China, Burma & Thailand Itinerary

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    • CDVA
    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $3,050
      CAD $3,115
      AUD $3,180
      EUR €2,320
      GBP £1,900
      NZD $3,765
      ZAR R28,900
      CHF FR2,725
    • Kitty tool tip
      USD $760
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,810*
      CAD $3,938*
      AUD $4,020*
      EUR €2,875*
      GBP £2,403*
      NZD $4,664*
      ZAR R36,981*
      CHF FR3,397*
    • Explorer, Overland
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Fisherman, Burma. Photograph by David Lazar.


Monks in red robes, Burma

Street food, Bangkok

Days 1-2 Kunming

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Dali

Travel from Kunming to Dali. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this lakeside town, bordered on one side by snow-capped mountains and on the other by stunning Lake Erhai. Wander through cobblestone streets and admire the stone buildings inside the historic city walls. Adventure junkies can indulge in a plethora of outdoor activities - such as exploring the nearby mountains or taking a boat ride on the lake - while those seeking slower pace can sip tea and watch the world go by in a local cafe.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 5 Tengchong

Explore the famous hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls of Tengchong in Yunnan's scenic Baoshan county.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 6 Ruili

Head towards Burma and spend a memorable night in a local guesthouse near the border town of Ruili.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 7 Muse

Cross the Burmese border and spend the night in the town of Muse, which is located on the Shweli River and marks the frontier between China and Burma.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 8 Hsipaw

Be blown away by the beautiful landscapes surrounding the relaxed Shan village of Hsipaw. Enjoy free time to trek to surrounding villages, cycle through the countryside or visit nearby caves, waterfalls and hot springs.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 9 Pyin U Lwin

Set up camp in the scenic hill town of Pyin U Lwin in the Shan highlands, then set out on foot to explore more of this spectacular region.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Days 10-11 Mandalay

Travel to the former capital of the Burmese empire, Mandalay. Roam Mandalay Hill and discover the highlights of Burma's 'Jewel City' with a local guide. During free time, perhaps float along the river to the archaeological wonder of Mingun or visit the sacred Buddha image of Mahamumi Paya, which is covered in a 6-inch thick layer of gold leaf and is believed to be more than 2000 years old.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 12 Monywa

Encounter 500,000 images of Buddha at Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya, a Buddhist temple on the banks of River Chidwin, then head to Monywa for the evening.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 13-15 Bagan

Experience the largest collection of Buddhist temples, stupas and ruins in the world on a guided tour of Bagan. 4,500 temples in various shapes and forms dot the horizon, drawing comparisons between Bagan and majestic Angkor.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 16 Kalaw

Escape the heat in the remote mountain town of Kalaw. Surrounded by pine forests, it's the perfect place to embark on a trek to out-of-the-way villages, or to simply chill out and share a cup of tea with the locals.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Days 17-18 Inle Lake

Take a short drive to gorgeous Inle Lake. Packed with incredible floating gardens, built from water hyacinth and water weeds, the area is one of Burma's true gems. Gaze at floating apple orchards while gliding across the lake on a boat trip and learn about local life on a village visit.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 19 Bago

Spend the morning exploring more of the watery haven that is Inle Lake. Perhaps cycle around the scenic shores, admiring the exceptional skill of the local 'leg rowers' navigating the lake. In the afternoon, head south to Bago.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 20-21 Yangon

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 22 Mt Kyaiktiyo

Ascend Burma's spectacular Mt Kyaiktiyo. Get a ride up the first two-thirds of the mountain, and complete final part of the ascent on foot. Follow a steep, winding path to reach the Golden Rock and Pagoda - the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma. The pagoda is perched on top of a giant golden boulder, rumoured to be held in place by a strand of Buddha's hair.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 23-25 Hpa An, Myawadi

Travel overland through Burma's southern Mon state. Visit local markets, admire amazing temples and munch on delicious local cuisine.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Day 26 Kanchanaburi

Cross the border into Thailand and continue the our journey towards Kanchanaburi.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 27-28 Bangkok

Get acquainted with Thailand's loud, bright and chaotic capital Bangkok. Why not end the adventure by taking a riverboat to Chinatown, experiencing the buzz of Khao San Road or delighting in the magic of a Thai massage.