4 Days XishuangBanna Hiking Tour to Ganlanba Basin and Mekong River

The Ganlanba Basin, known as “the Plume of the Peacock”, is located 34 kilometers southeast of Jinghong City. Metaphorically speaking, if Xishuangbanna is a green peacock, then the Ganlanba Basin is the tail of the peacock. With green trees all the year round and bamboo houses scattered around, the place is very attractive. In this tour, you will hike through tropical rainforst and rubber plantations to visit several ethnic villages, living with them to fully appreciate their daily lives and colorful ethnic cultures.


  • Experience ethnic culture of Aini and Dai People.
  • Get very close to Aini People – overnight in Aini families.
  • Enjoy hiking through tropical rainforest along with Mekong River.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Jinghong – Ganlanba – Aini Village
  • Day 2: Aini Village – Mekong River
  • Day 3: Mekong River – Aini Village
  • Day 4: Aini  Village – Dai Village – Jinghong

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Jinghong-Ganlanba-Aini Village

Sightseeing and Activities:Aini Village
Accommodation:Aini People Homestay

At 8:30 AM, we take a minibus to Galanba. The drive takes approximately 1 and a half hours. Our destination is a medium-sized Aini village. From there it’s a beautiful 4 hours walk along a small trail in rubber plantation and nice rainforest to an small Aini village inhabited by only 30 families. The first night we will rest in the traditional home of a very hospitable Aini people’s family. 

Day 2 Aini Village-Mekong River

Sightseeing and Activities:hiking, boat trip
Accommodation:Aini People’s Village

We face uphill and downhill 5 or 6 hours walks through dense jungles, rubber plantations, Mekong River and mountain rice fields. The night of the 2nd day will be spent in a hillside Aini people’s village that offers ravishingly beautiful views down into misty valleys. Before reaching our overnight destination we will have 1 hour going down hill in rubber plantation, 1 hour walking along Mekong river, 30 minutes boat trip on Mekong river by ferry boat and then walk up hills for 1 hour and 2 hours walking in the dense jungles. 

Day 3 Mekong River-Aini Village

Sightseeing and Activities:hiking
Accommodation:Aini People’s Village

We also face uphill and downhill 6 hours walking including 2 hours walking through a stream with forests and more walking in rubber plantation or easy road. Have a picnic lunch in the forest. We will spend overnight in a hillside Aini people’s village. 

Day 4 Aini Village-Dai Village-Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities:hiking

An easy 3 hours walk downhill to a Dai village. We will have lunch in a Dai people ‘s restaurant. Our journey ends with a 1 hour drive by public bus back to Jinghong. 

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;.
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.