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  • The Golden Triangle
    3.5 stars

    The Golden Triangle is one of those regions that has captured popular imagination: think warlords, secret armies, opium mule trains chugging through the jungle, triads, the DEA and CIA, hill tribes, remote villages and above all the chest-high pink and wh ... read more

  • A favourite north Thai temple: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen
    3.5 stars

    Wat Chedi Luang translates as ‘royal stupa temple'; there are quite a few similarly named temples around but we’re referring to the old Chiang Saen one, so named since it’s thought to have been the principal temple of King Mengrai’s former capital. ... read more

  • Chiang Rai's Sob Ruak
    3.5 stars

    The Thai government and Tourism Authority of Thailand have very successfully converted their part of this once wild region into a highly profitable tourism hot spot. ... read more

  • Chiang Rai's House of Opium
    3.5 stars

    Or ‘welcome to the house of fin’, (fin being the Thai translation)! The House of Opium is the original of the two museums in tiny Sob Ruak (in Chiang Rai province) dedicated to the sticky resin of this one particular flower. ... read more

  • Golden Triangle
    3.5 stars

    Once the stomping grounds of warlords, secret armies and opium mule trains, the Golden Triangle has been successfully transformed by the Thai government into one of the country's best known tourism hot spots. Although the catch phrase, "Golden Triangle", referred to a large area of northern ... read more

  • Wat Chedi Luang
    3.5 stars

    Wat Chedi Luang translates as 'royal stupa temple' and there are no shortage of temples in Thailand with the same name, including important ones in Chiang Mai and Sukhothai. Chiang Saen's Wat Chedi Luang is thought to date from the 13th or 14th centuries and is believed to have been the principal ... read more

  • House of Opium
    3 stars

    The House of Opium (Baan Fin in Thai) in Chiang Rai province's tiny Sob Ruak near the Golden Triangle is a small but worthwhile museum dedicated to the notorious soapy smelling resin of the poppy flower. The flowers once covered huge swathes of mountain slope in this area and brought loads of ... read more


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