The Golden Triangle and beyond in North Thailand
We made a beautiful trip along the Mekong River from Mai Sai to the point where the Mekong River starts to be the border between Thailand and Laos. And then following the river until the point where the river enters Laos for the first time. You will need your own transport but traveling east of Mai Sai along the not anymore so mighty Mekong River (Mae Nam Khong) one comes in a all new area of Thailand bordering with Laos where you are passing the Golden Triangle (stop at the Hall of Opium), Chiang Saen, Chiang Khong (border crossing to Laos) and Wiang Kaen to go in direction Chiang Kham but not before you visit Phu Patang and Phu Chi Fa. And on your way also passing Doi Pha Tang.
|View along the Mekong river|
|Bridge too far?|
And on top of a high mountain of course a Buddha to guide your way. For the people who do like long hiking trips, there are walking tracks on top of the mountains here. And at a very steep path on the foot of the mountain is a small village (well all houses are guesthouses and hotels) surrounded by thousands of Thai Sakura flowers. Coming in this area in the right time you might even see a garden full of Tulips at Doi Pamon.
|Looking over Laos|