Encounter booming cities and magical rural villages on this China, Burma and Thailand tour.

Observe the evolution of these three rapidly evolving nations - each of which have brought their distinct cultural identities with them as they forge ahead into the modern era. Contrast day-to-day life in the emerging superpowers of China and Thailand with the rustic charm of Burma - a country that has only recently opened its doors to travellers once again. Beginning in the thriving metropolis of Kunming, head out into rural China and discover timeless countryside that is studded with temples and quiet villages. Cross into Burma and be amazed by the gleaming vistas of Bagan, dazzled by the ‘Golden City’ of Mandalay and curious toward the nation’s former capital - Yangon. End the trip in Thailand, where the neon lights and buzzing streets of electric Bangkok provide a fascinating glimpse into Thailand’s progression from backpacker haven into a true South-East Asian heavyweight.

Kunming, China
Bangkok, Thailand
Burma (Myanmar),
Explorer, Overland
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


  • Discover Kunming, the modern capital of China’s Yunnan
  • Relax in Dali’s cobbled Old Town
  • Hike through the rural heart of Burma’s Shan state
  • Wander around Burma’s last royal city, Mandalay
  • Cruise along the Irrawaddy River on a boat
  • Explore the archaeological wonders of Bagan
  • Visit tiny tribal villages and enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Inle
  • Marvel at golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon
  • Admire the sunset from Mount Kyaiktiyo
  • Travel overland through Burma’s southern Mon state
  • Be bowled over by the buzzing hive of activity that is Bangkok


Arrive in laid-back Kunming and relish the temperate climes that have given this large city the nickname 'The City of Eternal Spring'. During free time, perhaps check out the 1000-year-old Yuantong Temple, get a haircut from an outdoor barbers at the Tang Pagodas, or venture out to the Shilin Stone Forest - a spectacular maze of limestone pillars.
Encounter colonial architecture and a glittering golden temple in the former Burmese capital of Yangon. Get to know this fascinating city on a guided tour, and be sure to experience the bargaining madness of Bogyoke Market.
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Boat, Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Guesthouse (6 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (15 nights)


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