Photo: The Golden Triangle from above.

How to get to and from Sob Ruak

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Chiang Rai-bound air-con minibuses, run by Green Bus, depart hourly between 05:50 and 16:30, costing 50 baht. When we were there in September 2015 the departure point was in the carpark by the river, though this is worth checking. There should also be two full-size buses departing at 08:40 and 14:15, costing 60 baht but again, please double-check departure point.

The Buakham Rim Khong Hotel, on the main street next door to Near River, sells Chiang Rai-bound bus tickets if you would like to book in advance and can provide onward tickets to most other destinations.

There are also blue songthaews plying the Mae Sai, Sob Ruak, Chiang Saen route, but they are infrequent and run only mornings up until midday. Mae Sai is 40 baht and Chiang Saen 20 baht. Finally, and running regularly throughout the day, are the old green fan-cooled buses (not to be confused with the Green Bus Company), stopping outside the 7-eleven and which will deposit you outside the 7-eleven in Chiang Saen, also for 20 baht.

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