The Golden Triangle
After exploring Chiang Mai we moved further north to visit the Golden Triangle and ethnically Chinese, Burmese and Laotian groups who have settled in Northern Thailand. The Golden Triangle is the border between Thailand, Burma and Laos and historically one of Asia’s largest opium-producing regions.
We took a speed boat through the Mekong (Do you remember the Mekong River? It flows all the way down from the Tibetan Plateau through China, Burma, Lao, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The portion that transects Cambodia flows right by Phnom Penh) and landed on a small island in Lao.
Settled throughout Northern Thailand are groups of ethnically Chinese, Burmese and Laotians. The first group we visited, the Akah peoples, migrated from Burma and Tibet.
We then visited the Yao people, who are ethnically Chinese.