Xi'an to Bangkok Itinerary

Travel to Asia’s best attractions on a massive overland tour from Mongolia to Singapore. See the Great Wall of China, visit Angkor Wat and relax on Thailand’s beaches.

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Local Thai man crouching in streets of Bangkok

Travellers taking local bus to next destination

Traditional Thai feast

Thailand Kanchanaburi railway



Thai green field farmer

Children of Chiang Rai

Thailand Chiang Mai Doi Suthep sunset

Thailand Ayutthaya yellow robed buddhas

Chinese Chengdu Panda

China Emei Shan Trek

Day 2 Xi'an

Experience the merging of ancient and modern worlds in Xi'an, once China's imperial centre and now a bustling, vibrant city. Meet the foreboding Terracotta Warriors and marvel at the detail and precision of this 2,000-year-old battle-ready clay army.
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Day 4 Wudang Shan

Visit Taoist temples and absorb the tranquillity and beauty of Wudang Shan Mountain Reserve, one of the most important sites for followers of Taoism.
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Days 5-6 Yichang

Drive from Xiang Fan to Yichang to catch a first glimpse of the mighty Yangzi River, witness typical Chinese life and get to know the urban culture.
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Days 8-9 Yangzi River Cruise

Glide along the Yangzi on a local ferry boat and take in the incredible scenery of the Three Gorges - Qutang, Wu and Xiling.
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Day 10 Dazu

Head to Dazu and admire brightly coloured friezes and carvings of the Bei Shan and Baoding Shan caves.
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Day 12 Chengdu

Learn about the plight of endangered pandas at a giant panda breeding centre. In spare time, get a dose of local flavour in the teahouses and markets of Chengdu, one of China's largest cities, and feast on spicy Sichuan dishes such as huoguo (hot pot) and mapo doufu (spicy tofu) when feeling peckish.
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Day 14 Leshan/Emei Shan

Make tracks to stunning, World Heritage-listed Emei Shan - one of China's holiest mountains. Stop en route in Leshan to see the 71 m tall Dafo Buddha on the banks of the Min River.
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Day 15 Overnight Train

Jump aboard an overnight sleeper train from Chengdu to Panzhihua.
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Day 18 Lijiang

Meet the descendants of Tibetan nomads in Lijiang - the Naxi people. Perhaps explore the Mu Palace, check out a traditional Naxi music culture show or wander around the Old Town. Those feeling active can embark on an overnight trek amid the spectacular scenery of Tiger Leaping Gorge - one of the world's deepest gorges.
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Day 20 Dali

Kick back in breathtaking Dali, flanked by snow-capped mountains on one side and Erhai Lake on the other. Amble along the cobblestone streets lined with original stone buildings. During free time, perhaps visit the historic Three Pagodas, drift across the lake on a boat ride, or ascend to the top Zhonghe peak on the Cang Shan Park cable car.
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Day 21 Kunming

Enjoy the mild climes of Kunming, 'the city of eternal spring'. Stroll through lush Green Lake Park, crossing lakes via stone bridges to reach small islands with painted pavilions and shady willows, or perhaps visit millennium-old Yuantong Temple - the largest Buddhist temple complex in Kunming.
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Day 22 Shilinzhen

Roam the Shilin 'Stone Forest', a maze of grey limestone pillars that have been eroded by the wind and rain into bizarre, otherworldly shapes.
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Day 25 Xishuangbanna

Venture towards Xishuangbanna in China's deep south, stopping en route to visit remote villages. Be transfixed by the stunning landscape covered by virgin tropical rainforests and emerald paddy fields.
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Day 27 Luang Nam Tha

Cross the border into northern Laos and enter one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the country, home to more than 35 minority groups. Head for the small, laid-back town of Luang Nam Tha located on the edge of the Nam Ha Protected Area, which is home to black-cheeked crested gibbon, tigers and clouded leopards, as well as over 300 species of birds. Choose to explore this breathtaking mountainous area by hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or rafting.
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Days 28-30 Luang Prabang

Be dazzled by the intoxicating colours and magical atmosphere of Luang Prabang, a World Heritage-listed city that is dotted with ornate temples and French colonial architecture. Explore the Royal Palace, the Pak Ou caves, or hike up Mount Phousi for unadulterated views over the Mekong.
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Day 32 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 34 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 35 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.
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Day 36 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 39 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 41 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 43 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 44 Aranyaprathet

Return to Thailand, stopping to spend another night in Aranyaprathet.
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Days 45-46 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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