Photo: The Golden Triangle from above.

Things to see and do

Hall of Opium
1 km north of town, Route 1290
T: (053) 717 433

There’s a perfectly good opium museum down the road for 50 baht, so is this one worth 200? By the time we left, we were definitely won over. There’s little overlap between the two museums content-wise -- they’re complimentary rather than repetitive, so if you have time, see both. The Hall of Opium is more general, and its contents and aims broader. There’s an emphasis on the wider ... Read more about Hall of Opium .

The House of Opium
Centre of town, opposite the 7-eleven, Sob Ruak

The House of Opium is the original of the two museums in town dedicated to the sticky resin of poppies. The little museum is well laid out and English explanations are both comprehensive and comprehensible — there is even some information in French. The curators have managed to fit a lot of stuff in a small space and displays cover the general history of the drug, its history in Southeast Asia, ... Read more about The House of Opium .

Wat Prathat Sam Mung & Wat Doi Phu Kao

The best viewpoint over the Golden Triangle is beautiful, if touristy, and easily reached -- it lets you take in two temples as well. Just aside the House of Opium, a sealed road and adjacent flight of naga-lined steps lead up to the summit of the small hill overlooking town. Up top the small carpark has souvenir stalls and the inevitable coffee shop on one side and stupendous views on the ... Read more about Wat Prathat Sam Mung & Wat Doi Phu Kao .

Boat trips

Boat tours along the Mekong taking in the scenery of a bit of Laos, Burma and Thailand, and usually making a stop at a Lao market (or souvenir stalls), generally last around an hour. The official entry point into Laos is at Chiang Khong and foreign tourists can not normally get stamped in or out at Sob Ruak. You can however, if you deposit your passport at immigration, cross over the river for ... Read more about Boat trips .

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