Golden Triangle

The golden triangle is a large geographic region including parts of Myanmar, Laos, and Northern Thailand. This region has infamy as one of the largest sources of opium production in the world, especially during the 2nd half of the 20th century.

The center of the golden triangle is a point where the Ruak river converges with the Mekong river. As national borders, these rivers bring together the countries of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos at a single point.

It is possible to take a short boat ride across to Laos – no visa is required, and your passport is held in safety on the Thai side of the Mekong river. On the other side there is a small market of minor interest, but the boat ride itself is quite fun and provides a good view of the banks on both sides as well as passing cargo boats.

Mae Sai is a border town at the northernmost point of Thailand and has some interesting markets, so this is sometimes included as a point of interest in itineraries.

Choui Fong Tea Plantation is located between Chiang Rai and the golden triangle – not too far from the main highway.  Doi Tung is home to the Mae Fah Luang gardens.

The original museum at the golden triangle is 101 House of Opium. There is also a new museum called Hall of Opium.

Golden Triangle - 101 House of Opium Museum

Golden Triangle Tours

We do not operate private day tours of the Golden Triangle because of the distance & time involved. There is a group tour that runs every day, if you are happy to cope with the travel required.

If you would like to take a multi-day private tour with us, you will have more time to enjoy the sights. Using Chiang Rai city as your accommodation base, there are additional attractions you can include in your itinerary.