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Trips up country - Chiang Saen or Golden Triangle, NE of Chiang Rai, Nothern Thailand.

Trip date: Dec 2011


Diversion as they put in the new road to upgrade the route to Chiang Saen


You can hear this farm wagon coming, with its Phut-Phut-Phut engine noise - The local farm "Work horse"


Upgrading and rebuilding the road from Mae Sai to Ching Saen akka The Golden Triangle


From a narrow road to Dual Carriageway with safety bariers. Half the road labourers are women. Equal rights here!


Chiang Saen


Twin Elephant statues (with stairs) for a Photo Oppertunity


Mekong River with Laos on the other bank


Casino built in Laos. Remember Gambling is illegal in Thailand.


Map of the Golden Triangle area -Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.


Market vendors


Smile for the camera


Golden Buddha


Side view of Temple


Fake animal hats to keep you warm.


The Golden Triangle. Where the Ruak and Mekong rivers join. Myanmar to the left and Laos to the right


Another casino, I believe


A Ferryboat takes people ofer to the market in Laos


Steps up to The Golden Buddha


Podium for group photos.


Ornate gateway and Elephant statue


View of the Thailand riverside


More construction as we return to Mae Sai


Note the twisty road on the GPS


Old abandoned building project, maybe from the 1997 economic crash?


Mae Sai is in the shadow of these mountains

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