Bangkok to Hong Kong

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Discover colourful cultures and vibrant landscapes as you travel along the dragonĀ“s backbone from busy Bangkok, through the sacred rice fields of rural China and into the modern hum of Hong Kong. From the mountain markets of Chiang Mai to the emerald waters of Halong Bay and across the footbridges of sleepy Chengyang, take a journey that will capture your heart and imagination. Get set to explore ancient temples, colourful markets and vast, striking landscapes on an adventure that will bring your senses alive.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Bangkok

Travel to Thailand and take a longtail boat ride along Bangkok's khlongs. Witness Thailand's famous reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. During free time, why not indulge in a relaxing Thai massage.

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Discover sweeping views of Chiang Mai from the temple atop Doi Suthep. Make like a local and slurp down a bowl of kao soi noodles at Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar.

Day 4 Chiang Khong

From Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong, travel through rural Thailand to the Laos border. Mingle with local villagers before catching a first glimpse of the mighty Mekong River.

Day 5 Mekong River

Take a slow boat down the Mekong River, soaking up the laid-back river lifestyle of Laos. Stay overnight in tranquil Pak Beng

Days 6-8 Luang Prabang

See hundreds of Laos' Buddhas carved into the limestone cliffs at the Pak Ou caves before arriving in Luang Prabang. Enjoy Luang Prabang's quaint colonial atmosphere, delve into local history at the Royal Palace Museum and swim in the turquoise waters of nearby Kuang Si falls.

Days 9-11 Vang Vieng/Vientiane

Call in at Laos's famous backpacker hangout of Vang Vieng to admire the stunning limestone karst scenery or wander through the local market.

Day 12 Lak Sao

Revel in a striking montage of mountain, forest and karst scenery en route to Lak Sao.

Days 13-15 Hanoi

Arrive in Vietnam and browse Hanoi's Old Quarter for traditional artefacts and gastronomic delights - or tour Hanoi on a cyclo.

Days 16-17 Halong Bay

French architecture and tree-lined boulevards contrast with age-old Vietnamese traditions and Buddhist temples in Hanoi. Attractions at the top of the list include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and a wander through Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Days 18-19 Hua Shan

Farewell Vietnam and travel into the isolated Chinese mountain village of Hua Shan. Choose to visit a huge cliff-face fresco painted by the ancestors of the Zhuang people some 2,000 years ago.

Day 20 Liuzhou

Nestled on the banks of the Willow River in the Guangxi region of China, Liuzhou features peaceful parks and the impressive Baota Shan seven-storey pagodas

Days 21-22 Chengyang

Nestled on the banks of the Willow River in the Guangxi region of China, Liuzhou features peaceful parks and the impressive Baota Shan seven-storey pagodas

Days 23-24 Longji Terraces

Soaring high into the sky, the Longji rice terraces are an awesome sight. Hike along the tiny stone paths that connect the remote villages of the Zhuang and Yao people. The Longji terraces change colour with the seasons, from lush green in spring to white and frosty in winter.

Days 25-27 Yangshuo

Cycle through landscapes straight out of a classic Chinese painting near Yangshuo. Ancient villages, delicate bridges, local markets and dramatic countryside make the visit to Yangshuo a real tour highlight.

Days 28-29 Hong Kong

Travel north to energetic Hong Kong - an exhilarating, intoxicating fusion of East and West. Cruise the harbour, shop at Stanley Market or admire the Hong Kong skyline from above at Victoria Peak.

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