reviewer's rating ★★★★☆
In Short A one-of-a-kind experience, the most amazing way to spend time with elephants, and a great alternative to a safari, but expensive and a little sleepy. You don't need more than 2-3 nights.
To elaborateSince the resort, or camp, is so small - there is just one restaurant and 15 tents - you can see and do it all in a short stay, especially if you are interested in seeing as much of Thailand as possible.
We went from Sumba Island in Indonesia to Chiang Rai, where the resort is. We were blown away by the tents - they are totally magical, and each have their own porch overlooking elephants, water buffalo, the Mekong River, Myanmar and Laos. In April, when we went, it was extremely hot and hazy so the views of the mountains were not crystal clear but we heard December-February is picturesque and prime time.
Two elephants come to breakfast everyday and you can feed them bananas. It is as amazing as that sounds. On the first day we rode elephants in the morning and the afternoon, which was unforgettable. On the second day, we went to Chiang Rai's market, historical temple and Opium Museum, and took a Thai cooking class. The class was great! On the third day, we hung by the pool and did a spa treatment. The massages live up to expectation. Our honeymoon was winding down, but some of the couples we met were going to Chiang Mai and then the Thai Islands: Koh Sumai and Koh Krabi which sounded like an incredible way to see all of Thailand.
The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai as well as the drive from Chiang Rai to resort is quick and easy.
Cons are that it's very price, a little sleepy, and if you're looking for a complete resort experience in terms of pool, dining and nightlife you will likely feel it comes up short.