Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle

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Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle

Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle
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sebring1970
Buenos Aires, Argentina28 contributions
Worth a stop and take the boat across to Lao. Yes, it's a tourist trap but the prices are great and I saw and bought items there that I have never seen before or since, such as opium vodka. That stuff will get you talking to the cosmic blueberry muffin. At the top of the mountain is a vista, and again I bought some wonderful cheap and unique clothing there that I am having my company R&D (ripoff & duplicate) for resale in the western hemisphere. Knowing the history of the place does enrich the experience somewhat, such as opium being worth more by weight than gold, but I like any place worth visiting to stand on its own. The Giant Buddha on the Thai side has some great foto ops from the boat. I have been to all 7 continents and all 50 states in the USA, so I prob have no idea what I am talking about jajajajajaaa.
Written May 18, 2020
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Instantcalmer
Yasothon, Thailand1,031 contributions
I found this a fascinating place because I did a little research before about the history and geography And I did a lot more research afterwards. Read about warlord Khun Sa and the opium trade. The viewpoint is pretty amazing as you stand in Thailand and view a Myanmar peninsular and Laos on the other side of the Mekong The temple? here is a bit kitschy but many Thai temples have that happy amusement park atmosphere about them. The souvenir shops were cheap and offered good service but after a while it's pretty well same same. We bought t-shirts and Lanna style clothing for peanuts really. In normal times Mekong boat rides are offered. We didn't have time to go to the opium museum but I will next time.
Written January 9, 2021
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DrClementLee
Miri, Malaysia210 contributions
Family
1st trip to Chiang Rai. Stayed 3D/2N with family of 4. Decided to tour White Temple(Wat Rong Khun), visit long neck Karen Hilltribe, Sop Ruak and Hall of Opium (different from Opium Museum) for whole day. Prearranged with local tour guide, Mr Tony who speaks good English, friendly and knowledgeable before our arrival to CR. As the norm in Thailand, these guides( and drivers) are very punctual.
Spent only 10-15 mins at Sop Ruak, just to see 3 countries converging at where the rivers meet. Did not go down to river as we were at the view point on a small hill. There is a temple and souvenir stalls. Able to see the casino at Myanmar. Along the road, near river, will be able to see the new entertainment city operated by the Chinese on a piece of land leased from Laos.
Just for information. The Karen Hilltribe are non-citizen of Thailand.Hence they do not get any financial aid from Thai government. Since they are attracting tourists (good for Thailand economy), the Thai government allows they to stay. The children do not go to proper school. The men are only allowed to work with daily pay nearby. Hence their other source of income are from the tourists- entrance fee and souvenirs from their stalls. The only souvenir that they make are the shawls woven by them. The rest are sourced from middlemen as you will find them sold at the nightly markets too. Hence they are also businesswomen-mostly run by women and teenage girls, dressed in their traditional costumes. Before entering their 'village'. one will pass through stalls at both sides of pathway operated by other hilltribes in their own costumes. This is similarly seen at Chiang Mai too. Just give a thought before deciding not to visit them because of your believe that they are exploited for tourism. They too need to earn an honest living. They have volunteers to school their children in a hut.
Written February 22, 2014
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webbie65
Melbourne, Australia32 contributions
Couples
Yesterday my wife and I [both 70] hired a private car and driver[ PAUL ]for a day trip from Chiang Mai to the Golden triangle which is where the borders of Thailand,Burma and Laos meet on the Mekong river.
We were picked up at the Holiday Inn in Chiang Mai at 8am and proceeded to the hot springs and then on to the White Temple just before Chiang Rai.then to the Baandam Museum for lunch.
We then headed to the Golden Triangle at Sop Ruak where we hired a small boat and driver to take us across the Mekong river to Laos island for a 30 minute shopping expedition.Some good deals found!
The driver then took us to Son Mai [a big city ] which is the crossing town from Thailand to Myanmarr
After spending 30 minutes there, we headed back down the highway to Chiang Mai arriving back at 9.30 pm.
The total cost for the day for 2 persons was 5000baht [about Au$184.00] which included the boat trip.
Our driver Surapon Sansuwan on 089 701 8975 was the most quiet and obliging driver we have ever had and I would certainly recommend him to any discerning clients.
Written April 17, 2016
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sttusvi
St. Thomas40 contributions
Friends
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 the town and enjoyed visiting the local market early in the morning, walking around the lake, and seeing the monks being given alms of food and in return blessing the donors. All things most tourists will never see.
Written October 9, 2014
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hydtie
96 contributions
Family
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 and mountains. Picture stop once in a while, eat and drink at a nice photo spot. (Take Highway 1 to Mae Chan/ Mae Sai, then turn right to Chaing Saen highway 1016)

At the Golden Triangle we took a boat ride. Be careful with the prices, it goes from 1200/1500 down to 500 Bath (price for 3 people). Walk around a bit and dare to ask everyone for prices.
There're more "boat operators"
Written August 9, 2014
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Robert A
Chiang Mai, Thailand64 contributions
Friends
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 of the place - truly amazing!
Written July 2, 2014
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Mackasx2
Sunshine Coast, Australia268 contributions
Couples
We were surprised by the feelings this area provoked.

Overlooking the three countries (Laos, Myanmar and Thailand) and thinking of the history of the Mekong River was quite amazing. There is so much that has happened in this area it is hard not to go back in time.

There are a lot of markets here and also tourist attractions. A big gold Buddha holds pride of place but there is also a very old temple at the top of the hill which is worth a look.

You can take a boat trip on the Mekong so you can say you have been to the three countries.....we didn't bother.

Also from Thailand, you can see a large red roofed building in Myanmar and if you look over to Laos, you can see a large building with a blue skylight roof. Apparently both these buildings are casinos.
Written June 9, 2013
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hillbobilly
Chiang Rai16 contributions
Friends
In the Opium Museum in the middle of Ban Sop Ruak, mostly called the Golden Triangle, you find probably the worlds greatest collection of parafernalia related to the use of opium. The museum houses an amazing collection and explains with texts, drawings, pictures and maps the history of opium cultivation and trade of this area. It's a relative small museum and aside of the opium theme also tobacco and the 'Long Neck' Karen have their own attention.
Visiting the original golden triangle (the sandbank in the river - later a greater geographical area) this little museum is a must. The entrance is about one US dollar and you can buy quality souvenirs, books and coffee as well and at on top of that for reasonable prizes.
The Hall of Opium is not a museum but a more Disney-like presentation of the same theme. The 'book' of the exhibition was written by an American, a Bangkok design studio stood for the display and a Japanese foundation paid the bill. The management resorts under the Mae Fah Luang Foundation and it has double prizing (foreigners pay as much as about 10 dollars).
Written August 31, 2012
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Veronica V
Milan, Italy69 contributions
Couples
If you are in chiang rai, the must have attraction is the white temple.
Then, 1 hour by car from here you can reach the golden triangle.
A strange place. You will read pro/cons reviews.
Frankly speaking if you are in chiang mai it does not worth the long journey.
If you are already in chiang rai, things are different!
You can have a quick look at the oppium museum (nothing special.. rather poor).
But then, you can take the stairs go to the temple on the top of the hill and from there take the stairs to the car park where there is the observation point of the borders among Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.
We did not take the ride on the Mekong river. We are fed up with local and cheap markets.
But next to the museum there is a nice shop where i suggest to buy giade bracelets (just 300b).
If you need a driver you can contact this girl... very professional with a safe jeep. With 1,800b she drove here and then back (mobile 087-7898840).
Written August 18, 2017
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