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Adventure China, Laos and Cambodia: Along Mekong river

Adventure China, Laos and Cambodia: Along Mekong river

This motorbike adventure leads us from the Chinese metropolis Kunming through the world’s largest rice terraces in Yuanyang to the city of Luang Prabang, a Laotian World Heritage Site, to the last freshwater dolphins at the 4000 islands of the Mekong and, finally, to the mysterious temple city of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

 

Tour overview

Dates:

Date I 2017                                                                  NOV 12 – NOV 29

Date I 2018                                                                  FEB 04 – FEB 21    

Date III 2018                                                               NOV 04 – NOV 21

Price: 4.850 € (Shineray X5 400) / 4.850€ (Shineray X4 400) / 3.890 €  Sozius in supply vehicle / Single room supplement: 580 €
Highlights / Itinerary:Kunming – Yuanyang – Luang Prabang – Phonsavan – Tha Khaek – Savannakhet – Salavan – Bolaven Plateau – Champasak – 4000 Islands – Angkor Wat
Difficulty:3/5 – Medium to challenging due to the curvy mountain roads and road conditions. Only countryside roads with little traffic and no highways.
Duration / Length:18 days / 12 driving days / ~ 2600 kilometers
Longest driving day: 7 hours, 300 kilometers / Average driving day: 5 hours, 200 kilometers
Style:
Southeast Asia Motorbike tour in hotels, guesthouses. Most of the roads are in good quality and paved. Ratio unpaved/paved: 5/95.
Media:
Motorbikes:Shineray X5 400 / Shineray X4 400

 

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Daily Itinerary: Adventure China, Laos and Cambodia: Along Mekong river

DayRoute: Description
1 Flight to Kunming (China): Arrival in Kunming. Individual transport to the hotel.
2Kunming: Border formalities and applications for a Chinese driver’s license. Go to an indigenous specialty restaurant for dinner. 
3 Kunming – Yuanyang: We pick up the bikes and start the adventure. The first highlight of the trip is already awaiting us on the third day of the tour.
After we leave the vibrant capital city of Yunnan on our bikes, we ride along the Fuxian Lake to the biggest rice terraces in the world. The Hani ethnic minority has been working on these terraces for more than 500 years. They stretch out for kilometres over countless mountain slopes and give us some spectacular, colourful views. We are travelling at the time of year that offers the best views of the terraces — and, of course, of the winding roads.

 270 kilometer

 
4 Yuanyang – Jiangcheng: On this day, the tour gives us winding mountain roads leading through rice terraces, tribal villages and the highlands of Yunnan.
We follow various small rivers, riding through the simple villages of the minorities living in this area, which borders on Laos and Vietnam. We arrive in Jiangcheng in the afternoon.

  225 kilometer

 
5Jiangcheng – Mengla: The last travel day in China takes us deeper into the virgin jungles of Southeast Asia. The rice terraces retreat before the plantations with bananas, green tea and tobacco. We are still riding on small roads. The traffic only picks up right before the border. Our destination is the small border town of Mengla. We cross the border quickly from there on the following day.

  260 kilometer

 
6Mengla – Nong Khiaw: Border crossing to Laos in the morning. Border formalities. The tour goes onward to Nong Khiaw. Not only does the landscape start to change shortly before the border, but the villages and the appearance of the people change as well. Most of the houses are built here of bamboo in the traditional manner, and must be replaced every year after the rainy season.

  235 kilometer

 
7Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang: A relatively short day’s ride takes us across a piste to Luang Prabang, where we have a half day to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Mekong with its many temples and French colonial charm. We visit the beautiful temples and, in the evening, the night market, where the natives sell handmade products.

145 kilometer

 
8Luang Prabang – Phonsavan: Traces of the Laotian civil war, also known as the Secret War, can still be seen today in Phonsavan. The high plains of Phonsavan are, however, mainly known for the Plain of Jars, which we will visit in the afternoon. Here, a vanished civilisation once made metre-high clay jars for reasons unknown, as well as monolithic Stone Age graves.

278 kilometer

 
9Phonsavan – Ban Khoun Kham: The area around the village Khoun Kham is made up of wonderful mountain landscapes of karst rock, and many regard it as the absolute highlight of the landscapes of Laos. We will have the opportunity to visit the caves of the Buddhist King Lo.

300 kilometer

 
10Ban Khoun Kham – Lak Sao – Tha Khaek: Today’s route leads to the Nakai-Nam Theun area, one of the most unspoiled wilderness areas of Asia. 40 kilometres of the road are in bad condition. In Tha Khaek we meet the Mekong again; on the other side of it is Thailand.

210 kilometer

 
11 Tha Khaek – Savannakhet: A short ride takes us to Savannakhet, a former French colony with beautiful old houses from the colonial period.
We pass Sepon, which was earlier an important node of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Viet Cong received their supplies here from Laos. In 1971, the US operation Lam Song 719 took place here. Its purpose was to deny the Viet Cong their supply line.
In the evening, we will visit a BBQ night market, where we can enjoy our evening meal with a cold beer.

125 kilometer

 
12Savannakhet – Salavan: Salavan is the capital city of the province of Salavan which is situated on the Bolaven Plateau at an altitude of 1300 metres. It is surrounded by a fantastically beautiful mountain world with waterfalls and elephants in the jungle which covers this plateau. A unique experience of nature.

250 kilometer

 
13Salavan – Champasak: The ride to Champasak. Here we will visit Wat Phu, one of the most imposing archaeological burial sites of Southeast Asia.

145 kilometer

 
14 Champasak – Si Phan Don (4000 Islands): Shortly before the border to Cambodia, the Mekong turns into a small delta and widens out enormously. The 4000 islands, some of them tiny, are overgrown with trees. Here we will make a boat trip in the evening to see the sun go down on the Mekong.
This is also our last motorbike day on this spectacular adventure through Southeast Asia.

 180 kilometer

 
154000 Islands – Angkor Wat (Siem Riep): On this long day’s tour, we will ride the shuttle bus from the Laotian border to the mysterious Angkor Wat–the greatest temple complex of the world (and, of course, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Shuttle bus to Angkor Wat, 360 kilometer

 
16Angkor Wat: Today we will visit one of Asia’s absolute highlights, the ruins of the city of Angkor Wat. We switch to bicycles to explore the enormous area. We visit the fantastically imposing temple ruins in the jungle and let the day and this spectacular tour end in one of the many bars and restaurants in Siem Riep. 
17Flight Siem Reap – Bangkok: Flight to Bangkok. Individual transport to the hotel.
18Bangkok – International Flight: Individual transport to the airport and home.

 

 

Included services:

All overnight stays in double rooms
Motorbike of your choice (Shineray X5, Shineray X4)
Engine oil, spare parts, comprehensive insurance with self contribution
Half board, all dinners through the tour
All entrance fees
Supply vehicle 4×4 Pick-up 
Temporal Chinese driving license
All transfers to/from airport
Flight: Siem Riep (Cambodia) – Bangkok (Thailand)
English speaking tour manager on motorbike
English speaking guide in supply vehicle

 
Not included services:

International flights
Gas for the motorbikes
lunch and beverages
Travel cancellation expenses insurance
Individual transfers hotel – airport – hotel
End of services at Bangkok airport

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