Dangerous Grounds: Golden Triangle Pictures

Todd Carmichael braves Thailand’s Golden Triangle to seal a deal with West Elm stores.
Episode: Golden Triangle

Photo By: Nathanial Harper

Photo By: Nathanial Harper

Photo By: Nathanial Harper

Photo By: Nathanial Harper

Photo By: Nathanial Harper

Photo By: Nathanial Harper

Photo By: Nathanial Harper

Todd Carmichael sits on his bags of coffee on Thailand’s Burma Railway, also known as Death Railway. The railway was built using forced labor and directly resulted in the death of many workers, earning it its nickname.

Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple whose name means “Temple of Dawn,” as seen from Todd's boat on the Chao Phraya River.

Todd treks through what was once an opium field on the road to Doi Chaang, a village in the northeastern hills of Thailand.

The Golden Buddha of the Mekong River sits on a boat at what is called Sop Ruak, widely considered the center of the Golden Triangle.

Todd walks through Bangkok looking for unique and delicious street food for dinner.

Workers from Doi Chaang, a village known for its coffee, load up a truck with coffee.

Todd seals the deal with Jim Brett to stock his West Elm Market stores with Thai coffee ... if he can get it back to the United States in record time.

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, is vibrant with bustling nightlife, markets and canals, but hidden high in Thailand’s mountains are coffee farms waiting to be discovered.