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This was originally the opium-growing region of northern India Thailand, eastern Burma and western Laos, but is now mainly a tourist attraction.
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| Sob Ruak Village, Chiang Saen 57150, Thailand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

the golden triangle village (aka Sob Ruak) is not a big place and is crammed with tourists; the chinese are there in great numbers; i eat in that village about twice per week at a thai thai restaurant, not a tourist thai restaurant; a great...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank vern d
Reviewed July 28, 2019

We bought on Tripadvisor a custom trip of Thailand from a local dealer. They carried us to the visit of the Golden Triangle, a border full of interesting stories told us from our private guide. A juicy trip, indeed.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Samantha_Monci_79
Reviewed July 25, 2019 via mobile

The Golden Triangle is the little island in the Mekong river that doesn't belong to Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, and where in past times the opium was traded. To just visit the village/quays on the Thailand side is not so interesting. The big Buddha is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank stephano210
Reviewed July 3, 2019

The idea of visiting 3 countries and going on a long-boat all sound interesting but it is very overrated for these tours. The Myanmar part of the trip is probably the most interesting but is really a tour of the markets just over the border....More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank vacalover33
Reviewed June 27, 2019

We went by local bus to Chiang Sean then by tuk tuk to Sop Ruak. Really cheap but took two hours each way. Area was very touristy and resembled a small theme park with a large Buddha and life size elephant figures. Not impressed but...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 18, 2019 via mobile

This is a great place to take a picture and move on, the activities around are very interesting if you are traveling through... good place for a Quick picture !!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank ferwalkaboutQ
Reviewed June 13, 2019

We can tell everybody that we have visited this place. If that’s important for you just do it. Otherwise you are missing nothing by skipping it on your to do list. There are so many other options available where you can spend your time much...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed June 5, 2019

This area has been contested by Thai, Burmese, Laotian and Khmer armies for centuries. The cities and forts have been all but taken over by the jungle. In recent decades it was the opium center of the world, but that has ended. Visit for the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

Took the boat ride across to Laos and saw the casino on the way there. If you have nothing better to do, then you can waste some time on this short journey. But I would not recommend it. Nothing to see or experience.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Newgracie
Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

A good place to take a break whilst travelling through. There are a couple of temples / shrines to look at and some nice views across the river. Lots of market like stalls along the road, bargains can be had especially if sellers are having...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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627ravin
June 14, 2019|
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Response from Chow E | Reviewed this property |
Hi, if you want to go to the beach area for holidays, it may be advisable to stay in your resort/hotel and always bring a big umbrella or be prepared to wait it out for the heavy rains to stop before you go out and enjoy... More
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December 16, 2018|
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Response from nooyoke | Reviewed this property |
For my experience, you can have you passport with you. No need to leave it with the border officer.😊
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November 11, 2018|
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Response from Redtaffy12 | Reviewed this property |
Its about a 1000 Baht per person and you need your passport if you want to get off . its cheaper if you join with others . the length of time depends on the boat your on
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