It's the point where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Loas meet, at the confluence (there's that word again) of the Ruak and the Mekong rivers. The Golden Triangle has a long history which is described at the link but now the name is used to refer to the point where the borders of the three countries meet not the regions drug production.
|And this is it. Thailand on the left, the brown Ruak river, then Myanmar, then the Mekong , and Laos on the right.|
|My bike in Thailand, Myanmar just across the Ruak, and Laos in the background over the Mekong. The gold dome is part of a Lao casino I think.|
|More of the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong. It looked like the Mekong was trying to flow back up the Ruak.|
|This is right next to the lookout... Suspicious prominent placement. The donated seats were more common in Laos but were mostly hotels or local businesses, I hadn't seen this sort of thing in Thailand before.|
|The shiny big budda|
|Buddhists praying at the base of the statue|
|Behind the statue was this contraption.|
|It's not anatomically correct, I didn't get hit in the head by anything when I walked under.|
They also had the "Opium Pillows" which were used because the smoker would often lie on their side while smoking and require some kind of head support. Some were made out of softer materials like leather, but the majority were harder like ivory or stone. The description next to it said that the opium smoker often didn't care how hard the opium pillow was because after a while it just felt like their head was resting on a cloud. Indeed.
After the Museum I started to head back towards Chiang Rai, but trying to take the longer more mountainous way I saw on google maps.
|Wat Tok Khong. Built in the 15th century, and in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road.|
Tomorrow, it's off to Chiang Mai, or Pai. Probably Pai.