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31 days Bangkok Loop

31 Day South East Asia Loop

This Southeast Asia adventure tour includes a whole range of unforgettable experiences. You'll spend 31 days traversing the amazing countries of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia - journeying from bustling cities to serene paradise islands.

On this fast-paced, action-packed group tour, our Adventure Leaders will guide you around the region’s hidden gems and major highlights – making sure you get the most out of your trip. Trek though the Thai jungle to a remote waterfall, watch playful elephants, boat across Halong Bay, and swim amidst bioluminescent plankton – it’s all waiting for you on our Southeast Asian adventure.

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Accommodation

Including hostels, guesthouses, homestay, camping & cruiser!

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Adventure Leader

Bilingual Leaders in each country on our Southeast Asia adventure tour!

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Local transport

Transport within Southeast Asia, including the flight from Thailand to Laos & Laos to Vietnam!

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Meals & Activities

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Southeast Asia Adventure Tour

Day 1 – Bangkok, Thailand:

You will arrive in this bustling Asian metropolis and have the chance to meet your group and your Adventure Leader.

After your arrival, get ready for dinner with a tuk-tuk tour! Hop on board and head to dinner in one of the city’s amazing rooftop restaraunts, where you can choose from lots of Thai dishes. Afterwards, your tuk-tuk will take you past Bangkok’s highlights at night.

Finish the night with views of Bangkok from one of the many rooftop bars. The Adventure Leader will be able to give you some suggestions for where to find the best view!

Day 2 – Bangkok, Thailand:

You have a leisurely morning and the option to delve into the rich history of Bangkok with an Old City tour. This tour will take you to iconic temples like Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and the stunning Grand Palace. Please be aware that if you decide to explore the old town, you’ll need to check out of your accommodation and arrange for the storage of your luggage in the morning. Once you return to the hostel, take some time to freshen up before catching a bus to the train station, where you’ll embark on your journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Day 3 – Chiang Mai, Thailand:

Upon your arrival at Chiang Mai station, you’ll receive a warm welcome from our overnight homestay! We’ll transfer to the accommodation to drop our luggage, before departing for an afternoon in the wilderness.

We’ll travel to the starting point of our jungle trek, from which we’ll hike around 4-6km. It’ll take us a couple of hours – but, of course, we’ll make a refreshing stop at a waterfall to truly make the most of our time in the jungle. After that, it’s back to our homestay to enjoy a delightful evening meal.

Day 4 – Chiang Mai, Thailand:

After checking out of our homestay, this morning we’ll be taking part in an amazing unmissable activity – a half-day at an elephant sanctuary! At this ethical sanctuary, you’ll spend time with professionals, learning about elephant behaviours and the sanctuary’s conservation efforts in Thailand. You’ll be able to watch them play in mud pits, and can even help prepare treats for them! We’ll also get a delicious vegetarian buffet lunch on site too.

Once finished here, we’ll transfer into the city itself where your luggage will be waiting for you at the hostel. In the evening, you’ll have the choice to partake in either a cooking class or attend a thrilling Muay Thai show.

Day 5 – Chiang Mai, Thailand:

We’ll commence the day with a fascinating Monk chat at the first temple, and then we’ll hop on public songthaews, those iconic Thai red trucks, to visit these captivating temples. After immersing ourselves in the spiritual beauty of Wat Doi Suthep, we’ll make our way back to the hostel. For those seeking an optional thrill, consider embarking on a journey to the stunning limestone Sticky Waterfall, which is about 1.5 hours away by songthaew, a ride well-known for its unique charm.

Day 6 – Chiang Mai, Thailand:

Today, you have a free day, and there are several exciting options to choose from. Brace yourself for some whitewater rafting – or take on another trek across the glorious landscapes. If you’d like to explore the old town independently, don’t hesitate to ask your leader for suggestions. For a taste of local flavour, you can visit the local market with souvenir and street food.

Day 7 – Luang Prabang, Laos:

You’ve got some free time this morning, before we transfer to the airport ahead of our flight to Luang Prabang.

After your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your new accommodation. In the evening, there’s an optional group dinner on the agenda. Following dinner, take a stroll to the Hmong Night Market. This vibrant market is a fantastic place to immerse yourself in local traditional music, crafts, and food.

Day 8 – Luang Prabang, Laos:

This monring you have a wide range of activities to choose from. Partake in the rich local culture by joining the enchanting Takbat Lao Ceremony, where monks gather food from around the city. If you’re in the mood for a culinary adventure, consider the Cooking Experience where you will explore the local wet market, purchase fresh ingredients and enjoy a hands-on cooking session. Another option is to give back by volunteering at Big Brother Big Mouse.

For a delightful blend of adventure and creativity, opt for Biking to Visit the Village and Practice Making Pottery. This full-day adventure includes cycling through captivating locales, learning about pottery, and even crossing the Mekong River before lunch. A visit to the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls is an unmissable activity.

This evening, you can opt to visit a local home for dinner and a welcome Baci. It’s only a few minutes walk from your accommodation to the house, where you’ll be welcomed by the locals with a welcome drink and a Baci ceremony – this is part of the Lao people’s culture, and following this you’ll then enjoy a delicious local dinner.

Day 9 –  Luang Prabang, Laos:

In the morning, consider an optional visit to Ban Xanghai village, renowned for its whisky and rice wine production. Here, you can learn about the art of crafting these spirits and savor lunch at a local restaurant. Following your village visit, embark on a boat journey down the picturesque Mekong River to explore the renowned Pak Ou Caves. On your return journey to the hostel, make a stop at Mt. Phousi and relish a beautiful sunset.

Day 10 – Vang Vieng, Laos:

Today, you’ll take a bus to Vang Vieng. Along the way, there’s a stop at the Blue Lagoon, a picturesque location perfect for a refreshing swim and a break from the heat. In the evening, you’ll check in at your new hostel and have the option to either unwind or explore the local nightlife.

Day 11 – Vang Vieng, Laos:

Today offers an array of exciting activities. You can opt for a thrilling rock-climbing experience, take a biking tour to explore the area, and then embark on a hike up to the Pha Ngern Viewpoint, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas. Alternatively, you can choose to leisurely float down the Mekong River in a rubber tube, pausing along the way to admire the stunning scenery. In the evening, you have free time to immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Vang Vieng.

Day 12 – Hanoi, Vietnam:

Begin your day early with a bus ride to the airport, from where you’ll catch a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, you’ll be transferred to your new hostel via bus. In the evening, you can either explore the local streets for some delicious street food, or opt to join an optional bar crawl for a night of fun with your fellow travellers.

Day 13 – Hanoi, Vietnam:

Today’s itinerary includes a visit to the Hoa Lo Prison where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Vietnam’s history. Following this, you’ll head over to Hoan Kiem Lake with its central temple. You can leisurely stroll around the lake, observing the locals as they engage in games and activities on the wide streets constructed by the French in Hanoi’s historical centre. If you’re feeling hungry, Old Quarter Street offers a variety of dining options for you to enjoy.

Afterward, you’ll have a free afternoon to explore Hanoi’s narrow streets, where you can try your hand at crossing the bustling roads just like a local. If you’re in the mood for some evening entertainment, consider attending a Water Puppet Show for a unique cultural experience.

Day 14 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:

Your adventure takes you to Halong Bay today, an enchanting destination nestled in Vietnam’s northeastern region. Once you reach the shores of Lan Ha, a serene boat cruise will provide the perfect start to your experience. You’ll be guided to the finest locations, inviting you to partake in a refreshing swim. As the day draws to a close, the group will relish a delectable buffet dinner on the cruise.

Day 15 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:

Your day commences with an invigorating kayak tour on the mesmerizing emerald waters of Halong Bay. As you paddle, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the limestone islands. Following this adventurous morning, you’ll join the group for a satisfying lunch. Later in the day, you’ll make your way back to Hanoi and board an overnight bus to Phong Nha.

Day 16 – Phong Nha, Vietnam:

Upon your arrival in Phong Nha at around 4 am, you’ll proceed to your hostel, where you can take the opportunity to catch up on some much-needed sleep. Afterward, you’ll embark on a delightful bike ride to Bong Lai village. Here, you’ll make a pit stop at the ‘Pub With Cold Beer,’ engage in some volleyball, and savor a delicious meal. As the day transitions into evening, don’t hesitate to consult your Adventure Leader for suggestions on how to make the most of Phong Nha’s nightlife.

Day 17 – Phong Nha, Vietnam:

Today, you have the option to immerse yourself in an exciting activity. Spend the day exploring Phong Nha’s vast cave systems, including Paradise Cave and Dark Cave. Alternatively, you can embark on a hiking adventure along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, where you might be fortunate enough to encounter incredible wildlife like tigers, bears, and elephants. Following dinner, it’s time to board the sleeper bus to Hoi An.

Day 18 – Hoi An, Vietnam:

Your arrival in Hoi An is scheduled for 4 am. Take some time to rest at your accommodation in the morning. In the afternoon, you can opt for a lantern-making experience. Later, embark on a guided tour of the ancient town and the riverfront. During this tour, you’ll gain insights into the town’s rich history, particularly its significance as a vital trading post with Japanese and Vietnamese influences.

Day 19 – Hoi An, Vietnam:

Today is your free day to explore Hoi An at your own pace. Alternatively, you can choose from several optional activities. You might opt for a visit to Ba Na Hills, a French-style village accessible by the world’s longest cable car. Alternatively, you can explore a local farm or rent a bike to discover one of Hoi An’s beautiful beaches. In the evening, savour delightful local cuisine or immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife.

Day 20 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:

Commence your day with an engaging Coconut Basket Boat and Farming adventure. Later, proceed to the airport to catch a flight to our final destination in Vietnam. Relish a dinner in the vibrant city and soak in the nighttime cityscape from a rooftop bar before embarking on an exciting bar crawl.

Day 21 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam:

Commence your day with a guided tour of Ho Chi Minh, exploring some of the city’s renowned landmarks. Savor a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, and take a relaxing break. In the afternoon, you have the choice to visit the War Remnants Museum, an institution that offers vital insights into the history of the Vietnam War. Come evening, relish your time at a bustling night market.

Day 22 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: 

Set out on an exploration of the Cu Chi tunnels, an intricate network of connecting tunnels employed during the civil war. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in a captivating coffee workshop. Conclude your last evening in Ho Chi Minh City with a thrilling 2-hour karaoke session, where you can sing your hearts out and create lasting memories!

Day 23 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 

Today, cross the border into Cambodia as you journey towards the capital. After checking in at the hostel, set out on a city walk to explore the sights. In the evening, enjoy a delightful dinner and drinks at Bassac Lane, soaking in the local atmosphere.

Day 24 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 

This morning, engage in a tour of the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, delving into the harrowing history of Cambodia. Traverse the city in a Tuk Tuk with a knowledgeable local guide. You can opt for a serene sunset cruise or explore the vibrant night market to conclude your day.

Day 25 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia: 

Embark on a journey to Sihanoukville, where you’ll board a ferry to Koh Rong Samloem Island, a serene paradise celebrated for its pristine sandy shores, crystalline waters, and tranquil ambiance. Savor a leisurely afternoon by the beach or partake in an exciting kayaking adventure.

As evening descends, we’ll rendezvous at a cliffside bar for drinks, allowing you to relish a cocktail while witnessing a breathtaking sunset. The night will lead you to the beach, where you’ll wade into the water to witness the mesmerizing bioluminescent plankton phenomenon.  

Day 26 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia: 

Commence your day with a delectable buffet breakfast, setting the perfect tone for an island day adventure. Your journey will include a visit to a traditional fishing village, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture, followed by some leisure time on the sun-kissed beach. Explore the wonders beneath the sea by snorkelling in the vibrant coral reef at a nearby island, enjoying paradise.

Day 27 – Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia: 

Kickstart your day with a scuba diving session, a beach clean-up, or simply laze under the sun to work on your tan. Savor a delightful BBQ lunch on the beach, and in the afternoon, make your way to the mainland where you’ll catch the sleeper bus bound for Siem Reap.

Day 28 – Siem Reap, Cambodia: 

You’ll reach your lodging bright and early, kickstarting the day with a walking tour of local villages. Spend a leisurely afternoon indulging in spa sessions, and in the evening, relish a captivating night at a Cambodian circus.

Day 29 – Siem Reap, Cambodia: 

Begin your day at the break of dawn as you venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument globally! Dedicate a few hours to explore the Temples of Angkor, including Ta Prohm, which gained notoriety for its role in Tomb Raider. In the afternoon, you can opt for the Apopo Hero Rats Tour via Tuk Tuk. Come evening, you have the choice to partake in a 1.5-hour tour on a pedal-pub car, which includes one free drink per person, followed by drinks at bar prices and the opportunity to sample local Cambodian delicacies.

Day 30 – Siem Reap, Cambodia: 

Embark on a half-day cycling tour that guides you through a typical Cambodian village. You’ll make various stops, offering you a genuine glimpse into local village life. Visit a duck farm, learn about rice cultivation, and savour local palm wine. In the evening, relish a farewell dinner with your group, where you can discuss and reminisce about the tour’s highlights.

Day 31 – Siem Reap, Cambodia:

After 31 days of revelling in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, today is the last day of your Southeast Asia adventure tour. It’s time to bid farewell to your companions. You’ll take the bus back to Bangkok which will arrive at around 5pm. Safe travels!!

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Accommodation

Accommodation is in dorm rooms on our Southeast Asia adventure tour. Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available, please contact us for more information.

Check out our included activities on our Southeast Asia adventure tour below:

  • Dinner & tuk-tuk tour (Bangkok)
  • Elephant Sanctuary (Chiang Mai)
  • Visit a waterfall (Chiang Mai)
  • Homestay in a local hill tribe village (Chiang Mai)
  • Trek in the jungle (Chiang Mai)
  • Monk chat & Wat Doi Suthep Temple by songthaew (Chiang Mai)
  • Kuangsi Falls (Luang Prabang)
  • Blue Lagoon 2 (Vang Vieng)
  • Hoa Lo Prison (Ha Noi)
  • Boat tour (Halong Bay)
  • Buffet dinner on cruise (Halong Bay)
  • Bike to Bong Lai Village (Phong Nha)
  • Ancient town tour (Hoi An)
  • Karaoke (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Saigon city orientation walking tour (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Walking tour (Phnom Penh)
  • S21 prison & Killing Fields (Phnom Penh)
  • Swimming with the plankton (Koh Rong Sanloem)
  • Island day trip with Clearwater Bay trek (Koh Rong Sanloem)
  • Island camping [seasonally dependent] (Koh Rong Sanloem)
  • BBQ Lunch on the beach (Koh Rong Sanloem)
  • City walking tour (Siem Reap)
  • Cycle through Lotus Fields (Siem Reap)
  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat (Siem Reap) 

Meals are included in the price of our 31-day Southeast Asia adventure tour on the following days:

Bangkok:

Day 1: Dinner

Chiang Mai:
Day 3: Lunch & dinner

Day 4: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5/6/7: Breakfast

Luang Prabang:

Day 8/9/10: Breakfast

Vang Vieng:

Day 11/12: Breakfast

Hanoi:
Day 13: Breakfast

Halong Bay:
Day 14: Breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner

Day 15: Breakfast and lunch

Phong Nha:
Day 16/17: Breakfast

Hoi An:
Day 18/19: Breakfast

Ho Chi Minh:
Day 20/21/22: Breakfast

Koh Rong:
Day 26: Breakfast and picnic lunch

Day 27: BBQ Lunch

Drones

The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during our Southeast Asia adventure tour. 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.

Koh Rong

At certain times of the year (low season particularly) the weather and wave conditions may mean that we are unable to use boats to access certain parts of Koh Rong islands. In these circumstances we would have to adapt the tours accordingly and offer activities of a similar value.

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 on other beaches around the island.

Activities that aren’t included on our Southeast Asia adventure tour:

  • Wat Pho – 300 THB (Bangkok)
  • Wat Arun – 200 THB (Bangkok)
  • Grand Palace – 500 THB (Bangkok)
  • Cooking class – 800 THB / 20.2 GBP (Chiang Mai) 
  • Muay Thai show – 600 – 1500 THB (Chiang Mai) 
  • Sticky Waterfall – Approx 2500 THB per group of max 10 people for songthaew – 60 GBP (Chiang Mai) 
  • Clubbing at Zoe in Yellow – pay for what you drink (Chiang Mai) 
  • Night food market – pay for what you order (Chiang Mai)
  • Dinner & Baci ceremony at local home – 21 USD (Luang Prabang)
  • Cooking experience – 20 USD (Luang Prabang)
  • Bicycle tour & pottery experience – 22 USD (Luang Prabang)
  • Optional group dinner – pay for what you order (Luang Prabang)
  • Hmong night market – pay for what you order (Luang Prabang)
  • Watch Takbat Lao ceremony (Luang Prabang)
  • Volunteer at Big Brother Big Mouse (Luang Prabang)
  • Rice experience – 36 USD (Luang Prabang)
  • Laos ethnic village tour – 30 USD (Luang Prabang)
  • Half day rock climbing – 30 USD (Vang Vieng)
  • Bike to Pha Ngern view point – 5 USD (Vang Vieng)
  • Tubing – 6 USD (Vang Vieng) 
  • Bar crawl – pay for your own drinks (Hanoi) 
  • Optional group lunch – pay for what you order (Hanoi)
  • Visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
  • Water puppet show – 100,000 VND / 3.3 GBP (Hanoi)
  • Rest afternoon by the pool – 60,000 VND / 1.9 GBP (Phong Nha)
  • National park tour – 1,350,000 VND / 44.6 GBP (Phong Nha)
  • Night out – pay for your own drinks (Hoi An)
  • Coconut basket boat and farming – 450,000 VND/ 15.9 GBP (Hoi An)
  • Ba Na Hills tour – 1,670,000 VND / 55 GBP (Hoi An)
  • Beach visit (Hoi An) 
  • Hoi An Memories Show – 600,000 VND-1,200,000 VND / 20-40 GBP (Hoi An)
  • Lantern making experience – 250,000 VND / 8.2 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Optional group dinner – pay for what you order (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Rooftop bar and bar crawl – pay for your own drinks (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Optional group lunch (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Night market (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Coffee experience – 450,000 VND / 15 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Cu Chi tunnels – Dependent on the group size (Ho Chi Minh)
  • War Remnants Museum – 40,000 VND / 1.3 GBP (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Drinks at karaoke – at your discretion (Ho Chi Minh)
  • Bassac Lane bar hop – 10 USD (Phnom Penh)
  • Sunset cruise – 16 USD (Phnom Penh) 
  • Sunset at The Cliff – pay for what you order (Koh Rong Sanloem)
  • Kayaking tour – 15 USD (Koh Rong Sanloem)
  • Scuba – 70 USD (Koh Rong Sanloem) 
  • Beach clean – 2.5 USD (Koh Rong Sanloem)
  • Optional group dinner – pay for what you order (Siem Reap)
  • Spa session (Siem Reap)
  • The Cambodian Phare Circus – 18 USD for ticket & Tuk tuk 7 USD return for up to 4 people (Siem Reap) 
  • Apopo Hero Rats – 12 USD (Siem Reap)
  • Bugs & bar cycle – 10 USD (Siem Reap)
  • Final group dinner – pay for what you order (Siem Reap)

A deposit is required to make a reservation on our Southeast Asia adventure tour 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 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our Southeast Asia adventure tour 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 for our Southeast Asia adventure tour.

Room Upgrades

If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person.

  • Single room is £820 (One person to a room)
  • Double room is £610 (Two people sharing)

The room upgrade is available in all destinations aside from the homestay in Chiang Mai, and the overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay. Please note: if you are upgrading to a private room in Koh Rong Sanloem, please be aware that only double rooms are available here. 

There are parts of this trip in which you may not have hot water or electricity during the day – please bear this in mind and keep an open perspective, especially in countries such as Laos and Cambodia, where the local levels of development or infrastructure may not be the same as your country of origin. Please also be aware that where upgrades on accommodation are available through the tours, not all of these upgrades to private rooms include en suites. In certain hotels, upgrades to double rooms may include an en suite, where twin rooms may include a shared bathroom usage. In others, due to the layouts of the accommodation, shared bathroom facilities may be the norm across all room upgrades.

Pre/Post Night Accommodation

Once you get to Southeast Asia on a group tour, you may not want to leave. We can book additional nights accommodation at the beginning and end of your trip to allow for some time to relax as our tours are very fast-paced. Prices are listed below:

  • Pre/post-night dorm in Bangkok – £14
  • Pre/post-night private (double) in Bangkok – £55
  • Pre/post-night private (single) in Bangkok – £55

 

Airport Transfers

We can also pick you up and drop you off at the airport so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. If you would like this organised, please email info@thedragontrip.com.

Visit our FAQs page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us  with any questions about our Southeast Asia adventure tour.

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