"The Golden Triangle" Ban Sop Ruak by Willettsworld

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The Golden Triangle is the English name meaning the meeting of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, but to the locals it's Sop Ruak, since this is where the Mekong meets the Ruak River. The landscape is hilly, divided by the Ruak River that flows into the Mekong River. These rivers form a natural boundary between the three countries Laos (to the east of the Mekong), Myanmar (to the north of the Ruak), and Thailand (to the west of the Mekong). You can see the point where the rivers meet on a small hill on the Thai side and this is where you can get a picture of yourself standing in front.

Historically the Golden Triangle has been an area well-known for the growing of opium, and the name comes from a US State Department memo on the practice. Nowadays, the Golden Triangle is, undoubtedly, the largest tourist trap in northern Thailand with loads of stalls, shops and a huge golden Buddha, where as there's virtually nothing to see on the Laos or Myanmar side.

  • Last visit to Ban Sop Ruak: Dec 2008
  • Intro Written Dec 20, 2009
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