We started our day with a trip to the Golden Triangle of Chiang Rai. It’s the district where three countries converge. It’s the Northern most point of Thailand, bordered by Myanmar (formerly Burma) on one edge, and Laos on the other. Crossing borders to either country requires passports and fees.
Downtown Chiang Rai is a quadrant of shopping in all directions and gives you a great snapshot of local life away from the big city. This is one of the main attractions of Chiang Rai. Even the locals love to come here to shop. The people and the lifestyle are simple, but their spirits are happy.
In the afternoon, we rode in long boats to cross the Mekong River to neighboring Laos. Outlawed in Thailand, but still legal in Laos was the making of animal whiskey, a drink infused with different animals for aphrodisiac and medicinal purposes. Our guide showed us drinks made with ginseng, geckos, king cobras, and scorpions! Yikes!
Can you believe that Tom was the first volunteer to take a swig of the local drink!?