I mean, if you haven’t been to Thailand, worn a pair of ridiculous temple pants and taken a picture with a sedated tiger, have you even lived?
No, is the answer. You absolutely haven’t.
Of course, the allure of Thailand is multi-faceted, some good, some not so good (I won’t talk about that here in a nice ‘nature’ article) but one thing we can all agree on is that going to an elephant sanctuary is just about the most satisfying thing you can do with your time in South East Asia.
Well, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in northern Thailand is taking that notion and dialling it up to eleven, as they’ve created luxury bubble suites, called Jungle Bubbles, that allow you to sleep amongst a herd of local elephants.
According to the property, the unique 236-square-foot bubbles are air-conditioned to maximize comfort, and feature a large bedroom with a king-sized bed and living space with a seating area.
I’m also reassured that there’s an ensuite which is completely nontransparent, in case you get a bit of a pervy pachyderm peeping on you.
The 60 elephants that roam around and live in the grounds you’ll be staying have been rescued from Thailand’s city streets, and with the property’s Walking With Giants tour, you’ll get to see them up close and personal.
On these tours, guests will take part in a walk accompanied by either a vet or biologist to learn about “how these intelligent creatures think and behave,” and “observe the elephants’ social interaction in their native habitat.”
You can book a stay at the resort, adding a night in a bubble suite for $585/night for two people. So although it isn’t cheap, it’s something to tick off the ol’ bucket list.
However, if you’re looking for something a little closer to home and with more ‘big cat’ vibes, you’re in luck, as Port Lympne – a hotel in Kent, South England – offer a lodge nestled within a tiger enclosure, complete with a glass wall so you presumably don’t get ripped to shreds.
The bad news – and there is bad news – is that a stay there is categorically not cheap. It costs from £1000-a-night and you know, that’s a lot.
Bottle of Bubbly in lodge on arrival
Golf buggy (from 2pm on day of arrival until 1.00pm on day of departure)
Complimentary truck safari from Base Camp
Entrance to Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
Entrance to Howletts Wild Animal Park
Go on, treat yourself!
Images via ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE ELEPHANT CAMP & RESORT
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.