Worn out, sweaty and our legs almost wobbling apart after the few hours in Myanmar, we returned to Chiang Rai for the boat ride. Pretty much the last itinerary for the 3 days 4 nights vacation, while waiting for the long tail boat, we had about 15 minutes to view the surrounding area. Here at the small village of Chiang Saen, there are a couple of Buddhist temples and Thailand, as said before (Chiang Mai) is never short of street food, clothes and handicraft stalls. Also, should nature call at this point, be prepared to quickly dash across the road to any of the dark dungeon coffee shop toilets. Not the cleanness neither pleasant toilets, I suppose when you badly need to ease yourself, anywhere will do.
We then came back to the pier and within 5 minutes, the boat arrived. Gripping tightly to the boat, we hopped in for the half an hour ride with sounds of the gushing water along the Mekong River where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos intercepts, the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers and for the viewpoint set high on a hillside. The Golden Triangle, historically, used to be well known for opium trading but now, it lives on the cultivation of tourists, more so including the stop across to Laos-Burmese border and Don Island.
No visa is required to visit the island, however, if you considering visiting the rest of Laos, then visa is the call. The stop at Don island is basically to rest, have a drink, gaze across the waters or to idle away 1/2 an hour. Other than that, you can consider getting drunk with the cheap booze or purchase the same imitation products or street stuffs you can buy in Thailand as well.
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