Day 8 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

The tour I booked for this day was the Golden Triangle. This is perhaps one of the longest tours spent on the road (about 6 hours of driving all up).

On the way, you will pass a hotspring which is too hot to bath in or touch (90C). You will pass a White Temple, which is still currently underconstruction. The interior of the White Temple has to be seen to believed. It is a work of art! The wax replica of a Monk is also amazingly real… Unfortuantely, no photos are allowed inside the temple for copyright reasons.

The centrepiece of the tour is going to a location called the Golden Triangle. This is where 3 Countries meet around a small island in the Mekong River (Laos, Burma, Thailand). The small island is unclaimed land, and it use to be the drop off point for Opium back in the days. Part of the tour will take you on a cruise around this location, and take you over to Laos. You will be allowed to walk on Laos land for a small fee and you will collect a stamp (no longer stamped into your passport).

On the long drive home, you will probably drop past the Long Neck Village. These are refugees for Yemen that have been granted land to live on by Thailand authorities.

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