Getting up close and personal with elephants. Visiting hill tribes in remote villages. Floating along a jungle-lined river in a long-tail boat, with a stop at a market in Laos or a side trip to Myanmar. These are just some of the highlights of a visit to the fabled Golden Triangle. Up here at the northernmost tip of Thailand, where the Mekong and Ruak rivers form a boundary with Myanmar and Laos (and, yes, an actual triangle), you encounter a Southeast Asia from an earlier era. First, you’re in the jungle—lush, rugged, misty. You’ll meet Karen, Hmong and Akha villagers, each with its own distinctive lifestyles, crafts and dress; visit the Hall of Opium, a remarkably evocative, ultra-modern museum; and savour hours interacting and exploring with the beautiful elephants at Four Seasons Tented Camp. Chiang Rai, the regional hub, has intriguing temples like Wat Phra Kaew and a lively night market, but the real lures are adventures out in the timeless, hazy hillsides.
P.O. Box 18, Chiang Saen Post Office
Chiang Rai 57150 Thailand
Tel. +66 53 910-200
Fax +66 53 652-189
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There comes a moment during a vacation where you let you out a sigh and think, "This is why I love vacations." The moment you say, "If only my friends or family could see this." Four Seasons is sharing a few of these special moments below. When you visit this winter, check out these experiences for yourself—then “check in” on Foursquare and let everyone know how amazing they really are! Have a favourite moment of your own? Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter this winter and tell us about it. Or add a comment below and start sharing today.
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