Origins of Thai Culture - An Ancient Journey through Thailand, Laos and Tribal China

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• 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
• Bangkok — Grand Palace, Temple of Dawn, Thailand
• Remote hill tribe villages
• Temples of Chiang Mai
• Stunning terraced rice fields
• Cycle in Luang Namtha
• Visit Kunming's Stone Forest

Fact File

• 20 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Bangkok, Thailand
• All meals included
• Includes 2 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2


From the golden temples, opulent palaces and hustle and bustle of Bangkok, experience a journey northward through ancient ruins and hill tribes of Northern Thailand, Northwest Laos and Southern China. Traverse beautifully terraced rice fields; meander through colorful, local markets; enjoy delicious Asian cuisine; visit and learn about ethnic hill tribes; cycle through villages to ancient ruins, explore the Stone Forest of Kunming but most of all experience the smiles and warmth of exotic and beautiful cultures.

From Bangkok, travel overland to Chiang Mai, known as the City of Roses and onward to Chiang Rai. Journey into Laos' undeveloped tribal northwest before entering China's tribal center to Xishuangbanna and continue to Kunming, Yunnan's urban center and capital for your trip departure.

For culture buffs, our route retraces the origins of Thai culture and history from Tribal Southern China to modern day Bangkok. Learn and experience aspects of this predominantly Buddhist culture, which still clings to its ancient spirit and animist beliefs. Your journey will leave you enlightened!

FROM: $5995



Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.

Comfort notes

Some rough/dusty roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok; Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha and Canals by long-tail boat
Day 3: Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep Temple
Day 4: Hill Tribe Villages, Thai Cooking Lesson
Day 5: Chiang Rai
Day 6: The Golden Triangle
Day 7: Ethnic Minorities and Beautiful Scenery of Laos
Day 8: HillTribe Trekking: Akha, Thai Dam and Hmong
Day 9: Luang Namtha, Village Cycling Adventure
Day 10: Xishuangbanna, China
Day 11: Local Markets & Tribes of Xishuangbanna
Day 12: Tea Plantations of Pu'er
Day 13: To Jianshui; City of Ancient Culture, Architecture and Art
Day 14: Private Garden of the Zhu Family
Day 15: The most beautiful Rice Fields of China
Day 16: Traditional Houses of Tuanshan
Day 17: To Kunming
Day 18: Stone Forest
Day 19: Fly to Bangkok
Day 20: Departure Bangkok
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