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Bangkok to Kunming

Overlanding is an incredible way to see South East Asia! As the world's leading overlanding operator, Dragoman continues push the boundaries in South-East Asia with our fantastic itineraries throughout the region and running our pioneering trips through Myanmar since 2013, the world's first company to do so. Take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. From the buzzing cultural hub of Bangkok, we journey overland to the truly incredible Cambodian town of Siem Reap and its magnificent world-famous Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat, some of the world's most awe-inspiring ancient temples. We will learn all about the sad history of the 1970s genocide in Phnom Penh and enjoy a homestay near the Mekong in Kratie, before crossing into the beautiful country of Laos. We will travel to the stunning island of Don Khon and the 10th-century temple of Wat Pho near Pakse, before arriving in the exhilirating outdoor-activity capital of Vang Vieng. Next we head to the stunning Buddhist town of Luang Prabang and its famous Kuang Si waterfalls. From here we drive through the beautiful Laotian countryside to Luang Namtha, a wonderfully-located village on the edge of the Nam Tha National Park, then overland across rugged landscape of south China to the natural rock labyrinth of the Shilin Stone Forest. We then head to the delightful city of Kunming. Join us on this unforgettable Asian overlanding experience!


Duration: 26 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158303
Starts: Bangkok, Thailand Finishes: Kunming, China
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Aranyaprathet
  • Siem Reap
  • Angkor Wat
  • Kompong Thom
  • Phnom Penh
  • Kratie
  • Don Khon
  • Si Phan Don (4000 Islands)
  • Pakse
  • Thakhek
  • Vang Vieng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Luang Namtha
  • Mohan
  • Xishuangbanna
  • Shilin Stone Forest
  • Kunming

Itinerary

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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.

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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.

In Aranyaprathet we will stay in a basic guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 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!).

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Day 3: Siem Reap

Border Information: Exit Thailand at Aranyaprathet, enter Cambodia at Poipet.

This morning 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 rejoin our truck 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 - 3-4 hours.

Please note that due to constantly changing import restrictions we are sometimes unable to take our overland truck into Cambodia. We therefore may use a privately chartered bus for this section of the trip - this is a well-tested contingency using comfortable vehicles, and will not affect the itinerary.

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Day 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.

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Day 5: Siem Reap

Today we will have a free day to explore Siem Reap and to take part in the many optional activites available here. Many people choose to return to the temples at Angkor Wat and spend some more time independently exploring further, however others choose to stay in the lively town of Siem Reap and its immediate surroundings.

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Day 6: 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.

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Day 7: 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.

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Day 8: 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.

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Day 9-10: Kratié

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.

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Day 11: 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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 14-15: 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.

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Day 16-17: 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.

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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

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Day 19-21: 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.

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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.

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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.

We will either wild camp or stay in a local hotel en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

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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 either wild camp near to the Shilin Stone Forest or stay in a local hotel tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

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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.

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Day 26: Kunming

Border Information: If finishing in Kunming, you will most likely exit China at Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA code: KMG).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kunming. 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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Take a full day tour of the phenomenal, world-famous Khmer temples at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm
    • Explore the amazing pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk
    • Take a boat trip out to explore the fascinating floating village of Kampong Luong
    • Learn about the appalling recent history of the Cambodian Genocide at the "Killing Fields" and the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum
    • 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
    • Visit the incredible 10th-century temple of Wat Phou
    • Visit the incredible site of Kuang Si and explore its beautiful waterfalls and pools
    • Explore the incredible labyrinth of limestone pinnacles in the Shilin Stone Forest
    Accomodation
    • 7% Camping - 93% Hotels
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Bengt ERIK T Posted on: 

The vehicle and equipment are well adapted for this kind of trips (espicially when camping)

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Bengt ERIK T Posted on: 

An interesting route, with dates that suited me perfectly!

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