The Anantara Golden Triangle Resort has just 77 rooms and suites, surrounded by lotus ponds and boasting magnificent, high-vaulted ceilings. My hilltop bedroom – a room with three views – was enchanting. While you may be content to relax in the surrounds of the Anatara and the expansive infinity pool, it’s worth taking a day to explore a little of the unspoilt beauty of this northern Thai province.<br /><br />Chiang Rai was long associated with opium, and an array of exhibits at the Hall of Opium museum tell the history of what was once the region’s biggest money-maker. At the nearly Doi Tung Development Project (www.doitung.org) you can find out how a programme has worked to eradicate opium and rural poverty, with cottage industries such as coffee, hand-woven rugs and fabrics, while a visit to the remote hill-tribe villages will give you a chance to meet the colourful people who call the highlands their home.<br /><br />For the adventurous, there’s a chance to combine the local Thai sights with a trip to the Burmese border town of Tachilek and a long-tail boat trip to Laos, all in a matter of hours.<br /><br />And, back at the ranch, it’s well worth paying a visit to the Anantara's renowned Thai cookery school to learn how to whip up a mean yom ying soup.<br /><br />Kuoni (01306 747008; www.kuoni.co.uk) offers a range of tailor-made holidays to Thailand including 10 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, staying five nights at the Anantara Resort, Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, in a deluxe room, plus five nights at the Anantara Phuket in a pool villa. This includes flights with Thai Airways (via Bangkok) from Heathrow with private transfers to the resort. Prices start from £1,999 per person based on two sharing.