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Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand

  • P.O. Box 18, Chiang Saen Post Office, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand

    January 2006

    Sean Mosher
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

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  • 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

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Signature Treatments:

  • Mahout Recovery (90 minutes): Unwind from an elephant adventure as large poultices filled with camphor, lime and lemongrass massage the whole body.
  • Ruak Bamboo (90 minutes): After a foot bath of refreshing makrut lime grown at the Camp, local herbal oils and smooth natural bamboo sticks target deep-seated muscle tension.
  • Doi Tung Rejuvenator (90 minutes): Enjoy the taste of the Orient, as meridian channels and acupuncture points are awakened. Soothing aromatic oils combined with kneading and stretching leave the body completely relaxed and refreshed. Reflexology is also used, to assist in the release of energy blockages and toxins.

Examples of Locally Sourced Ingredients:

  • Papaya, makrut 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

Lounge: Burma Bar

  • Designer: Bensley Design Studios
  • Cuisine: International snacks
  • Signature Cocktail:
    • Lemongrass Martini – Vodka, lemongrass infusion, triple sec and fresh lime juice
    • Golden Triangle Margarita – Tequila gold, Cointreau, lime juice, orange juice
    • Tom Yum Martini – Tom yum infusion, triple sec, fresh lime juice and syrup
    • Opium – White rum, Captain Morgan dark rum, crème de cacao, fresh lime juice and coke light
    • Camp Mojito – White rum, fresh lime juice, brown sugar, fresh lemongrass and mint leaves
    • White Elephant – Vodka, dry vermouth and lychee juice
    • Mekhong Kiss – Mekhong whisky, lime juice, sugar syrup, fresh ginger, mint springs
    • Jungle Passion – Tequila silver, triple sec, fresh lime juice and fresh passion fruit
  • 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
  • Bush cocktail
  • Camp bush dinner
  • Explorer's Lodge BBQ dinner
  • Sunset cocktails at Explorer’s Lodge

On-Site Activities:

  • Elephant bathing
  • Breakfast with the elephants
  • Connect with elephant (My Elephant and I)
  • Thai massage class
  • Cocktail making class
  • Thai cooking class
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Camp hike
  • Birdwatching
  • Foraging expeditions
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Off-site Activities:

  • Fishing with the locals
  • Wang Lao trail
  • Chiang Rai vibrant cultural tour (Wat Huay Pla Kung, Wat Rong Khun, and Wat Rong Sua Ten)
  • Golden Triangle excursion
  • Visit the Hall of Opium
  • Chiang Rai kaleidoscope
  • Royal legacy tours
  • Hillside bicycle tour
  • Burma discovery tour
  • Visit Doi Mae Salong Chinese village and tea plantation
  • Visit Long Neck Hill Tribe village
  • Adventure hiking
  • 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
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Special Features
  • All-inclusive benefits for staying guests
  • Get up close and personal with an elephant
  • Wine cellar available for private events
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