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Tour Overview

Entitled “Little Thailand in China”, Xishuangbanna is a fairyland with stunning tropical scenery, unique Dai minority culture, and a pleasant climate all year round. Its rich wild lives, tropical plants and rainforests, profound Buddhist and tea culture, and unique minority folk customs make it the perfect destination for a tropical adventure and an original ethnic life experience.

This 5-day Xishuangbanna tour will offer you the best highlights of Xishuangbanna – marvel at the tropical botanical landscape, hike in the original rainforest, step into some best-preserved Dai villages & the former royal garden of the Dai kingdom, meet monasteries in Thailand style, and encounter some wild animals and hundreds of years old tea trees…

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. Pay a visit to the royal garden – Manting Park and get a glimpse of Zongfosi Temple which can date back to 700 years ago.
3. Stroll around the lively Gaozhuang Night Market and enjoy delicious exotic snacks and fresh tropical fruits.
4. Take a leisure hiking tour in beautiful Manzhang Village to enjoy the ancient temples and surrounding dense forest; hike along the Pu’er Tea Plantations and sip a cup of scented Pu’er tea.
5. Enjoy 1 night’s stay in a luxury 5-star hotel that is nestled in the lush tropical garden with a great outdoor swimming pool.
6. Explore the largest and most beautiful botanical garden in China with the largest collection of flowers and plants – Tropical Botanical Garden.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to our 5-day Xishuangbanna tour! Upon arrival, your local driver is ready to greet you and transfer you to your hotel in Jinghong downtown. The rest of the day is free on your own.

    You can 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: Jinghong

    Xishuangbanna-Gaozhuang Night Market Yunnan
    Vibrant Gaozhuang Night Market

  2. After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Dai Minority Park, the soul of Xishuangbanna, where you will be introduced to some best-preserved Dai villages, traditional Buddhist temples, simple bamboo houses, enjoyable entertainment activities...

    After that, drive 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.

    Xishuangbanna-Tropical Botanical Garden Yunnan
    Tropical Botanical Garden

    The park is divided into two parts, the East and the West. The main attraction is in the West, which is made up of several small botanical gardens, where you can see the Parashorea Chinensis, the Antiaris Toxicaria (the most poisonous plant in the world), Orchids, Water Lilies, Bamboo Groves, etc.

    The Eastside is a narrow strip of rainforest, suitable for hiking. There is a long distance between the east and the west. You can take a battery bus to visit the whole scenic area.

    After that, transfer you back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Jinghong

  3. After breakfast, your guide will take you to explore the Wild Elephant Valley - the only sanctuary of wild elephants in China. Known as the "bridge between humans and Asian wild elephants", the area is filled with a tropical landscape where visitors can safely observe the daily life of Asian wild elephants without disturbing their lives. In addition, you can also encounter rare animals such as macaques and green peacocks.

    Xishuangbanna-Wild Elephant Valley Yunnan
    Wild Elephant Valley

    After saying goodbye to animals and jungles, follow your guide to the Manzhang Village, a characteristic village with a history of more than 500 years and the Dai nationality as the main ethnic group. You will get a glimpse of the interesting traditional stories of the local people.

    After that, take a wild hike in the primitive rainforest near the minority villages.

    Accommodation: Jinghong

  4. Start today with a visit to Manting Park - the landmark of Xishuangbanna and the carrier of Dai culture. In this 1,300-year-old former royal garden of the Dai kingdom, you will find well-preserved ancient Kassod trees and the best examples of Dai architecture and temples, as well as learn the culture of the Dai royal family and folk customs.

    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.

    After that, move forward to Nannuo Tea Mountain, which is well-known for its long history of tea cultivation. Here a culturally and humanly amazing trip is waiting for you.

    Hiking along the trail through forests of green bamboo and other trees, you will encounter some of the oldest and largest tea trees (many between 200 - 500 years old) which grow together with some wild plants in the forest and produce some of the best Pu'er tea in Yunnan. The oldest of the tea trees is the over 800-year-old "King of Tea Trees".

    Xishuangbanna-Nannuo Mountain Yunnan
    800-year-old "King of Tea Trees" on Nannuo Mountain

    People who inhabited the Nannuo Mountain are mainly Hani ethnic people. Most of the Hani people are engaged in agriculture, and their tea culture is particularly developed. Step into some Hani Villages to explore local residences, customs, and costumes, listen to their pleasant tunes of tea picking, and experience their profound tea culture. After the visit, you will be transferred to Angsana Xishuangbanna for the night.

    Accommodation: Angsana Xishuangbanna

  5. After enjoying a sumptuous buffet breakfast at the resort, you are free for the rest of your time. There are many recreational activities for you to experience, such as outdoor pool swimming, bar, children's playground, and cycling.

    We will provide 1 free drop-off at 2 pm. If you would like to stay another night at this resort, we can help you arrange it.

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • 3 nights' stay in well-selected hotels, twin-sharing room with daily breakfast;
  • 1 night's accommodation in the luxury Angsana Resort;
  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vans with licensed drivers;
  • English-speaking tour guide service;
  • Entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • One bottle of water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight tickets to/off Jinghong;
  • Lunch or dinner (the tour guide will help to order and purchase at local restaurants for you to pay in cash);
  • Any optional items/cable car/shuttle bus/battery bus/boat cruise/horse rides etc. inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single room supplement fee;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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