Historically the Golden Triangle has been an area well-known for the growing of opium, and the name comes from a US State Department memo on the practice.
The landscape is hilly, divided by the Ruak River that flows into the Mekong (Mae Khong) River. These rivers form a natural boundary between the three countries Laos (to the east of the Mekong), Myanmar (to the north of the Ruak), and Thailand (to the west of the Mae Khong).
We took a short boat ride over to Laos.
Immigration was pretty simple.
|immigration for Laos|
|Welcome to Laos|
When these kids weren't begging for money, they looked like they were having some fun.
The ride back was gorgeous during the sunset.