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Silk Route & South East Asia

Bishkek - Bangkok via Laos

72 DAYS THROUGH Cambodia, China (+ 3 more countries)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $8,400 USD + 2,050 KITTY USD
Now: $6,720 (USD) + 2,050 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
72 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus, Public bus, Tuk-tuk, Boat, Ferry, Overnight boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
5%
95%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
EEO
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Overnight homestay at a traditional rural Kyrgyz village

  Visit to the Giant Panda breeding centre in Chengdu

  Trek up the holy mountain of Emei Shan

  Visit the ancient Silk Road caravanserai at Tash Rabat

  Trek at the world famous Tiger Leaping Gorge

  Guided trip to the Mekong River in search of freshwater dolphins

  Stay overnight in a traditional yurt owned by Kyrgyz and Tajik families

  Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang

  Wild camp near an adobe section of the Great Wall near Jiayuguan

  Explore the colourful natural phenomenon of the Rainbow Mountains

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Bishkek ( 19th Aug 2019 )

For everyone that is continuing with us to China, there will be quick pre-departure meeting at 10:00am in order to explain the next 6 days until Kashgar, and your leader will collect the kitty for this linking section.

The remainder of the day is free to explore the relaxed and atmospheric city of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

In Bishkek we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Hotel for the night: Hotel Asia Mountains
Hotel Asia Mountains
1a Lineinaja St
Bishkek 720021
Kyrgyzstan
Tel: +996 312 694 075

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Begin our journey in picturesque Bishkek

Free

Freely explore the vast Osh Bazaar, Bishkek's largest market

Free
Explore Bishkek's past at the State Historical Museum on Ala-Too Square
KGS 150
Day 2 - Kochkor ( 20th Aug 2019 )

Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor, where we stay in local family-run guesthouses and enjoy traditional Kyrgyz hospitality!

Whilst here we will visit a small museum and women's felt making cooperative that produces 'shyrdaks', the felt carpets for which Kyrgyzstan is renowned. We may also have the opportunity here to see some excellent local musicians playing traditional Kyrgyz folk music and to see how a yurt is put up!

In Kochkor we will stay in family-run guesthouses, accommodating up to 8 guests in each home.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Please note that if the group has no new people joining in Bishkek, we may choose to stay instead in a guesthouse in the small town of Naryn (a further 2 hour drive beyond Kochkor). This is so that we don't repeat Kochkor unnecessarily and can have more time to explore the area of Tash Rabat the following day.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overnight homestay at a traditional rural Kyrgyz village

Included in Kitty

See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit a folklore demonstration near Kockhor where you can learn all about the handicrafts of the area, see a fantastic outdoor concert of traditional music and help to erect a yurt!
KGS 1000
Day 3 - Tash Rabat ( 21st Aug 2019 )

Today we continue our journey south to Tash Rabat, once a key staging post on the Silk Road close to the Kyrgyzstan-China border. During our time here we will visit an ancient caravanserai and have some time to explore the surrounding area.

In Tash Rabat we will wild camp. In cold weather (or if simply the group prefers and there is availability), we may choose to stay in local nomadic yurts that are set up for guests near the caravanserai, sleeping 8-10 people per yurt.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (from Kochkor).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the ancient Silk Road caravanserai at Tash Rabat, close to the Kyrgyzstan-China border

Included in Kitty
Day 4 - Kashgar ( 22nd Aug 2019 )

Border information: Exit Kyrgyzstan at Torugart, enter China at Torugart.

Today we will have a full day drive over the 3752m Torugart Pass, crossing into China and heading down to the Uighur city of Kashgar.

In Kashgar we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 5 - Kashgar ( 23rd Aug 2019 )

Today we will have free time to explore the city of Kashgar and partake in any optional activities

Tonight we will stay in a good quality hotel

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take in the spectacular mountain scenery on our drive along the Karakorum Highway to Lake Karakol

Included in Kitty
Stay overnight in a traditional yurt owned by Kyrgyz and Tajik families near the beautiful Lake Karakol, set amongst the 7500m-high mountains of the Tian Shan range
Included in Kitty
Day 6 - Kashgar ( 24th Aug 2019 )

Border Information: if joining in Kashgar, you will most likely enter China at Kashgar Airport (IATA code: KHG).

Welcome to Kashgar, one of the ancient trading posts on the Silk Route! If you are joining in Kashgar, you are free to explore the city, and there will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm. Please do not be alarmed if there is no welcome note at the hotel on your arrival, as this is often a travelling day for the tour leader and they will often arrive in Kashgar mid-afternoon.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kashgar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kashgar.

In Kashgar we will stay in a hotel with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Hike up to Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world. 

Included in Kitty
Day 7-8 - Kashgar ( 25th Aug 2019 to 26th Aug 2019 )

Today we will visit the animal market just outside of town, and then the famous Kashgar Sunday Bazaar.

We will also have an included visit to Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world! 

The following day we will have a free day to explore the town, the central Id Kah Mosque and its surrounding square, while your crew finalise the customs procedures for our truck to continue further into China.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore Kashgar's Sunday market and Animal market.

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Id Kah Mosque, the finest example of Islamic architecture in Kashgar and the centre of religious life in the city

CNY 20

Discover the history of the ancient Silk Road at Kashgar's Silk Road Museum

CNY 15

Visit the mausoleum of the 17th-century religious leader Afaq Khoja, considered the holiest site in Xinjiang Province

CNY 15
Day 9-10 - Aksu, Bayanbulak ( 27th Aug 2019 to 28th Aug 2019 )

Our journey through China begins as we leave Kashgar and head east through the Taklamakan Desert! Our crossing of the desert usually takes 3 days/2 nights, and we plan to stay in local hotels en route.

Estimated Drive Times - 8-9 hours each day (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 11-12 - Heavenly Lake ( 29th Aug 2019 to 30th Aug 2019 )

Today we will complete our drive through the Taklamakan Desert and arrive at Heavenly Lake, a beautiful lake set in the Tian Shan mountains.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

We will stay here for 2 nights, and will have many opportunities to relax in the incredible scenery and walk around the lake.

In Heavenly Lake we will stay in local yurts with very basic facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a tranquil yurt stay at the beautiful Heavenly Lake

Included in Kitty
Day 13-14 - Turpan ( 31st Aug 2019 to 1st Sep 2019 )

Today we will travel to the oasis town of Turpan, where we stay for 2 days exploring the surrounding sites including the famous Jiaohe ruins.

In Turpan we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan

Included in Kitty

Learn about the Karez water system, the ingenious method of irrigating the area that was developed by the Han Dynasty and allowed Turpan to flourish as an oasis town

Included in Kitty
See the striking red sandstone landscape of the Flaming Mountains near Turpan
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See the Emin Minaret, a beautiful Uighur mosque built in the 18th century which is the tallest minaret in China
CNY 30
Explore the ancient oasis city of Gaochang, once a bustling trading trading centre along the Silk Road
CNY 40
Day 15-16 - Dunhuang ( 2nd Sep 2019 to 3rd Sep 2019 )

Today we will have an early start and a big drive to the city of Dunhuang.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

Please note that sometimes it may be preferred by the group and the leader to split this drive over 2 days, wild camping in between - in this case we will have 1 less night in Pingliang towards the end of the trip.

The following day we will have an included visit to the awe-inspiring Mogao Buddha Caves in the morning. We will then have a free afternoon to explore this amazing town and it’s surroundings - there are possibilities for camel rides along the sand dunes and bicycle rides out to the nearby White Goose Pagoda!

In Dunhuang we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Stopover and time to explore historic Dunhuang

CNY 20

Take a camel ride to Crescent Moon Lake, Dunhuang

CNY 120
Day 17 - Jiayuguan ( 4th Sep 2019 )

Today we continue our journey with a drive to Jiayuguan, where we will have an included visit to the Jiayuguan Fort - the most western point of the Great Wall of China. Please note the Great Wall in this area is adobe, unlike the more famous stone sections further to the east.

We will wild camp near an adobe section of the Great Wall near Jiayuguan.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Journey down the Gansu Corridor to Jiayuguan Fort, our first stop at the Great Wall

Included in Kitty
Day 18 - Zhangye ( 5th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive to the incredible Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains - we'll spend some time exploring the region before heading off to wild camp nearby.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the incredible and colourful natural phenomenon of the Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains

Included in Kitty
Day 19 - Liujiaxia ( 6th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive onto the lower slopes of the remote Tibetan plateau and reach the small city of Liujiaxia. 

In Liujiaxia we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Day 20-22 - Xiahe, Bingling Si ( 7th Sep 2019 to 9th Sep 2019 )

Today we set off to the enchanting Tibetan town of Xiahe where we spend the next 3 nights. We will have an included visit to the incredible Bingling Si Buddha Caves en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

The next few days are free to explore this beautiful town and surrounding grasslands. We can take a guided visit to the Labrang Monastery where Tibetan monks can be seen doing their daily rituals and chants. There may also be a chance to go trekking, horse riding or exploring the surrounding grasslands, visiting Tibetan families and perhaps trying the local Yak butter tea.

In Xiahe we will stay in a local Tibetan-owned hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

See the vast Buddha statue and the outstanding Buddhist cave sculptures at the fabulous Bingling Si gorge

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Climb up onto the lower slopes of the remote Tibetan Plateau

Free

2 night detour to the Tibetan town of Xiahe, one of the main pilgrimage sites for Tibetan Buddhists

CNY 40
Take a day trip up into the Sangke or Ganjia grasslands of the lower Tibetan Plateau surrounding Xiahe
CNY 400
Day 23 - Lanzhou ( 10th Sep 2019 )

Today we will leave Xiahe and head to the chaotic capital city of Gansu province, Lanzhou. We will have some free time this evening to explore the city.

In Lanzhou we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Day 24-25 - Pingliang ( 11th Sep 2019 to 12th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive to the small town of Pingliang at the base of the Mount Kongtong, one of the holiest mountains in Chinese Taoism.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

The following day we will have an included visit to Mount Kongtong, and will have the full day to explore the temples and walk and explore the pilgrimage routes on the mountain. 

In Pingliang we will stay in a decent local hotel.

Please note that if the drive between Turpan and Dunhuang was split over 2 days, there will only be 1 night in Pingliang and a half-day exploration of Mount Kongtong.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the stunningly beautiful Mt. Kongtong and its temples

Included in Kitty
Day 26 - Xi'an ( 13th Sep 2019 )

Today we will journey to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! We will have a free afternoon to fully explore the city, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 27 - Xi'an ( 14th Sep 2019 )

Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).

Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! 

There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting.

The rest of the day will be free to explore the city of Xi'an, its famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Xi'an.

In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife

Included in Kitty
Day 28 - Xi'an ( 15th Sep 2019 )

This morning we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour. We'll return to Xi'an in the afternoon and have some more free time to further explore this incredible city!

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's most famous landmark dating from the Tang and Ming Dynasties

CNY 80

Walk or cycle around the Ming Dynasty Xi'an City Wall, the largest city wall in the world

CNY 80
Visit the Forest of Stelae Museum, a collection of 3000 stone tablets of Chinese calligraphy that has been collected here since 1057
CNY 50

Wander through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and visit the Xi'an Great Mosque, the first mosque constructed in China

CNY 30

Visit the mind-blowing Tomb of Emporer Jingdi of the Han Dynasty, containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures

CNY 90

Learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an at the Shaanxi History Museum, without doubt one of the finest museums in China

CNY 30

Visit the ornate 14th-century Bell and Drum towers, which originally marked the sunrise and sunset

CNY 40
Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming, and explore its vast parks and gardens
Free
Day 29 - Wudang Shan ( 16th Sep 2019 )

Today we begin our journey south of Xi'an with a drive to the beautiful Wudang Shan Mountain Reserve, the birthplace of the martial art of Taichi and the location of the filming of 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon'.

We will have time this afternoon and the following morning to fully explore the mountain's sights, temples and martial arts schools.

In Wudang Shan we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Day 30 - Xiang Fan, Wudang Shan ( 17th Sep 2019 )

This morning we will spend more time exploring Wudang Shan and the surrounding area, before setting off in the afternoon for a short drive to the pleasant city of Xiang Fan. We will also try to stop at the Purple Cloud Monastery en route.

In Xiang Fan we will stay in a local guesthouse or hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek up the Tianzu Peak to visit the Taoist martial arts school and numerous temples on Wudang Shan

Included in Kitty
Day 31 - Yichang ( 18th Sep 2019 )

Today we will drive from Xiang Fan to Yichang, where we will catch our first glimpse of the mighty Yangtze river. Yichang is a pleasant town, and we will stop here for 1 or 2 nights, depending on the ferry schedule - either way we will have time to explore a little.

In Yichang we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 32 - Yichang, Three Gorges ( 19th Sep 2019 )

Today we will have some free time to explore Yichang and the surrounding area, prepare for our 3 day Yangtze River cruise.

We will most likely have an included visit to the incredible Three Gorges Dam today, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, although it is possible this visit may take place tomorrow depending on the ferry schedule.

We will most likely stay in our hotel in Yichang tonight, but our ferry may need to depart tonight, in which case we will have a spare day later in the trip that we can use at our discretion.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

The cruise visits the main sites of the Three Gorges & new Yangtze Dam

Included in Kitty
Day 33-35 - Three Gorges, Badong, Wanzhou, Chongqing ( 20th Sep 2019 to 22nd Sep 2019 )

Today we embark on our Yangtze River cruise. We travel on a local ferry boat used by local people, a much more authentic and interesting way of travelling than on a tourist cruise. We stay in shared cabins (4 members of the group to each cabin) with private bathrooms and air conditioning where possible.

The journey itself usually takes 3 days/3 nights and heads through some areas of stunning scenery, especially near the Three Gorges - the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges. The boats usually stop at the Fengdu (Ghost City), Shibaozai Tower, home to the Lanruo Dian (Orchid Temple) and at the three Lesser Gorges at various points on the trip. However due to local conditions, stops cannot always be guaranteed.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Cruise down the mighty Yangtze River for 3 nights on a local sleeper ferry
Included in Kitty
Stop off to visit the 1700-year-old Zhang Fei temple, famous for its exterior red-light decoration
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Stop off at the White Emperor City, a very scenic spot featured on the Chinese 10 Yuan banknote!
CNY 180
Stop off to take a boat ride through the stunning Three Mini Gorges
CNY 220
Day 36 - Dazu, Chongqing ( 23rd Sep 2019 )

Today we will disembark our ferry when it docks in Chongqing in the early morning, and rejoin the truck and our co-driver!

From Chongqing we have a short drive to Dazu, where we visit the Bei Shan and Baoding Shan caves, famous for their brightly-coloured freizes and carvings.

In Dazu we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Side trip to see the amazing sleeping Buddha in the Dazu Caves

CNY 135
Day 37-38 - Chengdu ( 24th Sep 2019 to 25th Sep 2019 )

Today we have another short drive on to the incredible city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, where we will stay for 2 nights. On arrival we will have a free afternoon to explore the city's parks, streets, and museums, and visit the fascinating and incredibly photogenic Jinli Old Town.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have an included visit to the fantastic Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre. We'll then return to Chengdu for another free afternoon to further explore the city.

In Chengdu we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the Giant Panda breeding centre in Chengdu

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the Jinsha Archeological Site, the capital of the Bronze Age Shu Kingdom who were one of the most ancient civilisations to settle in the area

CNY 80

Freely explore the narrow streets of the atmospheric Jinli Ancient Street and visit the nearby Wuhouci Shrine

CNY 60

Explore the cobbled streets of historic Lijang

CNY 85
Explore the mountain complex of Qingcheng, one of the ancient cradles of Taoism in China
CNY 190
Visit the impressive Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple of Wenshu, containing more than 450 Buddha statues
CNY 5
Head out for an evening performance of a traditional Sichuanese Opera
CNY 220
Day 39-40 - Leshan, Emei Shan ( 26th Sep 2019 to 27th Sep 2019 )

Today we continue our journey south to the town of Leshan to visit to the Leshan Grand Buddha - at 71m tall, this statue is the largest Buddha rock carving in the world!

After our visit we will continue to the small town of Emei Shan.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

On the following day we will have a full day to explore Emei Shan Mountain, one of the holiest sites in Chinese Buddhism and the site of hundreds of temples and an incredible golden statue of the deity known as Samantabhadra. It is possible to walk all the way up the stairs from the base of the mountain, joining the many pilgrims in their journey to the temple complex at the mountain summit, or take the cable car up instead!

In Emei Shan we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Day trek up the lush mountain of Emei Shan, one of the most important pilgrimage treks in China

Included in Kitty
See the colossal Dafo Great Buddha in Leshan, the world's largest rock-carved Buddha statue
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Ferry trip down the river to see the huge Dafo Buddha in Leshan

CNY 70

Take a cable car ride to the top of Emei Shan

CNY 120
Day 41 - Panzhihua ( 28th Sep 2019 )

Today we have a long drive south through stunning mountain scenery towards China's Yunnan province.

We will aim to stay in the town of Miyi tonight in a  comfortable local hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 42-44 - Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge ( 29th Sep 2019 to 1st Oct 2019 )

Today we drive further into Yunnan province to the beautiful 'Old-China'-style town of Lijiang, the base for visiting the world famous Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

On the following 2 days we will have free time to explore the town of Lijiang and its surroundings. One very popular excursion here is to go on a 2 day/1 night trek along the high trail above the Tiger Leaping Gorge - this is by far the best way to see the gorge from some truly incredible vantage points, and we will have the opportunity to take this trek during our time here (staying in a local guesthouse on the trail on the first night and returning to Lijiang for the second night). For those that don't want to do the full trek, your crew will also be able to arrange a trip to the low sections of the gorge, where there is a flat walkway to various viewpoints.

In Lijiang we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the beautiful natural scenery and traditional buildings in the Black Dragon Pool Park
CNY 80
Head out for a day of trekking around the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, taking in some of the most incredible scenery in China on a clear day
CNY 80
Explore the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain area by cable car
CNY 280
See the incredible 'Impressions Lijiang' cultural show, demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area
CNY 270
Freely explore the area by bicycle and discover the Naxi villages surrounding Lijiang, such as the beautiful village of Baisha
CNY 20
Head out for a 2-day self-guided trek along the high ridge of the sensational Tiger Leaping Gorge
CNY 200
Go on a shorter trek along the flat base of Tiger Leaping Gorge to enjoy the scenery from below
CNY 125
Day 45-46 - Dali ( 2nd Oct 2019 to 3rd Oct 2019 )

Today we will drive through more stunning scenery to the beautiful Naxi town of Dali, where we will stay for 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to fully explore the area and for optional activities such as some short treks in the nearby Cangshan mountains or hiring bicycles to ride around the Dali lake.

In Dali we stay in a friendly hostel or guesthouse with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Time for sightseeing in the lakeside town of Dali, home to the minority Bai people

CNY 40

Learn how to make dumplings and traditional Yunnanese cuisine at one of Dali's fantastic cooking classes

CNY 150

Discover the ornate 9th-century Three Pagodas of Chongsheng, some of the tallest pagodas in China's history and the symbol of Dali

CNY 120

Head out by bicycle to explore the region in depth and visit various Bai villages and Qing Dynasty bridges en route

CNY 50
Experience the incredible ancient art of cormorant fishing with the fishermen of Xizhou on Lake Erhai
CNY 100
Day 47 - Kunming ( 4th Oct 2019 )

There will be a group meeting at 18:00PM. The evening free to explore the city. Overnight in comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming

CNY 6
Day 48 - Shilin Stone Forest ( 5th Oct 2019 )

This morning we will drive to the incredible Shilin Stone Forest. We will have a free afternoon exploring the stunning and bizarre rock formations of the Stone Forest.

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel near to the Shilin Stone Forest.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 - 3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the maze of limestone pinnacles in the Stone Forest

Included in Kitty
Day 49 - Xishuangbanna ( 6th Oct 2019 )

Heading south from Shilinzhen we  have a full days drive towards the southern region of Xishuangbanna. 

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 50 - Jinghong ( 7th Oct 2019 )

Today we drive to Jinghong. Overnight in a local guesthouse.

Day 51 - Luang Namtha ( 8th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: Exit China at Mohan, enter Laos at Boten.

Short morning drive to the border with Laos, cross border and drive on to Luang Namtha, a small laid-back town on the edge of the Nam Ha Protected Area. 

Estimate drive time 4- 5 hours

We stay here for 3 nights at a comfortable friendly guesthouse lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Cross the border into Laos and relax in peaceful Luang Nam Tha

Included in Kitty
Day 52-53 - Luang Namtha ( 9th Oct 2019 to 10th Oct 2019 )

We have two full days in Luang Namtha for optional activities. There are many Hiking and trekking options available in the national park, or you could use this time to simply kick back and relax back at our guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Optional rafting, kayaking and trekking in Nam Ha National Park

USD 25
Day 54 - Luang Prabang ( 11th Oct 2019 )

This morning we drive through the stunning countryside of northern Laos and make our way to Luang Prabang where we stay in a friendly local hotel. 

This afternoon there will be free time for any optional activities. 

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang

LAK 20000

Discover the thousands of Buddha statues at the Pak Ou caves outside of Luang Prabang

LAK 25000

Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes

USD 25

Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill

LAK 20000

Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture

LAK 30000
Day 55 - Luang Prabang ( 12th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: If joining in Luang Prabang, enter Laos at Luang Prabang Airport.

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00 hrs.
Your leader will leave a note at the reception telling you where this meeting will take place. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport and insurance details at this meeting.

Tonight we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill

LAK 20000

Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture

LAK 30000

Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang

LAK 20000

Discover the thousands of Buddha statues at the Pak Ou caves outside of Luang Prabang

LAK 25000
Day 56 - Luang Prabang ( 13th Oct 2019 )

This morning we have a short drive to a small hill tribe village called Ban Long Lao. This Hmong village is where we begin our 4 hour trek to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls. This afternoon you have time to relax and swim in the many warm turquoise pools. We return in the late afternoon to our comfortable hotel for the night.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes

USD 25
Day 57 - Vang Vieng ( 14th Oct 2019 )

We leave after breakfast and drive to Vang Vieng (approx. 185 kms). The scenery today is spectacular as we make our way through windy and mountainous roads, passing small Hmong villages along the way so plenty of photo opportunities! We will stop for lunch in one of these villages before continuing our journey to Vang Vieng. The afternoon is free to explore.

Estimated Drive time 5 - 6 hours


We will stay overnight in a comfortable guesthouse tonight.

Day 58 - Vang Vieng ( 15th Oct 2019 )

Today we have the whole day to explore Vang Vieng. Enjoy the stunning landscapes surrounding the village and take part of the many optional activities available in the area. Popular activities here include trekking, renting a bicycle or rock climbing.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Free time available for optional activities in laid-back Vang Vieng

USD 30
Head out for a rock climbing trip in the ideal crags near Vang Vieng
USD 40
Kayak through the stunning scenery of the Nam Song River, and stop off in some of the Khmu villages en route
USD 40
Trek around the fantastic limestone hills and stunning caves near Vang Vieng
USD 20
Explore the scared ethereal Tham Phu Kham Caves and Blue Lagoon just outside Vang Vieng
LAK 20000
Day 59 - Thakhek ( 16th Oct 2019 )

We set off early this morning for a full days drive from Vang Vieng to Thakhek. We will arrive in the late afternoon and set up camp for the night.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours

Tonight we will wild camp near Thakhek

Day 60 - Pakse ( 17th Oct 2019 )

 

We will have the morning to explore the town before continuing our journey south to Pakse. Once in Pakse we have a short drive to the magnificent Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex located at the base of Mt Phu Kao.

Overnight in local Guesthouse in Pakse.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the incredible 10th-century temple of Wat Phou

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a traditional massage in one of Pakse's excellent massage centres
LAK 35000
Day 61-62 - Don Khon, Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) ( 18th Oct 2019 to 19th Oct 2019 )

 

From Pakse we Drive South and transfer to a boat to take us over to one of the larger islands in the area, Don Khong. This afternoon we visit the Li Phi waterfalls and then spend the rest of the day relaxing. 

Overnight in a local guesthouse.

On our 2nd day on Don Khong we will have free time to explore the island which can be easily discovered by bicycles. On the bike you will discover a quiet rural life of the the four thousand Islands. 

Estimated Drive time 3 - 4 hours

Day 63-64 - Kratié ( 20th Oct 2019 to 21st Oct 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Laos at Voeung Kam, enter Cambodia at Dom Kralor.

Today we will be rejoining the truck. We then drive to the Cambodian border, cross and continue on to Kratie.

Kratie is situated in the northeast of Cambodia on the banks of the Mekong River, this area is famous for its sunsets!  In Kratie we will stay with local families in their homes. The accommodation is fairly basic but this will be a fantastic local experience.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours

On our 2nd day in Kratie we visit the fresh water dolphins and visit the town of Kratie, including the Pagodas.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Visit the beautiful 16th-century Hundred Pillar Pagoda near Kratie
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hire bikes to explore the area, visit the basket weavers in the surrounding villages, or head to nearby Trong Island for the sunset
USD 2
Day 65 - Phnom Penh ( 22nd Oct 2019 )

Today we drive to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. The afternoon is free to explore.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

We will be staying in Phnom Penh for 2 nights at a friendly local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 nights in Cambodia's chaotic capital Phnom Penh

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh

USD 7
Day 66 - Phnom Penh ( 23rd Oct 2019 )

This morning we will have a very moving visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields Memorial. We will then return to Phnom Penh and have a free afternoon to explore Cambodia's capital.

Tonight we will spend a second night in a local guesthouse. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Learn about Cambodia's history at the "Killing Fields" and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover the world's largest collection of Khmer art at the National Museum of Cambodia

USD 5

Visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh

USD 7
Day 67 - Kompong Thom ( 24th Oct 2019 )

This morning we have a fairly short drive to Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments. We will have plenty of time to explore the ruins before driving back to Kompong Thom, where we spend the night in the house of a local family.

The accommodation is basic and some bathrooms are outside, but experiencing traditional home-cooked food and spending time with people of the village is truly a special experience.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6 hours.

 


We stay overnight in a local home stay.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the amazing pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk

Included in Kitty
Day 68 - Siem Reap ( 25th Oct 2019 )

This morning we drive from Kompong Thom to Siem Reap -

We will be in Siem Reap for 3 nights staying in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours

Day 69 - Siem Reap, Angkor Wat ( 26th Oct 2019 )

Today we get up early for our full day guided exploration of the incredible temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. We will also be able to watch the sunset over the temples.

Second night in friendly local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Full day tour of the incredible temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

Included in Kitty
Day 70 - Siem Reap ( 27th Oct 2019 )

Today is a free day for you to do as you please. Return to the temples to spend some more time exploring, or maybe take some time to relax with a massage or local spa treatment. Siem Reap itself is a lively little town and interesting to wander around.

Third night in friendly local hotel.

Day 71 - Bangkok ( 28th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: Exit Cambodia at, enter Thailand at Aranyaprathet.

This morning we start our journey to the Cambodian border of Poipet where we will say goodbye to our co driver and overland truck. Once we have crossed the border and proceedings through the Thai Immigration office we will then finish our journey on locally chartered transport out of the Aranyaprathet and through the Thai countryside to the bustling city of Bangkok. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8 -9 hours. (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the sights of the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok, including the Grand PalaceWat Pho and Wat Arun, and the countless temples and parks

Free
Climb the steps of the Golden Mount to see the panoramic view of Bangkok from the Wat Saket temple
Free
Learn all about Thai history and culture at the Bangkok National Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in South East Asia
THB 40
Day 72 - Bangkok ( 29th Oct 2019 )

Border Information: Finishing in Bangkok, exit Thailand at Bangkok Airport.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Bangkok.

Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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Departing: 19 Aug 2019
Returning: 29 Oct 2019
Duration: 72 days
Route: Bishkek - Bangkok
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