Kunming Vietnam Overland Trip

KM02: 10 Days Private Tour of Kunming - Jianshui - Yuanyang - Hekou - Sapa Hanoi
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Day 1 Arrive in Kunming
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon your arrival at Kunming airport, our guide will greet you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the hotel. The remaining of the day is on your own to explore the city or have a rest at the hotel.

Accommodation: Jinjiang Hotel
Day 2 Kunming - Jianshui
Tranfser from Kunming to Jianshui. Stone Forest. (B+L)
Stone Forest
This day we will travel to Jianshui. Drive for around 2 hours to arrive at the Stone Forest, which is crowned as 'the essence of karst landforms in the world', as well as 'one of the eight natural wonders on earth'. Besides the rare geologic landscape and various stone formations, the rich Yi ethnic culture is also a highlight in the scenic area. In the afternoon, we will drive for around 2 hours to reach Jianshui. Stay overnight at the local best hotel in Jianshui.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lin An Hotel
Day 3 Jianshui
Zhu Family Garden, Zhang Family Garden, Confucius Temple, Double Dragon Bridge and Jianshui Old Town. (B+L)
A mother with her baby in a free market
This whole day will be devoted to Jianshui. In the morning, we will visit the Zhu Family Garden, a grand complex featuring in fancy combination of garden architecture and dwelling house. The exquisite courtyards, austere ancestral hall, antique furniture, delicate wood carvings and stone sculptures all bear silent witness to the rich life that its former owner once led. Afterwards, we will proceed to visit Zhang Family Garden and Jianshui Confucius Temple, the largest Confucius Temple in Yunnan. The temple was built over 700 years ago to commemorate Confucius, a great thinker, educationist and founder of Confucianism in history. Then we will take you to visit a 17-hole stone bridge, the Double Dragon Bridge. The bridge is named so because it is located over the confluence of two dragon-like winding rivers. There are also three exquisite and elegant lofts on the bridge that especially worth your attention.

The trip today will be completed with a visit to Jianshui Ancient Town, famed as the 'Museum of Ancient Constructions'. Over the past 12 centuries, this town has preserved more than 50 ancient constructions and folk houses after many ups and downs. Rambling around the tranquil old town, you could easily discover its unique charm. Transfer back to the hotel at the end of the day.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lin An Hotel
Day 4 Jianshui - Yuanyang
Jianshui-Yuanyang transfer. Qingkou Hani Minority Village and the Terraced Fields. (B+L)
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and transfer for around 3 hours to Yuanyang. Check in at the local best hotel. After a short break, continue to Qingkou Hani Minority Village and the terraced fields. Qingkou Hani Minority Village has a strong flavor of primeval country life. Its forest, streams, village and terraced fields have formed a sound ecosystem and are the most cherished properties of the villagers. Its terraced field, cultivated one thousand years ago, is an important part of Yuanyang Rice Terraces, which is one of the world's largest and most imposing terraces. Our guide will escort you back to the hotel after the trip is completed.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Yunti Hotel
Day 5 Yuanyang
A local market, Duoyishu Terraced Fields and a local village, Azheke Terraced Fields. (B+L)
Terraced Fields in Yuanyang
The first destination of this day will be a local market, a brilliant scene in Yuanyang when the locals flock in from all quarters wearing their colorful costumes and dresses. The narrow streets will also be full of assorted vending booths selling local products. Later, you will come to Duoyishu, another famous scenic area of Yuanyang Rice Terraces, to visit its local village and terraced fields. Here, you will find many dotted mushroom-shaped houses, like a scene in the fairy-tale world as well as the cloud-decorated terraced fields, presenting a traditional Chinese ink wash drawing. The last destination is the terraced fields in Azheke, distributed in a deep valley and resembling a huge flower. At the end of the day, we will transfer you back to the hotel. 

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Yunti Hotel
Day 6 Yuanyang - Hekou - Sapa
Yuanyang - Hekou - Sapa transfer. Terraced rice fields trekking. The villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai. (B+L)
This morning, we will depart from Yuanyang at 08:00 and drive for around 4 hours to reach Hekou. After lunch, we will go through the security check and continue our journey to Sapa, which takes half an hour. From here, you will be escorted by our Vietnamese guide. In the afternoon, a two-hour trekking trip is arranged through the terraced rice fields. Visit the local famous villages of Cat Cat and Sin Chai. Stay overnight at a local nice hotel.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Sapa Legend
Day 7 Sapa - Hanoi
Sapa trekking with options of about 3km, 6km or 12km. Lunch at a hill tribe village. Transfer to Laocai and take an overnight soft sleeper train to Hanoi. (B+L)
Cruise on Halong Bay
In the morning, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and commence the day with an in-depth trek to Sapa town to discover the local minority people's daily life. According to each traveler's physical condition and interest, we have options of 3km, 6km and 12km for you to choose from. During the hiking, we will pass through some hill tribe villages of H'mong, Dzao and Dzay people and have local lunch at one of the villages. At the end of the day, we will transfer you to Laocai and board an overnight soft sleeper train to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: overnight soft sleeper train
Day 8 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Arrive Hanoi in the morning. Breakfast at mini hotel. Drive to Halong Bay to board the Signature Cruise and stay one night on the cruise. You will have a wonderful time. (B+L+D)
Arrive in Hanoi in the morning. Our local tour guide will wait for you at the train station on time. Breakfast is arranged at mini hotel which is very close by the railway station. After breakfast, we will drive for around 3 hours to reach the highlight of the Hanoi trip: the Halong Bay. Lunch will be served on board upon arrival. As the cruise sets sail after lunch, your fantastic Halong Bay journey begins. The most outstanding features of Halong Bay and undoubtedly its greatest attractions are the numerous islets and Karsts rock formations. We will cruise around islands and pay a visit to one of the main caves. Stay overnight on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cruises: Signature Cruise
Day 9 Halong Bay - Hanoi
Tai Chi class available in the morning. Excursion to nearby islands by an rowboat. Brunch onboard. Return to Halong City. Check out at about 11:00. Transfer to Hanoi. A traditional Water Puppet Show. (Brunch)
The One Pillar Pagoda
This morning a Tai Chi class is available on the top deck if you have interests to join it. Excursions to nearby islets will be arranged with an interesting rowboat. Also you will have some free leisure time to relax on the sundeck to enjoy the stunning view of Bai Tu Long Bay. A brunch will be arranged on board on your return trip to Halong City. Please pack your luggage and follow the check-out procedures of the cruise company at around 11:00. Our guide will greet you on board and escort you to Hanoi by our private car. Dinner is left on your own exploration. In the evening, a traditional Water Puppet Show is arranged. We will take you back to your hotel after the show.

Meals: Brunch
Accommodation: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Day 10 Departure from Hanoi
The Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Complex, Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, the One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature. Drive to airport & see you off. (B)
After breakfast, our guide will collect you from your hotel for a drive to the Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Complex (closed on Mondays and Fridays), which is the city's most important historical attraction located in the center of Ba Dinh square. Please note that no short skirts or tank tops are allowed when entering the Mausoleum. Then we will proceed to visit Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, the One Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature. We would like to leave lunch on your own arrangement. In the afternoon, transfer you to Hanoi Noi Bai Airport and see off by your homeward flight. For your information, by completing the trip, a flight after 16:00 is recommended. We wish you a pleasant onward journey!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Tour Prices
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Questions & Answers
Asked by kathy kane from IRELAND | Jul. 13, 2020 15:25Reply
I arrive at Kunming station at 4.40 am and need to get to South Railway station for 7.00
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from FRANCE | Jul. 20, 2020 02:47

The distance is not far. You are suggested to take a taxi. In general, the cab fare is CNY 15 to 20.
Asked by chan from THAILAND | Jul. 28, 2019 09:25Reply
hello, how to go from Changshui Airport to Kunming train station by bus?
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Answered by Sarah from DENMARK | Jul. 31, 2019 00:21

The transportation is convenient. Upon landing, you can take airport shuttle bus line 6 to the Kunming Railway Station. The duration is around 45mins.
Asked by isabelle from FRANCE | Jun. 23, 2019 00:14Reply
HI, Please,what is the bus schedule time from the stone forest to Kunming?
Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 23, 2019 22:56

The last bus departs about 17:00. However, it is more suggested to take bullet train back to Kunming and it only takes about 40 minutes.
Asked by Kri from USA | Apr. 19, 2019 11:03Reply
Tourist Visa for an Indian passport holder
I am an Indian passport holder, travelling from Vancouver to Shanghai (layover 2 hr 30 mins) to Kunming (layover 12 hrs) to India. I am planning to go outside the airport and explore Kunming. I currently don't have any tourist visa for China. Do I need to apply for a tourist visa? Or I can go out and explore Kunming on my 24 hr free transit visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Apr. 19, 2019 11:25

First, you have to count the time that you will spend in China, starting from your scheduled arrival in Shanghai until your scheduled departure from Kunming. In case that it is less than 24 hours, you have right to travel 24 hours visa free. You don't need any kind of visa.

As far as your going out from the airport in Kunming is concerned, you will apply for entry permit based on your 24 hours TWOV. You have to know that such a convenience is entirely upon discretion of Chinese immigration authorities and usually a booking of accommodation almost secures successful outcome. In any case, you should definitely try to get an entry permit.
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