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Oct 11, 2005 - The Golden Triangle

Ancient temples. Golden pagodas. Giant Buddhas. Monks. Hill-tribe villages. Elephant trekking. Rice paddies. Orchids. Incense. Long-tail river boats. Royal crypts. Chaotic street markets. Lemongrass. Tuk-tuks. These are the classic Asian elements that combined to create our distinctly unforgettable visit to the Golden Triangle - the area of Southeast Asia where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet at the Mekong River. We were thrilled to discover that our hotel overlooked the Mekong and the actual Golden Triangle, so that...

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Sep 25, 2005 - The Golden Triangle.............hmmmmm

Yesterday was a bit of a fiasco! Spent 800Baht ($26approx) to take a ride out to see the Golden Triangle which is the point where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet where the opium trade was huge at one time and where opium was traded for gold. Well to begin with we were up at 7am which was supposed to be pickup time and they were 45minutes late - so no breakfast since nobody is up at that time, the drive to Chaing Rai was 3 1/2 hours with a 20 minute stop at their hotsprings (they are building a hotsprings resort across the way from the stop...

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May 1, 2005 - Mae Salong

Craving some authentic Thai-ness, found in limited quantity in larger cities but abundant in small mountain towns, I took off for Mae Salong, a hilly village in the Mae Hong Son province which is primarily Chinese-speaking due to immigration on horseback through Laos. Which also means that there are horses in this Thai town, something not often found as they aren't indigenous to the area. But good for my purposes. The journey to Mae Salong was one of my favorites thus far. First I took the public bus that goes to Mae Sai along the Burmese...

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