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Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen

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Discover the darker side of Thailand at Golden Triangle, the historic center of the country's opium trade. From the 1960s until the 1990s, this area produced most of the world's opium supply. Cleaned up and free of drug trade, this is now a favorite place for tourists to visit and learn about former opium production and smuggling. Located in the northern section of Thailand, this area is also home to indigenous tribes, archeological ruins, and scenic nature. To get the most out of your time here, consider a guided tour. Our Chiang Saen trip itinerary maker makes visiting Golden Triangle and other Chiang Saen attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It is one of the things that most surprised me in the area, that from a vantage point you could contemplate several borders of several countries, found me special and very curious to see and be able to be there watching this landscape. Thailand, Laos and Burma, with the Mekong River that I've seen so many times in the movies.
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  • We took an extension of our visit to Chiang Mai to the golden triangle long journey and arrived on the scene, just the 'Golden Triangle' Panel and a kitsch temple interest: the Mekong River with a boat trip on the River with an arrival in Laos for half an hour on a hyperactive tourist market and ultimately you're just on an island in Laos - the boat ride was very fun and the Mekong trip very long back again an extension of your turn does nothing more
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  • ...from the river to the elephants. The only gold is the giant Buddha or the money you will spend if you stay at the world high priced 4 Seasons or the "3.9 Seasons" a/k/a Anatara Hotel. Birds are the...  more »
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  • Quiet, clean, NOT cramped! Rooms are generously sized, excellent beds, great AirCon. Systems. Pool is one of the best yet. Impressive restaurant. And of course the ever-present staff who are typical of the gentle, smiling Thais.
  • Set in a fabulous location. Good rooms, food and service.
  • Nice view and good service, it's open for decades, so facilities is quite old. You can see Golden Triangle and Casino from your terrace. Room is very large. Staffs is smile and nice :)
  • Great view. Very close to the river. friendly staff.
  • A bit retro but I think is part of the charm of the place. Big room, nice view, great tasty dinner and specially stunning views to the Mekong😉 if you are looking for a place to relax after a long day routing the north Its the place to be. It needs some upgrades but It also has a very special vintage +classic times feeling!!

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Where to stay in Chiang Saen

While there are limited options in Chiang Saen for places to stay, head north up the Mekong River to the more touristic Sop Ruak (Golden Triangle) for a range of accommodations to suit your needs. Shoestring travelers can choose from conveniently located, budget-friendly accommodations with free Wi-Fi. If your pockets are deeper, explore upscale options in tranquil settings with excellent views toward Laos and Myanmar. As for midrange lodgings in the Golden Triangle, sizeable rooms and busy, popular resorts come with themed party nights and tour guides.
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