Route 1: Kazakhstan – China – Laos or Myanmar

Overland Route 1: Kazakhstan – China – Laos or Myanmar


Duration: 24 – 28 days
Distance:         ca 6100km
Best travel time: May, June, September, October


daily itinerary

dayroute: description
1Kazakhstan (Korgas border) – China: Border crossing. Meet your guide at the border. Fromalities at the border. Continue to Ili (Yining).

100 kilometers

2 Ili (Yining): Formalities at the traffic administration. You will receive your temporary Chinese driving license and number plate after the vehicle check.
3Ili – Kuytun:


450 kilometer

4Kuytun – Turpan:

430 kilometer

5Turpan visiting day:

6Turpan – Hami (Kumul):

410 kilometer

7Hami – Dunhuang:

490 kilometer

8Dunhuang – Jiayuguan: Jiayuguan Fort, Overhanging Great Wall

370 kilometer

9Jiayuguan – Zhangye – Mati Si:

280 kiometer

10Mati Si – Qinghai lake (south shore):

410 kilometer

11Qinghai lake – Tongren:

360 kilometer

12Tongren – Xiahe (Labrang):

110 kilometer

13Xiahe – Songpan:

460 kilometer

14Songpan – Chengdu:

330 kilometer

15Chengdu rest day:


16Chengdu – Liangshan:

440 kilometer

17Liangshan – Lugu Lake:

310 kilometer

18Lugu Lake – Lijiang:

200 kilometer

19Lijiang visiting day:


20Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shaxi:

225 kilometer

21Shaxi – Dali:

110 kilometer


Dali – Weishan: Half a day for rest and relaxation. In the afternoon, we take a short drive to Weishan. Weishan has one of the most beautiful historic, “untouristy” old towns of Yunnan.

There is also the option of spending another night in Dali.

60 kilometer


Weishan – Lincang: On the way to Lincang, we arrive in tropical areas. Tea plantations and banana groves replace the forests of northern Yunnan.

235 kilometer


Licang – Xishuangbanna (Jinhong): Journey to the capital city of Xishuangbanna – Jinhong. Here we will experience the lifestyle and architecture of Southeast Asia.

400 kilometer


Jinhong – Mohanzhen – departure for Laos: The last day of travel in China leads us to the Sino-Laotian border. Customs paperwork. We recommend making the drive to Luang Namtha.

190 kilometer (in China)


Change this itinerary:

Shorten this itinerary by 1 day  Skip Weishan on day 22 and drive directly to Lincang
Extend this itinerary by 3 days  Visit Kuqa and the norther Silk Road from Karamay


Exit into Myanmar:

22Dali – Tengchong (Heshun):

325 kilometer

23Tengchong – Ruili – Muse (Myanmar):

200 kilometer


Dali – Ruili – Muse (Myanmar): Start in the early morning (before sunset) and drive to Ruili. Exit into Myanmar. We suggest to stay overnight in Muse.

415 kilometer

Please note that for Myanmar a guide and pre-arranged transit paperwork is required. If you need a suggestion, which company to choose for this service, please contact us.

Part 1: https://goo.gl/maps/1kgbERYJNKR2
Part 2: https://goo.gl/maps/zGfqEh79ZYv (exit Laos)
Part 2: https://goo.gl/maps/kUbdaukSDRt (exit Myanmar)



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