The Lao island of don Sao, Chiang Rai
Visit Lao island of Don Sao (also Don Xao) is probably the most interesting things to do in the heart of the Golden triangle. Although in fact, which is no island, just a fenced off part of the territory of Laos with a special visa regime, or rather without it, this place is still still insist on calling the island. We also will maintain this tradition :-).
To get to the island is by boat along the Mekong river, while you still get a small river cruise with a tour of the coastal beauties (although too much from these beauties don't expect). Access to the island is carried out without a visa for all tourists without exception, for a nominal fee of 20 baht.
On the island good: there is a market of the many shops where you can buy affordable goods and Souvenirs from Laos (selling a lot of leather handbags, traditional tourist Souvenirs, bottle with the snake on alcohol, Lao banknotes, etc.); from the post office on the island you can send home a postcard from Laos (60 baht for stamp + 10 baht postcard goes to Russia more than a month); you can buy beer Lao. Even taking photographs is nothing special. Tourists usually walk a little market to buy Souvenirs and go home, especially as the standard boat limits the presence on the island is 60 minutes. Although, of course, you can always negotiate with the boatman for a longer time for an additional fee.
Boats to the island leave from piers near the opium Museum (House of Opium) and the big Buddha on the boat. The cost of one and a half hour tour is 400 baht per boat (price is not fixed you can bargain). Please note that the cost taken for the boat, not per person. If you come here as part of an organized tour group, your guide can offer you this fun for 400 baht per person. If you do not wish to pay the guide for his brilliant organizational skills, can safely withdraw and take a boat for 4-5 people for the same 400 baht.
The routes of the boats is also pretty standard: you will be the casino on the shore to the hotel, you will pass by "Buddha in a boat", and then walk around the island. But even with such a modest program, a boat trip not to be missed. It's no wonder you have come this far.