Today we’re going on an adventure. Where to, you ask? We’re going to the land of opium!
Yeah, Thailand has some pretty unique tourist attractions.
There’s a place called the Northern Triangle where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar nearly touch. The Ruak and Mekong rivers all converge in between the countries and was the location where most of the world’s heroin came from until the 21st century.
There is a small museum dedicated to it, which had a decent amount of interesting facts, pictures, maps, and paraphernalia about opium and heroin. I’ll give you anecdotal breakdown.
The four stages of opium:
Stage 1: Identify/harvest opium plant
Stage 2: Learn how to make illicit drugs
Stage 3: Use illicit drugs
Stage 4: Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200, Go to fucking prison.
In all seriousness, there was a decent amount of information here to make it worth the quick stop. I wouldn’t say that this museum should be on your bucket-list of things to do in Thailand, but it was still pretty neat. You might learn a thing or two.
Plus, this place is family friendly! If you’re worried that your kid will absorb too much information about drugs, fear not, there’s a place where you can be confident that you kid will be too distracted to notice anything about drugs.
They can even color in an adorably addictive poppy flower!
On second thought, avoid that. Just take the kidlings on a boat ride where you can literally see Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand rub uglies. And you can see the exact spot where drugs were trafficked. Yay!
(Tip: If you don’t have your passport, you’re out of luck – it’s required, because you’re technically leaving Thailand. They take your passport and return it to you after the boat ride.)
I had never been on a boat before this, so it was a pretty neat experience for me.
Honestly, this whole thing was pretty cool, but I could see how some adults would find it to be boring or a waste of time.
As for me?
I thought it was pretty cool.
I’m still a kid at heart.