Sop Ruak puts you tantalizingly close to Laos and, even if you don’t have time to spend exploring the country properly, you can still have the thrill of stepping on Lao soil. A longtail boat from next to Sriwan Restaurant, for example, will give you a kiss-me-quick tour of the “Golden Triangle” (B400), including a stop at a souvenir market on the Lao island of Done Xao (B20 admission).

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