A leisure trip in style and elegance, journey into the picturesque mountainous region of Yunnan province, staying at SongTsam chain of boutique lodges along the way, housed in traditional Tibetan architecture surrounded by nature. This trip takes you to the heart of the Three Parallel Rivers region and reveals the living heritage of the minority communities. Travel in style at a slow pace, take in the sights and participate in cultural activities to learn of Tibetan and Naxi traditions.
Take an afternoon direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Lijiang, upon arrival in evening, transfer to Songtsam Linka Lijiang boutique lodge, which architecture features a mixture of Naxi ethic elements and central plain Han cultures. Soak up the elegance setting of traditional courtyard mansion while enjoying a sumptuous dinner of local specialty dishes.
After breakfast, visit Wenfeng Temple on a hilltop, admire vista view of Lijiang valley and Jade Dragon snow mountain in the backdrop. Return to hotel for lunch, followed by a drive to Tacheng, view the First Bend of Yangtze River en-route and visit Shigu Town, once an important stop along the Tea and Horse Caravan Route. Later, the drive continues to Jingsha River, view of countryside dotted with Naxi villages. Upon arrival at Songtsam Tacheng Lodge, enjoy afternoon tea while admiring view of terraced farm. Later, a home visit in the village and participate in the process of hand-made soya milk.
After breakfast, a short hiking trip to Damo Patriarch Cave, learn more about Tibetan Buddhism tradition and culture. Later, drive towards Meili, lunch en-route at Benzilan Songtsam Lodge. Along the way, view of the First Bend of Jinsha River, visit Dongzhulin Temple, which houses a vast collection of heritage relics such as Buddha statues and Tangka (religious silk painting). Upon arrival at the day’s destination, check into Songtsam Meili Lodge housed in traditional Tibetan architecture, view of Meili Snow Mountain in a distance.
Wake up early to admire sun rise over the snow mountain from the lodge balcony, followed by breakfast. Later, take a leisure bicycle ride along the Feilai Temple sightseeing route, enjoying the outdoor while doing light exercise, with view of the White Horse Snow Mountain ranges in a distance. Return to hotel for lunch and have some rest. Late afternoon, a home visit in the village, learn and take part in the process of hand-print prayer flags; the colourful flags covered with Tibetan Buddhism scriptures are usually placed at high point, flapping in the wind to send out best wishes.
Another day of sunrise viewing from balcony before breakfast. Later, drive to Shangrila via the White Horse Snow Mountain pass. On top of the pass, tie the self-printed prayer flags made yesterday to a pole, say a little prayer and send best wishes to your loved ones. Lunch stop in Nixi Village, sample local specialty dish “Nixi chicken pot”. Upon arrival in Shangrila, visit Sumtseling Monastery, the biggest Tibetan Buddhism temple in Yunnan province, also known as the “Little Potala Palace”. Later, visit a traditional Tibetan home, enjoy Tibetan hotpot.
After breakfast, learnt about the making of Tibetan incense at the hotel’s cultural center. Incense making has evolved over more than a thousand years, asides from using incense during prayer, Tibetan belief that it has healing property. For lunch, enjoy outdoor barbecue on the grassland. Afternoon visit Dukezong ancient town, take a stroll through the craftsmen street, admire traditional crafts such as Tibetan painting, wood carving, Dongba paper making, and Naxi pottery.
After breakfast, journey to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and explore the scenic canyon on the Jinsha River. After lunch, proceed to Lijiang, upon arrival, free and easy to explore the Old Town lined with cobbled streets, old houses, and commercial outlets, a place for souvenir hunting. Lijiang is listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage, fine example of the Naxi ethic architecture and unique town planning with a web of water channels. Evening return to hotel for dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to airport, take a morning flight back to Kuala Lumpur, afternoon arrival, end of tour.
A *security deposit of RM 2,000 is payable to secure booking. Balance fee RM 7,400 to be collected upon booking deadline or when the tour is fully booked.
Full terms & conditions (eg: cancellation policy) please click here.
Please don’t rush into signing-up! Alternative travel may be a culture shock for some. The best memories from a journey are often overcoming various challenges with your team mates. Please understand our style of travel before booking.
Tel: +6011-5664 8334 (Admin whatsapp)