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Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Step Off The Beaten Path

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

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Cebu

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

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Malapascua

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

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Boracay

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

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Palawan

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

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

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

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

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

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Sabang Beach, Palawan

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

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
El Nido, Palawan

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

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Coron

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

 
Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Manila.

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

 
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam
A Cultural Paradise

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

 
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam
Saigon

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

 
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam
Jungle Beach

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

 
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam
Hoi An

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

 
A Cultural Paradise
My Khe Beach Group
Vietnam
My Khe Beach

My Khe Beach is one of our newest additions to this unique trip! With it's huge, white-sand beach and calm, warm water we couldn't resist showing our travelers this amazing place! It's truly a peaceful and relaxing stop, surrounded by the beauty and wonder of nature to keep you company. The secret magic of My Khe Beach? Wake up for the sunrise! Enjoy the scenery of this amazing sunrise beach from your accommodation: we stay a mere 50 meters from the beach! The water is great for SUPs, chilling, and floating the day away. Spend your days visiting the temple that is mere steps from our guest house, enjoying the beach, or soaking in the joy of doing nothing!

 
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam
Hué

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

 
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam
Phong Nha

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

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

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

 
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam Group Travel
Vietnam
Halong Bay

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

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

 
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam
Hanoi

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

 
Bali & The Gili Islands
Indonesia
Bali & The Gili Islands

Two of the greatest spots in the world, Bali & The Gili Islands serve up a sweet list of experiences that make all 10-days of this trip legendary. Dig your toes into some of the softest sand known to man, drop in on some cool crisp waves and surf ’til your arms fall off, hit up all-night beach parties and dance until you see the sun, slap a snorkel on and follow a sea turtle around as you swim through calm, clear water. Venture away from the beach and walk through ancient temples, witness beautiful spiritual ceremonies, and spot some interesting and rare wildlife. From the late-nights to the early mornings to everything in-between, you’re going to want to soak up all you can of this 10-day trip! If you ever need to catch up on sleep, then we prescribe a beach siesta or a couple cool ones in the hammock as everything, even sleep, is to be thoroughly enjoyed while in Indonesia! 

 
Bali & The Gili Islands
Indonesia
Ubud

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

 
Bali & The Gili Islands
Indonesia
The Gili Islands

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

 
Bali & The Gili Islands
Indonesia
Kuta Beach, Bali

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

 
Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks
Thailand
Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks

Want to get off-the-beaten-path? Then this 10 day trip to Northern Thailand is for you. While most travelers heading to Thailand only dream of white sand beaches, little do they know that the north is the cultural heart of the country, filled to the brim with towns, jungles, rivers and temples that will blow your mind. Each day, you’ll wake up to something new and uniquely Thailand. From the Buddhist culture to the unrivalled flavors of Thai cuisine and the characteristic smile of its locals, every last second spent in Thailand is one to remember! If you want, this trip can keep your daily itinerary filled to the brim with a seemingly endless amount of incredible things to see and do. There are the incredible night markets of Chiang Mai, bamboo rafting down a river in the deep jungle, swimming and relaxing at a secluded floating lake house, having an insane night on Khao San Road in Bangkok…you will be experiencing so much more than could ever be described. And this trip is perfectly combinable! Whether you want to tack on 10 days of beaching it in Southern Thailand, 20 days of cultural exploration in Vietnam, or however many days in any other country Free & Easy goes to, there are so many options that allow you to continue your adventure through Southeast Asia. Start living free.

 
Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks
Thailand
Bangkok-

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

 
Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks
Thailand
Chiang Mai

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

 
Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks
Thailand
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.

 
Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks
Thailand
Jungle Trek

In the lush and tropical jungles north of Chiang Mai in Thailand, we go on an epic 3-day jungle trek that includes an amazing array of activities including ethically interacting with elephants, bathing under a waterfall and riding a bamboo raft down a river! We spend 2 nights camping 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 massive huts that fit the entire group and each morning we wake up, eat breakfast, shake off the happy water cobwebs and continue on our adventure through the beautiful wilderness. It's an experience that fully encompasses the trials and tribulations of trekking through a tropical jungle and will reward you with an incredible feeling and unforgettable memory when it's all over.

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Step Off The Beaten Path
Philippines
Step Off The Beaten Path

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

Leg 1: Step Off The Beaten Path (20 days)
A Cultural Paradise
Vietnam
A Cultural Paradise

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

Leg 2: A Cultural Paradise (20 days)
Bali & The Gili Islands
Indonesia
Bali & The Gili Islands

Two of the greatest spots in the world, Bali & The Gili Islands serve up a sweet list of experiences that make all 10-days of this trip legendary. Dig your toes into some of the softest sand known to man, drop in on some cool crisp waves and surf ’til your arms fall off, hit up all-night beach parties and dance until you see the sun, slap a snorkel on and follow a sea turtle around as you swim through calm, clear water. Venture away from the beach and walk through ancient temples, witness beautiful spiritual ceremonies, and spot some interesting and rare wildlife. From the late-nights to the early mornings to everything in-between, you’re going to want to soak up all you can of this 10-day trip! If you ever need to catch up on sleep, then we prescribe a beach siesta or a couple cool ones in the hammock as everything, even sleep, is to be thoroughly enjoyed while in Indonesia! 

Leg 3: Bali & The Gili Islands (10 days)
Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks
Thailand
Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks

Want to get off-the-beaten-path? Then this 10 day trip to Northern Thailand is for you. While most travelers heading to Thailand only dream of white sand beaches, little do they know that the north is the cultural heart of the country, filled to the brim with towns, jungles, rivers and temples that will blow your mind. Each day, you’ll wake up to something new and uniquely Thailand. From the Buddhist culture to the unrivalled flavors of Thai cuisine and the characteristic smile of its locals, every last second spent in Thailand is one to remember! If you want, this trip can keep your daily itinerary filled to the brim with a seemingly endless amount of incredible things to see and do. There are the incredible night markets of Chiang Mai, bamboo rafting down a river in the deep jungle, swimming and relaxing at a secluded floating lake house, having an insane night on Khao San Road in Bangkok…you will be experiencing so much more than could ever be described. And this trip is perfectly combinable! Whether you want to tack on 10 days of beaching it in Southern Thailand, 20 days of cultural exploration in Vietnam, or however many days in any other country Free & Easy goes to, there are so many options that allow you to continue your adventure through Southeast Asia. Start living free.

Leg 4: Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks (10 days)

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Leg 1

Step Off The Beaten Path: 20 days in Philippines

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

A Cultural Paradise: 20 days in Vietnam

Day 1-3 Ho Chi Minh City
Group flight arrives late in the evening. Meet your group over drinks at the guesthouse. The following days we will visit the War Remnants Museum, and the Cu Chi Tunnels tour. Free time to explore the capital of Vietnam, formerly known as Saigon. The last day take private minibus transfer* to the train station and board the night train North to Nha Trang. *on this adventure all transportation is private except for the night train where the group's rooms will be located together.
Day 4-6 Jungle Beach
Arrive off the night train and take the bus to Jungle Beach. Enjoy a relaxed pace in this secluded beach paradise. On our last day, we will take a large private over-night sleeper bus from Jungle Beach straight to Hoi An.
Day 7-9 Hoi An
Arrive off the night bus in the morning in Hoi An which is sure to be one of the most charming and enjoyable cities you'll ever visit. Hoi An is not only one of the best places to purchase tailor-made clothes but also the cheapest, the beaches are also nearby, and this is your best chance on the trip to try scuba-diving.
Day 10-11 My Khe Beach
We will check out at 11 am and depart Hoi An for a quick minibus ride to My Khe Beach. Enjoy the scenery of this amazing sunrise beach from your accommodation: we stay a mere 50 meters from the beach! The water is great for SUPs, chilling, and floating the day away. Spend your days visiting the temple that is mere steps from our guest house, enjoying the beach, or soaking in the joy of doing nothing!
Day 12 Hué
Get ready for the ride of your life: the Free & Easy Rider motorcycle adventure! We will form a huge convoy of large motorbikes driven by experienced local drivers and see the best that Vietnam has to offer on our way to Hué. Discoveries are endless in the ancient capital which was built around the Perfume River.
Day 13-16 Phong Nha
We will depart Hue on a 9 am bus for Phong Na and arrive by 1 pm. We will spend the next three days soaking in the rural jungle landscape as we explore the caves, partake in some adrenaline fuelled adventures and take in the stunning views. On the last day we will depart at 6 pm on a night bus for Hanoi
Day 17 Hanoi
A bustling yet beautiful city, Hanoi is the jewelled capital of Vietnam. Our hotel in Old Town is minutes away from revolutionary museums, ancient pagodas, art shops, Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, famous water-puppet shows, and more.
Day 18 Halong Bay
Take bus to Halong Bay. Board our private Free & Easy Chinese Junk-Style Ship equipped with a bar, large sun-deck, dining space, 2 person cabins w/ bathrooms, cooks, full crew and music! Cruise the bay between over 3000 looming, limestone isles rising from the emerald waters. The scenery is a true masterpiece of nature. Sleep overnight on the boat.
Day 19-20 Hanoi
After returning to the pier on our boat, we'll take the bus back to Hanoi. The Capital of Vietnam offers opportunities for last minute shopping, endless hidden gems, and plenty of backpacker nightlife including karaoke. Perfect for the last nights before the group departs.
Leg 3

Bali & The Gili Islands: 10 days in Indonesia

Day 1 Kuta
Group flights arrive in the afternoon. Get acquainted with the busy streets of Kuta, Bali and your meet your group over some food and drinks.
Day 2-3 Ubud
We take A/C minivans to the nearby cultural destination of Ubud. Here we will see the more rural side of Bali and get a chance to see monkeys, temples and spend a day cycling through the countryside or enjoy a cooking class.
Day 4-6 Gili Trawangan
Take a private A/C minivan to the pier and board the high speed "Fast boat" 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, amazing food and nightlife that's perfect for backpackers.
Day 7-10 Kuta
We'll take the "Fast Boat" and then our minivans to get back 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 multiple storey night clubs! On the last day taxis take the group to Denpasar airport for departure.
Leg 4

Temples, Tribes & Tuk Tuks: 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 venture to Wat Arun Temple for a guided tour (incl.) and then board the overnight train North towards Chiang Mai. *all transportation on this trip is private except for trains and planes.
Day 3-4 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. All meals included on the jungle trek.
Day 7 Floating Bungalows
After finishing 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, floats, and a well equipped bar, this is the perfect place to relax and refresh from the rigorous Jungle Trek. All meals included on the floating bungalows
Day 8-9 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 markets. Optional adventures outside the city include ziplining, bungee jumping, massage schools, temples, cooking classes...you name it, Chiang Mai has it! ** Enjoy your last night with the group.
Day 10 Bangkok
Take minibus transfer to Chiang Mai airport and take a speedy one hour plus flight to Bangkok. Arrive at the airport and take minibus to the backpacker district in Bangkok. Enjoy the rest of the day in Bangkok exploring, shopping, eating, drinking and countless other activities in this cosmopolitain city. Trip ends. *** If you are booking your own flight, make sure you departures is in the evening of this day at the earliest. If you have any questions about this please contact us at travel@fnez.com

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

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

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

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

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

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, it 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!

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!

Party on a Junk Ship in Halong Bay

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

Meet an Elephant

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

Cruise Down the Vietnamese Coast on a Motorbike

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

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!

Walk through the Cu Chi Tunnels

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

Get Any Outfit You Can Imagine Tailor-made

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

Trek through a Tropical Jungle

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

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

Travel through the Puerto Princesa Underground River

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

Streetside Bia Hoi

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

Spend 3 Days in a Secluded Beach Paradise

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

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! 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.

Visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud

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

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!

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.

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!

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!

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

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

Paradise Cave: Asia's Largest Dry Cave

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

Abandon Valley Day Trek

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

Phong Nha Bike Ride

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

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) 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.

Learn to be a Mermaid (or Merman)

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

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 from...you 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!

Bike Ride Adventure through Ubud!

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

Visit Hot Springs after a long travel day

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

Twelve Tastes of Thailand

Step off the beaten path and into the lush jungle where a meal becomes an experience with 12 authentic, home-cooked Thai meals included in this adventure. Our food journey begins in the villages of the North Thai jungle, and continues through to the lakehouse for four days of delicious family-style meals. Traditionally Thai cuisine is centered on five essential flavors: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. Each meal includes a delicious rush of flavor and leaves you wanting more. Once we arrive to the first village our local guides work with the villagers to prepare the homemade meal, and there’s always room for an extra set of hands in the kitchen. Later we sit down to this fresh meal overlooking the rice fields and gardens where the food was grown. Our second day in the jungle is filled with a delicious variety of meals! We start the day with the freshest of eggs, trek to our lunch spot to enjoy endless noodle soup, and finally for dinner we dive into a meal of meat and veggie skewers with curry, which are presented to us on homemade bamboo plates. What a rush! After a much-needed digestion break we head to the campfire and top our night off with some local “Happy Water”. The following morning we hop on our bamboo rafts and head for a Pad Thai lunch stop on our way out to the lake house. Our flavour journey doesn’t stop there as our taste buds are in for a treat out at the lake. Some highlights include: traditional Chiang Mai sausage with sticky rice, fresh fish, tom yum, and pork chops. Vegetarian? No problem! All of our meals can be adjusted to accommodate a vegetarian diet. Take your taste buds on a flavour rollercoaster in Northern Thailand!

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! ** We will always strive to make a beach cleanup happen, but sometimes we may not be able to make it happen **

Party for Prosthetics

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

Accommodations and Transportation

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Transportation

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

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

Leaders

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

Domestic Flight: Thailand North (10 Days)

  • Flight from Chiang Mai back to Bangkok

Activities: Indonesia (10 Days)

  • Entrance to the Monkey Forest in Ubud
  • Bicycle rental on sunset trip around the Gilis
  • Snorkel trip on a glass bottom boat in the Gilis
  • Traditional Kecak Fire Dance Show at Uluwatu

Activities: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

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

*seasonal (September-June)

Activities: Thailand North (10 Days)

  • 3-day Northern Thailand Hill Tribe Trek (ethical elephant encounter, bamboo rafting)
  • Lake House Trip (incl. kayaks, Jungle Temple, and caving)
  • Transportation to a day of activities in Chiang Mai
  • Wat Arun Temple Tour
  • Doi Suthep Temple Tour

Activities: Vietnam (20 Days)

  • 8 epic destinations
  • Historical walking tour of Saigon (incl. War Museum entrance)
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour (incl. Guide)
  • 3-day Jungle Beach Paradise trip
  • FNEZ sponsored beach cleanup
  • Entrance to Marble Mountain 
  • Free and Easy Rider motorcycle day trip along the Hai Van Pass (incl entrance to Elephant Springs)
  • 2-day Halong Bay tour (overnight stay on traditional Chinese junk boat)
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay
  • Laughing Yoga session
  • National Park tour in Phong Nha to Worlds largest cave complex
  • Dark Cave Mudding in a 415 Million year old Rainforest
  • Entrance to Hoi An old city Unesco world heritage site

Meals: Indonesia (10 Days)

  • Traditional Balinese Dinner
  • Breakfast in Ubud

Meals: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

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

Meals: Thailand North (10 Days)

  • Traditional family style Thai dinner
  • All meals included on the 3-day Nothern Thailand Hill Tribe Trek
  • All meals included on the the Lake House trip

Meals: Vietnam (20 Days)

  • Authentic Vietnamese style Welcome Dinner
  • All meals on the 2-day Halong Bay tour
  • Lunch on Phong Nha National Park Day Trip

Optional Activities: Indonesia (10 Days)

  • Scuba Diving
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Bali Countryside Bicycle Trip
  • Balinese Cooking Class
  • Waterpark
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Coral Surfing
  • Yoga
  • Volcano Sunrise hike up Mt.Batur in Bali

Optional Activities: Philippines (Off the Beaten Path)

  • Scuba Diving (Dive World War 2 ship wrecks!)
  • Fishing
  • Boat trip
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Yoga 

Optional Activities: Thailand North (10 Days)

 
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Cooking Class
  • Ziplining
  • Muay Thai Fight

Optional Activities: Vietnam (20 Days)

  • Scuba Diving
  • Cooking class
  • Snorkel trip

Not Included

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

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