We had hired an excellent driver, Chai, for the day & this was just one point on our itinerary. I wouldn't recommend people to go especially to the Golden Triangle but it is quite an epic viewpoint considering the history attached to it. You stop by the roadside & look at the triangle formed by the convergence of the Maesai & Mekong rivers & the borders of Laos, Myanmar & Thailand. China is only 270km upriver! Nearby are the ruins (14th century) of Wat Phra That Pu Khao, which added to the sense of history in this place. The main attraction, however, is the Opium Museum which houses a fascinating collection of opium paraphernalia & a good history of the trade & wars. Well worth a visit.
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