Ban Sop Ruak Travel Guide

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Ban Sop Ruak Things to Do

  • House of Opium

    As its name suggests, this museum is about the Opium trade that took place in the area of the Golden Triangle. The museum displays artefacts relating to the dark periods of late 1960's when the opium trade dominated the Golden Triangle. These include a huge collection of old weights, scales, fancy opium pipes and other paraphernalia plus details...

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  • Golden Triangle

    The Golden Triangle is the English name meaning the meeting of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, but to the locals it's Sop Ruak, since this is where the Mekong meets the Ruak River. The landscape is hilly, divided by the Ruak River that flows into the Mekong River. These rivers form a natural boundary between the three countries Laos (to the east of the...

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  • Golden Triangle Tour

    Unlike Chiang Mai where there's dozens of tour agents offering tours, it became apparent to me when I walked around Chiang Rai that tour agents were a bit thin on the ground. I only found a few and the cheapest I found to do a Golden Triangle Tour was a place opposite the Chiang Rai First Church called Four Lens Tours. The tour cost me 1200 baht...

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  • Hall of Opium

    "A Journey Through the Long History of Opium"At 300Bt, this museum was the most expensive tourist attraction we visited on the holiday - and worth every last Baht. It was one of the best museums I have ever visited anywhere. Starting off rather badly, with little accurate direction, we walked the almost 3klms to the museum from town. The 9 year,...

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  • Opium Museum

    The original Opium Museum is open daily from 7.00am til 9.00pm - entrance 50B, which seems rather paltry compared to the 300Bt for entree to the Opium Hall. This was a well organised little museum, with both interesting information about the historical relationship with Asia, and the social, cultural, and, most particularly, economic influency of...

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  • Sop Ruak - Official center of the Golden...

    Located about 9 km north of Chiang Saen, Sop Ruak serves as the official center of the Golden Triangle where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, at the confluence of the Nam Ruak and Mekong Rivers. The “Golden Triangle” actually refers to a much larger geographic area across Myanmar, Laos and Thialand, where the opium trade has flourish...

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Ban Sop Ruak Tourist Traps

  • Transport from Chiang Saen

    We travelled the 12kms from Chiang Saen by public songthaew for 20Bt each - with the plan to get a boat back. However, the price quoted by a number of operators was US$25! - which was river robbery! So - we duly lined up along the street and took the very comfy 20Bt songthaew back to Chiang Saen. There are motorbikes and bicycles for hire at...

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  • They look cute - thats the point!

    Saw these little girls primped and ready for a day's work! Realised that the photograph would not come free, but was unprepared for the mothers' flurry of purses around necks, fussing and attempts to extort additional cash from us, and the kids' ready outstretched hands as soon as the shutter was opened!Husband didn't have "mid" currency when...

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  • Opium of the Masses....

    I guess you can't go to the Golden Triangle without seeing some remnants of its former glory as the Opium capital of the world. These days, at least on the Thailand side of the border, the government has gone a long way to eradicate this cash crop. But, you can still find remnants of the past.The Hall of Opium is one such place, which is a small...

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  • Mo' Horsepower...

    No wonder them long tailed boats on the Mekong river go ripping through the water, just look at the size of the engine on them. They rip a four cylinder car engine out and mount it in the boat, then attach a long shaft with a prop onto the drive train....This setup will get you where you need to go, pretty dern quick....

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