13-day Thailand to Laos Tour
Embrace Southeast Asia’s wealth of unforgettable experiences on our 13-day adventure tour of Thailand and Laos (finishing in Hanoi, Vietnam). It’s an action-packed adventure designed to feed the wanderlust of 18 to 45 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. Sleep in the ‘City of Stars’ in the mountains of Chiang Dao, explore the Tham Phu Kam cave and go water-rafting in Chiang Mai. Curious to find out more? Use the chat on the right hand of your screen to speak to our experts or enquire below to book your incredible Southeast Asian experience!
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Please note: This trip will finish in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The meeting time and place for this trip is on Day 1 at 17:00 in the Loftel Station Hostel in Bangkok (Thailand).
Day 1 – Bangkok, Thailand:
Welcome to Bangkok! To start off you Dragon Trip, you will meet your Adventure Leader and the rest of your 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, has an Old City and 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!
After, you will head to the hostel where the pool awaits… why not cool down after looking after the elephants in the sun? 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, there are exciting optional activities such as 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 and get yourself some souvenirs!
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 sacred Buddhist temple located at the top of a mountain – it’s an impressive monument and the view from the top looking over Chiang Mai is also beautiful.
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 unique 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?
Later, you will return to your accommodation and enjoy a traditional 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 more of the tranquil, unspoilt 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.
In the afternoon, 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 in the afternoon 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 – 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 enjoy a free evening to relax, grab a drink in one of the many riverside bars or if you’re in the mood to dance, you can easily find a nearby party.
Day 11 – Vang Vieng, Laos:
Today, you’ll have the option to have a go 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 better, less crowded 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 is popular for backpackers in Laos and is a must-do activity. Enjoy some free time in the evening to further explore the wonders of this backpacking hub 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 bustling capital of Vietnam 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 is your last day!
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?
This marks the end of your Dragon Trip – optional activities will finish around 10pm and then, it will be time to bid farewell to your group and continue your independent travel.
We wish you safe travels!
Our Southeast Asia tour package price includes the following features:
• Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each country
• Transport within Southeast Asia, including a flight from Laos to Vietnam
• Accommodation (including hostels, guesthouses & 1 night in a jungle treehouse)
• 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)
For our list of Optional Activities, click here.
Food is included in the price of our 13-day Thailand to Laos 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
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.
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.
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