WE visited the Golden Triangle at the end of many hours of sightseeing and it gave us a fitting climax to our day.
Our guide parked up close to a very useful sign explaining the location of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos which, if you looked past the sign, enabled us to appreciate the setting of these three countries for real against tthe majestic backdrop of the might Mekong river.
And that is a point to bear in mind. If your tour brings you here to see this then don't expect too much more than the tri-country meeting point. Various stalls inevitably line the road but, by and large, they only contain the same sort of items you can see in a dozen bazaars across Northern Thailand.
There is a pretty little temple off to the right -- toilets are nearby -- but our guide skilfully took us away from the tourist viewpoint after half an hour in favour of the much higher and less well known Chiongsean Viewpoint high above the Mekong which allowed us to see the countryside for miles around laid out beneath us. We were the only people there as dusk fell and it was a stunning scene I will never forget.
Some memorable views but try and build your visit into a day of sightseeing to get the best out of your time.
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