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The confluence of the Nam Ruak and Mekong Rivers, where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos converge, was for centuries a major opium growing area. These days, however, the ‘Golden Triangle’ refers principally to the area immediately around the confluence itself, where lots of pleasant restaurants have sprung up amid the lychee groves and tobacco fields. Visitors can cycle along river to the historical city of Chiang Saen, or visit the local minority villages for a taste of life in the borderlands.