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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 ethically interacting with elephants 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.

 
A Backpacker's Dream
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.

 
A Backpacker's Dream
Laos
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!

 
A Backpacker's Dream
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.

 
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand
Thailand
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand

We are currently running a trip in a different format, please see this link https://www.freeandeasytraveler.com/adventures/10-day-temples-tribes-tuk-tuks

 
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand
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!

 
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand
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!

 
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand
karen school volunteer thailand
Thailand
Karen Hilltribe Village

Deep in the rain forests of Northern Thailand on the banks of the Mae Thang River you will find a remote Karen Hill Tribe village. The beauty and friendliness of this village is something that will last with you long after you leave. You will get to meet some incredible people that have been living here for generations as well as the village’s most loved inhabitants, 2 Asian elephants. You will get the chance to live the life of a mahout (elephant trainer) with the opportunity to swim with, wash and feed these beautiful animals. Another can’t miss experience is waking up early and tracking the elephants in the morning. The animals are allowed to roam free in the jungle all night and are retrieved and walked back to camp in the morning by the mahout. An adventure worth getting up for! We will get dirty in the jungle working side by side with local villagers to build dams in the nearby fresh water streams. These dams will allow the villagers to have access to clean water during the dry season. There will also be plenty of opportunities to help the local villagers plant trees, weave baskets, and cook tradition Thai-style jungle meals. After a day of hard work and bonding with the locals it is good fun to try the local rice-based “happy water” by the evening fire. We will depart from the village on a homemade bamboo raft that will take us down the river through the lush rain forests to our next destination!

 
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand
Thailand
Pa Khaw Lam Village

On our journey to the Pa Khaw Lam Village we will stop at a massive waterfall in the middle of the rainforest to go for a swim and wash the mud off. This will set the tone for just what an amazing place you’ve entered before you arrive at one of the biggest and most breathtaking hilltribe villages in the region. The Mae Thang River divides the village in two and is connected by a picturesque suspension bridge. Walking through the village you will see the hustle and bustle of traditional village life. Don’t be surprised if you are invited by the locals to have some fresh tea or take part in a game of Tek Raw – a skillful and fun local sport. This village has the biggest boarding school in the area with some children walking 4 hours from their home village and back every weekend to attend. There are over 120 students and 5 teachers at the school. Our program will focus on providing positive fun educational experiences for these students as well as working with the students on projects around the school. We will work to improve the school garden to enrich the children’s lunch program, as well as create educational resources to help the teachers continue to develop their English program. Our time here is an incredible opportunity to leave an impact on the village and its children that will leave long-lasting benefits for years to come.

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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 (25 days)
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand
Thailand
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand

We are currently running a trip in a different format, please see this link https://www.freeandeasytraveler.com/adventures/10-day-temples-tribes-tuk-tuks

Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand (10 days)

Itinerary for this adventure

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

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 1-day pass to the ancient city. 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.

Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand: 10 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 enjoy the Wat Pho Temple Tour (incl) and then board the night train which will take us up north to Chiang Mai.
Day 3-6 Hill Tribe Village
Arrive off night train at 8:15 am. Take private 4x4 truck to guesthouse and prepare supplies for trek. Stay at a hilltribe village. Our days will be filled with various tasks, focusing on improving sustainable sources of food and water in the village (depending on a village's needs). As well as opportunities to help working with the children at the local school, and plenty of interaction with our hosts.
Day 7 Elephant Camp
Depart village by riding a bamboo raft down river to the Elephant Camp. Stay at Elephant Camp where we learn about ethical treatment of elephants. We bathe, feed and release elephants into jungle, waking up at sunrise and trekking to find them the next morning. Other smaller projects can be done, as well as participation in cultural activities with our new local friends.
Day 8-9 Chiang Mai
Depart Elephant Camp by 4x4 truck to guesthouse in Chiang Mai. The area we stay in is teeming with temples, cafes and bars for you to explore. The following day we board the night train back down to Bangkok.
Day 10 Bangkok
Take A/C private minibus to guesthouse. We will be staying near Khao San Road - the mecca in SE Asia for backpackers to shop, eat, drink and be merry! Enjoy the last night with your new group of friends.

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. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

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!

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.

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!

Provide a Village With Clean Water

Water is the most essential element of life and for many people in the world it can be a struggle to attain. In the isolated hill tribe villages of Northern Thailand, it can be particularly difficult to get access to clean water with the closest towns being many miles away through dense rainforest. Although for many parts of the year there is an abundance of water from the rain, the dry seasons can be a terrible time as droughts in recent years have been especially devastating. Bringing clean water facilities to these villages can completely revolutionize how they get through the dry season and alleviate a great deal of suffering and hardships. It is a hugely rewarding project to contribute to and brings with it an immediate effect to the local people.

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 and The World's Greatest Waterfight

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.

Have One Night in Bangkok

There are 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!

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!

Doi Suthep Temple Tour

Included in this trip is a guided temple tour to Doi Suthep (or Wat Phra That Doi Suthep) temple in Chiang Mai. Located on top of a mountain, this is a sacred site to many Thai people. Walk up the gorgeously wrought staircase and be greeted by the beautiful golden spire located in the center of the mountaintop temple. It’s surrounded by historical murals and shrines, and also features a wonderful copy of the Emerald Buddha, the original of which now resides in Bangkok. Built in 1383, Doi Suthep is still a working Buddhist monastery today. Get ready for some breathtaking views of Chiang Mai from the top of the mountain too.

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. 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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!?

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 the 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!

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!

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 ethically interacting with elephants 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!

Volunteer at a Village School

There is perhaps no place that is more crucial to a child’s development than their school. It is where they are given the tools to use in life, as well as a place to connect with other kids and just have fun. We’ll do a bit of both when we get the opportunity to lend a hand at the small schools teaching kids from these remote hill tribe villages. Helping kids with their English is very important, as it opens up a ton of doors for these kids that they can explore when they’re old enough to travel from the village. Most of these villages grow up speaking an old dialect of Thai, so practicing English allows them to connect with the outside world and learn more from the people who come to visit their villages. Besides helping with English lessons, we’ll also get the chance to just connect with the kids and have some good ol’ fashioned play time! The energy and laughter of the children is super contagious, volunteering at the school will be some of the most fun we have the entire trip!

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
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: LTC (25 Days)

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

Activities: Share the Love (10 Days)

  • Elephant trekking, bamboo rafting & trek guide
  • Participation in volunteer projects in two hill tribe villages

Meals: LTC (25 Days)

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

Meals: Share the Love (10 Days)

  • All meals while on the volunteer trek (not including Bangkok and Chiang Mai for 2-3 days)

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: Share the Love (10 Days)

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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