Day 13 – Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

First thought? Super high end African safari camp. For anyone who’s visited the likes of Jock Safari Camp in Kruger all those feelings of a ‘well-to-do’ colonial era of safari came flooding back to me here.

The icing on that cake of those ‘safari-feels’ is their awesome old-school Land Rover Defender. Ridiculously expensive to service but worth it’s weight in gold for maintaining that safari camp illusion. It’s these kinds of details that I love about FS Tented Camp…

Hands down this is a honeymooners wildest dream. All suites are open plan so it’s all about loved-up couples. The suites are ah-mazing! Everything is ‘solid’, done well with an incredible eye for detail. Each suite is styled differently in oh-so subtle ways with themed (but classy) fixtures such as ‘tribal’, ‘elephant’ and more.

When you look closely more awesome safari camp touches start to make themselves known – like these martini glasses. LOVE these – adds a whole next level of class to the ‘mini bar’, if you can call it a mini bar. it’s more like a make-your-own sun-downer bar in your own suite. Tres romantic.

Then the classic blue Mahout outfits by the door and the ‘money-shot’ over-sized baths peppered with ‘faux’ ivory touches here and there.

FS Tented Camp has a headline act. It’s their new (less than a year old) 2-bedroom suite. Perfection, and the only one they have. Standing high above the forest this is a private suite (located a short drive in the Defender from the main complex and bar) with 2 suites flanking a gorgeous central communal pool and lounging area. It’s next level jungle realness.

For two couples travelling or a small family, THIS IS IT. Extra touches include movie nights whereby the hotel brings out a projector and screen in front of the pool. To the sounds of crickets it’s movie time with cocktails, pizza for the kids plus, actually, whatever else you want! I love the step-up to the beds too – very ‘safari chic’.

Tip: the suites are strung out through the resort along the jungles edge so depending on which suite you’re in it’s a little walk to the main complex. The Defender is available to tootle you up and down the bumpy resort road (only a few mins) but still for those with walking difficulties request a suite closer to the main complex or at least close the Burma Bar which overlooks the Myanmar border, LITERALLY a stones-throw across the river from where you stand (and sip).

Closing comment – book ahead. The camp fills in the high months. The new 2-bed suite is already gone for Christmas and New Year. Check out the shoulder season specials where FS offers free nights at other properties in Thailand if you book the tented camp package.

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