Elephants are a part of Thai culture and over the centuries have played an important economic role in the teak forests of the North. Guests of the Tented Camp in the Golden Triangle between Thailand, Laos, and Burma can become acquainted with the gentle, thick-skinned creatures. Under the direction of a mahout, they move through the rainforest on elephant-back, wash and feed the Camp’s six elephants. After all that adventure you’re doubly appreciative of the elegant comfort of the 15 safari tents embedded in the thick jungle vegetation above the banks of the River Ruak. At night hundreds of torches light the paths between restaurant, pool, bar, and spa.