The renowned Golden Triangle area has over the years achieved the status of a well-recognized visitor attraction. Known as Sop Ruak in the local language this area is the location where the borders of three nations, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos come together. It is also the location where the rivers Mekong and Ruak join, creating a delightfully picturesque environment and scenery.
If you will be visiting the region of the breathtaking Golden Triangle and are considering a hotel Chiang Rai an outstanding choice would be the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. This attractive resort features its own camp for elephants which acts as a rehabilitation centre for misused elephants.
In times past the region was well-known for its production of opium, but in the present day it has become more of a tourist attraction. This is not surprising, since this is a unique and distinctive site, with natural attractions rivalling any in the world. Overall the landscape here is hilly and rugged, with expansive water features.
Most people visit the Thai area of Sop Ruak, where you will be able to experience the beautiful views of the riverside. Many interesting attractions may be experienced here, such as a massive Buddha image which has been placed within a sailing vessel on the waters. Another interesting feature is a number of elephant figures where visitors may climb aboard and take pictures. You will also see numerous shrines devoted to the Thai royals as well as Western-themed cafes and souvenir kiosks.
Visitors should take the opportunity to visit the appealing Hall of Opium, which is the name given to an excellent local museum which is reputed as one of the finest in the nation of Thailand. Here you will see exhibits detailing the eventful history of the cultivation of opium across the centuries. Visitors will be able to learn absolutely everything there is to know about the growth, consumption and dangers of this product of nature. You will even be able to learn about the exploits of the United States’ CIA in their campaigns against the growth of this plant. With so much to see and do, a visit to Sop Ruak will never disappoint.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Shazzana Hamid is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary. Disguised as Lavinia Woolf she writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+