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Thai To Tai (in less than a day)

Motorists can now zip across Laos to Yunnan, via a super-modern highway, for an oddly familiar cultural experience

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In the southernmost corner of Yunnan, which is itself the southernmost province of China, the age-old traditions of the Tai Lue people continue to flourish. Speaking a language closely related to Thai, this ethnic minority also lives in many parts of northern Thailand, with particularly large communities found in the provinces of Phayao and Nan. 

Peacock feeding time at Xishuangbanna Primeval Forest Park.

In the People’s Republic of China, where they are known as the Dai Lue, they have their own administrative subdivision, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, the capital of which is Jinghong. And thanks to the building of bridges and modern roads and the relaxation of border controls, it is now possible to drive oneself from Thailand all the way to Jinghong.

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