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Chinese Silk Route & South East Asia

Starts: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand

Visit: Bishkek, Kochkor, Tash Rabat, Kashgar, Aksu, Heavenly Lake, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Liujiaxia, Xiahe, Lanzhou, Pingliang, Xi'an, Wudang Shan, Xiang Fan, Yichang, Three Gorges, Dazu, Chengdu, Leshan, Panzhihua, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Shilin Stone Forest, Xishuangbanna, Jinghong, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Thakhek, Pakse, Don Khon, Kratié, Phnom Penh, Kompong Thom, Siem Reap, Bangkok

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Budget

Overview

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This 72 day overland tour journeys from Bishkek to Bangkok through Cambodia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Thailand

Highlights

    • Hiking & Trekking
    • Adventure Activities
    • History & Culture

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 213236
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: User Defined##Overland expedition vehicle, River boat, trekking,
Guide Language: Engligh
Travel Styles: Overland Expedition

Starts: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 72 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

    Activities
    • Overnight homestay at a traditional rural Kyrgyz village
    • See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here
    • Visit the ancient Silk Road caravanserai at Tash Rabat, close to the Kyrgyzstan-China border
    • Hike up to Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world. 
    • Explore Kashgar's Sunday market and Animal market.
    • Enjoy a tranquil yurt stay at the beautiful Heavenly Lake
    • Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan
    • Learn about the Karez water system, the ingenious method of irrigating the area that was developed by the Han Dynasty and allowed Turpan to flourish as an oasis town
    • See the striking red sandstone landscape of the Flaming Mountains near Turpan
    • Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang
    • Journey down the Gansu Corridor to Jiayuguan Fort, our first stop at the Great Wall
    • Explore the incredible and colourful natural phenomenon of the Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains
    • See the vast Buddha statue and the outstanding Buddhist cave sculptures at the fabulous Bingling Si gorge
    • Explore the stunningly beautiful Mt. Kongtong and its temples
    • Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife
    • Trek up the Tianzu Peak to visit the Taoist martial arts school and numerous temples on Wudang Shan
    • The cruise visits the main sites of the Three Gorges & new Yangtze Dam
    • Cruise down the mighty Yangtze River for 3 nights on a local sleeper ferry
    • Stop off to visit the 1700-year-old Zhang Fei temple, famous for its exterior red-light decoration
    • Visit to the Giant Panda breeding centre in Chengdu
    • Day trek up the lush mountain of Emei Shan, one of the most important pilgrimage treks in China
    • See the colossal Dafo Great Buddha in Leshan, the world's largest rock-carved Buddha statue
    • Explore the maze of limestone pinnacles in the Stone Forest
    • Cross the border into Laos and relax in peaceful Luang Nam Tha
    • Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang
    • Enjoy the tranquility of beautiful colonial city Luang Prabang
    • Visit the incredible 10th-century temple of Wat Phou
    • Visit the beautiful 16th-century Hundred Pillar Pagoda near Kratie
    • 2 nights in Cambodia's chaotic capital Phnom Penh
    • Learn about Cambodia's history at the "Killing Fields" and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum
    • Explore the amazing pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk
    • Full day tour of the incredible temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
    Accomodation
    • 5% Camping - 95% Hotels

Excludes

    Activities
    • Begin our journey in picturesque Bishkek (Price: USD )
    • Freely explore the vast Osh Bazaar, Bishkek's largest market (Price: USD )
    • Explore Bishkek's past at the State Historical Museum on Ala-Too Square (Price: KGS 150)
    • Visit a folklore demonstration near Kockhor where you can learn all about the handicrafts of the area, see a fantastic outdoor concert of traditional music and help to erect a yurt! (Price: KGS 1000)
    • Visit the Id Kah Mosque, the finest example of Islamic architecture in Kashgar and the centre of religious life in the city (Price: CNY 20)
    • Discover the history of the ancient Silk Road at Kashgar's Silk Road Museum (Price: CNY 15)
    • Visit the mausoleum of the 17th-century religious leader Afaq Khoja, considered the holiest site in Xinjiang Province (Price: CNY 15)
    • See the Emin Minaret, a beautiful Uighur mosque built in the 18th century which is the tallest minaret in China (Price: CNY 30)
    • Explore the ancient oasis city of Gaochang, once a bustling trading trading centre along the Silk Road (Price: CNY 40)
    • Stopover and time to explore historic Dunhuang (Price: CNY 20)
    • Take a camel ride to Crescent Moon Lake, Dunhuang (Price: CNY 120)
    • Climb up onto the lower slopes of the remote Tibetan Plateau (Price: CNY )
    • 2 night detour to the Tibetan town of Xiahe, one of the main pilgrimage sites for Tibetan Buddhists (Price: CNY 40)
    • Take a day trip up into the Sangke or Ganjia grasslands of the lower Tibetan Plateau surrounding Xiahe (Price: CNY 400)
    • Visit the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's most famous landmark dating from the Tang and Ming Dynasties (Price: CNY 80)
    • Walk or cycle around the Ming Dynasty Xi'an City Wall, the largest city wall in the world (Price: CNY 80)
    • Visit the Forest of Stelae Museum, a collection of 3000 stone tablets of Chinese calligraphy that has been collected here since 1057 (Price: CNY 50)
    • Wander through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and visit the Xi'an Great Mosque, the first mosque constructed in China (Price: CNY 30)
    • Visit the mind-blowing Tomb of Emporer Jingdi of the Han Dynasty, containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures (Price: CNY 90)
    • Learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an at the Shaanxi History Museum, without doubt one of the finest museums in China (Price: CNY 30)
    • Visit the ornate 14th-century Bell and Drum towers, which originally marked the sunrise and sunset (Price: CNY 40)
    • Visit the huge former Tang Dynasty royal palace of Daming, and explore its vast parks and gardens (Price: CNY )
    • Stop off at the White Emperor City, a very scenic spot featured on the Chinese 10 Yuan banknote! (Price: CNY 180)
    • Stop off to take a boat ride through the stunning Three Mini Gorges (Price: CNY 220)
    • Side trip to see the amazing sleeping Buddha in the Dazu Caves (Price: CNY 135)
    • Explore the Jinsha Archeological Site, the capital of the Bronze Age Shu Kingdom who were one of the most ancient civilisations to settle in the area (Price: CNY 80)
    • Freely explore the narrow streets of the atmospheric Jinli Ancient Street and visit the nearby Wuhouci Shrine (Price: CNY 60)
    • Explore the cobbled streets of historic Lijang (Price: CNY 85)
    • Explore the mountain complex of Qingcheng, one of the ancient cradles of Taoism in China (Price: CNY 190)
    • Visit the impressive Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple of Wenshu, containing more than 450 Buddha statues (Price: CNY 5)
    • Head out for an evening performance of a traditional Sichuanese Opera (Price: CNY 220)
    • Ferry trip down the river to see the huge Dafo Buddha in Leshan (Price: CNY 70)
    • Take a cable car ride to the top of Emei Shan (Price: CNY 120)
    • Explore the beautiful natural scenery and traditional buildings in the Black Dragon Pool Park (Price: CNY 80)
    • Head out for a day of trekking around the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, taking in some of the most incredible scenery in China on a clear day (Price: CNY 80)
    • Explore the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain area by cable car (Price: CNY 280)
    • See the incredible 'Impressions Lijiang' cultural show, demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area (Price: CNY 270)
    • Freely explore the area by bicycle and discover the Naxi villages surrounding Lijiang, such as the beautiful village of Baisha (Price: CNY 20)
    • Head out for a 2-day self-guided trek along the high ridge of the sensational Tiger Leaping Gorge (Price: CNY 200)
    • Go on a shorter trek along the flat base of Tiger Leaping Gorge to enjoy the scenery from below (Price: CNY 125)
    • Time for sightseeing in the lakeside town of Dali, home to the minority Bai people (Price: CNY 40)
    • Learn how to make dumplings and traditional Yunnanese cuisine at one of Dali's fantastic cooking classes (Price: CNY 150)
    • Discover the ornate 9th-century Three Pagodas of Chongsheng, some of the tallest pagodas in China's history and the symbol of Dali (Price: CNY 120)
    • Head out by bicycle to explore the region in depth and visit various Bai villages and Qing Dynasty bridges en route (Price: CNY 50)
    • Experience the incredible ancient art of cormorant fishing with the fishermen of Xizhou on Lake Erhai (Price: CNY 100)
    • Overnight stay in Yunnan's laid back capital, Kunming (Price: CNY 6)
    • Optional rafting, kayaking and trekking in Nam Ha National Park (Price: USD 25)
    • Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang (Price: LAK 20000)
    • Discover the thousands of Buddha statues at the Pak Ou caves outside of Luang Prabang (Price: LAK 25000)
    • Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes (Price: USD 25)
    • Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill (Price: LAK 20000)
    • Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture (Price: LAK 30000)
    • Witness the sunrise from the panoramic viewpoint at the summit of Phou Si hill (Price: LAK 20000)
    • Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, a fascinating blend of Lao and French architecture (Price: LAK 30000)
    • Explore the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang (Price: LAK 20000)
    • Discover the thousands of Buddha statues at the Pak Ou caves outside of Luang Prabang (Price: LAK 25000)
    • Learn how to prepare some local Lao specialities at one of Luang Prabang's excellent cooking classes (Price: USD 25)
    • Free time available for optional activities in laid-back Vang Vieng (Price: USD 30)
    • Head out for a rock climbing trip in the ideal crags near Vang Vieng (Price: USD 40)
    • Kayak through the stunning scenery of the Nam Song River, and stop off in some of the Khmu villages en route (Price: USD 40)
    • Trek around the fantastic limestone hills and stunning caves near Vang Vieng (Price: USD 20)
    • Explore the scared ethereal Tham Phu Kham Caves and Blue Lagoon just outside Vang Vieng (Price: LAK 20000)
    • Enjoy a traditional massage in one of Pakse's excellent massage centres (Price: LAK 35000)
    • Hire bikes to explore the area, visit the basket weavers in the surrounding villages, or head to nearby Trong Island for the sunset (Price: USD 2)
    • Visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh (Price: USD 7)
    • Discover the world's largest collection of Khmer art at the National Museum of Cambodia (Price: USD 5)
    • Visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh (Price: USD 7)
    • Explore the sights of the bustling Thai capital of Bangkok, including the Grand PalaceWat Pho and Wat Arun, and the countless temples and parks (Price: THB )
    • Climb the steps of the Golden Mount to see the panoramic view of Bangkok from the Wat Saket temple (Price: THB )
    • Learn all about Thai history and culture at the Bangkok National Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in South East Asia (Price: THB 40)

Price

Price person (sharing double) $8,655 ($120/day)

Deposit:

100% per person for bookings made 0 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 0 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Itinerary

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Cambodia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand Bishkek, Kochkor, Tash Rabat, Kashgar, Aksu, Bayanbulak, Heavenly Lake, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Liujiaxia, Xiahe, Bingling Si, Lanzhou, Pingliang, Xi'an, Wudang Shan, Xiang Fan, Yichang, Three Gorges, Badong, Wanzhou, Chongqing, Dazu, Chengdu, Leshan, Emei Shan, Panzhihua, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dali, Kunming, Shilin Stone Forest, Xishuangbanna, Jinghong, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Thakhek, Pakse, Don Khon, Si Phan Don (4000 Islands), Kratié, Phnom Penh, Kompong Thom, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Bangkok
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Trekking,Hiking,Active/Adrenaline,Local Culture & Cuisine,Historical Sites

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Tour Operator

Dragoman

Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry since the company's formation in 1981. Our first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first trips to Asia following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) we expanded out to Central America.

2001 Dragoman took over the assets of Encounter Overland, and we have been proud overlanding partners with Intrepid since 2008. Dragoman became the owners of Imaginative Traveller in 2011, the same year that our first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.

In Business Since 2008

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http://www.dragoman.com

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