Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle

Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle

Sop Ruak - the center of the Golden Triangle
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Considered to be the heart of the Golden Triangle at the confluence of the Ruak and the Mekong, this place has obviously been set up for tourism. Some of the most notable landmarks include Phra Chiang Temple with a giant golden statue of Buddha, the Opium Museum and a monument to Phra Cha Saen with banners and elephants. You can also expect the restaurants, cafes and the obligatory souvenir shops.
Written 17 April 2024
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Instantcalmer
Yasothon, Thailand1,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
I found this a fascinating place because I did a little research before about the history and geography And I did a lot more research afterwards. Read about warlord Khun Sa and the opium trade. The viewpoint is pretty amazing as you stand in Thailand and view a Myanmar peninsular and Laos on the other side of the Mekong The temple? here is a bit kitschy but many Thai temples have that happy amusement park atmosphere about them. The souvenir shops were cheap and offered good service but after a while it's pretty well same same. We bought t-shirts and Lanna style clothing for peanuts really. In normal times Mekong boat rides are offered. We didn't have time to go to the opium museum but I will next time.
Written 9 January 2021
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Lynne S
Bangkok137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Not sure it is really worth the hour plus drive from Chiang Rai to get to the Golden Triangle as really there is not much to see when you get there. Interesting to us having been in all three countries.
Written 15 November 2020
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vern d
Chiang Saen, Thailand630 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
sob ruak is the village right at the point where the three countries comes together at the mekong river; the village itself is nondescript other than the river views and the buddha in the boat (it is Big); far far too many souvenir shops, all selling the same stuff; these days the chinese and other foreign tourists are absent so the town is much quieter than the old normal; decent food selections, pizza etc; some western but most are strictly thai;
the village is 8 km upstream from chiang saen town
Written 1 September 2020
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Alex S
Songkhla, Thailand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Heard so much of, and taught of in school, of the Golden Triangle. It was an experience to be in the heart of it. Seeing Myanmar to the left and laos to the right separated by the mighty Mekong river. Well worth a visit
Written 2 August 2020
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sebring1970
Buenos Aires, Argentina27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Worth a stop and take the boat across to Lao. Yes, it's a tourist trap but the prices are great and I saw and bought items there that I have never seen before or since, such as opium vodka. That stuff will get you talking to the cosmic blueberry muffin. At the top of the mountain is a vista, and again I bought some wonderful cheap and unique clothing there that I am having my company R&D (ripoff & duplicate) for resale in the western hemisphere. Knowing the history of the place does enrich the experience somewhat, such as opium being worth more by weight than gold, but I like any place worth visiting to stand on its own. The Giant Buddha on the Thai side has some great foto ops from the boat. I have been to all 7 continents and all 50 states in the USA, so I prob have no idea what I am talking about jajajajajaaa.
Written 18 May 2020
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Hitesh S
Mumbai, India384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
made by woods and other things, yiu can just see,photo and move, they say its god of golden tringle, its good to see.
Written 20 February 2020
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Jay N
Sandy, UT24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The structures are beautiful. Read about Golden Triangle from long time, finally it feels good to visit. Understanding the history at Hall of opium museum was interesting.
Written 2 January 2020
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kmancy2019
Rogers, AR6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The drive to get here was brutal, so bring the Dramamine!! It reminded me of a little downtown you'd find at home. Some attractions, food, shopping and views. Not a ton to do but it's pretty and we were stopping through. If you have time for food go to the big green restaurant across from the Imperial hotel. It's walking distance from here (maybe 5 mins with sidewalk) and it's the best fried noodles and mango smoothie I had the whole trip!
Written 26 August 2019
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Nunngo
ACT1,570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
A great viewing point where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet. It is a significant landmark marking the location of the Golden Triangle, a historically significant point where the countries traded the drug opium. The Mekong River is a magnificent expanse of water of great significance to these countries.
Written 4 July 2019
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