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. Make Golden Triangle a centerpiece of your Chiang Saen vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Chiang Saen trip planner .
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  • October 4, 2017
    A very nice place; the panorama is great on the three still wild frontiers, of beautiful d elephant statues and Buddha; we have been rated Laos after a ride on the Mekong River here down it's a subject market, clothing, alcohol at cobra and/or scorpion and against way in bag and sneakers; we would have some take some pencils and sheets for small Laotians of the market.
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  • October 1, 2017
    If you have a chance, take a short boat ride out by Longboat into the Mekong River, with a good tour guide, and you will get a feel for the Golden Triangle and the trade and history that has gone on t...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    To me it’s a must visit place when you are already in Chiang Rai. 300 B for return boat trip to Laos. Remember to bring along your passport if you want to across the river (Mekong River). Around this ...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    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.
  • August 8, 2017
    Very good location, clean rooms, friendly staff.
  • August 23, 2017
    I have gone to the Imperial Golden Triangle Resort since it was opened its services to public. The hotel is at very good location which generates the stunning atmosphere from the live picture of the joining borders of three countries (Laos PDR, Myanmar,Thailand) that can be seen from it restaurant's balcony.
  • July 14, 2017
    Set in a fabulous location. Good rooms, food and service.
  • March 16, 2017
    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 :)

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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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