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Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle

Address: Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Ranked #14 of 26 Attractions in Chiang Rai
Type: Lookouts, Outdoors
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Munich, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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Jerusalem
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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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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Unfortunately we didn't bring our passport to get a stamp from Laos and Myanmar, but we took pictures at the sign. When you're in the north of Thailand this is a must see tourist attraction. We went by motorcycle (>70 km from Chang Rai), this is a nice experience. We love the view on the way, with the rice fields... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a place with a lot of history and understanding that is the key to appreciating this place. I really suggest people read up on it before calling it boring. The surrounding scenery is amazingly beautiful, it's a weird feeling to be looking at 3 such diverse country's in one location. We rode a moto from Chiang Rai to... More 

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Not even a poppy flower in sight. But hey, it is a tourist spot. It's a good place to pass by. Tourists for sure. Lots of tour buses and a lot of urm... photographers. The view is so-so. It's nice to know how close the countries are and how they share the same river. But do note that apart from... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Visiting the actual triange on the Mekong River doesn't sound very exciting but it is of great interest given the history of the area. And to see what the Chinese are doing across the border in Laos is almost criminal. You must visit The Opium Museum - you will be gob-smacked at the level of detail and the extensive layout... More 

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