Bordered by Myanmar and Laos, northern Thailand is a land of mountains covered with forests, jungles and rivers. It’s the most rural part of the country. It’s also the region of the legendary and historical Lan Na kingdom, “the land of a thousand rivers.”
Located at the administrative border of Laos, Thailand and Burma, the kingdom consisted of a number of more or less autonomous city states which united different ethnic groups including Lahus, Hmongs, Akhas, Lisus, Yaos and Karens. Today, these ethnic minorities continue to live in the mountains and the Lan Na kingdom has left an important artistic and religious heritage behind it. At Chiang Mai or Northern Rose, there are more than 300 temples spread throughout the region. It is also home to these mountain tribes who live in harmony with each other in spite of their different customs.
As a gateway to the famous Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai lived for a long time off the poppy culture. Opium traffic was the primary source of income for these mountain populations. Since the kingdom decided to fight drug traffic, the city has become a popular tourist destination and a departure point for a number of excursions into the mist covered mountains to meet local tribes, proud of their ancestral culture.
In the middle of a bamboo jungle along the Ruak River, one of the arms of the Mekong, there’s a unique camp that combines luxury and wild nature.
Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the fifteen luxurious tents of the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle stretches over one kilometer with superb views of the river, Burma, the present day Myanmar, and the mountains of Laos. Accessible only by boat, it’s the perfect refuge for luxury adventurers. Each tent is named after a mountain tribe, an endemic plant or a local animal. They are all organized in the same fashion although the decors are all different from one another. After going through the door with strange doorknobs in the form of elephant tusks, we enter a living area which recalls the tents of 19th century explorers. The furniture is rustic but elegant and supported by a wooden plank. Everything is hand made using local materials like wood, bamboo and leather. In the bedroom space, we find a large bed covered with a mosquito net, a desk and a bookshelf filled with books and magazines on the history, culture, flora and fauna of the region. In the center of the tent, there is a large hand tooled copper bathtub which can accommodate two people. A large open-air terrace possesses a rain water shower.
Dinner at the Nong Yao restaurant can be taken either at a long common table or at separate tables. The Nong Yao proposes Thai, Laotian, Burmese and international dishes in the heart of the tropical jungle.
The Four Seasons Tented Camp has a swimming pool of course, but the most amusing activity is an excursion through the jungle on the back of an elephant. And for those worried about a backache after this original excursion, there’s no need to worry. The Four Seasons Tented Camp has thought of everything including a special back treatment at its spa.
Five stars / Member Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts / Luxury / Restaurant with Asian and Western cuisine / Private dining / Open-air bar / Outdoor swimming pool / Spa / Fireplace / Elephant trekking / Cooking classes / Traditional craft classes / Children over 12 accepted / For adults & teens
Open all year
15 luxury tents
Double occupancy from approximately 1,320 euros
Chiang Rai International Airport (CNX) - Chiang Rai
FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE
P.O. Box 18
Chiang Saen Post Office
Chiang Rai 57150
Approximately 10 hours
+ 5 hours in summer / + 6 hours in winter
Tropical climate with two seasons : the rainy season (June to October), during which in spite of heavy but short rainstorms, the weather remains sunny. In the north of the country, rain is more abundant and temperatures much cooler.
During the dry season (March to May), temperatures are very high.
In southern Thailand, the seasons are less distinct, and it can rain at any time of year.
It’s advisable not to visit Thailand between September and October as these months are known for their typhoons.
Passport valid six months after return date.
No visa required for visits of less than 30 days (with a confirmed return flight)
No required vaccinations
The baht (B)
Thai, English and different regional dialects
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