A guide to the Golden Triangle of Thailand

The Golden Triangel at Amphoe Chiang Saen Oatz/ookaboo

The Golden Triangel at Amphoe Chiang Saen ©Oatz/ookaboo

The fascinating Golden Triangle of Thailand is a very popular tourist destination, being situated in the province of Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand. The name actually comes from the meeting of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. It is also the meeting point of the Mekong River and the Ruak River. In the past it used to be an important region for the growing of opium. Most tourists visit the region on guided bus tours, but you can get here by your own, too. If you would like to visit this fantastic area, I suggest you to read the following article. It will serve as a tourist guide to the Golden Triangle of Thailand. I am absolutely sure that you will enjoy every moment of your visit.

The Hall of Opium

The Hall of Opium is considered one of the best museums of the entire country. It is also one of the major highlights of the Golden Triangle. Visitors can get in touch with the fascinating history of opium in the area and also of the world. There are presented objects relating to the production of opium and its effects. In addition, there is a small opium plantation inside the building. The fantastic museum can be visited Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 until 16:30. The price of a ticket is 200 baht/person. (March 2013)

Elephants fed at Anantara, the Golden Triangle caspermoller/Flickr

Elephants fed at Anantara, the Golden Triangle ©caspermoller/Flickr

Phra That Doi Pu Khao

The Buddhist temple named Phra That Doi Pu Khao is located on a hill near the Golden Triangle. Dating from the 8th century, this old structure is also popular among visitors. Some highlights of the temple are beautiful remains of antiquities which can be found in the Viharn. Crumbled Chedis are other features of it.

Golden Buddha in the Golden Triangle Rex Gray/Flickr

Golden Buddha in the Golden Triangle ©Rex Gray/Flickr

The House of Opium

Another museum in the Golden Triangle is the House of Opium. The privately run museum is also a famous visitor attraction of the area. Just like the Hall, it also presents objects relating to the history of opium and information on the process of production. The House of Opium can be visited every day from 7:00 until 19:00. The price of a ticket is 50 baht/person. (March 2013)

Boat rides

Boat rides are very popular in the Golden Triangle. You can visit the island of Don Sao which belongs to Laos. No visa is required for this short trip to Laos. It is with no doubt a great experience. The boat ride to this island is very popular among tourists.

The Golden Triangel at Amphoe Chiang Saen Oatz/ookaboo

The Golden Triangel at Amphoe Chiang Saen ©Oatz/ookaboo

Accommodation

As for the accommodation, there are numerous hotels and guesthouses in the Golden Triangle. I have to mention that the conditions and services are better in the nearby Chiang Rai. Many people choose to stay here and visit the Triangle as a day-trip. If you would like to choose a hotel in the Golden Triangle, you can opt for the Four Season Tented Camp or the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa.

 

 

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