This is a place you MUST visit. From the second we arrived at the boating dock, we knew this was going to be an unforgettable experience. The whole team makes sure that your experience here feels as authentic as possible. From the car, you are taken by boat down the river until you reach the hotel. It honestly feels like there is no other way to get to the resort. Upon arrival the assistant manager of the hotel met us as well as the chef to discuss our dietary needs. The chef decided that meeting us each morning would be best to design the most perfect menus for us. We were then taken to our "tents." We have never visited Africa, but I'd assume safari hotels would be quite similar. The tents were amazing; spacious, decorated authentically and had a beautiful deck looking out over the river into Burma. We were given a personal itinerary that filled our days, but also gave us enough time to relax. Each night at sunset, the hotel guests (10 out of 15 tents were occupied) would meet at Burma Bar to watch the magnificent sunset. Every night either the assistant property manager or the property manager or both would meet and chit chat with the guests, which we found to be so hospitable. We also loved meeting the other guests and hearing about their travels. It really was a great way to end each day. The resort is so spread out and private that you could really go without seeing anyone except for at meals, but it was nice to gather together for drinks each night. The attention the staff here gives each person is beyond. I had a slight stomach issue one day, and each person there was there to offer help/tea suggestions or just check in to make sure I was feeling better (which I was!). The resort has a jeep that drives you around the resort if you don't feel like walking, but I could imagine that the many steps could be hard for older visitors or maybe some that are not in shape. We weren't sure if our parents could have visited due to the many steps. The food was great and designed for us each day/night. Every excursion was interesting from sight seeing at the Golden Triangle, Opium Museum, Chiang Rai market and one afternoon in Burma. Besides the above, the experience with the elephants was exceptional. We even got to see some hotel staff and guests playing elephant polo! They provide you with cute "mahout" (elephant trainers) outfits (new ones each day!). The elephant training and riding experience was unforgettable. Each guest had their own elephant and trainer as well as one of the hotel members running around and taking pictures along the way. We can't say enough about this hotel because it was so different than anywhere we have been. It is luxurious yet rustic. It tries to stay as authentic as possible making us question at times (esp when the elephants came to breakfast) if we were in Disney World ;) The spa was fine, very far off the beaten path, but relaxing nonetheless. I would recommend this hotel (and the other guests all were raving as well) to anyone who wants and can afford this type of experience.
All the tents are pretty much the same except some have jacuzzi's on the deck. Also, some tents...
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