Golden Triangle - Burma, Thailand and Laos
Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
54Trip End Aug 20, 2008
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We also saw some legit natural hot springs (like wicked hot, Dad). We trekked past Chiang Mai into the hillside to visit a couple local tribes. It was interesting to see how they live and learn some of their history (a lot are refugees from Laos and Burma). Although they are smart enough to set up some small shops for tourists.
Highlight: The highlight of the trip was going to the Golden Triangle, which is the northernmost point of Thailand and the intersection of Thailand with Burma and Laos, and was the central point of the opium trade for hundreds of years
Lowlight: The lowlight of the day was 1.5 hrs into our trip, when we realized we left our camera charger and battery in our hotel room in Chiang Mai. Our guide kind of freaked out, but managed to get the battery onto a bus headed for Chiang Rai and we picked it up at 6:00pm for the hefty fee of $3.00....not bad. We are starting to wonder if we were just not meant to have a fully functional camera on this trip.
After a day of sightseeing and taking in the local culture, we arrived at our hotel for the next two nights. In typical Thai tradition, it's a lot of open air buildings with comfortable rooms and enormous breakfast buffets to appease the western tourists (everything from Pad Thai to Fried Eggs to Salad)
Chiang Rai is a quiet mountain town and it is low season due to the rain, so there is not a lot of action. We ate dinner in the middle of the night market ($10 for food and beers - thanks to Kate & Mark for their leftover Baht, we had a great meal!) and walked around there for a while. Lauren has developed a bit of a soft spot for the local children selling handmade things (flower garlands, dolls with one-eye, etc.) so we did some early Christmas shopping. We grabbed a tuk-tuk to head back to our hotel, which is always interesting given the very small size and the extremely reckless driving. These things are not made for anyone over 5'2".