I stayed at the Golden Triangle so no need to travel out. For me, its a small quaint town with some eateries. There are loads of stalls offering boat rides on the Mekong which will show you the Casino in Myanmar and the one Laos. It is actually quite amazing that the mighty Mekong is so wide even though it is so far inland.
The boat ride (long tail boat without cover) cost me TBh600. The ride on the river was about 20 minutes or so but the boat boy will stop along the river if you want to take photos etc. Before going back, they will stop you at the market which sells loads of handicrafts, opium smoking apparatus and handbags from China. I also went to Chiang Mai night market, I suggest that you buy at Chiang Mai as the prices here are a little more than Chiang Mai.
The boat trip is worth a ride for the experience.
Do go to the Hall of Opium. I would say that this is probably one of the best, if not the best museum in the region and it beats many of the other museums worldwide. A must-go.
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