After ooohing and ahhhhing at the White Temple (and having to be bodily dragged away from it) we headed onto the area known as the Golden Triangle.
It’s where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. Historically the Golden Triangle has been an area well-known for the growing of opium, and apparently the name comes from a US State Department memo about the practice.
Most of the world’s heroin came from the Golden Triangle until the early 21st century when Afghanistan became the world’s largest producer.
We hopped on a boat to do a brief exploration of the area, which to be honest is a tiny bit boring!! The highlight for me was nipping across to a small island named Don Sao, belonging to Laos and getting a faux stamp in my passport (hey, I was in Laos, albeit for half an hour!)
Got a picture of me next to another country sign? Check!!
Here’s a few unfortunate animals in jars – snake, scorpion and gecko whisky. Blah!
Not sure these would get through customs to be honest!
Here’s the Laos immigration official giving me my faux stamp! (loving the beer bottle next to him)
Next up we get as far North as its possible to go in Thailand. and more markets.