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South China & Indochina Explorer Kunming - Bangkok

Trip Overview

This 26 day overland tour journeys from Kunming to Bangkok through Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand
26 DAYS THROUGH Cambodia, China (+ 2 more countries)
RATING:
of 3 reviews
PRICE FROM:
Was: $3,410 USD + 650 KITTY USD
Now: $2,899 (USD) + 650 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 - 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 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - Jinghong ( 7th Oct 2019 )

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

Day 5 - 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 6-7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15-16 - 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 17-18 - 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 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 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 23 - 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 24 - 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 25 - 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 26 - 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 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: 4 Oct 2019
Returning: 29 Oct 2019
Duration: 26 days
Route: Kunming - Bangkok
$2,899 USD + $650 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 15 Mar 2020
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Duration: 26 days
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$3,425 USD + $680 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 9 Oct 2020
Returning: 3 Nov 2020
Duration: 26 days
Route: Kunming - Bangkok
$3,440 USD + $650 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 14 Mar 2021
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Duration: 26 days
Route: Bangkok - Kunming
$3,520 USD + $680 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 8 Oct 2021
Returning: 2 Nov 2021
Duration: 26 days
Route: Kunming - Bangkok
$3,530 USD + $650 Kitty (USD)
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

It was excellent with great leader
Philip O
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