12 Days China-Laos High Speed Train Tour from Kunming to Luang Prabang

China – Laos Railway commenced construction on December 2nd, 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2020. It will connect Kunming, the capital city of southwestern China’s Yunan Province, with Laos’ capital city, Vientiane. The China – Laos railway project is actually a section of the Kunming-Singapore Railway Project, which connects Kunming with Singapore, passing through Laos, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Highlights

  • Appreciate the fabulous  natural sceneries, including the world natural heritage-the Stone Forest, Yuanyang Rice Terrace and tropical rainforest.
  • Explore diverse Yunnan ethnic cultures  also get close contact with Laos customs.
  • Meet both Chinese and Laos culture.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming Arrival
  • Day 2: Kunming – Jianshui
  • Day 3: Jianshui – Yuanyang
  • Day 4: Yuanyang – Lvchun
  • Day 5: Lvchun – Jinghong
  • Day 6: Jinghong – Mengla
  • Day 7: Mengla – Mohan – Luang Namtha
  • Day 8: Luang Namtha – Oudomxay
  • Day 9: Oudomxay – Luang Prabang
  • Day 10: Luang Prabang
  • Day 11: Luang Prabang
  • Day 12: Luang Prabang Departure

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive in Kunming
Accommodation:Kunming
Meals:None

Upon your arrival in Kunming, meet your local tour guide and driver, transfer to the hotel for rest.

Day 2 Kunming-Shilin-Jianshui

Sightseeing and Activities:the Stone Forest, Jianshui Old Town, Chaoyang Gateway, the Garden of Family Zhu
Accommodation:Jianshui
Meals:B,L

Large Stone Forest in Shilin County, Kunming

In the morning, you will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. There is a local saying: ‘It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming’, which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. And then, you’ll drive around 4 hours to Jiangshui.

After arriving at Jianshui, you’ll visit the  Jianshui Old Town and the Chaoyang Gateway, which was built in Ming Dynasty (1389). It is also known as ‘Miniature Tian’an men’ because the out shape of it is similar to Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. Visit a typical southern private garden-the Garden of Family Zhu.

–Jianshui is a small town in Honghe prefecture,  in the southern part of Yunnan.  It is on the road Kunimg to the famous Yuanyang rice terraces, most of the travellers stay one night here to enjoy the atmophere of an ancient Chinese town. There are numerous buildings of historic value and places of interest in this area, including over 100 temples ,academies of classical learning and large residences .There are still kept in good condition, including the Chaoyang Gateway Arch, the Jianshui Confucius Templethe Zhilin TempleShuanglong Bridge, the Private Garden of the Zhu Family and the Ancient Nalou office Building.

Day 3 Jianshui-Yuanyang

Sightseeing and Activities:the Confucius Temple, Tuanshan Village, the Garden of Family Zhang, Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Accommodation:Yuanyang
Meals:B,L

Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County, Honghe

In the morning, visit the Confucius Temple, which has a history of 700 years. It is the second largest Confucius Temple in China. Then you’ll visit Tuanshan Village and the Garden of Family Zhang; Tuanshan Village is a rare surviving example of an intact-albeit neglected-traditional walled Yunnan village compound in southwestern China, and has been added to the 2005 list of internationally significant sites by the World Memorial Fund for Architecture (WMF), an international fund for the protection of world heritage sites.

In the afternoon, you will transfer to Yuanyang and enjoy the sight of terraced fields of Laohuzui(Tiger Mouth) at sunset. Overnight at Mengnong Chieftain Palace.

–Yuanyang is about 300km south of Kunming, renowned for its rice terraces, which claim as the world’s largest and most spectacular one, crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. The rice farmers have had to practice ecology and land preservation centuries before those concepts were widely accepted around the world. Without hard work maintaining the terrace walls and irrigation system, the precious top soil would wash down the hillsides into the rivers.
Yuanyang Rice Terrace is a self sustaining ecosystem. During winter to early spring, the entire field is irrigated with spring water from the forest above to rejuvenate and getting prepared for the next season. The Hani people have repeated this for more than a thousand years. There is only one harvest in a year for the Yuanyang Rice Terrace; planting is from March to Oct./Nov. every year.

Day 4 Yuanyang-Lvchun

Sightseeing and Activities:Duoyishu Rice Terraces, Xinjie local market, Laomeng Sunday Market, Lvchun Hani Ethnic Culture Museum
Accommodation:Lvchun
Meals:B,L

Duoyishu Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County,Honghe-20

Get up every early in the morning, you’ll drive 30KM to visit Duoyishu Village and enjoy the sunrise of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields when the sun appears above the eastern horizon. The terraced fields are ring upon ring and cascade one by one. They go along the hillside up to the sky. You will see the scenery of the terraced fields from the top of the mountains to the bottom. They are all farms under the sunshine and cloud and mist. The landscape is spectacular.

Then,drive to visit the local market in Xinjie Town. Depart from Xinjie Town, drive around 2 hours to Laomeng, if you are lucky enough, you will have chance to enjoy the Laomeng Sunday Market. Laomeng holds the most flamboyant market every Sunday. One can see people from six different ethnic minorities, with women and children dressing up in colorful dresses, different in their own traditional style.

Continue the driving along the banana forest and some rice terraces, you arrive at Lvchun County. Lvchun county, on the south western border of Yunnan Provice, China, just like its name, is a land where the green mountains spread out like a ribbon, the azure water always flows, the winter isn’t too cold, and the summer isn’t too hot. Pay a visit to Lvchun Hani Ethnic Culture Museum. Stay at local hotel for this night.

Day 5 Lvchun-Jiangcheng-Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities:Lvchun-Jiangcheng-Jinghong
Accommodation:Jinghong
Meals:B,L

After breakfast, drive along the Lixianjiang River Valley to Jiangcheng Hani and Yi Autonomous County. Visit Lixianjiang River ValleyHani ethnic villagesrice terraces on the way. Then, drive to Jinghong, after arriving in Jinghong city, transfer to the hotel for rest.

Day 6 Jinghong-Mengla

Sightseeing and Activities:Jinghong-Mengla
Accommodation:Mengla
Meals:B,L

You will leave Jinghong for Mengla, your last stop in China. On your way you will stop in Jinuo named after the minority Jinuo which has been the 56th minority officially recognized by Chinese government, they number around 20 000 people. The expression “Jino” refers to an ethnic group that respects the mother’s brother as a prominent person in the family, the uncles’ ideas are highly regarded. They also respect their seniors, especially older women. Upon the building of a new house, or when worshiping in an Adult Ceremony, they hold the highest position. This is a vestige of ancient matrilineal clans.

Your next stop will be in Menglun where you will visit the famous Tropical Botanical Garden, the largest tropical botanical garden in China. It was established in 1959 by Chinese famous botanists including Prof. CaiXitao, who devoted all his life to related scientific research with remarkable achievements. The garden boasts more than 3000 species of tropical plants covering an area of 900 hectares. The garden has 13 special sections for plant growing, such as the tropic fruit tree section, the shade-growing plant section, the palm plant section, the water plant section, the national plant section, medicinal plant section, etc. Arrive in Mengla from in late afternoon.

Day 7 Mengla – Mohan – Boten – Luang Namtha

Sightseeing and Activities:Mengla – Luang Namtha
Accommodation:Luang Namtha
Meals:B,L

Head to Mohan where you will cross the border to Laos. After clearing border formalities you will receive your visa on arrival for Laos (2 passport photos and $20 – $40 per person required in cash, depending on nationality). Meet your Lao guide and transfer by road to the town of Luang Namtha, taking approximately 1 hour. Arrive in Luang Namtha and check in to your accommodation on the banks of the Nam Tha River. A short orientation tour will introduce the peaceful town before dinner is served at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Namtha

Day 8 Luang Namtha – Oudomxay

Sightseeing and Activities:Luang Namtha – Oudomxay
Accommodation:Oudomxay
Meals:B,L

Day 9 Oudomxay-Luang Prabang

Sightseeing and Activities:Oudomxay-Luang Prabang
Accommodation:Luang Prabang
Meals:B,L

Oudomxay-Luang Prabang

Day 10 Luang Prabang

Sightseeing and Activities:Luang Prabang
Accommodation:Luang Prabang
Meals:B,L

Luang Prabang

Day 11 Luang Prabang

Sightseeing and Activities:Luang Prabang
Accommodation:Luang Prabang
Meals:B,L

Luang Prabang

Day 12 Departure from Luang Prabang

Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Luang Prabang
Accommodation:
Meals:B

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Kunming Sofitel Hotel Jingjiang Hotel Long Teng Hotel Tu Tu Inn
Jianshui Ting Ziyun Hotel Lin An Hotel Res Sky Hotel Huiyuanlou Inn
Yuanyang Yuanyang Twelve Manor Yunti Hotel Shuiyunjian Hotel Guanjing Heaven Hotel
Lvchun / / Yunti Hotel /
Jinghong Hermit Hotel Xile Hot Spring Hotel Tai’ anmeng Holiday Hotel Rainforest Paradise Inn
Mengla Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort Hejing Hotel Hailun Holiday Hotel Shuibian Dai Inn

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Service charge and all government taxes;
  • Travel Agency’s Responsibility Insurance coverage.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.