The Golden Triangle

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The Golden Triangle is the area of Southeast Asia where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet.  Historically it is known as the epicenter of the opium trade.  These days, more of a tourist destination and gateway to neighboring countries especially now that Myanmar (or Burma) has begun letting more tourists in to see the sights.

In the picture above, Myanmar is the pointed land on the left, Laos is on the right side of the river and I’m standing in Thailand.

This is most of my group:

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We had to climb a huge hill with a hundreds of steps so not all of us did the climb in the heat.

I was definitely an instigator of the random side trip to Laos.  Hit one more country, sure!

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Laotian beer is good! Better than Thai beer anyway.  Plus it was hot, a beer was necessary.

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My best beer model pose.

They also have King Cobra whiskey with King Cobras in it.  Eek!!!

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Also you can get whiskey with other snakes too.  Just in case King Cobra is not your jam.

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Perrine and Susie checking out the goods.

For the record I did not try the snake whiskey.  It was too terrifying.

Later in the day we also went to the Myanmar border.  While they are letting more tourists in, you still have to plan your trip and have a visa.

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So close yet  so far away.

Next there was a temple in Chiang Mai.  It was gold and gaudy.

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I am so over temples for at least 1 year.

Last up was a trip to see some monkeys living in a huge park, just wandering around.  The monkeys were cool to us but clearly they have some issues with monkeys stealing babies (hopefully I’m just kidding).

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Monkeys hanging out the tree, swinging around.

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Baby monkey group hug!!!!

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The next post will be my wrap-up of the whole trip including favorites and least liked parts of the trips.  I will probably post a few more cute elephant pictures! 🙂

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3 Responses

  1. Megan says:

    Cool- Laos and Myanmar (almost). You should have tried the snake whiskey, maybe itimproves the taste!!

  2. Megan says:

    Oh and Alayna wants to wait a few years before visiting the monkeys!

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