Early morning in Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, as the sun rises over the Golden Triangle. Photo: Steve Thomas

Golden Triangle in northern Thailand opening up to tourists after decades at the centre of opium trade

  • Colourfully dressed Akha tribeswomen give you the hard sell on handicrafts, and a smile, while descendants of defeated Chinese nationalist soldiers grow tea
  • The unspoilt hills of Chiang Rai province, a mix of forest and farmland, ridges and valleys, stupas and stunning vistas, provide a tranquil, rustic getaway
Topic |   Asia travel
Early morning in Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, as the sun rises over the Golden Triangle. Photo: Steve Thomas
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