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South East Asia

Luang Prabang - Bangkok via Myanmar

36 DAYS THROUGH China, Laos (+ 2 more countries)
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Now: $4,196 (USD) + 1,090 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
36 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus, Local passenger truck, Boat, Canoe, Flight
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew (1 Dragoman crew and 1 local crew after Kunming), Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
0%
1%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ELB
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

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

  Explore the Shilin Stone Forest

  Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming

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

  Head out on a day trip to some of the many sights of charming Mandalay

  Watch traditional Burmese music and dance at Mandalay's Mitha Theatre

  Visit incredible Hpo Win Daung cave temples

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

  Day tour and time to cycle around the historical sites of ancient Bagan

  Trek through the hills surrounding Kalaw

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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 - 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 2-4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - Kunming ( 22nd Nov 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 10-11 - Dali ( 23rd Nov 2018 to 24th Nov 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 12 - Kunming ( 25th Nov 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 13-14 - Hsipaw ( 26th Nov 2018 to 27th Nov 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 15 - Pyin U Lwin ( 28th Nov 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 16-18 - Mandalay ( 29th Nov 2018 to 1st Dec 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 19 - Monywa ( 2nd Dec 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 20 - Bagan, Ayeyarwady River, Pakkoku ( 3rd Dec 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 21-22 - Bagan ( 4th Dec 2018 to 5th Dec 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 23 - Kalaw ( 6th Dec 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 24-26 - Inle Lake ( 7th Dec 2018 to 9th Dec 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 27 - Naypyidaw ( 10th Dec 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 28 - Yangon ( 11th Dec 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 29 - Yangon ( 12th Dec 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 30 - Mt Kyaiktiyo ( 13th Dec 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 31 - Hpa An, Mawlamyine ( 14th Dec 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 32 - Dawei ( 15th Dec 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 33 - Dawei ( 16th Dec 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 34 - Kanchanaburi ( 17th Dec 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 35 - Bangkok ( 18th Dec 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 36 - Bangkok ( 19th Dec 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: 14 Nov 2018
Returning: 19 Dec 2018
Duration: 36 days
Route: Luang Prabang - Bangkok
$4,196 USD + $1,090 Kitty (USD)
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