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Luang Prabang To Kunming
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Overlanding is an incredible way to see South East Asia! As the world's leading overlanding operator, Dragoman continues push the boundaries in South-East Asia with our fantastic itineraries throughout the region and running our pioneering trips through Myanmar since 2013, the world's first company to do so. 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. This short trip starts in the stunning Buddhist town of Luang Prabang in the north of Laos. 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 and a base for a wealth of incredible outdoor activities such as forest treks and boat trips along the spectacular surrounding rivers. We then head over the border into China and overland across the stunning rugged landscapes of the southern province of Yunnan, arriving at the other-worldly natural rock labyrinth of the Shilin Stone Forest. We then head to the delightful city of Kunming to explore its fascinating culture. Join us for this unforgettable Asian overlanding adventure!


Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites, Trekking, Boating Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158293
Starts: Luang Prabang, Laos Finishes: Kunming, China
You will visit
  • Luang Prabang
  • Luang Namtha
  • Mohan
  • Xishuangbanna
  • Shilin Stone Forest
  • Kunming

Itinerary

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Day 1: Luang Prabang

Border Information: If joining in Luang Prabang, you will most likey enter Laos at Luang Prabang International Airport (IATA code: LPQ).

Today will be a free day to explore the beautiful city of Luang Prabang 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 Luang Prabang 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 Luang Prabang.

In Luang Prabang we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.

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Day 2-4: Luang Namtha

This morning we drive through the stunning countryside of northern Laos to the small town of Luang Namtha.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 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!).

In Luang Namtha we will have two free days to enjoy the many optional activities available in and around Luang Namtha and the nearby Nam Ha National Park. Popular activities here include hiking and trekking in the national park.

In Luang Namtha we will stay in a local guesthouse.

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Day 5: Mohan

Border Information: Exit Laos at Boten, enter China at Mengla.

This morning we will cross the border into China and begin our journey through the southern Chinese region of Xishuangbanna. We spend the next few days overlanding through this beautiful area, stopping off at towns, villages and local markets along the way.

Tonight we will stay in the border town of Mengla while your crew finalise the paperwork to enter our truck into China.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 6: Xishuangbanna

Today will be a full day's drive through Yunnan province towards Kunming, most likely reaching the town of Mojiang or Yuxi en route.

We will either wild camp or stay in a local hotel en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.

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Day 7: Shilin Stone Forest

This morning we will complete our drive to the incredible Shilin Stone Forest. We will have a free afternoon exploring the stunning and bizarre rock formations of the Stone Forest.

We will wild camp near to the Shilin Stone Forest tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 8: Kunming

Today we will drive to Kunming, the vibrant, modern capital of Yunnan province. We will have a free day to explore the city's sights.

In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

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Day 9: Kunming

Border Information: If finishing in Kunming, you will most likely exit China at Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA code: KMG).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kunming. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Explore the incredible labyrinth of limestone pinnacles in the Shilin Stone Forest
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew and 1 local crew
    Accomodation
    • 10% Camping - 90% Hotels
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Tour Highlights:
  • Adventure Activities
  • Boating
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • History & Culture
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Overland Journey


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Ian H Posted on: 

Jason, our guide in China, was particularly good

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Gwen D Posted on: 

Great crew who did a fabulous job

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Bronwyn D Posted on: 

Duncan is a good cook! Helen is an excellent driver.

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Ruth F Posted on: 

Excellent drivers.

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