31-day Southeast Asia Loop
Embrace Southeast Asia’s wealth of unforgettable experiences on our 31-day adventure tour package of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia: it’s an action-packed adventure designed to feed the wanderlust of 18 to 30 year-olds.
Our adventure leaders will guide you around the region’s hidden gems and major highlights so you can get the most out of your trip. Explore the jungle to a remote waterfall, feed playful elephants, and swim amidst bioluminescent plankton. Experiences that will stay with you forever.
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Day 1 – Bangkok, Thailand:
Welcome to Bangkok! You will meet the Adventure Leader and the rest of the group at the hostel around 5pm. You’ll have a briefing and get to know your travel companions over dinner and drinks in an idyllic rooftop bar with stunning views.
After dinner you’ll head straight to the station to board your night train to Chiang Mai – your train will depart at 7.35pm from the station, so don’t be late!
Day 2 – Chiang Mai, Thailand:
You’ll wake up to Northern Thailand’s stunning scenery as your train passes through the mountains before arriving in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is 700 years old and has an Old City which possesses original parts of walls and moats from its history as a religious hub. Therefore, Chiang Mai is home to hundreds of majestic Buddhist temples, the most impressive ones include Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang.
You will spend the morning at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, an ecotourism project set-up by The Karen Hilltribes Trust. This is where you will feed, walk, wash and learn about these elephants. This is one of the main highlights of Chiang Mai, so enjoy!
After, we head to the hostel, where the pool awaits.. In the evening, you have the option to learn how to cook authentic Thai dishes. Or, if you want to experience traditional Thai entertainment, you can watch a Muay Thai Boxing Show and cheer on the fighters!
Day 3 – Chiang Mai, Thailand:
Today you have a free day!
You can explore the city’s dozens of temples and cultural delights. For the thrill seekers amongst you, with the optional activities you can get your adrenaline rushing by going zip lining, driving a quad bike, or going rafting down the Mae Taeng River. In the evening, explore the vibrancy of the famous night market.
Day 4 – Chiang Mai, Thailand:
Today you have the option to hop on a Songthaew and head to the Wat Doi Suthep temple and take in panoramic views of the city. Wat Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple located at the top of a mountain and is a sacred site to many locals.
Enjoy a free afternoon! Why not explore Hmong Village near Doi Suthep temple, or make your way back to explore the old city. For your last night in Chiang Mai, why not visit one of its most iconic bars, ‘Zoe in Yellow’?
Day 5 – Chiang Dao, Thailand:
Today you will transfer to Chiang Dao and check in to your exciting and unforgettable tree-top accommodation!
After lunch, go off the beaten track and hike through the luscious jungle to a waterfall that, to this day, remains wonderfully untouched by the outside world. Why not bring your bathing suit so that you can fully immerse yourself in the natural experience?
After you will return to your accommodation and enjoy a dinner with the locals. Don’t forget to make the most out of your stay in the ‘City of Stars’ and enjoy one of the best stargazing experiences from your tree-top house.
Day 6 – Chiang Dao, Thailand:
You will wake up to an incredible sunrise looking out over the Thai countryside. After breakfast, you can go biking along the outskirts of Chiang Dao and enjoy the tranquil countryside.
Later, you will head back to Chiang Mai where you will catch your transfer to Chiang Kong on the Laos border. After checking into the hostel, spend the evening relaxing, looking over your amazing photos and having a couple of drinks with new friends.
Day 7 – Mekong River, Laos:
This morning you will take a slow boat to Laos for the next leg of your tour. Before boarding, you’ll have the chance to grab some food for the journey. Then, enjoy the slow-paced cruise down the Mekong River, you can take this opportunity to relax and enjoy the moment.
Around 6pm you will arrive at the pier in Pakbeng village. Here, you will meet your Adventure Leader and walk to your accommodation. You can take some time to wander around and sample the local delicacy of ‘buffalo curry’.
Day 8 – Luang Prabang, Laos :
With some of the slow boat journey remaining, be sure to pick up some Pakbeng sandwiches, a delicious cultural remnant from French occupation.
You will arrive at Luang Prabang around 4:30pm where you will be taken to your accommodation. You can spend the evening shopping for souvenirs at Hmong Market, feasting on local food and enjoying drinks in Utopia, a cool backpackers bar on the river.
Day 9 – Luang Prabang, Laos:
Today, you will spend the morning at the Big Brother Mouse volunteering program, interacting with local children who are learning English and developing your understanding of Laos’s culture.
You will also have the option to learn about ‘the farm to table process’ of making rice at the Rice Experience farm. Here, they farm rice the traditional way, as well as maintain an organic garden and running a cooking school. All the rice they harvest is for their own consumption, as they eat rice each day, with every meal and as a snack!
Spend the afternoon at the impressive Kuang Si Falls, made up of three tiers, located in the Luang Prabang area. The falls begin with shallow pools – so, jump in and prepare to have lots of fun! These waterfalls are a favourite attraction for tourists in Luang Prabang.
Day 10 – Vang Vieng, Laos:
In the morning, it’s time make your way to Vang Vieng, a small town in central Laos. Head straight to the Blue Lagoon where you can swim in the refreshing waters. This is the perfect way to escape from the heat and humid weather. Bring your waterproof camera if you have one!
Later, you will transfer to the hostel, where you can a free evening to relax, grab a drink in one of the many riverside bars or find a nearby party.
Day 11 – Vang Vieng, Laos:
Today, you’ll have the option to try your hand at rock climbing, or take a biking tour of the area, followed by a hike up to Pha Ngern Viewpoint for breath-taking views. It will take about half an hour to hike to the lower viewpoint where you will be greeted with a stunning view. You can also hike up an additional 500 meters, to reach the highest viewpoint with a much better view.
For a different viewpoint of Vang Vieng’s limestone mountains, drift down the Mekong River in a rubber tube, stopping along the way to admire the views. Tubing in Vang Vieng has long been a backpacking right of passage in Laos and while the bars are no longer as boozy, it’s still a must-do activity.
Enjoy some free time in the evening to further explore the wonders Vang Vieng at night.
Day 12 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
In the morning, you will take a bus to the airport and fly out to Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi is the big bustling capital of Vietnam’s north and it’s known for its narrow streets, French architecture, rich culture and incredible street food. After checking into the hostel at around 6.30pm, if you’re not too tired, join in the free bar crawl, which heads out around the city’s Old Quarter. If you’re hungry, you don’t have to go too far. Street food sellers line the pavements in the evening and the smell of pho and banh mi fills the air.
Day 13 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
Today you will visit the Hoa Lo Prison and learn about Vietnam’s history. This was a prison used by North Vietnam and the Viet Cong communists, for U.S. prisoners during the Vietnam War. After, you will head over to Hoan Kiem lake with its temple in the centre. You can walk around the lake, watching the locals play games on the wide streets built by the French in the historical center of Hanoi.
If you’re hungry, you can grab lunch at Old Quarter Street followed by a free afternoon to explore Hanoi’s narrow streets and practise crossing the road like a local.
In your free time, you could pay a visit to the Hanoi Opera House, built by French colonial administration – you can take a look around the building for free or pay to see one of the shows on offer. If you fancy some evening entertainment, why not watch a unique Water Puppet Show?
Day 14 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
Today, you’ll have the option to head to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the resting place of Vietnam’s most iconic leader and Hanoi’s most important site. You can also visit the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the country’s history.
Grab a bite to eat for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day to explore as you please! Get a good night’s sleep as it’s an early start tomorrow.
Day 15 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
In the morning, you will travel to Halong Bay by bus and boat. Located in northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is recognized for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. The area is known for its beautiful and dramatic landscape, defined by its towering peaks. In fact, it’s where the movie King Kong: Skull Island was filmed.
Here, you’ll spend the afternoon on a boat cruise, stopping at various swimming spots along the way and if you are bold enough, you can go cliff jumping. In the evening, head out to spend the night on your own private beach with a chance for some partying and late-night bonfires.
Day 16 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
Today, wake up to a beautiful sunrise and enjoy a relaxing breakfast. To start off the morning activities, you can hop into a kayak and explore the famous peaks of Halong Bay on the water, paddling through sea caves and spotting monkeys.
Grab some lunch to refuel before heading back to Hanoi. You will arrive in Hanoi around 5pm and then hop on a night bus to Phong Nha, this bus will leave around 6.30pm and arrive at Phong Nha at 4am.
Day 17 – Phong Nha, Vietnam:
After a long night of travelling, you can either sleep in until 10am to get some rest or you can enjoy a late morning cycle into Bong Lai village. Bong Lai is a rural valley in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park area, with farms and small villages. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is one of Vietnam’s hidden gems and much quieter than anywhere you have been to yet. It’s towering limestone karsts dot the landscape and winding roads make for dramatic views.
In the afternoon, you’ll bike to the brilliantly named ‘Pub With Cold Beer’ – here, you can take a chance to relax, play some volleyball, eat some food and jump in the river.
Tonight, spend the evening enjoying some karaoke with your group. You should be comfortable enough to sing around each other now, right?
Day 18 – Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam:
You have the option to spend the day exploring Phong Nha’s giant cave systems. They are the biggest in the world and while you can’t visit the biggest (it is very expensive and takes several days to hike there) there are plenty of others to explore. You can also enjoy hiking along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and mountain biking You may also be lucky enough to spot wildlife including tigers, bears and elephants.
In the evening you’re free to do as you wish.
Day 19 – Hoi An, Vietnam:
It’s a very early start as you transfer to Hoi An on the 4am bus, with a mid-way stop for some breakfast.
In the afternoon you’ll arrive in beautiful Hoi An – you’ll have a tour of the old town and the riverfront, learning about the town’s Japanese and Vietnamese history as an important trading post. Hoi An is the place to shop until you drop and tonnes of tailors line the streets. The shops will perfectly tailor anything you need, taking your measurements during the day and working on the design overnight – all for prices you wouldn’t see at home.
Day 20 – Hoi An, Vietnam:
Today is a free day!
You have the option to embark on a Ba Na Hills day tour. Ba Na Hills is one of the latest attractions in the country, it’s a mountaintop complex that looks like a medieval castle, but with modern accommodation, world-class restaurants and a theme park.
You can also hire a bike and cycle out to Hoi An’s beach or have a go on a crab boat.
Alternatively, go to a local farm and learn about how local farmers work in the area. Enjoy a free evening to grab some delicious food, pick up your new clothes or explore Hoi An at night.
Day 21 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
In the morning, grab some breakfast before boarding the bus to Da Nang. Then, catch a flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City and arrive at your accommodation at around midday.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s bustling capital and the traffic and motorbikes is like nothing you have ever experienced. You then have the option to embark on an orientation walking tour of the city. For those interested, visit Ben Thanh Market for great fashion bargains and a delicious street food dinner. Head to the hostel’s rooftop bar, the first stop of this evening’s bar crawl.
Day 22 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
Today you have the option to have a day of history at the Cu Chi tunnels dug by the Communist guerrilla group. These tunnels were used as a war asset to fight American and South Vietnamese troops during the civil war. Spend your afternoon at the War Remnants Museum to learn about the huge and lasting impact of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) on the country.
Use the evening to explore Ho Chi Minh after dark.
Day 23 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
Begin the tour of the Mekong Delta by going to the Tho Floating Market. No trip to Vietnam would be complete without seeing a floating market! Grab some fruit, an iced coffee or a full blown Vietnamese breakfast.
In the afternoon, take a boat ride through the tranquil Tra Su Forest. As it reaches evening, arrive at the hostel in Ha Tien.
Day 24 – Koh Rong Island, Cambodia:
Cross the border at Ha Tien and wave goodbye to your Vietnam Adventure Leader as you enter Cambodia.
Transfer to Sihanoukville and take the ferry to Koh Rong Island. Koh Rong is known for its white sanded beaches and coral reefs, but also has luscious jungles dotted with coconut trees and waterfalls. Embrace the beautiful paradise island you have now entered, full of stunning beaches and moon parties.
Day 25 – Koh Rong Island, Cambodia:
Enjoy a free day beach hopping on Koh Rong Island.
If you’re a restless soul and the beach isn’t enough, you have the option to try out scuba diving.
Day 26 – Koh Rong Island, Cambodia:
Set off in the morning to go on a boat trip for the day. Explore Koh Rong island by boat, stopping at a local village and lots of small bays where you can go snorkelling to discover the marine life lying beneath the waves.
As the daylight fades, bioluminescent plankton reveal themselves in the seawater. Jumping into the water, your body’s movements will light up the plankton as you swim. It’s an incredible sight, which you’ll never forget.
Tonight, you will spend the night sleeping in a hammock on a deserted beach and fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves.
Day 27 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
It’s time to leave paradise and head for Phnom Penh. Board a boat back to Sihanoukville, where you’ll transfer to a bus taking you to Phnom Penh.
Day 28 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
This morning, you have the option to visit the S21 prison and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, to learn about the darker times in Cambodia’s history.
In the afternoon explore a completely different side of the city’s history, with a visit to the stunning Royal Palace.
Take an evening off to soak up Phnom Penh, the riverside promenade is beautiful at night. For a touch of class, have a drink at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. One of the city’s most sophisticated joints.
Day 29 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Hop on the bus to Siem Reap to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the pool or shopping in Siem Reap’s markets. In the evening, the streets come alive and you can take on the Fear Factor Challenge (exploring exotic food) complemented by enjoying drinks from a ‘tuk tuk cocktail bar.’ Remember to get an early night though, you will be up early tomorrow.
Day 30 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
It’s an early morning wake-up call today to visit Cambodia’s number one tourist highlight, Angkor Wat. Sunrise is one of the best times to see the ruins.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious site in the world.It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple but has gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. Much of the site is still being restored and you can spend days exploring all of the different temples. Some of the most popular are Angor Wat, Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm and each one has a different story and features to look out for.
This afternoon, escape the heat and enjoy some free time by the pool.
In the evening, get ready for our last night out! Explore Pub Street, the centre of Siem Reap, and visit the night market for a bite to eat.
Day 31 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:
After 31 days of revelling in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, it’s time to bid farewell to your companions. You’ll take the bus back to Bangkok which will arrive around 4pm. Safe travels!!
Our Southeast Asia tour package price includes the following features:
• Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each country
• Transport within Southeast Asia, including the flight from Laos to Vietnam
• Accommodation (including hostels, guesthouses & 1 night in hammocks on the beach)
• Selected meals, listed below
Please note: Accommodation is in dorm rooms as a standard on our Southeast Asia tours.
Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available, please contact us for more information.
Check out our included activities below:
• Elephant Sanctuary (Chiang Mai)
• Visit the night food market (Chiang Mai)
• Explore the Old City (Chiang Mai)
• Trek through the jungle to a waterfall (Chiang Dao)
• Cycling through the Thai countryside (Chiang Dao)
• Visit Hmong Night Market (Luang Prabang)
• Volunteer at the Big Brother Big Mouse (Luang Prabang)
• Kuangsi Falls (Luang Prabang)
• Chill out at Blue Lagoon 2 (Vang Vieng)
• Visit Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi)
• Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
• Visit Hanoi Opera House (Hanoi)
• Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Hanoi)
Find our extra optional activities here.
• Imperial Citadel (Hanoi)
• Boat tour (Halong Bay)
• Kayaking (Halong Bay)
• Karaoke (Phong Nha)
• Ancient town tour (Hoi An)
• Walking tour of the city (Saigon)
• Floating market (Mekong Delta)
• Motorbike ride through the Tra Su Forest (Mekong Delta)
• Chill out on the beach (Koh Rong)
• Boat trip around the island (Koh Rong)
• Visit S21 Prison (Phnom Penh)
• Fear Factor Challenge (Siem Reap)
• Sunrise at Angkor Wat (Siem Reap)
Food is included in the price of our 31-day Southeast Asia tour package on the following days:
Day 5 – Lunch and Dinner
Day 6 – Breakfast
Day 7 – Breakfast
Day 8 – Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9 – Breakfast
Day 10 & 11 – Breakfast
Day 12 – Breakfast
Hanoi & Halong Bay:
Day 15 – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 16 – Breakfast, lunch
Day 17 – Breakfast
Day 18 – Breakfast and lunch
Day 20 & 21 – Breakfast
Day 22 – Breakfast
Day 23 – Lunch and dinner
Day 24 – Breakfast
Day 26 – Lunch and dinner
Day 27 – Breakfast
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Southeast Asia tours, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £100 GBP / $150 USD / €150 EUR / $200 AUD. If you book on to our Southeast Asia tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
No bookings can be accepted within 40 days of a trip departure date.
Looking for assistance booking pre/post trip accommodation? Just let us know what you need!
All accommodation is in private rooms.
Upgrades & Extras
If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. Just email us at least three weeks prior to departure to let us know you’d like to upgrade. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person. Room upgrades include single and double rooms.
31 days: Double room is £458 ($558) and £399 ($519) for a single room upgrade.
20 days: Double room is £290 ($358) and £299 ($379) for a single room upgrade.
13 days: Double room is £318 ($398) and £179 ($219) for a single room upgrade.
Frequently Asked Questions
The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.
At certain times of the year (low season particularly) we have days when the weather and wave conditions mean we are unable to use boats to access around the islands. In these circumstances we continue to operate by trekking through the island instead so should these conditions coincide with your visit we would have to adapt the tours accordingly.
This may also apply to the conditions for camping and hammock stays, we may have to adapt the tour to include village homestays or accommodation we have on other beaches around the island. Prices may vary in accordance with the accommodations requested.
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