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An Overland Adventure that visits Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and China on an epic tour from Bangkok to Beijing, travelling through the stunning landscapes of South-East Asia.

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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.

  • Chill out in Laos' laidback Luang Prabang
  • Discover the Yungang Buddhist Caves
  • Experience the French-Asian fusion in Vientiane
  • Explore Khmer temples
  • Explore Laos' remote Nam Ha National Park
  • Explore the temple and pagoda studded Kongtong Mountain
  • Gaze down into China's Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Visit Cambodia's infamous Killing Fields

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finish:

    Beijing, China
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 19
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nts), Cave house (1 nt), Guesthouse (13 nts), Hotel (40 nts), Overnight boat (2 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Overland vehicle, Train
  • 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

  • Notes:

    Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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Day 1 Bangkok

Loud, bright, chaotic and delightful, Bangkok is a city of modern excesses intermingled with simple traditions, all wrapped up in the famous smiles of the locals.

Day 2 Aranyaprathet

The Thai border town of Aranyaprathet is a popular crossing point between Thailand and Cambodia and has a lively nightlife due to its casinos and lively markets.

Days 3-4 Battambang

With the Sangker River running alongside, Battambang has wonderfully preserved French Colonial architecture, ornate Khmer temples and a laidback feel, despite being Cambodia's second-largest city.

Days 5-6 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh celebrates life with optimism and colour, and there are a wealth of riverside eateries, bustling markets and historic sites - both tragic and inspiring - to discover.

Days 7-9 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

A vibrant nightlife, mouth-watering food, a time-worn French feel and certain famous temples on its doorstep - Siem Reap is a little town with a big, pulsating heart.

Day 10 Aranyaprathet

Located near the Thai/Cambodia border, Aranyaprathet has great food, busy streets, friendly locals and opulent casinos, which are where the action is.

Day 11 Phi Mai

Phimai, in the remote Isan region of Thailand, is famed for its temples, which are similar to the Angkor Wat temples, though built around 100 years earlier.

Days 12-13 Vientiane

As the most relaxed capital in South-East Asia, Vientiane is a lovely mix of riverside calm, outstanding temples, fabulous food and charming locals.

Days 14-15 Vang Vieng

Surrounded by stunning limestone karst scenery, Vang Vieng is a small haven with fascinating caves to explore, a myriad of water-based activities and a relaxed atmosphere.

Days 16-18 Luang Prabang

Nestled in the hills of northern Laos, the tranquil city of Luang Prabang is studded with ornate temples, brimming with colourful markets and enriched by French colonial architecture.

Days 19-20 Luang Nam Tha

With the gorgeous Nam Ha Protected Area located close by, Luang Namtha is lovely town to relax in and soak up the beauty of Laos's wilderness.

Days 21-23 Xishuangbanna

Located in a lush tropical rainforest close to the Laos border, Xishuangbanna is an atypical area of China where a number of colourfully-dressed ethnic minorities live. Jinghong sits alongside the Lancang River and is a good place to explore the minority villages and rainforest that surround the city.

Day 24 Shilinzhen

Shilinzhen houses the provocative Shilin stone forest. Said to be 270 million years old, these greyish limestone formations are an impressive sight to behold.

Day 25 Kunming

A laidback city to visit, Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province and is known as 'the city of eternal spring' due to its temperate climate.

Days 26-27 Dali

Dali has a relaxed atmosphere that is enhanced by its spectacular surroundings - snow-capped mountains on one side and the vast Erhai Lake on the other.

Days 28-30 Lijiang

Set among stunning mountain scenery, World Heritage-listed Lijiang is home to old-world China and the local Naxi people - a matrilineal society descended from Tibetan nomads.

Day 31 Overnight Train

Panzhihua is an industrial city located where the Jinsha and Yalong rivers meet. The surrounding mountains contain numerous hot springs and a wealth of precious stones.

Days 32-33 Emei Shan

Emei Shan is one of the holiest places in China. At just over 3000 m high, this mountain has been a centre of pilgrimage for over 1800 years.

Days 34-35 Leshan/Chengdu

Home to the world's largest outdoor Buddha, which took 90 years to carve, Leshan is a small city situated at the confluence of three rivers. Chengdu has plenty of traditional flavour with its famous tea houses, numerous markets and as the home of Sichuan cuisine, known the world over for its spiciness.

Day 36 Dazu

Dazu's incredible sculptures and carvings are a fantastic sight to behold. They number in the tens of thousands and depict Taoist, Buddhist and Confuscian iconography.

Day 37 Chongqing

With a long and rich history reportedly dating from the 11th century BC, Chongqing is a large, modern metropolis with strong cultural roots.

Days 38-39 Yangtze River Cruise

Named after the site of an ancient ferry crossing, the Yangzi River flows for 6,418 km and winds through a diverse range of China's landscapes.

Days 40-41 Yichang

Located on the Yangzi River, Yichang is an important trading town and has been the site of many historic battles due to its strategic location.

Days 42-43 Xiang Fan/Wudang Shan

Xiang Fan is within the farming and textiles area of China and close to a number of important temples and cultural sites. The stunning Wudang Shan Mountains are an important Taoist site full of monasteries and is home to a number of prominent schools of martial arts.

Days 44-47 Xi'an

As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.

Days 48-49 Yan'An

Yan'an was where Mao's Long March ended in 1935, and was the Communist Party's base until 1948 - it's also filled with cultural sites and nature to enjoy.

Day 50 Lijiashan

With cave dwellings adorning the hills around Lijiashan, this fascinating town is a definite highlight of any trip to China.

Days 51-52 Pingyao

Walking through the beautifully preserved streets of Pingyao is like stepping back into Imperial China with red lanterns lighting streets, imposing city walls and traditional buildings at every turn.

Days 53-54 Wutai Shan

Wutai Shan is also called 'Five Plateau Mountain', and is home to the Bodhisattva of wisdom and harbours some of China's most sacred monasteries and temples.

Days 55-56 Datong

Bordering Inner Mongolia, Datong is a coal rich city that founded in 200BC and is the gateway to the incredible Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery.
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