From Bangkok to Beijing, visit Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and China.

Travel overland through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and China on an epic adventure tour from Bangkok to Beijing. Beginning in Thailand, see this popular country from a different perspective by 'bush' camping and visiting local villages most travellers miss. Travel on through Cambodia and Laos, taking in the truly breathtaking Angkor Wat and witness monks receiving alms at dawn in Luang Prabang. The trip continues in to China and takes in unforgettable sights such as the Terracotta Warriors, Three Gorges, giant pandas in Chengdu and Tiger Leaping Gorge. For the chance to witness the unique cultures, landscapes and cuisines that make up this trip, jump onboard this Overland Adventure discovering the magic and spirit of these fascinating countries.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Beijing, China
Countries
Cambodia,
China,
Laos,
Thailand
Themes
Overland
Code
TDOBC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 19
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Dive into Thailand's chaotic Bangkok
  • Explore Thailand's remote Isan region
  • See the sun set over Angkor Wat
  • Explore Khmer temples
  • Visit Cambodia's infamous Killing Fields
  • Chill out in Laos' laidback Luang Prabang
  • Experience the French-Asian fusion in Vientiane
  • Explore Laos' remote Nam Ha National Park
  • Meet China's giant pandas in Chengdu
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors
  • Gaze down into China's Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Join pilgrims to trek Emei Shan
  • Explore the temple and pagoda studded Kongtong Mountain
  • Stand where the desert meets the green fields in Zhongwei
  • Pitch a tent in China's wild north
  • Discover the Yungang Buddhist Caves
  • Visit China's largest regal gardens
  • Visit a remote area of the Great Wall of China
  • Take an adrenaline pumping ride on a mountain luge
  • Wander through the Forbidden City

Itinerary

Jump straight into the action in flamboyant Bangkok.
Travel to the entertaining border city of Aranyaprathet
Battambang is a real rural gem full of well-preserved villas and shop houses clustered around a lazy riverbank. Enjoy the slow pace of life here, and check out a nearby floating village before venturing onward to the capital.
Reflect on Cambodia's years of war at the Tuol Sleng Museum and head out to the notorious Killing Fields.
Travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap where a visit to the city’s old market is a must. Wander through the stalls and surrounding shops and haggle for bargains in the form of silks, sarongs, silver and statues. Marvel at the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, one of the most visited sights in South-East Asia. Be blown away by the sheer magnitude of these grand ruins, outlined against a bright orange sunset.
Head back across the border into Thailand.
Get a glimpse of the Thailand of old, a country where rice fields run on as far as the eye can see and discover that Thailand's classic hospitality and enthralling culture is very much alive and well here. Explore Phi Mai, one of the country's best surviving Khmer temples.
Farewell Thailand and travel to Laos. Come face-to-face with the fusion of Asia and Europe in Vientiane, a relaxed city with friendly inhabitants and plenty to see and do.
Chill out in Vang Vieng, enjoying the dramatic limestone surrounds. Mountain biking and cave exploring are two popular optional activities here; however, tubing in Vang Vieng has become somewhat of a pilgrimage for backpackers - and it's certainly a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Head north and absorb the air of quiet romance in Luang Prabang. This delightful city has plenty of well-preserved wats (temples) that are worth visiting, and climbing to the top of Phu Si at sunset is also well worth the effort.
Make tracks to Luang Nam Tha on the banks of Nam Tha River. While here, why not enjoy some optional outdoor pursuits including kayaking, rafting and trekking.
Make the jump into China and travel through remote villages and vast, dramatic landscapes. Spend a few nights bushcamping amid this rarely visited part of Asia.
Pay a visit to Shilin, known as China's 'Stone Forest', and discover an intriguing maze of towering limestone pillars.
Back in civilisation, explore the markets of Kunming and perhaps swing by the ancient Yuantong temple.
Head to the lakeside town of Dali and choose to explore this fascinating region by bike, boat or cable car.
Wander through the cobbled streets of picturesque Lijiang and learn about the Naxi people, who are descendants of Tibetan nomads. If feeling energetic, take an overnight trek to the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Mingle with friendly locals on an overnight sleeper train to Emei Shan.
Make the pilgrimage to Emei Shan and perhaps take the opportunity to hike up China’s holiest of mountains.
Stop to gaze up at the 71 m Buddha ‘Da Fo’ en route to Chengdu. Home to spicy hot pot cuisine, this bustling Sichuan city has plenty of food and culture on offer. While here, get up close and personal to giant pandas at the research base and breeding centre.
Travel onwards to Dazu. Admire the sleeping Buddha in the Bei Shan caves.
Head east from Dazu to Chongqing.
Get an insight into rural life along the Yangtze River. Be lulled to sleep at night by the gentle rocking of the boat.
With feet back on solid ground, set off to explore the picturesque town of Yichang. In free time, why not treat the feet to a traditional reflexology massage.
Explore the mountain reserve of Wudang Shan, the backdrop to the epic film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Arrive in Xi'an and admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors, discovered by farmers in 1976. Spend a free day exploring; perhaps visit the Bell and Drum Towers or wander through the night market, soaking in the intoxicating sights, smells and sounds.
Visit the Revolution Museum and see where the 12,500 km Long Walk came to a rest in historic Yan'An.
Spend a memorable night in a cavehouse in Lijiashan. This 550-year-old village is still home to over 600 families and scales nine stories.
Explore the ancient city of Pingyao, an atmospheric walled town that exudes the ambience of old-world China.
Make the pilgrimage to Wutai Shan and join thousands of years of travellers who have come from all over China and Mongolia to experience what is believed to be the earthly abode of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Experience beautiful Himalayan art and lush mountain scenery.
Marvel at the Hanging Monastery and explore the World Heritage-listed Yungang Grottoes.
Take a walk along the monumental Great Wall as it snakes its way through rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
Stroll through the lush Shanzhuang gardens in the footsteps of past Emperors who holidayed here. Take in the rich heritage of Chengde by bicycle or admire Mongolian and Tibetan influences in local temples and monasteries.
End the tour by joining the buzzing hive that is Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City to admire imperial architecture or the sprawling Summer Palace on the banks of Kunming Lake.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Ferry, Overland vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nights), Cave house (1 night), Guesthouse (13 nights), Hotel (40 nights), Overnight boat (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • "Killing Caves" at Phnom Sampeau
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Chengde - Bisu Shanzhuang
  • Chengde - Puning Temple
  • Chengdu - Panda Breeding Centre
  • Datong - Hanging Monastery
  • Datong - Yungang Grottoes
  • Dazu - Bei Shan & Baoding Shan Caves
  • Great Wall, Entrance, Jinshanling section, Beijing
  • Kampong Loung Floating Village Boat Trip
  • Leshan - Da Fo
  • Lijiashan - Black Dragon Temple
  • Phimai Temple Complex
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour Choeung Ek (Killing fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Shilin - Stone Forest
  • Siem Reap - Guided Angkor Wat & Angkok Tom tour
  • Wudang Shan - National Park
  • Wutai Shan - Taihui Temple Cluster
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors guided tour
  • Yan'an - Revolution Museum & CCP Headquarters site
  • Yangzi River - Three Gorges boat cruise

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