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Bali Fitness & Beach Adventure

Bali Fitness & Beach Adventure

This trip combines two of our best experiences in Bali; our Bali bootcamp and our awesome 10 day Bali Epic. If you are looking to give your health and fitness a good boost and still have an adventure holiday, then this is the perfect combination for you.

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Bali Fitness & Beaches Adventure

Combining two of our best experiences in Bali, Indonesia

This trip combines two of our best experiences in Bali; The Bali Fitness bootcamp and our awesome 10 day Bali Epic trip. Whilst joining us at bootcamp for a week or two to focus on your health might be your main priority, it is great to know that you are able to see and do that much more by adding on a 10-day adventure and really get the chance to experience the best of Bali. Besides, who wouldn’t want to show off their new Bali body, while exploring the rest of this beautiful place and visiting the pristine golden beaches that coat the island!?

HIGHLIGHTS

Bali Fitness Bootcamp

  • A new lease of life, improved fitness and new friends in paradise!
  • Motivation guaranteed! Train with fun, like-minded people and professional trainers! (don’t worry we are certainly not all in great shape :))
  • Great nutrition with a healthy meal plan with an energy boosting menu
  • Gorgeous luxury resort stay in Our Fitness Villa or Deluxe resort
  • Find a new addiction! One surf lesson in Bali included
  • Awesome excursion to Uluwatu temple and sunset beach!

10 Day Epic Bali Trip

  • Explore Majestic temples
  • Discover beautiful waterfalls
  • Visit the locals at the Monkey Forest
  • Spend 3 nights on the stunning island of Gili Trawangan
  • Experience Bali’s night-life at its finest.

PHOTOS

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The bali Fitness and adventure trip is put together exclusively by Xtreme Gap Year. This unique trip combines working on your fitness and exploring a new country and its beutiful culture and beaches.

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ACCOMMODATION AT BOOT CAMP

The training can take it out of you, so to relax after a hard session you stay in comfortable accommodation. There are two options for accommodation on the Bali Fitness Bootcamp. Both options are close the beach and to everything else as well, so you have plenty of opportunities to go explore. Taxis are cheap in Bali, and there are plenty of areas of interest you to visit including temples, resorts, beaches and areas of cultural interest. Day trips can be booked through our Bali team.

Boutique Shared Villa Accommodation

With a stunning pool and a shared room in our stunning Fitness Villa you are in the midst of the action. Its a fun set up with roof top jacuzzi overlooking the ocean and a pool and communal living area on the ground floor. The villa is 150 metersthe the most stunning bay in Bali.  The perfect set up to relax, meet other bootcampers and feel right at home. This is the social hub of the bootcamp but also large and private enough to have important relax and down time.

The sleeping arrangements are based on airconditioned, shared ensuite mini dorms with max. 2 – 4 persons (mixed gender).  Airconditioning operates from 7 pm to 7 am ensuring you get a comfortable nights sleep.

Deluxe Resort Accommodation

If you do not wish to share and would like even more luxury, your fitness training will be complemented perfectly by a stay in our beautiful deluxe hotel option. Located right next to the best  beach in Bali, you can relax in between training sessions on the white sands of Jimbaran, or at the stunning pool of the hotel. The luxury deluxe option is located 5 minute walk to the training camp and is the epitome of luxury. This exclusive resort is brand new in 2016 and caters to those with higher budgets.

Complete with stunning pool and roof top lounge with unrivaled views of Jimberan bay it is a lovely place to stay if you can afford the extra expense.

The Surrounding Area

Our stunning bootcamp is set in an exclusive quieter area of Bali called Jimberan. The perfect beach with views stunning rollers, its the perfect location for a mental and physical reset. You can also venture down to the traditional markets, enjoy fine dining with a selection of lovely restaurants or sunbathe on a white sandy beach. The beach and the hotel are separated by road, and along the road, there are local Seafood Cafés.

The location is rewarded by some of the best sunsets in Bali, with temples and plenty of points of interest nearby.

 ACCOMMODATION ON 10 DAY EPIC

Your 9 nights accommodation is fully included for this part of your trip and is a combination of some awesome hostels and surf hotels. The rooms are twins or doubles and you will share with the same sex unless you specify.To make it just that much better, all the spots you stay in have a pool. Which is always great to chill and relax by after a fun day of exploring.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The camp is located in Jimbaran right by the beach. This is located on a massive Bay with a white sandy beach, 15 minutes from the airport. It’s away from the typically touristy areas, and a little bit quieter which is more conducive to fitness training and relaxation. Yet at the same time, it is easily accessible to some of the hotspots and more lively areas. 
You have nothing to worry about, our expert Group Leaders will help you book everything you need in order to get to where you’re heading, whether that be on to some more islands or back to the airport to catch a flight.
If you arrive a day early, accommodation is not included. Check in is only on Sunday. Airport pick up is included, all day at anytime but only on Sunday. If you arrive early you have to arrange your own transfer to the accommodation at the training camp.

At bootcamp, this depends on your own spending choices, but as 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) are covered per day, will not need much while you are training. Meals are not included on Sundays.

For your epic 10 day trip, We would recommend between £120 and £180 for the 10 days. Bali is very good value for money, so it really depends on how much you want to spend.

Yes! 90% of our clients who join the boot camp and our group trips are solo travellers. In fact far from this being a problem, we would encourage people to do so. It’s a very social environment and you will make friends very quickly.

High season is the dry season. Between April and September Bali is typically busier than usual. While temperatures are pretty constant all year round, it’s rainfall that can make the difference between the months.

The rainy season, which usually falls between December and Jan you can expect downpours happening mainly at night. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be constantly raining all the time, you can have some heavy rains, and then it is sunny again. It’s also cooler to train during rainy season. Can be more humid, however the training facility is airconditioned and the rooms are also airconditioned at night time. The boot camp runs all year, come rain or shine anyway.

You will need to fly into Bali Denpasar International Airport. After booking, you are asked to provide your flight details and we will meet you in arrivals outside of the airport. We will then transfer you to your accommodation by taxi. 
Our local rep can help you book a taxi, it is a short 45min ride from Jimbaran to Canggu.

PRICE

Duration Option Price  
18 (Days)Bootcamp Villa option & 10 Day TourGBP 1159Book Now
18 (Days)Bootcamp Deluxe option & 10 Day TourGBP 1459Book Now
25 (Days)Bootcamp Villa option & 10 Day TourGBP 1559Book Now
25 (Days)Bootcamp Deluxe option & 10 Day TourGBP 2499Book Now

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INCLUDED

General

  • Pre departure information
  • Access to online buddy system, meet others online before travelling
  • Airport pick up
  • Introduction by our rep

Bootcamp

  • Access to all training equipment and gym
  • Weekly personalised training session 1 to 1*
  • Access to online UF fitness App
  • All group cross fit training sessions
  • Bodyfit sessions (timetable dependent)
  • Use of Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer fields
  • Air-conditioned rooms in accommodation (Ac works at night time and evenings only)
  • All accommodation of choice for the duration
  • Meal plan with 2 meals per day, 6 days a week (breakfast and lunch – excluding Sundays)
  • Five Yoga sessions a week
  • One surf lesson per stay
  • One amazing excursion per stay to temples and beaches
  • Tranfer advise to get to the 10 day Epic Bali trip

EPIC BALI 10 DAY

  • All Transport
  • 9 Nights accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts (lunch and dinners at own expense)
  • Support & Advice for onward travel around South East Asia.

 

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Transfer to Canggu by Taxi (local payment £15)
  • Local payment for 1st night of Epic Bali (£30)
  • Transfer back to Bali from Gili at the end of the tour
  • PLEASE NOTE: No lunch, dinner or drinks are included for the 10 day Epic. This at your own expense.

Dates

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Thailand Escapade 14 days

You’ll see plenty of sights along the way including traditional Thai temples, a huge golden Buddha, street vendors, markets, beaches, waterfalls, elephants and every ingredient to make it a trip of a lifetime. The Thailand Escapade is an incredible adventure for amazing value!

THAILAND ESCAPADE

ESCAPE TO THAILAND

If you are looking for an exciting, daring and beautiful adventure, look no further. Take in all the splendour of Thailand with our decadently designed two-week Thailand Escapade. Our fun groups travel under excellent guidance from the energetic and buzzing city of Bangkok, right through to the phenomenally natural beauty in the North East of Thailand and to Khao Yai National Park. Join our groups on an dream like adventure through Thailand, where you will get to experience absolutely all the best of Thailand.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Join our action packed group travel start dates every month, perfect for solo travellers. Buddy list provided to meet your travel mates before you go!
  • Explore delightful Bangkok, see golden temples & Grand Palace!
  • Kayaking on the famous River Kwae.
  • Hanging out in the backpacker hot spot of Katchanaburi
  • Two days at the breathtaking Elephant Village getting upclose and personal with elephants.
  • Explore  night markets and amazing food markets, best food you will ever taste!
  • Visit and bath in the stunning Erawan waterfalls!
  • Trekking Adventure in idyllic Khao Yai National Park!
  • Cycle tour through Bangkok
  • All accommodation and transfers sorted, starting and ending in Bangkok
  • Fully guided Safe Fun Adventure!

PHOTOS

A LITTLE THAI TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT

Day 1: WARM WELCOME ON ARRIVAL

Arrival day the moment you have been waiting for! The start to an awesome life changing Thailand trip! First off, if you have not been travelling before… it will be ok. We make it a a hassle free arrival, the Xtreme Team will collect you from Suvarnabhumi Airport (the international airport in Bangkok) and take you to your super convenient Bangkok accommodation, which is a stone’s throw from the famous Khao San Road. The accommodation has a movie room, 2 pool tables, free WIFI and lots of Xtreme Gappers awaiting to join the adventure.

You will have the rest of the day/evening, depending on when you arrive, to relax after a long flight and meet the rest of your group. If you arrive in time we head out for a delicious Thai meal (local payment about £3-8) and explore the buzzing Bangkok area!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 2: WELCOME ORIENTATION AND EXPLORE BANGKOK

We will take it easy and all meet up at around 10:00 am to start a “real exploration” of Bangkok. This will be lead by our group leader, who will be with you for the next 2 weeks.

Prepare to see incredible things as we include an awesome boat trip through the ancient water ways of Bangkok. Not only will you get to experience stunning traditional communities off the backpacker trail, but we will also take you to the majestic Wat Arun – The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Pho, which is home to the most important reclining Buddha in the whole of Thailand and Wat Phra Kaew –  The Grand Palace.

watt arun thailandExpect an authentic look into traditional Bangkok and lets you see some of the most beautiful temples Thailand has to offer. The tour will last about 4 hours.

In the afternoon we head back to our guesthouse, just in time to freshen up and chill out before your ‘Welcome Dinner’ in the evening. After dinner, we are off to the infamous and exciting Khao San Road, the backpacker area of Bangkok,  where you will get a taste of the Thai night life.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Guided tour of Bangkok
• Welcome Dinner
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 3:  KANCHANABURI RIVER ADVENTURES!

After a relaxing morning, and hopefully a full recovery from a fun night out in Bangkok, we arrange a private minivan to gorgeous Kanchanaburi north of Bangkok, which usually takes about 3 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic!

Kanchanaburi is where the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers meet and is as picturesque as Thailand can get, with a magnificent backdrop of forested mountains stretching all the way to the Burmese border.

It’s famous for the film location of the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ where thousands of prisoners of wars and local Thai’s were forced to build the ‘Burmese Railway’ during WWII, it is a historic setting, but today it has transformed into a fun, chilled-out riverside town and your path to some great activities and experiences.

There´s lots to do here. Visiting museums and temples, swimming in pools by waterfalls, kayaking the rivers, and checking out temples

Once we have arrived, we check you into the hotel, freshen up and there is time to explore the area, see the sights and learn about the history – and of course enjoy a Singha beer or two while trying out some more traditional Thai food.

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Private transfer to Kanchanaburi
• Overnight accommodation in twin / triple shared rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 4: BATHE IN STUNNING WATERFALLS

waterfallToday you’ll visit the exquisite waterfalls in the Erawan National Park. These waterfalls are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, the waterfalls are truly made of absolute wonder! You will get to explore the several levels of these magnificent falls, each filtering into the different pools below, which you can swim in. How high you go, is of course up to you. The highlight here is a natural water slide that shoots you several metres down smooth stone into the emerald coloured water, so remember to have your GoPro’s and cameras charged! You are most definitely going to need them.

After your morning of photo shoots and an insane amount of fun and relaxation, you will head back to the hotel for the afternoon where you will have the chance to head into town and explore. Our guides are super knowledgeable of the area, so be sure to ask where all the best spots to eat, chill or party are.

Inclusions
• Breakfast
• Erawan Waterfall day
• Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 5: KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAE AND EXPLORING THE LOCAL AREA

The river Kwae is a real paradise for Kayaking! After breakfast at our Guest House, we will take you out for a fun-filled day of adventure, where you will get to go kayaking on the river Kwae and also explore some of the highlights of the local area. You might even see some monkeys on the way! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional for this, in fact, no prior experience is needed, the river is pretty easy to navigate, you will get to see and experience the surroundings from a completely unique perspective.

Don’t forget sun cream, you will get a tan when you’re out and about today! After your epic day of kayaking and exploring the local area, we will head back to the Guesthouse to freshen up and get ready for dinner, a chilled evening at the cool laid back bars and enjoy a few cold ones as we watch the river go by.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Kayak trip on the river Kwae
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 6: EXPLORE THE HEART OF THAILAND

Today we take you into the ‘heart’ of Thailand, the North East, known in Thailand as Isaan (Surin). If you ever wondered why Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ wonder no more, you are now surrounded by one of the friendliest groups of people on the face of our planet. Surin is by far, one of the more ‘off the beaten track’ areas of Thailand and by the time you arrive you will have experienced the overwhelming and humbling friendliness from the local villagers.

The area is renowned for the best rice and you will be an absolute expert by the time you leave. They are also well known for its mixture of Thai, Khmer and Gwi people, it’s insanely awesome food (loads of chilli) and it’s elephants, who have played a major role in the communities here for centuries.

Once again, we have arranged a private vehicles and while the journey is around 8-9 hours, we will stop for lunch and we make the odd stop to stretch your legs. Tip: take some music with you, as nothing is better than to listen to good music, gaze out of the window and see the palm trees and rice paddies.

When you arrive, we check into your hotel for tonight, a fantastic place in Surin town, where you can freshen up before we take you out to the night market to find the best places to eat. The food in Surin town is so delicious, so don’t be afraid to get out there and explore, our recommendation, foodie lovers, is the night market – Best chow in town.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast
  • Private transfer from Kanchanaburi to Surin
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Days 7-9:  ELEPHANTS & CULTURE!

thailand elephantLooking after Elephants is on the cards for the next three days. After a bite to eat in the morning, we will leave Surin Town and make our way to a rural ‘elephant village’ about 50km’s away. The main highlight of this trip and also a really unique opportunity is not only to spend time with elephants, but also to live in a small rural Thai community, which is something which is fast becoming more and more difficult to experience. This is what backpacking and adventure is all about. Living like the locals and truly immersing yourself in the culture of the people and the land.

Our project has been vetted to ensure it is ethically run. There is absolutely NO elephant riding by our guests.

During these three days, you will get to:

  • During these three days, you will get to:
    • Walk with the elephants to the local river and help the mahouts bathe them
    • Help the mahouts clean the elephant areas
    • Harvest / plant crops (depending on the season) for the elephants
    • Kayak on the local river
    • Learn how to make simple but great Thai food

     

    In the elephant village, you will get the awesome opportunity of living in a homestay, with the village headman and the members of his family, this is an Absolute honour and is something that you will truly take back with you. And…you will be sleeping just a few metres away from elephants.

    Note: On day 7 we’ll have lunch and dinner in the elephant village, on day 8 we’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village and on day 9, breakfast and lunch. All a great opportunity to cook alongside the local team and learn a few new foodie tricks – great to take home and show off to friends and family.

    Day 9 In the afternoon we will have to say goodbye to the elephants and new friends and head back to Surin town, staying overnight at the same hotel as on Day 6.

    Inclusions

    • Transfer to and from the elephant village
    • Elephant activities listed
    • Day 7- breakfast at the hotel in Surin, lunch, and dinner and the elephant village
    • Day 8-  breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 9- breakfast, lunch and dinner at the elephant village
    • Day 7 and 8- basic accommodation in the elephant village, shared dorm style rooms with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets, fans and shared toilet and washing facilities
    • Day 9 – Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 10: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY

Today we leave for Khao Yai National Park, this is the 3rd largest national park in Thailand. This rainforest is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The journey (by minivan or train, depending on the group size) will take roughly 3-4 hours and once you arrive in Pak Chong (the gateway to the National Park). We will check you into your base for the next 2 nights.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer by minivan / coach or train to Pak Chong (depending on group size)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning , en-suite bathrooms and hot water

Day 11: TREKKING AND FOREST ENCOUNTERS

Khao Yai is absolutely stunning and one of Thailand’s most famous National Parks, but is often left off of travellers itineraries in their anticipation to just head to the beach. But you won’t miss out! Khao Yai boasts ancient and majestic towering forests, wild elephants and tigers, a colourful array of bird life and a number of different species of monkeys. This is a fantastic place to get a feeling of how much of Thailand really used to be. You will get to experience more beautiful waterfalls, one of which Leo Di Caprio jumped off (or pretended too!) for the making of The Beach.

You will spend the day exploring the National Park with a specialist guide, where you will hopefully get to see wildlife, like the herds of wild elephants. A bit of simple forest trekking is also on the menu for today. It’s superb fun, and again, don’t forget your camera and GoPro’s, but also don’t forget to just enjoy this day of splendour in this impressive natural landscape.

Inclusions

  • Khao Yai Adventure day and all park entry fees
  • Lunch during the Adventure Day
  • Services of specialist National Park guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin / triple shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 12:  R & R IN BANGKOK       

Today we start heading back to Bangkok (by train, minivan or coach depending on group numbers) arriving back in the buzzing city of Bangkok around mid-afternoon if traffic is not too hectic.

You will check back into the same accommodation as at the start of the trip and you can have the evening to enjoy some shopping, exploring or partying …or why not just do all three?

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to Bangkok (usually by train)
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

 

Day 13:  BANGKOK CYCLE TOUR

One of Bangkok´s most unforgettable experiences. Experience local life and Thai culture by bike. After winding our way through the back alleys and streets of Bangkok’s backpacker district we head across the river and through some of the oldest communities in the city.

Passing by ancient temples, fascinating communities that seem so far removed from the rest of the city and all the while following the course of the river and canals this really is a spectacular opportunity to see a side of the city that is so often missed by travellers.

The tour takes around 3 hours – but times can and do vary! – and in terms of distance is not very far (+/-10km). And with Bangkok being totally flat it’s perfect for anyone and everyone, whether you’re a regular rider or not!

Inclusions:

  • Behind the Scenes Bangkok Bike Tour
  • Overnight accommodation in a twin shared room with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water

This is the perfect place to go shopping prior to hitting the islands be sure to spend some time at the MBK shopping mall! It’s an experience and a great place to hunt for bargains! If you are feeling a little bit tired from all the fun and travelling, maybe a traditional Thai massage is the perfect antidote.

  • You’ve got most of today to do your own thing and explore a bit more of this fantastic city – just ask your guide for inspiration and they’ll help you see what you’d like to see.
  • Lots of people enjoy a lazy day today – we’re pretty sure you’ll have hit the bars and clubs last night – but if you want to get out and about why not do one of the following:
  • A ‘behind the scenes’ bike tour exploring the backstreets and riverside communities of Bangkok – a great half day trip costing from 1,150THB
  • Give your body a treat and have a 2 hour Thai massage – trust us, you won’t regret it. There are loads of massage shops all around the Guest House with prices starting at +/- 250/300THB
  • Jump in a taxi and see the ‘other side’ of Bangkok – if you like a bit of retail therapy or even just window shopping then have a look at Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Central World. All huge fancy shopping malls, great for people watching and even better if you’re craving a bit of comfort food from home. A taxi from your Guest House to Siam will cost around 150THB depending on the traffic!
  •  If you’ve not had enough of boats and the river, then taking one of the boat ‘buses’ up the Chao Phraya is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. The ferry pier is only 10 mins amble from your Guest House and for the princely sum of between 15 and 19THB you can head all the way to Nonthaburi pier taking in all the sights and sounds of the city. Once you’re at Nonthaburi, have an explore and take a look at Bang Kwang Prison (the infamous Bangkok Hilton) and get lost in the local markets. Then simply hop back on a ferry back to where you started. Probably the cheapest day out possible in Bangkok!

All these trips and more can be arranged by your guide – just tell then what you’d like to do and they’ll help you get everything sorted. Just make sure you’re back at the accommodation by 6pm to meet back us with your group and begin the journey to the beach.

Whilst your guide from this part of the trip won’t be travelling to the islands with you, don’t worry, they will ensure that you know exactly what the plan and that you have all the contact numbers you need. They will then walk with you all to the check in for the transfer to Koh Tao and stay with you until you’re all safely aboard the overnight coach heading to the islands. Not long now until you see one of the most stunning islands in South East Asia!

Inclusions:
• Breakfast
• Late check out (11 PM) from the accommodation, you can store your bags if you have a late flight out.

On the final day, we have a late check out and the trip ends. Return airport drop off is not included but a taxi will only cost £20.  You can do more if you wish, check out the Thailand Experience to head further south for much-needed beach time!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

We offer airport pick up’s between 06:00 and 22:00 on arrival day and would encourage you to try to arrive at the airport by mid-afternoon so that you have time to freshen up, relax and then enjoy your first night in this amazing city. If you are arriving outside these times or are already in Thailand, then, of course you are more than welcome to ‘make your own way’ to the Bangkok accommodation.
On day 2 we take you to Grand palace, please note that the entry fee to the Grand Palace is not included – currently 500THB per person)
We have a private minivans or coaches for the majority of the trip. Super comfortable and much faster than taking public transport.

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 30days and cannot be extended in Thailand. If you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 30 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.

There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. On the groups that join the intro and culture weeks the average age is between 18 and 22. On Koh Tao with the Koh Tao Adventure (which are the last 2 weeks of this programme) the average age tends to be in the twenties.

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 22. Although it is open to all. The makeup of the groups is usually 75% female to 25% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

The final week finishes on the Saturday morning, so you can arrange your transfer back to Bangkok with Miss Jai via boat and Bus (12 hours) or book a flight from Koh Samui to Bangkok (2 hour boat and 45 minute flight). This is the preferred option for most of our travellers as this gets you straight in to the international airport for a smooth flight connection back home.

Remember lots of details are in pre-departure pack you receive after booking. You will also be hooked up with your buddy lists then.

PRICE

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INCLUDED

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast
  • A 2 day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience
  •  2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24 hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Most meals
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance

Dates

2017

12 November 2017 (Full)
19 November 2017
10 December 2017

2018

14 January 2018
04 February 2018
11 March 2018
08 April 2018
06 May 2018
03 June 2018
08 July 2018
05 August 2018
02 September 2018
30 September 2018
28 October 2018
02 December 2018

Round The World S.E. Asia & New Zealand

This trip is epic. Combining arguably two of the greatest backpacking routes in the world. You can immerse yourself in culture and good times in Southeast Asia. Prior to witnessing one of the most beautiful countries and adrenaline packed locations on the planet

This trip is epic. Combining arguably two of the greatest backpacking routes in the world. You can immerse yourself in culture and good times in Southeast Asia. Prior to witnessing one of the most beautiful countries and adrenaline packed locations on the planet New Zealand!

South East Asia & New Zealand

This exciting trip starts off in Bangkok, with the Xtreme Thailand Experience. A four week fully guided group trip to the best places in Thailand. Then we include a flexible hop on hop off pass trough the North of Thailand, the whole of stunning Laos, into Cambodia seeing sights like Angkor Wat and last but not least the whole of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi (South to North and everything in between) before heading to New Zealand to enjoy the stunning nature, Kiwi hospitality and adrenaline activities in Queens Town! Men… this trip is Epic!

 

backpacking in south east asia (5)Some of the highlights include:

  • Meeting up online before you go travelling
  • Meeting new friends and sharing adventures
  • Immersing yourself in Thailand culture and parties on the Xtreme Thailand Experience
  • Tropical Islands and amazing beaches
  • Fullmoon Party
  • Staying at an elephant camp
  • Koh Tao Adventure options with diving, freediving, Muay Thai or yoga sessions
  • Amazing Adventure with boat ride and snorkelling plus viewpoint!
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme Trial Scuba Experience
  • Bangkok, Hanoi, Vientiane and many more exciting cities
  • Street food and Asian flavours at every turn (tip avoid the squid jerky)
  • Tuk Tuks, Rickshaws and crazy traffic!
  • River tubing in Laos and stunning scenery
  • Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Enjoy the many water sports or kick back and relax in Sihanoukville
  • Learn about Cambodia’s history at the S21 Prison and Killing Fields
  • Learn about the history of the American and Vietnam War at sights and musea
  • Come face to face with monkeys, gibbons and other endangered species at the Primate Centre in Vietnam
  • Explore life in the old town of Hoi An, a picture perfect Vietnamese riverside town; listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Flexible travel in New Zealand
  • Learn all bout Maori  culture
  • Visit Lord of the Rings’ volcanoes
  • Majestic Franz Josef glacier with a free day to hike and explore it
  • Stunning sites and adrenaline activities in Queens Town

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Great Times on the Xtreme Thailand Experience

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Afterwards, Soak Up Breathtaking New Zealand

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  • Discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on mind-blowing experiences
  • Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls
  • Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Adrenaline Action on Koh Tao like diving and freediving, kickboxing or cross fit. If you prefer to chill out a little, you can with a yoga course.
  • Koh Tao adventure day with longtail boat, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
  • Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme trial Scuba Experience and Stand Up Paddle

 

  • An amazing laugh all the way with fun group leaders to guide you and the rest of the group
  • Connect from Bangkok up to the Amazing North of Thailand on trains and traverse Laos from north to south in to Cambodia and from the south of Vietnam to the north ending up in Hanoi
  • ´Jump-on’ and ‘jump-off’ the bus anywhere that you want along the way around our comprehensive route
  • Go further off the beaten track for unique down-to-earth stops, local culture and amazing activities
  • Travel with like-minded people, our legendary guides and local drivers
  • We can organise guest houses, hostels, budget hotels, ecolodges and camping accommodation options enroute
  • Explore both islands (north and south) on a flexible itinerary
  • Orientation meeting the night before departure
  • Social back packer busses
  • Help with accommodation and activity bookings
  • Incredible scenery
  • Fun and social backpacker route
  • Awesome experiences can be booked throughout the trip
  • Staying off the beaten track places and learn more about this epic country
  • We can organise hostels options enroute

Fully guided trip throughout Southeast Asia & New Zealand with loads of activities and inclusions

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      A flexible hop on hop off adventure taking in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, starting in the capital of Thailand Bangkok and ending in the capital of Vietnam Hanoi. With the recommended a trip time of 56 days (min 38), this is the perfect guided group backpacking adventure taking in four incredible Southeast Asia countries. All transport, loads of activities included.


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Frequently Asked Questions

For Thailand

No, most of our travellers are solo travellers. You will meet lots of people on the different weeks. With group start dates and lots of group activities, you will make new friends really easy.

The trip ends in Koh Tao, please note return transfer is not included in the price of the trip.

Returning back to Bangkok to get on your next trip is easy, transfers can be arranged on Koh Tao through rep and the cost is approximately £20. If you’re flying out straight after the trip ends, you have two options to meet your flight in Bangkok.

You can fly or take the boat and bus.

Yes, for some parts of the trip (Vietnam) you do need a visa. For Thailand and Laos and Cambodia, you get on at the border. But please know that arranging a visa is totally up to you and not Xtreme´s responsibility.

Absolutely our guides will be there to meet you off your flight. If you are nervous about flying on your own, we also hook you up with a buddy list where you can chat to other people on your trip prior to booking your flights. That means you can coordinate your flights together and have a travel buddy as you go.

This is a hard question as age range does vary. Most people travelling with us are between 18 and 26

Is this trip suitable for you? The average age on this trip is between 18 and 26. Although it is open to all. The make up of the groups is usually 60% female to 40% male, just going to show, girls really are braver than boys! So come on lads, what are you waiting for? Prove us wrong!

Thailand is a very safe country in general, it does however get a lot of press due to the political situation. Comparatively you are more in danger in a big city in western Europe then you are backpacking in Thailand. We have a guide with you at all times, and there is a great support network available to you to help you out even for the little things like losing your bank card.

For Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

Your driver/guide provides you with a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, and trivia as well as recommending and booking activities and accommodation for you around Asia. They are walking guidebooks, always there to help and entertain!
The average age of passengers is about 20 – 26. . No matter what the age we find we attract on-to-it people who want to meet other travellers, and get out there and further off the beaten track.
Our buses range from 14 seaters to 45 seaters with an average group of about 20. We keep them smaller so you can see and do more, and because we find that that groups of this size simply work better.
Its perfect for people travelling by themselves. Asia is relatively safe and our smaller group sizes means, you can meet more people and your driver is always there for any questions you may have.
Backpacks are recommended but suitcases are fine you don´t need to walk great distances with them (just between the accommodation and the bus). The majority of the time while you´re doing activities they will be stored away (on the bus or at your accommodation). We recommend you bring a good day pack (small backpack) or bag you can carry easily for water bottles, towels, cameras, sunblock etc.
You´ll need to bring a decent pair of sneakers/trainers that you can walk in comfortably. Hiking boots are good but not essential. In summer you´ll find flip flops/thongs are the favoured option!
We include free days (non-travel days) in key locations, so even if you´re completing your trip in the minimum days required you´ll have time to do activities and explore each of these areas.   We also have free mornings or afternoons in most places for you to do local activities, just relax or and do some necessary laundry!
Most accommodations and activities accept debit and credit cards, so you don´t have to carry too much cash with you. Some cash on the other hand, is advisable, because some accommodations may require a cash key deposit.
Your travel pass includes all land transport, guidance, free activities such as walks and the city orientations. Your driver will book accommodation for you if you like but the cost is not included in your pass (you´ll just need to pay as you go).
The bus guide helps you reserve accommodation in all our overnight stops. You´ll be guaranteed a bed with a range of accommodation levels, from hostel dorms to made up private rooms; our driver/guides will help you with this. You are free to book your own accommodation if you wish. You will need to book your own accommodation for the night before you start your trip and let us know where you are staying so we know where to pick you up from. We can recommend places for you to stay if you need help.

For New Zealand

Accommodation is not included in the New Zealand Xplorer.  Why?  Well let’s just think about this.  New Zealand is an incredible place with so much to see and do and has lots of places that you will want to stay for longer.   As this is not a set tour with specific day-to-day itinerary, you can stay longer in certain places should you wish.  So we do not include accommodation to allow the trip to be flexible.  That doesn’t mean you will be stranded, we can pre-book accommodation for you as you go (the guide will sort that out for you on the bus).
As a bare minimum you can do this in 25 days.  But that really is pushing it, we would recommend spending four weeks
Then you should definitely join.  Most of our travellers are solo travellers looking to join a group.  The New Zealand Xplorer is designed to help you meet people easily.  Backpacking in New Zealand is highly social, but this really makes it easy.
Most people start in Auckland although you can start in Christchurch as well.
We would work on the basis of about £30 per day.  You will need to cover your hostel bed for the night and food.  Also if you wish to do any adrenaline activities as you travel these can be fairly expensive, be sure to budget enough for some skydiving bungee-jumping!
Just talk to us, hit the e-mail button and send us your question, we are experts at sending people backpacking New Zealand.

Special payment conditions

On round the world bookings we can stage payment to make it easier to save, you can of course pay all at once.

  • Time of booking if travelling in more than 6 months -25% deposit of the balance
  • At 16 Weeks until departure ” 50% of the balance
  • 12 weeks before departure ” the remaining 25% balance.

This ensures you have enough time to save for your flights, spending money and insurance.

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Included

Thailand (first 4 weeks)

The First 2 weeks

  • Personal meet & greet at the airport
  • Transfers to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Meet your other adventurers: Access to online buddy lists before you leave!
  • Unforgettable Bangkok city tour
  • Wat Arun, Wat Pho & Reclining Buddha
  • 13 nights total accommodation in high standard guesthouses and homestays
  • Breakfast during the first 2 weeks
  • Some delicious meals included
  • A 2 day elephant experience with food  included
  • River rafting experience
  •  2 days of trekking in a stunning national park
  • Night markets & Nights Out
  • Cookery class
  • 24 hour emergency support
  •  Maximum group size 26
  • Overnight Transfer to Koh Tao

On Koh Tao

  • Koh Tao adventure day which includes:
    • Boat around the island
    • Snorkelling in crystal clear waters round a tropical paradise island
    • Spectacular trek up to an incredible view point
  • Koh Tao Extra Activities Included
    • Beach BBQ after beach Clean up day
    • Beach Clean up day
    • Stand Up Paddling
    • Xtreme Discover Scuba Dive
  • Koh Tao activity option Week inclusions (pick one option):
    • Get fit pack: 5 Muay Thai Sessions (5 hours), all equipment (for rent included) and training one on one with a Muay Thai Trainer
    • Get ripped pack: 4 Crossfit sessions. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit
    • Xtreme Freediving Pack: a 2 day beginner free diving course
    • Relax With Yoga: 5 yoga sessions spread out over 5 days
    • The learn to dive course includes a full PADI open water course, course materials, instruction and 4 dives
  • Full moon party
  • All Accommodation
  • Breakfast on arrival on Koh Tao
  • 12 nights accommodation in standard fan room in Koh Tao at our luxury resort
  • Free Wi-Fi at the accommodation
  • Pick up from the boat and transfer to the resort in Koh Tao by taxi
  • Back up & support second to none. Services of our tour leaders and English-speaking reps who are available and based locally  24/7.

Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam (56 days recommended)

  • Pre departure information
  • Pick up at different locations in Thailand and Laos
  • Reservations for extra tours and accommodation will be made by the guide
  • Flexible hop on hop off pass minimum travel time 56 days, taking you all the way from Bangkok to Hanoi
  • All Transportation, flexible itinerary
  • Services of the Tour Leader who can help with accommodation and activities

New Zealand (32 days recommended)

  • Pre departure information
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation throughout New Zealand
  • Driver guide showing you all the best places
  • Services of the Tour Leader who can help with accommodation and activities
  • Awesome hop on hop off flexible itinerary covering both islands

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals (in Thailand we do include a few!)
  • Accommodation in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam & New Zealand
  • Transport from Koh Tao to Bangkok

Dates

Start Dates 2017

12 November 2017
10 December 2017

2018

14 January 2018
04 February 2018
11 March 2018
08 April 2018
06 May 2018
03 June 2018
08 July 2018
05 August 2018
02 September 2018
30 September 2018
28 October 2018
02 December 20188

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Complete Peru and Bolivia Travel Pass

Complete Peru and Bolivia Travel Pass

Experience Peru and Bolivia with all the wondrous adventure travel that comes with these two epic backpacker destinations. In Peru go condor spotting in the Colca Canyon, see thousands of seabirds off the Ballestas Islands and as a contrast travel through the lush agricultural region of Sacred Valley. Trek the Inca Trail on an optional excursion. Then onto Bolivia, for Lake Titicaca and the unreal salt flats at Salar de Uyuni.


Experience Peru and Bolivia with all the wondrous adventure travel that comes with these two epic backpacker destinations. In Peru go condor spotting in the Colca Canyon, see thousands of seabirds off the Ballestas Islands and as a contrast travel through the lush agricultural region of Sacred Valley. Trek the Inca Trail on an optional excursion. Then onto Bolivia, for Lake Titicaca and the unreal salt flats at Salar de Uyuni.

 Complete Peru and Bolivia Travel Pass

This ultra convenient hop-on hop-off bus pass is the best way to organize your transportation and adventure activities when travelling in South America. If you do not speak Spanish, it can be quite a hassle and a bit of a minefield to make your way around this fascinating continent. Don’t let language issues put you off exploring these amazing countries

This travel pass makes it easy to go backpacking in South America. We include all your transportation and loads of free activities en route. What’s more all the itineraries are flexible and we have daily departures to make this the ideal solution to travel South America.

  • Start in Lima, Peru
  • End in La Paz, Bolivia
  • Travel is in one direction only
  • Minimum trip time recommended is 25 days

Highlights include:

  • Ballestas Islands
  • Sandboarding Xtreme Dune buggy adventures in a desert away sis
  • Colca Canyon
  • Sacred Valley Andean Explorer
  • Amantani Island Homestay trip, one night included.
  • 4×4 Jeep Adventure, three days and two nights included, to Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert
  • Inca Trail Trek (At own expense)
  • Lima Experience (At own expense)

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Itinerary

There is no time limit to complete this pass: However the dates are fixed once you have booked them.  but we recommend a minimum trip time of 25 days to cover all transport and day trips.

Trek the Inca Trail is not included.  We recommend you book this before you travel as the permits for Machu Picchu need to be booked well in advance. Please note there is no Inca Trail in February.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Starting in Lima  see the the beautiful colonial City.  Consider adding on our Lima surf connection if you really want to see it like local!
  • With this pass you can see the ancient city of Machu Picchu, hang out in Lake Titicaca with a homestay experience, and swap travellers tales in the Cross Keys pub in the historic city of Cuzco. If you have taken advantage of the optional Trek the Inca Trail trip where better to sit back and enjoy a drink and talk about your experience.
  • Tour the Sacred Valley, a lush area that supplies much of Cusco with maize, fruit and vegetables.
  • At Puno you can see Lake Titicaca.
  • A couple of hours from Puno is Copacabana….NO not that one……..this one is a shrine for pilgrims. If you happen to be there in August you might just be one of the thousands that descend on the town for the feast of it’s patron saint.
  • Take an optional flight to see the breathtaking Nazca lines. Spend an included night at Peru’s third most popular tourist destination, Colca Canyon. Even deeper than the more famous Grand Canyon, you can watch the Andean Condors soaring high up on the thermals.
  • For a change of pace and scenery get Xtreme with sand boarding and dune bashing in Huacachina.
  • Wildlife spotting in the Ballestas Islands on an included boat trip. Roughly 15km off the coast of Peru the islands are home to the  guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby, the tendril, the Humboldt Penguin and two varieties of seals (fur seals and sea lions).
  • Check out Lima and visit Parque de la Reserva with its unique show of water, lights and music. Have a scary treat in the chilling catacombs of the Convent of San Francisco. Sit and watch the world go by while sipping a classic Pisco Sour cocktail.
  • Paracas has beautiful beaches and coastline and is a great place for adventure sports  such as diving, dune buggies and hang-gliding.
  • One of the highlights of the tour will be seeing the vast Salar de Uyuni salt flats. Just over 4,000 square miles in size, they have to be seen to be believed.  Visiting the salt flats is part of an included three day, two night 4×4 Jeep adventure tour.
  • Finish up in La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia. Founded in 1548 La Paz is known for unusual topography, culture and unique markets.
  • Option to cycle the death road the worlds most scariest highway!

Accommodation

The only accommodation included is:

  • Colca Canyon, two days and one night
  • Amantani Island
  • Jeep adventure, three days and two nights

Nothing else is booked for you but you do have access to exclusive discounts for hostels en route.

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer you the safest and best local transportation available in each sector. You may find yourself aboard a first class public bus with A/C, TV and WC, a 12 passenger mini-van. In developing countries where the infrastructure is not the best, such as Guatemala, Honduras or Bolivia you will travel in local shuttle transportation, second class buses, flights or trains. Rest assured you will travel on the best available means of transport. Getting from one destination to the next will surely be an exciting experience!
You will be able to access your itinerary and manage it using an online login system after booking.
Everything is handled in an environmentally-friendly electronic format, so your bus pass vouchers and sector confirmation numbers will be sent to you via e-mail two days prior to each sector of your trip.
No you cannot.  Once you set your itinerary you have to stick to it.  If you need help planning your dates please send us an e-mail and we will happily take the stress and hassle out of it!
Many travellers arrive on their own and make friends quickly so feel free to do the same! The hostels and free activities are a great place to meet people and since everyone has the freedom to change their departure dates, you might meet new travel partners and link up with them during your trip.

Remember this is one of the most popular backpacking routes in South America and you are going to meet people very easily.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 118, we invite you to travel with us Latin America and have the time of your life!
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Included activities:

  • Ballestas Islands
  • Sandboarding
  • Sacred Valley
  • Potosi – active mine adventure
  • Colca Canyon, included two day, one night stopover
  • Sacred Valley
  • Amantani Island Homestay trip, one night included
  • 4×4 Jeep Adventure, three days and two nights included, to Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Accommodation (except during the homestay, Colca Canyon and 4×4 adventure.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals

Dates

We have multiple departures per month. Please contact us for specific dates & availability.

 

“This travel pass allowed me to be very flexible during my trip. I travelled with my girlfriend and were able to do what we wanted, whenever we wanted without the hassle of having to organize everything ourselves. I am sure we could have organized some of the things ourselves, but we would have lost a lot of time trying to figure out how to do it. The activities that they included where a lot of fun, like the sandboarding in Inca, and the volcano trek to Misty in Arequipa. I feel I really got to discover Peru!!”
Ashley White

Backpacking in South East Asia

Get off the beaten path and visit Laos! Let us take you off the beaten path on our backpacker trip in Laos. Starting in Bangkok Thailand, you can head through one of the most rewarding countries in South East Asia, and experience the joys of tubing, waterfalls and mind boggling scenery and beer Lao!

Get off the beaten path and visit Laos! Let us take you off the beaten path on our backpacker trip in Laos. Starting in Bangkok Thailand, you can head through one of the most rewarding countries in South East Asia, and experience the joys of tubing, waterfalls and mind boggling scenery and beer Lao!
 

Discover The Best Parts  of South East Asia

backpacking in south east asia (1)Backpacking in South East Asia´s incredible Laos, Cambodia and Thailand!
Discovering mountain villages, with incredible views and a country set back in time in Laos. Find out why people rave about Luang Prabang and Vientiane on our blog and not forgetting there is the awesome tubing experience, drifting down a river in an inner tire stopping off at bars and rope swings all the way down.
Cambodia will amaze and horrify you with an incredible history and people. See the horrifying S21 Genocide museum in Phnom Penh, relax on an undeveloped island in Koh Tunsay and speed down an abandon railway on a bamboo cart.

 

Backpacking in South East Asia Highlights:

  • backpacking in south east asia (5)Trek to mountain villages, see a way of life less known, and most of all be greeted by a heart warming “Sabaidee”
  • Travel on trains, buses, longboats and tuk tuks up Thailand and around Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, the friendliest and least discovered country in Asia!
  • This is the first guided bus travel network in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam! Connect from Thailand on trains and traverse Laos from north to south to Cambodia and then on to Vietnam, or choose a section that appeals to you.
  • We have an extensive range of South East Asian bus tours and travel passes for all time frames.
  • Your pass is valid for 12 months so take your time to explore!
  • ´Jump-on´ and ´jump-off´ the trip anywhere that you want along the way around our comprehensive route.
  • Go further off the beaten track and save money with unique down-to-earth stops, local culture and amazing activities.
  • Travel with like-minded people, and get guidance from our legendary guides and local drivers.
  • Our guides organise your accommodation at each overnight stop from guest houses, backpacker hostels, budget hotels, ecolodges and camping.
  • Backpacking in South East Asia trip time depends on the pass you take you can do it in 10 days or 3 weeks or even longer if you need. Starting in Bangkok, you can travel to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, enjoying a free day in Chiang Mai, before meeting Xtreme Gap crew private boat in Huay Xai, Laos. A superb combination with any of our Thailand programs you can experience a whole different side to Asia.

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Make it a bigger trip!

By combining exciting programmes like the Xtreme Thailand Experience at the start and finishing with the Vietnam Experience you can turn these trip in to an epic adventure!

Add Vietnam!

Did you know you can add Vietnam to your itinerary with our South East Asia Xplorer? Check it out!
Vietnam is an assault on all the senses, breath in the amazing smell of the coffee plantations in Da Lat, Taste amazing Pho, see incredible locals at the Ban Ma Thout home stay, hear the incredible story of the Ho Chi Minh trail in Vin Moc and touch beautiful golden sand beaches and the finest silks in Hoi An.

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Hop On Hop Off  Backpacking Passes In Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

Discover why people are starting to discover Laos as an incredible backpacking destination. From tubing in Vang Vieng, to the stunning Luang prabang, sublime water falls, national parks, epic scenery. Fair warning though, this will make you want to book your flight and leave immediately!

backpacking in south east asia (23)Minimum Trip Times

  • Mekong Pass – min 36 days
  • Full Moon Pass – min 30 days
  • Dtui Noy Pass – min 17 days
  • Tom Yum Pass – min 16 days

 

Mekong Pass

DEPARTS:

  • Wet Season / Jun – Oct,  TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS,
  • Dry Season / Nov – May  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

A comprehensive trip through northern Thailand, Laos and Cambodia with the option to end in Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh or Ho Chi Minh City.
For travellers who have 4 weeks or more and want to see as much of these amazing countries as possible.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok, travel north via the amazing Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai, before meeting the  Bus at the Huay Xai border crossing in Laos.
Experience mountains and vibrant cultures in Northern Laos and amazing wilderness and wildlife in the South; follow narrow mountain roads to scenic rivers and waterfalls, hidden archaeological sites, communist caves and friendly remote villages.
Head into Cambodia to explore ancient temples, pagodas and palaces, snack on fried spiders or enjoy a local Khmer BBQ. Chill out in the beach sanctuary of Koh Tunsay, see the rare Irrawady Dolphins and visit the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 prison and killing fields. Cycle or trek the Bokor National Parks and get to know the locals in a remote village homestay.

backpacking in south east asia (15)Pass Highlights and Inclusions

  • Ayutthaya Temples
  • Pha Tok Cave
  • Pak Ou Cave
  • Tham Jang Cave
  • National Park Entry
  • Kong Lor Park Entry
  • Mahaxai Cave
  • Turtle Lake
  • Hotay Pitok Library
  • Tad Ngeuang
  • Wat Phu
  • S21 & Killing Fields
  • Udong
  • Bamboo Train

Mekong pass itinerary

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)

Your adventure kicks off 8am at the  Bangkok shop where you meet your guide and group. After a brief induction to how the pass works we depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive mid-morning, giving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating historical park by bike or enjoy a boat journey through the “Venice of the East”. We leave late evening to Chiang Mai.
Overnight train or bus (price included)
Non Travel Day: Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into the train station between 8:00 11:00am. Chiang Mai is an amazing city with endless activity options. Some of our favourites are a tree top adventure with Flight of the Gibbon, trekking, rafting, and traditional cooking classes. For those looking for adrenalin try the down-hill mountain biking and traditional Muay Thai Boxing training! There’s also the famous night market, the Night Safari (Asia’s largest) and easy access to Pai village.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20
Non Travel Day: Chiang Mai

You have a full day to enjoy this historically rich city, or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. We suggest spending time to take in the ancient sights, including the old walled-city and the Tapae Gate, and some of the magnificent 300 Buddhist Temples.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20
Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong

Meet your group and guide at the Xtreme  preferred accommodation, before kicking off your Xtreme  journey. We leave at midday to visit the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), and then continue on to the border town of Chiang Khong to enjoy our last night in Thailand.
Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD20
Chiang Khong to Pakbeng

A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.
Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8 15
Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune (homestay)

Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square!
Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD $17
Ban Lad Khammune (homestay) to Luang Prabang

We wave goodbye to the village and jump back aboard our private boat downriver to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Here you will see thousands of Buddha images that were placed throughout the caves over a period of hundreds of years. A short trip takes us into the stunningly beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage town with a fusion of French colonial architecture and traditional Lao buildings. This is home to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls, a bear sanctuary, ancient Buddhist temples and many sacred sites.
Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD12-40
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30
Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.
Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20
Vientiane to Kong Lor (7 Km Cave)

An early escape this morning takes us away from the crowds and south to Kong Lor, and the Phu Hin Bun National Park. About an hour into the journey we visit Wat Prabat Phonsone, the “Buddha´s Footprint” temple, which has become an important pilgrimage site for local communities. There is time before sunset to explore the Kong Lor village and take in the stunning scenery of the surrounding rice paddies and limestone Karst Mountains.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10
Non Travel Day: Kong Lor (7 Km Cave)

This morning you´re free to head down to the Cave (or Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7km abyss! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe and take in the amazing rock formations, swim in the cool waters of the cave entrance. There may also be the option to travel to Ban Tabak village, to take a ride in a ‘bomb boat´ made from the metal fuel casings of B52 bombers, dumped on Laos during the Secret War (this is subject to availability on the day).
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views of the Karst Mountains and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10
Kong Lor (7 Km Cave) to Thakek

Today is a short travel day and includes a stop to view the “Great Wall of Tha Kek” before heading into town to check into our hotel on the banks of the Mekong River. This afternoon we´ll head out of town towards the Khammouane Protected Area, home to the Mahaxai Caves scattered amongst rugged limestone cliffs and pristine jungle scenery. We will stop at Tha Farang for an afternoon swim before returning to town to relax and enjoy a sunset over the Mekong River.
Mekong riverside Guesthouse USD12

Thakek to Xe Champhone (village stay)

This is what Xtreme is all about, getting totally off the beaten track! We head into Xe Champhone wetlands – an area so remote that occasionally our  buses can’t access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck! Along the way we visit Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple bombed in 1969, then onto Turtle Lake where you might spot soft-shell turtles. Our last stop for the day is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library. Once here we spend the night with the friendly locals in the Monkey forest, a sacred place and home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys.
Basic village stay including accommodation and meals USD17
Xe Champhone to Pakse

Driving south this morning we head for the bright lights of Pakse. From here, you can check out the Bolaven Plateau with its cool climate, coffee and tea plantations, and spectacular waterfalls. Paske is a great place to hop off the bus and experience the unforgettable Tree Top Explorer adventure. This an amazing experience that includes trekking though jungle, tree house accommodation, wildlife, thundering waterfalls, and a zip- line system that will have you flying through the tree-tops and across ravines.
Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in the centre of town surrounded by everything you need USD8-10
Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

An early start takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple. We´ll explore the site and climb to the mountain top temple, before heading south to the 4000 Islands area to experience its laidback lifestyle and natural beauty. We arrive around lunchtime giving you time to cycle across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island and visit Li Phi waterfall or take a boat trip for a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15
Don Det to Phnom Penh

Saying goodbye to Laos, we make an early start to join the public bus for the journey to Cambodia. A short drive will bring you to the Don Kralor Border where you will complete immigration procedures, then continue the journey into Cambodia, once again following the mighty Mekong River. We arrive in the majestic capital of Phnom Penh late evening, and you´ll get a chance to freshen up before meeting your new tour leader for dinner and drinks along the iconic waterfront.
Guesthouse near the main tourist area USD20
Phnom Penh to Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island)

After a tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields we head for the Cambodian coast, passing through the river town of Kampot. Kampot is famous for its pepper and salt farms and delicious seafood – your local guide will show you the best spot to taste some! From Kampot we head to the old French resort town of Kep where we board traditional Khmer wooden fishing boats for a 30 minute voyage to the island sanctuary of Koh Tunsay. Once on shore you can check out the island or just relax on the beach, and watch the sun go down.
Bungalows on the beach (sleep 4 people) USD25 per bungalow
Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island) to Kampot

Tearing ourselves away from the beach, a short drive takes us back to the town of Kampot where you will have a free afternoon to visit the pepper and salt Farms, do some cycling or trekking in Bokor National Park or take a sunset cruise up the river.
Highly Recommended: Hop off here to head to Sihanoukville to enjoy the beach; local seafood and nightlife!
Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD6-15
Kampot to Battambang (homestay)

A full day today will take us to our village homestay near the provincial town of Battambang. En-route we will visit the 18th Century Khmer stronghold of Udong, where you can hike to the mountain top pagoda or relax in a hammock and enjoy a local Khmer BBQ! We pass through Kompong Chhnang (pronounced kom pong ch nang) with its bustling local market and floating villages along the river and delta area. Our homestay tonight will give you a taste of local family and community life in the village with its seasonal farming, fishing, temple gatherings and festivals.
Homestay in local village including meals USD18
Battambang to Siem Reap

After breakfast with our homestay family we drive into Battambang where we will take a ride on the Bamboo Train before an early lunch and drive to Siem Reap home of the incredible Angkor Temples. We recommend a free day to explore the magnificent Angkor Temples and take in some of Siem Reap´s vibrant markets and nightlife. Your guide will show you the best one to head to first!
Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD8-20
Non Travel Day: Siem Reap

Today is a free day for you to explore the magnificent Angkor Temples and take in some of Siem Reap´s vibrant markets and nightlife. Your guide will show you the best ones to head to first!
Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD8-20
Siem Reap to Bangkok or HCMC (via Phnom Penh)
If you are traveling to Bangkok you will be driven to the border town of Poipet. Here you will process through Thai immigration and change buses for the drive to Bangkok, arriving in the evening. Alternatively if you are travelling to HCMC you´ll board the bus from Phnom Penh and head to Moc Bai on the Vietnamese border, where you will be processed through immigration (you will need to organise your Visa in advance) and then driven on to Ho Chi Minh City arriving mid-afternoon.

 

Fullmoon Pass

backpacking in south east asia (21)Pass Highlights and Inclusions

  • Ayutthaya Temples
  • Pha Tok Cave
  • Pak Ou Cave
  • Tham Jang Cave
  • National Park Entry
  • Kong Lor Park Entry
  • Mahaxai Cave
  • Turtle Lake
  • Hotay Pitok Library
  • Tad Ngeuang
  • Wat Phu

DEPARTS:

  • Wet Season / Jun – Oct:  TUESDAY, SATURDAYS
  • Dry Season / Nov – May  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

A comprehensive trip through Northern Thailand and Laos, for those travellers who have two and a half weeks or more. By joining us in Bangkok, you can travel to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, enjoying a free day in Chiang Mai, before meeting the  bus in Luang Prabang, Laos. Experience Laos from the mountains and vibrant cultures in the north to the islands and Mekong falls in the south. Return to Bangkok via local bus or train from Pakse to Ubon Ratchathani and train from there. We will get you closer to the action the whole way.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)

Your adventure kicks off 8am at the  Bangkok shop where you meet your  guide and group. After a brief induction to how it works we depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive mid-morning, giving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating historical park by bike or enjoy a boat journey through the “Venice of the East”. We leave late evening to Chiang Mai.

Overnight train or bus (price included)

Non Travel Day: Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into the train station between 8:00 11:00am. Chiang Mai is an amazing city with endless activity options. Some of our favourites are a tree top adventure with Flight of the Gibbon, trekking, rafting, and traditional cooking classes. For those looking for adrenalin try the down-hill mountain biking and traditional Muay Thai Boxing training! There’s also the famous night market, the Night Safari (Asia’s largest) and easy access to Pai village.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Non Travel Day: Chiang Mai
You have a full day to enjoy this historically rich city, or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. We suggest spending time to take in the ancient sights, including the old walled-city and the Tapae Gate, and some of the magnificent 300 Buddhist Temples.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong
After a chilled out morning, we depart after lunch and visit the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), then continue on to the border town of Chiang Khong to enjoy our last night in Thailand.
Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD20

Chiang Khong to Pakbeng
A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.
Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8 15

Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune
Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square!
Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD17

Ban Lad Khamoune to Luang Prabang
Our boat journey this morning takes us to the Pak Ou Caves where you will see thousands of Buddha images placed in the caves over hundreds of years. From the caves we have a short trip to Luang Prabang, arriving around midday into this world heritage town with French colonial architecture, temples and sacred sites.
Accommodation: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms clost to night market $12-40

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30

Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.
Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20

Vientiane to Kong Lor (7km Cave)

A comprehensive trip through Northern Thailand and Laos, for those travellers who have two and a half weeks or more. By joining us in Bangkok, you can travel to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, enjoying a free day in Chiang Mai, before meeting the  bus in Luang Prabang, Laos. Experience Laos from the mountains and vibrant cultures in the north to the islands and Mekong falls in the south. Return to Bangkok via local bus or train from Pakse to Ubon Ratchathani and train from there. We will get you closer to the action the whole way.

This morning you´re free to head down to the Cave (or Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7 km abyss! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe and take in the amazing rock formations, swim in the cool waters of the cave entrance. You also have the chance to travel to Ban Tabak village and take a ride in a ‘bomb boat’! These are made from the metal fuel casings of B52 bombers, dumped on Laos during the Secret War.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views of the Karst Mountains and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10

Kong Lor (7 Km Cave) to Thakek

Today is a short travel day, which includes a stop to view the “Great Wall of Thakek” before heading onto Pha Tam Kam, home of some of Southeast Asia´s best rock climbing and amazing lush, jungle scenery. For the adventurous crowd, there is the option to try out slack-lining or rock climbing, before heading back into town.
Mekong riverside Guesthouse USD12

Thakek to Xe Champhone (village stay)

This is what we are all about, getting totally off the beaten track! We head into Xe Champhone wetlands – an area so remote that occasionally our  buses can’t access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck! Along the way we visit Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple bombed in 1969, then onto Turtle Lake where you might spot soft-shell turtles. Our last stop for the day is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library. Once here we spend the night with the friendly locals in the Monkey forest, a sacred place and home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys.
Basic village stay including accommodation and meals USD17

Xe Champhone to Pakse

Driving south this morning we head for the bright lights of Pakse. From here, you can check out the Bolaven Plateau with its cool climate, coffee and tea plantations, and spectacular waterfalls. Paske is a great place to hop off the bus and experience the unforgettable Tree Top Explorer adventure. This an amazing experience that includes trekking though jungle, tree house accommodation, wildlife, thundering waterfalls, and a zip- line system that will have you flying through the tree-tops and across ravines.
Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in the centre of town surrounded by everything you need USD8-10

Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

An early start takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple. We´ll explore the site and climb to the mountain top temple, before heading south to the 4000 Islands area to experience its laidback lifestyle and natural beauty. We arrive around lunchtime giving you time to cycle across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island and visit Li Phi waterfall or take a boat trip for a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15

Don Det to Bangkok

We leave Don Det early by local mini-van towards Pakse and then on to the Thai border and Ubon Ratchathani, where you board the overnight bus. Your bus journey finishes when you arrive in Bangkok early the next morning.

 

Full moon pass

Dtui Noy Pass

DEPARTS:

  • Wet Season / Jun – Oct,  TUESDAYS, SATURDAYS,
  • Dry Season / Nov – May  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

Finishes Pakse (for Thailand) or Don Det (for Cambodia)

A comprehensive trip through Laos, for those travellers who have 2 weeks of more. Meet your  guide and group and head on the slow boat to Luang Prabang and experience Laos from the mountains, ethnic cultures and monastic traditions in the north to the natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle of the south. Hop off the  bus in 4000 Islands and continue on your own to Cambodia. Or hop off the  bus in Pakse and take a local bus to Ubon Ratchathani in eastern Thailand, where connections to trains, buses or planes are available to other Thai destinations.   You’ll want to hop-off and explore… the waterfalls, caves and jungles of Laos, and chill out on the idyllic island of Don Det)

Pass Highlights and Inclusions

  • Pha Tok Cave
  • Pak Ou Cave
  • Tham Jang Cave
  • National Park Entry
  • Kong Lor Park Entry
  • Mahaxai Cave
  • Turtle Lake
  • Hotay Pitok Library
  • Tad Ngeuang
  • Wat Phou

 

Dtui Noy pass itinerary

Chiang Khong to Pakbeng

A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8 15

Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune (homestay)

Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square! Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD $17

Ban Lad Khammune (homestay) to Luang Prabang

We wave goodbye to the village and jump back aboard our private boat downriver to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Here you will see thousands of Buddha images that were placed throughout the caves over a period of hundreds of years. A short trip takes us into the stunningly beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage town with a fusion of French colonial architecture and traditional Lao buildings. This is home to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls, a bear sanctuary, ancient Buddhist temples and many sacred sites.
Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD12-40

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30

Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.

Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20

Vientiane to Kong Lor (7 Km Cave)

An early escape this morning takes us away from the crowds and south to Kong Lor, and the Phu Hin Bun National Park. About an hour into the journey we visit Wat Prabat Phonsone, the “Buddha´s Footprint” temple, which has become an important pilgrimage site for local communities. There is time before sunset to explore the Kong Lor village and take in the stunning scenery of the surrounding rice paddies and limestone Karst Mountains.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10

Non Travel Day: Kong Lor (7 Km Cave)

This morning you´re free to head down to the Cave (or Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7 km abyss! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe and take in the amazing rock formations, swim in the cool waters of the cave entrance. You also have the chance to travel to Ban Tabak village and take a ride in a ‘bomb boat’! These are made from the metal fuel casings of B52 bombers, dumped on Laos during the Secret War.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views of the Karst Mountains and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10

Kong Lor (7 Km Cave) to Thakek

Today is a short travel day, which includes a stop to view the “Great Wall of Thakek” before heading onto Pha Tam Kam, home of some of Southeast Asia´s best rock climbing and amazing lush, jungle scenery. For the adventurous crowd, there is the option to try out slack-lining or rock climbing, before heading back into town.
Mekong riverside Guesthouse USD12

Thakek to Xe Champhone (village stay)

This is what we are all about, getting totally off the beaten track! We head into Xe Champhone wetlands – an area so remote that occasionally our  buses can’t access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck! Along the way we visit Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple bombed in 1969, then onto Turtle Lake where you might spot soft-shell turtles. Our last stop for the day is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library. Once here we spend the night with the friendly locals in the Monkey forest, a sacred place and home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys.
Basic village stay including accommodation and meals USD17

Xe Champhone to Pakse

Driving south this morning we head for the bright lights of Pakse. From here, you can check out the Bolaven Plateau with its cool climate, coffee and tea plantations, and spectacular waterfalls. Paske is a great place to hop off the bus and experience the unforgettable Tree Top Explorer adventure. This an amazing experience that includes trekking though jungle, tree house accommodation, wildlife, thundering waterfalls, and a zip- line system that will have you flying through the tree-tops and across ravines.
Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in the centre of town surrounded by everything you need USD8-10

Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

An early start takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple. We´ll explore the site and climb to the mountain top temple, before heading south to the 4000 Islands area to experience its laidback lifestyle and natural beauty. We arrive around lunchtime giving you time to cycle across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island and visit Li Phi waterfall or take a boat trip for a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15

 

Tom Yum Pass

backpacking in south east asia (4)Pass Highlights and Inclusions

  • Ayutthaya Temples
  • Pha Tok Cave
  • Pak Ou Cave
  • Tham Jang Cave

DEPARTS:  

  • Wet Season / Jun – Oct  TUESDAY, SATURDAYS
  • Dry Season / Nov – May  TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

A comprehensive trip through Northern Thailand and Northern Laos for those with 10 days or more. Start in Bangkok, visit the ancient capitals of Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai enroute to the northern Laos. Once in Laos, join the  bus and encounter the magic of the northern provinces; Luang Namtha, trekking central (dry season); Pak Beng and Ban Lad Khammune riverside villages (wet season); Luang Prabang remote river villages and the monastic capital of the same name; Vang Vieng with its tubing and night life, and Vientiane, the country´s capital. Hop off the  bus in Vientiane for the overnight train or bus back to Bangkok.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)
Your adventure kicks off 8am at the  Bangkok shop where you meet your  guide and group. After a brief induction to how it  works we depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive mid-morning, giving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating historical park by bike or enjoy a boat journey through the “Venice of the East”. We leave late evening to Chiang Mai.
Overnight train or bus (price included)

Non Travel Day: Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into the train station between 8:00 11:00am. Chiang Mai is an amazing city with endless activity options. Some of our favourites are a tree top adventure with Flight of the Gibbon, trekking, rafting, and traditional cooking classes. For those looking for adrenalin try the down-hill mountain biking and traditional Muay Thai Boxing training! There’s also the famous night market, the Night Safari (Asia’s largest) and easy access to Pai village.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Non Travel Day: Chiang Mai
You have a full day to enjoy this historically rich city, or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. We suggest spending time to take in the ancient sights, including the old walled-city and the Tapae Gate, and some of the magnificent 300 Buddhist Temples.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong
After a chilled out morning, we depart after lunch and visit the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), then continue on to the border town of Chiang Khong to enjoy our last night in Thailand.
Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD20

Chiang Khong to Pakbeng
A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.
Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8 15

Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune
Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square!
Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD17

Ban Lad Khamoune to Luang Prabang
Our boat journey this morning takes us to the Pak Ou Caves where you will see thousands of Buddha images placed in the caves over hundreds of years. From the caves we have a short trip to Luang Prabang, arriving around midday into this world heritage town with French colonial architecture, temples and sacred sites.
Accommodation: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms clost to night market $12-40

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30

Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.
Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20

Vientiane to Bangkok
You´ll be collected from your guesthouse in Vientiane mid-afternoon and be taken by tuk tuk to Thanaleng Train Station. Here you clear Lao customs, pay your departure fee then board a connecting train which takes you over the Friendship Bridge to Nong Khai in Thailand. You complete Thai Immigration at the train station and have time for a meal or drink across the road before boarding the overnight train to Bangkok where your  adventure will end: until next time.

 

 

With our partners , you travel on trains, buses, longboats and tuk tuks up Thailand and around Laos and see the parts most people miss!

Connect from Thailand on trains and traverse Laos from north to south, or choose a section that appeals to you.

  • Jump-on’ and ‘jump-off’ the bus anywhere that you want along the way around our comprehensive route.
  • Go further off the beaten track for unique down-to-earth stops, local culture and amazing activities.
  • We have an extensive range of Thailand – Laos travel passes for all time frames.
  • Your pass is valid for 12 months so take your time to explore!
  • Travel with like-minded people, our legendary guides and local drivers
  • We can organise guest houses, hostels, budget hotels, ecolodges and camping accommodation options enroute.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation

Actually there is none with this trip! The passes do not include accommodation because you can choose how long you want to stay in one place and where. If you want the tour leaders to book you a bed, it is no problem, you can do it on the bus as you travel. This way we make it easy for you and you do not have to look around in the hot sun to check out accommodation options and haggle on prices.

Light clothes for the wet season (May Oct) and something warm for the dry season (Nov Mar), especially for the north of Laos and Thailand; a good travel medical kit supplied by a doctor (for any inconveniences, dietary or otherwise); your travel insurance details; sunscreen; bug repellent (at least 30% deet content); girls – a sarong for swimming in remote areas, Lao culture requires modesty; a poncho or light raincoat (it can rain even in the dry season in the north), shoes/trainers for walking and a good sense of adventure!
The best (and easiest) way to carry gear around Laos is in a sturdy backpack. You can bring a suitcase with wheels but you may find yourself dragging it down a dirt track! Bring a smaller day pack so you can carry bug repellent, a camera, sunscreen and water.
things may change depending on the group, driver, season and local conditions. On our bus routes you can break your journey and spend longer anywhere along the way.
We pick up from selected locations in each town (specific accommodation places and our offices). You need to advise us before 5pm the day before you want to depart where you want to be picked up. Please login to your bookings to confirm your departure time and place. Please note we do not visit all departure points every day, only if we have confirmed pickups, so please ensure you let us know where you will be waiting.
Western food is sparse outside the main centres of Laos so be prepared and open minded about eating local food. At our stops we recommend tasty restaurants but when you get into local villages and home stays be prepared to eat simple local fare, with maybe the odd wildcard ingredient (which is part of the fun). Supermarkets are not the norm but we will point out places where you can stock up on food for the day. Please note vegetarian meal options are not always available but excellent fruit and vegetables are plentiful at the local markets.
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Included

  • Pre departure information
  • Pick up at different locations in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia
  • Reservations for extra tours and accommodation will be made by the guide
  • Flexible hop on hop off Tour Pass
  • All Transportation
  • Services of the Tour Leader

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Activities

A guide to inclusions

So what’s included in your backpacker bus pass? The following inclusions listed below explain many of the activities involved on most of these passes. Please refer to the individual pass itinerary to see which inclusions are valid for that particular pass.

Thailand

Ayutthaya Temples The ancient former Thai capital of Ayutthaya was founded in the early 1300s and quickly became one of world´s largest trading ports. History tells of a lavish city, laden with golden palaces, huge monasteries and temples. The city was burnt almost to the ground in 1767 when the Burmese invaded, and today only a fraction of the impressive city remains. In 1991 the significant cultural value of this historic city´s ruins were recognised when it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Laos

  • Pha Tok Cave– The Pha Tok Caves were used by the Laos people as a secret stronghold and hideaway from the America bombings during the second Indochina War in the 1960s and 70s. The cave was accessed by a long bamboo ladder, of which the remains can still be seen today.
  • Pak Ou Cave – Located on the convergence of the Mekong and Ou Rivers north of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Cave is an ancient pilgrimage site containing thousands of Buddha images placed there over hundreds of years.
  • Tham Jang Cave Tham Jang Cave is one of many limestone caves located near Vang Vieng in central Laos. The cave was used as a bunker during the war in the early 1900s and is now a popular sacred site for the locals. A crystal clear spring is located deep inside the cave, which is a popular swimming spot.
  • Tad Leuk Waterfall – Tad Leuk Waterfall is a popular but uncrowded swimming spot situated inside a national park. The picturesque flat, sandstone waterfall is surrounded by native flora and fauna and lots of bush walks.
  • Kong Lor Cave Situated underneath tall karst mountains, the 7 kilometre long Kong Lor Cave is lined with beautiful limestone stalic tights and stalic mights. Travel through the pitch black, windy cave by guided narrow boat using headlamps to see. The river is also popular for swimming in.
  • Mahaxai Caves – located 12kms west of the town of Thakek in southern Laos, Mahaxai is a complex of caves in the surrounding limestone mountains. This is also a popular mountain climbing region and eco tourism site.
  • Turtle Lake or Hong Dao – Located on the Xe Champhone Wetlands in south, central Laos is a large lake important in local mythology because of the many turtles that live in the lake. These turtles are considered sacred.
  • Hotay Pitok Library – located on the Xe Champhone wetlands is an old Buddhist Repository where thousands of Buddhist manuscripts written on reeds and bamboo are stored.
  • Tad Ngeuang – This waterfall is located on the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos. It is one of the highest waterfalls in the region and you can take a refreshing swim in the pools.
  • Wat Phu – located in Champassak Province in southern Laos was the capital of the Khmer Empire before it was moved to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
  • Vieng Thong Hot Springs – located in western Laos these natural hot springs are popular with the locals for the treatment of all sorts of ailments. You can take a bath with the locals or cook an egg in the boiling waters at the spring source.
  • Vieng Xai Caves – located in western Laos near the Vietnamese border this complex of caves was the stronghold and head quarters of the Phathet Lao during the Secret War during the 60’s and 70’s.
  • Plain of Jars – located around Phonsavanh in western Laos, these giant stone jars litter the countryside around the township. No one really knows their origin or use but there are a number of local legends shedding light on the story of the jars.

Cambodia

  • Preah Vihear – located on the Thai/Cambodia border in northern Cambodia, this ancient temple is a source of ongoing territorial disputes between the two countries. Located on the top of a mountain it has stunning views across both countries.
  • S21 & Killing Fields – these two sites located in and around Phnom Penh were used during the Khmer Rouge era to imprison, torture and kill anyone who was considered a threat to the regime. They have become a museum and shrine in modern day Cambodia.
  • Udong – located just northeast of Phnom Penh, ancient Udong was a Khmer stronghold when Cambodia was under siege from Thailand in the 16th century. Today it is a popular sacred site for the locals who come to make offerings at the mountain top pagodas and picnic at the hammock restaurant at the base of the mountain.
  • Bamboo Train – located outside Battambang in eastern Cambodia the bamboo train is what is left of the rail system built by the French and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Locals use it as simple form of transport between villages and tourists are welcome to take a ride.

Dates

Starts 2 times per week. Mostly Tuesday and Saturday.

Vietnam Xplorer

Discover the exceptionally diverse vietnam with are exciting fully guided Vietnam Xplorer. Backpacking your way up the country from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, we take you to some incredible locations, from the classic rice paddy vistas, pristine beaches and stunning French colonial towns. You will be exposed to the chilling history of the Vietnam War, world Heritage locations like Hoi Ann with a group of like-minded adventurers.

This flexible trip backpacking trip takes you through Vietnam starting in Ho Chi Minh city and ending in Hanoi. Fully guided with all transport included (we use our own private buses), we will take you to some of the most incredible locations and you will get to see sites normally missed out by the majority of backpackers. A great way to explore this fascinating country in the safety of the group with the backup support of our trip leaders.

 Vietnam Xplorer

Backpacking in Vietnam made easy. Hop on hop off backpacker bus pass.

  • Minimum trip time 14 Days
  • Recommended 18 Days

backpacking in south east asia (17)Vietnam is a fantastic country to visit, but it is also notoriously challenging to go backpacking through. Things operate a little bit differently in Vietnam compared to its neighbouring Southeast Asian countries: Being one of the last remaining communist countries, plus having had a harrowing history of protracted wars with the US and France, the people in Vietnam can be a little bit more pushy towards travellers.

Don’t let that put you off visiting though, Vietnam can be a very rewarding place to experience. Is a truly beautiful country, with mountains, thousands of miles of pristine coastline, exciting energetic cities filled with millions of people going about their daily lives: it’s a lot to take in and will leave a lasting awesome impression.

This trip is the perfect way to experience this country, without the stress and hassle that can be associated with a backpacking trip in Vietnam.

With all of your transport included and the backup and support of Xtreme ´s local guides you can spend as long as you like exploring this country with a hop on hop off pass. It’s a great way to meet other travellers, and hook up with other independent backpackers.

Vietnam Xplorer Highlights

  • Datania Falls
  • My Lai Memorial
  • Marble Mountains
  • Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave

 

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Vietnam Xplorer Itinerary

  • Starts: Ho Chi Minh City any Sunday
  • Ends: Hanoi
  • Minimum travel time: 12 days (we recommend you will want to spend about three weeks)

Starts: Ho Chi Minh City

This trip starts in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday a month. If you are flying in we can add on the Ho Chi Minh ConneXion arrival pack:  includes meet and greet arrival transfer, two nights´ accommodation, daily breakfast at your hotel and Water Puppet Theatre show. This also includes a guided tour of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Extensive network of Vietcong tunnels, where you can actually enter the tunnels, Discover more about the Vietnam war, and even fire AK-47s M-16’s and let rip Rambo style on an M-60 machine gun!

We would strongly recommend this as you will want to explore Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnams biggest and most interesting city it’s a great place to visit. So allow enough time prior to your arrival to take it all in.

Ho Chi Minh City is home to the War Remnant Museum which displays harrowing reminders of the American and Vietnamese war, the Saigon Opera House which is surrounded by shopping plazas, and even its own Notre Dame Cathedral  said to be a connection between the physical and spiritual life of Ho Chi Minh people.

ARRIVAL IN HO CHI MINH CITY
Your adventure kicks off in bustling Ho Chi Minh City. If you arrive early in the day, feel free to spend time exploring the narrow streets on foot, hop into a cyclo for a comfortable cruise among the millions of motorbikes or find a restaurant teeming with locals for a taste of the best cuisine. At 6pm you’ll meet your Tour Leader and new travel mates at the Khoi Hostel for a Welcome Night introduction. We’ll cover how the trip works and answer any questions you have about travelling in Vietnam. Afterwards, make the most of your first night by getting to know each other over a delicious Vietnamese dinner and a few cold beverages.

HO CHI MINH CITY – FREE DAY
Today is a free day to explore the hot and lively Ho Chi Minh City. Learn about the history of the American and Vietnam War at the War Remnant Museum, visit the French Colonial Saigon Opera House, browse the surrounding shopping plazas or see a cultural show. Ho Chi Minh even has its own Notre Dame Cathedral, which is said to be a connection between the physical and spiritual life for the Ho Chi Minh people. We recommend taking a trip out to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex of over 200kms of tunnels used by the Viet Khong in the war against the US. Discover how the people lived and survived in these tunnels, built schools and hospitals underground and eventually gained victory. This evening enjoy a traditional performance at the Water Puppet Theatre, or dine out on delicious street food at one of the city’s many restaurants or bars

HO CHI MINH CITY TO DA LAT
Leaving behind the chaos and heat of Ho Chi Minh City, we head for the refreshingly cool climate of Da Lat, known as the honeymoon capital of Vietnam. Our journey today takes us through fertile farmlands that specialise in rubber, coffee and tea, locally produced wine, vegetables and flowers. Just a short distance from Da Lat we make a stop at the beautiful 20 metre Datanla Waterfall, where legend has it K’ho fairies often come to play and bathe at the base of the falls. You can either walk down to the waterfall or, for those who like a little bit of adrenalin, you can drive your own mini rollercoaster to the site. Afterwards we’ll head to Da Lat, where you can spend the rest of the day checking out the large market near the guesthouse, or one of many friendly cafes selling excellent coffee on every corner.

DA LAT – FREE DAY
Da Lat vaguely resembles a French town with sprawling old villas and towering pine trees. It is not on the main tourist trail so locals are curious and very friendly to western visitors. There are plenty of adventurous activities here, but many people choose to go on an adrenalin packed canyoning trip where you abseil over waterfalls and jump off a 5 metre high drop into the pool below. If that’s not for you, you can visit the last Emperor’s art deco-style summer palace, explore the never-ending local coffee or strawberry plantations, or hire tandem bikes at the market and cycle to the Hang Nga ‘Crazy House’ an unconventional exploration of surrealist architecture.

DA LAT TO BAI XEP
Leaving behind the cool climate of Da Lat we’ll head for the Vietnamese coast, stopping for refreshments and for those who want to hop off at the coastal city of Nha Trang. Driving on your destination is the tiny fishing village of Bai Xep located along a stretch of sandy white beach. Kick back and relax in this peaceful village setting, untouched by rampant tourism, where locals wave and greet you with smiles.

BAI XEP – FREE DAY
Today you are free to enjoy this remote coastal location and all it has to offer. Swim, snorkel and take long walks on the beach, learn to paddle a traditional round boat, go fishing and cook your catch for tea, wander the village and get to know the friendly locals or just relax at your comfortable seaside guesthouse.

BAI XEP TO HOI AN
A coastal drive takes us to the popular tourist spot Hoi An. We’ll stop along the way to visit the My Lai Memorial, a site that commemorates an event that marked a turning point in the American War, before arriving in Hoi An. A UNESCO World Heritage town, Hoi An is a must see town, with beautifully restored and preserved French Colonial architecture, funky bars, outstanding restaurants, art galleries, souvenir shops and countless tailor shops. With glorious beaches so close nearby, this is paradise! A great spot to hop off and enjoy the local nightlife; try local delicacies (and beers), then meander home through the motorbike free streets.

HOI AN – FREE DAY
Today is free for you to explore this charming town. Get some tailoring done, take a leisurely cycle to the beach, or just enjoy the tasty local coffee at one of the many restaurants around town. When the sun goes down this is when Hoi An really turns on its charm. Paper and fabric lanterns are lit throughout streets, bathing the historical French colonial and Chinese architecture in a warm glow. Take a sunset stroll through the old town, and try a local delicacy called the ‘White Rose’ – a dumpling stuffed with shrimp or pork bunched into the shape of a rose. Apparently the recipe is a family secret, held by only one family who supply all the restaurants around town.

HOI AN TO HUE
Today you head for Hue, Vietnam’s most liveable city. Here the people are friendly and modern architecture sits side by side with century old buildings. Surrounded by rolling hills and located on the Perfume River, Hue is regarded as the cultural and spiritual centre of Vietnam and is the former home to the Vietnamese emperors. Here you’ll see many elaborately decorated temples and beautiful pagodas, including the seven-storied Thien Mu Pagoda – where the most famous Vietnamese monk is buried, the intricate Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. This is a great place to take a motorbike tour of the Vietnamese countryside. Travel on the back of a motorbike through rice paddies, quaint, rural villages and down tiny roads and discover a little bit of the ‘real’ Vietnam.

HUE TO PHONG NHA
This morning we head for the fascinating Vinh Moc Tunnels, an impressive underground complex that was used by more than 90 families to live and work in during some of the heaviest bombings in the American War. From there it’s on to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, passing through the provincial town of Dong Hoi on our way to the charming hotel in Phong Nha town that will be our base for exploring the park.

PHONG NHA – FREE DAY
Today we visit the spectacular rural area of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, 45km from Dong Hoi. This area has pristine rivers (perfect for a refreshing dip or kayak) and boasts a number of impressive caves, including the recently discovered Thien Duong Cave. Inside you’ll find glittering limestone walls, phallus shaped stalagmites and stalactites, claw shaped formations, and a limestone waterfall. This afternoon you have the option to go on a guided tour of the ‘Dark Cave,’ suitably named as such because the rock is black. This is an exciting adventure where you’ll explore the caves darkness with the help of a head torch, discover ancient fossils and slide down muddy ridges, all while Asian bats fly overhead. Afterwards, back at the mouth of the cave you can wash off all the mud by spending the afternoon swimming and playing in the river.

PHONG NHA TO NINH BINH
Our journey today takes us through beautiful countryside and stunning limestone karst mountains. We’ll stop along the way for a chance to stretch your legs before continuing our express journey to Ninh Binh. We arrive late in the afternoon and you have time to wander around and acquaint yourself with the town before dinner.

NINH BINH TO HANOI
This morning we venture out in traditional canoes to discover the Trang An Grottoes. Sometimes called the ‘Halong Bay on land’, we’ll coast through caves in the mountains to view stony outcrops and dramatic karst formations towering above flat tranquil waters and rice paddies. After lunch in Ninh Binh, we jump back on the bus bound for the chaotic streets of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is an exotic city full of excitement and energy, and thousands of motorcycles that make the simple task of crossing the road seem like a real achievement! There’s an an excellent culinary scene. We recommend dining at Restaurant 69, which is said to be over 300 years old, or trying some of the delicious street food available on every corner, where the saying goes “the lower the chair, the cheaper the beer.”

HANOI
This morning your Tour Leader will take you out to see the main sights of Hanoi on foot. We start our walking tour by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then the old Royal Palace Gardens and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House. From there, we’ll head over to the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. The main tour will end at Koto Restaurant and Training Centre for refreshments; those that are feeling fit can carry on to the Old Hanoi Hilton Prison and finish at Hoan Kiem Lake.

This is where your journey with Stray comes to an end, but there is plenty to see and do in and around Hanoi. If you have some extra days to spend here, we highly recommend booking a cruise around breathtaking Halong Bay or making a trip inland to visit the hill tribes of Sa Pa. Both of these excursions can be organised for you by your Tour Leader. We hope you’ve had a blast on your great adventure!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

On each bus we have two guides, one local one Western. They are there to look after you, take you to some of the more interesting places that usually get left off a typical backpackers itinerary, and they can also help book you accommodation throughout the journey.
As the Vietnam Xplorer is a hop on hop off pass you may not be with the same people throughout the trip. This is because you can spend longer in certain locations if you want to hang out there awhile. In reality friendships form pretty quickly, so most people tend to hook up with the same people and share the same travel itinerary.
Accommodation is not included in this program, we have given you an indication as to how much you should budget at each stop in US dollars. Our driver guides are able to book you into accommodation as you go, so you do not need to worry about booking your own accommodation, however you will need to pay for it locally. Accommodation in Vietnam is inexpensive.
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Included

  • All transport by private vehicles and public transport
  • Activities listed below
  • Services of Xtreme Gap Year guide and driver
  • Detailed predeparture pack

Included activities are as follows

  • Datanla Waterfall entrance fees in Da Lat
  • My Lai Memorial entrance fees near Hoi An
  • Vinh Moc Tunnels entrance fees near Dong Hoi
  • Entrance to the Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave, Phong Nha
  • Boat trip to the Trang An Grottoes
  • Guided city walking tour of Hanoi

 

Excluded

  • Accommodation (budget five pounds per night)
  • Meals
  • Airport pick up
  • Travel insurance

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South East Asia Xplorer

A flexible hop on hop off adventure taking in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, starting in the capital of Thailand Bangkok and ending in the capital of Vietnam Hanoi. With the recommended a trip time of 56 days (min 38), this is the perfect guided group backpacking adventure taking in four incredible Southeast Asia countries. All transport, loads of activities included.

A group guided backpacking adventure taking in the main highlights of The North of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Four very diverse Southeast Asia countries, fully guided. If you want to meet people and have fun with a group of like-minded adventurers, this is the way to do it. From big cities like Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi to temples, waterfalls and the most incredible scenery this is a great way to spend two months travelling Southeast Asia after Thailand. All transport and loads of activities included but no accommodation or meals.

 South East Asia Xplorer

A fully guided hop on hop off tour of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

For travellers who have the time, The South East Asia Explorer is a comprehensive trip through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, starting in Bangkok and finishing in Hanoi.
Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok, travel north via amazing Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai, before meeting the Xtreme Bus at the Huay Xai border crossing in Laos.
Experience mountains and vibrant cultures in Northern Laos and the amazing wilderness and wildlife in the South; follow narrow mountain roads to scenic rivers and waterfalls, hidden archaeological sites, communist caves and friendly remote villages.
Head into Cambodia to explore ancient temples, pagodas, and palaces, snack on fried spider or enjoy a Khmer BBQ. Chill out in the beach sanctuary of Koh Tunsay, see the rare Irrawady Dolphins and visit the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 prison and Killing Fields. Cycle or trek the Bokor National Parks and get to know the locals in a remote village homestay.
Explore Vietnam’s buzzing cities, travel through stunning mountain scenery, experience Vietnamese hospitality and stay in an local ethnic homestay; explore newly discovered caves, cycle through rice paddies, visit National Parks, swim in secret swimming spots, traverse tunnels from the Secret War; and relax on some of Asia’s finest beaches.

Thailand

  • Ayutthaya Temples
  • Free Day to explore Chiang Mai
  • Visit the famous and intriguing White Temple

Cambodia

  • Preah Vihear Temple
  • S21 Prison & Killing Fields
  • Udong Historical Site
  • Bamboo train ride

Laos

  • Tham Jang Cave
  • Kong Lor National Park
  • Mahaxai Cave
  • Turtle Lake
  • Hotay Pitok Library
  • Tad Ngeuang Waterfall
  • Wat Phu UNESCO Temple

Vietnam

  • Datania Falls
  • My Lai Memorial
  • Marble Mountains
  • Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave

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Thailand

 

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)

Best is to arrive one day Early. The trips sets off on Tuesday and Saturday. If you arrive one day early we would love to meet you at 6 pm in our Xtreme Bangkok shop where you meet your Xtreme guide and group and you can ask all your last minutes questions. Usually the groups wonders off after the intro for a few drinks and hit the sack early for the next day.

At 09:30 am on the departure day we depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive mid-morning, giving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating historical park by bike or enjoy a boat journey through the Venice of the East. We leave late evening to Chiang Mai.

If you would like us to arrange one night in the luxury hotel (located right next door to the departure point and the office) this can be arranged for an additional £95. This also includes airport pick up.

Overnight train or bus (price included)

Non Travel Day: Chiang Mai
You have a full day to enjoy this historically rich city, or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. We suggest spending time to take in the ancient sights, including the old walled-city and the Tapae Gate, and some of the magnificent 300 Buddhist Temples.
Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20

Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong

After a chilled out morning, we depart after lunch and visit the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), then continue on to the border town of Chiang Khong to enjoy our last night in Thailand.
Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD20

Laos

Chiang Khong to Pakbeng

A short boat ride across the Mekong River whisks us away towards Huay Xai, Laos. This is where we clear customs before boarding the boat to Pakbeng. Sit back and soak up the incredible journey as the river winds through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungle. You will spot water buffalo, mountain-side rice paddies, local fishermen, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the remote village of Pakbeng late afternoon and stay overnight by the river.
Guesthouse near boat ramp USD8-15

Pakbeng to Ban Lad Khammune

Leaving Pakbeng early, we continue our journey down the Mekong to the secluded village of Ban Lad Khammune. Here you will experience traditional village life by staying with a local family in their home. Attend a Baci (welcoming) Ceremony and have a chance to wander around the village, watch the women weaving or try your luck in a friendly game of petanque in the square!
Homestay including accommodation, traditional Baci ceremony and meals USD17

Ban Lad Khammune to Luang Prabang

We wave goodbye to the village and jump back aboard our private boat downriver to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Here you will see thousands of Buddha images that were placed throughout the caves over a period of hundreds of years. A short trip takes us into the stunningly beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage town with a fusion of French colonial architecture and traditional Lao buildings. This is home to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls, a bear sanctuary, ancient Buddhist temples and many sacred sites.
Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD12-40

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

It´s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, taking in the breathtaking views. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, start partying or even kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!
Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD8-30

Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos and take a tour of the city´s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to get a massage, go shopping at the night market, or watch the action from one of the local restaurants by the river.
Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20

Vientiane to Kong Lor

An early escape this morning takes us away from the crowds and south to Kong Lor, and the Phu Hin Bun National Park. About an hour into the journey we visit Wat Prabat Phonsone, the Buddha´s Footprint  temple, which has become an important pilgrimage site for local communities. There is time before sunset to explore the Kong Lor village and take in the stunning scenery of the surrounding rice paddies and limestone Karst Mountains.
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10

Non-Travel Day: Kong Lor

This morning you´re free to head down to the Cave (or Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7km abyss! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe and take in the amazing rock formations, swim in the cool waters of the cave entrance. You also have the chance to travel to Ban Tabak village and take a ride in a ‘bomb boat’! These are made from the metal fuel casings of B52 bombers, dumped on Laos during the Secret War
Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views of the Karst Mountains and just a short 10 minute walk from the cave USD10

Kong Lor to Tha Kek

Today is a short travel day, which includes a stop to view the Great Wall of Tha Kek before heading onto Pha Tam Kam, home of some of Southeast Asia´s best rock climbing and amazing lush, jungle scenery. For the adventurous crowd, there is the option to try out slack-lining or rock climbing, before heading back into town.
Mekong riverside Guesthouse USD12

Tha Kek to Xe Champhone

This is what Xtreme is all about, getting totally off the beaten track! We head into Xe Champhone wetlands – an area so remote that occasionally our Xtreme buses can’t access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck! Along the way we visit Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple bombed in 1969, then onto Turtle Lake where you might spot soft-shell turtles. Our last stop for the day is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library. Once here we spend the night with the friendly locals in the Monkey forest, a sacred place and home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys.
Basic village stay including accommodation and meals USD17

Xe Champhone to Pakse

Driving south this morning we head for the bright lights of Pakse. From here, you can check out the Bolaven Plateau with its cool climate, coffee and tea plantations, and spectacular waterfalls.
Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in the centre of town surrounded by everything you need USD8-10

Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

An early start takes us to the World Heritage site of Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple. We´ll explore the site and climb to the mountain top temple, before heading south to the 4000 Islands area to experience its laid back lifestyle and natural beauty. We arrive around lunchtime giving you time to cycle across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island and visit Li Phi waterfall or take a boat trip for a chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15

Cambodia

Don Det to Phnom Penh

Saying goodbye to Laos, we make an early start to join the public bus for the journey to Cambodia. A short drive will bring you to the Don Kralor Border where you will complete immigration procedures, then continue the journey into Cambodia, once again following the mighty Mekong River. We arrive in the majestic capital of Phnom Penh late evening, and you´ll get a chance to freshen up before meeting your new tour leader for dinner and drinks along the iconic waterfront.
Guesthouse near the main tourist area USD20

Phnom Penh to Koh Tunsay Island

After a tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields we head for the Cambodian coast, passing through the river town of Kampot. Kampot is famous for its pepper and salt farms and delicious seafood – your local guide will show you the best spot to taste some! From Kampot we head to the old French resort town of Kep where we board traditional Khmer wooden fishing boats for a 30 minute voyage to the island sanctuary of Koh Tunsay. Once on shore you can check out the island or just relax on the beach, and watch the sun go down.
Bungalows on the beach (sleep 4 people) USD25 per bungalow

Koh Tunsay Island to Kampot

Tearing ourselves away from the beach, a short drive takes us back to the town of Kampot where you will have a free afternoon to visit the pepper and salt Farms, do some cycling or trekking in Bokor National Park or take a sunset cruise up the river.
Highly Recommended: Hop off here to head to Sihanoukville to enjoy the beach; local seafood and nightlife!

Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD6-15

Kampot to Battambang (homestay)

A full day today will take us to our village homestay near the provincial town of Battambang. En-route we will visit the 18th Century Khmer stronghold of Udong, where you can hike to the mountain top pagoda or relax in a hammock and enjoy a local Khmer BBQ! We pass through Kompong Chhnang (pronounced kom-pong-ch-nang) with its bustling local market and floating villages along the river and delta area. Our homestay tonight will give you a taste of local family and community life in the village with its seasonal farming, fishing, temple gatherings and festivals.
Homestay in local village including meals USD18

Battambang to Siem Reap

After breakfast with our homestay family we drive into Battambang where we will take a ride on the Bamboo Train before an early lunch and drive to Siem Reap, home of the incredible Angkor Temples.
Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD8-20

Non-Travel Day: Siem Reap

Today is a free day for you to explore the magnificent Angkor Temples and take in some of Siem Reap´s vibrant markets and nightlife. Your guide will show you the best ones to head to first!
Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms USD8-20

Siem Reap – Preah Vihear – Kompong Thom

Today we have an early start on our journey to the northern border region of Cambodia where we visit Preah Vihear, a sacred site and source of ongoing controversy for Thailand and Cambodia. On arrival at Preah Vihear Information Centre we pick up motorbikes for the drive to the top of the mountain, with amazing views over the Cambodia and Thailand. After lunch we continue to our overnight stopping point, the town of Kompong Thom.
Guesthouse in the center of town USD8-16

Kompong Thom to Phnom Pehn

This morning we visit a silk farm where we have breakfast and learn about the silk making process. From here we head for the bustling Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Along the way you will get the chance to sample a crunchy Cambodian favourite, fried spider! This local snack is found in the town of Skon where spiders are bred for human consumption. Once we settle into our guesthouse, you have free time to visit the Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom and the Russian Market or mix with the locals as the sunsets over the Mekong River.
Guesthouse near the main tourist area USD20

Non-Travel Day: Phnom Penh

A free day today gives you the chance to explore this energizing capital city and visit the many markets selling silk, silver, gems and antiques.

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Mihn City

This morning you´ll board a public bus and head to Moc Bai on the Vietnamese border, where you will be processed through immigration (you will need to organise your Visa in advance) and then driven on to Ho Chi Minh City arriving mid-afternoon.
Centrally located hotel or guesthouse USD15-20

Vietnam

Non-Travel Day: Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is home to the War Remnant Museum which houses remnants from the American and Vietnamese war, the Saigon Opera House which is surrounded by shopping plazas, and even its own Notre Dame Cathedral – said to be a connection between the physical and spiritual life of Ho Chi Minh people. We recommend a guided tour of this historically rich city.
Centrally located hotel or guesthouse USD15-20

Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat

Leaving behind the chaos and heat of Ho Chi Minh City, we head for the refreshingly cool climate of Dalat. Known as the honeymoon capital of Vietnam, this could be a good opportunity to pop the question! The journey today is through fertile farmlands that specialise in rubber, coffee & tea; all crops imported by the French. The cool climate here is perfect for growing Vietnam´s only locally produced wine, as well as vegetables and flowers, which are transported daily to Ho Chi Minh City and beyond. We can check out the large market near the guesthouse, or one of many friendly cafes selling excellent coffee on every corner.
Local guesthouse USD10-12

Non-Travel day: Dalat

Dalat vaguely resembles a French town with sprawling old villas and towering pine trees. It is not on the main tourist trail so locals are curious and very friendly to western visitors. There are plenty of adventurous activities here, including a mountain bike ride to Datania Waterfall, or the last Emperor´s art deco-style summer palace, and the never-ending local coffee plantations.
Local guesthouse USD10-12

Dalat to Buon Ma Thout

Driving through stunning mountain scenery we reach the provincial town of Buon Ma Thuot. We stock up on supplies before making our way out to the nearby rural area, and our homestay in an M´Nong ethnic village. Staying right on the shores of the beautiful Lak Lake, we can see local fishermen and farmers working, and even get the chance to take a boat ride across to the other side and return by elephant!
Ethnic Homestay in Jun Longhouses USD15

Buon Ma Thout to Qui Nhon

This morning we head for the coast and the seaside town of Quy Nhon – a popular holiday destination for Vietnamese, but off the beaten track for western tourists! Local hospitality is what makes this town well worth the visit. Jump straight into the warm ocean waters, to wash off the mountain dust from the day.
Local guesthouse USD10-12

Qui Nhon to Hoi An

A coastal drive takes us to this popular tourist spot, and UNESCO World Heritage town, with its beautifully restored and preserved French Colonial architecture. Hoi An is teeming with tailor shops, funky bars, outstanding restaurants, art galleries and souvenir shops. With glorious beaches nearby, this is close to paradise! A great spot to hop off enjoy the local nightlife; try great local delicacies (and beers), then meander home safely through the motorbike free streets.
Local guesthouse or hotel USD15-30

Non-Travel Day: Hoi An

Today is free for you to explore this charming town, get some tailoring done, join a motorbike tour through the countryside, try scuba diving, cycle to the beach, do a cooking class or just enjoy the tasty local coffee at one of the many restaurants in town.
Local guesthouse or hotel USD15-30

Hoi An to Hue

Located on the Perfume River, Hue is regarded as the cultural and spiritual centre of Vietnam and is the former home to the Vietnamese Emperors. We see many elaborately decorated temples and beautiful pagodas throughout the area, the centrepiece of which is the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City.
We highly recommend a countryside motorbike tour through quaint, rural villages and rice paddies to experience something of the ´real´ Vietnam.
Local guesthouse USD10-12

Hue to Dong Hoi

A short drive up the coast this morning takes us through the old DMZ (De Militarized Zone), the border between North and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and to the provincial town of Dong Hoi. Dong Hoi is home to the Blind Massage Therapy Centre, and the quiet Nhat Le beach. Here you have the choice to cruise the river front by bicycle, get to know the local fishermen or just chill out at one of the evening street bars, with great views of the large bridge that is lit up with disco lights!
Basic hotel near the river USD12-15+

Non-Travel Day: Dong Hoi

Today we recommend visiting the spectacular rural area of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, 45km from Dong Hoi. This area has pristine rivers (perfect for a refreshing dip or kayak) and also boasts a number of impressive caves, including the recently discovered Thien Duong Cave that is the largest cave in the world!
Basic hotel near the river USD12-15+

Dong Hoi to Cam Lo to Ninh Binh

Our journey toward the national park takes us through beautiful countryside with its stunning limestone kyrst mountains, stopping along the way at the ´real´ Vietnam beach-side town of Cam Lo. This chilled out spot is definitely not on the tourist trail:..yet! We try out the local seafood and have a swim before continuing our express journey on to Ninh Binh.
Locally run hotel with excellent restaurants nearby USD10-12

Ninh Binh to Mai Chau

This morning we head to the Cuc Phoung National Park and Primate Centre, which is home to the many endangered and rescued primates including monkeys, gibbons and other interesting species native to the area. From here, we stop for a swim at the local hot pools, and then continue on to Mai Chau, an isolated, minority hill-tribe haven set amongst towering cliffs. There is plenty of time this afternoon to go exploring in this rural valley of lush greenery and terraced fields of rice paddies.
Local guesthouse USD10-12

Mai Chau to Hanoi

We get the legs moving with an early bike ride through the nearby countryside and villages, before jumping on the bus, bound for the chaotic streets of Vietnam´s capital. Hanoi is an exotic Asian city full of excitement and energy, and thousands of motorcycles making the simple task of crossing the road seem like a real achievement!
This is where your Xtreme adventure ends, but there is plenty to do and see in and around Hanoi if you have some extra days to spend here.
Local guesthouse or hotel USD15-30 or backpacker style dorm USD7-9if

Frequently Asked Questions

Your driver/guide provides you with a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, and trivia as well as recommending and booking activities and accommodation for you around Asia. They are walking guidebooks, always there to help and entertain!
The average age of passengers is about 22 – 26. The majority of people are between the age of 20 and 40 (but we also have older). No matter what the age we find we attract on-to-it people who want to meet other travellers, and get out there and further off the beaten track.
Our buses range from 14 seaters to 45 seaters with an average group of about 20. We keep them smaller so you can see and do more, and because we find that that groups of this size simply work better.
Its perfect for people travelling by themselves. Asia is relatively safe and our smaller group sizes means you can meet more people and your driver is always there for any questions you may have.
Backpacks are recommended but suitcases are fine you don´t need to walk great distances with them (just between the accommodation and the bus). The majority of the time while you´re doing activities they will be stored away (on the bus or at your accommodation). We recommend you bring a good day pack (small backpack) or bag you can carry easily for water bottles, towels, cameras, sunblock etc.
You´ll need to bring a decent pair of sneakers/trainers that you can walk in comfortably. Hiking boots are good but not essential. In summer you´ll find flip flops/thongs are the favoured option!
We includes free days (non-travel days) in key locations, so even if you´re completing your trip in the minimum days required you´ll have time to do activities and explore each of these areas.   We also have free mornings or afternoons in most places for you to do local activities, just relax or and do some necessary laundry!
Most accommodations and activities accept debit and credit cards, so you don´t have to carry too much cash with you. Some cash on the other hand is advisable, because some accommodations may require a cash key deposit.
Your travel pass includes all land transport, guidance, free activities such as walks and the city orientations. Your driver will book accommodation for you if you like but the cost is not included in your pass (you´ll just need to pay as you go).
The bus guide helps you reserve accommodation in all our overnight stops. You´ll be guaranteed a bed with a range of accommodation levels, from hostel dorms to made up private rooms; our driver/guides will help you with this. You are free to book your own accommodation if you wish. You will need to book your own accommodation for the night before you start your trip and let us know where you are staying so we know where to pick you up from. We can recommend places for you to stay if you need help.

 

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Included

  • All transport by private vehicles and public transport
  • Activities listed below
  • Services of Xtreme Gap Year guide and driver
  • Detailed predeparture pack

Included activities are as follows

  • Ayutthaya Temples
  • Tham Jang Cave
  • Kong Lor National Park
  • Mahaxai Cave
  • Turtle Lake
  • Hotay Pitok Library
  • Tad Ngeuang Waterfall
  • Wat Phu UNESCO Temple
  • Preah Vihear Temple
  • S21 Prison & Killing Fields
  • Udong Historical Site
  • Bamboo train ride
  • Datania Falls
  • My Lai Memorial
  • Marble Mountains
  • Vinh Moc Tunnels
  • Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave

 

Excluded

  • Accommodation (budget five pounds per night)
  • Meals
  • Airport pick up
  • Travel insurance

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Fiji Experience

The quintessential paradise island destination, Fiji is the perfect destination to escape to find yourself. Clear turquoise seas, amazing snorkelling and a great backpacker trail, you are sure to have amazing nights, and good times. The trouble is you will probably never want to leave. Various hop on hop off passes to choose from, all-inclusive and transport only options.

Hop on & Hop Off or book a package with all transport and accommodation. Dreamy beaches in south pacific islands await on the award winning Fiji Experience. Pick a pass and off you go. Super simple to get around and a great way to meet people in Fiji.  

Fiji Experience

 

Fiji Experience Highlights Include:

  • Swimming with the Manta Rays at Mantaray Island Resort
  • Sevu-sevu ceremony: Taking part in a traditional kava ceremony is a privilege and is an ancient practice still practiced in Fiji regularly.
  • Visit a real village: No experience compares to a visit to a Fijian village. Take the time and effort to have a chat and hang around with the locals for a few extra rounds of kava.
  • Beachcomber Island, world famous in Fiji this is a must!
  • Suva City: The largest city in the South Pacific (excluding New Zealand and Australia of course). Bustling with activity as the cultures of Fiji mesh.

 

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Fiji Experience Passes.

We have 4 passes available

  • 9-day Triple Treat
  • 8-day Mango´s & Manta rays
  • 6-day Lay Low
  • 4-day Whole Hula!

Click on the pass for the details.

Highlights:

• Amazing South Pacific Dance, Knife & famous Fire Dancing Spectacular Show
• plenty of time to relax, snorkel, swim or dive on Fiji’s best beaches,
• 30min Trek through tropical flat jungle
• Swim in the Biggest Coastal waterfall
• Suva Sightseeing – drive through
• Visit to the Fiji Museum
• 7 chamber historical snake cave visit
• Sevusevu – Fijian Kava ceremony
• Village visit – interact with locals and kids
• Billibilli rafting
• Market visit
• hot pools and mud pools
• 2 Island Experience – Beachcomber & Mantaray Island

INCLUSIONS:

The itinerary includes 8 night’s accommodation

  • Robinson Crusoe Island – 1 night
  • Resort at Pacific Harbour – 1 night
  • Golden Point Resort – 1 night
  • Nadi Hostel – 1 night
  • Beachcomber Island – 2 nights
  • Mantaray Island – 2 nights.

Also includes all activities listed above and all transport including the boat transfers to Robinson Crusoe Island, Beachcomber and Mantaray Island! A tour guide and driver, in an air conditioned vehicle for the four day Whole Hula itinerary only around Viti Levu.

MEALS:

The below meals are at an additional cost if you have not purchased the 4 day meal package:

  • The pass only includes continental breakfast at Uprising Beach Resort or Club Oceanus & Golden Point Resort.
  • Fijian Lunch is provided by Nasautoka village at a cost of F$10.00pp on Day 3 (Optional)
  • A compulsory meal plan applies on Robinson Crusoe Island, which is F$85pp and is paid directly to the resort.
  • A compulsory meal plan also is applicable at Beachcomber which is F$88per person per day and at Mantaray Island which is F$99per person per day. Additional Lunch at Mantaray Island is F$32per person. This is payable direct to the island upon check in.
  • All other meals are on a menu selection basis and average between F$20 – F$40 per meal at all the resort restaurants payable direct.

The 4 day Whole Hula meal package is available at an extra cost of F$250.00, which includes: Meal Plan at Robinson Crusoe Island, 3 x lunch(Day 2, 3 & 4) & 2 x dinners (1 each at Pacific Harbour & Golden
Point Resort).

 

Departs: Nadi on Wednesday & Saturdays. Pickups at all hotels and resorts.

Itinerary

Pickups are available at all hotels and resorts in the Nadi / Denarau area. Please ensure you’ve informed us of your location for pick up on day one.

Day 1 0800hrs: Nadi to Robinson Crusoe Island for a full afternoon on the amazing Robinson Crusoe Island – the island of the fire dancers!

Day 2 0900hrs: Robinson Crusoe Island to Pacific Harbour along the stunning Coral Coast. Stop in Sigatoka town and buy your own lunch. Enjoy Rainforest Trek and waterfall in Coral Coast. Check in at Uprising Beach resort or Club Oceanus and spend late afternoon at the Resort.

Day 3 0745hrs: Pacific Harbour to Golden Point Resort, Rakiraki including Suva City drive through, Fiji Museum tour. Visit the 7 chamber historical snake cave before reaching Nasautoka Village for kava ceremony and village tour, interact with the locals and kids finish your day with bilibili rafting in the Wainibuka River. Lunch is optional but provided by the village at a cost of F$10.00.

Day 4 1300hrs: Golden Point Resort Rakiraki to Nadi. Spend morning half day at the Resort. Opportunity to go for snorkelling. Have an Indo Fijian lunch (at own cost) at the Resort before departing for Nadi. Drive through the scenic Indo-Fijian sugar cane belt, visit Ba Market then to the Sabeto hot pools before finishing your Viti Levu trip back in Nadi.

Day 5 0730hrs: Nadi to Beachcomber Island, arrive at this amazing island late morning, just in time for lunch. Transfer from your hotel to Anchorage Jetty will be done by Beachcomber Cruises. Pick up time will be at 0730hrs from your hotel.

Day 6 Beachcomber Island, spend a day doing activities or relaxing on your tropical paradise!

Day 7 0915hrs: Beachcomber Island to Mantaray Island Resort, cruise north to Mantaray Island arriving early afternoon. Pickup from Beachcomber Island will be at 9.15am on Yasawa Flyer.

Day 8 Mantaray Island, spend all day on this amazing island snorkelling, diving, swimming or spotting manta rays!

Day 9 1415hrs: Mantaray Island to Nadi, depart the island on Yasawa Flyer at 2.15pm and get back to Nadi early evening. Transfer from Port Denarau to your accommodation in Nadi or to the Airport will be done by Awesome Adventures Fiji.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Amazing South Pacific Dance, Knife & famous Fire Dancing Spectacular Show
  • plenty of time to relax, snorkel, swim or dive on Fiji’s best beaches,
  • 30min Trek through tropical flat jungle
  •  Swim in the Biggest Coastal waterfall
  • Suva Sightseeing – drive through
  • Visit to the Fiji Museum
  • 7 chamber historical snake cave visit
  • Sevusevu – Fijian Kava ceremony
  • Village visit – interact with locals and kids
  • Billibilli rafting
  • Market visit
  • hot pools and mud pools
  • Mantaray Island

INCLUSIONS

The itinerary includes 7 night’s accommodation:

  • Robinson Crusoe Island – 1 night
  • Resort at Pacific Harbour – 1 night
  • Golden Point Resort – 1 night
  • Nadi Hostel – 1 night
  • Mantaray Island – 3 nights
  • Also includes all activities listed above and all transport including the boat transfers to Robinson Crusoe Island and Mantaray Island!
  • A tour guide and driver, in an air conditioned vehicle for the four day Whole Hula itinerary only around Viti Levu.

MEALS:

The below meals are at an additional cost if you have not purchased the 4 day meal package:

  • The pass only includes continental breakfast at Uprising Beach Resort or Club Oceanus & Golden Point Resort.
  • Fijian Lunch is provided by Nasautoka village at a cost of F$10.00pp on Day 3 (Optional)
  • A compulsory meal plan applies on Robinson Crusoe Island, which is F$85pp and is paid directly to the resort upon check in.
  • A compulsory meal plan is also applicable on Mantaray Island which is F$99 per person per day. An additional lunch will be F$32 per person.
  • All other meals at the resorts are on a menu selection basis and average between F$20 and F$40 per meal at all the resort restaurants payable direct.

The 4 day Whole Hula meal package is available at a cost of F$250.00 what includes: Meal Plan at Robinson Crusoe Island, 3 x lunch(Day 2, 3 & 4) & 2 x dinners (1 each at Pacific Harbour & Golden Point Resort).

Departs: Nadi on Wednesday & Saturdays. Pickups at all hotels and resorts.

Itinerary

Pickups are available at all hotels and resorts in the Nadi / Denarau area. Please ensure you’ve informed us of your location for pick up on day one.

Day 1 0800hrs: Nadi to Robinson Crusoe Island for a full afternoon on the amazing Robinson Crusoe Island – the island of the fire dancers!

Day 2 0900hrs: Robinson Crusoe Island to Pacific Harbour along the stunning Coral Coast. Stop in Sigatoka town and buy your own lunch. Enjoy Rainforest Trek and waterfall in Coral Coast. Check in at Uprising Beach resort or Club Oceanus and spend late afternoon at the Resort.

Day 3 0745hrs: Pacific Harbour to Golden Point Resort, Rakiraki including Suva City drive through, Fiji Museum tour. Visit the 7 chamber historical snake cave before reaching Nasautoka Village for kava ceremony and village tour, interact with the locals and kids finish your day with bilibili rafting in the Wainibuka River. Lunch is optional but provided by the village at a cost of F$10.00.

Day 4 1300hrs: Golden Point Resort Rakiraki to Nadi. Spend morning half day at the Resort. Opportunity to go for snorkelling. Have an Indo Fijian lunch (at own cost) at the Resort before departing for Nadi. Drive through the scenic Indo-Fijian sugar cane belt, visit Ba Market then to the Sabeto hot pools before finishing your Viti Levu trip back in Nadi.

Day 5 0715hrs: Nadi to Mantaray Island on Yasawa Flyer, arrive at this amazing island late morning, just in time for lunch! Transfer from your hotel to Port Denarau will be done by Awesome Adventures Fiji. Pick up time will be at 7.15am from your hotel.

Day 6 Mantaray Island, spend all day on this amazing island snorkelling, diving, swimming or spotting Mantarays! These activities are at a cost with the island.

Day 7 Mantaray Island, spend your second day doing the same as the first!

Day 8 1425hrs: Mantaray Island to Nadi, depart the island at 2.45pm and get back to Nadi early evening. Transfer from Port Denarau to your accommodation in Nadi or to the Airport will be done by our partners in Fiji.

Our guides  do not accompany any clients for the outer Island passes.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Amazing South Pacific Dance, Knife & famous Fire Dancing Spectacular Show
  • Plenty of time to relax, snorkel, swim or dive on Fiji’s best beaches,
  • 30min Trek through tropical flat jungle
  • Swim in the Biggest Coastal waterfall
  • Suva Sightseeing – drive through
  • Visit to the Fiji Museum
  • 7 chamber historical snake cave visit
  • Sevusevu – Fijian Kava ceremony
  • Village visit – interact with locals and kids
  • Billibilli rafting
  • Market visit
  • hot pools and mud pools
  • Beachcomber Island

INCLUSIONS

The itinerary includes 5 night’s accommodation:

  • Robinson Crusoe Island – 1 night
  • Resort at Pacific Harbour – 1 night
  • Golden Point Resort – 1 night
  • Hostel in Nadi – 1 night
  • Beachcomber Island – 1 night
  •  Also includes all activities listed above and all transport including the boat transfers to Robinson Crusoe Island and Beachcomber Island!
  • A tour guide and driver, in an air conditioned vehicle for the four day Whole Hula
    itinerary only around Viti Levu.

MEALS:

The below meals are at an additional cost if you have not purchased the 4 day meal package:

  • The pass only includes continental breakfast at Uprising Beach Resort or Club
    Oceanus & Golden Point Resort.
  • Fijian Lunch is provided by Nasautoka village at a cost of F$10.00pp on Day 3
    (Optional)
  • A compulsory meal plan applies on Robinson Crusoe Island, which is F$85pp and is
    paid directly to the resort.
  • A compulsory meal plan applies on Beachcomber Island which is $88p per day and
    is paid directly to the resort
  • All other meals at the resorts are on a menu selection basis and average between
    F$20 – $40 per meal at all the resort restaurants payable direct.

The 4 day Whole Hula meal package is available at an extra cost of $250.00 which includes: Meal Meal Plan at Robinson Crusoe Island, 3 x lunch(Day 2, 3 & 4) & 2 x dinners (1 each at Pacific Harbour & Golden Point Resort).

ITINERARY

Pickups are available at all hotels and resorts in the Nadi / Denarau area. Please ensure you’ve informed us of your location for pick up on day one.

Day 1 0800hrs: Nadi to Robinson Crusoe Island for a full afternoon on the amazing
Robinson Crusoe Island – the island of the fire dancers!

Day 2 0900hrs: Robinson Crusoe Island to Pacific Harbour along the stunning Coral Coast. Stop in Sigatoka town and buy your own lunch. Enjoy Rainforest Trek and waterfall in Coral Coast. Check in at Uprising Beach resort or Club Oceanus and spend late afternoon at the Resort.

Day 3 0745hrs: Pacific Harbour to Golden Point Resort, Rakiraki including Suva City drive through, Fiji Museum tour. Visit the 7 chamber historical snake cave before reaching Nasautoka Village for kava ceremony and village tour, interact with the locals and kids finish your day with bilibili rafting in the Wainibuka River. Lunch is optional but provided by the village at a cost of F$10.00.

Day 4 1300hrs: Golden Point Resort Rakiraki to Nadi. Spend morning half day at the
Resort. Opportunity to go for snorkelling. Have an Indo Fijian lunch (at own cost) at
the Resort before departing for Nadi. Drive through the scenic Indo-Fijian sugar cane
belt, visit Ba Market then to the Sabeto hot pools before finishing your Viti Levu trip
back in Nadi.

Day 5 0730hrs: Nadi to Beachcomber Island including all day on world famous
Beachcomber Island. Transfer from your hotel to Anchorage Jetty will be done by
Beachcomber Courtesy bus. Pick up time will be at 7.30am from your hotel.

Day 6 Beachcomber Island to Nadi, depart the island and get back to Nadi early evening. Transfer from the Vuda Marina to your hotel in Nadi or to the Airport will be done by Beachcomber courtesy transfer.

We do not provide a guide for outer Island passes.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Amazing South Pacific Dance, Knife & famous Fire Dancing Spectacular Show
  • Plenty of time to relax, snorkel, swim or dive on Fiji’s best beaches,
  • 30min Trek through tropical flat jungle
  • Swim in the Biggest Coastal waterfall
  • Suva Sightseeing – drive through
  • Visit to the Fiji Museum
  • 7 chamber historical snake cave visit
  • Sevusevu – Fijian Kava ceremony
  • Village visit – interact with locals and kids
  • Billibilli rafting
  • Market visit
  • Hot pools and mud pools

INCLUSIONS

The itinerary includes 3 night’s accommodation:

  • Robinson Crusoe Island – 1 night
  • Resort at Pacific Harbour – 1 night
  • Golden Point Resort – 1 night
  • Also includes all activities listed above and all transport including the boat transfers to
    Robinson Crusoe Island!
  • A tour guide and driver, in an air conditioned vehicle for the four day Whole Hula itinerary only around Viti Levu.

MEALS:

The below meals are at an additional cost if you have not purchased the 4 day meal package:

  • The pass only includes continental breakfast at Uprising Beach Resort or Club Oceanus & Golden Point Resort.
  • Fijian Lunch is provided by Nasautoka village at a cost of F$10.00pp on Day 3 (Optional)
  • A compulsory meal plan applies on Robinson Crusoe Island, which is F$85pp and is paid directly to the resort.

All other meals at the resorts are on a menu selection basis and average between F$20 – $40 per meal at all the resort restaurants payable direct.

The 4 day Whole Hula meal package is available at an extra cost of $250.00 whch includes: Meal Plan at Robinson Crusoe Island, 3 x lunch(Day 2, 3 & 4) & 2 x dinners (1 each at Pacific Harbour & Golden Point Resort).

ITINERARY

Pickups are available from all hotels and resorts in the Nadi / Denarau area. Please ensure you’ve informed us of your location for pick up on day one.

Day 1 0800hrs: Nadi to Robinson Crusoe Island for a full afternoon on the amazing Robinson Crusoe Island – the island of the fire dancers!

Day 2 0900hrs: Robinson Crusoe Island to Pacific Harbour along the stunning Coral Coast. Stop in Sigatoka town and buy your own lunch. Enjoy Rainforest Trek and waterfall in Coral Coast. Check in at Uprising Beach resort or Club Oceanus and spend late afternoon at the Resort.

Day 3 0745hrs: Pacific Harbour to Golden Point Resort, Rakiraki including Suva City drive through, Fiji Museum tour. Visit the 7 chamber historical snake cave before reaching Nasautoka Village for kava ceremony and village tour, interact with the locals and kids finish your day with bilibili rafting in the Wainibuka River. Lunch is optional but provided by the village at a cost of F$10.00.

Day 4 1300hrs: Golden Point Resort Rakiraki to Nadi. Spend morning half day at the Resort. Opportunity to go for snorkelling. Have an Indo Fijian lunch (at own cost) at the Resort before departing for Nadi. Drive through the scenic Indo-Fijian sugar cane belt, visit Ba Market then to the Sabeto hot pools before finishing your Viti Levu trip back in Nadi.

AMAZING FIJI RESORT ACCOMMODATION – ON A BUDGET!

The Fiji Experience offers the best in Fiji budget resorts at the best value for money. The accommodation includes everything you could want in an island experience including beaches, diving, snorkelling and loads of other free activities included in your accommodation price. Your Guide can book and guarantee your accommodation for you daily in dorm, double or twin style rooms –  Sega Na Laga (NO WORRIES !).

AMAZING RESORTS…

Stay at award winning accommodation that is environmentally aware, yet very comfortable and located in fantastic settings at budget price. Here is why we choose them for your Fiji adventure!

Volivoli Beach Resort: All the elements of beachside living come together at Volivoli Beach, with a perfect blend of relaxation, water sports, nightlife, cultural activities, fantastic fishing spots and world-class diving. The complex stretches along the coast from a hidden cove to a stunning sand spit, with its own Fiji-style thatched-roof beach bar. A variety of accommodation is available to suit all preferences. This is Fiji’s newest resort and have spared no expense to make this place truly unforgettable! Oh and did we say WORLD CLASS DIVING!!

Robinson Crusoe: Robinson Crusoe Island has been an icon in Fiji for nearly two decades
Uprising Beach Resort: Located in Pacific Harbour, these guys won the best budget accommodation award for 2009 & 2010! This is an amazing beach front property with Beachfront Bures, Garden Bures, and Dorm Style accommodation. The restaurant produces amazing meals at budget prices! Free and paid activities operate daily including Jet Ski Safaris , Shark Diving (pre-booking suggested) and other Motorised Water Sports.
Beachcomber Island Resort: Afloat in a tranquil marine sanctuary in the beautiful Mamanuca Islands, this little island paradise offers so much for so little. Fantastic island feasts, a huge range of water sports, scuba diving, nightly live music and entertainment. Beachcomber Island is world famous and exactly why we recommend it.
Mantaray Island Resort: There is a host of small, budget resorts in the Yasawa Island Group but after a lot of looking around, we chose what we know is the best! Mantaray Island Resortaward-winningod, a world class reef right on its beach and great facilities for an island resort. This little bit of paradise cannot be beaten for sun, fun and entertainment. Swim with the majestic Manta Rays from May ” October, you may be a little lucky outside of these times!
Robinson Crusoe Island:A favourite with backpackers for many years! Famous for its legendary fire dancers and laid back atmosphere.

GUARANTEED ACCOMMODATION!…

If you pre-book an accommodation inclusive pass your accommodation is booked and guaranteed! We’ve also discounted it as part of the package so you get an immediate saving! If you book a Transport only pass we will guarantee to be able to get you shared Dorm accommodation, however Private Double / Twin is not. We will try our best but Private Rooms do fill up pretty quickly!   Please note during peak season we will might have to put you up in an alternative accommodation option depending on availability. Alternative accommodations will be of an equal standard. To avoid this please book early so we can booking your accommodation accordingly.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on whether you’ve purchased a ‘Transport Only’ or ‘Accommodation Inclusive’ pass then your accommodation may or may be included! I’m sure you can work that one out! Transport on our modern air-conditioned buses, services of your Driver and Guide including commentary and safety info, accommodation bookings (where needed), optional paid activities bookings, and included activities everyday. Trips include visiting heaps of places that would cost you extra if you travelled alone or on a normal bus service. For those who have purchased a trip which goes to the outer islands then all marine transport is included. Meals are included where mentioned in the itinerary otherwise all the resorts have great value restaurants.
Shared dorm option is for those travellers who are travelling alone and want comfortable budget accommodation. Private double / twin option is for friends or couples who want a private room. We don’t advertise a single traveller private room however we can provide you with a quote. Just drop us an email.
Like accommodation this can all be booked through your Guide. Your pass entitles you to some fantastic activity discounts along the way. So, to take advantage of those great freebies and discounts; be sure to ask your Guide. We recommend those wanting to shark dive or take a scuba diving course, book in advance. Drop us an email and we´ll make it happen for you.
For Beachcomber and Mantaray Islands, the transport is provided by the Yasawa Flyer. There is no Guide on the trip from Nadi to the islands however when you arrive the staff are there to give you island fever!! The vessel departs and returns daily. For Robinson Crusoe Island there is a land transfer provided by TTF and then a short 20 minute boat ride in the resorts own boat.
Each pass departs on either a Wednesday or a Saturday. It is important to remember that you need to arrive the day before your departure day. You need to let us know where you are staying and we will collect you on the morning of your trip start day at 8am
If you are arriving before 0700hrs, yes you can depart the same day. Just let us know your arrival details so we can meet you.  If you arrive after 0700hrs and before 1500hrs you can join the group on the same day however additional charges may apply for the transfer to Robinson Crusoe Island. You will miss the day activities for this day
Mmmm, tasty Indigenous Fijian, Polynesian, Indian, Chinese and Western tastes are found throughout the country reflecting Fiji’s Multicultural tastes absorbed from its variety of immigrants over the last 200 years. While in Fiji you will get the opportunity to experience a few new food, but if you are a bit picky there are always Western dishes and fast food available.
ATM’s are available in all towns and cities around Viti Levu. Most of the ATM’s can be used for international withdrawals. There are no ATM’s on the outer islands.
No you can’t change your start date .
This is a hard one to give you, because it depends on your spending habits. We would recommend around £400 per week give or take.
There are a lot of little detail and etiquette when it comes to Fiji customs on entering a village. Your guide will thoroughly go through this on your visit to any village.  Some basics are: • Dress modestly, wear shirt with sleeves that cover your shoulders and cleavage • Wear a Sulu or Sarong • Do not wear sun glasses or hats  • Check with your guide if it is okay to take photos.
Once you´ve purchased your pass you have 12 months to begin actually travelling on it and then once you start your Fiji trip pass you have 12 months to complete it. If you´ve got the time you should definitely take it. Each section of each pass can only be travelled once. However, see your Guide for repeat trip discounts
A good portion of people who start Fiji Experience are doing it on their own, but you wouldn’t know it by the end of their trip. You´ll meet all sorts of people from all over the world and quite a few locals too. We´ve had people start off as strangers and become lifelong friends. The great people you meet is one of the best things about Fiji Experience.
Fiji Experience allows you to experience the real Fiji!. Sun, sand, culture and adventure; every year thousands of visitors to our beautiful Pacific Islands find out why. Fiji Experience is designed for everyone as we offer everything. From your traditional Fiji

NATIONALITIES… We could list every country of every person who has travelled with us, but we would have more nationalities than an Olympic Games!

NATURE, ADRENALIN, CULTURE & SOCIALISING… Beach bums, nature lovers, adrenalin junkies, culture vultures, and sun seekers all travel Fiji with Fiji Experience, because with our unique route and flexible travel options what you do is totally up to you. Some people want the culture, some want the sun, some want the socialising and some come for the adventure, but one thing the majority of travellers agree on is that a balance between all these things is the best way to experience the real Fiji. Every pass offers this mix and with the hop-on, hop-off system; no pressure, a wicked bunch of people, and options everywhere; you´ll be able to tailor your trip exactly how you want it!

Duration Option Price  
3 (Days)Coral CoasterGBP 155Book Now
4 (Days)Whole HulaGBP 259Book Now
6 (Days)Lei LowGBP 375Book Now
9 (Days)Triple TreatGBP 719Book Now

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Included

Please see each individual passes for inclusions relevant to that pass. To make sure your hard-earned cash goes as far as possible, the following activities are included on the Fiji Experience passes. That means, no additional cost for all the fun stuff, which means more money to sit back and enjoy those long awaited, famous Fijian cocktails at some of Fiji´s best beach resorts. All activities are optional and should you not want to do them, there’s always the beach!

Excluded

  • Flights to Fiji
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending Money
  • Meals unless stated on the itinerary. Meal plans are common in most Fiji resorts and are also applicable at several other Fiji Experience resorts including Robinson Crusoe Island, Beachcomber Island, Mantaray Island and Blue Lagoon Resort. It’s payable upon arrival at the resort.

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Round The World South America

Superbly comprehensive  South American backpacking itinerary starting in Quito Ecuador. From the equator to the Amazon jungle, taking on the Inca Trail and lost cities of the Incas you travel through Peru. Then onto Bolivia! Salt flats and cycling the death road (optional) before heading through the Atacama dessert, along the Pacific Ocean Road to Santiago Chile.

Then onto Argentina, through Mendoza wine country (tasting experience included) to get you in the ood for tango in Buenos Aires!

Finally you head through the incredible Foz de Iguassu (largest waterfalls in the world) through Paraty (beaches beaches beaches…) finishing with a bang in Rio De Janerio!

All transport and plenty of activities included on this fixed adventure. Epic scenery, culture and adventure on one of the worlds most sort after backpacker routes.

Round the World  South America

Video shot and filmed by Xtreme Gapper Tom Knight

Round The World South America Highlights Include:

  • Trekking the Inca Trail Note: We use either the alternative route or classic depending availability. Classic trail is not guaranteed.
  • Machu Picchu
  • Staying overnight in Cuzco a really cool town
  • Homestays
  • The Balestas Islands
  • Sand boarding and Dune buggying
  • The Salar Di Uynui (Bolivian salt lakes)
  • Amantani Home Stay 2D/1N
  • La Paz Local City Encounter
  • Salt Flats 3D/2N end Atacama
  • Moon Valley Experience
  • Colca Canyon Trekking 3D/2N
  • Sand-Buggy & Boarding
  • Ballestas & Paracas NR
  • Hop On Hop Off City Tour
  • Local Encounter 2D/1N
  • Wine Tasting in Mendoza
  • The mighty Iguassu Falls
  • Chill time on beautiful brazilian beaches
  • Party time in Rio!

 

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Need help trip planning? You’ve got it!

Planning around the world adventure can be daunting. So many options choices and destinations to cover. But don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Once you make an enquiry with us you will be assigned a knowledgeable dedicated travel adviser to help work out every fine detail around your trip. All of our staff are very experienced travellers, super helpful and friendly and experts at getting the most out of your trip.
Whilst Xtreme Gap Year mainly handles the ground activities, we will also put you in touch with our flights team to connect the dots making your travel planning a seamless and comprehensive experience.

South America is a huge continent and this itinerary covers most of it! That means you will have a lot of questions about where you go what you do, so the best thing to do is contact us to customise and tailor make your itinerary. We have experts on standby who have travelled to these destinations and can advise you of the perfect backpacker route.

This is a fairly complex process so please do not book flights prior to consulting us. Stuck for where to start? Contact US!

Trip Sections:

Day Day Number What
Monday 1 Day 1 – Arrival –  night in Quito
Tuesday 2 Day 2 –  Quito tour – night in The Avenue of volcanoes
Wednesday 3 Day 3- Horseback riding avenue of volcanoes
Thursday 4 Day 4- Quilotoa&Saquisli-
Friday 5 Day 5- Cotopaxi night in Quito
Saturday 6 Day 6 – Otavalo night in Quito
Sunday 7 Day 7 – Biking in Banos
Monday 8 Day 8 – Rafting in Banos stay over night in Banos
Tuesday 9 Banos to Guayagil
Wednesday 10 Guayaquil to Mancora (Public Bus)
Thursday 11 day at the beach in mancora over night
Friday 12 Mancora to Trujillo (Public Bus)
Saturday 13 Trujillo to Huaraz (Public Bus)
Sunday 14 Huaraz to Lima (Public Bus)
Monday 15 Lima – Free Day
Tuesday 16 Paracas + Ballestas Islands Trip + Bus to Huacachina + Dune Buggy/Sandboarding
Wednesday 17 Ica to Nazca bus + Nazca Lines Overflight + Nazca to Arequipa(Overnight Bus)
Thursday 18 Arequipa – Free Day
Friday 19 Overnight Colca Canyon Trip
Saturday 20 Arequipa – Cusco
Sunday 21 Cusco – Free Day
Monday 22 Sacred Valley Trip or Start Salkantay Trail Option
Tuesday 23 Inka Trail – 1st night (Classic or day 2 Salkantay)
Wednesday 24 Inka Trail – 2nd night
Thursday 25 Inka Trail – 3rd
Friday 26 Inka Trail/Machu Picchu/Cusco
Saturday 27 Cusco Free Day
Sunday 28 Cusco to Puno
Monday 29 Overnight Amatani Homestay with local family
Tuesday 30 Puno – Free Day
Wednesday 31 Puno to Copacabana to La Paz
Thursday 32 La Paz- Free Day
Friday 33 Bike the Worlds Most Dangerous Road or La Paz Free day(Optional)
Saturday 34 La Paz- Free Day / night bus to Uyuni
Sunday 35 Uyuni Salt Flats Jeep Tour
Monday 36 Uyuni Salt Flats Jeep Tour
Tuesday 37 Uyuni Salta Flats / bus to San Pedro De Ataca (Chile)
Wednesday 38 Afternoon Valley of the Moon Tour
Thursday 39 San Pedro de Atacma to a Serena
Friday 40 La Serena to Valparaiso
Saturday 41 Valparaiso Free Day
Sunday 42 Valparaiso to Santiago Bus
Monday 43 Santiago City Tour by bike
Tuesday 44 Santiago Free day
Wednesday 45 Santiago to Mendoza (Argentina:)
Thursday 46 Wine vineyards tour Mendoza Free day
Friday 47 Mendoza Free Day
Saturday 48 Mendoza to Buenos Aires overnight bus
Sunday 49 Buenos Aires Free day
Monday 50 Tango Night Experience
Tuesday 51 Buenos Aires Free day
Wednesday 52 Buenos Aires Free day
Thursday 53 Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu (Overnight)
Friday 54 Puerto Iguazu Free Day
Saturday 55 Iguassu Falls Argentina side
Sunday 56 Iguassu Falls Brazil Side + Night Bus to Florianopolis
Monday 57 Florianopolis Free Day
Tuesday 58 Florianopolis Free Day
Wednesday 59 Florianopolis Free Day
Thursday 60 Florianopolis to Sao Paulo Night Bus
Friday 61 Sao Paulo Free Day
Saturday 62 Sao Paulo to Paraty
Sunday 63 Paraty Bay Boat Trip
Monday 64 Paraty Free day
Tuesday 65 Paraty Free Day
Wednesday 66 Paraty to Ilha Grande
Thursday 67 Ilha Grande Free Day
Friday 68 Ilha Grande Free Day
Saturday 69 Ilha Grande to Rio transfer
Sunday 70 Rio City Tour
Monday 71 Rio Free Day
Tuesday 72 Rio Favela Tour
Wednesday 73 Rio Free Day
Thursday 74 Depart Rio

 

 

Accommodation

Please note accommodation is only included for the 1st week in Ecuador, during the Inca Trail section and your last couple of days in Rio. We deliberately do not include accommodation during the backpacking section of the trip, because you will be meeting lots of people as you travel and it’s often nicer to stay with your newfound travel mates.

Accommodation in South America is not expensive. We would recommend a budget of around £5 per night, which would mean for this entire 75 night trip you would need to budget an extra £320 to cover accommodation.

Meals

Meals unless stated and not included in this trip. South America has amazingly varied and wonderful cuisine. From tender thick juicy steaks in Argentina, to Guinea pig in Ecuador! Food is not expensive in Argentina and there are plenty of restaurants along the way. We would advise budgeting £10 a day for food.

Frequently asked questions

No you cannot.  Once you set your itinerary you have to stick to it.  If you need help planning your dates please send us an e-mail and we will happily take the stress and hassle out of it!
The itinerary is fixed. So once we book it for you that is the adventure you are on. If you want to add more time in certain locations, we are able to do this for you prior to booking. However, once your itinerary is fixed you have to keep to the schedule as your bus tickets are not changeable.

Not per se, however, this is a super popular backpacking route: You will be meeting people every single day in the hostels that you stay in. Part of the fun of this adventure is that it’s a very sociable and well-trodden backpacker trail.

You will meet people in lots of little adventures that you have along the way (there’s loads included in the itinerary). Is there a guide with you at all times? No there isn’t, but there is at some points.  This is about independent backpacking with all the support that you need. It’s more fun like that, and because it is like this your money goes ALOT further. Nearly 3 months with loads of inclusions and 6 countries!

This is quite a long itinerary as it is, however if you have extra time there are plenty of additional projects that we can add to the itinerary. Popular options can be learning Spanish in Ecuador, (in Montanita). We also have conservation projects from Quito which can be quite good to add before this program starts.

More on locations and activities:

Quito & Avenue of the Volcanoes

The trip starts in Quito in Ecuador. Not only is this in an awesome city to start your South American odyssey in, flights are also very well priced into Quito. Everything will be different, everything will be new. So to ease you in gently we have our team based in Quito ready to welcome you. We have an action packed itinerary for you for the 1st week. You will be exploring Quito (a global heritage site) taking a trip to the middle of the world (Equator), and then spending a bit of time outside the city as well.
A couple of hours away from the Avenue of the volcanoes. Incredible scenery, which you can explore on horseback and mountain bike. We will take you to Otavalo a famous craft market where you can snap up a bargain in llama trousers, goatskin waistcoats and alpaca Wolley hats!

The 1st week is guided safe fun and awesome and the perfect kick off to your South American adventure.

Huacachina

After being on the water you head to Huacachina to sandboard the afternoon away. It doesn´t matter whether you´ve done it before or not, you´ll have a blast. It´s simple really, just jump on a board, push off and hope for the best!

Trekking The Inca Trail

Mysterious, iconic and Xtreme that just about sums up Peru and the amazing adventure-filled trip that awaits you! Your excitement levels will be going through the roof as you arrive in Lima and you think about all the things you are going to see and do over the next 19 days and where better to start than the country’s capital city. Underneath the chaotic atmosphere and often foggy skies you’ll find a stunning historical centre worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status, art galleries and museums galore and cool nightlife.

Because this itinerary has the Inca Trail at the beginning of the trip, it makes it very easy to fix your date and secure your Inca Trail permit, it is very important that we do this many months ahead as they sell out far in advance. Note: We use either the alternative route or classic depending availability. Classic trail is not guaranteed.

See the following Options for the trail below.

The Inka Trail (Traditional Itinerary)

Inka Trail Xtreme Gap (7)In the morning we will be transferred from Cusco through the Urubamba River Valley to the km 82 point, which is where the first part of our trek begins.   Get ready for awe-inspiring views, dizzying heights and possibly the odd blister!   After registering with government control we cross the bridge and begin the walk to Llactapata, which is the first place of archaeological importance and where we’ll have lunch.   After some nourishing food we continue on to the first camp at Llullchapampa.   It’s pretty steep going, but you’re young and fit so you can handle it!

Llulluchapampa – Chaquicocha

The second day of the trek can seem a little daunting as it involves reaching the highest point on the trail at Warmihuasusca, over 4,200 metres, so it’s a tough day but extremely rewarding.   Also, don’t let the name of this section put you off – Dead Woman’s Pass refers to the shape of the mountain, not the effect that hiking it has on you! To take your mind off the walking you can take in the views of the snow-capped peaks.   After the big climb, it’s time to descend into the Pacaymayu valley, before heading onto the second camp at Chaquicocha, where you can catch up with fellow trekkers around the campfire.

Chaquicocha  Wianaywayna

After breakfast we begin the trek to Runkuraqay archaeological complex, where you get to explore the Incan ruins and admire the sweeping views, before continuing onto another important site at Sayacmarca, where the guide will explain the different theories about what the purpose of the construction was. You’ll see a big change in the geography and climate as you trek through mountains to upper jungle and cloud forests and as you head over the  Phuyupatamarca Pass you’ll reach another archaeological site.   It’s downhill from there to the camp at Wiaywayna and some much-needed food and rest, well, that’s after swapping more stories with all the other like-minded adventurers.

Wianaywayna  Machu Picchu

The final countdown!   It’s a very early start today as the trek continues to Intipunku, but you’ll be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise and panoramic view of Machu Picchu’s citadel.   This is when you realise that it’s all been worth it!   After taking in this amazing site and almost filling up your memory card with photos we continue downhill for around 45 minutes to Machu Picchu for a tour and a hike up the mountain of Waynapicchu.   Come on, you’ve got this far!

In the afternoon it’s time to board the backpacker train back to Cusco where you can relax and absorb the fact that you have just completed one of the world’s best treks.   You should reward yourself with a drink or three of the local rum.

Alternative Trek Salkantay

Day by Day Itinerary:

Trek Briefings: All travellers are required to visit the Cuzco office (at the Milhouse Hostel) one day prior to trek for a mandatory briefing on your trek at 6:30pm. At this meeting you will receive detailed information on the route, a list of what to bring, confirm your accommodation pick-up for the morning of the trek and be able to ask questions.

*Note: You will have a guide during the trek and on the Machu Picchu tour. However, during your bus and train transfers you will not be accompanied by a guide.

Day 1: Cuzco to Mollepata to Challacancha, Trek to Soraypampa Camp (3,920m)   (L/D)

Today we pick you up between 5:00 – 6:00 am and travel by tourist-class bus to Mollepata (2,900m) where you can stretch your legs and buy snacks. Continue by car to Challacancha where we will make final preparations and double check our equipment. Embark on a 3-hour walk that will take us to Soraypampa (3,920m) where we will have lunch with panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay (approx. 1.5 hours each way) for more incredible views of the Andes mountains and then return to camp for the night. Our first campsite is located at 3,920m and is the highest and coldest campsite of the trip. Take some time to rest up, and enjoy your first night immersed in nature.  Have dinner and go to sleep early.

Inclusions: Accommodation pick-up, Transfer Cuzco – Challacancha, 1N Camping, Meals 1L/1D. (14km, 6hrs)

Day 2: Trek to Challhuay or Colcapampa Camp via High Pass (4,650m)   (B/L/D)

We will have breakfast at around 6:00 am and begin our 4-hour walk to the highest pass on this trek (4,650m) located halfway between 2 huge mountains; Salkantay (6,267m) and Humantay (5,900m). (Optional horse rental available to reach high pass for approx. 100 – 120 soles).  From the pass, the views of the 2 snow-capped mountains are incredible with a possibility of snow here.  After a 2-hour downhill hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at Huayracpampa, followed by another 3-hour trek to our campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa as we near the beginning of the high jungle region at 2,900 meters.

Inclusions: 1N Camping, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (22km, 9-10hrs)

Day 3: Trek to La Playa & Transfer to Santa Teresa Town (1,700m)   (B/L/D)

After breakfast at 6:30 am, we start trekking for the day through the upper jungle crossing the Santa Teresa River and a variety of little brooks. Today we will pass through valleys and have wonderful views of waterfalls, tropical fruits and plants. We will have lunch at La Playa (2,200m) and continue by car to Santa Teresa town (1,700 meters), our camp for the night, with a warmer climate. After a rest, we have the option to visit the hot springs in Santa Teresa town (extra cost) and enjoy the well-deserved soothing water, a real treat after 3 hard days of trekking!

Inclusions: Car La Playa – Santa Teresa Town, 1N Camping, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (15km, 5.5hrs)

Day 4: Trek to Hydroelectric Station & Aguas Calientes   (B/L/D)

After having breakfast at 8:00 am, our last day on the trail will take us from Santa Teresa (1,700m) along a relaxing path for 3 hours to reach the hydroelectric station (1,880m) where a box lunch will be served. From here Aguas Calientes (2,010m) is another 3 hour slight uphill walk where we will finally have time to relax, recharge our batteries and get ready for our visit to Machu Picchu. Dinner at a local traditional restaurant.

*Optional bus transfer from Santa Teresa to the Hydroelectric Station is available for an extra cost.
*Optional train transfer from Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes is available for an extra cost.

Inclusions: 1N Aguas Calientes 3* Hotel, Meals 1B/1L/1D. (18km, 6hrs)

Day 5:  Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco   (B)

We will catch one of the first buses (05:30 am) to Machu Picchu (25-minute ride) in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city on your own. If you still have energy you can also climb the optional Huayna Picchu Peak inside the archaeological site (to be booked in advance at an extra cost). Take a bus back down to Aguas Calientes at your own convenience. Return by train to Ollantaytambo and take a bus to Cuzco. You will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Upon arrival you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.

  • DESCRIPTION OF MACHU PICCHU GUIDED SITE VISIT: The one and only, the most spectacular (and not to mention most popular) archaeological site in all of South America.  Your guide will take you on a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu walking you through the most important sites and covering the history of the place (if you haven’t already heard it all during the Salkantay Trek).  Then you will have free time to explore on your own and take pictures at your leisure.  When you decide to head back down to Aguas Calientes, there are buses departing every 15 minutes from the entrance or you can take the walking trail down if you feel like another 1 hour stair stepping downhill to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 – 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective.  Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00am and 200 more at 10:00am).  Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket.

Inclusions: Round trip Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu, Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo, Bus Ollantaytambo – Cuzco, 2-Hour Machu Picchu Guided Visit, Meal 1B.  

Cuzco

Arriving into Cuzco you have a free nights accommodation on us at the Mill House backpacker hostel. You will be briefed on your Inca Trail itinerary and have the chance to settle in and enjoy this fantastic city, which is a hub for backpackers from all over the world. Check out the cities beautiful square the Plaza de Armas with its beautiful colonial cathedral, and have a drink at the Cross Keys pub to swap stories and share tips before the great trek the following day.

Inka Trail Xtreme Gap (16)

Relax your tired legs in Cuzco once again.

Today is a free day for you to relax and recuperate or carry on with the Cusco sightseeing that you didn’t get to finish before the Inca Trail.   At this point you could stay on for a few extra days or if you have chosen to do the Round the World – South America trip then you’ll be looking forward to continuing your awesome adventure into Bolivia.

This is also the ideal time to gather the email addresses, Twitter names and Facebook pages of all your new mates so that when you are back in a boring job saving for your next adventure you have someone to reminisce with, not to mention lots of friends around the world to visit!

Puno

Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.   You might be tempted to catch up on some sleep on the way, but we´re sure that the awe-inspiring Andean Mountain Range will keep you and your camera occupied.   On arrival in Puno you can settle into your hostel accommodation and then head out with some fellow adventurers to soak up the unique atmosphere, with its mixture of different Peruvian cultures, vibrant markets and friendly locals.

Lake Titicaca

Peru Inca Trail (9)If you feel like you’ve seen and experienced a lot so far, you ain’t seen nothing yet!   A full day motor boat excursion on Lake Titicaca is on the schedule, when you get to explore the unique floating islands of the Uros tribe.   Made from Totora reeds, these islands have to be repaired and re-made to keep them sturdy enough for the homes, schools and shops that exist.   It really is ingenious!   Just watch out for any thin patches otherwise you might find yourself with soggy trousers.

The final stop of the day is at the island of Amantani, where you will stay with a local family.   You’ll be welcomed with open arms and after a dinner prepared with fresh local ingredients you can dance the night away at the village meeting place – expect traditional music, colourful clothes and lots of laughs.   It’s a fabulous experience that you will never forget.


Bolivia

La Paz

Bienvenidos a La Paz!   Welcome to this amazing, sky-high city, official name Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace), where your adventure begins.   If you arrive on a clear day you can admire the aerial view from the plane of snow-capped Mount Illimani and the city’s buildings, which cascade down the sides of the canyon – pretty impressive!

With a varying altitude of between 3000 to 4100 metres, it may take a little while to acclimatize, unless you are on the last leg of our fantastic ‘Round the World – South America’ trip.   After settling into your accommodation and meeting some fellow travellers you can take your first wander around the narrow streets and plazas of this buzzing city.   If you do feel the effects of the altitude, try a cup of Maté de coca, coca leaf tea.

There are museums, markets, the impressive city cathedral at Plaza Murillo and beautiful colonial architecture on Calle Jaen.   One of the most intriguing places to visit is the Witches Market, which is full of stalls selling herbs, potions, jewellery and amulets, not to mention some more disturbing items such as llama foetuses.   You’re also likely to see witch doctors wandering around, who can be identified by their dark hats.

In between the sightseeing, and providing you haven’t lost your appetite, you can chill out at the local cafes or comedors, chat to the locals and sample some of the street food, such as saltenas and empanada tucumana.   Later on in the evening you can hit the penas, or music clubs, to hear traditional Andean folk music.

Why not try… THE DEATH ROAD!Xtreme Bolivia (7)

We’re not sure if there is one word that means ‘butt-clenchingly scary, adrenaline fuelled extreme exhilaration’, but that’s what you’re going to experience today!   The Death Road, or Camino del Muerte as it is known by the locals, is the world’s most dangerous road.   We say road, but what we really mean is a 2-way dirt track, with sheer drops on one side, that weaves its way through the Andes and descends 1200 metres in altitude. And you’re going to mountain bike down it.   Hey, look on the bright side, you won’t have much peddling to do!

Although the road does claim 100 lives per year, we should point out that 50,000 people in total have done this trip and most have survived, so the chances of you completing the rest of the trip are pretty good!   However, if this really isn’t for you then you can spend another day in La Paz.   We certainly don’t make you do anything you don’t want to , but just imagine the feeling of euphoria if you can conquer your fear!

Salt Flats & Dessert Adventure!

1012196_4879975277983_2078014736_nThis section of the trip is a 3 day/2 night Salt Flats and Desert Adventure and over the next few days you’ll experience some unique and breathtaking landscapes. There really is nothing like this place on earth, a massive dry lake caused when the Andes rose up out of the ocean millions of years ago has left now nothing but miles and miles of crystallised salt. All sense of perspective vanishes as you drive from island to island checking out the incredible landscape.

Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon)

Situated just 10km from La Paz, this is the first stop.   It’s a surreal, desert-like landscape that has been formed over centuries by the erosion of the clay.   This has resulted in some weird looking shapes and structures, making the whole area look like a desert filled with stalagmites.

Salar de Uyuni

This is the world’s largest salt pan and is a blindingly white landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see.

You and your fellow adventurers will be taken out on the salt pans by jeep, where you’ll discover that your depth perception is totally out of whack!   There are virtually no points of reference out here so mountains that only appear to be a couple of miles away could be several hundred.   What this does provide is some amusing photo opportunities.

The Atacama Desert and Desert Lakes

During the trip you’ll pass through some vast deserts, including the Atacama.   We know what you’re thinking, ‘That’s not in Bolivia’, well no, it’s in Chile and that’s why you’ll need to make sure you bring your passport with you!   So, on your Xtreme Bolivia Experience you actually also get to go to Chile.   We’re good to you!   In addition to visiting this famous desert you also get to see another that is named after the famous surrealist, Salvador Dali, so you can just imagine the kind of landscape you’re going to see here.

To make a change from the dusty deserts there are two amazing lakes to see en route – Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde.   The first is renowned for its population of flamingos and also its rusty red colour, caused by the algae and mineral sediments in the water.   The second is so called because of the vivid green/blue colour, which makes for some stunning photos, especially with the dramatic mountain backdrop.

Sol de Manana Geysers

This is a geothermal area with intense volcanic activity.   It consists of boiling mud lakes and sulphur springs, which shoot a combination of mud and water up to heights of between 10 – 50 metres.   You certainly want to stick to the protected areas so that you don´t run the risk of being cooked and just in case you didn’t realise, the smell of sulphur = rotten eggs.   You do not want a hangover when you visit this place!   Following this you can take a dip in the hot springs at Polques, which are a lovely 30 degrees warm and perfectly safe, so don´t forget your swimsuit.   However, you will need several layers of clothes for afterwards as Uyuni is a high-desert climate where temperatures reach extremes, including the cold.

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  • A personal Travel Advisor to guide you through the trip planning stage to create an amazing trip
  • Help with arranging flights and travel insurance
  • 24 hour support and emergency assistance
  • Detailed predeparture pack before you leave
  • Online travel assistance to help with the logistics of your journey whilst you are travelling
  • Straddle the Ecuador in Quito
  • Explore the amazon in Ecuador
  • All transport pre-booked arranged for you on a flexible itinerary
  • Your own personal travel concierge
  • Trekking the Inca Trail with the predeparture brief
  • One night in Cuzco
  • Milhouse Dorm
  • Cuzco to Puno (Touristic Transfer)
  • Amantani Home Stay 2D/1N
  • La Paz Local City Encounter
  • Salt Flats 3D/2N end Atacama
  • Moon Valley Experience
  • Colca Canyon Trekking 3D/2N
  • Sand-Buggy & Boarding
  • Ballestas & Paracas NR
  • The worlds largest waterfall in Argentina/Brazil
  • Get your tango on in Buenos Aires!
  • Get your Samba on in Rio!

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  • Food
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Banos to Guayagil Bus (local payment)

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Cambodia Xplorer

Discover Cambodia with its exceptionally interesting history, hidden temples and stunning beaches. This is a group guided backpacking tour, with all transport included. Flexible hop on hop off so you can spend as long as you like discovering this amazing country. Start in Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, or in Bangkok up to you.

Whilst many people do not include Cambodia in their South East Asia itinerary, they are missing out. Cambodia is a beautiful country with much to offer, but be prepared it has a harrowing Khmer past that has left its mark still very much visible today. If you do visit, you need to respect and understand what happened in the country, so on this trip you will see the killing fields and S 21 prison camp. Once you have taken that in, you will find a new appreciation for the people of Cambodia. Then it is on to lighter and exciting locations, from one of the wonders of the world Angkor Wat, to French colonial cities like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

 Cambodia Xplorer

Why visit Cambodia?

  • Visit one of the wonders of the world the Angkor Wat temple complex
  • Cambodia can be quite sobering, but extremely interesting and a great compliment to the partying in Thailand.
  • Discovering a new Cambodia emerging. Gorgeous beaches in the South exciting historical cities amazing temples
  • Free Connection options from Bangkok
    Start: Bangkok to Siem Reap/Don  Det  to  Siem  Reap
    Finish: Siem Reap to Bangkok/Phnom  Penh to Ho Chi Minh
  • It’s extremely cheap to travel here. And extremely beautiful as well.
  • Why visit Cambodia? To discover more. Not as developed as Thailand, you will leave the country having learned and discovered more about yourself as well as this exciting place. It is a real adventure.

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Trip Duration: Min 11, recommended 15

Bangkok to Siem Reap

Start days are Wednesday and Sundays. But you can check out the office at 4 pm the day before and have a chat with our travel desk in Bangkok. You’ll leave Bangkok at 9am on an unguided public connection heading across the border to Cambodia. Today your destination is the small, but vibrant city of Siem Reap, best known as home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor temple complex.

After your early evening arrival, your Cambodia Tour Leader will meet you to welcome you and explain more about how it all works. Afterwards you are invited to join our group for a walk along the iconic Pub Street where you will get to know your new travel mates over a tasty dinner and cold drinks.

This sector is unguided.

Siem Reap Free Day

Today is a free day and we highly recommend you use it to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples. Ranked at the top of many ultimate travel bucket lists (including Lonely Planet’s), the awe-inspiring ancient city of Angkor is the largest temple complex in the world. You can easily spend a full day at the site and still only see a small portion of this dramatic architectural wonder, but make sure you check out the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, which most people recognise from Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie.

In the evening you have the option to attend the unforgettably unique Phare Circus, a locally run non-profit troupe that provides disadvantaged young people from the community with a place to learn the skills needed to earn their livings as professional performing artists. Prepare to be amazed by how these talented young artists share authentic modern and folk Cambodian stories through an energetic display of acrobatic feats, music and dance.

Siem Reap  to Battambang (Home stay)

Today you depart Siem Reap early enough to arrive in Battambang for a late lunch. After lunch we’ll take a ride on the Bamboo Train, a rail system that was built by the French and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, but the locals still use it as simple form of transport. Then we make our way to tonight’s village stay, located in the picturesque countryside. You’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home, experience local community life, visit the school and join in a friendly local game or help the kids with their English. You can wander through the rice paddies, explore the local market, and enjoy a traditional meal with your host family.

Village stay includes accommodation in a Cambodian family’s home, local activities, dinner, breakfast, and contribution to the village fund/project US$18

Battambang to Sihanoukville

A full day today takes us to the popular seaside town on the Cambodian coast. En route we pass through the bustling riverside Khmer town Kompong Chhnang (pronounced kompong-ch-nang), which its local market and floating village. Arriving in Sihanoukville by late afternoon, settle in at your guesthouse and then you are free to wander down to the beach for a refreshing dip or kick back at one of the many beachfront restaurants and bars. tonight join one of the beach parties or have a seafood BBQ on the beach.

Sihanoukvilla Free Day

Today is yours to relax in Cambodia’s premier beach location. Catch some rays on the beach and go for a swim, or do one of the many water sports including, diving, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking or hire a jet ski. Learn to cook Khmer classics like Fish Amok or deep fried bananas at the Traditional Khmer cooking school, take a trip out to the surrounding islands, or hire a bicycle and explore the nearby beaches. Tonight you can head to Ochheuteal Beach for some partying with the rest of the backpacker crowd, or watch the sun go down at Serendipity Beach.

Sihanoukvilla to Kompot

A 3 hour drive brings us to the little riverside town of Kampot where you will have a free afternoon to visit the salt and pepper farms, go cycling or trek in the Bokor National Park. There is an option to take a leisurely boat cruise on the Kampot River: a relaxing boat trip where you’ll just sit back, enjoy a cool beverage and absorb the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the river. Tonight we recommend sampling the exceptional seafood at one of the many restaurants on the riverfront – try the fried shrimp with green pepper corns, it’s delish!

Kampot to Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island)

A short drive this morning brings us to the old French resort town of Kep where we board a traditional Khmer wooden fishing boat and travel for 30 minutes to our sanctuary, Koh Tunsay island. Once on shore you can explore the mountainous terrain, relax on the beach, swim in the warm sea waters and just watch the sun go down.

Koh Tunsay to Phnom Penh

Tearing ourselves away from the beach we take the boat back to the mainland. From here we head for the bustling Cambodian capital, stopping for lunch before we take an afternoon tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields. This evening you are free to explore the city with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, and the Russian Market. See a living art performance at the National Museum, or learn a Cambodian craft, dance or kick boxing at the Backstreet Academy.

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

This morning we leave bustling Phnom Penh, and make an express return to Siem Reap with your Tour Leader on a public bus. Why not take this opportunity to visit some of the minor sites or visit nearby villages in and around Siem Reap, relax and grab a massage in a local spa, do some shopping or just spend time chilling at your guesthouse.

Siem Reap to Bangkok

It’s time to say good-bye to Cambodia – the trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok is an unguided public bus connection which your Tour Leader will organise for you. To return to Bangkok you will be driven to the border town of Poipet to process through Thai immigration before the last drive on to Bangkok. Expect to arrive at the bus station in the evening. We hope you had a blast on your Xtreme adventure!

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

It depends how long you are travelling for or if you are moving onto another country after but you will not need to pack much for South East Asia. The climate will stay the same all year round which will be in the mid 30´s so light clothing will be best. It will also help if you use a backpack rather than a suitcase as it will be more comfortable for you to travel around with. But if you do only have a suitcase, do not spend your money on an expensive backpack, a suitcase or sports bag will do.
Yes of course you can. We will put you in touch with other group members shortly before your tour. You can also join our Facebook page to interact with your group and others, see pictures etc.
First of all its your responsibility to get the correct visa, but as it stands at the moment (2016) for UK and NL travellers, you can get a Cambodian visa either online or at the border really easily. If you get one in Khao San Road in Bangkok, where they offer to arrange a visa for you, you risk giving your passport to a stranger. You CAN go to the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok, but would be a waste of time and money. Online or at the border is easiest .
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  • All transport on private hop on hop off backpacker buses from Bangkok back to Bangkok
  • Pre travel information the day before start date
  • Preah Vihear
  • Wat Nokor
  • S21 & Killing Fields
  • Udong
  • Bamboo train
  • Services in support of to backup driver guides
  • A group of fun like-minded adventure travellers to share the experiences with.
  • Detailed predeparture documentation and support

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