Join this overland advnture using a range of transport from overland truck to longtail boat - venture off the tourist trail to Kyrgyzstan and follow the ancient Silk Road to Xi’an, home of the famous Terracotta Warriors before journeying south through South East Asia and explore the riches of the Greater Mekong. ending in the cosmopolitan, ultra-modern metropolis of Singapore. From bush camps on the outstretches of the Tibetan plateau to lodges in the rainforest of Sumatra, an adventure steeped in history, culture and natural wonders. Days 1 to 13 Please note: Our 2nd August 2019 departure does not visit Almaty. Please contact us for an itinerary for this departure.
Almaty - Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis
Lake Issyk-Kul - a massive mountain lake with magnificent scenery & loads of€tivities to choose from.
Karakol/Jeti Orguz Region - hiking into the surrounding Terskay Ala-Too Mountains.
Lake Song Kol - Traditional yurt stay, horseback riding and trekking the surrounding areas.
Tash Rabat - visit this ancient caravanserai.
Day 14 Transfer over the Torugat Pass into China.
Day 15 Full day guided tour in Kashgar, using local transport.
Time to relax or explore further.
Days 16 to 20 Overnight train to Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan - our first taste of the Great Wall of China
Train to Dunhuang, a city on the edge of the Gobi desert.
Visit Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas).
Visit to Ming Sha Hill and the Crescent Moon Pool.
Board the night train to Lanzhou.
Days 21 to 25 Overnight train to Lhasa – one of the highest cities in the world.
Explore the city with our Tibetan guide. Must see sights include Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square, the stunning Potala Palace and time allowing, the Sera Monastery.
Private bus to Shigatse, crossing the Gampala Pass (4790 mtrs).
Visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery.
Days 26 to 28 Rongbuk – the highest Monastery in the world.
Visit to Everest Base Camp.
Tingri – on the Friendship Highway
Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.
Days 29 to 32 Yamdrok Tso Lake
High altitude train to Chengdu (2 days)
Chengdu (2 nights) – visit the Giant Panda Sanctuary
Xi’an – visit the famous Terracotta Warriors
Days 33 to 34 Xi’an
Days 35 to 39 China
Chengdu - visit the nearby Giant Panda Breeding Centre.
Kunming - capital of Yunna Province
Days 40 to 53 Laos
The ’Land of a Million Elephants’
Luang Namtha - jungle hikes, rafting
Luang Prabagn - visit the Buddhist Temples, learn to cook Lao food, walking and outdoor options
Vientiane -relaxed colonial capital city with a disinctly French feel
Phu Hin Bun National Park - longtail boats up the Mekong River and riverside bush lodge
Days 54 to 64 Vietnam
Hue - visit the Citadel in one of Vietnam’s cultural and religious centres, or take a day trip to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
Hoi An - unspolit beaches and cheap suits, beach lodge
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam’s fast and frenetic capital, visit the floating markets on the Mekong Delta, check out the War Remnants Museum, dodge the motorbikes!
Days 65 to 73 Cambodia
Phnom Penh - a bustling city on the up after the years of the Khmer Rouge. Visit the chilling Tuol Sleng Prison, or Killing Fields. Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Boat trip up the Tonle Sap to Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat
Days 74 to 85 Thailand
The ’Land of a Thousand Smiles’
Bangkok - Thailand’s cosmopolitan and chaotic capital. Grand Palace and Reclining Buddha, Khlong (Canal) Tours, modern shopping malls, the infamous Khao San Road
Kanchanburi - Home to the Bridge on the River Kwai
Ko Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan - islands of tropical paradise with scuba diving and a free week (accommodation not included)
Days 86 to 105 Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore
Sumatra - relax on Lake Danau Toba and home of the Batak people
Gunung Leuser National Park - Get up close to the majestic orang-utan at the Bukit Lawang Feeding Station, hike through the national park
Medan - bustling capital of Sumatra
Penang and Georgetown - colonial town with fantastic food
Pula Perhenthian Besar - tropical paradise and Malaysia’s showpiece island, undeveloped and unspoilt beaces
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia’s modern and relatively relaxed capital Petronas Towers bargain on Jalan Petaling
Malaka - unique multiculturual city with a rich history
Singapore - our final stop, an ultra-modern and diverse city 14 Weeks - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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