South East Asia Group Tours
Discover South East Asia with our budget-friendly, backpacking adventure trips for the young and the young at heart. 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. Whether that be washing playful elephants, sleeping on deserted beaches or exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat.
About our South East Asia Group Tours
Our group tours travel in Southeast Asia with respect and care. We use public transport, stay in small hostels and with local communities, and ensure we clear up after ourselves as we go.
The Adventure Leaders
Your guide will be a local expert, leading you through fascinating, budget friendly, authentic experiences. Adventure Leaders have the passion and knowledge to ensure that they can help you have a great time.
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Reviews of our South East Asia Trips
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31-Day South East Asia Loop
Best month of my life! Felt like we covered all the best parts and activities within each location and the accommodation was surprisingly nicer than expected…
20-day Vietnam to Cambodia Tour
Brilliant guides, I have seen everything I wanted to in each and country and more! I have learnt so many new facts from people and made friends on the way! Thankyou to all the lovely guide in each country!
12-Day Thailand and Laos Tour
Very nice people and a great program with a lot of free time that gives a good insight into the different cultures.
31-Day South East Asia Loop
Excellent range of activities. Very organised and great guides in each country. I would recommend this trip to friends travelling alone.
Travel the real South East Asia
With us, you’ll traverse land and sea. You will journey through the night on sleeper trains before sliding down waterfalls and rafting the Mae Tang River. You will experience places and people that you’d never otherwise meet. From 13 day highlight tours that pack in all the sights, sounds and delicious smells of Thailand and Laos, through to full 31 day or one month adventures of extensive exploration deep into the heart of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam – your Dragon Trip tour will take you from nights spent amidst Thailand’s treetops to Vietnamese tribal villages – and beyond.
About our Southeast Asia Tours
South East Asia is known for its great weather, golden beaches, lush rainforest and incredible food. As a tropical climate, temperatures are usually high all year round but they can vary massively from destination to destination. Most countries in South-East Asia experience three main seasons throughout the year, dry season, hot season and wet season. It’s always warm by UK standards though and when it rains, it pours but rarely for very long.
South East Asia is so easy to get around and their public transport networks are comfortable and relatively reliable. When travelling long distances around South East Asia, buses are the most popular mode of transport and will be used a lot throughout our tours. You may even travel overnight on buses where you will have your own bed.
When travelling from Bangkok to North Thailand, you will be on an overnight train. It’s a great experience and you’ll get the opportunity to take in the stunning mountainous views. Between Laos and Hanoi you will fly. There is a mountain range separating Laos and Vietnam and the roads can be quite windy and the journey very long. Instead, a flight is quick, cheap and the best way of getting to Hanoi.
Songthaews are very popular in Thailand and Laos and are used as a style of taxi for travellers. They’re cheap, quick and very easy to find. Just make sure you negotiate and settle on a price before getting in. You will also be able to cycle, which some people say is the best way to explore South East Asia. It creates a more intimate, rewarding travel experience as you’ll have the freedom to travel at your own pace and enjoy the wonders of local life.
Many of the hostels we use on our Southeast Asia trips are very snazzy but the standard can vary from one place to another. Throughout your time in Southeast Asia you will share dorm rooms with your fellow Dragons. The only exceptions are in Thailand where you will spend the night with a local family in a homestay and on the paradise island of Koh Rong. Here, you will spend one night sleeping in a hammock and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean.
You can also upgrade to private single, twin or double rooms at an additional cost.
Think Thai green curry and steaming bowls of pho, fresh spring rolls or oodles of noodles for days. Southeast Asia has some of the freshest and tastiest of ingredients and with street food being cooked on every corner, delicious smells mean you are constantly hungry and never far from your next meal.
You will be able to indulge in the wonders of Southeast Asian cuisine on all of our group tours and enjoy the delicious taste of fresh hearty dishes. Our tours will take you to some of the best night markets where you’ll be introduced to new dishes that will leave your taste buds tingling. You’ll also get some time to explore on your own. Our Adventure Leaders will advise you on where to find the best local street food. Unsurprisingly some of the best authentic food will be found on a pavement but some are even tucked down obscure and impossible to find alleyways.
Many of the hostels on our Southeast Asia trips now offer filtered water which you can access for free or for a small free. Bring your reusable water bottle to reduce your plastic waste as every little helps in Southeast Asia. If you want to drink from the tap, you can do, but use a water purifier or filter to zap all the nasty bacteria away.
Alcohol is cheap and available everywhere in Southeast Asia with beer being less than a pound a pint. Many of the places on your group tour are known for their party atmosphere but please drink responsibly and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
The whole visa process is very simple for Southeast Asia. For most travellers, you don’t need to prepare anything in advance, as you’ll be able to purchase your visas when we cross each border. For travellers on British passports, Visas for Thailand and Vietnam are free while you have to pay for visas for Laos ($35) and Cambodia ($30)