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Golden Triangle

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Best Time: November - February Read More

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Nearest Airport: Chiang Rai International Airport Check Flights

"Where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar Meet"

Golden Triangle Tourism

The Golden Triangle in Thailand is that part of the natural terrain which islands situated in the far northern region of Thailand, in between the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. The landmass is triangular is a shape and is precisely located at the confluence of River Mekong and River Ruak. It occupies and area of a little less than a million square kilometres. The borders of the three countries consist mostly of densely forested mountains and the Golden Triangle overlaps with the mountainous terrain. The attraction, therefore, draws travellers who are constantly on the lookout for a place closer to nature.

This side of the Golden Triangle is particularly famous for scenic surroundings that rice paddy fields, tribal villages, the confluence perfect for riverboat rides and mystical mountains in the background. As one moves closer to the triangle, they would notice a little bit of a contrast in the landscape until it finally opens up to the picturesque view. However, this beauty is also tainted by its notorious history of drugs. The region was once a leading producer of opium and poppy seeds. The name, Golden Triangle, was given by the CIA because this triangular area dealt with narcotics big time. 

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Places to Visit

  • Apart from the stunning view of the confluence and the densely vegetated mountains, there are a number of attractions travellers can visit around the Golden Triangle.
  • It is best to arrange day trips to the location for bigger tourist groups. One can also arrange for a private tour if that is convenient for them.
  • Once at the triangle, travellers can also go for boat rides in the rivers.
  • A little ahead from Thailand, into the rivers, there is a small island named Don Sao which comes in Laos but tourists can stop by and explore a bit of it too.
  • Sightseeing can include visits to other attractions located nearby like the Buddha Statue on the banks of River Mekong, the Ruins of the 8th century Palace named Phra That Doi Pu Khao and the Opium Museum or the Hall of Opium.
  • There are also a number of shrines, historical sites and other places in Chiang Rai that can be visited by travellers. Some of these places are the Wat Pa Sak, Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao, Wat Phra That Chom Kitti and Doi Sa-Ngo.

Restaurants and Local Food in Golden Triangle

A must-try for travellers visiting the Golden Triangle is the local cuisine. Some of the most recommended dishes one can taste here are Kanom Jeen Nam Ngeow (noodles with pork broth), Khao Soy (egg noodles in a spicy curry), Khao Kriep Pak Mo (dumplings), authentic Thai curries, more meat preparations and seafood. The province also has restaurants that serve international cuisine. One can easily find Chinese, European and other Asian dishes to satisfy their food cravings. Some of the recommended restaurants are Rod Yiem Beef Noodle Soup, Salung Khan, The Old Dutch, Baan Chivit Mai and Da Vinci.
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How To Reach Golden Triangle

Within Chiang Rai. travellers can reach the Golden Triangle by Blue Songthaews which are the local blue coloured buses or the Greenbus Minivans. The blue buses ply every 15 to 30 minutes from set pickup points while the Greenbus Minivans depart from the Chiang Rai bus terminus. Other than the local buses, one can take a ride on the tuk-tuk or motorcycle taxis to reach the Triangle.

For travellers flying to Thailand, the nearest airport to the Golden Triangle is the Chiang Rai International Airport. The Thai part of the triangle is located approximately 70 kilometres away from the airport. The route leading to the triangle goes via Route 5023 - Route 1098 - Route 1063 - Route 1290. About 8 kilometres ahead is where the Golden Triangle of Thailand is located.

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