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Experience it All
Experience it All

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

Experience it All

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

Experience it All

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

Experience it All

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

Experience it All
Mount Rinjani

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

Experience it All
The Gili Islands

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

Experience it All
Kuta Beach, Bali

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

The Ultimate Journey
Laos, Thailand, Cambodia
The Ultimate Journey

For those who want to experience a ton of adventure, but at more of a vacation pace, then our 40-day trip through Laos, Thailand and Cambodia is exactly what the doctor ordered. With all the amazing experiences that our LTC trip offers mixed with a couple stops at breathtaking beaches, this trip is the perfect combination of an incredible travel experience and an opportunity to rest and relax in the sun. And although the beach-time slows this trip down a little, don’t expect too much downtime as we’ve added in some additional travel experiences so that you can fully appreciate the magnificent region you’ll be travelling through on this amazing adventure designed around Free & Easy’s signature 40-day timeframe!

The Ultimate Journey

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!

The Ultimate Journey
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!

The Ultimate Journey
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.

The Ultimate Journey
Mae Ngat Dam

This hydroelectric dam has created a huge reservoir that is essentially a gorgeous lake surrounded by lush jungle hills…and it’s only 30 mins from Chiang Mai. There we will be retreating to our own secluded lake house to wash off the muck after our multi day jungle trek and relax in this off-the-beaten-path paradise. This will be an experience like no other. Spend your days tanning on the deck, swimming in the cool waters, going for a paddle in a kayak to a super cool local temple, or drinking beers with your TFFs as you watch the sun set. All your meals will be included, so after your trek through the jungles of Northern Thailand, all you will need to worry about is whether you put on enough sunscreen or should really have another beer (the answer to this one is always yes). Your days at the lake house will be some of the best of your life.

The Ultimate Journey
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.

The Ultimate Journey
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!

The Ultimate Journey
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.

The Ultimate Journey
Phnom Penh

Situated along the banks of the massive Mekong River, Phnom Penh is an old Asian city that despite being through large-scale wars and revolutions still maintains a charm that is deserved of the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The spectacular spires of the Royal Palace reach into the sky and the crowded streets are coloured by the saffron robes of Buddhist monks and always, the river flows through the city. However, poverty is prevalent and evidence of the brutal civil wars can be seen in the people and places throughout the city, but that will not and should not ever be forgotten. Learning about the terrible atrocities committed during the wars in Cambodia are an important part of visiting Phnom Penh and going to the very informative museums and visiting the killing fields are sad experiences, but they will give you a deeper understanding of the history of the country and its people.

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Sihanoukville puts on display the wonderful and little-visited Cambodian coastline, which is covered in white-sand beaches and undeveloped tropical islands. And Sihanoukville is arguably the cream of the crop when it comes to Cambodia’s beaches, its as laid-back as a place can be. The people that come to visit are often looking for nothing more than a perfect place to relax, and there aren’t many places more peaceful than Sihanoukville.

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Koh Ta Kiev

Existing within squinting distance of Sihanoukville, Koh Ta Kiev glimmers on the horizon as a mirage of paradise that appears to have separated itself from the mainland and drifted out to sea. Arriving by boat, the surreal elements of this island come into focus and you have now become privy to one of Cambodia’s best-kept secrets. The lush nature beckons with life, the calm turquoise water pats at the shore invitingly, and seemingly everywhere you look is the most idyllic spot to set-up shop and enjoy the serenity of beach life. Virtually pulled right from the best parts of our imagination, Koh Ta Kiev will give you the chance to soak up a picture-perfect tropical paradise in its most pristine form. Take yourself away from the grid, away from the mainland, away from all the troubles of the world, and into one of Southeast Asia’s greatest treasures! 

The Ultimate Journey
Koh Chang

Koh Chang (which means Elephant Island) is covered in gorgeous cliffs and peaks that rise steeply from the sea and are covered in lush jungle vegetation. The peaks drop down in places to give-way to small fields of sand that create picturesque beaches, which may not be as nice as those found on some of the other islands in Thailand but are still remarkable places to relax for the day and enjoy the incredible natural beauty surrounding Koh Chang. A raucous but still laid-back party scene is widespread through Koh Chang, as like many places in Thailand the number one priority here is fun and come night time, there is just as much fun to be had as during the day!

Epic Adventure
60 Days in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia






Experience it All
Experience it All

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

Leg 1: Experience it All (20 days)
The Ultimate Journey
Laos, Thailand, Cambodia
The Ultimate Journey

For those who want to experience a ton of adventure, but at more of a vacation pace, then our 40-day trip through Laos, Thailand and Cambodia is exactly what the doctor ordered. With all the amazing experiences that our LTC trip offers mixed with a couple stops at breathtaking beaches, this trip is the perfect combination of an incredible travel experience and an opportunity to rest and relax in the sun. And although the beach-time slows this trip down a little, don’t expect too much downtime as we’ve added in some additional travel experiences so that you can fully appreciate the magnificent region you’ll be travelling through on this amazing adventure designed around Free & Easy’s signature 40-day timeframe!

Leg 2: The Ultimate Journey (40 days)

Itinerary for this adventure

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Leg 1

Experience it All: 20 days in Indonesia

Day 1 Jakarta
Group flights arrive in the afternoon or late evening. If you arrive early you will have the opportunity to walk the bustling streets of Jakarta and visit the National Monument and surrounding park. This is the perfect occasion to sample Indonesian cuisine and beverages while getting to know your group.
Day 2-5 Pangandaran
Take a private A/C bus* from Jakarta to Pangandaran. While in Pangandaran you will get to experience, beach bonfires, surfing, the Green Canyon tour, a local fish market and more! *on this trip all bus transport will be private A/C
Day 6-7 Yogyakarta
Take a bus and then train to Yogyakarta. Here visit historic Borobudur, the largest Buddhist Temple in the world, and watch the sunrise over volcanoes on the horizon. We also have a fun way of showing you some of the hidden gems of this culturally rich city.
Day 8-10 Mount Rinjani
An early morning flight will take you to the island of Lombok. From there we take a bus to Senaru, which is a small town at the base town of Mount Rinjani. The following day will be spent trekking up to the Crater Rim of Mount Rinjani where you will watch the sunset from above the clouds and then camp underneath the stars. Watch the sunrise, and start the trek back down to Senaru where you can celebrate your accomplishment!
Day 11-15 Gili Trawangan
Take a minivan and then a short ride on a local boat over to the paradise island of Gili Trawangan. Here the pace of the trip slows right down so you can experience Gili island living! Enjoy the beach life, or stay busy with scuba diving, paddle boarding, snorkelling with sea turtles, amazing food and nightlife that's perfect for backpackers.
Day 16-20 Kuta, Bali
Board the high speed "Fast boat" to Bali and then minivans to Kuta, Bali. Our centrally located hotel is minutes away from Kuta Beach, perfect for sunsets and learning to surf. Other options include traditional Balinese dance shows, white-water rafting, an incredible water park, or dance the night away at one of the many multi-storey night clubs! On the last day taxis take the group to Denpasar airport for departure.
Leg 2

The Ultimate Journey: 40 days in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia

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 then have some time to explore Bangkok. What better way get acquainted with your group than with a local Thai family style dinner, and then dancing in the street on on the infamous Khao San Road? On our last day we'll take private A/C minibus* to the train station and board the Northbound night train. *all transportation on this trip is private except for trains and planes.
Day 4 Chiang Mai
Arrive off the train and take minibus transfer to our guesthouse. Our guesthouse is 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 5-6 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 a waterfall, and even visit some hot springs. We'll begin our 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 7-8 Floating Bungalows
After finish the trek, and disembarking from the bamboo rafts, we'll take our private transfer to Mae Ngat Dam. From here, a short long-tail boat transfer will take us to our private floating bungalows! With diving platforms, a full scale restaurant, kayaks, floaties, and a well equipped bar, this is the perfect place to relax and refresh from the rigorous Jungle Trek.
Day 9-11 Chiang Mai
Upon arrival at the pier, we'll take minivans back to our guesthouse in 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, to street food dining, Muay Thai boxing rings, and a variety of markets. Optional adventures outside the city include ziplining, bungee jumping, massage schools, temples, cooking classes... you name it, Chiang Mai has it!
Day 12 Huai Kon
Depart from Chiang Mai via private A/C minibuses to Huai Kon, which is right on the border with Laos. This quiet, rural destination breaks up a long travel day.
Day 13-15 Luang Prabang
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 way of travel offers stunning scenery and a unique perspective into rural river life as we casually make our way to Luang Prabang. This culturally rich city is a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to more Buddhist temples per capita than anywhere else in the world! These temples house 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 16-19 Vang Vieng
Take A/C coach bus to Vang Vieng. Surrounded by the natural beauty of rivers, mountains and forest, this is a perfect way to enjoy an array of outdoor activities. There are opportunities for rock-climbing, kayaking, caving or joining your group for a float down the famous Nam Song river on an inner tube, and visiting by the river-side bars that the dot the banks along the way.
Day 20 Vientiane
Take an A/C bus through the mountainous highlands of Laos to Vientiane, the capital city. From our hotel, you can easily explore the city's fascinating architecture steeped in a French influence.
Day 21-25 Siem Reap
Take minibus transfer to the airport and fly to Siem Reap. This city 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!
Day 26-27 Phnom Phen
Take bus to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia situated along the banks of the massive Mekong River. The city offers a humbling insight into the dark reign of the Khmer Rouge. A solemn visit to the Killing Fields and S-21 Prison (incl.) offer chilling perspectives that cannot be ignored by any visitor to Cambodia. Afterwards, relax and meet fellow travellers at the roof-top bar above our hotel.
Day 28-30 Sihanoukville
Take private bus transfer to Sihanoukville. Cambodia's coast offers large white-sand beaches and undeveloped tropical islands, and is far less frequented than other beach destinations in the region. This means no crowds, cheap cost-of-living, and a very relaxed pace of beach life.
Day 31-32 Koh Ta Kiev
We'll walk to the beach, and then board the boat to Koh Ta Kiev. This place will give you the chance to soak up a picture-perfect tropical paradise in its most pristine form. Shallow bays surround the island with crystal clear water, and most of the islands visitors are only there for a quick day-trip. But when we stay over-night, it feels we're the only ones on the entire island!
Day 33-34 Sihanoukville
Take the boat back to Sihanoukville, and enjoy the many beachside restaurants with fresh seafood or sun-tan on the beach with your favourite cocktail and a good book. There are also numerous water sports available to try.
Day 35-37 Koh Chang
Take private A/C bus transfer to Trat in Thailand. Take ferry to Koh Chang and take private transfer to our beach. Our beachfront resort is a short walk from a town with live music, reggae bars, tattoo parlours, and plenty of shopping. Take some time to reflect on your trip with your new friends while relaxing on the beach.
Day 38-40 Bangkok
Take private transfer to the pier and take the ferry back to Trat. Take private A/C minibus to the guesthouse in Bangkok. Enjoy the last days of the trip in this boisterous city with last minute shopping opportunities, buying tailor-made clothing, exploring the streets, or partying on the infamous Khao San Road. On the last day the group will take taxis to the airport for departure.

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

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

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

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Explore Angkor Wat

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

Traditional Kecak Fire Dance Show at Uluwatu

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

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!

Chill at a Lake House

What better way to end a days-long trek through the jungle than by retreating to a secluded lake house in the middle of the hills of Northern Thailand? Rinse off the jungle muck in the clear fresh water of the lake, crack open a beer (or five), and relax in your own private lake house. Oh, did we mention that this lake house is also floating in the middle of the lake! We include all meals in this stay so there's no need to even worry about what you're going to eat. With one amazing meal after another served up to you right at the floating lake house you can spend your days in a cool reclined position or roll into the water for a refreshing swim or hop on a kayak and paddle to an amazing local temple. As nighttime arrives you can take your lake experience a step further and either crash out for one of the most peaceful sleeps of your life or sip on some frosty beers and cocktails until the wee hours of the morning. It's your place and it's smack dab in the middle of the lake so you can do whatever you damn well please! This is an amazing time to spend with your group and will no doubt bring everyone closer together, for there is a rule that many of us already know: what happens at the lake stays at the lake!

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.

Meet an Elephant

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

Sunset Bike Trip

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

Ride in a Hot Air Balloon

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

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.

Sunrise at Borobudur

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

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!

Camp on Top of an Active Volcano

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

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

Fly Under Water

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

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

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

Have One Night in Bangkok

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

Snorkel Trip in a Glass Bottom Boat

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

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!

Cambodian Genocide History Tour

This is one of those sobering days that will change your life. The Cambodian Genocide perpetrated by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge from 1975 until 1979 resulted in the deaths of almost a quarter of the population of Cambodia (or between 2 and 3 million people). Our tour will begin with a local guide taking us through S-21, a high school that was turned into a prison during the genocide. This will be followed by a tuk-tuk ride to Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre, the best-known of the sites known as the Killing Fields. The Killing Fields were the mass graves used around the country by the Khmer Rouge regime to dispose of political prisoners and undesirables. Choeung Ek contained close to 9,000 bodies when it was discovered. Here you will be able to walk through the site at your own pace with an audio tour. The whole day will be filled with incredibly heartbreaking information, but as a huge part of the country's recent past it must be experienced to fully understand Cambodian history.

Surf A Wave

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

Go 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.

Authentic Thai Cooking Class

This must-do activity in Northern Thailand is a dream come true for any foodie, traveler, or just plain hungry person. Start the day by meeting up with your host at a local market where you will help pick up fresh ingredients among the bustling, laughing Thai people. Then it’s off to your host’s home, a beautiful villa with a huge garden where more of your ingredients come know it’s going to be good. Even though nothing is pre-made and you are actually preparing every part of the meal, this doesn’t feel like work. With nap time included, it’s an easy going day of cooking, tasting, and enjoying with your TFFs. Plus, with 5 meals in total (one of them is desert!) you’ll be stuffed, rested, and ready to show off your new skills in the kitchen to your family and friends back home.

Watch a Traditional Muay Thai Fight

You want authentic? You got it. Grab a cold one, take a seat, and come watch the national sport of Thailand in it’s hometown: Chiang Mai! With open air stadiums surrounded by street food, street beers, and a ton of locals, you’ll be right in the middle of an ultimate part of Thai Culture. The Thai People take Muay Thai quite seriously, with events ranging in age from young children to full fledged athletes who have been training all of their life. This is real, intense, amazing stuff that you won’t want to miss on your trip to Northern Thailand. Feeling gutsy? Place a bet with a local, or your TFF, and join the scene!

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: Indonesia (20 Days)

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

Activities: LTC (40 Days)

  • Bangkok Temple Tour
  • 3-day Angkor Wat Pass (incl. one day guided tour)
  • 3-day Northern Thailand Hill Tribe Trek (ethical elephant encounter, bamboo rafting)
  • 2 Night Lake House Trip (incl. kayaks, Jungle Temple, and caving)
  • Transportation to a day of activities in Chiang Mai
  • Doi Suthep Temple Tour
  • Slowboat to Laos
  • Kuang Si Waterfall trip
  • Guide at S21 War Prison
  • 2 day Koh Ta Kiev island experience
  • FNEZ sponsored beach cleanup

Meals: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • All meals incl. on 2-Day Mt. Rinjani Volcano Crater trek
  • Breakfast incl. in Jakarta & Pangandaran 

Meals: LTC (40 Days)

  • Traditional family style Thai dinner
  • All meals included on the 3-day Nothern Thailand Hill Tribe Trek
  • All meals included on the the 2-night Lake House trip
  • 3 meals inluced on the slowboat to Laos

Optional Activities: Indonesia (20 Days)

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

Optional Activities: LTC (40 Days)

  • Kayak and Cave Trip
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Cooking Class
  • Ziplining
  • Muay Thai Fight
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tubing in Vang Vieng 

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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