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Be an elephant researcher in the legendary Golden Triangle

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by Incentive Travel

Have you ever wondered whether it’s true that elephants never forget, or if they really are one of the smartest animals on earth? Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa is home to Asia’s premier elephant camp and a permanent elephant intelligence research programme.

The Golden Triangle Elephant Researcher Experience has been created so that ele-enthusiasts can study elephant behaviour 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 programme, where guests interact with Thailand’s gentle giants in their natural environment.

Book a four night stay or more and enjoy an elephant activity programme that includes a mahout training day, three private presentations by elephant researchers on elephant behaviour, cognition and conservation, two elephant intelligence research sessions, an elephant veterinary examination and a meal with the elephant research staff. Also enjoy the indulgent all-inclusive benefits.

Savour daily gourmet dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a select range of unlimited non alcoholic drinks, house wine, beer and spirits, an in-room mini bar, internet access and roundtrip transfers from and to Chiang Rai airport.


This exciting, rare opportunity 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 from the complimentary mini bar.

Wake up to a view of the mist rising off the hills of Myanmar and Laos, and an unforgettable mahout training session where you will learn about the strong bond between elephant and mahout, as well as the Thai commands for driving one of these intelligent creatures. Return to the hotel and replenish with a leisurely breakfast buffet on a terrace with sweeping three country views, followed by a sumptuous 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. Spend days two and three as a researcher on an exciting, hands-on study of elephant intelligence. You’ll work closely with the research staff as you run the study, which may include a test of an elephant’s sense of smell, propensity for problem-solving, or tendency to cooperate.

Listen to three talks on topics such as elephant intelligence, behaviour, conservation and management, and learn why knowledge of behaviour and cognition is vital for the conservation of the species. Assist the resident elephant veterinarians as they perform a full examination, which may include a few surprises! Dine with the research team and tap into their impressive wealth of knowledge.

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 programme, the Golden Triangle Elephant Researcher Experience is available over seven sets of dates between now and August 2013.

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.



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