Become an elephant enthusiast at Golden Triangle Resort in Chiang Rai


LOS ANGELES, California – Have you ever wondered whether it’s true that elephants never forget, or if they really are one of the smartest animals on earth? Green Globe certified Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai, Thailand, is home to Asia’s premier elephant camp and a permanent elephant intelligence research program. The Golden Triangle Elephant Researcher Experience has been created so that “ele-enthusiasts” can study elephant behavior and problem solving with the camp’s onsite scientific experts. This unique destination package involves real scientific studies in a richly educational and hands-on program, where guests interact with Thailand’s gentle giants in their natural environment.

“Both our daily hotel operations and unique guest experiences highlight our stringent efforts to protect, preserve and enhance local nature, culture and community,” said Christian Zunk, General Manager at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa. “Guests can book a 4-night stay or more of indulgent all-inclusive benefits, such as daily gourmet dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and round-trip transfers from and to Chiang Rai airport. The elephant activity program includes a mahout training day, 3 private presentations by elephant researchers on elephant behavior, cognition and conservation, 2 elephant intelligence research sessions, an elephant veterinary examination and a meal with the elephant research staff.”

This one-of-a-kind experience offers opportunities to work side-by-side with the camp’s resident, native English-speaking elephant research staff, collaborating with Think Elephants International and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. The research program focuses on conservation through education, how elephants see their natural world, and how they navigate. After the initial training session, guests work closely with the research team as they run the study, which may include a test of an elephant’s sense of smell, propensity for problem-solving, or tendency to cooperate. Presentations on topics such as elephant intelligence, behavior, conservation, and management complete the Golden Triangle Elephant Researcher Experience. Guests learn why knowledge of elephant behavior and cognition is vital for the conservation of the species, and they get the opportunity to assist the resident elephant veterinarians as they perform a full examination, which may include a few surprises!

For every package of 4 nights or more, Anantara will donate THB 40,000 to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to help sustainable elephant projects throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia. To find out more about the GTAEF, please visit . To find out more about the elephant research projects included in this special package, please visit .

Rates start from THB 41,420 per room, per night for a Deluxe Three Country View room, for a minimum 4-night stay. Due to the unique nature of this program, the Golden Triangle Elephant Researcher Experience is available on the following dates: April 1–5; May 2–6; June 19-23; July 27-31; August 14-18; September 12–16; October 17–21; November 4–8; November 18–22; November 30–December 4; December 18– 22. For more information and reservations, please contact Tel +66 5378 4084 or e-mail .


Situated in northern Thailand’s lush jungle at the heart of the legendary Golden Triangle, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa is a natural retreat spread over 160 acres of bamboo forest, rice paddy fields, and indigenous Bill Bensley designed grounds. Perched on a hilltop and designed in royal Thai Lanna style, all rooms and suites overlook the hills of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, as well as the Mekong and Ruak rivers. Unique destination experiences include unforgettable adventures at the onsite Elephant Camp, Lanna cooking lessons, locally-inspired healing spa rituals, and Golden Triangle discovery tours.

For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveler. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means “without end,” symbolizing this sharing of water and the heartfelt hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience.

Media Contact: Mark Alan Thomson, Assistant Director of Public Relations, Anantara Group Public Relations, Tel +66 (0) 2 365 7687, E-mail ,


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