"Excursion to the Golden Triangle" Excursions Tip by Rodan44
Excursions, Chiang Mai: 62 reviews and 149 photos
From Chiang Mai, we were able to make a full-day excursion north to the infamous Golden Triangle region. A five hour drive brought us to the point on the Mekong River where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet. This area has long been one of the world's biggest opium producing regions. Although Thailand has managed to wipe out practically all opium poppy cultivation on their soil, the same cannot be said for Myanmar, who remains the second largest producer after Afghanistan.
On our journey, we passed through Chiang Rai and visited a nearby Akha hilltribe village. We also visited the ancient temple ruins of Wat Jadeeloung in Chiang Saen. At the Golden Triangle border area itself, we visited the interesting Opium Museum, took a boat ride across the river to a tourist village in Laos, and then crossed a bridge at Mae Sai into Tachilek, Myanmar (see my Tachilek page for details of this side-trip).
Although the trip was quite long and exhausting (probably makes more sense to start from Chiang Rai which is much closer), it was still an incredible journey and well worth the effort.
Directions: 5 hour drive north of Chiang Mai, near Chiang Saen / Mae Sai
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