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Golden Triangle

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4 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
12 hours from Bangkok by bus
When to go
From November to May
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Golden Triangle

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

The Golden Triangle is a mountainous region which straddles northern Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar and through which the river Mekong flows.

My suggestion:

Rent a motorbike and go discover the mountain roads of the region; the surrounding scenery is magnificent!

My review

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!

Romain Beuvart Seasoned Traveller
89 written opinions

The Golden Triangle is a mountainous region right in the north of Thailand, on the border with Laos and Myanmar. 

My suggestion:
If you like gambling you can cross the river by boat to go to the casino opposite. No need for a visa because casinos benefit from a special regime which treats them as being outside Laos.
My review

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.  

Marine Faure Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

The Golden Triangle is a mountainous region that straddles three countries: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

My suggestion:
Take the time to walk through amazing scenery in the mountains in the region, with or without a guide.
My review
In the north of Thailand you will find the Golden Triangle, a region which is partly in Thailand, but also partly in Laos and Myanmar. The region is best known for producing "white gold," or opium, because it is the biggest producer in the world.
I found the region restful and charming, completely immersed in nature along the banks of the Mekong and in the middle of the mountains. I ate in little villages right next to the river, I visited temples, and, for those who are interested, it's also possible to find out about the opium market.
Must see: Wat Rong Khun, a magnificent white temple. Nature lovers can also go trekking or walking for one or several days in the region.

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