • Mekong River fish, Royal Project rainbow trout

Signature Dish: Pla Kra Bok - fish curry cooked in green bamboo

Restaurant: Nong Yao Restaurant

  • Cuisine: Thai, Laotian, Burmese and western cuisine
  • Recommended Dishes:
    • Yum Nua - Thai grilled beef salad
    • Yam Som-O Gai Chek - pomelo salad with chicken strips
    • Thai Style Chicken Burger - coconut milk, red curry paste and coriander
    • Gaeng Kua Nua Fak Tong - Thai red curry with beef and pumpkin
    • Kaow Phad - fried rice with choice of chicken, pork, prawn or crab meat
    • Khao Soi Hor - Northern Thai style egg noodle curry with chicken and coconut milk
  • Designer: Bensley Design Studios
  • Outdoor Seating: 34, plus 6 in the bar area

Restaurant: Burma Bar

  • Designer: Bensley Design Studios
  • Signature Cocktail: Lemongrass Martini
  • Seating: 35

Unique Dining Experiences:

  • Sunrise breakfast on the Camp's peak
  • Cocktails and dinner on the Camp’s peak
  • Jungle and riverside picnics
  • Sunset cocktails at Burma Bar
  • Wine Cellar dinner
  • Traditional Kanthok dinner
  • Private candlelit dinner at the Elephant Camp

On-Site Activities:

  • Elephant bathing
  • Breakfast with the elephants
  • Thai massage class
  • Cocktail making class
  • Thai cooking class
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Camp hike
  • Birdwatching
  • Foraging expeditions

Off-site Activities:

  • Chiang Rai vibrant cultural tour
  • Golden Triangle excursion
  • Visit the Hall of Opium
  • Chiang Rai kaleidoscope
  • Royal legacy tour
  • Hillside bicycle tour
  • Burma discovery tour
  • The craft tour
  • Visit Doi Mae Salong Chinese village and tea plantation
  • Visit Long Neck Hill Tribe village
  • Adventure trekking
  • Visit the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation

Number of Pools: 1

Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Founding member of the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation; among several fundraising activities is the sale of scarves made from the Camp's own silkworm farm
  • Local artisans display and sell their wares at the Camp
  • The Camp purchases local replacement crops such as coffee and nuts, thus helping eradicate opium production
  • Presents educational scholarships to local students
Special Features
  • All-inclusive benefits for staying guests
  • Get up close and personal with an elephant
  • Wine cellar available for private events

Paphaon Suwannathamma
Assistant Public Relations Manager
502 Mae Rim-Samoeng (Old Road)
Chiang Mai,
Karuna Amarnath
Senior Director of Public Relations and Communications
3/F, 159 Rajadamri Road
Bangkok, 10330
Paponpat Sapsuwan
Assistant Public Relations Manager
3/F, 159 Rajadamri Road
Bangkok, 10330
Chomploy Yavirach
Assistant Social Media Manager
3/F, 159 Rajadamri Road
Bangkok, 10330