This tour is a wonderful way to explore the area known as Sop Ruak, the official centre of the Golden Triangle – which is where the Nam Ruak and Mekong rivers meet. This area has for centuries been the crossroads for border trade between Thailand, Burma and Laos. Located in Chiang Rai province, the most northerly of all the 76 Thai provinces, the Golden Triangle itself is steeped in history and did not become part of Thailand until the 1880s.
We start the trip from Chiang Rai and head immediately north to our hotel on the Mekong River. An afternoon ride will take you through the countryside and to the ancient river town of Chiang Saen. The next morning we visit the Opium Museum which documents the history of opium trade and how one of the most abundant crops in the area has now been replaced by legal produce thanks to various royal projects. On this second day of riding we follow the Mekong River towards Chiang Khong, taking in expansive views over the Mekong, the natural border that separates Thailand from Laos. Our final day we head west towards Chiang Rai, experiencing true Thai village life on the way. On the outskirts of Chiang Rai we’ll visit a unique temple before parting ways.