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Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle

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Address: Chiang Rai, Thailand

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golden triangle

a "must visit" place in chiang rai especially visit to the opium museum. will get to know the most famous drug lord in history-khun sa. also realised that poppy plants were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Golden Triangle - the meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos is a great opportunity to see history first hand. The small town has a very small museum called the Hall of Opium ( not very crowded), several beautiful religious structures, a number of restaurants and several boats that will give you a tour of the Mekong River.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We went to the Golden Triangle on a days private tour, it's amaz ing to see 3 countries from one spot, if you have time do the taxi boat over to Laos, there is a market as you get off the boat set up for tourists but worth a visit,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

a "must visit" place in chiang rai especially visit to the opium museum. will get to know the most famous drug lord in history-khun sa. also realised that poppy plants were originated from Europe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Our hotel booked a tour that included the Golden Triangle and it is a must. Our favourite part was the Hall of opium and it was empty. We actually did not have enough time there because it was closing. We had a guided tour with the driver and he was extremely knowledgable about the entire area and surroundings .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Great place where Thailand , Laos and Burma meet. The town is touristy but then its a tourist place. The opium museum is worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

You get to go to the border towns of Thailand, Myanmar & Laos and experience a little bit of the culture of Myanmar & Laos and of course you are already experiencing the Thai culture as you are touring Thailand. We went to a market in Myanmar which was very good with everything a market offers, food, clothing, crafts, jewelry,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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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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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