Detaljer for rejseprogram

  • Day 1 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. In Bangkok we will stay in a centrally-located hotel with good facilities.

    Activities(Optional)
    Explore the sights of the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok, including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, and the countless temples and parks - Cost: THB
    Learn all about Thai history and culture at the Bangkok National Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in South East Asia - Cost: THB 40
    Climb the steps of the Golden Mount to see the panoramic view of Bangkok from the Wat Saket temple - Cost: THB
    Freely explore the vast royal complex of the Grand Palace, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (the most sacred temple in Thailand) - Cost: THB 250

  • Day 2 Aranyaprathet

    Today we start our journey with a drive 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 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 to 4 Angkor Wat

    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.

    Activities(Included)
    Full day tour of the incredible temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

  • Day 5 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. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

    Activities(Included)
    Explore the amazing pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk

  • Day 6 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. In Phnom Penh we will stay in a local guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

    Activities(Included)
    2 nights in Cambodia's chaotic capital Phnom Penh

  • Day 7 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.

    Activities(Included)
    Learn about Cambodia's history at the "Killing Fields" and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum

    Activities(Optional)
    Discover the world's largest collection of Khmer art at the National Museum of Cambodia - Cost: USD 5
    Visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh - Cost: USD 7

  • Day 8 to 9 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. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

    Activities(Included)
    Head out on a guided trip to the Mekong River in search of the freshwater dolphins that inhabit the area
    Visit the beautiful 16th-century Hundred Pillar Pagoda near Kratie

    Activities(Optional)
    Hire bikes to explore the area, visit the basket weavers in the surrounding villages, or head to nearby Trong Island for the sunset - Cost: USD 2

  • Day 10 Don Khon

    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

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

  • Day 12 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. In Pakse we will stay in a local guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

    Activities(Included)
    Visit the incredible 10th-century temple of Wat Phou

    Activities(Optional)
    Enjoy a traditional massage in one of Pakse's excellent massage centres - Cost: LAK 35000

  • Day 13 Thakhek

    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 to 15 Vang Vieng

    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.

    Activities(Optional)
    Free time available for optional activities in laid-back Vang Vieng - Cost: USD 30
    Head out for a rock climbing trip in the ideal crags near Vang Vieng - Cost: USD 40
    Kayak through the stunning scenery of the Nam Song River, and stop off in some of the Khmu villages en route - Cost: USD 40
    Trek around the fantastic limestone hills and stunning caves near Vang Vieng - Cost: USD 20
    Explore the scared ethereal Tham Phu Kham Caves and Blue Lagoon just outside Vang Vieng - Cost: LAK 20000

  • Day 16 to 17 Luang Prabang

    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.

    Activities(Included)
    Visit the incredible site of Kuang Si and explore its beautiful waterfalls and pools

    Activities(Optional)
    Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang - Cost: USD
    Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture - Cost: LAK 30000
    Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill - Cost: LAK 20000
    Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang - Cost: LAK 20000
    Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes - Cost: USD 25
    Learn all about the traditional art and lifestyles of Laos's many diverse ethnic groups at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre - Cost: LAK 25000

  • Day 18 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. In Luang Prabang we will stay in a comfortable local hotel

    Activities(Optional)
    Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang - Cost: USD
    Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture - Cost: LAK 30000
    Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes - Cost: USD 25
    Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang - Cost: LAK 20000
    Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill - Cost: LAK 20000
    Visit the incredible site of Kuang Si and explore its beautiful waterfalls and pools - Cost: LAK 20000
    Learn all about the traditional art and lifestyles of Laos's many diverse ethnic groups at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre - Cost: LAK 25000

  • Day 19 to 21 Luang Namtha

    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.

    Activities(Optional)
    Cross the border into Laos and relax in peaceful Luang Nam Tha - Cost: USD 35
    Optional rafting, kayaking and trekking in Nam Ha National Park - Cost: 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) - Cost: 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 - Cost: USD 20
    Learn how to prepare several unique northern Lao dishes at a cooking class in Luang Namtha - Cost: USD 30

  • Day 22 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. Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

  • Day 23 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. Tonight we will stay in a local hotel en route. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

  • Day 24 Shilin Stone Forest

    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.

    Activities(Included)
    Explore the maze of limestone pinnacles in the Stone Forest

  • Day 25 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. In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

    Activities(Optional)
    Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming - Cost: CNY 6
    Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming, and learn all about the history of the province - Cost: CNY
    Learn all about the area's minorities at the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and visit the nearby markets - Cost: CNY

  • Day 26 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. In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

    Activities(Optional)
    Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming - Cost: CNY 6
    Visit the Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology in Kunming, and learn all about the history of the province - Cost: CNY
    Learn all about the area's minorities at the Yunnan Provincial Museum, and visit the nearby markets - Cost: CNY

  • Day 27 to 28 Dali

    Today our journey begins with a morning drive to the beautiful Naxi town of Dali, where we will stay for 2 nights. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, 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 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. In Dali we stay in a friendly hostel or guesthouse with good facilities.

    Activities(Optional)
    Time for sightseeing in the lakeside town of Dali, home to the minority Bai people - Cost: CNY 40
    Learn how to make dumplings and traditional Yunnanese cuisine at one of Dali's fantastic cooking classes - Cost: 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 - Cost: CNY 120
    Head out by bicycle to explore the region in depth and visit various Bai villages and Qing Dynasty bridges en route - Cost: CNY 50
    Experience the incredible ancient art of cormorant fishing with the fishermen of Xizhou on Lake Erhai - Cost: CNY 100

  • Day 29 to 31 Lijiang

    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. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the 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). For those that don't want to do 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. In Lijiang we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

    Activities(Optional)
    Explore the beautiful natural scenery and traditional buildings in the Black Dragon Pool Park - Cost: CNY 80
    Head out for a day of trekking around the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, taking in some of the most incredible scenery in China on a clear day - Cost: CNY 80
    Explore the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain area by cable car - Cost: CNY 280
    See the incredible 'Impressions Lijiang' cultural show, demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area - Cost: CNY 270
    Freely explore the area by bicycle and discover the Naxi villages surrounding Lijiang, such as the beautiful village of Baisha - Cost: CNY 20
    Head out for a 2-day self-guided trek along the high ridge of the sensational Tiger Leaping Gorge - Cost: CNY 200
    Go on a shorter trek along the flat base of Tiger Leaping Gorge to enjoy the scenery from below - Cost: CNY 125

  • Day 32 Panzhihua

    Today we have a long drive north through stunning mountain scenery towards China's Sichuan province. We will aim to wild camp en route near the town of Panzhihua tonight. Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

  • Day 33 to 34 Emei Shan

    Today we will continue our drive to the small town of Emei Shan. Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours. On the following day 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! In Emei Shan we will stay in a local guesthouse.

    Activities(Included)
    Day trek up the lush mountain of Emei Shan, one of the most important pilgrimage treks in China

    Activities(Optional)
    Take a cable car ride to the top of Emei Shan - Cost: CNY 120

  • Day 35 to 36 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. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following day 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. In Chengdu we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

    Activities(Included)
    Visit to the Giant Panda breeding centre in Chengdu
    See the colossal Dafo Great Buddha in Leshan, the world's largest rock-carved Buddha statue

    Activities(Optional)
    Ferry trip down the river to see the huge Dafo Buddha in Leshan - Cost: CNY 70
    Explore the Jinsha Archeological Site, the capital of the Bronze Age Shu Kingdom who were one of the most ancient civilisations to settle in the area - Cost: CNY 80
    Freely explore the narrow streets of the atmospheric Jinli Ancient Street and visit the nearby Wuhouci Shrine - Cost: CNY 60
    Explore the cobbled streets of historic Lijang - Cost: CNY 85
    Explore the mountain complex of Qingcheng, one of the ancient cradles of Taoism in China - Cost: CNY 190
    Visit the impressive Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple of Wenshu, containing more than 450 Buddha statues - Cost: CNY 5
    Head out for an evening performance of a traditional Sichuanese Opera - Cost: CNY 220

  • Day 37 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. In Dazu we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

    Activities(Optional)
    Side trip to see the amazing sleeping Buddha in the Dazu Caves - Cost: CNY 135

  • Day 38 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. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

  • Day 39 to 41 Wanzhou

    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. We will arrive in the city of Yichang and disembark our ferry to rejoin our truck and co-driver 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. In Yichang we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

    Activities(Included)
    Cruise down the mighty Yangtze River for 3 nights on a local sleeper ferry
    Stop off to visit the 1700-year-old Zhang Fei temple, famous for its exterior red-light decoration
    The cruise visits the main sites of the Three Gorges & new Yangtze Dam

    Activities(Optional)
    Stop off at the White Emperor City, a very scenic spot featured on the Chinese 10 Yuan banknote! - Cost: CNY 180
    Stop off to take a boat ride through the stunning Three Mini Gorges - Cost: CNY 220

  • Day 42 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.  In Xiang Fan we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

  • Day 43 to 44 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. Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours. On the following day we will have a full day to explore the mountain's sights, temples and martial arts schools. In Wudang Shan we will stay in a local hotel.

    Activities(Included)
    Trek up the Tianzu Peak to visit the Taoist martial arts school and numerous temples on Wudang Shan

  • Day 45 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. In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

  • Day 46 Xi'an

    Border Information: if leaving in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY). This morning 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. We'll return to Xi'an in the afternoon and have some more free time to further explore this incredible city! Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Xi'an. 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.

    Activities(Included)
    Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife

    Activities(Optional)
    Wander through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and visit the Xi'an Great Mosque, the first mosque constructed in China - Cost: CNY 30
    Learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an at the Shaanxi History Museum, without doubt one of the finest museums in China - Cost: CNY 30
    Visit the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's most famous landmark dating from the Tang and Ming Dynasties - Cost: CNY 80
    Walk or cycle around the Ming Dynasty Xi'an City Wall, the largest city wall in the world - Cost: CNY 80
    Visit the ornate 14th-century Bell and Drum towers, which originally marked the sunrise and sunset - Cost: CNY 40
    Visit the mind-blowing Tomb of Emporer Jingdi of the Han Dynasty, containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures - Cost: CNY 90
    Visit the Forest of Stelae Museum, a collection of 3000 stone tablets of Chinese calligraphy that has been collected here since 1057 - Cost: CNY 50
    Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming, and explore its vast parks and gardens - Cost: CNY

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