Two luxury Chiang Rai resorts join forces for one great cause
Two of the most unique and unforgettable—not to mention exceedingly luxurious—accommodation options in Chiang Rai province are the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. The resorts are both located in the far Northern reaches of the province, right near the border that separates Thailand from Myanmar and Laos, but geography isn’t the only thing these two glamorous getaways share. They also both support and incorporate the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) as part of the guest experience. In fact, interactions with this shared pool of pachyderms is one of the main attractions for holiday makers staying at either of these resorts.
The GTAEF is a Thai registered, not-for-profit originally set up in 2005 with the aim of rescuing elephants—as well as mahouts and their families—from around Thailand. Many of the elephants under the organization’s care come from the streets, but others have arrived from illegal logging camps, trekking camps, or dubious elephant shows. The GTAEF strongly believes that in an ideal world all elephants would roam wild, but in the face of this impossibility they strive to at least assist captive elephants, improving their lives and welfare, while also taking part in conservation and wild elephant programs to ensure the survival of the wild herd.
The foundation “rents” the elephants from the mahout, providing fodder, a forest environment, and shelter, as well as vet care for the elephant and food, accommodation, health care, and insurance for the mahouts and their families.
In turn, the GTAEF is supported by the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, and these organizations cover all administrative costs (the parent company of both resorts, Minor International, is the GTAEF’s largest single donor). So bask in the lap of luxury at either of these exclusive properties and help support a good cause.
Find out more about the GTAEF’s great work by visiting them online at: www.helpingelephants.org