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China to Indochina on the Opium Trail

Best time to travel
Year round
Ideal length
15 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Hong Kong and home from Siem Reap.
  • All internal flights, private transfers and boat transfers.
  • 15 nights’ accommodation in Hong Kong, Lijiang, Dali, Jinghong, Muang La, Nong Khiaw and Luang Prabang.
  • Bespoke experiences including Bai Tea Ceremonies, Dali-style cookery lesson, traditional Baci Ceremony and visits to minority villages and a local farm.
  • Guided tours of city landmarks and natural wonders like the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Pak Ou Caves and Mount Phousi.
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Introduction

Get to know the history and deeply rooted traditions of China and Laos on this incredible journey. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the Ancient Tea Horse Road, dive into Asia’s mysterious past of ancient dynasties and empires. Setting out on historic routes and bespoke tours, this is the perfect suggested itinerary for those looking to unlock and discover China and Indochina’s intricate heritage.

Luxury bespoke services

China’s historical and cultural encounters are spectacularly rewarding when done right. Combatting language barriers and distinct cultural differences is the key to success when journeying through Asia. That is why we have arranged a momentous selection of guided tours with professional English-speaking guides to give you the greatest insights into Chinese culture and tradition. Our comprehensive services not only include bespoke guided tours, but luxury accommodation, exclusive experiences, private transfers, restaurant reservations and in-depth recommendations and maps.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Hong Kong.
Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel for your three-night stay. Start discovering Hong Kong’s vibrant food and shopping culture, using our in-depth descriptions, maps and restaurant recommendations.
Experience the culture of the city.
We will take you to Victoria Peak, the perfect place to admire the fantastic views of Hong Kong and beyond. In the evening, enjoy a six-course private dining experience in Kowloon, the epicentre of Hong Kong’s food scene.
Hong Kong, China
Depart for Lijiang, a preserved town at the foothills of the Himalayas.
Spend two nights surrounded by low-lying valleys and snow-capped mountains and set out on explorations of the local farmers’ stalls at Zhongyi Market and the beautiful Wenhai Valley.
Lijiang, China
Travel along the Ancient Tea Horse Road to Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Hike through the rugged rocky landscape of one of the deepest gorges in the world. Visit Shaxi, a historic market town renowned for trading tea and horses during the Tang Dynasty.
Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
Continue along the ancient road to reach Dali, on the peaceful shores of the beautiful Erhai Lake.
Spend two nights in tranquil surroundings, learning about local Bai heritage and tradition as you partake in cookery classes and tea ceremonies.
Erhai Lake, China
Depart for Jinghong, a city on the western banks of the Mekong.
Spend two nights immersing yourself in the intricate Dai culture as you visit local hill tribe villages, farmers’ markets and learn to weave silk with the Man’er Dai.
Local women weaving, Jinghong
Cross the border into Laos.
Stop by the Lanten minority village of Namdeng Nua and visit the temple of PraXack Kham, home to a Buddha statue that is said to have healing powers. Spend two nights in Muang La and enjoy bathing in the natural springs.
Buddha statues, Laos
Set out for Nong Khiaw, enjoying scenic views.
On a mountain trekking excursion, admire vistas of the River Nam Pak, terraced rice fields and small villages. Visit a local Khamu village and enjoy lunch by the waterfall.
Nong Khiaw sunset view
Take a scenic private boat ride.
Cruise down the Nam Ou River towards Nong Khiaw, passing beautiful stretches of scenery and remote villages. Reach your boutique hotel for a one night stay and if energy permits, visit local tribe villages and limestone caves.
Laos river and mountains
Transfer to Luang Prabang, where you will spend three nights.
Set out on unique excursions like a visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, a traditional Baci Ceremony, daily ritual of tak bat, visit to the Kuang Si Waterfall and a sunset hike to Mount Phousi.
Kuang Si waterfall, Laos
Experience traditional countryside living.
We love experiencing local life, so we’ve arranged a farm visit where you will spend the day with a farmer and learn about the typical crops of Laos, help tend the vegetable garden and learn to prepare sticky rice and noodles.
Laos crop fields
Depart for the international airport.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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The Bivou Lijiang

The Bivou Lijiang

The Bivou is a boutique property set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang. The hotel takes inspiration from ancient countryside dwellings, creating a luxury interpretation of experiential lodging. Housed within two historic farmyards, there is a selection of 16 luxury rooms that feature garden and farmyard views.  Guests are invited to explore nearby sites like the neighbouring village springs and local minority villages.

The Lijiang Centre

Linden Centre

Linden Centre is an award-winning boutique property aimed to preserve local Bai heritage and tradition. It has gained international recognition for its commitment to sustainable tourism and heritage preservation. Situated within colourful fields, the ancient property is housed within courtyard walls and features a selection of guest rooms decorated with authentic décor and antiques.

Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa

Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa

Anantara Xishuangbanna is a stylish resort situated on the borders of Myanmar and Laos. With an unrivalled setting on the banks of the Luosuo River, it offers the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure in Yunnan Province. Immerse yourself in the intricate Dai culture as you visit local hill tribe villages and learn to weave silk with the Man’er Dai. For relaxation, unwind by the infinity pool or at the Anantara Spa which offers an outdoor herbal bath, steam cave, yoga centre, tropical showers and natural spa treatments.

Muang La Lodge

Muang La Lodge

Muang La Lodge is an inviting property on the banks of the Nam Pak River. The eco resort features a small selection of villas and guest rooms that combine French colonial and local design influences.  Muang La Lodge offers a variety of outdoor experiences that introduce you to Northern Laos incredible culture. Learn about the ethnic communities of the region that were once the hill tribes of Yunnan and Tibet. After experiential visits, return to the lodge to bathe by the glorious garden pool.

Mandala Ou Resort

Mandala Ou Resort

Mandala Ou is a charming riverside resort situated in Nong Khiaw. Surrounded by scenic river and mountain views, the luxury property offers a relaxing retreat in Laos’ countryside. The resort consists of a small selection of luxury bungalows which are constructed using local materials. The tropical gardens house an infinity-edge pool as well as a pool bar, yoga area and small pond.

The Murray Hong Kong

The Murray Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel

Located along the legendary Cotton Tree Drive in the heart of Hong Kong, the Murray is the city’s newest sustainable landmark hotel. The hotel’s terraced arches are an architectural signature of the building and showcase views of the city, Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Guests can unwind in Wellness at the Murray Spa, which offers a range of massage and beauty treatments. There is also an indoor lap pool where guests can enjoy a swim after a day spent exploring the city.

Avani+ Luang Prabang

Avani+ is a contemporary boutique hotel in Luang Prabang. The property is refreshing burst of modern luxury in the historic city, with refined interiors and contemporary touches. The low-rise colonial-style buildings are positioned around the flourishing garden courtyard which features a spacious swimming pool. Ideally situated, it is within easy reach of the banks of the Mekong River and the vibrant night market.

What people are saying

“The OROKO experience was genuinely special. Hotels and experiences were very carefully chosen to match our expectations and tastes. Ten out of ten to all concerned.”

Aidan and Eileen – Puglia, May 2018

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