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Luang Prabang to Bangkok

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. Starting in the stunning Buddhist town of Luang Prabang, 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, from where we will travel through the stunning landscapes of southern China and the fantastic town of Dali. Crossing into Myanmar, we explore the tribal villages of Shan state and the magnificent former royal capital of Mandalay! We'll journey past many incredible cave temples and ancient pagodas to the archaeological wonder of Bagan, explore the stunning hills of Kalaw and visit the floating markets of Inle Lake, before overlanding to the incredible city of Yangon and its iconic Shwedagon Pagoda. From the incredible city of Yangon we head to the phenomenal Buddhist pilgrimage site of Mount Kyaiktiyo and its gravity-defying Golden Rock, before heading through southern Myanmar. We visit the breathtaking mushroom-shaped temple rock of Kyauk Kalap and the serene beaches of Maungmagan, then overland over the mountains into Thailand. We will visit the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai en route to the incredible Thai capital of Bangkok. Join us on this unforgettable Asian overlanding experience!

  • Duration: 36 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Trekking, Hiking
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ELB1/158305
  • Starts: Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Luang Prabang
  • Luang Namtha
  • Mohan
  • Xishuangbanna
  • Shilin Stone Forest
  • Kunming
  • Dali
  • Ruili
  • Hsipaw
  • Pyin U Lwin
  • Mandalay
  • Monywa
  • Pakkoku
  • Ayeyarwady River
  • Bagan
  • Kalaw
  • Inle Lake
  • Naypyidaw
  • Yangon
  • Mt Kyaiktiyo
  • Hpa An
  • Mawlyamine
  • Dawei
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: 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 2-4: 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 5: 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 6: 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.

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Day 7: 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.

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Day 8: 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 9: Kunming

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.

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Day 10-11: Dali

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.

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Day 12: Kunming

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. 

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Day 13-14: Hsipaw

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.

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Day 15: Pyin U Lwin

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 ).

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Day 16-18: Mandalay

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.

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Day 19: Monywa

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 ).

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Day 20: Bagan

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 ).

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Day 21-22: Bagan

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.

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Day 23: Kalaw

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 ).

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Day 24-26: Inle Lake

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.

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Day 27: Naypyidaw

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 ).

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Day 28: Yangon

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.

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Day 29: Yangon

Today we will have a guided tour of old Yangon, the Kandawgyi Lake, the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

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Day 30: Mt Kyaiktiyo

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!).

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Day 31: Hpa An

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 ). 

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Day 32: Dawei

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 ). 

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Day 33: Dawei

Today we will have a free day at the the stunning Maungmagan beaches.

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Day 34: Kanchanaburi

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 ). 

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Day 35: Bangkok

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 ). 

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Day 36: Bangkok

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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Explore the maze of limestone pinnacles in the Stone Forest
    • Trek out to remote hill tribe villages around Hsipaw in Burma's Shan State
    • 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

    • Visit the incredible Hpo Win Daung cave temples and explore their Buddha staues and painted murals
    • Take a boat trip down the mighty Ayeyarwady River to arrive in Bagan

    • Take a day tour around the multitude of historical sites in and around the ancient capital of Bagan
    • Explore the famous floating markets of Inle Lake by long-tail boat
    • Enjoy a tour of Yangon, including the Kandawgyi Lake and the famous Shwedagon Paya temple
    • Take a local passenger truck up to the incredible Golden Rock, one of Myanmar's holiest shrines
    • Visit the beautiful tiled temples inside the caves of Kawt Ka Taung
    • Visit the seemingly impossible Kyauk Kalap rock near Hpa-an
    • Visit the Allied War Cemetery at Thanbyuzayat en route to Dawei
    • Relax and explore the beautiful Maungmagan Beach on the Andaman coast of southern Buma
    • 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
    • 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
    Accomodation
    • 5% Camping - 95% Hotels
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