Formula 1 of the Skies in U-Tapao

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Discovering the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

The fairy tale stories of a Queen and the wonderful dresses she wears have mostly been the dream of many a young girl. What has not been written about the fabulous collection of gowns and dresses worn by HRH Queen Sirikit has many of us wondering in awe of her dressing styles and designs. Would it not be fascinating to have a glimpse of the … Continue reading Discovering the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

Golden Traingle Chiang Rai

Three countries and one river at the Golden Triangle Chiang Rai

Golden Traingle Chiang Rai
Golden Traingle Chiang Rai

Between Chiang Rai city and Mae Sai city, lies the infamous Golden Triangle. Known for the drug smuggling, poppy growing and opium trade, the Golden Triangle has mostly been cleared of these notorious activities, mostly on the Thai side. Before you reach the site of the Golden Triangle, you can see an Opium Museum which is dedicated to the history and tradeof the opium to as recent as the 7-s and 80s. Do not be surprised by numerous police and army checkpoints enroute up to the Triangle but it is a necessity to prevent drug and people smuggling activities. Protocols aside, the Golden Triangle is a beautiful location on the hill overlooking the Mekong River which divides Thailand from Laos and Myanmar (Burma).

Golden Traingle Chiang Rai
Golden Traingle Chiang Rai

There are day tours to the Golden Triangle in Thailand but we chose to drive in order to explore more of this region where normal tours would not go. At the point of the Triangle is the famous Golden Triangle Gateway where the Mekong River divides the 3 countries.

Golden Traingle Chiang Rai
Golden Traingle Chiang Rai

The great Mekong River is not just a source for travel between countries but also a food source for aquatic animals (you will find plenty of little restaurants serving dishes of fish, fresh water prawns and more on three sides of the border here), trade of semi-precious stones and Burmese jade, as well as a way to discover the river communes of the Thai, Laotian and Myanmar peoples.

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Some of the boat peoples live on floating homes along the river side while trading on all three borders. However if you want to visit the other two countries, there are ferry boats to Laos and Myanmar a little further up that will take you for a fee but require your passport for disembarking.

Golden Traingle Chiang Rai
Golden Triangle Chiang Rai

Up on the hill at the Golden Triangle sits a remarkable huge gold Buddha, the symbol of peace between the three countries whose main religion is Buddhism. You can have a good view of the Mekong River, Laos and Myanmar from here and a little further down next to the temple is a ferry service. There are a few statues of interest here and most magnificent is a pair of more than life-sized elephants in full regalia guarding the entrance to the temple.

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At the main entrance in the front is a statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and plaque of three terracotta Buddhas.

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One day trip to PB Valley Khaoyai Winery

One day trip to PB Valley Khaoyai Winery

Cradled like a precious gift in the palm of the hands, so it is with PB Valley Winery located in the valley of the Khao Yai mountains. A precious estate of land that is drawing much attention to the spirit of life that grows on vines in the property. Welcome to wine country in the heart of tropical Thailand. A land blessed with fertile soil … Continue reading One day trip to PB Valley Khaoyai Winery