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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the main entrance in the front is a statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and plaque of three terracotta Buddhas.
Day 2 In the afternoon after our lunch at Doi Tung, we made our way to another famous attraction in Chiang Rai. This is the legacy of National Artist Thawan Duchanee who is also the mentor of another great National Artist, Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat, the creator of Wat Rong Khun or also known as the White Temple. Baan Dam Museum was a home, studio and … Continue reading Baan Dam Museum with the TATNewsroom Bloggers
Traveling is an adventure in itself. We need no rules to travel where our heart desires so this time I chose the small little town of Mae Sai in Northern Chiang Rai, Thailand. Thought by many as a sleepy hollow town, it is far from quiet and thriving as a border town bwtween Thailand and Myanmar, formerly Burma. The Thais know it as the “Northern … Continue reading Mae Sai the northern most of Thailand