Opinion | The Golden Triangle and the great drug game
The Golden Triangle, so named by a CIA operative, is a region in South-East Asia that’s notorious for hosting a global hub of narcotics production
The mighty Mekong appears to be in a drug-induced stillness on a moonlit night. There’s no breeze, no noise, no movement at all at the riverfront in Chiang Saen, the Thai border town 900km north of Bangkok. From our perch on the first floor balcony of a seemingly empty hotel, my travelling companions and I gaze down at the famed Golden Triangle that lies at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers.