Xi'an to Bangkok

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

See Angkor Wat, explore China and visit Thailand on a huge tour of Asia.

Get to know a myriad of intriguing cultures on this incredible journey that traverses four countries and takes in ancient kingdoms, contemporary metropolises and breathtaking natural landscapes. Relax on a cruise along China's Yangtze River, greet giant pandas at a breeding centre, revel in the history and splendour of Angkor Wat and be humbled at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia. From the stoicism of Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors to the lofty heights of mist-enshrouded Emei Shan, and from the saffron-robed monks of Luang Prabang in Laos to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok in Thailand, be surprised by the contrasts and colours of Asia on this overland tour of a lifetime.

  • Experience the chaos of bustling Bangkok
  • Travel to Cambodia’s remarkable Angkor Wat
  • Visit Luang Prabang’s beautiful temples

Xi'an to Bangkok Summary

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Days 1-2 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 3-4 Wudang Shan

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. Xiang Fan is within the farming and textiles area of China and close to a number of important temples and cultural sites.

Days 5-6 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 7-9 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.

Day 10 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 12 Chengdu

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 14 Leshan/Emei Shan

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. 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.

Day 15 Panzhihua

Check out Panzhihua, a thriving industrial city surrounded by greenery.

Day 18 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 20 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.

Day 21 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.

Day 22 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.

Days 23-24 Xishuangbanna/Jinghong

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.

Days 25-27 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 28-30 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.

Day 32 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.

Day 34 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.

Day 35 Bush Camp

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.

Day 36 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.

Day 39 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 41 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.

Day 43 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.

Day 44 Aranyaprathet

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

Days 45-46 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.