by Regin Reyno
The meeting point of three countries, Thailand, Burma, and Laos is called the Golden Triangle. It's called "golden" because of the wealth that that area was producing before-the wealth from Poppy plants which are used to produce Opium and its derivatives, Morphine and Heroine.
|3 countries at a time, anyone?|
Because of the nature of the place, a lot of hill tribes reside in the area; the Shan, Tai Lu, Hmong, Akha, Lisu, and Yao are some of the examples of those hill tribes.
From 1960's to 1990's, drug plantation, production, and trafficking was rampant in that place. Each of the countries had their own plantation, and trafficking was easy because of the proximity of the countries.
photo credit: Franz Calipuzan
Upon reading about this place before, it became one of my target destinations in Southeast Asia. I want to experience a kinda wild, wild west experience. I want to see what it looks like and I want to behold three countries at a time.
|with my friends and college batchmates|
My batchmates and I wasted no time and took a lot of photos and talked about the beautiful and interesting scene that we saw and some history that we know about the area. We were beholding 3 countries plus the 12th longest river and one of the most important rivers in the world.
|Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Thailand|
-The Golden Triangle is located in the village of Sop Ruak about 9 km. from the historic city of Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai.
-Visit the Opium museum.
-You can take a boat ride to visit the souvenir village in Laos and Burma but you'll need a passport or a pass if you want to go further in those countries.