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Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle

Address: Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Ranked #21 of 34 Attractions in Chiang Rai
Type: Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Thats right. I biked it from chiang mai. Took two days plus some. That was my destination so reaching Sop Ruak or the eye of the golden triangle was an experience i will never forget. As all reviews mention, three countries meet at the banks of meh kong and the place used to be full of drug lords and peddlers.... More 

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Songkhla, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It is very amazing place. Border between 3 Countrys then have old archaeological site more 1000 years ago.and have 3 river flow together.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Very interesting, but its just islands. However you see Laos, Burma and Thailand in an unique triangle. Lots of small stalls everywhere, but they are definitely overpriced, YOU MUST BARGIN! Basically, this is just a photo spot..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Have to admit this place is very touristy and with food and small stalls everywhere. Your buses and vans are all lined up to bring groups of people here. It's a refreshing yet with mellow sentiments as you stand at the Golden Triangle arch and reflect back on the opium trade, and how it subtly affected and shaped these three... More 

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Munich, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Not much to see or do here. Tourists stopping to take a picture with the sign. You can see different colored water from Mekong.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are in the north of Thailand then you have to visit Sop Ruak. The convergence of the rivers and national borders isn't particularly visually impressive and the scenery not as picturesque as it is around Doi Mae Salong. It's populated with market stalls selling the normal tourist hats and t-shirts. Despite all that its worth going just to... More 

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USVI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a small town/village. Yes, the area around the Golden Buddha is a tourist trap but there is more to the town than that. Also look out for the mobile coconut ice cream lady who is often by the Golden Buddha around noon. The Hall of Opium Museum is worth a visit and surprisingly well done. I stayed in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Worth the drive, although it was a rainy day when we visited. Go to the Opium museum as this was very interesting.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A strategic view to see the intercession the three countries : Thailand, Myanmar and Laos!, since this is where the Mekong meets the Ruak River.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The meeting point of three countries, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Actually a quite normal piece of nature where two rivers become one, and a few golden buildings on the opposite river bank in Laos. It was on our itinerary recommended by the agent in Bangkok, and really it was quite disappointing, a few restaurants with the same food as elsewhere... More 

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