Monday, 9 October 2017

Room with a view on the Mekong River, Golden Triangle

We arrived in the small village of Sobruak, there is only one street with a few hotels and restaurants. Most tourists come here to see the Mekong River and the border point of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. On our discovery of north Thailand, we are one of the few tourists staying overnight.

This area is called the Golden Triangle. Its name originates from the gold which was earned in smuggling between the three countries, mainly drugs. What was once a very dangerous region is now a traffic vane for cargo ships? We are amazed of the different vessel types passing by. We make a trip with a long tail boat.

Gambling is forbidden in Thailand and to their advantage, Myanmar and Laos built casinos just a few hundred meters further across and alongside the river. In the evening you see long tail boats from the casino’s picking up people. When they bring them back is another question. We stayed put and retreated early to our room.

We kwamen aan in het kleine dorp Sobruak bestaande uit één straat met enkele hotels en restaurants. De meeste toeristen zijn dagjes mensen die de Mekong Rivier en het drielandenpunt met Thailand, Myanmar en Laos komen zien. Tijdens onze ontdekking van noord Thailand zijn wij één van de weinigen die hier logeren.

Dit gebied wordt de Gouden Driehoek genoemd. Zijn naam verwijst naar het goud dat hier werd verdiend met de smokkel tussen de drie landen, voornamelijk drugs. Wat vroeger een heel gevaarlijk gebied was is nu een drukke verkeersader voor vrachtschepen. We zijn verbaast van het groot aantal verschillende boot types. Wij maken een tochtje met een long tail boot. 

Gokken is verboden in Thailand en tot voordeel van de buurlanden hebben zowel Myanmar als Loas een casino aan de rivier enkele honderden meters voorbij de grens. ‘S avonds zie je long tail boten van de casino’s mensen oppikken in het dorp. Wanneer ze deze terugbrengen is een andere vraag. We bleven ter plaatse en trokken ons terug op onze kamer.
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  1. I adore the picture of the little green boat. I would think this may be a very unsavory place, one to be very careful of.

  2. Oh je valt bij jullie echt van de ene verbazing in de andere.

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  5. zo'n boot zou in ook niet nemen Filip

    prachtige foto's en een interessante reportage


  6. Prachtig, op die rivier zou ik best wel eens willen varen...