Thailand's Golden Triangle:  Where Thailand, Laos & Myanmar / Burma meet .. on the Mekong River.
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Northern Thailand sits at the Southeastern edge of the Himalayan Mountain foothills. 

2008:  Chiang Mai rated #3 destination city in Asia.

Chiang Mai is a short flight or an overnight train ride from Bangkok

Yet it feels like a different planet.

Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle are in the foot hills of the Himalayan Mountains .. the air is sweet & cool  ..  the lifestyle relaxed.

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The Bangkok to Chiang Mai Train is HIGHLY recommended.  Get a 'sleeper room / private compartment' with picture window. 

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The 'coolest hot rod', :-o)) , water taxis are on the Mekong ..  at the Golden Triangle.

Best Thai water taxi rides.. get it on!.. 

  • Haulin' ass in a canoe like vessel.. you are 'easy chair reclined' on the bottom of the craft.. inches above the river .. your butt may be below the water line.
  • Oh, if haulin' ass offends you.. ya probably wouldn't like the ride!
  • .. but if haulin' ass is something you have an affinity for.. carry yo' ass to the Mekong.

An exhilarating blast!



Chiang Mai is located on the serene Mai Ping River in a beautiful mountain valley.

  • A beautiful full day drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Song tranverses a remote mountainous region near the Burmese border

  • The full day drive to Mae Hong Song from Chiang Mai is worth the time.

Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive.~ Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • It is famous for the famous "Long Necked" Karen tribal women.

  • A few miles from modern Chiang Mai the Yao & Karen hill tribes live a traditional tribal existence. The older tribe members are often less receptive to the influx of 'hill tribe tourists' has entered into an associate partnership with Thailand's #1 online hotel booking agent.  We use R24 for our trips outside Bangkok.

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  • North of Chiang Mai are Chiang Rai & Mai Sai.. & the center of the infamous 'Golden Triangle'.

  • The modern city of Chiang Mai is actually built around the ancient, 1100 AD,  moated walled city.

  • Google Satellite map of Chiang Mai City  .. Walled city left "square" .. Mai Ping River Right .. foot bridge center, 2 auto bridges ..

  • Chiang Mai has a major University with all that brings to an area.
    • The University area is fun.  College crowd type restaurants, snack shops, multiplex cinemas ..

  • Chiang Mai is surrounded by unbelievable trekking,

Elephant trek, river rafting, hiking .. any or all .. for days.

The drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son is spectacular.  Mae Hong Song's Karen Tribal persons are famous for their 'long necked women'.

Mae Hong Son has a commercial airport, but a 2 day car excursion from Chiang Mai is something that you will not forget. 

Hire a modern car with a bilingual driver for 2000 Tbt per day. (US$50., EU45, AUS$65.)  Mr. Kon <66> 2 2294681 (2) can make all the arrangements.

Mountain treks through the rugged mountains are available from numerous commercial locations in all the Golden Triangle cities.

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This is a area of Burmese guerilla / native tribes people / Thai Police... ummm, on going heated discussion... and is on a major Golden Triangle drug smuggling route.

Golden Triangle:  Where Thailand, Laos & Myanmar meet.  A tourist community has sprung up at that point.

As is the case throughout Thailand, 5000 Tbt 'western chain hotels' are located adjacent to 800 Tbt hotels.

  • Often the best locations are held by Thai hotels not the 'Johnny come lately western globalized corporate' hotels.

  • Several extremely nice 800 BT( less than $20. per night ) hotels are located adjacent to the the original 14th century wall.

    • Both the Lai Thai & Mongri are highly recommended.

  • The Mongri has the best coffee & bakery in town!  Charlie's Coffee shop / restaurant is in the lobby!

    • The Mongri is concrete commercial unaesthetic sterile construction. 

    • The front rooms look down over the Tao Pao Gate & the walled city court yard.

    • Very nice walks through the old city & residential neighborhoods are directly behind the Mongri.

  • The Lai Thai Hotel's outdoor / cabana dining area, by the nice swimming pool,  looks over the 600 year old wall / moat.

    • The use of teak wood at the Lai Thai is wonderful.

    • With my 'coffee kit', :-) , I much prefer the Lai Thai.

  • or take nice 2 block stroll past the old city's wall / moat to Charlie's Coffee.

Much of Chiang Mai's original 'wall & moat' remain.  In fact, it's hard to go anywhere in Chiang Mai without passing the old city.

Luxury hotels are located both in Chiang Mai's  center & on the Mai Ping River.

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Mai Sai is one of the few official crossings points into Burma.

Mai Sai with the hills of Burma in background.

Night & day difference between the Thai & Lao sides!

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293-kilogram (646-pound) giant catfish caught from the Mekong River near Chiang Rai.


Thai stories (reputedly documented?) of pink sparkling balls of  Serpent Lights that arise from the Mekong River just after sunset on the last day of Buddhist lent.

In October there are multiple local events in the Golden Triangle / Northern Thailand for the Bang Fii Paya Naag or Serpent Lights'.

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P&P Travel in the CNX Office Building Tel: 053 272-545  Fax:053 279-261  #243 Thapae Road. About 100meters down from Thapea Gate

For a 'second opinion' check with Ka Poppy at Goodman Travel, 50 meters further down Thapae Road on your left Tel: 053 874-350