Indigenous Golden Triangle Culture
Gone are the days when the mist shrouded mountains of Chiang Rai played host to smuggling routes connecting the porous borders of Laos, Burma and Thailand. Today you’re more likely to spot a line of colourfully dressed hill tribe ladies picking tea on a rich verdant hillside than a caravan of opium smugglers disappearing into the mist. In this region, traditions worth keeping have been kept while the ecology and livelihoods of people have been improved beyond measure.
Amongst the projects that have kept traditions alive is the Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa. Established with royal support, the Elephant Camp allows tourists to integrate with elephants under the skilled guidance of a Thai elephant trainer, known as a mahout. Visitors to the camp can enjoy the adventure of an elephant trek through the jungle and learn the secrets behind the mahout’s trade before experiencing the thrill of bathing with these mighty creatures.
The Golden Triangle encapsulates a region of stunning beauty seared in myth and legend. So when the day is done and the curtain falls; stand at the vista of a spectacular sunset and surrender yourself to the mystique of The Golden Triangle.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is home to a number of award winning restaurants and Wine Gurus, all trained by June, offering guests the perfect opportunity to indulge in a wine and cuisine pairing journey. Under the expert guidance of an Anantara Wine Guru, guests are treated to richly personalised tasting experiences, and can learn to discern between vintages, varietals and vineyards, as well as discovering the perfect bottle to complement their meal.
Recommendations from Anantara’s award winning Wine Gurus:
Wine: Gruner Veltliner ''Kamptal Reserve'', SchlossGobelsburg, Austria 2011
Wine: Seghesio, Zinfandel Old Vines, Sonoma County, California, U.S.A 2003
Wine: Riesling, Qualitatswein Trocken, Weingut Robert Weil, Rheingau, Germany 2010
Wine: Catena Alta Malbec, Catena Zapata, Mendoza, Argentina 2006
Wine: Marchesi Antinori Peppoli,Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy 2007
Wine: Perlato Del Bosco Rosso IGT Tua Rita, Tuscany, Italy 2007
Wine: Concha Y Toro, "Terrunyo”, Block 27 Camenere, Cachapoal Valley, Chile 2007
Wine: 2009 Riesling “Eroica”, Chateau St. Michelle & Dr. Loosen, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA
Once in a Lifetime Voyages from Bangkok
There are numerous ways to explore Bangkok: By tuk tuk or motorcycle taxi, by foot or by bicycle, by Skytrain, bus, MRT… the list goes on. However, the most pleasurable way is to go with the flow and follow the winding path of the Chao Phraya River – known famously as The River of Kings.
Anantara River Cruise takes a one hundred year old rice barge, beautifully converted into a luxury boat of shining teak on a two night three day cruise. The temples and stilted communities that line the Chao Phraya echo the history of Bangkok, a city whose foundations evolved along the riverbank.
The destination is the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, a fascinating city of temple ruins and historical intrigue where you’ll be free to explore on foot. This is one voyage that’ll unveil something of the mystique of ancient Siam and remain in your memory for a long time to come.
Pearl of the Andaman at Anantara Phuket Villas, Thailand
Floral Foot Ritual – Traditional Chinese Herbal Back Massage – Shower – Pearl Facial – Refreshment
Balinese Ritual at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, Maldives
Floral Foot Ritual – Javanese Lulur Scrub – Shower – Balinese Massage – Refreshment
Journey of Siam at Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Thailand
Qasr Al Sarab Retreat at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Island Resort by Anantara, United Arab Emirates
Shower - Floral Foot Ritual –- Exotic Herbal Bath – Arabian Exotic Scrub - Arabian Exotic Wrap – Shower – Arabian Massage – Refreshment
Floral Foot Ritual - Detoxifying Green Tea Scrub - Shower – Jet lag Massage – Refreshment