(TMU) — Sleeping in a see-through bubble with a magnificent view of the sky and surrounding jungle sounds pretty awesome—and waking up surrounded by elephants would be absolutely amazing!
The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Northern Thailand offer their visitors this very experience with their Jungle Bubbles where guests can be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the jungle and wake up to elephants taking their morning strolls and feeding nearby.
The 60 elephants wandering around the resort were previously “working” animals rescued from the streets of Thailand’s cities. They now live their lives roaming free after years of backbreaking work and abuse by their handlers.
You won’t forget a night spent in a Jungle Bubble. The unique 236-square-foot bubbles sit on elevated wooden decks and are constructed with high-tech polyester fabric, are air-conditioned, and each one has a large bedroom with a king size bed and a living area with seating enclosed in the bubble. The en-suite bathroom area, for privacy, does not have transparent walls. There is also a mini bar and dinner basket, and 24-hour room service allows you to enjoy every minute of your stay. Just imagine enjoying dinner on the deck watching the sun set while the elephants wander about.
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Etienne De Villiers, Anantara’s Cluster Director of Public Relations, says guest enjoy their Walking With Giants tour immensely:
“Championing the natural joy of daily free-roaming time, accompanied by the mahouts and either a vet or biologist, the activity offers insights from scientific experts about how these intelligent creatures think and behave. 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.”
According to De Villiers, the sight of an elephant used on a street in Bangkok motivated the company’s founder to establish the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation and expansion of their elephant camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort to provide an alternative to the elephants and the mahout families that handle them.
De Villiers explained:
“Since then we have operated a rescue rental system that gives entire traditional mahout families a sustainable income from an elephant that is already living with them—this ensures that they will not source, through breeding or wild capture, another elephant to continue their traditional way of life.”
Of the more than 60 elephants rescued from abuse so far, 22 currently live in Anantara’s Elephant Camp with their mahout families. The families receive English lessons, education for their kids, as well as 100% of the profits from sales of garments made from the silk of a traditional silkworm business.
Hopefully more businesses will follow Anatara’s example. According to Wildlife Veterinarian of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Dr Patrapol Maneeorn, Thailand is working hard to eliminate animal cruelty in the country and they are working with different organizations in Thailand to reduce and eliminate animal cruelty.
For more information about the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and their Jungle Bubbles here.
Rates start from 17,700 Thai Baht (approximately $585 USD)