Travel to Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen and Mae Sai where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet give a lot of insight. Drug caravans from Yunnan once roam this area, but it is giving way to more sophiscated method of smuggling using modern communication equipments.
On the surface of Mekong River, Chinese barges can be easily seen. On the darker side, trafficking of Childern and women however is on par with the formal trade. Sending forced prostitute and child beggars to many places.
Criminals are manipulating the poors for economic purpose. Again it mark a serious problem, the disparity among the rich and the poor in this region!