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South East Asia

Kunming - Bangkok via Myanmar

28 DAYS THROUGH China, Myanmar (+ 1 more countries)
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $4,110 USD + 890 KITTY USD
Now: $3,494 (USD) + 890 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
28 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus, Local passenger truck, Boat, Canoe, Flight
CREW:
1 Dragoman crew, 1 local crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
0%
1%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
EKB
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Take a local passenger truck up to Mt. Kyaiktiyo's Golden Rock

  Climb the steps of the Golden Mount for an amazing view of Bangkok

  Visit the beautiful tiled temples inside the caves of Kawt Ka Taung

  Take in the seemingly impossible Kyauk Kalap rock near Hpa-an

  Visit the Allied War Cemetery at Thanbyuzayat en route to Dawei

  Relax on the beautiful Maungmagan Beach on the Andaman coast

  See the amazing 75m-long reclining Buddha at Dawei

  Visit the Bridge over the River Kwai and Thailand-Burma Railway centre

  Trek out to remote hill tribe villages around Hsipaw in Burma's Shan State

  Visit incredible Hpo Win Daung cave temples

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Kunming ( 21st Sep 2018 )

Border information: if joining in Kunming, you will most likely enter China at Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA code: KMG).

Today will be a free day to explore the city of Kunming until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

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

In Kunming we will stay in a 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
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 2-3 - Dali ( 22nd Sep 2018 to 23rd Sep 2018 )

This morning we start out journey with a drive to the beautiful lakeside town of Dali. We will have a free afternoon to explore on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours in a locally charted bus. (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!).

On the following day we will have a free day in Dali to enjoy the many optional activities available in the area, including taking a boat ride out on Lake Er Hai or taking the cable car up Cangtang Mountain.

In Dali we will stay in an excellent hostel in private or shared rooms.

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
Experience the incredible ancient art of cormorant fishing with the fishermen of Xizhou on Lake Erhai
CNY 100

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
Day 4 - Kunming ( 24th Sep 2018 )

Today we wil travel back to Kunming in the afternoon where we will prepare to leave for Myanmar the next day. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4 -5 hours ( in a locally chartered bus )

In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel. 

Day 5-6 - Hsipaw ( 25th Sep 2018 to 26th Sep 2018 )

Border information: Exit China at Kunming, enter Myanmar at Mandalay.

Today we will take a short flight from Kunming to Mandalay in Myanmar. Once we arrive we will make our way to the laid-back Shan village of Hsipaw in private chartered transport.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day for exploration of the area, and will hopefully have the opportunity to take a boat trip on the lake or head out on a day trek to the hill-tribes of the area.

In Hsipaw we will stay in a hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Trek out to remote hill tribe villages around Hsipaw in Burma's Shan State
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Take a boat trip from Hsipaw to explore the nearby Shan villages

MMK 10000
Day 7 - Pyin U Lwin ( 27th Sep 2018 )

Today we will continue to the scenic hill town of Pyin U Lwin in the Shan highlands above Mandalay, where we will have a chance to explore the town and the beautiful botanical gardens.

In Pyin U Lwin we will stay in a good hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Take a train along the famous railway between Hsipaw and Pyin U Lwin, a remarkable piece of engineering that brought trade and control to the region during the colonial era
USD 2

Freely explore the old hill station town and the botanical gardens at Pyin U Lwin

MMK 5000
Day 8-10 - Mandalay ( 28th Sep 2018 to 30th Sep 2018 )

Today we will have a free morning to further explore Pyin U Lwin, before our short drive to the enchanting and evocative former royal capital of Mandalay.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

On our first full day here we will have a guided tour that includes a morning visit to Mandalay Hill, the world's largest book, the Golden Palace and the Mahamuni Pagoda, before finishing the day at the beautiful U Bin bridge in time for sunset.

On the following day we will have a second full day in Mandalay to freely explore the incredible city.

In Mandalay we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head out on a day trip to some of the main sights of Mandalay, including Mandalay Hill, the Kuthodaw and Mahamuni Pagodas, the Shwenandaw Kyaung Golden Monastery and U Bein bridge

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Head out for an colourful evening performance of traditional Burmese music and dance at Mandalay's Mitha Theatre
MMK 8000

Take a boat trip to see the colossal uncompleted stupa at the Mingun archaeological site near Mandalay

MMK 5000

See the famous anti-government comedy show from the Moustache Brothers

MMK 8000
Day 11 - Monywa ( 1st Oct 2018 )

This morning we will continue our journey to the town of Monywa, stopping en route to visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda and the Hpo Win Daung cave temples. 

In Monywa we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the incredible Hpo Win Daung cave temples and explore their Buddha staues and painted murals

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 stunning 14th-century Thanboddhya Pagoda and see its colossal golden stupa and incredible 580,000 Buddha statues
MMK 3000
See the Laykyun Sekkya Buddha statue near Monywa, which at 116m is the second tallest statue in the world (if time allows)
Free
Day 12 - Bagan, Ayeyarwady River, Pakkoku ( 2nd Oct 2018 )

Today we make our way to the ancient town of Pakhan Gyi and the attractive town of Pakokku, where we board a boat to take us on a journey down the Ayeyarwady River to Bagan.

In Bagan we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours( in a locally chartered bus ).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a boat trip down the mighty Ayeyarwady River to arrive in Bagan

Included in Kitty

Take a day tour around the multitude of historical sites in and around the ancient capital of Bagan

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 sunrise over Bagan from an unforgettable morning balloon flight (weather-dependent)

USD 330
Day 13-14 - Bagan ( 3rd Oct 2018 to 4th Oct 2018 )

Bagan is situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River and is home to the largest cluster of pagodas, Buddhist temples, stupas and ruins in the world - a place that has to be seen to be believed.

We will have 2 full days in Bagan, in which time we have a guided tour of the temple complexes and visit the 10th-Century old town of Bagan, including a visit to a local handicraft workshop. There will also be plenty of time for free exploration of the area.

Day 15 - Kalaw ( 5th Oct 2018 )

Today we will drive to the hill station town of Kalaw, where we will hopefully catch the lively market and explore the town.

In Kalaw we will stay in a good hotel in the town.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

Visit the fascinating Pindaya Caves near Kalaw and marvel at the array of statues within
MMK 10000

Head out for a day of hiking in the stunning hills surrounding Kalaw

MMK 5
Day 16-18 - Inle Lake ( 6th Oct 2018 to 8th Oct 2018 )

Today we have the opportunity for a day walk in the hills surrounding Kalaw, before returning in the afternoon for the short drive to the beautiful Inle Lake, a real highlight of a visit to Myanmar. The area is full of amazing floating gardens and can be explored by bike or on a long-tail boat.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

On the following day we will have a full day tour around Inle Lake by long-tail boat to the floating farms and markets.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the area by bike, hike in the surrounding hills, or visit the local wineries and hot springs.

In Inle Lake we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the famous floating markets of Inle Lake by long-tail boat

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Learn how to prepare a variety of local Shan specialities at a cooking class near Inle Lake
MMK 15000

Freely explore the area by foot and head out on a day hike in the beautiful hills around Inle Lake

MMK 10000

Hire a bike to explore the wineries and hot springs near Inle Lake

MMK 4000
Day 19 - Naypyidaw ( 9th Oct 2018 )

Today we will drive to the unique, bizarre and half-empty Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw, a city constructed in secret during the early 2000s. Here we will have the opportunity to explore the city in the truck.

In Naypyidaw we aim to stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours ( in a locally chartered bus ).

Day 20 - Yangon ( 10th Oct 2018 )

Border information: if joining in Yangon, you will most likely enter Myanmar at Yangon International Airport (IATA code: RGN).

Today will be a free day to explore the city of Yangon and the Scott Market until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please do not be alarmed if there is no welcome note from your leader when you arrive as this is often a travel day for the crew, and they are likely to arrive during the afternoon.

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

In Yangon we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 21 - Yangon ( 11th Oct 2018 )

Today we will have a guided tour of old Yangon, the Kandawgyi Lake, the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a tour of Yangon, including the Kandawgyi Lake and the famous Shwedagon Paya temple

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Explore Yangon's famous Bogyoke (Scott's) Market

Free
Day 22 - Mt Kyaiktiyo ( 12th Oct 2018 )

This morning our journey from Yangon begins with a drive to one of Myanmar’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage shrines at the spectacular Mt Kyaiktiyo.

We take a local pick-up truck up the first two-thirds of the mountain, and then continue the final part of the ascent on foot along a steep and winding path. We end up on the top, next to the Golden Rock.

In Mt Kyaiktiyo we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours travelling on locally chartered transport (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

Take a local passenger truck up to the incredible Golden Rock, one of Myanmar's holiest shrines

Included in Kitty
Day 23 - Hpa An, Mawlamyine ( 13th Oct 2018 )

Today we will aim to visit the mushroom-shaped temple rock at Kyauk Kalap and the beautiful Kawt Ka Taung caves near Hpa An, before moving on to the city of Mawlamyine for the night.

In Mawlamyine we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours ( using locally chartered transport ). 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the beautiful tiled temples inside the caves of Kawt Ka Taung

Included in Kitty

Visit the seemingly impossible Kyauk Kalap rock near Hpa-an

Included in Kitty
Day 24 - Dawei ( 14th Oct 2018 )

Today we will head south following the beautiful Andaman coast, to the southern city of Dawei. If we have time we will visit the Thanbyuzayat Allied War Cemetery en route.

We will stay at a beachfront hotel on Maungmagan Beach (about 12 kilometres from Dawei).

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours ( using locally chartered transport ). 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Allied War Cemetery at Thanbyuzayat en route to Dawei

Included in Kitty
Day 25 - Dawei ( 15th Oct 2018 )

Today we will have a free day at the the stunning Maungmagan beaches.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Relax and explore the beautiful Maungmagan Beach on the Andaman coast of southern Buma

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 amazing 75m-long reclining Buddha at the Lawka Tharaphu Pagoda in Dawei
Free
Day 26 - Kanchanaburi ( 16th Oct 2018 )

Border Information: exit Myanmar at Htee Kee, enter Thailand at Ban Nam Pu Ron.

Today we will cross into Thailand via the brand new border at Htee Kee, and drive to the town of Kanchanaburi.

In Kanchanaburi we will stay in a local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours ( using locally chartered transport ). 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai and the Thailand-Burma Railway centre, and learn all about the history of the Japanese occupation during the Second World War

Included in Kitty
Day 27 - Bangkok ( 17th Oct 2018 )

We spend this morning exploring the Thailand-Burma Railway centre and the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. This afternoon we drive to Thailand's bustling capital of Bangkok, where we will have free time to explore and enjoy our final meal together!

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

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours ( using locally chartered transport ). 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai and the Thailand-Burma Railway centre, and learn all about the history of the Japanese occupation during the Second World War

Included in Kitty
Day 28 - Bangkok ( 18th Oct 2018 )

Border information: if leaving in Bangkok, you will most likely exit Thailand from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA code: BKK).

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

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

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

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Departing: 21 Sep 2018
Returning: 18 Oct 2018
Duration: 28 days
Route: Kunming - Bangkok
$4,185 USD + $890 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 22 Nov 2018
Returning: 19 Dec 2018
Duration: 28 days
Route: Kunming - Bangkok
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