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Luang Prabang to Yangon

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. From the stunning Buddhist town of Luang Prabang 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, from where we will travel through the stunning landscapes of southern China and the fantastic town of Dali. Crossing into Myanmar, we explore the tribal villages of Shan state and the magnificent former royal capital of Mandalay! We'll journey past many incredible cave temples and ancient pagodas to the archaeological wonder of Bagan, explore the stunning hills of Kalaw and visit the floating markets of Inle Lake, before overlanding to the incredible city of Yangon and its iconic Shwedagon Pagoda. From the incredible city of Yangon we head to the phenomenal Buddhist pilgrimage site of Mount Kyaiktiyo and its gravity-defying Golden Rock, before heading through southern Myanmar. We visit the breathtaking mushroom-shaped temple rock of Kyauk Kalap and the serene beaches of Maungmagan, then overland over the mountains into Thailand. We will visit the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai en route to the incredible Thai capital of Bangkok. Join us on this unforgettable Asian overlanding experience!


Duration: 30 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Trekking, Hiking Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158225
Starts: Luang Prabang, Laos Finishes: Yangon,
You will Visit
  • Luang Prabang
  • Luang Namtha
  • Mohan
  • Xishuangbanna
  • Shilin Stone Forest
  • Kunming
  • Dali
  • Ruili
  • Hsipaw
  • Pyin U Lwin
  • Mandalay
  • Monywa
  • Pakkoku
  • Ayeyarwady River
  • Bagan
  • Kalaw
  • Inle Lake
  • Naypyidaw
  • Yangon

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 hotel

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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 - 6-8 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 - 1-2 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 - 8-9 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 either wild camp near to the Shilin Stone Forest or stay in a local hotel tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 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 - 2-3 hours.

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Day 9: Kunming

Border information: if joining in Kunming, you will most likely enter China at Kunming Changshui International Airport.

Today will be a free day to explore the city of Kunming until the evening. There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

In Kunming we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 10-11: Dali

This morning we start out journey with a drive to the beautiful lakeside town of Dali. We will have a free afternoon to explore on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 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!).

On the following day we will have a free day in Dali to enjoy the many optional activities available in the area, including taking a boat ride out on Lake Er Hai or taking the cable car up Cangtang Mountain.

In Dali we will stay in an excellent hostel in private or shared rooms.

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Day 12: Ruili

Today we wil travel throuh Baoshan Country and reach the border town of Ruili. 

In Ruili we aim to stay in a local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

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Day 13-14: Hsipaw

Border information: exit China at Ruili, enter Myanmar at Muse.

Today we will cross the border into Myanmar and make our way to the laid-back Shan village of Hsipaw.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day for exploration of the area, and will hopefully have the opportunity to take a boat trip on the lake or head out on a day trek to the hill-tribes of the area.

In Hsipaw we will stay in a hotel.

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Day 15: Pyin U Lwin

Today we will continue to the scenic hill town of Pyin U Lwin in the Shan highlands above Mandalay, where we will have a chance to explore the town and the beautiful botanical gardens.

In Pyin U Lwin we will camp overnight near the town.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 16-18: Mandalay

Today we will have a free morning to further explore Pyin U Lwin, before our short drive to the enchanting and evocative former royal capital of Mandalay.

Estimated Drive Time -2 hours.

On our first full day here we will have a guided tour that includes a morning visit to Mandalay Hill, the world's largest book, the Golden Palace and the Mahamuni Pagoda, before finishing the day at the beautiful U Bin bridge in time for sunset.

On the following day we will have a second full day in Mandalay to freely explore the incredible city.

In Mandalay we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 19: Monywa

This morning we will continue our journey to the town of Monywa, stopping en route to visit the Thanboddhay Pagoda and the Hpo Win Daung cave temples. 

In Monywa we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours (depending on the length of our visit to the pagoda and temples).

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Day 20: Pakkoku

Today we make our way to the ancient town of Pakhan Gyi and the attractive town of Pakokku , where we board a boat to take us on a journey down the Ayeyarwaddy River to Bagan.

In Bagan we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours to Pakokku.

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Day 21-22: Bagan

Bagan is situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River and is home to the largest cluster of pagodas, Buddhist temples, stupas and ruins in the world - a place that has to be seen to be believed.

We will have 2 full days in Bagan, in which time we have a guided tour of the temple complexes and visit the 10th century old town of Bagan, including a visit to a local handicraft workshop. There will also be plenty of time for free exploration of the area.

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Day 23: Kalaw

Today we will drive to the hill station town of Kalaw, where we will hopefully catch the lively market and explore the town.

In Kalaw we will camp outside the village.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

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Day 24-26: Inle Lake

Today we have the opportunity for a day walk in the hills surrounding Kalaw, before returning in the afternoon for the short drive to the beautiful Inle Lake, a real highlight of a visit to Myanmar. The area is full of amazing floating gardens and can be explored by bike or on a long-tail boat.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours.

On the following day we will have a full day tour around Inle Lake by long-tail boat to the floating farms and markets.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore the area by bike, hike in the surrounding hills, or visit the local wineries and hot springs.

In Inle Lake we will stay in a local guesthouse.

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Day 27: Naypyidaw

Today we will drive to the unique, bizarre and half-empty Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw, a city constructed in secret during the early 2000s. Here we will have the opportunity to explore the city in the truck.

In Naypyidaw we aim to stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours.

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Day 28: Yangon

Today we will complete our drive to Yangon, where we will have a free afternoon to explore or visit the Scott market.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

In Yangon we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 29: Yangon

Today we will have a guided tour of old Yangon, the Kandawgyi Lake, the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. You are then free to explore the city on your own.

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Day 30: Yangon

Border information: if leaving in Yangon, you will most likely exit Myanmar at Yangon International Airport.

Today is the final day of the trip - if you are leaving in Yangon, please note there is no accommodation included tonight. If are continuing to Bangkok, today you will move on to the town of Kyaikhto.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Explore the incredible labyrinth of limestone pinnacles in the Shilin Stone Forest
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew & 1 local crew
    Accomodation
    • 17% Camping - 83% Hotels
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