13 Days China-Laos Overland Tour from Kunming to Luang Prabang with Mekong Cruise Tour by Speedboat
Day 1 Arrive in Kunming
Day 2 Kunming-Stone Forest-Jianshui
Day 3 Jianshui-Yuanyang
Day 4 Yuanyang
Day 5: Yuanyang-Luchun-Jiangcheng
You leave the rice terraces of Yuanyang and travel south through the Ailao Mountains past impressive rice terraces and several villages of the ethnic groups of Hani, Yi, and Miao.
Your first stop on your journey to Jiangcheng is the town of Luchun. From Luchun your trip continues through the mountainous border area on winding roads to the city of Jiangcheng. En route there are many chances to take photos.
You reach Jiangcheng late in the afternoon. Jiangcheng is a part of the Honghe Hani-Yi Autonomous Area and is populated mainly by members of the Hani group.
The variegated landscape makes up for today’s slightly long driving hours.
Overnight in Jiangcheng.
Day 6: Jiangcheng-Wiwu Town-Menglun
Over the recently constructed road your journey continues in a south-west direction parallel to the Laotian border which is only a stone’s throw away.
En route you make a short detour to the village of Yiwu. The village of Yiwu in Yunnan Province is known for the outstanding quality of its puer tea. Yiwu is also regarded as the starting point of the Tea and Horse Road. The Tea and Horse Road was an extensive network of trading routes linking the south of Yunnan province with the Tibetan Highlands.
From Yiwu in Yunnan Pu’er was transported to Tibet and in the opposite direction salt and Tibetan horses were brought to Yunnan. In one of the oldest trading firms in Yiwu you have the chance to try out the once so precious puer tea.
Afterwards you travel to Menglun. Check-in at the hotel. Night spent in Menglun.
Day 7: MENGLUN BOTANICAL GARDEN – MOHAN – LUANG NAMTHA
Menglun is situated south-east of Jinghong on the bank of Luosuo River, a tributary of Lancang Jiang (Mekong).
The main attraction of Menglun is the wonderful tropical garden situated on the bank of Luosuo River. The botanical garden of Menglun contains over 8,000 different varieties of tropical plants. The botanical garden of Menglun contains over 8,000 different varieties of tropical plants. A small museum explains the “function” and biodiversity of a rain forest. In the morning you visit the botanical garden of Menglun.
Afterwards your journey continues to Mohan, the border town and gateway to Laos. After the formalities have been taken care of the Laotian guide will be waiting for you. You travel through the glorious landscape of northern Laos called Oudomxay Namtha.
The town of Luang Namtha is situated on the bank of Namtha River in the forested mountainous landscape of North-Western Laos.
You will visit the village of Ban Namdee and the Golden Stupa, from where you enjoy a wonderful view over the High Plateau.
Check-in and overnight stay in Luang Namtha.
Day 8: LUANG NAMTHA HALF DAY ACTIVITY – HOUAY XAY
Select your half-day activity for this morning:
A leisurely boat trip up the river in a traditional boat through the beautiful landscape of North Laos, or an easy exploration tour by mountain bike in the surroundings of Luang Namtha.
Afternoon trip from Luang Namtha to Houay Xay via Vieng Phouka, where you visit the famous Tham Eng Cave.
Arrival in Houay Xay late in the afternoon. The town of Houay Xay is located on the eastern shores of the Mekong River. Here the Mekong River marks the border between Laos and Thailand.
Overnight in Houay Xay.
Day 9: BOAT TRIP ON THE MEKON RIVER: HOUAY XAY – PAK BENG
Travel from Yunnan to Laos: Boat trip on the Mekong River in Northern Laos
In the morning you board our comfortable boat for the wonderful boat trip downstream on the Mekong River towards Pak Beng, our destination of the day.
With 4350km, the Mekong River is the 11th longest river in the world and the only river in Asia that flows through 6 countries.
You make a short stop in Pak Tha, where the captain puts the boat papers in order. On the leisurely boat trip to Pak Beng you will visit a village by the river, where you will get a good insight into the life of the local population.
In the afternoon your boat trip on the Mekong River leads through the beautiful mountain landscape of North Laos, along impressive karst formations and past numerous villages, most of which can only be reached by water. You reach Pak Beng in the late afternoon. Overnight in an idyllic hotel in Pak Beng.
Day 10: BOAT TRIP ON THE MEKONG RIVER: FROM PAK BENG TO LUNAG PRABANG
At 8 a.m. the boat leaves Pak Beng for your trip downstream on the Mekong River in the direction of Luang Prabang. Relax over a cup of tea while you let the beautiful river landscape pass by at a contemplative pace.
Our competent guide will be happy to supply you with information about Laos and its people. Again, lunch will be served on board.
At midday you take a break to visit the famous Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and the thousands of Buddha statues inside. Continue to Luang Prabang, where you will moor at the jetty around 17h00. Transfer from the quay to your hotel. Overnight stay in Luang Prabang.
Day 11: LUANG PRABANG
Luang Prabang is situated in the north of central Laos at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. In 1995 the old city center of Luang Prabang was placed on the list of protected world cultural heritage sites and since then has been under the protection of UNESCO. The numerous golden temples, the old French colonial buildings, the lovely natural landscapes and the relaxed and relaxed manner of the people give this former royal city a very special charm, which is hard to resist as a visitor.
On a tuk tuk, typical of the country, you will undertake an exploratory tour of Luang Prabang in the morning.
You visit the busy morning market and afterwards you drive to what is probably the most beautiful and biggest monastery in Luang Prabang, Wat Mai. Wat Mai Monastery was built towards the end of the 18th century by King Anourout and mainly served as the residence of the royal family. The most outstanding features of the temple are the golden relief slabs of the front façade.
After that you visit the National Museum housed in the former royal palace (Haw Kham).
After the visit to the museum you continue on your tuk tuk to Wat Visoun. That temple was erected during the reign of King Visounarat in about 1520 and today it houses a collection of Buddha statues and religious artifacts from the 14th century. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 12: LUANG PRABANG
Rice is considered the most important staple food in Asia. For many visitors from the West, the rice comes from the supermarket and is packed in practical 1kg Uncle Ben’s bags. But where does rice come from and what does it take until the rice even ends up in our package?
Today you will become a rice farmer for half a day and learn everything you always wanted to know about rice production.
From preparing the seeds, preparing the fields, planting the seedlings to the arduous rice harvest, you experience the entire cycle of a grain of rice. You can help the local farmer plough with the water buffalo, plant the seedlings and the arduous harvest, depending on the season.
Return to Luang Prabang. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 13: LUANG PRABANG – DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport.