Thailand: Golden Triangle Where We Went


Music composed by Tay Chee Wei.


Golden Triangle of Thailand. The area of confluence of the Ruak River and the Mekong River and the nearby junction of Thailand, Laos, and Burma.

Kok River. The Kok River originates in Burma and flows across the Thai border into the
city of Chiang Rai.

Chiang Mai. The largest city in northern Thailand is a popular tourist destination.

Chiang Rai. Thailand’s northernmost major city is home to about 62,000.

Doi Mae Salong. Mountain area in Chiang formerly known for opium and heroin trade and now a picturesque tourist destination.

Mae Taman (Mae Ta Man). The name of a river, of its’ valley, and of the surrounding tourist area popular for its activities involving elephants.


Guide and travel arranger:

Impulse Tourism. Boutique travel company, specializing in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Owner Armin Schoch is interviewed in show.


Crew van transportation:

Ruby Car Rental in Chiang Mai. Car, bus and motorcycle rental company based in Chiang Mai.


Where we stayed:

Four Seasons Chiang Mai. A luxury resort in Chiang Mai.

Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle. Luxury “tents” perched among the hills and woods with an elephant rescue camp attached.


My Dream Guest House. Bungalows available for rent by tourists in the small Karen village of Khaew Waaw Dam on the Mae Kok river.

Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort and Spa
High in the hills above Chiang Rai, this resort offers a variety of accommodations.

Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation at the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle. An organization established to help elephants and mahouts. Resort guests may take a lesson I riding an elephant. John Roberts, director of the foundation, is interviewed in the show.

Chiang Mai

Baan Jang Nak, Elephant Wood Carving Museum

San Kamphaeng Traditional House in Baan Jang Nak compound. Admission to Baan Jang Nak is free. Donations are welcome to support the maintenance of the San Kamphaeng traditional house project.

Dec. 2008 Article about Baan Jan Nak in Muantae, on-line publication featuring Northern Thailand arts and lifestyle.

Maetaman Elephant Camp
Elephant Life Experience (ELE). Opened in 2008, this reserve and visitor center is located downriver from the Maetaman Elephant Camp. Wash the elephants in the river with their Mahouts! Private parties can be accommodated. For information, contact Maetaman Elephant Camp.

Chiang Rai

Hill Tribe museum and Ban Lorcha living hill tribe village

Tea plantation and tea houses in Doi Mae Salong,8599,203585,00.html 


Wat Chiang Mun. The oldest temple in Chiang Mai.

Golden Horse Monastery (Wat Maa Tong). A Buddhist monastery whose monks are noted for martial arts, for horseback riding, and for fighting the illicit drug trade.



Night Market. The Chiang Mai Night Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. Three blocks of street vendors and arcade shops along Chan Klan road offer a wide variety of merchandise, foods, and services.

Sop Moei Arts. A non-profit organization in Chiang Mai that sells art and handicrafts of the Pwo Karen people.

Bor Sang. Bor Sang Village in Chiang Mai is the location of many popular handicraft factories and shops, including silk and cotton umbrellas that have been manufactured there for about two hundred years.