The wonder of Golden Triangle is the visit to 3 countries; Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, in one place. It is 9 kilometers north of Chiang Saen along the Mekong riverside road. Sop Ruak is the place where Mekong River, the border between Thailand and Laos, meets Ruak River, the border between Thailand and Myanmar. In the past, Golden Triangle was the world’s large source of drug trafficking owing to its privileged location attached to many countries. However, it is currently taken good care of and becomes a popular tourist attraction.
From the viewpoint, the tourists will find the land that connects the three countries, surrounded by long and calm waterway. There is boat rental service at Sop Ruak so that the tourists can admire the view at Golden Triangle. The trip takes only 20 minutes. Besides, the tourists can rent the boat from Sop Ruak to Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong for 40 minutes and 1 hour and a half, respectively. There is also a beautiful spot for the tourists to take photo with its spectacular background. Another interesting activity is to pay respect to Phra Chiang Saen Si Phaendin or Phra Buddha Nawa Lan Tue, which appears sitting outdoors on a large boat called Rua Kaew Kusoltham. It is a magnificent bronze Buddha image and is even more outstanding when it is under sunlight. In addition, there are a number of souvenir shops for tourists to go shopping.
How to get there:
It is very convenient coming to Golden Triangle by car via highway no. 10. After passing Mae Chan sub-district, turn right to highway no. 1016 (Mae Chan- Chiang Rai) and continue for 29 kilometers. Before reaching the old walls of Chiang Saen, the tourists can either turn left at bypass intersection and follow the guideposts to Golden Triangle, or go straight passing Chiang Saen district, turn left to Mekong riverside road, and continue for 12 kilometers. In the case of not taking car, the tourists can take the Chiang Rai- Chiang Saen green bus from Chiang Mai transport station. After that, take Chiang Rai- Sop Ruak minibus at Chiang Saen market.