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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

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
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
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.

A Backpacker's Dream
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
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
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.

A Cultural Paradise
A Cultural Paradise

Travelling through Vietnam will give you the opportunity to experience a country that is both a natural wonderland and a mosaic of complex cultures rich with history. The beaches in Vietnam are arguably among the best in the world and the majority of them lie casually along the coastline with nothing on them but soft white-sand. Wondrous sights like the limestone islands in Halong Bay that rise from the water like natural sculptures highlight a country that will amaze you with its beauty. But the good looks of Vietnam will not overshadow the experience of being immersed into a culture so starkly different from your own. Travelling from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) north through the entire country to Hanoi will allow you to see the full spectrum of life in Vietnam from hill tribes farming rice in the mountains to students practicing English in the city parks. On top of the beauty and culture, a generous exchange rate and ridiculously low prices also make Vietnam a great place to travel for those on a budget or a wicked place to go shopping for those who like getting all their clothes tailor-made!

A Cultural Paradise

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the largest city in Vietnam and the epicentre of the rapidly progressing country. The war in Vietnam has been over for a generation, but evidence of the brutal struggles the Vietnamese people went through is visible everywhere - especially in the hearts and minds of the people who are determined to pull Vietnam into the developed world. Ho Chi Minh City is a swarm of activity, the streets flow with a constant stream of motorcycles like rivers and the traffic never stops. Beautiful French architecture meshes with Vietnamese innovation as colourful stacked buildings decorate the skyline. Ho Chi Minh City continues to be one of the cheapest cities in the world as well with massive markets selling everything you could imagine and luxury hotels offering rooms at incredibly budget prices. Flying into this huge city in Southern Vietnam is a super cool experience and just how we begin our 20-day Vietnam trip!

A Cultural Paradise
Jungle Beach

The secluded beach paradise of Jungle Beach is the part of our Vietnam trip where we get to escape the hustle and bustle of the world and take life free and easy on this very long and very wide soft white-sand beach. The beach stretches out far in each direction and has some of the clearest water in Southeast Asia washing gingerly up onto its shore. The water at Jungle Beach often feels more like a sand-bottom bathtub than an ocean! And with little else around besides the cool beach bungalows and restaurant of Jungle Beach we stay in, we usually have this incredible beach all to ourselves. Spend your days at Jungle Beach lazing in the sun, reading in a hammock, tossing a frisbee or playing beach volleyball, hiking to nearby waterfalls, having beach fires at night and simply enjoying life on the beach!

A Cultural Paradise
Hoi An

Sure to be one of the most charming and enjoyable cities you'll ever visit, Hoi An is void of the plague of pollution and heavy traffic that dampers so many other cities. Instead it has a heritage of wonderfully preserved old buildings, roads and bridges that display ancient Japanese and Chinese architecture. The riverfront is lit-up by colourful lanterns at night that shine through sculpted fountains in the river and provide a quaint night-time atmosphere that rivals any European city. Besides visiting the nearby Cham Islands, a great activity in Hoi An is shopping. With gorgeous, high-quality fabrics and a plethora of skilled tailors, Hoi An is not only one of the best places to purchase tailor-made clothes but also the cheapest. Fashionable dresses, suits, jeans, jackets, shoes and pretty well any garment you can dream up can be custom-made for you and sold at a price as cheap as used clothes at Goodwill!

A Cultural Paradise

With its old style buildings from the days of Imperial Vietnam built beautifully around the Perfume River, Hue (pronounced 'hway') is a very nice city with a splendid environment surrounding it. A Unesco World Heritage site and former capital of the Nguyen emperors, Hue is a city where old meets new in Vietnam. Mystical temples and old Asian-style mansions and properties now sit alongside towering hotels, growing industry and typical Vietnamese streets crowded with motorbikes. However, much work has been and continues to be done to restore Hue's former splendour, much of which was destroyed during the Vietnam War. And with a charming backpacker district and a couple very fun bars, it is easy to enjoy your time in Hue where luxurious living comes cheap!

A Cultural Paradise
Phong Nha

As you journey through rural Vietnam, through rice fields, past small villages into Phong Nha Ka-Be National Park, you will feel like you've stepped into Jurassic Park with it's lush green jungle-covered mountains - welcome to Vietnam off-the-beaten-path!

Phong Nha recently started making waves with travelers after some of the world's largest caves were discovered. We will be taking you to the Asia's largest dry cave - Paradise Cave. Our trek through it will be a day you will never forget. Besides Paradise there are tons of others caves, each with a draw of their own. Feel like zip-lining into a cave from above and finish off by dropping into the water? We got ya covered. Want to trek through a pitch black cave with nothing but a headlamp? No problem. How about rushing down a natural mud slide, deep inside a cave or swimming in an underground river. Of course! The adventures are endless here.

Even if caves are not your thing, the landscape here is stunning and being able to witness rural Vietnamese life first hand is an experience in itself. Not to mention our guesthouse has a pool and a bar and fun people from all over to help pass the time. Come see Phong Nha before everyone else gets there!

A Cultural Paradise
Halong Bay

Named 1 of the 7 New Wonders of the World, Halong Bay is one of Mother Nature's works of art. Thousands of limestone islands rise from the calm, azure water in the bay like towering sculptures and hide beaches, grottoes and massive caves around its cliffs. Tropical fauna grows around the rocks and misty clouds float above the cliffs seemingly wrapping you up in the mysterious world of the bay. Its name means 'where the dragon descends into the sea' as Vietnamese legend has it that Halong Bay was created by a great dragon plunging into the sea.

If that's not epic enough for you, on our Vietnam trip we get to enjoy the stunning sights of Halong Bay from the comfort of an old wooden junk ship. The boat is equipped with a fully staffed bar and restaurant, nice private rooms and a huge, wide open sun deck. Plus the boats look cool as hell and fit the majestic backdrop of Halong Bay wonderfully. The junk ships also make for the perfect setting to celebrate being in this amazing place with a good old-fashioned boat party! It's actually hard to find something about Halong Bay that isn't epic.

A Cultural Paradise

A bustling yet beautiful city, Hanoi is the jewelled capital of Vietnam. From revolutionary museums to ancient pagodas to "Uncle Ho" Chi Minh's mausoleum to famous water-puppet shows. And with a super rad old district in the town's centre where we stay, there is plenty of opportunity to find great pubs, cool stores and french-style cafes to relax in or find the lines of small stools on the streets where you can sit and drink Vietnam's ultra cheap bia hoi (fresh beer) and take in the city's happenings the local way!

Epic Adventure
45 Days in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam






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 1: A Backpacker's Dream (25 days)
A Cultural Paradise
A Cultural Paradise

Travelling through Vietnam will give you the opportunity to experience a country that is both a natural wonderland and a mosaic of complex cultures rich with history. The beaches in Vietnam are arguably among the best in the world and the majority of them lie casually along the coastline with nothing on them but soft white-sand. Wondrous sights like the limestone islands in Halong Bay that rise from the water like natural sculptures highlight a country that will amaze you with its beauty. But the good looks of Vietnam will not overshadow the experience of being immersed into a culture so starkly different from your own. Travelling from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) north through the entire country to Hanoi will allow you to see the full spectrum of life in Vietnam from hill tribes farming rice in the mountains to students practicing English in the city parks. On top of the beauty and culture, a generous exchange rate and ridiculously low prices also make Vietnam a great place to travel for those on a budget or a wicked place to go shopping for those who like getting all their clothes tailor-made!

Leg 2: A Cultural Paradise (20 days)

Itinerary for this adventure

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Leg 1

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 2

A Cultural Paradise: 20 days in Vietnam

Day 1-3 Ho Chi Minh City
Group flight arrives late in the evening. Meet your group over drinks at the guesthouse. The following days we will visit the War Remnants Museum, and the Cu Chi Tunnels tour. Free time to explore the capital of Vietnam, formerly known as Saigon. The last day take private minibus transfer* to the train station and board the night train North to Nha Trang. *on this adventure all transportation is private except for the night train where the group's rooms will be located together.
Day 4-6 Jungle Beach
Arrive off the night train and take the bus to Jungle Beach. Enjoy a relaxed pace in this secluded beach paradise. On our last day, we will take a large private over-night sleeper bus from Jungle Beach straight to Hoi An.
Day 7-9 Hoi An
Arrive off the night bus in the morning in Hoi An which is sure to be one of the most charming and enjoyable cities you'll ever visit. Hoi An is not only one of the best places to purchase tailor-made clothes but also the cheapest, the beaches are also nearby, and this is your best chance on the trip to try scuba-diving.
Day 10-12 Hué
Get ready for the ride of your life: the Free & Easy Rider motorcycle adventure! We will form a huge convoy of large motorbikes driven by experienced local drivers and see the best that Vietnam has to offer on our way to Hué. Discoveries are endless in the ancient capital which was built around the Perfume River. On the last day we'll depart on a 9 am bus for Phong Na.
Day 13-16 Phong Nha
We will arrive by bus at 1 pm in Phong Na. We will spend the next three days soaking in the rural jungle landscape as we explore the caves, partake in some adrenaline fuelled adventures and take in the stunning views. On the last day we will depart at 6 pm on a night bus for Hanoi
Day 17 Hanoi
A bustling yet beautiful city, Hanoi is the jewelled capital of Vietnam. Our hotel in Old Town is minutes away from revolutionary museums, ancient pagodas, art shops, Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, famous water-puppet shows, and more.
Day 18 Halong Bay
Take bus to Halong Bay. Board our private Free & Easy Chinese Junk-Style Ship equipped with a bar, large sun-deck, dining space, 2 person cabins w/ bathrooms, cooks, full crew and music! Cruise the bay between over 3000 looming, limestone isles rising from the emerald waters. The scenery is a true masterpiece of nature. Sleep overnight on the boat.
Day 19-20 Hanoi
After returning to the pier on our boat, we'll take the bus back to Hanoi. The Capital of Vietnam offers opportunities for last minute shopping, endless hidden gems, and plenty of backpacker nightlife including karaoke. Perfect for the last nights before the group departs.

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!

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!

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.

Party on a Junk Ship in Halong Bay

Made up of over 3000 looming, limestone isles rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam, Halong Bay (literally "descending dragon bay") is a masterpiece of nature and must be seen in person. On our Vietnam adventure, we charter out an entire boat to ourselves complete with bar, bartender, cooks, servers and cleaners. So what's better than gliding through the inspiring beauty of Halong Bay with 20 of your friends on an old junk ship? Turning that boat into a party boat and having one of the best parties of your life that begins in the afternoon and ends deep into the night! Waking up still surrounded by the incredible sights of Halong Bay will be enough to wash your away hangover and conclude a truly unforgettable experience! 

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!

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

Cruise Down the Vietnamese Coast on a Motorbike

The Vietnamese coastline is arguably the most beautiful stretch of tropical land in the world and the best way to see it is by cruising down it on a motorbike feeling the warm, open air. On our Vietnam trip, you'll get to experience this by forming a huge convoy of motorbikes driven by experienced local drivers and seeing the best that Vietnam has to offer - along with a seemingly endless amount of empty, white-sand beaches, you'll also get to see historical temples, colonial towns, rice fields and cross the remarkable Hai Van Pass: which will provide some of the most amazing views in Vietnam. The entire road-trip will take you from the city of Hoi An to the ancient capital of Hue and will definitely be one of the greatest travel days of your life!

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.

Walk through the Cu Chi Tunnels

Everyone knows a bit about the Vietnam War, but learning about it in Vietnam is an entirely different experience and one that sheds more light on the great struggles the Vietnamese people. And one of the best places to learn about this and see it for yourself is in the Cu Chi tunnels just outside of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). One of the main reasons for Vietnam’s victory in the war is the massive network of connecting underground tunnels spanning hundreds of miles that the Vietnamese used to run supplies, hide from bombing and ambush their enemies. Walking through the Cu Chi tunnels gives you an idea of the cramped space that the Vietnamese fighters had to build, maintain and use to fight one of the most brutal wars in human history - the tunnels have even been expanded by nearly double so tourists can even fit through them! Visiting the Cu Chi tunnels is a sobering experience but one that helps you grasp a small bit of the tragedies and sacrifices that occurred during the Vietnam War.

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!

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!

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

Streetside Bia Hoi

Some of the best and cheapest beer you will ever have is the Bia Hoi found in Vietnam. Available on pretty much every street corner, be ready to plunk yourself down into the tiniest little plastic stool you’ve ever seen. Drinking Bia Hoi on the street corners and sidewalks of Vietnam is a local experience, not to be missed by any backpacker. Bia Hoi is brewed daily, and then matured for an extremely short period with no preservatives. This means that it’s refreshing, low in alcohol, and downright cheap. Think $0.15 a glass. That’s right…15 cents for a pint of delicious, freshly brewed beer! If you negotiate, you can get pitchers for $1! So sit back with your friends, order a couple pints, and watch daily Vietnamese life pass you by. There’s no better way to spend an evening!

Spend 3 Days in a Secluded Beach Paradise

Located far outside the busy hustle and bustle of the cities, and surrounded only by locals, Jungle Beach is the ultimate Vietnamese escape. Featuring 7 km of white sand beach, and some of the clearest and calmest waters you’ll find in Southeast Asia, this is the perfect way to start a trip and really get to know your travel buddies. Spend your days lounging on the beach, throwing a frisbee, reading in a hammock, or drinking the most delicious rum you’ve ever tasted (for a steal at $5 a bottle). At night there will be delicious homestyle family meals and beachside BBQs (all meals at Jungle Beach are included in the trip price), bonfires, epic beer pong battles and maybe even a Vietnamese PJ party. So wake up in your bamboo beach hut, take a sip of that deliciously cold Vietnamese iced coffee, and smile…you’ve made it to paradise!

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!

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!

Dark Cave Mudding in a 415 million-year-old Rainforest

You know those days that are so full of adventure and experiences that you can hardly believe it was real? A trip here isn’t just an epic experience, it’s a whole bucket list rolled into one awesome day that will leave you wondering if this was all a dream. The Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the perfect way to spend a day in Vietnam. The 415-million-year-old rainforest is host to 300 caves and grottoes begging to be discovered. With 126 km of caves to explore, you’ll never want to leave. Grab a bathing suit or boards (the ones you don’t really like) and prepare to get dirty! We’ll be following two well-informed and hilarious guides so you don’t miss any of the amazing history of this magical place—or any of the fun. Our first stop is at 8-Ladies Cave and temple where we learn about the history of the area in relation to the American War and get to walk on part of the original Ho Chi Minh Trail. From there, we ride Vietnam’s longest zipline into the entrance of Dark Cave, and continue our journey trekking through, and then swimming inside, this well-named pitch-black cave with nothing but your friends, your bravery, and a headlamp. Next up, a brand new mud pit! Well, new to us anyway. Just discovered in 2014, this is what backpackers are always on the lookout for: fresh experiences. The mud itself is said to have anti-aging properties, and you can lay right back and float through it like a brown bean in a can. Plus, your inner child will squeal at the fact that the exit is a mud-slide! A 30m mud-slide straight into more adventures with kayaking, water play and even more ziplines and obstacles. It’s like an adult jungle gym hosted by nature itself.

Paradise Cave: Asia's Largest Dry Cave

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park rainforest adventures continued! Following your mudding adventures in the Dark Cave and a delicious lunch to refuel, we head to the big draw: Paradise Cave. As Asia’s largest dry cave at 31 km long, it’s pretty hard to beat! After your initial breathtaking view, take your time exploring and trekking around the one km area that is open to tourists in this real life postcard. From a distance the view is once in a lifetime, with wooden boardwalks sprinkled around the massive caverns and everything spectacularly lit with multicoloured lights. It gets even cooler closer up as you explore the stalactites and stalagmites that seem to have their own inner glow. The sparkle is from their mineral makeup, and explains why with 31 kms of stunning, sparkling cave scientists chose to call it Paradise. With a surprise around every corner, and a constantly beautiful backdrop to boot, this absolutely epic experience is what backpacking dreams are made of. The entire National Park is a treasure that will be attracting more attention as time passes, and you’ll be one of the first waves of travelers to experience it. Fresh off this adventure, you’ll be glad to have your friends around the next morning so you can convince each other it all really happened.

Abandon Valley Day Trek

Looking for off the beaten path? You got it! The Abandon Valley Day Trek takes you through an array of sights in the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, a 415 million-year-old rainforest that up until 2009 had been unexplored by humans. You could be in the first generation of explorers to get to know this amazing area. A trek for hikers looking for a challenge, be prepared for adventure with knowledgeable, local guides to take you through this amazingly fresh experience! This 16 km trek goes through rough, beautiful jungle and takes you to the back entrance of the Dark Cave shrouding a portion of the trek in darkness. Climbing over boulders and walking through streams you’ll be satisfying your need for adrenaline pumping action while backpacking in Vietnam. Need a helping hand? Just look over your shoulder to your friends for a positive push or some mental support. What goes around comes around, and that’s what makes this adventure bring people closer together. Bonding over the hard parts and laughing past the easy parts, you’ll be glad you challenged yourself for this amazing trek. A riverside stop midday is for more than just a BBQ lunch. Enjoy a crystal clear cave spring to cool off and swim through a narrow, dark cave river that few before you have done. You’ll also likely be the only ones there considering the undiscovered nature of the area. After an awesome meal, your guides will take you back through epic jungle, amazing views and noticeably pristine areas. You and your newly accomplished crew will be ready for a beer at the end of this one, and you’ll deserve it too!

Phong Nha Bike Ride

A true Free and Easy visit wouldn’t be complete without experiencing rural and authentic Vietnam while biking through Phong Nha. Making it all the more mysterious, the town didn’t become accessible by road or have power until 2009. What better way to enjoy a perfect warm afternoon than grabbing some bicycles, some road pops, and your TFFs and embarking on a ride where what keeps you going isn't the destination, but the joy of pure discovery. Hop on and join the ride past a great river, through beautiful rice terraces and past Vietnamese villages untouched by the outside world. Our first stop, Pepper House, gets us some shade, a dip in the pool and a refreshing beverage. After another cruise through some local villages, we head to Moi Moi, a restaurant in the middle of a farm by the river. Picturesque, or what? And with a well-deserved BBQ buffet worth writing home about and quick tube rides on the river, it's more than a pretty face. You’ll be laughing and filling your head with memories with only half the day behind you. After being fed and watered, and keeping an easy going FnEZ pace of course, we pedal across a bridge to the Pub with Cold Beer (the best named pub ever!) for another quick break, then over to Duck Stop where you can sample locally grown and harvested pepper, feed the ducks, and chill out with your comrades. Nearing the end of the day, the Phong Nha Farmstay is a great place to go to watch sunset with your friends by your side. While eating an amazing dinner and letting the whole ride sink in, the day turns into night, and our adventures slowly turn into stories we'll never forget.

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.

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.

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 for the duration of your Free & Easy experience


  • 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


  • 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: 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: Vietnam (20 Days)

  • 7 epic destinations
  • Historical walking tour of Saigon (incl. War Museum entrance)
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour (incl. Guide)
  • 3-day Jungle Beach Paradise trip
  • FNEZ sponsored beach cleanup
  • Free and Easy Rider motorcycle day trip along the Hai Van Pass (incl. entrance to Marble Mountain & Elephant Springs)
  • 2-day Halong Bay tour (kayaking, overnight stay on traditional Chinese junk boat)
  • Laughing Yoga session
  • Walking tour of Hanoi (incl. entrance to Hanoi Hilton Prison Camp)

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: Vietnam (20 Days)

  • Authentic Vietnamese style Welcome Dinner
  • All meals on the 2-day Halong Bay tour

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: Vietnam (20 Days)

  • Scuba Diving
  • Cooking class
  • Snorkel trip

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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