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  • Address: Highway 1290, Sop Ruak 57000, Thailand
  • Admission: Free

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Golden Triangle Tours

The mountainous border regions of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand come together in the exotically named Golden Triangle—a haven of Buddhist architecture, lush forest, and colorful riverfront villages. Located in the Chiang Rai province at Thailand’s northernmost tip, the Golden Triangle is thick with wonders, both natural and man-made.

The Basics
Originally launched into notoriety by the opium trade, this sleepy part of Southeast Asia is now a popular jungle escape and jumping-off point for visits to hill tribe villages populated by the White Hmong, Akha, Karen, and Lahu people. Most regional tours start in Chiang Rai, although some also make the trip from Chiang Mai. On a full-day tour, discover cultural delights of Northern Thailand such as the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), the impressive Hall of Opium museum, and Chiang Saen’s ancient Buddhist ruins. You can also visit farther-flung rural villages, ride in a tuk-tuk, peruse local markets, and cruise the Ruak and Mekong rivers. Some longer tour options cross into Myanmar at the border town of Mae Sai, while other excursions venture into Laos via the Fourth Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • On tours that cross into Laos or Myanmar, it’s helpful to carry a small amount of US currency in addition to Thai baht.
  • A valid passport is required for border crossings into Laos and Myanmar.
  • Thailand’s northern region is more conservative than Bangkok, the islands, and the beaches down south. Cover your shoulders and avoid wearing swimming attire at religious sites. 

How to Get There
The Golden Triangle’s official center is the town of Sop Ruak, located at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers. The capital city of Chiang Rai (the departure point of most Golden Triangle tours) lies roughly 113 miles (182 kilometers) north of Chiang Mai, a 3-hour journey by road. Multiple buses travel between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai daily, though most visitors travel by car or guided tour.

When to Get There
Winter is the most popular time to visit, when the days are usually dry and warm. Monsoon season lasts from late April through October, bringing rain and humid weather. 
 
Things to Know When Visiting Hill Tribe Villages
Each traditional hill tribe community has its own style of dress, language, and cultural customs. Many villages retain their roots but also open up their way of life to curious visitors. Visitors should be respectful, always ask before taking photographs, and consider purchasing locally made handicrafts that support the village communities.

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Private Tour: Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Laos Village Experience from Chiang Rai, Chiang ... 
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Private Tour: Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Laos Village Experience from Chiang Rai

Travel with a private guide from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle region, visiting hill tribe villages and historical towns before crossing the border into ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.98
Private Full-Day Tour to Chiang Saen, the Golden Triangle, and Hill Tribes of Mae Sai from Chiang ... 
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Private Full-Day Tour to Chiang Saen, the Golden Triangle, and Hill Tribes of Mae Sai from Chiang Rai

Explore Thailand's Chiang Rai region on this private day trip to the historic former capital city, Chiang Saen; the border of three countries (Laos, Thailand, ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.37
Chiang Rai Day Trip from Chiang Mai City, Chiang Mai, Private Day Trips
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Chiang Rai Day Trip from Chiang Mai City

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This small-group day trip to Chiang Rai Province will take you to a variety of attractions such as the modern architecture of the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.40
Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Day Trips
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Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

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A chance to visit the famous Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet! An early morning drive through beautiful scenery, with a stop ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.79
Golden Triangle Day Trip from Chiang Rai Including Mekong River Cruise and Hill Tribe Village, ... 
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Golden Triangle Day Trip from Chiang Rai Including Mekong River Cruise and Hill Tribe Village

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Explore the highlights of northern Thailand on a day trip from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Chiang Khong. You'll admire ancient temple ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.78
Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Private Day ... 
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Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai

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Start your full-day privately guided excursion to Mae Chan to visit the Yao and the Akha hilltribe villages from Chiang Rai. Your private guide offers you ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.68
Private Tour: A Glimpse of Myanmar and the Golden Triangle Trip from Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, ... 
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Private Tour: A Glimpse of Myanmar and the Golden Triangle Trip from Chiang Rai

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Get a taste of Burmese culture with a private tour from Chiang Rai across the border to Tachileik, Myanmar (Burma). Stop for glittering temples, local food and ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.92
6-Day Northern Thailand Tour: Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai from Bangkok, ... 
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6-Day Northern Thailand Tour: Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai from Bangkok

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Discover the cultural delights of northern Thailand on this 6-day coach tour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. With an expert guide, you’ll see the ruins of ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $929.71
3-Day Chiang Mai and Golden Triangle Tour Including Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Mai, Multi-day Tours
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3-Day Chiang Mai and Golden Triangle Tour Including Doi Mae Salong

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Discover the charm of northern Thailand and the notorious Golden Triangle – the meeting point of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) – on this three-day tour ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $625.00
Hall of Opium Chiang Saen Tour from Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Multi-day Tours
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Hall of Opium Chiang Saen Tour from Chiang Rai

Once the playing ground for traders, cultivator and users, Thailand’s Golden Triangle has been closely associated with its opium and papaver history; the Hall ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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