The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort
Travel Blogs from Chiang Saen
Two and half hours later, we are dropped off in Chiang Saen. The city is a lot different compared to where we have been staying. It is quieter and hotter than the other cities. Want to know the best part? We can see Laos and Burma from our hotel window.
The first day we arrive, we are taken to the Hall of Opium Museum; a personal project …
... trees are soon 50ft below and you can see for miles. There were lots of "woo-hoo's" as we all got to the same breath-taking points on the crossing. After another 2.5 hours of 10 breathtaking zip lines with 5-25 minute walks in between, we made it to our tree house and got settle in. After tea, coffee and some light snacks (rice cakes and weird coconut jelly sweets) we were allowed to go out on the zip lines again with our guide. We did a 40 minute loop of 4 different lines back ...
... style, although you will be relieved but not surprised to know that I had already packed and was ready to go (I should have been a scout or something!). It's only a short drive to the boat landing, which is virtually deserted this time of the morning - the boats don't normally leave for another 3 hours so they lie dormant, moored along the bank. It's difficult to discern which one the Shompoo boat is but then I catch a glimpse of cushioned benches, rather than the bus ...
... sleep. We awoke to the sound of our guides zipping in with breakfast and instruction. Both guides were friendly, Valao's English was basic but we got by. Pommua was particularly keen to ensure we were having a good time his English was good and he would stop and show us edible fruits and berries on our treks. The water was off so we trekked to our second treehouse. 'Pompom' Valao shouted with a sly smile. A slightly cooler morning, the journey was equally tough ...
... two bathrooms (read small room with a toilet and not so great cold shower) that we were sharing with the other 12 odd people in our party to brush our teeth before getting into our sleeping bags. (We didn't want to risk the bedsheets and the room was full of mosquito's so we wrapped ourselves up tight.
After little or no sleep due to the heat, uncomfortable bed and noise from dodgy kareoke bars which turned into scooter engines and ...
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