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. Using our world travel planner, Chiang Rai attractions like Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Separated by a river, all 3 countries have accessibility to each other. Loads of tourists and there's a huge buddha statue there.  more »
  • The city flourished in the poppy flower (cannabis) used. The city has the Emerald was mined. Small town and wondered why the unexpected metropolis. More Chiang Rai people live much. I'm a relic from the past. It disappeared now that cannabis and prosperous casinos by Chinese entering into Myanmar and Laos. Hoon's too, like 2, but also a lot of souvenir shops is not what you want. In Myanmar, as the immigration on foot, walking about 30 minutes went by boat to Laos. Chiang Rai tour to label shop, cheap tours. Will transfer to the hotel.
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  • Yes, the views from here are cannot miss. However, the boat tours offered below in the village are a total scam! We were offered a 1.5 hour Mekong River tour. The total tour time was less than 45 minu...  more »

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