Bangkok To Xi'an
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This Asian adventure takes you on a wild ride though some of Asia's best loved destinations. Get caught up in the energy of Bangkok, marvel at the astonishing Angkor temples in Siem Reap, relax into the laidback vibe of Luang Prabang and see the spiritual side of China at Emei Shan. Discover smiling locals, iconic vistas, stunning environs and a whole heap of fun on this adventure through South-East Asia from Bangkok to Xi'an.
- Visit China's famous Terracotta Warriors.
Day 1 Bangkok
Loud, bright, chaotic and delightful, Bangkok is a city of modern excesses intermingled with simple traditions, all wrapped up in the famous smiles of the locals.
Day 2 Aranyaprathet
The Thai border town of Aranyaprathet is a popular crossing point between Thailand and Cambodia and has a lively nightlife due to its casinos and lively markets.
Days 3-4 Battambang
With the Sangker River running alongside, Battambang has wonderfully preserved French Colonial architecture, ornate Khmer temples and a laidback feel, despite being Cambodia's second-largest city.
Days 5-6 Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh celebrates life with optimism and colour, and there are a wealth of riverside eateries, bustling markets and historic sites - both tragic and inspiring - to discover.
Days 7-9 Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
A vibrant nightlife, mouth-watering food, a time-worn French feel and certain famous temples on its doorstep - Siem Reap is a little town with a big, pulsating heart. Immense, awe-inspiring, extraordinary - the Angkor Wat temples are all this and much more. Built in the 12th century, this former Khmer city is nothing short of spectacular.
Day 10 Aranyaprathet
Located near the Thai/Cambodia border, Aranyaprathet has great food, busy streets, friendly locals and opulent casinos, which are where the action is.
Day 11 Phi Mai
Phimai, in the remote Isan region of Thailand, is famed for its temples, which are similar to the Angkor Wat temples, though built around 100 years earlier.
Days 12-13 Vientiane
As the most relaxed capital in South-East Asia, Vientiane is a lovely mix of riverside calm, outstanding temples, fabulous food and charming locals.
Days 14-15 Vang Vieng
Surrounded by stunning limestone karst scenery, Vang Vieng is a small haven with fascinating caves to explore, a myriad of water-based activities and a relaxed atmosphere.
Days 16-18 Luang Prabang
Nestled in the hills of northern Laos, the tranquil city of Luang Prabang is studded with ornate temples, brimming with colourful markets and enriched by French colonial architecture.
Days 19-21 Luang Nam Tha
With the gorgeous Nam Ha Protected Area located close by, Luang Namtha is lovely town to relax in and soak up the beauty of Laos's wilderness.
Days 22-23 Xishuangbanna
Located in a lush tropical rainforest close to the Laos border, Xishuangbanna is an atypical area of China where a number of colourfully-dressed ethnic minorities live. Jinghong sits alongside the Lancang River and is a good place to explore the minority villages and rainforest that surround the city.
Day 24 Shilinzhen
Shilinzhen houses the provocative Shilin stone forest. Said to be 270 million years old, these greyish limestone formations are an impressive sight to behold.
Days 25-26 Kunming
A laidback city to visit, Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province and is known as 'the city of eternal spring' due to its temperate climate.
Days 27-28 Dali
Dali has a relaxed atmosphere that is enhanced by its spectacular surroundings - snow-capped mountains on one side and the vast Erhai Lake on the other.
Days 29-31 Lijiang
Set among stunning mountain scenery, World Heritage-listed Lijiang is home to old-world China and the local Naxi people - a matrilineal society descended from Tibetan nomads.
Day 32 Panzhihua
Panzhihua is an industrial city located where the Jinsha and Yalong rivers meet. The surrounding mountains contain numerous hot springs and a wealth of precious stones.
Days 33-34 Emei Shan
Emei Shan is one of the holiest places in China. At just over 3000 m high, this mountain has been a centre of pilgrimage for over 1800 years.
Days 35-36 Leshan/Chengdu
Home to the world's largest outdoor Buddha, which took 90 years to carve, Leshan is a small city situated at the confluence of three rivers. Chengdu has plenty of traditional flavour with its famous tea houses, numerous markets and as the home of Sichuan cuisine, known the world over for its spiciness.
Day 37 Dazu
Dazu's incredible sculptures and carvings are a fantastic sight to behold. They number in the tens of thousands and depict Taoist, Buddhist and Confuscian iconography.
Day 38 Chongqing
With a long and rich history reportedly dating from the 11th century BC, Chongqing is a large, modern metropolis with strong cultural roots.
Days 39-40 Yangtze River Cruise
Named after the site of an ancient ferry crossing, the Yangzi River flows for 6,418 km and winds through a diverse range of China's landscapes.
Days 41-42 Yichang
Located on the Yangzi River, Yichang is an important trading town and has been the site of many historic battles due to its strategic location.
Days 43-44 Xiang Fan/Wudang Shan
Xiang Fan is within the farming and textiles area of China and close to a number of important temples and cultural sites. The stunning Wudang Shan Mountains are an important Taoist site full of monasteries and is home to a number of prominent schools of martial arts.
Days 45-46 Xi'an
As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.
Maximum of 19 travellers per group
Bush camp (no facilities), Guesthouse, Hotel, Overnight boat
Ferry, Overland vehicle
Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.