Monday, May 16, 2011


We took a longboat tour of this area where the Ruak and Mekong rivers meet and where Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos Border each other. It was pretty funny to see a speedboat full of monks in orange robes blast pass us on the water.

Golden Triangle (Southeast Asia)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Golden Triangle (Burmese: , IPA: tɹḭɡàɴ nɛ̀mjè]; Thai: สามเหลี่ยมทองคำ, IPA: [sǎːm.lìəm.tʰɔːŋ.kʰam]; Vietnamese: Tam giác Vàng; Chinese: ; pinyin: jīn sān jiǎo) is one of Asia's two main illicit opium-producing areas. It is an area of around 367,000 square miles (950,000 km2) that overlaps the mountains of four countries of Southeast Asia: Burma, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Along with Afghanistan in the Golden Crescent and Pakistan, it has been one of the most extensive opium-producing areas of Asia and of the world since the 1920s. Most of the world's heroin came from the Golden Triangle until the early 21st century when Afghanistan became the world's largest producer.[1]
The Golden Triangle also designates the confluence of the Ruak River and the Mekong river, since the term has been appropriated by the Thai tourist industry to describe the nearby junction of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

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