Bangkok to Beijing Itinerary

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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Day 1 Bangkok

Jump straight into the action in flamboyant Bangkok.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 2 Aranyaprathet

Travel to the entertaining border city of Aranyaprathet
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Days 3-4 Battambang

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 5-6 Phnom Penh

Reflect on Cambodia's years of war at the Tuol Sleng Museum and head out to the notorious Killing Fields.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 7-9 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 10 Aranyaprathet

Head back across the border into Thailand.
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Day 11 Phi Mai

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.
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Days 12-13 Vientiane

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.
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Days 14-15 Vang Vieng

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.
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Days 16-18 Luang Prabang

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.
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Days 19-20 Luang Nam Tha

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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 21-23 Xishuangbanna

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.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2, Guesthouse - 1

Day 24 Shilinzhen

Pay a visit to Shilin, known as China's 'Stone Forest', and discover an intriguing maze of towering limestone pillars.
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Day 25 Kunming

Back in civilisation, explore the markets of Kunming and perhaps swing by the ancient Yuantong temple.
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Days 26-27 Dali

Head to the lakeside town of Dali and choose to explore this fascinating region by bike, boat or cable car.
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Days 28-30 Lijiang

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 31 Overnight Train

Mingle with friendly locals on an overnight sleeper train to Emei Shan.
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Days 32-33 Emei Shan

Make the pilgrimage to Emei Shan and perhaps take the opportunity to hike up China’s holiest of mountains.
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Days 34-35 Leshan/Chengdu

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.
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Day 36 Dazu

Travel onwards to Dazu. Admire the sleeping Buddha in the Bei Shan caves.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 37 Chongqing

Head east from Dazu to Chongqing.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 38-39 Yangtze River Cruise

Get an insight into rural life along the Yangtze River. Be lulled to sleep at night by the gentle rocking of the boat.
ACCOM: Overnight boat - 2

Days 40-41 Yichang

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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Hotel - 1

Days 42-43 Xiang Fan/Wudang Shan

Explore the mountain reserve of Wudang Shan, the backdrop to the epic film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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Days 44-47 Xi'an

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 4

Days 48-49 Yan'An

Visit the Revolution Museum and see where the 12,500 km Long Walk came to a rest in historic Yan'An.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 50 Lijiashan

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.
ACCOM: Cave house - 1

Days 51-52 Pingyao

Explore the ancient city of Pingyao, an atmospheric walled town that exudes the ambience of old-world China.
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Days 53-54 Wutai Shan

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.
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Days 55-56 Datong

Marvel at the Hanging Monastery and explore the World Heritage-listed Yungang Grottoes.
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Day 57 Jinshanling

Take a walk along the monumental Great Wall as it snakes its way through rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
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Days 58-59 Chengde

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 60-62 Beijing

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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