Overland from Vietnam to Laos via Guangxi and Yunnan

Repertory Trip: No Future Dates Set


Over the past centuries, successive waves of tribal people migrated from southwest China over the borders to Southeast Asia to start a better life or escape from famine or local wars. Some groups changed their names but all retained enough cultural and linguistic markers to be easily recognized on both the north and south sides of the border with China. In the company of veteran Wilderness Travel Trip Leader Roger Williams, one of our most versatile Asia guides, we’ll undertake a fascinating overland adventure that provides an in-depth look at the connection and relationship between the minority people of Vietnam, Laos, and the southwest Chinese provinces of Guangxi and Yunnan. As we journey from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos, we’ll visit many authentic minority villages, encounter at least a dozen different ethnic groups including the Tay, Hmong, Red Dao, Hani. Yi, Dai, and Aini, visit lively markets, and savor some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery in the world—with views right out of classical Chinese landscape paintings. Our explorations include the ancient Huashan Rock Paintings, the Stone Forest Geological Park (and World Heritage Site) near Kunming, a sail on the Mekong River, a ride on the recently re-opened Yunnan-Vietnam narrow gauge railroad built by France in the early 20th century, and walks through some of the most picturesque and photographed terraced rice fields of Asia. Join us for an intriguing glimpse of this corner of the world!



Explore the sights of Hanoi and Luang Prabang, including the Buddhist caves at Pak Ou
Visit minority tribal peoples in their villages, attend lively markets
See the ancient Huashan Rock Paintings, Chongzuo White-Headed Langur Nature Reserve, the karst landscapes of Stone Forest Geological Park near Kunming
Enjoy scenic walks along picturesque rice terraces, dropping in at minority villages along the way
Sail on the Mekong River to witness life along the riverbanks


Length: 26 days
Cost From: TBA  
Arrive: Hanoi, Vietnam
Depart: Luang Prabang, Laos
Lodging: 23 nights hotels, 2 nights trains
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
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Overland travel with walking tours, cultural explorations
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