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South East Asia

Kunming - Bangkok via Laos

26 DAYS THROUGH Cambodia, China (+ 2 more countries)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
$3,035 (USD) + 660 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
26 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus, Tuk-tuk, Boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
5%
95%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ENK
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Visit '4000 islands' at Don Khon in Laos

  Trek or raft in the unpoilt landscape of Nam Ha National Park

  Explore the Shilin Stone Forest

  Explore the sights of the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok

  Explore the vast royal complex of Bangkok's Grand Palace

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

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

  Spend time in the chaotic Cambodian capital Phnom Penh

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

  Guided trip to the Mekong River in search of freshwater dolphins

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Please note that for some, or all of this trip you will be travelling on private transport with local leaders and not on a Dragoman Truck with Dragoman Crew.
Day 1 - Bangkok ( 28th Oct 2018 )

Border Information: If joining in Bangkok, you will most likey enter Thailand at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA code: BKK).

Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city of Bangkok until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader on arrival at the joining hotel with more information about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bangkok 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 Bangkok.

In Bangkok we will stay in a centrally-located hotel 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.

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

Freely explore the vast royal complex of the Grand Palace, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (the most sacred temple in Thailand)

THB 250
Day 2 - Aranyaprathet, Siem Reap ( 29th Oct 2018 )

Today we start our journey with a drive on locally chartered transport out of the capital and through the Thai countryside to the border town of Aranyaprathet. There is a large border market in the north of the town that is interesting to visit where we will stop for lunch. 

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

In the afternoon we will cross the border into Cambodia, proceeding through the Thai immigration office then crossing the bridge by foot to the Cambodian immigration office. Once all of the border formalities are complete, we will join our overland truck who will be waiting to meet us on the other side and continue to Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Wat temple complex.

In Siem Reap we will stay in a good quality guesthouse.

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!).

Day 3-4 - Angkor Wat, Siem Reap ( 30th Oct 2018 to 31st Oct 2018 )

Today we will have an early start for our included guided trip to the incredible and awe-inspiring 12th-Century Khmer temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. We will have a full day to explore the vast site and then watch the sunset over the temples, a truly magical experience.

On the following day we will have free time to explore Siem Reap and to do Optional activities, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Day 5 - Kompong Thom ( 1st Nov 2018 )

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 on 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 - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Day 6 - Phnom Penh ( 2nd Nov 2018 )

Today we will have breakfast with our hosts at the Komphong Thom homestay, and then drive on to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

In Phnom Penh we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 nights in Cambodia's chaotic capital Phnom Penh

Included in Kitty
Day 7 - Phnom Penh ( 3rd Nov 2018 )

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.

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 8-9 - Kratié ( 4th Nov 2018 to 5th Nov 2018 )

Today we continue our journey to Kratie, situated in the northeast of Cambodia on the banks of the Mekong River. The area is famous for its sunsets, and we hope to spot Irrawaddy dolphins swimming in the river!

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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head out on a guided trip to the Mekong River in search of the freshwater dolphins that inhabit the area

Included in Kitty
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 10 - Don Khon, Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) ( 6th Nov 2018 )

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

Today we have an early start to cross the border into southern Laos. If we have been using a chartered bus in Cambodia, we will rejoin our overland truck and meet our co-driver again once through the border. We will then continue to Si Phan Don, otherwise known as the 4,000 Islands. We will transfer by boat to one of the larger islands in the area, Don Khon, and visit the Li Phi waterfalls.

We will also have some free time where we have the option to explore the island on bicycles.

In Don Khon we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 11 - Don Khon ( 7th Nov 2018 )

Today we will have a free day in Don Khon for Optional activities and relaxation.

Day 12 - Pakse ( 8th Nov 2018 )

This morning we will have some more free to further explore the islands before continuing our journey to Pakse. This afternoon we will have an included visit to the magnificent Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex located at the base of Mount Phu Kao.

In Pakse we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 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 13 - Thakhek ( 9th Nov 2018 )

Today we have a full day's drive to the area of Thakhek.

Tonight we will wild camp near to Thakhek.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 14-15 - Vang Vieng ( 10th Nov 2018 to 11th Nov 2018 )

Today we will have a full day's drive to the town of Vang Vieng.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day in Vang Vieng to relax, 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.

In Vang Vieng we will stay in a local guesthouse.

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 16-17 - Luang Prabang ( 12th Nov 2018 to 13th Nov 2018 )

Today we will travel via the spectacular mountainous roads of northern Laos to the beautiful city of Luang Prabang.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we have a short drive to a small Hmong 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 will return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.

In Luang Prabang we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the incredible site of Kuang Si and explore its beautiful waterfalls and pools

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang

Free

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

LAK 30000

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

LAK 20000

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

LAK 20000

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

USD 25
Learn all about the traditional art and lifestyles of Laos's many diverse ethnic groups at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
LAK 25000
Day 18 - Luang Prabang ( 14th Nov 2018 )

Border Information: If joining in Luang Prabang, you will most likey enter Laos at Luang Prabang International Airport (IATA code: LPQ).

Today will be a free day to explore the beautiful city of Luang Prabang until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader on arrival at the joining hotel with more information about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Luang Prabang 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 Luang Prabang.

In Luang Prabang 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.

Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang

Free

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

LAK 30000

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

USD 25

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

LAK 20000

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

LAK 20000

Visit the incredible site of Kuang Si and explore its beautiful waterfalls and pools

LAK 20000
Learn all about the traditional art and lifestyles of Laos's many diverse ethnic groups at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
LAK 25000
Day 19-21 - Luang Namtha ( 15th Nov 2018 to 17th Nov 2018 )

This morning we drive through the stunning countryside of northern Laos to the small town of Luang Namtha.

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!).

In Luang Namtha we will have two free days to enjoy the many optional activities available in and around Luang Namtha and the nearby Nam Ha National Park. Popular activities here include hiking and trekking in the National Park.

In Luang Namtha we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

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

USD 35

Optional rafting, kayaking and trekking in Nam Ha National Park

USD 25
Get into the heart of the Nam Ha national park by trekking deep into the forests and mountains of the area (1 or 2 day treks available)
USD 20
Take a relaxing river boat cruise down the Nam Ha or Nam Tha River to explore the beautiful national park from the water
USD 20
Learn how to prepare several unique northern Lao dishes at a cooking class in Luang Namtha
USD 30
Day 22 - Mohan ( 18th Nov 2018 )

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

This morning we will cross the border into China and begin our journey through the southern Chinese region of Xishuangbanna. We spend the next few days overlanding through this beautiful area, stopping off at towns, villages and local markets along the way.

Tonight we will stay in the border town of Mengla while your crew finalise the paperwork to enter our truck into China.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

Day 23 - Xishuangbanna ( 19th Nov 2018 )

Today will be a full day's drive through Yunnan province towards Kunming, most likely reaching the town of Mojiang or Yuxi en route.

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

Day 24 - Shilin Stone Forest ( 20th Nov 2018 )

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

We will stay in a loel hotel tonight near to the Shilin Stone Forest.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the maze of limestone pinnacles in the Stone Forest

Included in Kitty
Day 25 - Kunming ( 21st Nov 2018 )

Today we will drive to Kunming, the vibrant, modern capital of Yunnan province. We will have a free day to explore the city's sights.

In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable 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.

Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming

CNY 6
Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming, and learn all about the history of the province
Free
Learn all about the area's minorities at the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and visit the nearby markets
Free
Day 26 - Kunming ( 22nd Nov 2018 )

Border Information: If finishing in Kunming, you will most likely exit China at Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA code: KMG).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kunming. 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: 28 Oct 2018
Returning: 22 Nov 2018
Duration: 26 days
Route: Bangkok - Kunming
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

The vehicle and equipment are well adapted for this kind of trips (espicially when camping)
Bengt ERIK T
An interesting route, with dates that suited me perfectly!
Bengt ERIK T