Golden Triangle Park (sob Ruak)11 Votes
- Address: Wiang, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand
- Tags: Park, Family And Kids
The Golden Triangle Park in the province of Chiang Rai is the confluence point of the Mekong and Ruak. You can hire a boat to explore around the park and check out the spectacular statues and structures such as the Phra That Doi Pu Khao, the Buddha statue next to the river, the Hall of Opium, and the House of Opium. The magnanimous sitting Buddha statue on an intricately crafted ship is located on the riverbank. On the top of the Palanquin you can see the elephant statues and even take a snapshot beside them by paying a small amount of donation. The Hall of Opium and the House of Opium are Opium theme museums where you will learn about the opium cultivation and trade and paraphernalia about the production process of Opium.
How to Reach Golden Triangle Park (sob Ruak)
- Accessible on Boat
- Cover on foot
Golden Triangle Park (sob Ruak) Reviews & Ratings
So you can say you've been there--that's about it. The park is not that impressive, although the views are nice on a clear day. To learn about the opium trade that used to be a major part of life here, visit the nearby museum. If you keep driving down the road a ways, there will be carts along the road in the evening that sell various types of food. The clay hot pot is particularly good if you like that sort of thing, and the prices are fairly reasonably considering you get a great view of the river from your table.
So much have been written about the golden triangle era reminding us about the good old days of the opium trade and the mighty warlords that controlled this mountainous region but the golden triangle now is nothing to boost since the opium trade disappeared. What's left is a so called triangle park with a few shops and looks more like a white elephant least to say it had lost much of the glamorous iconic landmark attached to it's name. I managed to catch a glimpse of the surrounding and am happy I made it this far up north of Thailand/Laos though never anticipated what I will encountered upon my visit. Not disappointed with the outcome of my visit presumably because I never forecast a robust or a monstrousity beauty that awaits my arrival. All I wanted was being able to set foot on this famous soil that once was the marquee to the name the Golden Triangle. Still you'll be able to spend ample time exploring the existing circumambient on display. Nothing short of fun and pleasure if you are able to venture on the Thai as well as the Laos side of the triangle which I managed to tour these border town. Thai currency is very much welcome on the other side of the border.
I feel like I achieved one of my goals once I reach Golden Triangle. The scenery totally beautiful as it nearby with Laos and Myanmar border. We do enjoy the street stall selling local craft and foods. Wish to come again on future.
Well, just a border, nothing too special to offer. If interested in the history of optimum, there's a small museum of it. A small shopping district and a food court is available. Not a bad choice if you just want to kill time. You can have a better view hiking up to the mountain.
It is an interesting spot but at the en of the day it doesn't have anything other than a couple Buddas and the view with the two borders which is not much. I'd say if you are not going to take one of those boat rides (which are very overpriced anyhow) it's probably not worth the trouble of going all the way up there.