A Thailand luxury resort has taken the concept of the drive-through animal park to a whole new level, with a 38,000-baht a night “bubble lodge” surrounded by wild elephants.
The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Chiang Rai is offering a two-bedroom Jungle Bubble Lodge allowing families or a group to live among the jumbos spared from the elements and without fear of being trampled.
Located on the bank of the Ruak River in Chiang Saen District, the Jungle Bubble Lodge can accommodate four people in its 150 square meters of indoor and outdoor living space. Rates start at a bit over 38,000 baht a night and include butler service.
The climate-controlled comforts cover two large bedrooms, each flaunting a transparent roof for stargazing from the king-size beds. Fortunately, the walls of the toilets aren’t transparent.
The living room area offers views of the wandering elephants and a transparent roof as well. Other amenities include a minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, robes and slippers
The Jungle Bubble Lodge is not camping or roughing it all. All the beds are covered in fine linen, feather pillows, and the bathrooms have exquisite.
While the jumbos can be seen from inside, the best way to experience them is from the 80-sq.-meter deck. Here, elephant viewing can be combined with fun activities like enjoying the plunge pool or enjoying a snack in the separate alfresco lounging and dining area.
Adventurous tourists can even join the elephants on their morning walk through the jungle in Wiang, witnessing their river baths. Aside from elephant trekking, guests can invest in their wellbeing with a tutored Yoga session on the deck early in the morning, followed by a hearty breakfast in the wilderness.