The bamboo raft has been an integral part of South East Asian life for millennia. Now guests at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa, Thailand can discover the charm of this ancient craft with a new Bamboo Rafting Adventure designed to give a taste of life in the slow lane!
The all natural raft allows guests the opportunity to see exotic flora and fauna at close quarters and to savour the peace and beauty of nature’s gentle voice.
Set on the banks of the Ruak River, Anantara Golden Triangle enjoys a unique location. As the raft meanders along both banks seem identical – but in fact one side is Burma and the other is Thailand. Used as a thoroughfare for fishermen from both countries and migratory birds who know nothing of border controls, the river is alive with the timeless culture that stands at the heart of the Anantara Experience.
Guests can choose to begin their adventure at dawn when the river begins to awaken or to set off in late afternoon when the water becomes streaked with the gold from the setting sun. The 90-minute tour starts with a short drive the local village of Wang Laos where guests will board the bamboo raft, which is designed with comfortable seating and a canopy to provide protection from the sun.
Once on the river, two expert raftsmen will use poles to guide the vessel in perfect harmony with the gentle flow of the water. Guests will have plenty of time to relax over a glass of champagne (or to enjoy a picnic breakfast on early morning tours) as fascinating sights, serene beauty and endless photo opportunities unfold before them.
Shortly before arriving back at the hotel’s private pier, guests may come upon the residents of the Anantara Elephant Camp as they arrive down at the river for a scrub from the mahouts and their daily romp in the water.
This intimate experience can be designed as a romantic event for two or as a great trip out for a family to enjoy together. Price THB 7,768net including Champagne.
Call for information at Anantara Resort Golden Triangle, Tel: 053 784 084.
For hundreds of years throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and extend a welcome to the passing traveller. Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means ‘without end’, which symbolizes this sharing of water and heartfelt hospitality is at the core of the Anantara experience.
Anantara Resorts are currently located in the seaside town of Hua Hin and on Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand, and in the Golden Triangle in the country’s north. In the world-renowned destination of the Maldives, Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli are a 30-minute boat ride from the capital Male. Anantara Seminyak debuted in April 2008 in the most fashionable district of Bali – the Island of the Gods. Late 2008 saw the opening of Anantara Phuket, situated in the serenity of Mai Khao , Thailand, followed by Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, and Anantara Si Kao which lies on the secluded Changlang Beach area south of Krabi, Thailand. The newest member of the Anantara family opened its doors in April 2009, Anantara Baan Rajprasong in Bangkok is the first serviced suites property for the Anantara group. www.anantara.com