Be an Elephant Researcher in the Legendary Golden Triangle with Anantara

Be an Elephant Researcher in the Legendary Golden Triangle with Anantara
March 20, 2013 Arton Kabashi

Mar 20, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

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 four 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, 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.”

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 four nights or more, Anantara will donate THB 40,000 to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to help sustainable elephant projects throughout Thailand and South East 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 four night stay.  Due to the unique nature of this program, the Golden Triangle Elephant Researcher Experience is available on the following dates:  Apr 1st – 5th; May 2nd – 6th; June 19th– 23rd; July 27th -31st; Aug 14th – 18th; Sept 12th – 16th; Oct 17th – 21st; Nov 4th – 8th; Nov 18th – 22nd; Nov 30th – Dec 4th; Dec 18th – 22nd.  For more information and reservations please contact Tel +66 5378 4084 or e-mail

About Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa

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 traveller. 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.

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