13 days / 12 nights
- Chiang Mai
- Chiang Dao
- Mekong River
- Luang Prabang
- Vang Vieng
Throw yourself into Southeast Asia’s huge variety of unforgettable experiences on our 12-day adventure tour of Thailand and Laos.
This trip is perfect for you if you want to explore South East Asia with the ease of a tour, but enjoy a more authentic travel experience. You’ll travel on public transport, stay in hostels and travel with a group of likeminded backpackers.
Travelling with you throughout, your tour leader will ensure the trip runs smoothly; getting everyone onto the right transport and making sure you arrive safely at your hostel in each city.
Throw yourself into Southeast Asia’s huge variety of unforgettable experiences in our 12-day adventure tour of Thailand and Laos. Adventure leaders will show you the best of the region’s hidden gems and major highlights so you can get the most out of your trip. Trek through jungle to a remote waterfall, feed majestic elephants and swim in perfectly clear water… Travelling South East Asia will stay with you forever.
With so many exciting places to visit – here are a few of our highlights:
– Elephant Sanctuary
– Stay overnight in a treehouse
– Slow Boat down the Mekong river
– Go for a dive, swim or hike at Kuangsi Waterfalls.
– Swim in gorgeous turquoise pools of Kuang Si Falls.
– Village trek.
- All transportation within Southeast Asia, including all inter-city transfers (night trains or buses, with fully flat beds) and all transportation to and from included activities.
- All taxes and charges.
- Tickets to listed activities.
- All accommodation. Hostels are safe, clean and hygienic and have their own unique charm. Standard accommodation is in dorm rooms but upgrading to a single, twin or double room is available on request.
- A combination of Western and local tour guides.
- Visas (see below for more info)
- Flights to tour start and end points
- Optional activities
13 Days/12 Nights
Starts & finishes:
Starting in Bangkok and finishing in Hanoi
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao, Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Hanoi.
Public transport, including overnight trains
4 – 22
18 – 35
Optional activities which aren’t included in the tour package
£649 per person
Range of departures from 2019 to the 16th Nov 2020.
Day 1 – Bangkok, Thailand
Welcome to Thailand! Arrive in the vibrant Asian metropolis of Bangkok to meet your group and adventure leader. Get to know your new travel companions over dinner and drinks in an idyllic rooftop bar. Watch the sun set over Bangkok’s towering skyline before hopping on board the sleeper train to kick-start your trip!
Things to do: Jump onto a riverboat cruise on Chao Phraya River for great views and direct access to some of the city’s main attractions. Visit Bangkok’s cultural highlights, including the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kae. After dinner, head out to Patpong or Nana Plaza for the best bars and clubs Bangkok has to offer.
Day 2 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wake up to see the sun rise from your train window before arriving in Chiang Mai, the 700-year-old cultural capital of Northern Thailand. Spend a morning getting to know your new friends at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, an eco-tourism project set-up by The Karen Hill tribes Trust. After our elephant encounter return to the hostel pool to refresh. Later we’ll head out to a local food market for dinner and live music. If you’re a foodie you can’t miss the chance to join a cooking class where you’ll learn how to cook authentic Thai cuisine (optional activity)!
Day 3 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Consider yourself a culture vulture? Explore the dozens of temples and cultural delights of Chiang Mai. This city is situated amongst gorgeous scenery – the perfect place to get a deeper understanding of Buddhist culture. If you are looking for a day of adventure and thrills, have a go at zip lining, quad biking, trekking or water rafting down Mae Taeng River. All these activities are located up in the hills, offering plentyiful views as well as an adrenaline rush. In the evening, you have the choice to head down to the markets and then head out for the night – first stop ‘Zoe in Yellow’, the iconic Chiang Mai Bar.
Day 4 – Chiang Dao, Thailand
Walk through the countryside and take in the idylic Northern Thai villages on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Go off the beaten track and hike through thick jungle to waterfalls that remain wonderfully untouched by the outside world. Stay overnight in a local settlement of tree top houses in Chiang Dao – gaze at the open skies and you’ll see why the town’s name translates as “City of Stars”.
Day 5 – Chiang Dao, Thailand
Wake up to an incredible sunrise looking out over the Thai countryside. Today we’ll take you on a beautiful cycling route and stop for lunch before driving back to Chiang Mai. On our way to Chiang Kong we will stop at Wat Rong Khun – a pristine temple given a contemporary twist by local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Join your fellow backpackers for beers back at the hostel to cap off an awesome day.
Day 6 – Mekong River, Laos
At Midday we catch the slow boat to begin the journey down the Mekong River to Laos for the next leg of our adventure tour. The boat is a slow paced and scenic travel experience – a nice change from taking a bus. At 5:30pm we will arrive in Pak Beng village in time to try the local delicacy – ‘buffalo curry’ (you’ll be unguided from Chiang Mai to Pak Beng Village for 1-day).
Day 7 – Luang Prabang, Laos
We continue our journey today, filling up on Pak Beng sandwiches before heading back to the boat. At approximately 4.30pm we will arrive at Luang Prabang – a true jewel in Southeast Asia and a wonderful place to stroll around. In the evening, head to Hmong Market and grab a drink by the river while watching the sun go down.
Day 8 – Luang Prabang, Laos
Spend the morning helping young people improve their English at the Big Brother Big Mouse volunteering program. Speak with the locals and develop your understanding of Laos’s culture. Learn about the ‘farm to table process’ of making rice at the Living Rice Farm. You can experience every part of the process, from planting to ploughing, and, above all, tasting the final product. Alternatively, spend the afternoon at one of the biggest waterfalls of Luang Prabang, Kuangsi Waterfalls. Whether you want to take a dip or explore is completely up to you!
Day 9 – Vang Vieng, Laos
Just 105 miles / 168 km north from Laung Prabang lies Vang Vieng. This village remains a popular stop for travellers to recharge while offering plenty of adventurous activities. In the morning we will take a swim in the Blue Lagoon 2 and go rock climbing. So make sure you have your swimwear handy! We will arrive at the hostel late afternoon where you’ll have enough time to wander through Vang Vieng, relax, and take in its beautiful surroundings.
Day 10 – Vang Vieng, Laos
Explore the surrounding area in a unique way – Spend half a day rock-climbing, cycle to the amazing Pha Ngern view point and take in the scenery, then grab an inflatable and go tubing! Or if you don’t fancy all these thrills let yourself have a bit of R&R!
Day 11 – Hanoi, Vietnam
This morning we’re leaving Laos in a jet plane – fly into Hanoi, Vietnam, where we will take the bus from the airport to our accommodation. Once at the hostel, there’s time to refresh and get ready for our bar crawl in the city’s Old Quarter!
Day 12 – Hanoi, Vietnam
Today is a free day for you, depart at any time if you’re not staying in the Central Backpacker’s hostel or carrying on your journey!
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A deposit is required to make a reservation, with the balance due 71+ days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £100 GBP.
The price of a single room upgrade for the trip is £179 and a double or twin room upgrade is £159 per person.
Meeting time and place details:
The meeting time and place for this trip is on Day 1 at 17:00 at Loftel Station Hostel.
Questions and Answers
Do many people travel alone?
Yes – most travellers in Southeast Asia are travelling solo and huge numbers are from the UK, Europe and Australia. Whether you’re travelling alone or with friends or a partner, joining our trip is a great way to meet new people and sharing your experiences in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
When is the best time to visit Southeast Asia?
October to March is traditionally the dry season in SEA and it’s also cool so this is the best time of year to visit the region. SEA is a year round destination though and the tourists destinations tend to be a little quieter during the rainy season which might be to your liking.
How much spending money will I need?
It really varies depending on your tastes and budget, but Southeast Asia can be very inexpensive. You can get a simple meal, such as a bowl of noodles, for £1.50, or you can go for fancier options. Generally, we take our travellers to affordable restaurants, and we recommend budgeting around £5-£10 per day for food and drink. ATM’s are also plentiful and you can withdraw money in all the places that we visit on the tour.
How do I get visas?
Nice and easy! They’re available upon arrival in all of the places we visit for British passport holders and a number of EU countries but please check the appropriate embassy website for up to date visa info. For UK citizens, please refer to the following link:
When should I arrive in Bangkok?
We advise either arriving the night before or on the morning of the trip so you’ve got time to rest up and relax before you meet the rest of the group. If you need pre-trip accommodation then we can arrange and book this for you 🙂
What time should I depart Bangkok, Thailand?
Your bus is due back in Bangkok bus station at approx 4pm but this is a long journey so please plan for potentially arriving later. We’d recommend you staying overnight in Bangkok before continuing with your travels in Southeast Asia or returning home the following day.