The term Golden Triangle was coined by Westerners since it is a point where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar meet, making it a melting pot of a variety of cultures.
In order to explore one of the cultural epicentres of Thailand you will need a centrally located base of operations. There are many a hotel Chiang Rai has to offer, with affordable lodgings as well as luxury options like Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.
You should start off small on the first day, and the best way to do so is by renting a bike and exploring the various street stalls which offer everything from clothing to souvenirs and lots of delectable street food ranging from grilled chicken served on bamboo stalks to steamed herbed-riverfish.
Once you’ve sampled the incredible cuisine, you should explore the area’s rich heritage. There are many breathtaking temples to be seen ranging from the home of the 13th century Golden Buddha, Wat Traimit, to the remains of the nation’s very first temple, Wat Phra That Chedi Luang.
You will need some iconic souvenirs to take home with you in order to memorialise your experience, so be sure to visit the Sinsombun Market in Chiang Saen. Remember to leave to the airport early, so you have time to explore the legendary White Temple, where you can glimpse the Buddhist cycle of life and death.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.