Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai

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View three countries from one spot at Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle, historically known for its opium production but now serving as a major Thailand tourist attraction. The vantage point affords superb views over Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Get a better sense of the significance of the area at the extensive opium museum (complete with a small plantation), which educates visitors on the production, effects, and eradication of the drug. Take a boat ride to the Laos-owned island of Don Sao, which does not require a visa, and browse the souvenir shops in the area. Make Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle part of your personalized Chiang Rai itinerary using our Chiang Rai vacation planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    If you are in chiang rai, the must have attraction is the white temple. Then, 1 hour by car from here you can reach the golden triangle. A strange place. You will read pro/cons reviews. Frankly speaki...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The very look out from Thailand is a smaller historical monument but you can see far into Myanmar and Laos across the river. There is an old Temple ruin next to this spot but I believe females are not...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This is the place where laos, myanmar, and thailand meet. If you have plan to cross the border to myanmar, apply e-visa ahead. A short trip to laos does not require visa. The boat riding along mekong ...  more »

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