The Golden Triangle

Bordering Northern Thailand
Eastern Mayamar and Western Laos

Golden Buddah in the Golden Triangle


Right in the Heart of Opium Country

The infamous Golden Triangle with suggestions of illicit drug smuggling and uncertain frontiers, borders Northern Thailand, Eastern Burma and Western Laos. This refers to the area in which two-thirds of the world's opium is produced. Please do remember that all non-prescription drugs are highly illegal in Thailand and carry a very hefty jail term. Jail time for westerners is not exactly a good option here.

The production of opium in Thailand has been mostly eliminated since the late 1950's but both Laos and especially Burma still produce huge quantities. 2,500 tonnes annually. Crops in Thailand have now been replaced with lots of tourist type villages selling all the usual local handicrafts. There are plenty of ancient towns and temples as well as the lush forested landscape to explore.


On the Banks of the Mekong River


Chiang Saen

There is a signpost near the ancient town of Chiang Saen on the banks of the Mekong River directing tourists to this famous area on the northernmost tip of Thailand. This charming little market town was once the site of an ancient and powerful settlement, dating back to 1295. Located a short distance west of the town gate and up a small hill, is the temple of Wat Phra That Chom Kitti from where you'll have a good view of the surrounding area. 



1 Day Car Tour 4: Visit Doi Tung botanical gardens plus the Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen

1-Day Tour to Doi Tung Botanical Gradens plus the Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen

This tour takes you on a journey of about 30-40 minutes to visit the botanical gardens, which are laid out overlooking stunning views, as part of the Doi Tung Development Project. The project is set high up in the hills, and the road winds its way up from the valley below. After lunch, we drive to the Golden Triangle, which is the place where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet.

The border is delineated by the mighty Mekong river which slowly flows past. You'll take a tour of the Hall of Opium museum created by the King's Royal Project before visiting the ancient Lanna capital of Chiang Saen. Here you'll visit the city museum and climb up to view the Mekong river from a temple high-point. The tour starts at approximately 8:30 am and ends around 4:00 pm.


Signpost near Chiang Saen



5-Day Golden Triangle Tour

5-Day Private Golden Triangle Tour 

Here's a wonderful opportunity for you to come out and explore Thailand's most northern territories on a private 5-Day tour from Bangkok. On this trip, you'll travel to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, Doi Mae Salong, Mae Sai and Thatorn as well as the Mekong River and all the way up to the mountain high grounds. All this before stepping to the edge of the Thai-Burma border where you'll get to meet the locals in isolated Hill Tribe villages.

You'll board a long-tail boat for an epic journey on the Kok River and discover some of Thailand's extraordinary cultural diversity. You'll encounter the Hmong, Akha and Meo people, each with their distinctive language, costumes, dances and handicrafts. You'll also visit elephants in their home turf, watch artisans weave silk and take in the regions most iconic temples and vibrant markets.

Booking your tour from this page (at no extra cost to you) will not only put a little extra cash in my pocket but you'd also be helping me maintain this website so that I can continue giving you lots more Thailand travel information. Wishing you a pleasant journey.



3-Day Chiang Mai and Golden Triangle Tour Including Doi Mae Salong

3-Day Chaing Mai, Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Tour including Doi Mae Salong

Come and discover the charm of the most notorious northern territories on this three-day tour with a local guide. It's the meeting point of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) You'll travel by minibus on a round-trip from Chiang Mai where you'll explore the underground chambers of the Chiang Dao Caves and see where the Ruak and Mekong rivers converge. You’ll also visit the exquisite Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple and the Hall of Opium museum. You'll ride a long-tail boat down the Khong River and relax at Mae Ka Chan hot springs. You'll enjoy personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.



Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai and Northern Territories
Day Tour from Chiang Mai

Would an opportunity to visit the northern territories where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet be on your to-do-list? If so, you'll have an early morning drive from Chiang Mai through majestic scenery coupled with a stop-over at the Mae Kajan hot springs and a chance to explore this world-famous spot, notorious for its opium trade. Please see the link above for more details.


Gateway to the Mekong River



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