Xishuangbanna Dai New Year Photography Trip (5D4N)


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This is a festival trip Festival


Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture (Xishuangbanna in short), lies on the southwest part of Yunnan Province, is one of the minority autonomous prefectures of the province and permanently raises some multiracial residents, such as Dai, Hani, Lahu and Blang, Jino, etc.

This photography trip is organized to coincide with the Water-Splashing Festival, which is also the New Year for the Dai ethnic minority. For Dai people, the annual Water Splashing Festival is the most important holiday and the three-day celebrations are filled with various activities such as dragon boat races, traditional Dai dances, the launching of rockets, parades and fairs. The biggest activity is no doubt, the water splashing which happens on the third day.

Water is regarded by the Dai as a symbol of religious purification and goodwill among people. Therefore, splashing a fellow human being with water during the Water Splashing Festival is an expression of the desire for good luck and prosperity to that person.

During the festival, everyone is ready for blessing and receiving wishes from others. Foreigners would get special attention so prepare to be drenched all day. Remember, the wetter you get, the more luck you’ll receive.

Besides participating in the New Year, you will also get to visit local market, ethnic villages as well as tea plantation which have been around for hundreds of years.

Join us on this joyous occasion to see for yourself a side of China which is different from others.



Day 1: Depart Singapore – Arrive Jinghong (via Kunming)

  • Depart Singapore for our flight to Xishuangbanna (西双版纳) Gasa International Airport (also known as Jinghong International Airport). Jinghong is the political, economic and cultural centre of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture.
  • Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel in Jinghong (景洪).
  • Check in hotel and free and easy for the rest of the evening.

Meals provided: -


Day 2: Jinghong – Menghan – Dai Minority Park – Dragon Boat Races

  • Early morning after breakfast, depart around 7am and transfer to Menghan (2 hours car journey). Visit the early morning market in Ganlanba (橄榄坝) Town.
  • Thereafter, visit the Dai (傣族) Minority Park where you will get to see five precious best-preserved Dai villages. This is also a good chance to interact with locals. During the visit to the villages, if possible we will gather villagers to allow us to take pictures of them.
  • After lunch, drive back to Jinghong where we will get to see one of the Dai New Year activity – Dragon boat races.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 3: Jinghong – Menghai Nannuoshan – Jinuo & Aini Ethnic Villages

  • In the morning, witness another Dai New Year activity – parade float for the Dream Parade.
  • Thereafter, drive to Menghai (勐海) Nannuoshan Mountain (南糯山). Nannuo Mountain is one of the production places of Pu’er tea, where a cultivation tea tree with more than 800 years of history still stands; therefore it is called the homeland of the king of the tea tree. Its trees, many aged between 200 and 500 years, produce some of the best pu’er tea in the province.
  • Visit also the Jinuo (基诺族) & Aini (爱昵) ethnic villages. During the visit to the villages, if possible we will gather villagers to allow us to take pictures of them.
  • Drive back to the city of Jinghong.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4: Jinghong

  • Today is the third and most celebrated day of the Dai New Year. Enjoy the Water Splashing Festival with local ethnic people in the city. For Dai people, the annual Water Splashing Festival is the most important holiday. During the festival, everyone is ready for blessing and receiving wishes from others. So get ready to be splashed and have loads of fun!
  • ** Do take care of your camera and equipment as you might be splashed with water.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5: Departure

  • Enjoy your own free time until you are transferred to the airport for your flight home, bringing back nice memories of Xishuangbanna and the special Dai New Year that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: Breakfast


Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.


Tour Price

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** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.


  • Participant in the biggest and most important holiday for the Dai ethnic minority – Water Splashing Festival
  • Get wet and receive lots of blessing!
  • Interact with ethnic minorities such as Dai, Jinuo and Aini villagers
  • Visit Nannuo Mountain where 800 years tea tree is still standing

Package Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast at 3-star hotel in Jinghong
  • Airport transfer service in Jinghong
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Entrance fees to scenic spots, attractions and activities listed in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide who will provide the best local knowledge and photography instructions

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Kunming – Jinghong – Kunming – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, mineral water, liquors, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.


Singapore to Guangzhou:

China Southern (CZ 3042) 0200hrs – 0550hrs


Guangzhou to Kunming:

China Southern (CZ 3481) 0740hrs – 0950hrs


Kunming to Jinghong (Xishuangbanna):

Sichuan Airlines (3U 8621) 1715hrs – 1810hrs



Jinghong (Xishuangbanna) to Kunming:

Sichuan Airlines (3U 8620) 1035hrs – 1130hrs


Kunming to Guangzhou:

China Southern (CZ 3408) 1655hrs – 1840hrs


Guangzhou to Singapore:

China Southern (CZ 3041) 2025hrs – 0035hrs (+1)*


* Denote the next day





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