China & South East Asia Discovery

61 nights from £7075

Start:Bangkok
Finish:Beijing
Duration:61 Nights
Group size:0 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 11 nights. Guesthouse 16 nights. Homestay 1 night. Basic Hotel 28 nights. Camping without facilities 1 night. Multishare Hostel 2 nights. Overnight Boat 2 nights
Physical rating:Low
Meals:Breakfasts x 54, Lunches x 4, Dinners x 6
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

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Overview

Beijing to Bangkok overland does have a certain ring about it and this trip will not disappoint.
It takes in some of the greatest sites of China and South East Asia as well as visiting places
that most travellers never see. So if you want to see more than just the Great Wall, Pandas,
Three Gorges or the Terracotta Warriors, then you might consider this epic journey.
There are some great hikes on this trip, including climbing with all the pilgrims to the summit
temple of Emei Shan, or through the stunning “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”
landscapes of Wudan Shan, or hiking 2 days above the incomparable Tiger Leaping Gorge.
In Laos, we get to explore on foot the forests of the Nam Ha National Park and to see the
highlights of the Mekong, including the 4,000 islands.
But it’s the amazing architecture and religious buildings that will astound you along the way,
whether it’s the quiet beauty of Luang Prabang, the historic splendour of Angkor Wat or the
magnificence of the Forbidden City.

Highlights
  • 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
  • Cambodian family homestay experience
  • Visit '4000 islands' at Don Khon in Laos
  • Visit Laos incredible 10th-century temple of Wat Phou
  • Travel spectacular mountain roads of northern Laos
  • Relax in the tranquil city of Luang Prabang
  • Guided tour of Xi'an's world famous Terracotta Warriors
  • Explore Xi'an and its myriad of attractions
  • Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming
  • Go to the birthplace of the martial art of Tai Chi at Wudang Shan
  • Trek up the Wudang Shan's Tianzu Peak to the Taoist martial arts school
  • 3 day Three Gorge cruise on the Yangtze River
  • Visit the three gorges dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world
  • Stop off at the ancient Zhang Fei temple, famous for its red-light decoration
  • Visit to the Giant Panda breeding centre in Chengdu
  • Side trip to see the amazing sleeping Buddha in the Dazu Caves
  • Trek up the holy mountain of Emei Shan
  • See the Dafo Great Buddha, the world's largest rock-carved Buddha statue
  • Relax at the lakeside town of Dali
  • Trek at the world famous Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Discover the old and the new of Kunming
  • Stay overnight in a Lijiashan cliff-side guesthouse built into a cave
  • Explore the sites of Pingyao such as Mian Shan Mountain Resort and Zhangbi Underground City
  • Visit the beautiful and ornate Black Dragon temple near Lijiashan
  • Explore the myriad of temples at Wutai Shan
  • Visit Datong's Hanging Monastery and the stunning Yungang Caves
  • Fully explore the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China at Jinshanling
  • Explore the Imperial city of Chengde, summer home to the Emperor's family
  • Take the Beijing metro to the centre's famous Tiananmen Square
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Tuk Tuk, Boat, Private Bus, Ferry, Overnight Boat, Metro, Taxi
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas, One Local Crew Member

Itinerary

Location: Bangkok

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.

Location: Siem Reap

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.

Location: Siem Reap

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.

Location: Siem Reap

Today we will have an extra day to be able to explore Siem Reap further and take part in any optional activities if you wish, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Location: Kompong Thom

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.

Location: Phnom Penh

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

Location: Phnom Penh

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.

Location: Kratie

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.

Location: Kratie

In Kratie we will stay with local families in their homes. The accommodation is fairly basic but this will be a fantastic local experience.

Location: Si Phan Don

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.

Location: Si Phan Don

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

Location: Pakse

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.

Location: Thakhek

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

Tonight we will wild camp near to Thakhek.

Location: Vang Vieng

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

Location: Vang Vieng

We will have a free day in Vang Vieng today 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.

Location: Luang Prabang

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

Location: Luang Prabang

This morning after breakfast we will 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.

Location: Luang Prabang

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.

Location: Luang Namtha

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

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.

Location: Luang Namtha

Today is a free day for activities in and around Luang Namtha.

Location: Luang Namtha

Today is a free day for activities in and around Luang Namtha.

Location: Mohan

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.

Location: Xishuangbanna

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

Location: Kunming

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.

Location: Kunming

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.

Location: Kunming

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

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 Kunming, its museums and its parks.

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.

Location: Dali

Today our journey begins with a morning drive to the beautiful Naxi town of Dali, where we will stay for 2 nights.

Location: Dali

Today 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.

Location: Tiger Leaping Gorge

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

Location: Tiger Leaping Gorge

These 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). 

Location: Tiger Leaping Gorge

For those that haven't done 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.

Location: Panzhihua

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

Location: Emei Shan

Today we will continue our drive to the small town of Emei Shan.

Location: Emei Shan

Today 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!

Location: Chengdu

Today we continue our journey north 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 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.

Location: Chengdu

Today 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.

Location: Dazu

From Chengdu we will continue to the small village of Dazu, where we visit the Bei Shan and Baoding Shan caves, famous for their brightly-coloured freizes and carvings.

Location: Chongqing

Today we will drive on the Chongqing, where we will have time to explore the city and prepare for tomorrow's ferry cruise on the mighty Yangtze River!

We will most likely stay in a local hotel in Chongqing tonight, but on occasion 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.

Location: Yangtze River

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.

Location: Yangtze River

Second day of our Yangtze River Cruise.

Location: Yangtze River

We will arrive in the city of Yichang and disembark our ferry to rejoin our truck and co-leader and have some free time to explore Yichang and the surrounding area.

We will most likely have an included visit to the incredible Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, on the last day.

Location: Xiang Fan

This morning we will have some free time in Yichang or visit the Three Gorges Dam if we did not have time yesterday. After lunch we will drive to the town of Xiang Fan, en route to Wudang Shan. 

Location: Wudang Shan

Today we will continue our journey 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 also try to stop at the Purple Cloud Monastery en route if time allows.

Location: Wudang Shan

Today we will have a full day to explore the mountain's sights, temples and martial arts schools.

Location: Xi'an

Today we will drive 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 on arrival to explore the city of Xi'an, its famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

Location: Xi'an

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 10:00am - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting.

This afternoon 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.

Please note that many of the optional activities listed 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.

Location: Xi'an

Today we will have a free day to explore the city of Xi'an, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

Location: Yan'an

Today we make our way to the city of Yan'an. Yan'an is famous for being the ending point for those on the 'Long March', and became the CCP headquarters for a brief period. During our time here we have an included visit to the Revolutionary Museum and the CCP Headquarters site.

Location: Lijiashan

Today we continue our journey to visit the ancient village of Lijiashan, famed for settlement of cave dwellers and still home to more than 600 families.

In Lijiashan we will stay in a cave room, run by a local family and set up for guests.

Please note that some caves include a traditional 'Kang Stove bed'. The Kang bed is a hollow platform made from bricks that is used both as a bed and as a work area, these are common in remote villages in Northern China. In winter a coal fire can be lit under the bed, providing a huge amount of warmth day and night and it is very common for the whole family to sleep on one large bed. This means there may be times that members of the group may have to share 1 large bed with others in the group.

Location: Pingyao

We will set off early this morning for an included visit to the Black Dragon Temple just outside of Lijiashan. We will then drive to China's best-preserved ancient walled town, Pingyao.

Location: Pingyao

We will stay for 2 more nights in Pingyao, giving us plenty of time to explore this ancient town and surrounding sites such as the Mian Shan Mountain Resort and the Zhangbi Underground City.

Location: Pingyao

Today we will have another day to explore Pingyao and its surroundings.

Location: Wutai Shan

This morning we continue to the stunning mountainous area known as Wutai Shan, one of the holiest sites of Chinese Buddhism and a major centre of pilgrimage in the country.

Location: Wutai Shan

Today we will have a full day to explore the area and visit its incredible array of temples and religious sites.

Location: Datong

Today we will drive to the city of Datong. We will have an included visit to the incredible Hanging Monastery en route.

Location: Datong

Today we will head out of Datong in the truck on an included visit to the awe-inspiring Yungang Buddha Caves. 

Location: Jinshanling

This morning we will drive to one of the world's most incredible sights - the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China! We will have time this afternoon and the following morning to thoroughly explore and walk along the Great Wall.

Location: Chengde

This morning we will spend some more time exploring the Great Wall of China. We will then continue with a short drive to the city of Chengde.

Location: Chengde

On the following day we will have a full day to explore the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort.

Location: Beijing

Today we complete our journey to China's chaotic and evocative capital, Beijing!

Location: Beijing

Today we will head out on the Beijing metro to the city centre's famous Tiananmen Square, which we will walk through and then take a tour of the Forbidden City. We will then have a free afternoon to fully explore the many sights, sounds and flavours of Beijing.

Location: Beijing

Border Information: if leaving in Beijing, you will most likely exit China at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code: PEK).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Beijing. 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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What's Included

Included
  • Meals
    Breakfasts x 54, Lunches x 4, Dinners x 6
  • Accommodation
    Comfortable Hotel 11 nights. Guesthouse 16 nights. Homestay 1 night. Basic Hotel 28 nights. Camping without facilities 1 night. Multishare Hostel 2 nights. Overnight Boat 2 nights

Dates

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13-Mar-2022
61 Nights
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Start:Bangkok
Finish:Beijing
Duration:61 Nights
Group size:0 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 11 nights. Guesthouse 16 nights. Homestay 1 night. Basic Hotel 28 nights. Camping without facilities 1 night. Multishare Hostel 2 nights. Overnight Boat 2 nights
Physical rating:Low
Meals:Breakfasts x 54, Lunches x 4, Dinners x 6
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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