Wat Da Phuk
Reminder: "Wat" means temple in Thai. Team SE Asia decided to divide and conquer today. Annie opted to stay poolside and immerse herself in studying “Buddhism for Busy People.” Jackie and Michael hopped aboard the van at 7:00 AM and headed north to Chiang Rai to see the White Temple; the hill tribes of the Akha and Yao; and then to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos converge. The Golden Triangle is famous as the hub of the opium trade for the region, and Jackie and Michael were excited to learn all they could about this nefarious and lucrative activity. Noy, our guide, came prepared with visual aids in the form of tea towels that explained in detail how to weigh, prepare, and smoke opium. Fun fact: if you smoke opium in any other position other than laying down you will get a headache. On the way to The Golden Triangle we got a little sidetracked and took some detours.