Do elephants really never forget?

Anantara Golden Triangle pool with view

YOU CAN FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF and a few other things about elephants at Anantara’s Golden Triangle Resort & Spa, near Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand.

The resort is home to Asia’s top elephant camp and its permanent elephant intelligence research program, where you can find out if elephants are the smartest animals on the planet.

At the elephant camp, you can study elephant behavior and problem solving with the camp’s on-site scientific experts and interact with these “gentle beas6ts” in their natural habitat.

Anantara Golden Triangle is offering a  four-night package designed to provide a unique elephant learning experience. The package includes daily gourmet dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a select range of unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, house wine, beer and spirits, Internet access and roundtrip transfers from and to Chiang Rai airport.

The elephant activity program includes a mahout training day, three private presentations by elephant researchers on elephant behavior, cognition and conservation, two elephant intelligence research sessions, an elephant veterinary examination and a meal with the elephant research staff.

Lady Mahout & Pumpui the ElephantThe experience begins with an evening meal and a meeting with the resort’s resident elephant researchers.  Guests then retreat to their room or suite to relax on the comfy built-in sofa of the private balcony, unwinding to the sounds of the jungle by night with selections.

Then wake up to a view of the mist rising off the hills of Myanmar and Laos, and a mahout training session, where you will learn the Thai commands for driving one of them, before returning to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast buffet on a terrace, with sweeping three country views, followed by lunch, and later, an afternoon of elephant trekking and bath time antics in the river. 

This one-of-a-kind experience continues with opportunities to work closely alongside the camp’s resident, native English-speaking elephant research staff, who work collaboratively with Think Elephants International and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

On the second and third days, you’ll become a researcher on a hands-on study of elephant intelligence, working closely with the research staff. The study may include a test of an elephant’s sense of smell, propensity for problem-solving, or tendency to co-operate, plus listen to three talks on topics such as elephant intelligence, behavior, conservation and management, and learn why knowledge of behavior and cognition is vital for the conservation of the species.

You’ll also be able to assist the resident elephant veterinarians as they perform a full examination, which may include a few surprises, and dine with the research team and tap into their wealth of knowledge.

Rates start from 41,420 BHT per room per night for a Deluxe Three Country View room, for a minimum four-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; Aug. 14- 18; Sept. 12 – 16; Oct. 17th – 21; Nov. 4 – 8; Nov. 18 – 22; Nov. 30 – Dec. 4; Dec. 18 22.

For every package of four nights or more, Anantara will donate 40,000 THB to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to help sustainable elephant projects throughout Thailand and South East Asia.

For more  information and reservations, call +66 5378 4084 or email


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