Corporate glamping pitches up in Thailand

Newly opened Visama Mae Chan offers 10 luxury tents complete with hotel amenities, chef, indoor or outdoor meetings… all amid the mountain scenery of northern Thailand

SAFARI-STYLE tents from South Africa are the latest option for corporate meetings and incentive organisers seeking a unique experience in northern Thailand. 

Visama Mae Chan tented camp, about a 40 minute drive from Chiang Rai International Airport, has announced that it is also available for private corporate buyouts.

Mountain views from the pool at Visama Lodges Mae Chan 

Organisers choosing to hold board meetings, strategic planning retreats and incentive activities will have an in-house events manager to ensure proceedings run smoothly, a spokesman for VHG Hospitality Asia, the glam-camp’s owners, said.

The camp can host 10 executives and their partners in the 10 safari tents, which were adapted for northern Thailand after being imported from Africa.

VHG co-founder Christopher Stafford, known for pioneering innovative hospitality projects such as the 137 Pillars Hotel Chiang Mai, and at Anantara Hotels, said the property team can create a wide variety of activities both inside the tented camp and in the surrounding areas of forested hills, rice paddies and small villages.

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Activities include guided hiking and biking trips, cooking classes, spa therapy, yoga, Tai Chi, archery, painting and pottery classes with scenic temples, mountain landscapes and hill tribe villages a short trip away.

Indoor and outdoor meting can be held within the camp and there is the option of star-lit fire-side movie screenings and BBQs at the Ambalama lounge area.

“With almost five hectares, our beautiful retreat offers a very private, bespoke and secure setting for companies,” Stafford said. “All of it comes with a delightful touch of novelty due to the beguiling but beautifully functional nature of the accommodations – safari tents.”

There is also an option for corporate groups to help vulnerable people.
Visama Mae Chan has a partnership with the neighbouring Friends of Thai Daughters Foundation. Three young women university graduates are already working at the resort, thanks to the foundation. There are opportunities for companies to support the charity’s work while at the camp.

The tents are on raised platforms in a quiet hill country setting, ranging in size from 48 to 80 square metres, and include a 12 or 20 sqm veranda. The largest tent has two bedrooms. All tents include air conditioning, mobile phone with concierge app, French-press coffee pots and bathtub along with many of the shower and wardrobe amenities found in good hotels.

Head chef Suphannat ‘Miu’ Amnuayrit can tailor menus to each event or groups can choose al la carte.

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