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The Robe Report: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

One of their more exclusive properties, The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, a safari-style resort deep in the jungle, is an experience of a lifetime - with peach-and-nude leaf print robes that Tarzan would approve of.

November 30, 2016
Ah, Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai’s less famous sibling – the Dave to Franco’s James , the Elizabeth to the Olsen twins, the quietly brooding Solange in Queen B’s eclipse.

Yet, there is so much to admire – to adore, even – in those who play second fiddle to their more recognized counterparts. They’re a little less made-up, a little more real, and more raw. And that’s precisely what you want when planning the ultimate vacation.

Only a handful of ultra-luxury resorts have set up camp in Chiang Rai – fewer so on its outermost northern border. But once there, what you get is the unforgettable glamping holiday, a calculated yet seamless fusion of five-star service and creature comforts with Mother Nature’s greatest hits. What you get is the Four Seasons Tented Camp experience.

The lowdown: One of the Four Seasons’ more exclusive properties: a safari style resort situated deep in the jungle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.

The crowds: Newlyweds; interior designers (like the incorrigible Bill Bensley who drops in twice a year); fashion power people; impossibly posh parents and their equally posh offsprings; oligarchs and their stunning main squeezes.

The rooms: A collection of fifteen chicly canopied white canvas “tents, nestled high in the property’s sprawling bamboo forests. Each tent has been named to reflect its unique interior furnishings, from the cutesy “The Butterfly Tent” to the downright salacious “The Opium Tent”.
The food: As tempting as it may be, do not gorge yourself silly on the complimentary in-room snacks and booze. Meals are highly encouraged to be taken at the resort’s Nong Yao Restaurant. Breakfast brings with it two baby elephants  for an early morning photo op as well as a hearty selection of Western staples, local favorites, and herbal drinks made with ingredients harvested from the on-site organic garden. Don’t miss sunset drinks at Burma Bar, named for its stunning view overlooking the Ruak River.

The activities: Longboat excursions to Myanmar and Laos, adventure hikes to neighboring hot spings and villages, hops along the handicraft route to stock up on local textiles and silverworks similar to those found in your tent. Those staying for more than two nights will definitely want to sign up for the Sunrise Elephant Trek.

The robe: Stay at the Tented Camp long enough and you quickly begin to shed all manners of urban constructs. Clothes are the first to go, of course: trousers become too constricting, your dirty T-shirts seem to conspire against you in a corner, threatening to take away your newfound bare naked freedom. Indeed, while it’s terribly tempting to roam around au natural as nature intended, there is a tiny matter of decency when, say, answering the door when room service comes a-knocking (not to mention the odd elephant rider passing belally, really don’t care for a glimpse of your, ahem, elephant). Lucky for you, the robes here are anything but binding. Thow who reick terry bathrobes are available upon request, but for breathability in the (nearly) buff, we prefer the ultra-lightweight cotton versions, rendered in a soothing peach-and-nude leaf print. Tarzan would approve.

PS: Get a leg up on the other honeymooners by upgrading to one of the Deluxe tents, and enjoy a custom-built outdoor hot tub with a breathtaking view. If you can ever take your eyes off each other.

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle,
Chiang Rai, 57150
+66 53 910-200 
www.fourseasons.com/goldentriangle