Sleep in a ‘Jungle Bubble’ surrounded by rescue elephants

Posted on 27 January 2020

The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Northern Thailand, situated in the geographic triangle where the Thai border meets that of Myanmar and Laos, offers visitors a unique experience in nature.

In addition to the hotel, the camp has two transparent Jungle Bubbles. Guests staying in the hotel can spend the night in one of these bubbles. They can enjoy the lushy greenery from the comfort of their king-sized bed while watching some of the property’s 60 rescue elephants pass by.

Relax in the jungle in these transparent bubble pods. Image credit: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

According to the Golden Triangle Elephant Camp, the pachyderms living here were rescued from Thailand’s city streets and now they get to live peacefully in nature.

The Jungle Bubbles are perched on raised wooden decks which offer ‘uninterrupted views of the elephants, as well as stargazing at night,’ the resort said in a press release.

The transparent bubbles are fully air-conditioned, offer 22 of indoor floor space and a 4.5m-diameter bedroom and living space with an enclosed, nontransparent en-suite bathroom. Staff will also happily deliver dinner in a basket to the bubbles, so that you needn’t leave your cosy cocoon.

Besides outings like a ride down the Mekong River and spa treatments, the property offers ‘Walking with Giants’ tours.

Guests can walk with either a vet or a biologist to learn how ‘these intelligent creatures think and behave,’ Etienne De Villiers, Anantara’s cluster director of public relations, told Apartment Therapy.

‘Guests can observe the elephants’ social interaction in their native habitat. The fun of either a river bath or mud playtime demonstrates just how cheeky these graceful animals can be,’ said De Villiers.

Prices start from 17,700 Thai Baht (about R8,383) per night for two people and include ‘a delectable dinner basket; a fully stocked mini-bar; 24-hour in-room dining service and tea and coffee-making facilities’.

Rescue elephants pass by the Jungle Bubbles. Image credit: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort along with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) provides ‘appropriate activities that are designed [to] allow the elephant caretakers to raise the funds they need to look after the elephants without forcing them into activities they might not enjoy.’

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