Observe the evolution of these three rapidly evolving nations - each of which have brought their distinct cultural identities with them as they forge ahead into the modern era. Contrast day-to-day life in the emerging superpowers of China and Thailand with the rustic charm of Burma - a country that has only recently opened its doors to travellers once again. Beginning in the thriving metropolis of Kunming, head out into rural China and discover timeless countryside that is studded with temples and quiet villages. Cross into Burma and be amazed by the gleaming vistas of Bagan, dazzled by the ‘Golden City’ of Mandalay and curious toward the nation’s former capital - Yangon. End the trip in Thailand, where the neon lights and buzzing streets of electric Bangkok provide a fascinating glimpse into Thailand’s progression from backpacker haven into a true South-East Asian heavyweight.

Highlights

Discover Kunming, the modern capital of China's Yunnan

Relax in Dali's cobbled Old Town

Hike through the rural heart of Burma's Shan state

Wander around Burma's last royal city, Mandalay

Cruise along the Irrawaddy River on a boat

Explore the archaeological wonders of Bagan

Visit tiny tribal villages and enjoy the tranquility of Lake Inle

Marvel at golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon

Admire the sunset from Mount Kyaiktiyo

Travel overland through Burma's southern Mon state

Be bowled over by the buzzing hive of activity that is Bangkok