Beijing to Bangkok Itinerary

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Sunrise over Angkor Wat

Ancient statues of Ayutthaya, Thailand

Chinese Chengdu Panda

Tiger Leaping Gorge in China

Thailand jungle trek

Ancient grey statue of Bangkok

Local children enjoying the rivers of Bangkok

Thailand monks providing food offerings

Days 1-2 Beijing

Ni hao and welcome to China where a grand adventure awaits! Begin by joining the buzzing hive that is Beijing - a place where discovery and intrigue lie around every corner. Visit the Forbidden City to admire imperial architecture or the sprawling Summer Palace on the banks of Kunming Lake.
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Days 3-4 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 the Mongolian and Tibetan influences in local temples and monasteries.
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Day 5 Jinshanling

Take a walk along the monumental Great Wall as it snakes its way through rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Imagine the exhaustive effort of farmers and labourers who toiled for many generations to construct the Wall.
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Days 6-7 Datong

Marvel at the Hanging Monastery, delicately perched on a steep cliff face in Golden Dragon Gorge, and explore the World Heritage listed Yungang Grottoes, home to a staggering collection of over 50,000 statues and fascinating ancient rock art.
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Days 8-9 Wutai Shan

A famous pilgrimage site, Wutai Shan is believed to be the earthly abode of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri. Visit sacred temples, go hiking or simply soak up the serene atmosphere in a local cafe.
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Days 10-11 Pingyao

Stroll the ancient, and well preserved streets on Pingyao. This Han Chinese walled city is designed in the traditional bagua (octagonal) layout with architecture dating back centuries.
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Day 12 Lijiashan

Visit the incredible cave houses of Lijiashan - built over 500 years ago - and spend the night in a cave room.
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Days 13-14 Yan'an

Get an insight into China's communist beginnings with a visit to Yan'an, once the Chinese Communist Party's headquarters during the 1930s and 40s
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Days 15-18 Xi'an

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors and explore significant cultural sites and museums both in and around Xi'an. Enjoy a plate of hand-pulled noodles as you watch the locals dance, eat and practice martial arts in South Park.
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Day 20 Wudang Shan

Explore the mountain reserve of Wudang Shan, the backdrop to the epic film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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Days 21-22 Yichang

Explore the picturesque town of Yichang. In free time, why not treat the feet to a traditional reflexology massage.
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Days 24-25 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

Day 26 Dazu

Travel onwards to Dazu. Admire the sleeping Buddha in the Bei Shan caves.
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Day 28 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 30 Leshan/Emei Shan

Make the pilgrimage to Emei Shan, visiting the 71 m high Dafo Buddha in Leshan along the way. Once there, perhaps take the opportunity to hike up China’s holiest of mountains.
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Day 31 Overnight Train

Return to Chengdu to catch an overnight train to Panzhihua, a thriving industrial city surrounded by greenery.
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Day 34 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.
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Day 36 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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Day 37 Kunming

Arrive in Kunming, 'the city of eternal spring'. Perhaps explore the ancient Yuantong temple, wander the laidback streets or visit a teahouse and mingle with the locals.
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Day 38 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 41 Xishuangbanna

Overland through some of China's most remote villages, experience vast, dramatic landscapes and meet colourful locals. Spend a few nights bushcamping amid this rarely visited part of Asia.
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Day 43 Luang Nam Tha

Travel to Laos and 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.
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Days 44-46 Luang Prabang

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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Day 48 Vang Vieng

Take the opportunity to go kayaking or river-tubing in Vang Vieng, or hire a mountain bike and set off to explore nearby caves and swimming holes.
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Day 50 Vientiane

Travel to Laos's laidback capital, Vientiane, where French and Asian cultures collide. Explore the city from the back of a tuk-tuk, sip coffee in a cafe or slurp a bowl of steaming pho soup.
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Day 51 Bush Camp

Say goodbye to Laos and travel across the Friendship Bridge into Thailand. Discover a remote region, well off the tourist trail, that offers unique insights into rural life.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 52 Aranyaprathet

Stop by the Khmer temple complex of Phi Mai. Travel onwards through rice fields and small communities with proud cultural heritages to a busy border town.
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Day 55 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat

The riverside city of Siem Reap is the gateway to the magical Angkor Wat temples. Join a local guide to explore these impressive ruins and uncover the fascinating folklore that surrounds their history.
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Day 57 Phnom Penh

Make tracks to Phnom Penh. Find graphic reminders of Cambodia's tragic history in the bone-chilling Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek.
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Day 59 Battambang

In Battambang, crumbling French-colonial shopfronts along the river add elegance to the town. Visit the hillside site of Phnom Sampeau and admire its pagodas and cave shrines.
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Day 60 Aranyaprathet

Return to Thailand, stopping to spend another night in Aranyaprathet.
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Days 61-62 Bangkok

Step into the chaos of Bangkok's busy streets. Get lost in the maze of markets, visit gilded temples or take time-out for a well-earned massage in the exuberant Thai capital.
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