Thailand’s Golden Triangle and Village Life
Thailand’s Golden Triangle
and Village Life
The Golden Triangle’s interest may have changed, as visitors now want to explore the convergence
of three countries along the Mekong. Combined with Chiang Saen’s historical charm and
hill tribe settlements, a beautiful half-day touring is guaranteed.
WHY THIS TOUR?
No visit to Chiang Rai is complete without making your way into the Golden Triangle, once one of Thailand’s most infamous regions for trading drugs and opiates. Nowadays, this acclaimed part of Northern Thailand is primarily visited for boat tours along with the Thai, Laotian and Burmese border, with scenic views over the surrounding mountains.
Just a mere 9 kilometres north of the riverside settlement Chiang Saen and with excellent connections from Chiang Rai, the region has undergone a substantial transformation over the past decades where designated pieces of land now make way for agriculture. It will be the Golden Triangle itself that will catch your attention from the moment you see the large Golden Buddha statue appear at the end of the horizon.
18:00 - 20:30
Your English-speaking guide and driver will be waiting at your hotel before heading out toward Chiang Saen. Before reaching this charming town along the Mekong, we make a stop at one of the last White Hmong settlements still present in this part of the country. Baan Kiew Karn is a small settlement on top of a mountain where generation-long cherished traditions remain a part of life. Besides meeting a local hill tribe, you will thoroughly enjoy the scenic countryside that leads to Chiang Saen, formerly known as Wiang Hiran Nakhon Ngoen Yang when it served as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom.
It is here where we embark into a long tail boat for an upstream sailing trip towards the actual Golden Triangle area. With Laos on starboard and Thailand on the port side, you will be sailing on the border between both nations! You will disembark right before where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar converge. Once the playing grounds of drug lords and smugglers, nowadays the atmosphere is quite different: from local vendors selling souvenirs and handicraft, visitors will be guided up to the Wat Pra That Phu Kao, the famous viewpoint overlooking the three nations with the Mekong River playing a central role. Ample time will be given to shop around for souvenirs or locally-produced knick-knacks as a reminder to your visit to the Thailand side of the Golden Triangle.
On the way back to Chiang Rai, we follow the path along the Mekong River, still favoured by many for its varied scenery and sense of remoteness in making the Golden Triangle and the idyllic towns along the Mekong River an enjoyable destination. We end our half-day tour with a short stop at Ban Sob Ruak, situated along the Mekong River before we reach Chiang Rai.