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South East Asia between Bangkok and Xi'an via Laos

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  • Chongqing
  • Phnom Penh
  • Luang Prabang
  • Bangkok
  • Kunming
  • Emei Shan
  • Angkor Wat
  • Xiang Fan
  • Xishuangbanna
  • Don Khon
  • Luang Namtha
  • Dali
  • Vang Vieng
  • Panzhihua
  • Dazu
  • Mohan
  • Wudang Shan
  • Siem Reap
  • Wanzhou
  • Lijiang
  • Shilin Stone Forest
  • Xi'an
  • Kompong Thom
  • Chengdu
  • Kratie
  • Aranyaprathet
  • Thakhek
  • Pakse

Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. From the buzzing cultural hub of Bangkok, we journey overland to the truly incredible Cambodian town of Siem Reap and its magnificent world-famous Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat, some of the world's most awe-inspiring ancient temples. We will learn all about the sad history of the 1970s genocide in Phnom Penh and enjoy a homestay near the Mekong in Kratie, before crossing into the beautiful country of Laos. We will travel to the stunning island of Don Khon and the 10th-century temple of Wat Pho near Pakse, before arriving in the exhilirating outdoor-activity capital of Vang Vieng. Next we head to the stunning Buddhist town of Luang Prabang and its famous Kuang Si waterfalls. From here we drive through the beautiful Laotian countryside to Luang Namtha, a wonderfully-located village on the edge of the Nam Tha National Park, then overland across rugged landscape of south China to the natural rock labyrinth of the Shilin Stone Forest. We then head to the delightful city of Kunming. and to the ancient pagodas and Naxi culture of Dali, before travelling through the breathtaking scenery of Yunnan province to arrive in the atmospheric old town of Lijiang, and visit the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge. As we overland through China's southern provinces, we visit the phenomenal sacred mountain and golden temple of Emei Shan, the collosal Great Buddha of Leshan, the giant pandas in Chengdu and the incredible ancient Buddha caves of Dazu! We'll enjoy a ferry journey through the stunning area of the Three Gorges and a visit to the sacred Buddhist mountain of Wudang Shan en route to the fascinating historic city of Xi'an, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Join us on this unforgettable epic Asian overlanding experience!

  • Day 1 Bangkok

    Border Information: If joining in Bangkok, you will most likey enter Thailand at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (IATA code: BKK). Today will be a free day to explore the incredible city of Bangkok until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader on arrival at the joining hotel with more information about this important meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bangkok before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Bangkok. In Bangkok we will stay in a centrally-located hotel with good facilities.

    Freely explore Bangkok's incredible Wat Arun temple, one of Thailand's most picturesque temples - Cost: THB
    Learn all about Thai history and culture at the Bangkok National Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum in South East Asia - Cost: THB 40
    Climb the steps of the Golden Mount to see the panoramic view of Bangkok from the Wat Saket temple - Cost: THB
    Freely explore the vast royal complex of the Grand Palace, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (the most sacred temple in Thailand) - Cost: THB 250

  • Day 2 Aranyaprathet

    Today we start our journey with a drive out of the capital and through the Thai countryside to the border town of Aranyaprathet. There is a large border market in the north of the town that is interesting to visit. In Aranyaprathet we will stay in a basic guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

  • Day 3 Siem Reap

    Border Information: Exit Thailand at Aranyaprathet, enter Cambodia at Poipet. This morning we will cross the border into Cambodia, proceeding through the Thai immigration office then crossing the bridge by foot to the Cambodian immigration office. Once all of the border formalities are complete, we rejoin our truck and continue to Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Wat temple complex. In Siem Reap we will stay in a good quality guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. Please note that due to constantly changing import restrictions we are sometimes unable to take our overland truck into Cambodia. We therefore may use a privately chartered bus for this section of the trip - this is a well-tested contingency using comfortable vehicles, and will not affect the itinerary.

  • Day 4 Angkor Wat

    Today we will have an early start for our included guided trip to the incredible and awe-inspiring 12th-Century Khmer temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. We will have a full day to explore the vast site and then watch the sunset over the temples, a truly magical experience.

    Take a full day tour of the phenomenal, world-famous Khmer temples at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm

  • Day 5 Siem Reap

    Today we will have a free day to explore Siem Reap and to take part in the many optional activites available here. Many people choose to return to the temples at Angkor Wat and spend some more time independently exploring further, however others choose to stay in the lively town of Siem Reap and its immediate surroundings.

    Head out on an exciting morning of quad biking through the stunning scenery surrounding Siem Reap - Cost: USD 100
    Head out on a horse riding trip around the villages and countryside around Siem Reap - Cost: USD 60
    Visit the Cambodia Landmine Museum and learn about the NGO's efforts to rid the country of the scourge of landmines used by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s - Cost: USD 5
    Take a class in silk weaving, wood carving or bracelet making, where you can learn the techniques of how the locals make their handicrafts in the traditional way - Cost: USD 15
    Get a unique perspective of the incredible Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat with an unforgettable helicopter flight over the temples - Cost: USD 150

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Overland expedition vehicle.