Hall of Opium Golden Triangle Park Description:
The Hall of Opium Golden Triangle Park in Chiang Saen, Thailand is a 40 acre museum depicting the history of opium in the Golden Triangle Region, and its effect on the rest of the world.
Created as part of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation’s broader efforts over the last few decades to curb poppy cultivation and opium production in the Northern Thailand Mountains, the museum (also known as "Ho Fin") features interactive displays and exhibits in English detailing the drug's impact on Thailand and the rest of the globe. This very impressive, interactive museum is interesting even for those who usually do not like museums, and can be visited in as little as 45 minutes.
The exhibits feature information on the growth and cultivation of the poppy, opium production, and its refinement into harder drugs like heroin, and the role the poppy’s cultivation in the Golden Triangle Region played in larger geo-political events like the Opium Wars between Britain and China. The Hall of Opium provides great perspective about the history of the Golden Triangle region for travelers on luxury tours of Thailand.
Best Time to Visit Hall of Opium Golden Triangle Park:
The best weather in Chiang Rai province runs from November through January. The heaviest rain falls during the June to October wet season, and the highest temperatures are from February to May.
How to get to Hall of Opium Golden Triangle Park:
Located in Chiang Saen in Northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province, the Hall of Opium is best reached by private vehicle service from Chiang Rai City, which is about 50 miles away.
Hall of Opium Golden Triangle Park Highlights:
This highly informational museum is something that no one on a tour of Thailand’s Golden Triangle region should miss.
Western wear is acceptable in the museum.