Yes. You’ve read it right. We’ve entered a COUNTRY in Asia WITHOUT A PASSPORT!
From “The Golden Triangle of Asia” where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet separated by the Mekong river, there was an infamous place called a “No Man’s Island.”
BUT gone are the days where it has been a spot for a very popular opium trade and production, lawless deeds and prostitution when the THREE COUNTRIES were yet undecided whose ISLAND it is. Today, it has been settled hat the special island is part of….. LAOS.
Our boat ride got us into this special island -Now, it’s a touristic market and park full of animal medicines, liquors and loads and loads of fake branded clothes and bags. It’s a special dry market for tourists. Just a little funny because the Island belongs to Laos but most products came from Thailand and the workers are from Myanmar.
You can relax while drinking a cup of brewed coffee or refreshing coconut juice and see the beautiful scenery from the Golden Triangle. From the viewpoint of Laos, you will see the three neighbouring countries, the Mekong river and the hilly landscape with its small villages and hilltop temples.
All in all, we felt strange for the first time stepping in the land of a country in Asia without our passports. Knowing Asia, we were expecting long queues and angry immigration officers but we were mistaken. Everyone is friendly – and happy to be in this special place.
How to Get there?
The Golden Triangle is in the Northeast of Chiang Rai Thailand. Normally you can enter the Special Island from a tour agency – so they can represent their registered business on your behalf. Otherwise, there will be a long drama from a bus to Mae Sai, Chiang Rai to Golden Triangle Park by bus – then bargaining your price for a boat.
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