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Map of Thailand and Laos and two-week route
Two weeks of travel through Thailand and Laos shows Asia, with the hissing roads of Bangkok, in its most advanced and, in the corner of Laos, its most provinceally and intact. View our Thailand and Laos Experience Trip. It is best to stay in Thailand and Laos from November to March. Short shower afternoons seldom impact travel, while lower rates (hotels and tours) and less frequent tourist visits can make your Thailand and Laos trips even more private.
Here you can see our latest travel reports about Thailand and Laos. Sail to Wat Arun and see the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace, the former home of the popular king. This is Bangkok's oldest sanctuary and the home of the renowned lying Buddha, which is 46m long. During the evenings, visit the overnight market or try Thailand's world-famous road cuisine.
Bicycle to some of the unspoilt World Heritage-listed Ayuthaya Temple to explore a wider area. Once you have explored this amazing area, return to Bangkok for a trip to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is a fortified town suitable for walks. Visiting Wat Chedi Luang to see some of the many Buddha sculptures and pictures and see some of the locals at work.
The Waror Red is the oldest and most popular of the city; try some of the colourful Thai candies. If you travel about an hours and a half to the south, you can go to an original and genuine rural area. This is a communal effort led by the people themselves. Later in the day stroll through Chiang Mai's tempting grocery stores or try the traditional Chiang Mai kitchen in one of the culinary colleges, then discover the overnight fair, which is supposed to be a contemporary variation of the bazar of Yunnanese Yawkers.
On your way to Chiang Rai, stop to see how the colourful hill tribes' gifted craftsmen, who call this area home, produce crafts. The Chiang Rai is the gate to the Golden Triangle, the area where Thailand will meet neighbouring Laos and Burma. Head to Chiang Khong on the powerful Mekong River to start your quiet journey in Laos, the land of millions of bulls.
Visit the Pak Ou caverns to see virtually thousand of Buddha sculptures and paintings. End your quiet cruise on World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang, one of the highlights of any travel route in Thailand and Laos. From Luang Prabang, take a flight to Vientiane, one of Asia's most relaxed capital cities. Begin your trip at the Patuxai Monument, also known as Laos' Arc de Triomphe, overlooking the town from the attic.
Sisaket Wat is one of the oldest and most attractive of Vientiane's churches, with virtually thousand of miniatures Buddha-statures. Pha That Luang is a gold-clad Buddha statue and an important historical landmark, and the Lao Museum shows the Lao fight for French sovereignty. The COPE Centre, a grassroots organisation that provides prostheses for people in need, many of whom are UXO survivors after years of war, is an interesting place to look.
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