Short Cuts

SPLASHING OUT If your budget is up to doing the Golden Triangle in style, consider a night or two at Le Meridien Baan Boran, for a room with a great view. Perched on a ridge amid some 160 hectares of bamboo and teak, every room offers stunning vistas of this intersection of nations—and you're safely removed from the tacky tourist mayhem and noisy "longtail" boats below. The Meridien's impeccable service and graceful traditional architecture moved the Tourism Authority of Thailand to proclaim it northern Thailand's best hotel. Prices start at $55 for a room and $82 for a suite, not including...

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