Arrive in Kunming
and check in hotel. Subject to time we visit Bamboo Temple. A Special local delicacy Mushroom Hot Pot will be served as your dinner.
in the morning and drive to Stone Forest ( Shilin in Chinese, 89 km, 1.5 hours ), n 80 ha site of fantastic limestone formations created during the Permian Era when the sea covered this area, Shilin is on the World Heritage List and managed by the traditional owners the Yi people. It is famous in China and unique in the world. We will to visit the Stone Forest for 2.5hours. Today’s lunch is Yunnan
local flavour Yiliang Roast Duck .
We take a morning flight to Shangri-la ( Tibetan minority area, 50 min flight ). Visit Songzanlin Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, designed as a smaller version of Lhasa's Potala Palace and home to 780 monks of the Yellow Hat Tibetan sect. Then visit Dongzhulin Monastery ( 110 km, 3 hours ) first built in 1667, the 6th year of the reign of Emperor Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty. It was where the Monlam Festival of Prayer for the Emperor's birthday was held and is one of the most important monasteries in North West Yunnan
. Drive further ( 8 km ) and see the First Bend of Golden Sand River ( the upper reach of Yangtze ). It is here that the Yangtze's flow south finishes and it takes an abrupt V turn, continuing on through central China to empty near Shanghai, several thousand kilometers to the East. In the evening go to the central square in the Zhangdian Old Town to enjoy local people's dance.
Overnight in Shangri-la.
Drive to Lijiang ( Naxi minority area, 180 km, 4.5 hours ). Take a cable car up to the inspiring Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is 5,596 meters above sea level, a truly memorable experience. Take a walk on the Dragon Spruce Meadow and breathe the fresh air. Later we will visit Museum of Naxi Culture and learn more about these fascinating people. Free time to explore.
Overnight in Lijiang.
Drive to Dali
( Bai minority area, 153 km, 3.5 hours ), visit Three Pagodas which is known as the Chongsheng Santa and situated on top of the ruins of Chongsheng Monastery.There will be time to shop for marble, clothes, jewellery and batik ( a traditional textile ). We join an early evening flight to Jinghong ( Dai minority area, 40 minutes' flight ). Overnight in Jinghong.
Overnight in Jinghong.
Today go to visit Ganlanba Morning Market ( to experience daily life of ethnic groups ), Water Dai Village, Burmese Temple, Rubber Garden, Botanic Garden ( the biggest one of China ). Afternoon take a visit to Wild Elephant Valley. Dai BBQ as dinner in the evening.
Overnight in Jinghong.
Jinghong - Chiang Saen ( Thailand, 344 km, cruises 10 hours ). The upper Mekong flows through Southern China, Burma and Laos and is now opened to foreigners. We join an express boat for the spectacular daytime journey to the Golden Triangle. We hope to land at a Laotian Aini Village. After our exhilarating boat ride we reach the Golden Triangle region between Burma, Laos and Thailand and disembark at Chiang Saen at 18:00.
Overnight in Chiang Saen.
Visit the famous Opium Hall at the Golden Triangle Park, which is sponsored by the Empress Dowager of Thailand and be introduced to the mysterious world of opium. The 5,600 square-meter Hall of Opium presents the history of opium from its natural properties to its uses over 5,000 years. Visit Golden Archway, etc. and drive to Chiang Rai ( 1.5 hours ).
Overnight in Chiang Rai
In the morning take a bus to Chiang Mai ( 4.5 hours ). Visit Home Industries to see local craftsmanship such as umbrellas, silverware, lacquer-ware, wood carving, silk, cotton and a jewellery factory. In the evening have dinner in Kaneohe dining-hall with Thai dancing and hill tribe shows.
Overnight in Chiang Mai..
Visit Elephant Camp and enjoy Elephant show and then Orchid Garden and Butterfly Farm ( optional for elephant riding, snake farm and monkey school ). In the afternoon visit the 500 year old Doi Suthep Temple. The temple was built in the late 14th century under King Geu Na, and attracts many pilgrims and tourists, both local and international. In the evening stroll in the famous night market in Chiang Mai.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Free in the morning and flight to Bangkok ( 1 hour ) to connect with international flights