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Experience the Land of Smiles
Experience the Land of Smiles

We have been running this trip since 2003 and have spent a lot of years turning it into the best backpacking trip to Thailand on the planet. Winner of The World’s Most Amazing Tour of 2012  and Asia's Most Amazing Tour in 2013 by Tour Radar, our original 40-day trip to Thailand is the ultimate easy-going travel experience. Beginning and ending in Bangkok with a loop through the islands, beaches and jungles of Southern Thailand this trip is a relaxed tour through Thailand’s most amazing, fun, and lesser-known destinations. We’ll take you from some of the most insane party spots including The Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan to secluded paradises with no other tourists in sight. And always you’ll be enjoying the adventure at the nice, chilled pace that is uniquely ‘Free and Easy’.

Experience the Land of Smiles

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!

Experience the Land of Smiles
Koh Phangan

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

Experience the Land of Smiles

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

Experience the Land of Smiles
Koh Phi Phi

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

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

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Khao Sok National Park

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

Experience the Land of Smiles
Koh Samui

Being Thailand's third largest island and arguably its most beautiful, Koh Samui is a paradise that never had a chance at being hidden. Its picture-perfect background of endless tropical white-sand beaches, palm trees and lush green hills have made Koh Samui an international sensation. The island's popularity has brought a great deal of development as Koh Samui possesses upscale restaurants, shopping malls, a cinema, an incredible hospital and plenty of trendy nightclubs. The island's unique mixture of western and Thai culture makes Koh Samui a good place to indulge in any western comforts and enjoy its always-interesting nightlife! Despite the large number of tourists, Koh Samui is astonishingly beautiful and getting to the beach is always a worthwhile thing to do.

Experience the Land of Smiles
Koh Ang Thong Marine Park

A 10 km long archipelago of 42 protected islands, Koh Ang Thong National Marine Park is an island oasis of hidden lagoons, white-sand beaches, dense jungle vegetation and exotic wildlife. Fiercely protected by the Thai government, the nature here is pristine - virtually every picture you take will look like it could be a postcard! 41 of the islands are completely uninhabited, with only 1 possessing a small bar and restaurant and an array of cool cottages that we stay in. The beach on this island has some of the softest white-sand your toes have ever dug into. The water is super clean and at night you are likely to witness one of the world's greatest miracles: phosphorescence! After any day-trippers leave in the early afternoon we usually get to have this island paradise all to ourselves. The most stress you are likely to feel while on Koh Ang Thong is deciding upon which palm trees to hang your hammock from!

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Lao Liang

Most tropical islands are gorgeous but Lao Liang would win the beauty pageant if they were all to compete. You can see what we mean when you arrive to Lao Liang by boat and the white-sand beaches stretch out lazily into the calm, clear water and the sun seems to hit the water just right to keep it a stunning turquoise colour. But there's much more than just nice scenery in Lao Liang, as the atmosphere of an uncivilized island is meant to be enjoyed. On the island you get a chance to unplug yourself from the world and spend your day living in the luxury of beachside tents, where not much besides a bed, a fan and electricity is needed. Because when here, you'll be spending all your time enjoying the riches of living a slow and simple life on the gorgeous island of Lao Liang!

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Koh Lipe

"Koh Lipe, Koh Lipe, Koh Lipe I love you" goes a Thai song by the country's most famous reggae rock band: Job 2 Do. And it is quick to see why the people of Southern Thailand hold such reverence for this tiny island, which is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park located in the far-southern part of the Andaman Sea. Koh Lipe is almost completely encircled by soft, sandy beaches and its interior is filled with an interesting mountainous woodland making any wander on this gorgeous island an epic experience!

Experience the Land of Smiles
Koh Lanta

With soft and flat white-sand beaches that get plenty of sun and several of them void of many people, Koh Lanta harnesses a nice hippiesque vibe. Although some high-end resorts have moved into the island, the care-free vibe of the local fisherman and the long-time visitors seems to be winning out to preserve the best part of Koh Lanta - it's ability to make you relax. Several gorgeous caves, isolated and peaceful camping areas, amazing diving opportunities as well as the stunning Kantiang Bay showcase a few of the reasons why it's well worth it to make the trip out into the Andaman Sea to experience Koh Lanta.

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

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Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand

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!

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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!

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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!

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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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50 Days in Thailand






Experience the Land of Smiles
Experience the Land of Smiles

We have been running this trip since 2003 and have spent a lot of years turning it into the best backpacking trip to Thailand on the planet. Winner of The World’s Most Amazing Tour of 2012  and Asia's Most Amazing Tour in 2013 by Tour Radar, our original 40-day trip to Thailand is the ultimate easy-going travel experience. Beginning and ending in Bangkok with a loop through the islands, beaches and jungles of Southern Thailand this trip is a relaxed tour through Thailand’s most amazing, fun, and lesser-known destinations. We’ll take you from some of the most insane party spots including The Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan to secluded paradises with no other tourists in sight. And always you’ll be enjoying the adventure at the nice, chilled pace that is uniquely ‘Free and Easy’.

Leg 1: Experience the Land of Smiles (40 days)
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand
Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand

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Leg 2: Share the Love - Volunteer in Thailand (10 days)

Itinerary for this adventure

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Leg 1

Experience the Land of Smiles: 40 days in Thailand

Day 1-3 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 spend time exploring the city. The last day take private A/C minibus* to the train station and board the night train which will take us down south. *all of the transport on this trip will be private except for trains and ferries
Day 4-11 Koh Phangan
After the train arrives in Surat Thani we will take minibus, then ferry, then taxi, then boat taxi to our secluded beach paradise. There's a reason we stay here so long. It's a place to truly feel free. Who can get tired of that? The Full Moon Party will take place during our stay here.
Day 12-13 Koh Samui
Take taxi boat to the pier and take ferry to Koh Samui. Take private transfer to our guesthouse. Spend time exploring the Island
Day 14 Khao Sok Ntnl Park
Take minibus to the pier and take ferry to the mainland. Take bus to Khao Sok National Park. Enjoy your stay in this beautiful jungle paradise.
Day 15-17 Cheow Lan Lake Trip
Take a bus to Ratchaprapha Pier. Continue by long-tail boat out to the floating bungalows deep in the wild of Cheow Lan Lake. Enjoy lake living in this heavenly secluded spot
Day 18-19 Khao Sok
Take long-tail boat back to the pier and continue by bus to Khao Sok National Park. Enjoy your stay in this beautiful jungle paradise. A cool river runs through this small town, the perfect venue for a float on an inner tube with all your friends. Why not fill up a cooler with your favourite beverage? Sip away as you casually weave through the jungle. Thai cooking classes, hiking, and even night safaris are also nearby optional activities.
Day 20-23 Koh Phi Phi
Take bus and ferry to the Phi Phi islands. Here you will find outstanding scuba-diving, viewpoint hike, boat trips, snorkelling, and Maya Bay which was made famous as the set for the Leonardo DiCaprio movie 'The Beach'.
Day 24-29 Railay
Take ferry to Railay beach. Railay is home of two of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is completely surrounded by limestone cliffs, making it only accessible by boat. The same towering limestone cliffs are home to one of the top spots in the world for rock climbing.
Day 30-31 Lao Liang
Take minibus transfer to Trang. Take longtail boat transfer to Lao Liang Island. Now you know what it feels like to have a deserted paradise island just for you and your friends. Sleep in tents 2 meters from the beach. Rockclimb, snorkel, swim, repeat.
Day 32-36 Koh Lipe
Take longtail boat to the Trang pier and take a minibus to Pak Bara pier. Take speedboat to Koh Lipe. On the last day take speedboat back to the pier and take minibus to the train station and board the night train bound for Bangkok.
Day 37-40 Bangkok
Arrive off the night train and take minibus to the guesthouse. Spend time exploring Bangkok. Group departs the last day.
Leg 2

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. 

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Spend a Night in a Floating Bungalow

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

Go Scuba Diving

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

Swim Through Phosphorescence

Phosphorescence (or bioluminescence) is the emission of light created by a variety of tiny, almost microscopic creatures as a defence mechanism. Perhaps the most fascinating display of this phenomenon takes place in the ocean when thousands of bioluminescent plankton scintillate a beautiful blue-green glow that brightens as the plankton are agitated. They can be stimulated by anything from crashing waves to moving boats or from people playing in the water! This opportunity to feel like you're creating magic occurs at times in almost every country we travel to and sometimes the plankton arrive in a magnificent density, creating some of the most unforgettable nights on our trips – most notably in Lao Liang and Koh Ang Thong in Thailand, but also along the Pacific Coast of Central America. So just because the sun has set doesn’t always mean the fun in the water is over! Always be sure to take a few steps into shore and check if you may have the opportunity to swim through phosphorescence because it's one of the most fun and beautiful experiences you may ever have!

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!

See "The Beach"

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

Tubing in Thailand

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

Meet an Elephant

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

Have a Tropical Island All to Yourself

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

Rock Climb Up a Natural Cliff Face

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

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!

Go Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping is one of those activities we all imagine we'll do once in our lives, but it's usually when people are travelling that they do it for the first time. Maybe it's because they don't give themselves the time at home or maybe it's because people feel a little more courageous away from home or maybe it's just a matter of: if not now, then when? Either way, bungee jumping is always a favourite activity on our trips and many people are encouraged to give it a try and why not? It's exciting! You're standing at the edge, staring out into the distance and feeling the fear build up inside you and then you finally leap off the edge and get a huge adrenaline rush as you fly straight down! It's quite a mental trip when you see the earth approaching so fast and your brain is telling you that you're about to die, but then you stop and go flying back up into the air as if you've just been reborn! If you've even got a slight urge to try it out then take the leap, you won't regret it!

Dance Until Sunrise at the Full Moon Party **

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

Trek through a Tropical Jungle

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

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

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

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!

Practice Yoga on the Beach

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

Bathe Under a Waterfall

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

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.

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.

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!

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: Share the Love (10 Days)

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

Activities: Thailand (40 Days)

  • Bangkok Temple Tour
  • 3 Viewpoint Hikes
  • 3 day, 2 Night National Park Rainforest Floating Lakehouse Trip (3 meals a day, and National Park Fee incl.)
  • Kayaking while at the
  • Phi Phi Island/Maya Bay Sunset Boat Trip (incl. dinner, kayaking, snorkelling, and National Park Fee)
  • River Tubing through a Tropical Rainforest
  • Cave Hike w/ Local Guide
  • Visit to a traditional, local Thai Market
  • The Free and Easy Full Moon Party Experience
  • Beach Olympics
  • Free & Easy sponsored
  • Additional National Park Fees {PP, Lao Liang, Lipe]

Meals: Share the Love (10 Days)

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

Meals: Thailand (40 Days)

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

Optional Activities: Share the Love (10 Days)

Optional Activities: Thailand (40 Days)

  • Yoga
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Bungee jumping
  • Ziplining
  • Snorkel trip
  • Lady boy show
  • Boat cruise
  • Muay Thai lessons
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing

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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Thailand (40 Days)

  • ​The Original 40-Day Thailand backpacking adventure...(since 2003, often imitated, never duplicated)
  • A FREE hand-woven, jumbo hammock of your choice ($130 value)

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