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The Golden Triangle; A Captivating Region Beyond its Checkered Past

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The borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge to form the infamous Golden Triangle. It is one of the main attractions of a Northern Thailand trip because of its history and geography. The area’s position along the Mekong and Ruak rivers adds to the appeal of this once massive opium producing region.

The Golden Triangle’s legacy of opium production, usage, trading and just about anything else related to the drug can be studied at the Opium Museum. The area may be famous for its opium producing past, but it is also visited for the spectacular scenery, interesting history, quiet and rustic village life and other activities. The Golden Triangle is mountainous, offering fantastic scenery and views into the neighboring countries. You can choose to admire the beautiful backdrop perched on an elephant or by cruising along one of the rivers on a bamboo raft.

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No trip to the Golden Triangle is complete without a visit to the bustling Thai-Burmese border town of Mae Sai, a trading town with a hilltop temple. Here, you will experience a busy market scene and see crafts and other products from both countries congregate into one place.

The Golden Triangle is a great place to visit and offers a nice change of pace from Southeast Asia’s beach and temple site seeing scenes. With EXO Travel’s The Golden Triangle & The Mekong River Luxury Adventure tour, a whole host of activities await. On this tour you will have an opportunity to be an elephant mahout and ride this magnificent animal through the bamboo jungles. A peaceful boat ride through the jungles of Northern Laos is also in the itinerary. Our Chiang Rai and the Far North and Discover North Thailand tours are shorter but still equally enchanting programs into this famous area.

If you are visiting the Golden Triangle from the Thai side, EXO Travel recommends a stay at the enchanting Ananta Resort & Spa Golden Triangle. This gorgeous property is nestled among landscaped gardens with excellent views of the surrounding countryside. To further assimilate you to the region, each room is furnished with authentic Lanna silk, hilltribe cottons, local ceramics and teak furniture. Each guestroom is also inclusive of an outdoor balcony, allowing you to soothe in the refreshing mountain air from your very own room.

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