We are US Citizens and will be traveling and staying in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, Thailand. We want to travel to Kunming, Yunnan province China. We do not want a tour. We want to drive and/or take a boat up the Mekong River. Maybe drive one way and take the boat back or vice versa.
I know we will have to drive through Laos if we go by car, and I believe that will require a Laotion driver and car. What about when we get to the border of China, will we then need a car & driver from China?
Does anyone know where I can get more info or am I going to have to research this when I get there? Any advice is appreciated. Again we don't want a tour nor do we want to fly. It is about the adventure getting to and from Kunming. Thank you for your help.