Ruak River

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Ruak River
แม่น้ำรวก
Golden Triangel at Amphoe Chiang Saen.jpg
View of the confluence of the Ruak river with the Mekong
Origin Daen Lao Range, Shan Hills
Mouth Mekong at Ban Sop Ruak, Chiang Saen District
20°21′16″N 100°4′57″E / 20.35444°N 100.08250°E / 20.35444; 100.08250Coordinates: 20°21′16″N 100°4′57″E / 20.35444°N 100.08250°E / 20.35444; 100.08250
Basin countries Myanmar and Thailand
Mouth elevation 366 m (1,201 ft)
Right tributaries Mae Sai River

The Ruak River (Thai: แม่น้ำรวก, Northern Thai: Lanna-river-Ruak.png, RTGS: Maenam Ruak, Thai pronunciation: [mɛ̂ːnáːm rûək]) is a right hand tributary of the Mekong. The mouth of the Ruak river is at the Thai-Burma border opposite Laos, a spot known as 'Golden Triangle' which is a popular tourist destination in the region.

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The Ruak originates within the hills of the Daen Lao Range, Shan State (Burma), and becomes the boundary river between Thailand and Burma at the confluence with the Mae Sai River near the northernmost point of Thailand.[1] It then meanders eastwards until it empties into the Mekong River at Ban Sop Ruak, Tambon Wiang, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai Province. The boundary section of the river is 26.75 km long.

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