Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle

Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle: Why go

The growing town of Chiang Rai is bidding to rival Chiang Mai as the base for upmarket treks and tours in northern Thailand. The surrounding area, insistently (and inexplicably) dubbed 'The Golden Triangle', continues to draw coachloads of Thai and farang visitors, attracted by the proximity of Burma and Laos (just across the fabled Mekhong River), and the seedy history of opium trading.

Most of them visit the excellent Opium Museum in Chiang Saen, buy a few handicrafts in Chiang Rai, and are then whisked away to their next port of call. But there's more to it than that.

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