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Tour Overview

This 3 days Xishuangbanna tour combines culture and nature, allowing you to immerse yourself in the best of the region to the maximum. You will visit several of the best-preserved Dai villages in China and get a glimpse of the unique Dai culture. Observation of wild Asian elephants is a highlight of the tour. A light hike in the pristine rainforest will give you an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to stroll the vibrant Gaozhuang Night Market to explore the wide variety of delicious local snacks.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Go deep into the Wild Elephant Valley to meet with many lovely wild elephants which are rarely seen in other places of China.
2. Stroll around the lively Gaozhuang Night Market and enjoy delicious exotic snacks and fresh tropical fruits.
3. Explore the largest and most beautiful botanical garden in China with the largest collection of flowers and plants – Tropical Botanical Garden.
4. Take a leisure hike and enjoy large wild flowers as well as strangler trees and other wonders in the original tropical rainforest.
5. Pay a visit to the royal garden – Manting Park and get a glimpse of Zongfosi Temple which can date back to 700 years ago.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to our 3 days Xishuangbanna tour! Please make your way to Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport. Arrange the transfer to the hotel by yourself. You could take a taxi, then check in at the hotel in Jinghong downtown with your passports.

    You're suggested to go to the vibrant Gaozhuang Night Market on your own - the largest night market in Xishuangbanna to savor fresh tropical fruits, sample yummy Dai snacks, and shop for local souvenirs.

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

    Xishuangbanna Gaozhuang Night Market
    Gaozhuang Night Market

  2. Today, you will be led to Tropical Botanical Garden. Boasting the richest plant diversity in China, the garden is the place you can see over 3,000 species of tropical plants and a colorful botanical landscape.

    The park is divided into two parts: the East Area and the West Area. The West consists of more than 20 small botanical gardens with an eye-opening array of exotic flowers and plants of all colors. While the East is a long and narrow original tropical rainforest, where we will take a leisure hike, enjoying large wild flowers as well as strangler trees and other wonders along the way. The East and the West are far apart, and the sightseeing bus will take you between the two areas.

    Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden Hike
    Take a Hike in Tropical Botanical Garden

    After that, your driver will transfer you to Dai Minority Park, the soul of Xishuangbanna. There are five best-preserved Dai natural villages in the scenic area, haunted by tropical idyllic scenery, as if a fairyland on earth. You will be introduced to traditional Buddhist temples, simple bamboo houses, and enjoyable entertainment activities...

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

    Xishuangbanna Dai Minority Park
    Dai Minority Park

  3. After breakfast, your guide will take you to explore the Wild Elephant Valley, frequented by Asian wild elephants, hence the name. The area is filled with tropical landscapes, allowing visitors to safely observe the daily lives of Asian wild elephants without disturbing them.

    There are more than 4,000 meters of walking trails winding in the area, where you can stroll and feel the scent of the rainforest. You can see not only rare tropical plants on both sides of the trails, but also footprints, dung, and other traces left by wild elephants. In addition, you can also encounter rare animals such as macaques and green peacocks.

    Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley
    Wild Elephant Valley

    Continue your visit to Manting Park - the landmark of Xishuangbanna and the carrier of Dai culture. It is the oldest park in Xishuangbanna, once the royal garden of the Dai King, with a history of over 1,300 years. Walk into the park, wander around the lakeside with green grass, and linger in the shade of the large woods. Then visit Zongfosi Temple (General Buddhist Temple), just behind Manting Park. It is the leading and oldest temple in Xishuangbanna, feasting your eyes with over 25 figures of Buddhas and many grand Dai Buddhist architectures.

    Our 3 days Xishuangbanna tour is nearly coming to an end. We suggest that you book a flight that departs after 7 p.m.

    Accommodation: N/A

    Xishuangbanna Manting Park
    Manting Park

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 2 nights' 4-star hotels with daily breakfasts;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • A one-way cable car in the Wild Elephant Valley;
  • Sightseeing bus in the Tropical Botanical Garden;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water for each person per day;
  • China Travel insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flights or trains not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Any lunch or dinner;
  • Single room supplement fee;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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