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A Dose of Paradise
Thailand
A Dose of Paradise

Experience all the highlights of Southern Thailand on this adventure that will ensure you soak up as much paradise as humanely possible in 20-days. You'll begin your trip with one epic night in Bangkok where you'll get a great introduction to the infamous city that is always sure to create some of the best travel stories. You'll then keep the good times going on a night train south to enjoy our hand-picked gem destinations that will take you to islands on both of Thailand's stunning coasts and through a national park deep in the jungle that could rival any spot as the most beautiful on the planet! As hard as it is to spend just 20-days in Thailand, this trip is certifiably as awesome as they come. The beaches are legendary, ones we never grow weary of spending day after day after day on, the parties are equally as legendary, somehow becoming better and better each time you throw down, and the Thai people you will get to meet and stay with are like family to us and will no doubt blow you away with their welcoming nature and constant laughter. This trip will fly by, because like a good night there will be no time to do anything but smile and pinch yourself to ensure that it's not just a dream!

 
A Dose of Paradise
Thailand
Bangkok

The largest city and capital of Thailand, Bangkok is known not only as the gateway to Thailand but to all of Southeast Asia. At around 10 million people, Bangkok is a hive of activity and is full of people from all over the world. Its eclectic mix of residents and travellers creates one of the most international and diverse major cities in the world. Despite its diversity in people, Bangkok is very traditionally Thai - some of the most elaborate and extraordinary Buddhist temples lie within Bangkok and the city is filled with beautiful dedications to the King and the Royal Family, including The Grand Palace. There is an infinity of places to explore in this city and things to do, but most people will spend their time doing what Bangkok has become infamous with travellers for: shopping, eating amazing food and epic partying!

 
A Dose of Paradise
Thailand
Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is like an adult playground. It's one of those places that you drop your bag, throw on your swimsuit and spend all day barefoot sipping on beers, soaking in the sun and enjoying a laid-back and relaxing beach life. It's the perfect place to get together with a group of friends and feel like you're never going to grow up. The home of the infamous Full Moon Party and some of Thailand’s craziest beach parties, Koh Phangan will offer you as much party-time as you can handle, however don’t worry about being caught up in the chaos as we stay on an isolated and beautiful beach just a short boat ride away from the main party spot that offers the perfect peaceful refuge. This beach is a gem destination for us and has been a part of every one of our Thailand trips and we see no reason to ever stop going to this magical place!

 
A Dose of Paradise
Thailand
Railay

Surrounded by looming limestone cliffs and accessible only by boat, Railay Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. With a unique culture revolving around reggae music and rock-climbing, Railay has one of the coolest vibes you'll ever experience and is great for both day-time activities and night-time partying. There are no roads or vehicles and everything is within walking-distance, including seriously stunning beaches, a variety of cliffs to climb and a hidden lagoon! The locals in Railay are famously friendly and generally speak very good English, so it's a perfect place to hang out with them and learn more about Thai people and just meet some seriously cool folks. Railay is also home to some of the best fire-spinners in the world and every night you have a chance to see one of their incredible shows. So whether you feel like learning how to do cool new things or just kicking back and chilling, Railay knows how to make you feel right at home!

 
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Koh Phi Phi

Situated about an hour ferry ride from Thailand's west coast in the Andaman Sea lies the Phi Phi Islands (pronounced 'pee pee'), a stunning tropical refuge for travellers and fisherman alike. Limestone cliffs rise from the glassy green water, framing the islands and creating calm bays and coves where white-sand beaches stretch out into warm, crystal clear water and nestle up against the line of palm trees. Two main islands make up Koh Phi Phi, both of which are considered some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh.

Phi Phi Don is famous for its back-to-back crescent shaped, white-sand beaches that are separated by only 250 feet of land! It is the island where virtually everyone visiting Phi Phi stays. It has evolved into one of the hottest party spots for backpackers in Thailand and you’ll be sure to meet plenty of fun-loving travellers here from all over the world. And just a short boat ride from Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh is a stunning national park and home of Maya Bay, where Leonardo Dicaprio's movie 'The Beach' was filmed. You could make the argument that Phi Phi Leh is the most visually gorgeous island in the world and is the gem of the glorious islands that make up the epic destination of Koh Phi Phi!

 
A Dose of Paradise
Thailand
Khao Sok National Park

Between Southern Thailand’s two coasts, far from the beaches, deep inside an ancient rainforest lies one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the country: Khao Sok National Park. Surrounded by soaring cliffs and mountains dense in thick jungle vegetation and with rivers pouring down waterfalls leading to one of the most breathtaking lakes in the world, Khao Sok is like no other place you ever have or will visit. People may travel to Thailand for the beaches, but for the 10 years we've been running our Thailand trips, Khao Sok has often ended up being people's favourite spot on the entire trip!

 
A Backpacker's Dream
Laos, Thailand, Cambodia
A Backpacker's Dream

Our 25-day trip through Laos, Thailand and Cambodia is the perfect adventure to explore the beauty of the towns, jungles, rivers and temples that exist within the interior of these three equally astounding countries. Our only 25-day trip, we simply could not fit all the amazing activities and destinations of this trip into 20-days, so the extra time allows for a bit of chill time and balances out the flurry of epic activities you’ll experience as you loop through 3 of the most interesting countries in the world. But if you want, this trip can keep your daily itineraries filled to the brim with a seemingly endless amount of incredible things to see and do. Your camera will fill quickly with astonishing waterfalls cascading into an oasis in the middle of a tropical jungle, massive trees hundreds of years old growing right out of ancient temples and lines of hundreds of Buddhist monks in saffron robes walking down the street. Your friends will have trouble believing that everything you experienced was on one trip!

 
A Backpacker's Dream
Thailand
Bangkok

The largest city and capital of Thailand, Bangkok is known not only as the gateway to Thailand but to all of Southeast Asia. At around 10 million people, Bangkok is a hive of activity and is full of people from all over the world. Its eclectic mix of residents and travellers creates one of the most international and diverse major cities in the world. Despite its diversity in people, Bangkok is very traditionally Thai - some of the most elaborate and extraordinary Buddhist temples lie within Bangkok and the city is filled with beautiful dedications to the King and the Royal Family, including The Grand Palace. There is an infinity of places to explore in this city and things to do, but most people will spend their time doing what Bangkok has become infamous with travellers for: shopping, eating amazing food and epic partying!

 
A Backpacker's Dream
Thailand
Chiang Mai

Nestled along the lush northern foothills of Thailand, brightened by hundreds of sacred temples and made festive by the fun-loving population, Chiang Mai embodies the heart and soul of Thai culture: holy and happy. Built around the old moated town centre, still outlined by a massive and crumbling stone wall, Chiang Mai is a progressive city that holds on tightly to its rich history. The peaceful nature of the city carries right into the night-time as Chiang Mai boasts one of the most devout and lively reggae music scenes outside of Jamaica. And with an endless amount of bucket-list activities within the city, from bungee jumping to petting a tiger, the lure of Chiang Mai and its world-famous food will make it very difficult for you to leave!

 
A Backpacker's Dream
Thailand
Jungle Trek

Hiking through the lush, green jungles of northern Thailand is no joking matter, but it’s an experience not to be missed. We get to spend 3 days trekking in the Thai backcountry, experiencing everything from muddy paths to thick vegetation and incredibly beautiful waterfalls. At night we’ll camp out in tribal villages where the whole group will sleep in a massive hut and eat and drink with the locals. From hanging out with elephants (and getting to give them baths!) to bamboo rafting down a river and sipping on Thai ‘happy water,’ these three days will be some of the toughest, most adventurous and rewarding of your LTC.

 
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Laos
Luang Prabang

High up in the mountains of Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong River rises the majestic city of Luang Prabang. Its golden temples, colourful markets and French architecture make this place a constant source of visual wonder. Thousands of saffron robed Buddhist monks reside in Luang Prabang and can be seen every morning walking the streets in lines receiving alms from the local people. The entire city is a Unesco World Heritage site and it is easy to see why, as it as much of a must-see place as anywhere on Earth.

 
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Vang Vieng

Deep in the jungle of Laos, surrounded by soaring limestone cliffs and rice terraces lies the gorgeous town of Vang Vieng. At times existing dubiously outside the strict laws of Laos, Vang Vieng has been known to throw some of the craziest parties in the world. Although the famous tubing experience down the Nam Song river has been more or less closed off with the government demolition of nearly every riverside bar due to a large disregard in safety standards, taking a trip down the picturesque river by tube or kayak is still a great experience and provides stunning views of the surreal landscapes surrounding Vang Vieng. Rock climbing the cliffs, exploring the caves, viewing the temples, hiking through the hills and enjoying this classic backpacker town are all part of the experience of Vang Vieng. And although the party level may never be the same as years past, not being cross-eyed drunk the entire time you're in Vang Vieng provides more opportunity to enjoy this incredibly beautiful place and leave town with more than just a hangover!

 
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Cambodia
Siem Reap

Not far from the fun-filled and raucous Pub Street in the charming Cambodian town of Siem Reap lies arguably the most fascinating ancient structure in the world, the massive temple city of Angkor Wat. Besides the largest and one of the most intricate religious temples in the world, Angkor Wat holds a world of wonder inside its ancient walls from towering trees wrapping their roots around Buddhist statues to mysterious Hindu and Buddhist temples stretching for hundreds of meters. Siem Reap is the jumping point to explore Angkor Wat during the day, but at night your time is spent enjoying the cheap pubs, friendly locals, tasty food and street-lined boulevards of Siem Reap.

 
Traveling on Cloud 9
Philippines
Traveling on Cloud 9

This trip provides all the best that the eastern part of the Philippines has to offer: a paradise island you can enjoy to yourselves, one of Southeast Asia’s best surf breaks and a step back into history hiking through the wondrous ancient emerald rice terraces of Banaue. There is a chance to do a little bit of everything on this 20-day adventure as there is ample time to unpack your bags and live on the beach when you spend a week in Siargao at the world famous Cloud 9 surf break. But there are also portions of the trip where days are filled with activity and crazy travel days as you get a taste of what travelling through the tropical island and mountain oasis of the Philippines is like!

 
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Manila

Often given a bad reputation for its enormous size and overcrowded population, Manila is actually much more charming than it is given credit for. The city is separated into many distinct districts and when you downsize sprawling Manila into more manageable and smaller cities then individually some of them aren't so bad. We stay at a very cool, backpacker's spot that showcases some of the best live music and dancing venues that Manila has to offer, and seeing the jovial spirit of Filipinos in full force at karaoke and dance bars is a great way to enjoy your time here. Another district houses a massive modern shopping complex that has a very unique vibe to it and is a convenient place for your all-in-one shopping stop. So your expectations may be low for Manila, but enter the city with an open mind and you may very well enjoy your time here!

 
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Banaue Rice Terraces

It'll feel like you're traveling back in time, and in many ways you are, when you take the winding road through Northern Philippines and into the dazzling world of the ancient emerald rice terraces of Banaue. Miraculously dug by hand and carved into the hills by the indigenous Ifugao people over 2000 years ago, the Banaue rice terraces cover over 10,000 km of hillside. And life has not changed much since the terraces were built as they are still the main source of food for the region. Hiking through the mountains of Banaue will not only give you incredible views of the stunning rice terraces and the surrounding scenery, but it will also give you a peek into a humbling lifestyle of farming and village life. Experiencing the Banaue rice terraces will give you an opportunity to see a sight often dubbed 'the 8th Wonder of the World' and also to walk through a world where simpler times prevail and just having food to eat and a place to sleep is more than enough reason to smile!

 
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Catanduanes

With little development and very few tourists, staying on Catanduanes Island presents an awesome opportunity to hang out with the local Filipino people and experience their famous hospitality. The famous Majestics surf break is right outside our front door on Pururan Beach, our perfect spot on Catanduanes. There isn't much to the island besides the wicked beach, the stellar waves and the people on it, but that is just what we like from a destination! We spend most of our days hitting the beach for some R & R (rum and relaxation) and enjoying the happy-go-lucky atmosphere instilled by the local people, who ensure that each day and night is stress-free and full of fun!

 
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Panglao

Panglao Island is the perfect balance of having a long gorgeous beach, fun nightlife, and all sorts of natural wonders nearby to explore. It offers scuba diving and snorkelling trips that will blow you away. The visibility and sheer number of fish makes it feel like a dreamy underwater world. The dive sites are protected as UNESCO world heritage sites, where sightings of sea turtles are common, and it’s possible to see dolphins as well! Connected to Bohol Island by a bridge you will have the chance to explore some incredible spots. Bohol is home to the famous ‘Chocolate Hills,’ which are 1268 round hills popping out of the landscape for as far as you can see. At the ‘Tarsier Visitor’s Center’ you can see the resident furry, monkey-like animal with huge globe eyes that isn’t found anywhere anywhere else in the world. Or you can stop in to see the world’s largest python in captivity – it weighs more than 200 kg! We'll also venture deeper into Bohol Island to spend time at its massive waterfalls and natural swimming pools. Back in Panglao fresh chicken and seafood BBW are the favourite dinner choices, and the scene gets lively at several nightspots along the beach. With your group, there is never a shortage of fun and excitement, and this is another destination you definitely won’t want to leave.

 
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Donsol

The quiet fishing village of Donsol in a remote part of The Philippines has become one of the most astounding places to visit in the world because of its amazing residents that grace the waters here for part of each year and give you a chance to swim with the them. Whale sharks, the largest fish in the world and one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet, swarm to the tropical waters near Donsol in incredible numbers each year around March. We time our Philippines trip at this time to coincide with the arrival of the whale sharks to Donsol and getting to see and swim with these friendly giants makes the trip to Donsol more than worthwhile!

 
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Siargao

Located in the far eastern part of The Philippines, Siargao is an incredible island that truly offers everything we could want from a destination. Its low-key travel community and laid-back population create the perfect vibe to enjoy Siargao's gorgeous scenery, wicked beaches and its stellar surf scene that rivals any in Southeast Asia. There's plenty of reasons why we spend an entire week here on our Philippines trip, but the waves are what make it the hardest to leave. The water is warm, the surf community is friendly and helpful, the views from your board are always ridiculously amazing and the beaches offer a chilled sanctuary to rest between surf sessions. The few beach bars are great places to gather at night with the locals and other travellers and enjoy parties in paradise before you go to bed and wake up to another awesome day in the surf and sun.

 
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Sohoton Lagoon

Travelling by boat to Sohoton Lagoon, which is an island encircling a lagoon, you'll pass by many gorgeous islands and empty beaches including the aptly named Paradise Island, but you'll keep going until you reach a place that is especially amazing: an island of white-sand and palm trees surrounding a calm turquoise-blue lagoon shimmering in the sun. This is Sohoton Lagoon, an island paradise we get to enjoy on our Philippines trip, staying in a single giant house and enjoying incredible barbecue feasts on the beach. When visiting Sohoton Lagoon, you really do get to taste paradise!

 
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Cebu

Known as The Jewel of the South in the Philippines, Cebu is the country's second largest city and an important transit point for traveling around the southern part of the country. A relaxed and well-stocked city, it is a great place to enjoy the cozy amenities not found in some of the more isolated destinations in the country, such as taking in a new film at the cinema, pumping your guns at the gym, or eating at a nice guilty-pleasure restaurant. This charming port city also boasts some worthwhile historical sites such as the Catholic monuments of Santo Niño de Cebu and Magellan's Cross. Time in Cebu is mainly just time spent passing through, but that's no reason to not enjoy all that the city has to offer!

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Step Off The Beaten Path

You’ll get to visit some of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in the world during our 20-day trip through the western part of the Philippines. This trip also includes a visit to 1 of the New 7 Wonders of the World: the Puerto Princesa Underground River located in the spectacular area of Palawan, where almost half of the trip will be spent. Palawan is a remarkable archipelago of 1,780 islands that have been explored very little and its pristine tropical beauty will have you wide-eyed the entire time you’re there. But this trip isn’t all peaceful isolation as a visit to the Philippines’ most famous island, Boracay, brings the quintessential beach paradise and plenty of great parties to this 20-day trip that is a constant source of fun, amazement and adventure!

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Cebu

Known as The Jewel of the South in the Philippines, Cebu is the country's second largest city and an important transit point for traveling around the southern part of the country. A relaxed and well-stocked city, it is a great place to enjoy the cozy amenities not found in some of the more isolated destinations in the country, such as taking in a new film at the cinema, pumping your guns at the gym, or eating at a nice guilty-pleasure restaurant. This charming port city also boasts some worthwhile historical sites such as the Catholic monuments of Santo Niño de Cebu and Magellan's Cross. Time in Cebu is mainly just time spent passing through, but that's no reason to not enjoy all that the city has to offer!

 
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Malapascua

With the opportunity to do three different wreck dives, explore the underwater sanctuary of Gato Island and frequent appearances of the rarely spotted thresher shark near the island, Malapascua is a diver's dream! Couple the amazing adventures off the island with Malapascua's beautiful beaches, friendly locals and delicious food and this island is a beach bum's dream, too. So whether on land or sea, this is a great place to relax and experience the beauty of this epic destination!

 
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Boracay

Boracay is widely considered to be one of the nicest tropical islands in the world and its beauty is a source of pride for the Filipino people who love taking time off to enjoy the paradise island. With 7 km of powdery white-sand beaches contrasted by the vibrant aqua blue colour of the water, it is easy to see why we enjoy stopping off at Boracay on our Philippines trip! But half the fun in Boracay happens after the sun sets, when the nightlife heats up and a walk down the beach leads to grooving drum circles at Rasta bars as well as dancing and partying at one of the many outdoor clubs that host rocking parties well into the night. A good daily routine in Boracay consists of laying in the sun, swimming in the ocean, taking a nap in a hammock, then partying the night away. Wake up and repeat.

 
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Palawan

Palawan has long been on Free & Easy’s radar, but with 7107 islands in the Philippines we originally chose a different routing for our trips that had not included it. Transport has since improved, and more flights are available, so starting in 2013 we’ve added the Palawan island experience - and onwards to Coron - as a brand new 9-day component to our 20 and 40-day Philippines trips! Adding in these 9-days makes this our dream 20/40-day Philippines experience, and allows us to travel to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches and dive sites, and visit the world’s longest underground subterranean river.

Palawan is an archipelago of 1,780 pristine limestone islands with underground rivers, rocky coves, virgin rainforest and, of course, sugar-white sandy beaches. The crystal clear waters and massive limestone karsts that drop down to powder white sand beaches give rise to comparison to places like Railay & Ko Phi Phi in Thailand, or Halong Bay in Vietnam – which are often considered to be some of the most beautiful places on the planet! For a more thorough description about El Nido and why it's such an amazing location on Palawan, check out this short article, www.everywheremag.com/articles/443.

The difference in Palawan is it's in the Philippines where there is a fraction of the tourists, and being so far West in the Philippines, it is relatively unexplored. Palawan is closer to Borneo than Manila, and Chinese traders used to walk the now sunken land bridge that connected to Borneo. Even Filipinos describe Palawan as their country's ‘Last Frontier’, as it is inconceivably exotic and tropical. The Palawan 9-days will visit 3 locations total - Puerto Princessa Underground River, El Nido, and thirdly Coron.

The beaches of Palawan, have earned credits such as best beach in Asia, or best in the Philippines and ranked in top 10 lists for best in the world! (Usually El Nido specifically.) We are very excited to take our groups, and can guarantee now that each of our 20 and 40-day Philippines trips will be even more jam-packed with goodness.

Click on the names ‘Underground River’ or ‘Coron’ above for a further summary of the Palawan experience.

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
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Sabang Beach, Palawan

Another jaw-dropping destination on our Philippines trip in the wondrous island province of Palawan, Sabang Beach is a small but nonetheless wicked beach town that is great for swimming, soaking in the sun and just spending all day on the beach! But the best part of being at Sabang Beach is visiting one of the most naturally wondrous places on the planet: The Puerto Princesa Underground River. Recently named 1 of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, it is one of the most impressive and pristine cave systems in the world that you can paddle right through! The river itself is 8.2 km long and flows directly to the sea, and being just a short hike away from Sabang Beach it makes for one of the most memorable day trips you're sure to ever take in your life.

 
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El Nido, Palawan

When we added the mythic island province of Palawan to our adventures in The Philippines, perhaps our best find when exploring the region was the incredible beach of El Nido. Its astonishing beauty will make each moment on the island feel like a life’s blessing. But this paradise isn't just a place to lay down your sarong and lay in the sun, its soaring limestone cliffs provide awesome rock-climbing and hiking opportunities. And El Nido's 45 surrounding islets are home to a huge array of wildlife as well as some stunning lagoons that make it clear why many visitors to El Nido proclaim it 'Heaven on Earth'.

 
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Philippines
Coron

Coron Island in Palawan is a haven for divers from all over the world because of its famous World War II underwater shipwrecks that are surrounded by breathtaking coral reefs. It is widely considered one of the best dive spots in the world, and was even listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites! And for beach bums who just want to get their sun kissed tan, the powder white sand beaches of Coron Island make your time above the water just as epic as your time spent below it!

 
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Philippines
Manila.

Often given a bad reputation for its enormous size and overcrowded population, Manila is actually much more charming than it is given credit for. The city is separated into many distinct districts and when you downsize sprawling Manila into more manageable and smaller cities then individually some of them aren't so bad. We stay at a very cool, backpacker's spot that showcases some of the best live music and dancing venues that Manila has to offer, and seeing the jovial spirit of Filipinos in full force at karaoke and dance bars is a great way to enjoy your time here. Another district houses a massive modern shopping complex that has a very unique vibe to it and is a convenient place for your all-in-one shopping stop. So your expectations may be low for Manila, but enter the city with an open mind and you may very well enjoy your time here!

 
Experience it All
Indonesia
Experience it All

For 20 days, you’ll have the chance to island hop through Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, on this once in a lifetime backpacking adventure. This country offers an infinity of possibilities for an epic adventure but we think we’ve nailed the perfect recipe for you to experience Indonesia in 20-days with just enough beach time, cultural experiences and adrenaline filled activity. Visiting the wild and inspiring island of Bali is the conclusion of a journey that will take you to the tiny paradise of the Gili Islands, the volcanic island of Lombok to hike the mystifying volcano Mount Rinjani, and to Yogyakarta to see the sun rise over the spectacular Borobudur Buddhist temples. The beaches in Indonesia are both a surfer’s dream and home to some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving on the planet and on this trip there’s no shortage of beach time. Nor is there a shortage of anything else as you’re sure to have all of your travel cravings thoroughly itched on our 20-day trip to Indonesia!

 
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Jakarta

A huge and sprawling megalopolis and capital to the world's 4th most populous country, Jakarta is at the very centre of Indonesia's rapid industriousness. Its high density of concrete buildings and high-rises jammed alongside its oft-gridlocked streets make Jakarta a bit daunting at first, and we won't try to fool anyone it's not the prettiest city to look at either. But the people of the city are surprisingly upbeat and relatively good-natured, compared to other cities of its size the crime rate in Jakarta is actually extremely low. And hidden amongst all the chaos of the city lies cool cafes, gorgeous hotels and lounges, and some very rad bars. So although we try to make our time in Jakarta as brief as possible, that doesn't mean we won't enjoy the night we have here!

 
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Pangandaran

Home to a huge stretch of pristine volcanic black sand, Pangandaran's beach runs far past its town and into an endless, completely secluded paradise. Pangandaran Beach is wide and flat making it an ideal location for beach games and laying down your sarong to soak in the sun. The beach also sports a stellar beach break ideal for learning how to surf or for taking advantage of the nice, slow-moving waves to hone your skills. A quick walk further down the beach will take you to a national park formed by a narrow peninsula between two long sweeping beach bays where you can gawk at the beauty of the place and if you keep alert eyes, see an exotic array of monkeys, lizards and birds. Pangandaran is, without a doubt, one of Indonesia's premier beach towns!

 
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Yogyakarta

Java’s culture-filled capital Yogyakarta, is the Javanese heart and soul of Indonesia, where its art and traditions are most present. The Hindu and Buddhist temples surrounding Yogyakarta are some of the oldest in Southeast Asia and include the colossal Borobudur, a massive and intricate temple set in a stunning jungle setting. There are many other cultural sights like the sultans old palace of Kraton and the water castle of Taman Sari. Some of the best markets in Indonesia are found in Yogyakarta and you can find virtually anything including the local's famous Batik artwork at the various marketplaces around the city. A very artistic city, its huge size is not over-bearing as the many cafes, malls and urban centres maintain an old-style way of living.

 
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Ubud.

Hidden amongst the jungle canopies of Bali, Ubud exists in its own universe of creative mystique. Popularized in ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ Ubud lives up to its reputation of intrigue, with an impressive display of handmade items for sale and a myriad of cafes, shops and spiritual temples to spend your time. Much of the experience of being in Ubud, however, is simply enjoying Ubud. It can be amazing all on its own to just walk around and soak in the sights of the dense rainforest, the active wildlife and the shimmering rice terraces decorating the hills. Be sure to either take as many photos as you can or keep an alert memory so you can savour everything about your experience in Ubud!

 
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Indonesia
Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani is a massive active volcano on the island of Lombok, it rises to 12, 224 ft (so it's no quick hike), but it's sure to provide some of the most breath-taking views of your life that'll make the long hike more than worth it. On Mount Rinjani is a huge crater lake known as Segara Anak (Child of the Sea) that is an absolutely wondrous sight to see as you trudge up the mountain. But once you get to the top, you rise above the clouds and stand on top of the world feeling like a god on Mount Olympus, a fitting reward for the long hike! And instead of just hiking right back down we set up tents on top of Mount Rinjani with our whole group and have an amazing night enjoying the awesome camping experience. In the morning you're sure to awaken to one of the most memorable sights of your life as you open up the tent flap to stare out across the surrounding landscape as the first colourful rays of sun reach across the horizon and seemingly paint the sky.

 
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Indonesia
The Gili Islands

The Gili Islands, located off the northwest corner of Lombok, is an incredibly glorious place where there are no cars, the beaches are as nice as can be and the turquoise water is as calm and clear as a swimming pool. The pristine reefs surrounding The Gili Islands host a fascinating array of exotic marine life. A good way to spend a day is popping on a snorkel mask, spotting 1 of the many sea turtles around the islands and simply following him around for awhile! The Gili Islands are a great place to kick back and enjoy the wonderful life of being on a tropical island, complete with wild beach parties at night!

 
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Indonesia
Kuta Beach, Bali

The legendary island of Bali is what originally put Indonesia on traveler's radar - teeming with party-hardy travelers and a spectacular stretch of beach, Kuta Beach is arguably the liveliest beach destination in Bali. Home to the nicest sunsets in Indonesia, the beach stretches further than the eye can see and makes for a perfect place to learn to surf or perfect your wave-shredding abilities. The nightlife in Kuta is infamously awesome and when passing through this town you're sure to have a memorable (or hard to remember) night or two! Our stopover in Kuta beach is always full of wicked activities, chill beach days, great shopping and epic parties, making it a perfect spot for a Free & Easy group!

Epic Adventure
105 Days in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines
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A Dose of Paradise
Thailand
A Dose of Paradise

Experience all the highlights of Southern Thailand on this adventure that will ensure you soak up as much paradise as humanely possible in 20-days. You'll begin your trip with one epic night in Bangkok where you'll get a great introduction to the infamous city that is always sure to create some of the best travel stories. You'll then keep the good times going on a night train south to enjoy our hand-picked gem destinations that will take you to islands on both of Thailand's stunning coasts and through a national park deep in the jungle that could rival any spot as the most beautiful on the planet! As hard as it is to spend just 20-days in Thailand, this trip is certifiably as awesome as they come. The beaches are legendary, ones we never grow weary of spending day after day after day on, the parties are equally as legendary, somehow becoming better and better each time you throw down, and the Thai people you will get to meet and stay with are like family to us and will no doubt blow you away with their welcoming nature and constant laughter. This trip will fly by, because like a good night there will be no time to do anything but smile and pinch yourself to ensure that it's not just a dream!

Leg 1: A Dose of Paradise (20 days)
A Backpacker's Dream
Laos, Thailand, Cambodia
A Backpacker's Dream

Our 25-day trip through Laos, Thailand and Cambodia is the perfect adventure to explore the beauty of the towns, jungles, rivers and temples that exist within the interior of these three equally astounding countries. Our only 25-day trip, we simply could not fit all the amazing activities and destinations of this trip into 20-days, so the extra time allows for a bit of chill time and balances out the flurry of epic activities you’ll experience as you loop through 3 of the most interesting countries in the world. But if you want, this trip can keep your daily itineraries filled to the brim with a seemingly endless amount of incredible things to see and do. Your camera will fill quickly with astonishing waterfalls cascading into an oasis in the middle of a tropical jungle, massive trees hundreds of years old growing right out of ancient temples and lines of hundreds of Buddhist monks in saffron robes walking down the street. Your friends will have trouble believing that everything you experienced was on one trip!

Leg 2: A Backpacker's Dream (25 days)
Traveling on Cloud 9
Philippines
Traveling on Cloud 9

This trip provides all the best that the eastern part of the Philippines has to offer: a paradise island you can enjoy to yourselves, one of Southeast Asia’s best surf breaks and a step back into history hiking through the wondrous ancient emerald rice terraces of Banaue. There is a chance to do a little bit of everything on this 20-day adventure as there is ample time to unpack your bags and live on the beach when you spend a week in Siargao at the world famous Cloud 9 surf break. But there are also portions of the trip where days are filled with activity and crazy travel days as you get a taste of what travelling through the tropical island and mountain oasis of the Philippines is like!

Leg 3: Traveling on Cloud 9 (20 days)
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Step Off The Beaten Path

You’ll get to visit some of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in the world during our 20-day trip through the western part of the Philippines. This trip also includes a visit to 1 of the New 7 Wonders of the World: the Puerto Princesa Underground River located in the spectacular area of Palawan, where almost half of the trip will be spent. Palawan is a remarkable archipelago of 1,780 islands that have been explored very little and its pristine tropical beauty will have you wide-eyed the entire time you’re there. But this trip isn’t all peaceful isolation as a visit to the Philippines’ most famous island, Boracay, brings the quintessential beach paradise and plenty of great parties to this 20-day trip that is a constant source of fun, amazement and adventure!

Leg 4: Step Off The Beaten Path (20 days)
Experience it All
Indonesia
Experience it All

For 20 days, you’ll have the chance to island hop through Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, on this once in a lifetime backpacking adventure. This country offers an infinity of possibilities for an epic adventure but we think we’ve nailed the perfect recipe for you to experience Indonesia in 20-days with just enough beach time, cultural experiences and adrenaline filled activity. Visiting the wild and inspiring island of Bali is the conclusion of a journey that will take you to the tiny paradise of the Gili Islands, the volcanic island of Lombok to hike the mystifying volcano Mount Rinjani, and to Yogyakarta to see the sun rise over the spectacular Borobudur Buddhist temples. The beaches in Indonesia are both a surfer’s dream and home to some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving on the planet and on this trip there’s no shortage of beach time. Nor is there a shortage of anything else as you’re sure to have all of your travel cravings thoroughly itched on our 20-day trip to Indonesia!

Leg 5: Experience it All (20 days)

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Leg 1

A Dose of Paradise: 20 days in Thailand

Day 1-2 Bangkok
Group flight arrives late in the evening. Meet your group over drinks at the guesthouse. The following day we will venture to Wat Pho Temple for a guided tour (incl.) and then board the overnight train South towards the beaches.
Day 3-7 Koh Phangan
When the train arrives in Surat Thani in the morning, we will take private A/C bus* to the pier, then a ferry, then a short taxi, then a taxi-boat to our secluded beach paradise. If the Full Moon Party falls during your trip dates you will be here for it! *all transport on this trip is private except for trains.
Day 8-9 Cheow Lan Lake Trip
Take taxi-boat, to a taxi, to a ferry and to a bus to Ratchaprapha Pier. Continue by long-tail boat out to the floating bungalows deep in the wild of Cheow Lan Lake. Enjoy lake living in a floating bungalow with a restaurant, bar, kayaks, floaties, and beverages all at your disposal. Their are even nearby hikes to caves and waterfalls. This floating haven is consistently our top rated destination.
Day 10 Khao Sok
Take the long-tail boat back to the pier and continue by bus to Khao Sok National Park. A cool river runs through this small town, the perfect venue for a float on an inner tube with all your friends. Why not fill up a cooler with your favourite beverage? Sip away as you casually weave through the jungle. Thai cooking classes, hiking, and even night safaris are also nearby optional activities.
Day 11-13 Koh Phi Phi
Take minibus to the pier and transfer to a ferry to the Phi Phi Islands. Here you will find outstanding scuba-diving, viewpoint hike, boat trips, snorkelling, and Maya Bay which was made famous as the set for the Leonardo DiCaprio movie 'The Beach'.
Day 14-17 Railay
Take ferry from Koh Phi Phi Don directly to Railay beach. Railay is home of two of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is completely surrounded by limestone cliffs, making it only accessible by boat. The same towering limestone cliffs are home to one of the top spots in the world for rock climbing. On the last day, we travel by long-tail boat to the mainland pier and travel by minibus to Surat Thani and board the night train bound for Bangkok.
Day 18-20 Bangkok
Upon of morning arrival off the night train we will take a minibus to the guesthouse. Enjoy the last days in Bangkok exploring, shopping, eating and drinking. Enjoy the last days of your trip Bangkok exploring, shopping, eating, drinking and countless other activities in this cosmopolitan city.
Leg 2

A Backpacker's Dream: 25 days in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia

Day 1 Bangkok
Group flights arrive in the afternoon. Get acquainted with the busy streets of Bangkok and meet your group over some food and drinks at the guesthouse.
Day 2-5 Siem Reap
Take private A/C minibus* to the Thai/Cambodian border. Cross into Cambodia and take a bus to Siem Reap. Take minibus transfer to the airport and fly to Siem Reap. This city which will be our starting point for exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat on our locally-guided FNEZ temple tour (incl). We include a 3-day pass to the ancient city, so there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the temple grounds on your own. Local night life on "Pub Street", cafes, and street food are just minutes away, or beat the heat by chilling in our hotel swimming pool! *all transport on this trip is private except for any flights and trains.
Day 6 Vientiane
Take minibus to the airport. Fly to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Take minibus transfer to the hotel. Exploring the Capital city offers a glimpse of the important French influence in this country.
Day 7-10 Vang Vieng
Take A/C coach bus to Vang Vieng. Surrounded by natural beauty of rivers, mountains and forest, this is a perfect to enjoy an array of outdoor activities. There are opportunities for rock-climbing, kayaking, caving or join your group for a float down the famous Nam Song river on an inner tube, and visit by the river-side bars that the dot the banks along the way.
Day 11-13 Luang Prabang
Take our A/C bus North to Luang Prabang. This culturally rich city on the Mehkong river is a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to more Buddhist temples per capita, than anywhere else in the world! These temples are home to many monks, whom you can observe during the daily Alms Ceremony where long lines of monks walk the early-morning streets and receive Alms from the local people. Cruise the quiet streets by pedal bike and discover vibrant markets or head outside the city for a collection of majestic waterfalls.
Day 14 Huai Kon
Board our very own Free & Easy "Slow-Boat" and cruise down the Mekong river. This travel day includes lunch on the boat, plenty of room to stretch out onboard, and even tables for dining or games. This unique travel day offers stunning scenery and a unique perspective into rural river life as we slowly make our way towards Thailand.
Day 15 Chiang Mai
Take A/C mini bus to Chiang Mai. Our guesthouse centrally located in the old part of the city and is the perfect base for exploring the many small streets, cafes, and markets in the area. You'll never be bored in this city, as it offers no shortage of activities ranging from Thai cooking classes to bungee jumping.
Day 16-17 Jungle Trek
Take private transfer to the starting point of the trek. On our way we'll visit a local market for last minute supplies, have a swim underneath and waterfall, and even visit some hot springs. We'll begin out hike into the beautiful jungle of Northern Thailand. Hike through villages and over mountainous terrain, float down the river on locally constructed bamboo rafts, give an elephant a bath, and sleep in the traditional long-houses of hill tribe villages that welcome us into their homes.
Day 18-22 Chiang Mai
Finish the trek and take private transfer back to Chiang Mai. Our beautiful guesthouse offers a restaurant, and a tropical garden with hammocks. Based in the old part of the city, everything is within walking distance; from late night live music bars, street food dining, Muay Thai boxing rings, and many markets. Optional adventures outside the city include ziplining, bungee jumping, massage schools, cooking classes... you name it, Chiang Mai has it! On our last day, we'll take private transfer to the train station and board the night train bound for Bangkok.
Day 23-25 Bangkok
Arrive off the night train and take minibus transfer to the guesthouse. Enjoy the last days in the boisterous city of Bangkok with last minute shopping opportunities, getting clothing tailor-made, exploring the streets, or partying on the infamous Khao San Road.
Leg 3

Traveling on Cloud 9: 20 days in Philippines

Day 1-2 Manila
Group flights arrives late in the evening, and upon arrival at the guesthouse you will meet your group over drinks. The following day we will do a group tour of the astonishing San Agustin Church (incl). In the evening, we will take a private* A/C bus to Banaue. *all bus & jeepney transfers will be private on this trip. Only ferry rides are public.
Day 2-3 Batad
Arrive off the night bus in Banaue and take jeepney to the rice terraces. Hike to the historic rice terraces of Batad, often dubbed 'the 8th Wonder of the World'. Stay overnight in a small village with one of the best views imaginable. The next day, hike back and take jeepney back to Banaue and board the night bus back to Manila.
Day 4-6 Catanduanes
Arrive from the night bus at the airport and take a flight to Catanduanes Island. From the airport take jeepney to our paradise beach bungalows. Spend the next few days relaxing on the beach, surfing, exploring and interacting with the incredibly friendly locals.
Day 7-10 Panglao
Fly from Catanduanes to Manila and then take a flight to Tagbilaran City. Our van will pick us up to take us to Alonaland Resort in Panglao. We'll spend the next few days hanging around the pool, checking out the restaurants,bars and diveshops on the beach and going to explore the famous Chocolate Hills. * In March we go to Donsol instead of Bohol.
Day 7-10 Donsol*
Take jeepney to the ferry terminal. Take ferry to Tabaco City and take minibus to Donsol. Here you will have a chance to swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea. On the last day, take minibus to the airport and fly to Cebu. Take minibus to the ferry terminal and board the night ferry bound for Surigao. * We only go to Donsol in March
Day 11-17 Siargao
Change to the ferry bound for Siargao. This island's laid back island combines gorgeous scenery and wicked beaches with a world class surf scene. Just around the corner from our ocean view hotel lies famous surf-breaks like "Cloud 9" and "QuickSilver". On the last day our jeepney transfer will take us to the airport and then we fly to Cebu.
Day 18-20 Cebu
From the airport our minibus will take you to the hotel. Cebu is known as 'The Jewel of the South in the Philippines'. Explore this city and enjoy local street-foods, shopping, and nightlife. On the last day the group will take taxis to fly out of Cebu International Airport.
Leg 4

Step Off The Beaten Path: 20 days in Philippines

Day 1 Cebu
Group flights arrives late in the evening, and upon arrival at the guesthouse you will meet your group over drinks.
Day 2-5 Malapascua
Take private* A/C minibus transfer to the pier. Take private boat to Malapascua. Spend your days scuba diving at this legendary dive spot famous for Thresher Sharks and Manta Rays or sit back and relax in paradise. *all bus transfers will be private on this trip. Only ferries will be public.
Day 6-9 Boracay
Take a private boat to the ferry terminal in Cebu. Take minibus transfer to the airport and fly to Cataclan Airport. A short ferry from the airport takes us to Boracay. This island with its 7 km of powdery white-sand beaches, is widely considered to be one of the nicest tropical islands in the world!
Day 10 Puerto Prinesca
Take local taxis to the pier, and take the ferry back to Cataclan Airport. A speedy flight take you to Puerto Princesca.
Day 11 Sabang
Take minibus to Sabang. This is the home of the Puerto Prinesca Underground River. Recently named 1 of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, it is one of the most impressive and pristine cave systems in the world that you can paddle right through!
Day 12-15 El Nido
Take minibus to El Nido. We will stay at two different beach locations during our days here. El Nido is a true tropical beach paradise but this isn't just a place to get your tan on, its soaring limestone cliffs provide awesome rock-climbing and hiking opportunities.
Day 16-18 Coron
Take ferry to Coron. It is widely considered one of the best dive spots in the world. And for beach bums who just want to chill, the powder white sand beaches of Coron Island make your time above the surface just as epic as your time spent below it.
Day 19-20 Manila
Take minibus to the airport and fly to Manila. Explore the city and enjoy local street-foods, shopping, and nightlife. On the last day the group will take taxis to fly out from Manila.
Leg 5

Experience it All: 20 days in Indonesia

Day 1 Jakarta
Group flights arrive in the afternoon or late evening. If you arrive early you will have the opportunity to walk the bustling streets of Jakarta and visit the National Monument and surrounding park. This is the perfect occasion to sample Indonesian cuisine and beverages while getting to know your group.
Day 2-4 Pangandaran
Take a private A/C bus from Jakarta to Pangandaran. While in Pangandaran you will get to experience, beach bonfires, surfing, the Green Canyon tour, a local fish market and more!
Day 5-6 Yogyakarta
Take a bus and then train to Yogyakarta. Here visit historic Borobudur, the largest Buddhist Temple in the world, and watch the sunrise over volcanoes on the horizon. We also have a fun way of showing you some of the hidden gems of this culturally rich city.
Day 7-8 Ubud
Take a flight from Yogyakarta to Denpasar where mini buses will take you to the cultural destination of Ubud. Here we will see the more rural side of Bali and get a chance to see monkeys, temples and spend a day cycling through the countryside.
Day 9-11 Mount Rinjani
A minivan ride, followed by a fastboat will take you to the island of Lombok. From there we take a bus to Senaru, which is a small town at the base town of Mount Rinjani. The following day will be spent trekking up to the Crater Rim of Mount Rinjani where you will watch the sunset from above the clouds and then camp underneath the stars. Watch the sunrise, and start the trek back down to Senaru where you can celebrate your accomplishment!
Day 12-15 Gili Trawangan
Take a minivan and then a short ride on a local boat over to the paradise island of Gili Trawangan. Here the pace of the trip slows right down so you can experience Gili island living! Enjoy the beach life, or stay busy with scuba diving, paddle boarding, snorkelling with sea turtles, amazing food and nightlife that's perfect for backpackers.
Day 16-20 Kuta, Bali
Board the high speed "Fast boat" to Bali and then minivans to Kuta, Bali. Our centrally located hotel is minutes away from Kuta Beach, perfect for sunsets and learning to surf. Other options include traditional Balinese dance shows, white-water rafting, an incredible water park, or dance the night away at one of the many multi-storey night clubs! On the last day taxis take the group to Denpasar airport for departure.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Explore Angkor Wat

Just outside of Siem Reap in the heart of Cambodia lies one of the most remarkable cities in the world, sprawled out over an area the size of Paris lies the Lost City of Angkor Wat: the remains of one of the greatest kingdoms in Asia. Its hundreds of temples and monuments will leave you speechless when you walk through them, as you're sure to be continually pinching yourself to make sure that you're not dreaming. The incredible temples of Angkor were abandoned over 500 years ago and then began to be slowly enveloped by the encroaching jungle. However, the huge trees that have sprung through the ruins and wrapped their roots around its stones only add to the mystique and spiritual energy of Angkor Wat, one of the most wondrous places to see in the world!

Surf a Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 7 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama & South Africa) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it.

Traditional Kecak Fire Dance Show at Uluwatu

High up on the cliffs of Uluwatu, get ready to take in an incredible spectacle: the traditional Balinese dance called the Kecak. Based on the traditional Balinese ritual, is tells the famous epic Hindu story of the Ramayana. It’s a very popular performance - just to get there will bring you through the paths of the temples and along clifftops with their view of the ocean, finally arriving at the stage. The dance will feature no instruments, but rather the chanting of about 30 Indonesian men. The story that will unfold is that of a woman stolen from her husband by a demon, and the challenges he must face to rescue her. To top it all off? The whole performance takes place as the sun is setting, adding to the beauty and drama of the experience.

Spend a Night in a Floating Bungalow

Drive deep into the jungle in Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park to arrive at the shores of Cheow Lan Lake. Tall limestone rocks jut out around the lake, massive trees poke through the surface and all around you is a lush jungle breathing with life. Your journey doesn’t end there though! Hop onto a long tail boat and enjoy one of the most picturesque boat rides in existence as you go deep into the lake to arrive at your home for the night – cozy and rustic bungalows floating right on the lake! Here you’ll be greeted by an amazing Thai family who will take care of everything during your stay at the lake house. Hike to caves, kayak to coves, swim in the clear freshwater or just lay back and enjoy the serenity of one of the most beautiful places we know of! After the sun falls, treat yourself to an array of adult beverages and dance the night away with your group and the Thai people living there who certainly know how to have a good time! It’ll be hard to be hungover when you wake up to the calls of gibbons monkeys and tropical birds, then poke your head out the door to see the sun rising over the lake. You can go ahead and pinch yourself at this point, because no matter how many times we experience this it’s hard to believe it’s real.

Go Scuba Diving

Diving is like no other experience on Earth. Life under the water is silent and peaceful, everything is flowing and moving in a way that we land creatures are unaccustomed to. Despite all of our high tech equipment, we are extremely out of our element in the water and it is a humbling experience to watch and observe what life is like under the sea. Fish come in all shapes, sizes and colours and move together in a harmonious unison through beautiful coral and twisted sunlight. On our trips, scuba diving is a huge activity as we travel to countries that offer some of the best diving in the world. The Caribbean in Central America possesses the second largest reef in the world, the warm waters of the South Pacific in Southeast Asia are home to the largest diversity of sea-life in the world and the seas of the Mediterranean are full of rich history and beauty. There is a whole universe under the ocean and experiencing what’s it like to be in it is a must at least once in your life!

Refill not Landfill

The Refill, Not Landfill initiative is the perfect complement to our beach cleaning initiatives. Plastic water bottles make up a large percentage of the waste that gathers on beaches around the world. With over 1000 travellers coming on trips with us throughout the year, and drinking/buying water bottles like nobody's business we realized that we are a part of the problem. So we decided to provide several of the guesthouses we stay at with filtered, re-useable water coolers to provide our travelers with all the water they need without creating any additional waste. Our hope is that by taking these steps and continuing to build on this initiative we will set ourselves up to completely eliminate plastic water bottles from our trips altogether. If we are able to do that we could prevent the use of approximately 100,000 plastic water bottles each year alone! So don’t forget to bring your re-usable water bottle on your trip and contribute to the world in an awesome way!

Swimming with Whale Sharks

***ONLY AVAILABLE ON OUR MARCH TRIP DATE!*** There’s nothing like swimming next to the largest fish in the animal kingdom to feel how small we truly are. While the word ‘shark’ might conjure up images of Jaws and blood-soaked waters, Whale Sharks are actually filter feeder sharks and the majority of their diet is made up of plankton -- so a clumsy looking human swimming around won't be very appetizing. But swimming with this beast isn't as easy as jumping into the ocean. Although you don't require scuba gear as whale sharks commonly swim around the surface, they can be elusive and many divers/snorkelers never get the chance to see one up close. Whale Sharks can be found in many places around the world but arguably the best place in the world to swim with them is the Philippines. Donsol possesses one of the largest school of whale sharks in the world and it's no coincidence that we time our March Philippines adventure to coincide with the best time to see these beautiful creatures up close. It's an experience our group leaders never get sick of and our group members never cease to be amazed by. So snap on your facemask, pull on those flippers and dive into the big blue for an awe-inspiring adventure with these gentle giants. (Boat & guide included, snorkel/diving gear not included).

Ride a Bamboo Raft Down a River

Let us paint this scene out for you: You've just spent all day hiking through thick jungle and vegetation deep in the wilderness of Northern Thailand. You're almost ready to call it a day but there's still several miles between you and the nearest village and there's a massive river blocking your crossing. There's bamboo everywhere so you pull out a machete, chop down some bamboo canes and tie them all together. Not only do you now have a raft, all of your friends are there and a beer cooler, too! Your jungle trek has now become a raft party - you've still got to navigate the rapids but taking turns with that task while sipping some beers as the sun sets behind you will be a perfect way to end the day. And don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of help building a proper and safe raft!

Observe the Buddhist Almsgiving Ritual

There is a philosophy in Buddhism that the more you give, the wealthier you will become. And the almsgiving that takes place in the breathtaking town of Luang Prabang in Northern Laos is a beautiful visual display of this philosophy. Every morning (just after sunrise) hundreds of saffron-robed monks from the various monasteries walk barefoot through the streets and are given food by the local people that sit and wait for them along the side of the road. This is a very important ritual not only so that the monks can receive food as they are not permitted to ever ask for anything, but also for the people that give the food as they gain merit and karma by feeding the monks. If you are not a practicing Buddhist, then we would recommend only observing the almsgiving and not participating. As one thing that is taught by seeing this ritual is that the most important attribute to display is: Respect.

See "The Beach"

A book that has always been popular in the backpacker circuit is the 1996 novel by Alex Garland entitled 'The Beach' about a young traveller who stumbles upon an Eden-like paradise on an island in Southern Thailand. In 2000, Leonardo DiCaprio starred in a film adaptation of the book and travellers around the world were amazed by the beach used in the filming of 'The Beach' and had to know where it was. Koh Phi Phi Leh is a small island in the Andaman Sea made up of huge, looming limestone rocks that give it an ominous and mythical appearance from a distance. And in the centre of all those rocks lies Maya Bay and the beautiful beach used in the filming of 'The Beach'. Now Maya Bay obviously has a lot to live up to, but when you see it on our boat trip to Koh Phi Phi Leh you can understand why it was chosen from the thousands of amazing beaches in Thailand to be used to depict a paradise on Earth.

Tubing in Thailand

Floating down a beautiful river with your FNEZ family is an epic way to explore Khao Sok National Park! Hop on a rubber tube with your pals and a cooler of ice cold beers, and get your zen (or your party) on for the next two hours. You’ll float by gorgeous cliffs, towering jungle trees, and stop occasionally to bust out some crazy rope swing acrobatics. A few friends from Smiley’s Bungalows will accompany you to party and point out the monkeys, birds and snakes chilling in trees and by the waters edge. This is an amazing experience not to be missed! * * * Please note: Certain times of the year this may not be possible dude to weather conditions * * *

Meet an Elephant

*This is an ETHICAL ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE* Animals have always fascinated us. There is an admiration we feel in awe of their beauty and their spirit, but there is perhaps no animal that is more admired than the elephant. Its giant size and gentle nature make it one of the most powerful, yet loving animals in the world. But because of this, they are often captured in the wild and sold to the logging industry to be worked to death hauling trees through the jungle. Many organizations have sprung up to rescue elephants from this horrible practice and keep them in protected camps, run by families that afford to keep them fed and healthy, by giving other people the chance to interact with the beautiful animals. Deeply rooted in Thai culture, caring for elephants is extremely sacred; a family that cares for elephants dedicates a great deal of their life to the one elephant entrusted to their care, as they are usually bound to one another for their entire lives. Getting face to face with an elephant is an incredible experience and one that you'll likely never forget!

Sunset Bike Trip

The Gili Islands are one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. Picture idyllic small islands in the ocean, surrounded by white sand beaches and fluttering palm trees…it’s paradise. On Gili Trawangan, where we will be staying, there’s one main road that loops the entire island—yes it’s that small. So the best way to see a sunset? Grab some pedal bikes (rented for you courtesy of Free & Easy) and do a lap of the whole island! We stop at “Sunset Bar” to grab an ice cold bottle of Bintang and watch the sun go down, and then pop by the local market for dinner on the way back. You won’t forget this sunset anytime soon!

Ride in a Hot Air Balloon

Let's face it, we all want to ride in a hot air balloon. There's something about them that has captivated our imagination since we were kids. And what's not to love? You get to float up to great heights in a giant picnic basket attached to a massive balloon powered by an open flame. It's an experience that belongs on everyone's bucket list. We have two favourite places to ride in a hot air balloon: Vang Vieng on our LTC trip and Cappadocia on our Turkey adventure. Deep in the jungle of Laos along the Mekong River and surrounded by limestone cliffs, Vang Vieng is definitely one of the most incredible places on the planet to view from a hot air balloon, and the cave city of Cappadocia with its moon-like terrain and fairy chimneys is like no other place on Earth and perfect for viewing from the air at a relaxing pace in a hot air balloon to truly soak up its incredible beauty! *This experience is not doable from June-August

Have a Tropical Island All to Yourself

This experience is one we all dream about, but think is only possible for the rich and famous, however, we are able to do this on our Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand trips! And it's true that having an entire island to yourself seems a bit lavish, but it's a luxurious and relaxing experience that also leads to a whole lot of fun! It's like when you were younger and you first got to experience what having a house to yourself was like, but this time there’s no neighbours or even cops. We like to head to the island with our groups for a night or sometimes several stocked with frisbees, food, snorkel gear, coolers of beer, guitars, bottles of rum, fishing gear and our hammocks - everything we could possibly need. And then we just literally do whatever we want!

Rock Climb Up a Natural Cliff Face

Most of us have tried rock climbing, but it's usually been in a sweaty gym with an artificial climbing wall that is trying to mimic the outdoor experience of rock climbing. When you climb a natural cliff face, your body seems to know it and you almost feel like you're tapping into a core part of your humanity that is telling you that somehow, someway you have to scale this cliff - and most people surprise themselves with their ability to do it. One of the best parts of outdoor rock climbing is that it's generally done in some of the most surreal places on this planet so when you get to the top of your climb you're rewarded with a breathtaking view. From Thailand to Turkey to Peru and beyond, get your climb on in some of the most beautiful settings for an incredible experience and tremendous feeling of personal accomplishment.

Snorkel Trip in a Glass Bottom Boat

Let’s get that dose of Vitamin Sea! Free & Easy hires our very own private glass-bottom boat for a whole day. We’ll be cruising around the Gilis, throwing back beers, and stopping at a couple rad snorkel spots. The crystal clear, beautifully warm waters here are ideal to see all manner of sea life, so don’t be surprised if you get to hang with a couple of turtles throughout the day. Midway through we’ll be stopping on Gili Air for lunch, before heading back out to sea. There is no better way to chill out in the Gilis.

Get Any Outfit You Can Imagine Tailor-made

For most travelers, shopping at home is an expensive and (for some) inconvenient chore, as we must troll through stores, malls, websites and our friends' closets in search of clothes that fit us properly and match our style. If only we could just go see some kind of person who makes clothes specifically for our size and preference… like a tailor? Having your clothes tailor-made is something we shrug off as something only for the rich and people interested in suits and dresses, but in many parts of world tailors are still very prevalent and surprisingly affordable - and there is perhaps no place where this is more true than in Southeast Asia. Bangkok in Thailand is famous for its many suit and dress tailors offering great deals on a virtually infinite list of outfits. Likely the only place better than Bangkok is in the beautiful ancient capital of Hoi An in Vietnam, where you can find very cheap and very good tailors that make both western and traditional Vietnamese clothing. And we mean they'll make you anything: suits, dresses, jeans, shoes, jackets and with any material from high quality silk to denim to leather. It’s a dream come true for clothes lovers and an easy and cheap solution for those that detest shopping!

Hike the Rice Terraces of Banaue

There's no denying that the Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines are one of the most amazing sights on the planet. Etched out of the hillside over 2000 years ago, the seemingly endless number of terraces stretch through valleys and around hills and are all connected by thousands of stone staircases that the local farmers hike up and down each day. On our experience of the rice terraces, we ride out of town on the top of local Jeepnies until we reach the first breathtaking view and begin to walk. As you make your way across the terraces, you feel like you're stepping back in time as the rice is still farmed the same way it has been for thousands of years. The lifestyle of the farmers reflects the peacefulness of the setting as after our first day of trekking, we spend a night in a secluded guesthouse with a view so captivating that you'll spend your entire morning just admiring the place you've found yourself in. The second day of hiking requires a climb and the hundreds of steps may feel more like a fitness test than part of a vacation but upon reaching the top, you'll be completely invigorated by an amazing waterfall that'll cap off an incredible experience that showcases some of the great beauty that the Philippines has to offer.

Camp on Top of an Active Volcano

Volcanos are a fascinating natural force as well as one of the most beautiful things to see on the planet. The wondrous sight of a volcano is enhanced by its power and the knowledge that it could erupt at any minute, hiking up one is a great experience and puts a good perspective into the mountains that these powerful forces brood beneath. But some volcanos are worth more than a hike up and a hike down, once you get up there it's worth it to set up tents with your friends and enjoy the spectacular natural wonder that you stand atop of and wake up to perhaps the greatest sunrise of your life. And there is no volcano in the world better suited for this experience than Mount Rinjani in Indonesia.

Dance Until Sunrise at the Full Moon Party **

Originated on Had Rin beach on the island of Koh Phangan in Southern Thailand, the Full Moon Party is an insanely massive beach party that happens within a day or two of every full moon (every 29 days). The party draws between twenty and thirty thousand people and is guaranteed to be one of the most fun and ridiculously wild parties you're ever to attend. Known by many as the "ultimate party experience", this party is one that begins early and ends late… very late! We arrive to the Full Moon Party by boat, which is an awesome experience because you get a full perspective of the beach party and feel the pounding of the bass like a war drum as you approach the neon lights and fist-pumping party animals. The pinnacle of the Full Moon Party is without a doubt when the sun rises, it always happens way sooner than you expect, but when those first colourful rays begin to reach out from the horizon and light up the sky it is impossible not to be hurting your cheeks with a giant smile as you party and dance with all your friends in powdery white sand as the sun begins to shine on the moment and rejuvenate the party! ** Please note: Not all 20 day 'A Dose of Paradise' trips include full moon party. Contact us for more info.

Trek through a Tropical Jungle

Now we don't want to fool you, a jungle is an unforgiving setting to hike through - there is thick vegetation, overwhelming heat, leeches and an untold amount of other creatures lurking around. But there is also an extreme beauty that lies within the power of a tropical jungle, a rainforest is full of life and every square foot is covered in something interesting and unique! You'll experience true adventure when you trek through a jungle and even if you're tired, dirty and fending off insects when you're doing it, you'll be proud of yourself when you finish!

On our LTC trip, we go on a 3-day jungle trek in Northern Thailand that includes an amazing array of activities (including Riding an Elephant and Riding a Bamboo Raft down a River). We camp in tribal villages at night - eating with them, seeing how they live and tasting their not-so-delicious-but-potent "happy water" (rice moonshine). We sleep in a massive hut that fits the entire group and each morning we wake up, eat breakfast, shake off the happy water cobwebs and continue on our adventure. It's an experience that fully encompasses the trials and tribulations of trekking through a tropical jungle - from muddy uphill paths to utopian waterfalls!

Travel through the Puerto Princesa Underground River

Named 1 of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the most stunning sights to see in the world. The underground river is 8.2 km long and navigates it way through a magnificent limestone karst mountain landscape. The caves are filled with massive formations of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as several large chambers and lagoons that truly make this sight a wonder!

Wat Pho Temple Tour *

Enjoy the chance to explore Wat Pho alongside a knowledgeable local guide for a peek inside ancient and modern Thai culture. This Buddhist temple complex located in Bangkok is one of city’s oldest temples, having been established before Bangkok itself. It houses over 1000 Buddha images, making it the largest collection of Buddha relics in all of Thailand. This includes the statue that Wat Pho is most famous for: an enormous 49 meter-long golden statue of a Reclining Buddha. The Buddha’s feet alone are 3 meters high. It is probably one of the grandest sites you will behold in all of the city. On an interesting side note, Wat Pho is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, which is still taught and practiced at the temple. If you have the time, ask your guide to tell you Bangkok’s real name…it’s the longest city name on Earth! *****Please note: Not included on the following trips: A Backpackers Dream, Share the Love and The World's Greatest Waterfight

Fly Under Water

Ever wonder what it would be like to be able to swim under water like a dolphin or a shark, moving at high speed, gliding up and down and moving with ease and being able to see all the splendour of life in the sea? Well, you can! It's being called Coral Surfing and it's a wicked new experience being offered that seems to have been pulled right from a video game or some kind of virtual simulator, but it's real and it's unbelievably cool and fun! What you do is you hold onto a set of carbon fins that is pulled by a boat, the fins act as wings under the water and allow you to dive up and down with speed simply by tilting your wrist. You can even use the wings interchangeably to perform spins! The whole experience is beyond surreal and to add to it all you're flying through the clear, turquoise water over pristine coral and lush reefs that provide constant visual wonder.

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

We get so many people who come on our trips that say they don't like seafood and won't eat it - usually, they're not from a coastal town. So when we serve up a fresh barracuda or tuna or some other tasty fish that the fisherman caught that morning and we convince them to give it a try, the first thing they say (with a satisfied smile) is that this doesn't taste like the seafood they've tried. There's just no getting around it, fish is meant to be eaten fresh! And the only thing tastier than a fresh fish is one that you caught, too! Catching the fish that you eat used to be a part of life and still is in many parts of the world, however, more and more people are buying from the commercial fishing industry which is unsustainable and is destroying the ocean's eco-system. We offer the option to go fishing on nearly all of our trips with friendly, local fisherman that show you their tricks - it's an experience that not only teaches you the importance of fishing but is also a hell of a good time: on a boat, with friends, with beer, in the sun, drifting down a tropical coastline… 'nuff said!

Have One Night in Bangkok

There a lot of incredible cities in the world, but there is only one Bangkok. The main jumping point for virtually every person traveling through Southeast Asia, Bangkok is full of people from all over the world and there is something for everyone in this massive, colourful city. And the temples, markets and shopping are sure all nice and dandy, but most "memories" that come from Bangkok are created after you have that first Chang beer or Sangsom bucket set, because after that really anything is possible! We won't get into the details of what all happens in Bangkok because everyone will have their own story to tell after a night of partying in a city filled with all-night clubs, street-side bucket stands and essentially an adult "playground" everywhere you look. It's a common feeling to wake up in Bangkok, have no idea what time it is and try to figure out if what you remember happening the night before was a dream or if it really did all happen!

Sunrise at Borobudur

Surrounded by droves of deep-green paddies and looming palm trees, Borobudur on the island of Java is a colossal Buddhist temple built over 1200 years ago and one of Southeast Asia's most incredible relics. The amazingly preserved temples show intricate detail and display the beauty of the past civilization that constructed Borobudur. The best time to see Borobudur is at sunrise, as the first rays of light cut across the horizon and the sculptures and temples seemingly come alive. It is one of the most incredible sight you'll ever see and we're sure all of our group members who have witnessed it will attest to that!

Practice Yoga on the Beach

Practicing yoga on the beach in warm, tropical weather provides you with the perfect environment to learn how to find a calm within yourself and feel your mind truly relax. Listening to the sounds of the jungle and the crashing of the waves on shore only adds to the bliss of this experience. You can experience practicing yoga in a beautiful and isolated setting under the expert guidance of yoga instructors on several of our our trips. So take an hour or so out of your day to stretch, breathe and enjoy one of the best yoga sessions of your life in paradise!

Bathe Under a Waterfall

When leaving home and hitting the road with your backpack, one thought you may have in mind is that you're not going to have another good shower for awhile. In most parts of the world water pressure is lower, there is often no hot water and you just can't seem to scrub off that distinct backpacker odour. However, there is one place where hundreds of gallons of refreshing fresh water can pour all over you in a surreal bathing experience and that spot is found at the bottom of a waterfall. When hiking around jungles, one of our favourite things to search out is a good tropical waterfall where you can swim, relax, and get right under it and let the huge torrent of water pour all over you and wash you clean! But the best part is often the simple sight of the waterfall itself, because for whatever reason there are few things in the world we find more captivating to watch than water dropping from great heights. Maybe it's because nothing falls with the grace of water, but either way it's an amazing feeling to come upon a gorgeous waterfall in the jungle and head straight into its downpour for the best shower of your life!

Visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, also known as the Monkey Forest Ubud, is not just a tourist attraction, but also an important spot when it comes to research and conservation programs. Researchers from various institutions around the world visit the sanctuary to conduct research, particularly about the monkeys’ social interactions and behaviours. There are hundreds of monkeys running around this forest, and if you’ve ever wanted to interact with one, then this is the place to do it. Buy a couple bananas when you get there, and you’re guaranteed an exciting time! Take a walk through the forest and explore the shrines, temples and even graveyard contained within. This is a unique experience, not to be missed!

Surf A Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 6 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & Panama) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it.

Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is still a relatively young sport and gaining participants with great momentum. Learn to SUP with easy, progressive and fun SUP lessons in Cape Town on calm water or in the waves at Muizenberg. You will learn how to safely SUP in waves in the shallow beach break in Muizenberg, internationally recognized ideal spot for learning Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Surfing.

Go Snorkelling

Snorkelling is a great alternative for those looking to save a little money on diving costs or those who can’t dive for medical reasons. Floating along the surface of the water at any one of our incredible destinations around the world will give you a peak into a magical underwater world. More confident snorkelers can even dive down to get a closer look at the fauna and flora found in our oceans. From glittering fish, to colourful anemone, and super cool sharks (don’t worry, the non-carnivorous ones), snorkelling is a wonderful experience for the non-diver. So snap on a mask and grab your flippers (and DON’T inhale while diving) and you’ll be all set for a little adventure under the sea.

Learn to be a Mermaid (or Merman)

Now this is a unique experience you won't find anywhere else! Yes, there really is a Mermaid Swimming Academy to be found in Boracay. They will get you outfitted in your very own mermaid tail and teach you the basics of swimming like you're straight out of a Disney movie! How cool is that?! All your childhood fantasies are about to come true. And this isn't only for the ladies. Let it be known that Free & Easy trips have produced their fair share of handsome mermen. The warm turquoise waters and white sand beaches of Boracay are the perfect backdrop for this magical day. And let's be honest, this is probably one of the most Instagrammable activities you will ever take part in. Talk about an epic experience #UnderTheSea!

Slowboat the Mekong River

Imagine: You’re on a slowboat on the Mekong River along the border of Laos and Thailand, there are palm trees swaying in the wind, deep rushes all around you, and your friends, new and old, are there enjoying it right alongside you. This is what the best travel day on our LTC looks like! On the 12th longest river in the world, a wonderful local Laos family runs the private boat and you can spend the day playing cards, listening to music, writing, reading...whatever you want, whenever you want! With places to sit, tables, beds, and three meals included (score!) you’ll hardly realize that you actually spent the day getting from one country to another.

Tubing Party in Vang Vieng

The (in)famous party that really put Vang Vieng on the backpacker map is impossible to leave off our LTC trip! Get dressed up in whatever wacky hilarious costumes you can find and hang on! With riverside bars spotted along the tube ride, various games like beer pong, flip cup, mudpit volleyball, sprinkler basketball, and dance parties galore, you’ll be glad you came. Try a selection of interesting drinks from rice whiskey to Laotian beers to fruity slushies. We take a tuk-tuk to the start of the tubing and ride the river back into town before the sun goes down. Some bars give out free shots on arrival and a string bracelet that can be used to redeem a shot at their bar in town later that night, just to make sure you’re having a good time!

Traditional Cambodian Dance Show

Hop in a tuk-tuk with your TFFs and head to a Cambodian dance show featuring Apsara dancing, a form of classic Khmer dance that was performed for the King and Royal families. In their traditional dress the dancers portray old myths and religious stories backed by a band of drums and other traditional instruments. Plus, a buffet dinner is included in the price! With a salad bar, pastas, sushi, asian noodle and rice dishes, spring rolls, soup, fruit, and of course dessert, you won’t be going home hungry. Then it’s a walk back through the market to keep the magic of Cambodia all around you throughout the evening.

Bike Ride Adventure through Ubud!

What is adventure? It's a full day bike trip where you bike through the villages of Ubud, you stop to try all the local coffees including the "cat-poo-ccino,” you stop at a banyan tree, at a house in one of the villages to learn more about traditional Hinduism, at some rice fields, and you end the day off with a delicious late lunch buffet. It's the most incredible day! But what really makes it an adventure? Doing it all with two amazing leaders and a group of your new best friends who are just as excited as you are about trying new things and seeing the world from a local’s point of view. Treat yourself to adventure: Go to Indo.

Take a Jeepney Ride

Jeepneys are a traditional mode of transportation in the Philippines. They came to be after the American presence in the Philippines during WWII. After the Japanese were defeated by the Americans, many Jeeps were sold or left behind. The Filipinos, with their ever sunny dispositions, turned the vehicles into brightly coloured, flashy, and economic modes of public transportation for the people of the Philippines. We are very lucky to have the chance to take them for a few rides ourselves! Many Jeepneys offer the ability to sit on the roof, which makes for epic views when driving through some beautiful and scenic locations! We take multiple Jeepney rides on the Cloud 9 trip, but our favourite is in Catanduanes where we take them for a scenic drive along the coast, ending at an amazing view point and waterfall. Find a seat and hang on!

Visit Hot Springs after a long travel day

Now this is what we call a travel day! Leaving El Nido and heading to Coron, we hop on a boat for the day! Bring snacks, drinks, cards, whatever you want! Lay in the sun, have a nap, play some games. This is what travel is: making the best of your down time. You won’t even realize that you spent the day traveling from one island to another. Once we end up in Coron, we keep the party going at the Maquinit Hot Springs. A relaxing, all-natural hot spring, that allows alcohol consumption with a bar on the premises. What’s not to love? It’s a great way to unwind after a long (but very scenic) travel day. This is how we travel! Join us!

Buy Everything in Bangkok

A trip to Thailand is not complete without a day spent shopping in Bangkok. Whether male, female, or a bit of both, there’s something for everybody in this crazy city! From the infamous street markets to the luxurious malls to the seemingly infinite amount of random market stalls, you can literally buy everything in Bangkok! Get right into it and sift through boxes of knock-off designer jeans, check out the funky tee’s created by local artists, find piles and piles of rad shoes. Hit the electronics and find every movie ever made or cheap cellphones, computer software and old video games. Peruse the knick-knacks and score samurai swords, unique art, Buddha carvings, and homemade jewellery. Wanna get fancy? Get anything you want tailor-made, from suits to jackets to shoes or hit up the gold jewellery stores and find that perfect piece! Or head to some of the nicest malls in the world and find every brand-name you want. The favourable exchange rate and generally cheap prices make shopping a fun, interesting and incredibly lucrative experience when in Bangkok! When you’re finally all done, relax with a well-deserved beer or park your keester in the cinema and enjoy the massive screens and comfy chairs for just a few bucks. How can anyone not love a stopover in Bangkok!?

Zip Lining

Experience the rush of adrenaline as you step off the platform, the wind in your face as you begin to speed up, leafy branches whipping by until you burst into a sweeping view of the surrounding landscape…feel like you’re flying yet? This is zip lining! It takes you to previously inaccessible parts of the country, from lush rainforests to tangled jungles. As you soar through and above the canopy, you get a bird’s eye view of everything around you for miles. While being up high in the sky isn’t for the faint of heart, zip lining takes you to a whole new world where you can sit back, relax, and zip along enjoying panoramas you probably couldn’t find anywhere else. It’s no surprise that when you come upon a group of zip liners there’s nothing but smiles and whoops of excitement as they travel from tree to tree and on to new adventures.

Beach Cleanup

Our Trash Hero beach cleanups are a great way to do good, feel good, and get some beach all at the same time. With thousands of tons of trash swirling around the oceans, the unfortunate reality is that some of it washes up onto the beautiful beaches we fall in love with around the world. So we thought ‘Let’s do something about this!’ Our partnership with Trash Hero began in Koh Lipe, Thailand, where they regularly organized beach cleanup days. Today, Trash Hero has gone viral and can be found operating in Thailand and Indonesia, and is spreading into dozens more countries at a rapid pace. On our end, beach cleanup day quickly became one of the most fun and rewarding days on our Thailand trip. So we decided to spread the love, and have instituted a beach cleanup day into our regular itineraries across the world. Through our sponsorship and partnership with Trash Hero, our travellers and others like them have since collected tens of thousands of kilograms of trash from the beaches we travel to…and really, there’s nothing more epic than saving the world!

Party for Prosthetics

Party for Prosthetics is one of our newest initiatives that turns the aluminum tabs from beer cans into prosthetic limbs for people in need, such as those who have been dismembered from injury, disease, or landmines. We have partnered with a Thai organization called The Prostheses Foundation that has been doing this since the early 90’s - when we realized how much we could help out just by saving our beer tabs we thought this was a real win-win! Through a combination of our beach bevvies, travel day sippy cups, and all-night ragers, we have been known to put away a few beers from time to time, and now we are turning these parties into prosthetic limbs! This initiative adds even more zest to each cheers, shotgun, and beer bong, and fills us with a sense of pride as we gather the tabs over the course of each trip and see buckets fill with valuable little pieces of metal that are going to change someone’s life!

Accommodations and Transportation

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 15 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • 7 destinations, and 4-5 islands! (Java, Bali, Lombok, and the Gilis!...)
  • Entrance to the Monkey Forest in Ubud
  • National Park Day Trip, Pangandaran
  • 2-Day Mt. Rinjani Volcano Crater Trek (guides, porters ncl.)
  • Green Canyon Day Trip
  • Batu Kara’s Surfing Day Trip
  • Snorkel trip on a glass bottom boat in the Gili Islands
  • Transportation to temples (Borobudur & Uluwatu)
  • FNEZ sponsored beach cleanup

Activities: LTC (25 Days)

  • Transportation for a day of activities in Chiang Mai
  • Doi Suthep Temple Tour
  • Slowboat to Laos
  • Kuang Si Waterfall trip
  • 3-day Angkor Wat Pass (incl. one day guided tour)
  • 3-day Northern Thailand Hill Tribe Trek (ethical elephant encounter, bamboo rafting, and all meals incl.)

Activities: Philippines (Cloud 9)

  • 3 beach destinations & 2 surf destinations (Siargo and Catanduanes) Tons of surf breaks!
  • Two day trek through the Batad Rice Terraces (Waterfall hike, guides incl.)
  • Transportation to Waterfall and Viewpoint hike in Cantanduanes
  • Boat trip to see Whalesharks in Donsol (only March trip)
  • Boat trip to Naked Island (Incl. overnight stay at Sohoton, caving, swim with jellyfish*)

*Seasonal

Activities: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

  • 4 beach destinations
  • Intramurous - Saint Augustine Church tour (incl. guide)
  • Viewpoint/lighthouse hike in Malapascua
  • Travel through the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Sabang, guide included
  • Viewpoint in Coron*
  • Hot Springs in Coron*
  • Private island hoping boat trip on Coron where we will visit two beaches, lagoon, cave and viewpoint* 

*seasonal (September-June)

Activities: Thailand (20 Days)

  • Bangkok Temple Tour
  • 3 Viewpoint Hikes
  • 2-day Rainforest Lake Trip (All meals incl.)
  • Phi Phi Island/Maya Bay Sunset Boat Trip
  • River Tubing through a Rainforest
  • Caving
  • Full Moon Party **

**Only on trip dates that land on a Full Moon

Meals: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • All meals incl. on 2-Day Mt. Rinjani Volcano Crater trek
  • Breakfast incl. in Jakarta, Pangandaran & Ubud
  • BBQ dinner on the beach, Pangandaran

Meals: LTC (25 Days)

  • Traditional family style Thai dinner
  • All meals included on the 3-day Nothern Thailand Hill Tribe Trek
  • 3 meals inluced on the slowboat to Laos

Meals: Philippines (Cloud 9)

  • One Filipino style group dinner
  • Lunch at a national park after trek through the Batad Rice Terraces
  • All meals included on boat trip to Naked Island/Sohoton Island (1 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner)

Meals: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

  • One Filipino style dinner
  • Lunch on boat trip in Coron
  • Buffet lunch on Underground River Tour 

Meals: Thailand (20 Days)

  • Authentic Thai Style Welcome Dinner
  • All meals incl. on Rainforest Lake Trip

Optional Activities: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • Fishing
  • Sunrise at Borobudur
  • Scuba Diving
  • Surfing
  • Yoga
  • Waterpark
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Coral Surfing
  • Trip to the Fish Market
  • Visit Waterfalls
  • Sunset Bicycle Trip
  • Balinese Cultural Fire Dance
  • Ubud Bicycle Trip
  • Bali Countryside Bicycle Trip

Optional Activities: LTC (25 Days)

  • Hot Air balloon trip
  • Rock climbing
  • Cooking Class
  • Boat Trip
  • Muay Thai Fight
  • Kayak and Cave Trip
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Ziplining
  • Tubing in Vang Vieng 

Optional Activities: Philippines (Cloud 9)

  • Fishing
  • Yoga
  • Surfing lessons
  • Wake Boarding
  • Paddle Boarding

Optional Activities: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

  • Scuba Diving
  • Fishing
  • Boat trip
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Yoga 

Optional Activities: Thailand (20 Days)

  • Yoga
  • Rock climbing
  • Cooking class
  • Scuba Diving
  • Muay Thai fights

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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