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Chiang Saen

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  • Golden Triangle
    3.5 stars

    Although the catch phrase, "Golden Triangle", referred to a large area of northern Indochina comprising northeast Burma — the Wa and Shan states — northern Laos and northern parts of Thailand before most of the opium (at least in Thailand) was eradicated in the 1990s and 2000s, the ... read more

  • Wat Chedi Luang
    3.5 stars

    Chiang Saen's Wat Chedi Luang is thought to date from the 13th or 14th centuries and is believed to have been the principal temple of King Mengrai's former capital city. The octagonal base of the 18-metre-high chedi is built in classic Chiang Saen style. The chedi isn't exactly awe-inspiring ... read more

  • House of Opium
    3 stars

    The flowers once covered huge swathes of mountain slope in this area and brought loads of money, and trouble, to the local people. We didn't see anyone actually puffing opium here, but you can use your imagination while perusing displays of antique ceramic pipes. Other exhibits include ... read more


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