- Encounters with locals
- Sustainable Tourism
The Golden Triangle is a mountainous region which straddles northern Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar and through which the river Mekong flows.
Rent a motorbike and go discover the mountain roads of the region; the surrounding scenery is magnificent!
Formerly famous for its opium production, the Golden Triangle, to me, is a region surrounded by mystery. Today the poppy fields have disappeared from the Thai mountains to be replaced by tea, rice, and coffee, and the area is open for tourism.
So, excited to find out more about the region, I went to Chiang Rai, the main town of the Golden Triangle, and then I went off to explore the windy roads of the mountains around it. I loved it! Waterfalls, rivers, jungle, temples perched on rocky outcrops, villages hiding in the landscape, hot springs, there are endless places to go in the Golden Triangle all in unbelievable countryside. If you are a trekking fan, there are some great walks that take you up to meet the ethnic minorities who live in the mountains.
The Golden Triangle is an absolute must!
The Golden Triangle is a classic part of every trip round Thailand. I have stayed there several times and I like the area, bordered by mountains on one side and the Mekong on the other. When the weather is good, the colors are magnificent - the blue sky, the brown river and the great golden Buddha framing the triangle.
There's lots for the sporty to do: I tried climbing and bamboo rafting. As it's mountainous, the Golden Triangleis also great for trekking or walking in the forest.
You can do the visit in one day if you just want to "see" the area that makes up the Triangle, but I really advise you to stay at least 2 or 3 days, so you can explore the region's richness in more detail. True, some of the hotels are not cheap, but they do give you a wonderful view when you wake up. I remember looking at the view over 3 countries covered with a morning mist - magical. And that's without talking about north Thailand's culinary specialties, which make the region unmissable as far as I am concerned.