14 days Bangkok to Hanoi
14 Day Thailand & Laos Tour
Embrace Southeast Asia’s wealth of unforgettable experiences on our 14-day Thailand and Laos group tour - an action-packed adventure designed to feed the wanderlust of 18-30 year-olds.
Thailand and Laos are the perfect contradiction, with Thailand’s popular backpacking path differing to the quiet and sleepy Laos. On our amazing two-week Thailand and Laos group tour, you’ll explore everywhere from the bustling Bangkok to the stunning Vang Vieng. Spend the day at an elephant sanctuary, and explore the Blue Lagoon – we’ll even throw in a couple of days in the beautiful Hanoi, Vietnam for good measure.
Including hostels, guesthouses, 1 night in a homestay (& 1 night on the cruise)
Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each country
Transport within Southeast Asia, including 2 flights (Thailand to Laos, Laos to Vietnam)
Itinerary & map
Thailand and Laos Group Tour
Day 1 – Bangkok, Thailand:
Your Thailand adventure begins today! Arrive in Bangkok, where you’ll meet your group and Adventure Leader, ready to kick off the next fortnight of fun.
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.
End your first night with a visit to one of Bangkok’s many rooftop bars, where you can gaze out across the city before turning in for the night.
Day 2 – Bangkok, Thailand:
Start your morning at your leisure – if you’d like, you’ve got the option of joining a tour of the Old City, where you can learn all about Bangkok’s rich history. It’ll take you to iconic temples like Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and the stunning Grand Palace. After returning to your hostel, there’s just time for a quick freshen up before we head to the train station, ready to embark on our journey to Chiang Mai.
[Note: if you’re joining the Old City tour, you’ll need to check out prior to heading out.]
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, test your driving skills on an ATV 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 morning 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 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 – the final stop on our Thailand and Laos group tour. 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 – Hanoi, Vietnam:
Today marks the end of your Thailand and Laos group tour. Wake up and check out of your hostel at 11am. Here, you will take the time to bid farewell to your group and either head home or continue your independent travels.
We wish you safe travels!
Accommodation is in dorm rooms on our Thailand and Laos group tour. Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available, please contact us for more information.
Check out our included activities on our Thailand and Laos group 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 (Hanoi)
Meals are included in the price of our 13-day Thailand to Laos group tour on the following days:
Day 1: Dinner
Day 3: Lunch & dinner
Day 4: Breakfast and lunch
Day 5/6/7: Breakfast
Day 8/9/10: Breakfast
Day 11/12: Breakfast
Day 13/14: Breakfast
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.
Activities that aren’t included:
- 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)
- White water rafting, ATV quads – 2400 to 5600 THB / 60.8 to 141.9 GBP (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)
- Optional Dinner and drinks at Old Quarter – pay for what you order (Hanoi)
If you’d like to upgrade to a private room on our Thailand and Laos group tour- the prices are listed below. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person.
- Double room is £280 (Based on two people sharing)
- Single room is £440 (Based on one person)
The room upgrade is available in all destinations aside from in the homestay in Chiang Mai, and the overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay.
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, 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.
Looking to arrive early in Bangkok or stay longer in Hanoi? We can arrange additional nights accommodation in both cities so that you can really make the most of your trip.
We can also pick you up and drop you off at the airport so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Ha Long Bay Extension
If you would like to extend your tour to spend an extra 2 nights exploring Ha Long Bay this is available for £125. See below for more information:
Extend your trip for £125 and explore the breathtaking beauty of Ha Long Bay, including spending the night out on a boat cruiser! Enquire for further details.
Day 14 – (Lan Ha) Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
Depart from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay. Located in northeast Vietnam, Ha Long 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. 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.
The cruise will stop overnight in the heart of the bay. Surrounded by stunning views of the limestone karsts raising dramatically from the blue waters, you can watch the sunset from the ship’s deck, enjoy a great buffet dinner and party atmosphere, and fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves lapping against the boat.
Day 15 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam:
On your second day, wake up to a beautiful sunrise and enjoy a relaxing breakfast. To start the morning activities, you can hop into a kayak and explore the famous peaks of Ha Long Bay on the water, paddling through sea caves and spotting monkeys.
Grab some lunch to refuel before heading back to Hanoi. You will arrive at your hostel at around 5pm where you will stay that night a dorm room (default standard included in the extension – the extra amount will be applied if you would like a private upgrade.) Your evening is yours to explore!
Day 16 – Farewell
Your adventure has come to an end!
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The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our South East Asia tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
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