The Golden Triangle locally known as Sop Ruak is where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet separated by the Mekong river. The border between Thailand and Burma is marked by the Ruak river, which flows into the Mekong at Sop Ruak.
To do & see in the Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle is known for its beautiful scenery. From the viewpoint you will see the three neighboring countries, the Mekong river and the hilly landscape with its small villages and hilltop temples.
Some of the sights in the area include a large golden Buddha image seated in a boat, an ancient temple on a hill and the House of Opium Museum.
Get up close to all three countries taking a long tail boat ride along the shores of Thailand, Burma and Laos.
Golden Triangle Park
On the Thai side of the river where all three countries can be seen from the viewpoint is the Golden Triangle Park. An entrance gate adorned with sculpted elephant statues welcomes visitors to the Golden Triangle.
On the banks of the Mekong river is a large golden Buddha image seated in a boat. Next to it are two large elephant statues carrying miniature stupas on their backs.
Long tail boat ride
A fun way to explore the area is to take a long tail boat trip on the Mekong river. Boats can be chartered for trips along the shores of Burma, Laos and Thailand lasting about 20 to 30 minutes. A trip all the way to Chiang Saen and beyond will take some 1½ hours.
A short boat ride away is Don Sao, a Lao island in the river where tourists can visit a local market. A visit to the island does not require a visa to Laos.