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Round the World South East Asia

Round the World South East Asia

South East Asia is a very interesting, fun, safe and beautiful part of the world. It has a well-trodden backpacking route for good reason. This group trip will show you the best sites in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos in a whopping 9 weeks!

South East Asia is a very interesting, fun, safe and beautiful part of the world. It has a well-trodden backpacking route for good reason. This is a 9 week trip showing you the best sites in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos in a whopping 9 weeks! From bustling cities, to UNESCO sites and from stunning beaches and islands to lakes with dolphins. You can join three exciting group adventure trips in 3 different countries in Asia and see the best that this region has to offer.

Round The World South East Asia

This exciting trip starts off in amazing Vietnam, with the Vietnam Experience. Starting in the North of Vietnam, in Hanoi and ending all the way in the south in Ho Chi Minh. After that, we take you on a 4 week trip to all the best parts and beaches in Thailand. Then Laos, from the Capital of Thailand, Bangkok, we take you up to the north of Thailand into stunning Laos, and back to Bangkok (so no flights needed here). Wow, what a trip!

Vietnam Backpacking Xtreme Gap Year (66)Some of the highlights include:

  • Including airport pick ups, English speaking guides
  • Meeting new friends and sharing adventures from day 1
  • Excellent guides who will be there for you and make this the best trip ever!
  • Explore bustling cities: Bangkok, Hanoi, Vientiane and many more exciting cities
  • Street food and Asian flavours at every turn (tip: avoid the squid jerky)
  • Stunning Halong Bay UNESCO site
  • Tuk Tuks, Rickshaws and crazy traffic!
  • Immersing yourself in Thai Culture
  • Full Moon Party
  • Tropical Islands and amazing beaches
  • Adventure options with Diving, Freediving, Muay Thai or Yoga
  • Discover Scuba diving, island trips and Stand up paddling
  • Get off the beaten track in Laos (flexible hop on hop off!)
  • River tubing in Laos (not to be missed!)
  • Meet and chat to other Xtreme Gappers with an online Buddy list before you travel too!

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Vietnam Experience

Xtreme Thailand Experience

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Backpacking in Laos

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  • Explore the vibrant 1,000-year-old of historic city of Hanoi during the first week
  • Learn about Buddhism and Meditation, explore interesting Vietnamese places including Pagodas and temples in the second week
  • Trek the amazing Sapa mountain, visit markets and learn about the culture
  • Explore the colonial architecture and amazing beaches of Hoi Ann
  • Visit Nha Trang and its amazing beaches, beach time!
  • Amazing shopping in Hanoi
  • Visit Hoi Ann Old Quarter.  It has a distinctly French colonial flare
  • Finish with an epic road trip all the way down south to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Exploring exciting Bangkok by the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
  • Learning about Thailand’s culture, history, and visit temples
  • Stay and work with elephants
  • Bathe in waterfalls
  • Full Moon Party
  • Adrenaline Adventures on Koh Tao like diving and freediving, Muay Thai, cross fit or yoga course.
  • Koh Tao adventure day. Get ready for some serious action on long tail boats, and snorkelling
  • Welcome dinner out on Koh Tao
  • Activities like SUP and Discover Scuba Dive
  • Lots of Chill time on Koh Tao, and beach parties to remember
  • 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 with our backpacker buses and guides.
  • Transfer back to Bangkok Included where you catch your flight to 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
  • Enjoy local culture and amazing activities
  • Travel with like-minded people, our legendary guides and local drivers
  • We can organise guest houses, hostels, budget hotels, eco-lodges and camping accommodation options en route

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

As this Round the World trip is built out of 3 trips, we would love to give you a lot more information on each trip. In the links below you will find all the information in much detail. but if you have questions you can, of course, email us, see the web form at the bottom of the page where you can leave your details and ask your question. We will get straight on it!

Check the full itineraries here

The order of the trip

  • Vietnam: 3 weeks
  • Thailand: 4 week
  • Laos: Flexible

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Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The trip starts in Hanoi in Vietnam where you will be met at the airport. You then go to various different places via overland transport before ending back in Ho Chi Minh. You then need to arrange a flight from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok for the start of the Thailand Experience. Your Thailand trip ends in Koh Tao, but we help you get back to Bangkok for the start of your Laos trip which is a round trip through North Thailand, through Laos, back to Bangkok, where you can fly home from.
Asia is very cheap in general, and because there are a lot of inclusions you will not need much. In Thailand and Vietnam, for example, all of your accommodation is taking care of. During the whole of your trip, you will have transfers and guides included and lots of activities. We recommend people’s take between 10 and £20 per day you can get away with less. In Laos, you need to pay for accommodation so add on another £10 a day
People on this trip typically are 60% female 40% male and between the ages of 18 and 25. Although that is not necessarily a reason to exclude you if you do not fall into this age category.

Yes. Xtreme Gap Year has lots of different staff and reps throughout Asia, we have our own base on Koh Tao and throughout mainland Asia as well. Please note you will not be guided by the same person for the duration of the trip, in each different country we employ different guides, however, you will be looked after by our local representatives throughout the duration of the trip.
You can book your space on this trip for a small deposit and then 12 weeks prior to departure you will need to pay the balance in full.

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.

Payment Schedule

  • 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

Vietnam

  • Breakfasts and accommodation throughout programme
  • Airport transfer on arrival, to make it easy for you!
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Orientation by our rep
  • Vietnamese cooking lessons
  • Vietnamese language lessons
  • Jungle trekking or cultural immersion at local schools. Let us know at time of booking!
  • Access to buddy lists before you go

Thailand

  • Personally met at the airport
  • Super nice and professional guides
  • All accommodation
  • All activities as per itinerary, elephants, waterfalls, nationalparkss, temples
  • Breakfast in the first 2 weeks
  • Nights out (own expense but guided)
  • Transport taking you to different parts of Thailand
  • Free Wi-Fi at most resorts
  • Exploring the history and culture of Bangkok by visiting various temples
  • Pick your own action pack during week 3. Yoga, Muay Thai, diving or free diving
  • Snorkeling in crystal clear waters around a tropical paradise island
  • Boat ride to stunning tiny island
  • Walk to stunning viewpoint
  • Full moon party ticket included! 

Laos

  • 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 Tour Pass, min 11 days needed, but we give you 2 weeks to complete it!
  • All Transportation
  • Services of the Tour Leader who can help with accommodation and activities

 

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodation in Laos
  • Meals in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos (in Vietnam and first 2 weeks of Thailand we include breakfast)
  • Transport from Hanoi to Bangkok (Flight)

Dates

Route Vietnam/
Thailand/Laos
2017 start dates

Start Vietnam Sunday 22 October
Start Vietnam Sunday 19 November
Start Vietnam Sunday 24 December

2018 start dates

Start Vietnam Sunday 14 January
Start Vietnam Sunday 18 February
Start Vietnam Sunday 18 March
Start Vietnam Sunday 15 April
Start Vietnam Sunday 17 June
Start Vietnam Sunday 15 July
Start Vietnam Sunday 12 August
Start Vietnam Sunday 16 September
Start Vietnam Sunday 11 November

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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!

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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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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.

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  
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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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Oz Experience & Greyhound Passes – Hop On Hop Off

Bruce Pass Oz Experience
The Bruce Pass from Oz Experience allows you to travel from Sydney to Cairns on a flexible hop on hop off backpacker bus. Guides accompany you all the way and it is one of the most popular backpacking options to get you up the East Coast. We will beat any price on this pass.

The Bruce Pass from Oz Experience allows you to travel from Sydney to Cairns on a flexible hop on hop off backpacker bus. Guides accompany you all the way and it is one of the most popular backpacking options to get you up the East Coast. We will beat any price on this pass.

 

Oz Experience & GreyHound Pass

  • Flexible hop on hop off coach travel
  • Quality tour inclusions
  • No hidden fees
  • Free member benefits card
  • Free on-board Wi-Fi and in seat USB chargers. So bring on those hero selfies!
  • Multiple daily departures
  • Easy online sector booking system
  • You have six months to travel once you start your trip
  • You can extend your passes if you want
  • You access the largest coach network in Australia with unlimited travel flexibility

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Hit the open road in Australia and you won’t regret it.

Depending on what pass you pick you will visit various destinations. So below we have included some information on some popular locations in Australia they may or may not be relevant to your pass. If you need help or advice planning on where to go just chat to one of our team and we can give you the lowdown of what pass is right for you.

Itinerary In Detail

Sydney to Surf Camp

The first section of the Oz Experience Bruce Pass heads from Sydney to The Surf Camp, you can stop at Coffs Harbour, but the real action is in Byron Bay.

Byron Bay to Rainbow Beach Sector

See them all in detail here.

Byron Bay

This section of the trip begins with some time spent in Byron Bay, chilling out and soaking up the bohemian lifestyle. However, if that sounds a little too sedate for you then you can take advantage of the skydive which can be included in your trip it might only take a few minutes to get from 11,000 feet to the ground but the adrenaline rush will last so much longer!

Nimbin

An optional day trip to Nimbin is the perfect antidote to too much excitement (is that even possible?!). After being picked up from your accommodation, the Grasshoppers bus will take you through the stunning scenery of Byron Bay to the famous town of Nimbin, Australia´s ´alternative lifestyle´ capital. You´ll have around an hour to experience the hippie atmosphere and sample some special cakes before heading off to the explore rainforests and waterfalls, enjoy a pint in an historic Aussie pub and tuck into some food from the barbie. It´s quite possible that you´ll get to see Koalas and Kookaburras during the trip, and that´s before the beer! Nimbin day trip is not included in the price.

Surfers Paradise

The next part of the bus trip takes you from Byron Bay north to Surfers Paradise  aptly named due to the 3km golden sand beach, right on the Pacific Ocean. There is something for everyone here, so if you need another shot of adrenaline there is bungy jumping and jet boating, if you´re the sporty type you can enjoy the surfing and beach volleyball, whilst those in need of some relaxation can chill out on the beach or in the cafes and parks of the Northside or West Quay districts.

Brisbane

The next stop for the bus is the city of Brisbane, capital of the ´Sunshine State´ of Queensland (but where isn´t sunny in Oz?). So, what can you expect here? A vibrant nightlife with the abundance of bars and clubs, a bit of culture at the City Hall and Parliament House and the chance to get up close with some of Australia´s most well known natives at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There is so much indoor and outdoor stuff to do here that you´ll never be bored and being the biggest city in Queensland it can be a good place to stop off for some work.

Noosa

On the way from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach there is a stop off at the town of Noosa, to drop off old friends and pick up new ones. There is also a chance to have a wander around Wildhorse Mountain National Park, which provides some great photo opportunities of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast area  yet something else to make those friends at home envious about!

Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island

Rainbow beach is a must-stop place to pick up the Fraser Island 4 x 4 tour. This unique site, the largest sand island in the world, will blow your mind with its beauty pristine white sand beaches, freshwater lakes and the world´s only sand-dwelling rainforest. This is definitely one you can tick off the ´100 places to visit before you die´ list.

Back at Rainbow Beach you can indulge in some more close encounters of the animal kind (we´re talking marine life here) with the opportunity to feed the dolphins. Plus you can meet some new trip recruits at the Hervey Bay hostel stop.

Rainbow Beach to 1770 Sector

Bundaberg

After pick-ups and drop-offs at Hervey Bay the bus continues on to the towns of Childers and Bundaberg, which are the ideal place to stop off and replenish your dosh by doing some fruit picking. It´s pretty hard work but well worth it to make sure you´ve got enough funds for extra activities and partying. However, don´t go too mad on the Bundaberg Rum, or Bundy as it´s known, otherwise that fruit picking will be twice as hard!

The next opportunity for stopping off and chilling out for a few days is the gorgeous little seaside village of 1770. If you want to spend a bit of time relaxing on golden sands and dipping your toes in the crystal clear turquoise water of the Coral Sea, then this is the place for you. There is still a ton of fun activities coming up on the trip so make sure you recharge your batteries so you can make the most of it!

1770 to Airlie Beach Sector

Airlie Beach

There are quite a few miles to cover to Airlie Beach so on the way there might be a stop-off at the town of Sarina for a game of barefoot lawn bowls (your guide will want to show off their skills!) before continuing onto the beachside party town of Airlie Beach and a highlight of any east coast trip  a Whitsundays cruise. (Optional Extra).

Airlie Beach to Cairns Sector

Townsville

The beach theme continues in Townsville, where you´ll be staying at one of the best hostels, right on the gorgeous sand, or on stunning Magnetic Island just off the coast (own expense). This is the sunniest spot on the Queensland coast, so you can make the most of the outdoor activities  swimming, snorkelling, hiking, koala spotting or just chilling out with your mates. There is plenty going on at Base Backpackers and when it comes to night-time entertainment look out for the full moon parties definitely something to remember (or not!).

Mission Beach

White sand beaches, lush rainforest and activities galore await you at the paradise hideaway of Mission Beach. A few days here can be as sedate or adrenaline filled as you choose and if you didn’t take advantage of the skydive option in Byron Bay, now´s your chance! You won´t get a better view of the area and long after you touch down on the ground your euphoria levels will still be sky high. Mission Beach is also home to the impressive Cassowary, a huge flightless bird with very big claws, a sharp beak and bad-ass attitude you might not want to get too close, but they are certainly a sight to see.

Cairns Sector

You wouldn´t be in Oz if the last part of your Australia adventure didn´t finish with a bang and that´s exactly what you get with the five night Adrenaline Overload tour in Cairns. This is not included, but well worth adding it in to your itinerary!

Accommodation

Accommodation and meals are not included in the pass prices.

This total flexibility is what makes it so unique. When travelling in remote or outback regions where accommodation is minimal (or non existent) and there´s not a supermarket in sight, a ´Local Payment´ will be charged to you. This is paid to the local partners directly to cover meals and/or accommodation and, in some instances, national park fees. This will be collected in Australia, in Aussie dollars. There are some stopovers included in this pass, but there is a local payment for these stopovers.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Please call us to book the make arrangements for the next available bus

The Oz Experience bus will only travel as far as one overnight stop to another in one day. This being so you will have to stay at least one night at each overnight stop. You can of course get off the bus between these overnight stops as per the Timetable.

It depends on how long and where you are travelling and also on what optional activities you might wish to do. Backpacker hostel dorm accommodation averages approx AUD$25 a night (more peak times and depending on the location). Depending on your appetite you might spend up to AUD$20 a day on food. Activities all vary in price but allow for skydiving, bungee jumping, zorbing, rafting and Fraser Island safari and Whitsunday sailing expenditure. The smart move is to book it all before you go meaning you will then be able to enjoy the social stuff with out worrying about having to watch your cash so much, saving up for the activities. The Ultimate Australia is the perfect choice or the Cairns Adrenaline Overload if you are on more of a budget.

Yes, so long as there is enough space. Normally the luggage limit is 15kg. We can´t guarantee the space, but we make every effort to accommodate people like you with a surfboard. The best thing to do is advise Reservations by phone that you will be bringing a surfboard before you start travelling and when you book on the bus for each sector of your travels.

It is a good idea to be as organised as possible so you can allow enough time to get off the bus and spend time doing the things you want. We can show you the rest with the inclusions in your pass. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment in busy times at least 3 days.

Oz Experience drops off at selected backpacker hostels. These tend to be better known backpacker hostels which are popular with all travellers and are reliable suppliers of accommodation.

Every pass has a “minimum recommended trip time”. This is the minimum amount of time we think you should allow to travel on a particular pass so you have enough time to get off the bus and stay longer at key places and do optional activities that you want to thus making the most of Oz Experience. Of course, you could travel faster than the minimum but you wont have much time off the bus. And you could take longer longer, up to 6 months. The avaerage time taken is 2 weeks but we would not recommend this. Add more into your itinerary (ask us for your options) and you will make the trip way better.

Your pass is valid for 180 days.

Yes. Trips run in both directions, north and southbound. Simply switch the stops on the itinerary and you´ll be laughing. See our website for full itineraries in all directions.

Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), hat & sunscreen, towel & toiletries, swimming gear, warm clothing (including waterproof jacket and pants for southerly routes in winter), water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera, film, money for some meals and optional activities.

No, but it helps! You will learn to surf in water where you can always stand up. You will be accompanied by an accredited surf instructor with full first aid qualifications.

No. You´ll end up with a couple of different guides and groups throughout your trip, but hey, you get to meet loads of great people this way! If you do make a group of mates along the way and would like to keep travelling together, you´ll all need to book well in advance. (But there are no guarantees we can fit you on the same tour.)

Yes, you can get OFF anywhere on our route (subject to there being a safe place to stop on the road. Often it is illegal to drop people at motorways/freeways/autobahns). However, you can only get back ON at the designated pick up times and places on our timetable.

Duration Option Price  
6 (Month)Brisbane to Cairns - StrewthGBP 299Book Now
6 (Month)Sydney to Cairns - Bruce CobberGBP 415Book Now
6 (Month)Melbourne to Cairns - SkippyGBP 623Book Now

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Included

  • Hop on, hop off flexible bus pass
  • Bus pass valid for 12 months
  • Transport up/ down the East Coast
  • 24 hour contact in the UK

Excluded

  •       All flights
  •       Travel insurance
  •       Visas
  •       Pay on board fee approx. $105 AUD
  •       Accommodation and meals

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New Zealand Arrival Package

The Kiwi Auckland Arrival Package includes all the basics for your first few days in New Zealand – accommodation at a top backpackers in Auckland, arrival airport transfer and a half day city tour to introduce you to this fantastic city! Not only will you love the hostel, located just steps from all of Auckland most famous sights, you’ll get extra benefits such as a free rooftop sauna, and spa on our sun-deck.


The Kiwi Auckland Arrival Package includes all the basics for your first few days in New Zealand – accommodation at a top backpackers in Auckland, arrival airport transfer, wifi and a half day city tour to introduce you to this fantastic city! Not only will you love the hostel, located just steps from all of Auckland most famous sights, you’ll get extra benefits such as a free rooftop sauna, and spa on our sundeck.
 

 

New Zealand Arrival Package

With this programme you can choose between two or four nights in a central Auckland backpackers, the perfect way to find your feet and experience this cool city in New Zealand. We include all of your accommodation, your arrival transfer and get you grounded with an Auckland city tour. You will meet other backpackers in the bar, with a welcome drink on us and have all the main attractions in Auckland on your doorstep when you’re ready to get out and explore your new surroundings. This pack works well with Kiwi Experience trips, the New Zealand Adrenaline Tour and anyone looking to arrive into New Zealand on an arrival package.

Kiwi Arrival Package Highlights Include:

  • Airport transfer is arranged, so easy arrival!
  • You stay in a centrally located hostel, close to all major attractions in Auckland
  • The hostel has a nice bar where you can easily meet other travellers
  • Roof top sauna and spa on the rooftop
  • Ideal to combine with other trips in New Zealand

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Accommodation

On this trip you will stay in a central downtown flash packer a hostel, it has everything you need and some things that quite frankly you don’t but a nice to have, like a rooftop Jacuzzi! Everything is on your doorstep, so you will be able to enjoy Auckland in style and not have to waste time, getting into the centre.

This beautiful historic building is jam-packed with all the latest mod cons like a FREE to use Spa and Sauna, rooftop kitchen and sundeck & Bar on the first floor. The Hostel has some of the best facilities you will ever find in a backpackers hostel. Spend some time with us and you’ll discover why this is one of the coolest and funkiest backpackers in Auckland and in New Zealand.

Facilities

  • FREE Daily WIFI
  • Rooftop Sundeck
  • FREE Sauna & Spa
  • Global Gossip Internet
  • Sky TV Lounge
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • MAD Travel Shop
  • Modern kitchen
  • 24-Hour Reception

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Airport transfer is arranged. You will receive a voucher for your transfer from the airport to the hostel. There is not a taxi waiting for you personally. But its very easy!
Providing you are a girls, Yes sure. If there is availability we can upgrade you. Standard we include a 12 bed shared room, but you can upgrade to a 8 bed room, 6 bed room, double ensuite room and girls only room
Yes, there is a big kitchen you can use. All equipment is there and there are plenty of supermarkets around to do your shopping
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3 (Days)BasicGBP 79Book Now
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  • Pre departure information
  • 2 nights accommodation in 12 bed dorm
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 1 Hr Internet
  • Half day city tour

Plus on the more expensive option

  • Breakfast vouchers
  • Sky tower entry
  • 24 Hr Internet

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Other meals then breakfast

Dates

Flexible start dates

 

Australia Sydney ConneXion

This is the ultimate beginning to an epic adventure in Australia. The Sydney ConneXion is all about having an amazing first week, meeting new friends and doing some incredible adventures fully guided in one of the coolest cities in the world. Whilst you’re out having fun we take care of all the hassle enabling you to get set up with a job with a 12 month membership access of the best backpacker job network in Australia. Everything is taken care for you so no worries about arriving in Australia this can turn into one of the most daunting yet exciting things you will ever do!


This is the ultimate oz experience. The perfect way to start your travels in Australia. The Sydney ConneXion is all about having an amazing first week, meeting new friends and doing some incredible adventures fully guided in one of the coolest cities in the world. Whilst you’re out having fun we take care of all the hassle enabling you to get set up with a job with a 12 month membership access of the best backpacker job network in Australia. Everything is taken care for you so no worries about arriving in Australia this can turn into one of the most daunting yet exciting things you will ever do!

Work & Travel Oz! Intro Week & 12 Months of Jobs

If you’re looking to find backpacker work with a working holiday Visa, and you are worried about going it alone in your first week this is the trip for you. If you are aged between 18 and 30 you can start a once-in-a-lifetime experience of working in travelling in Sydney Australia.

This programe helps sort out your arrival with an amazing first week fully guided with our funky tour leaders, staying in down town Sydney. We then help you find work all over Australia with exclusive access to jobs for 12 months.

Sydney ConneXion Highlights Include:

  • Sydney work and travel assistance and help every step of the way with not one but 2 job placement services.
  • An action packed 7 days in Sydney crammed with activities.
  • New friends and new adventures in one of the coolest cities in the world.
  • Party boat cruise in Sydney Harbour (on our own catamaran no less!).
  • Fun and lively Xtreme Gap Team in Sydney to sort out your arrival.
  • 2-night excursion to the beautiful Port Stephens.
  • Go Sandboarding and cuddle a kangaroo, see wild koalas.
  • Discover the amazing nightlife Sydney has on offer with a Sydney Party Pub Crawl.
  • Our Sydney arrival package is guided by our awesome group leaders who’ll guarantee loads of fun with your new mates in Oz!
  • After the first week we will help find you the perfect backpacking job so that you can earn big bucks in Australia. With minimum wage being about £9.75  in many of our jobs from our job placement service come in at £15- £21 per hour*
  • Getting up t0 £1500 tax back on your return from Australia**

*Rate varies due to exchange-rate fluctuations and you are paid in Australian dollars.

**You will also qualify to get tax back at the end of the year meaning you can actually come home with cash in your bank account providing you have paid that in earnings!

 

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You get all following awesome Essential Inclusions:

The Essentials

  • Pre departure information pack
  • Meting like-minded travellers
  • Guaranteed fun groups
  • Airport transfer direct to your hostel
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts during the basecamp trip
  • Job Assistance all over Australia for 12 months

 

The Fun Stuff

  • Awesome group leaders will show you around this awesome city!
  • Guided Sydney city tour to see the major sites
  • Harbour cruise on a  catamaran. See all the sites in style have a party and hit Sydney’s beaches
  • 2 night beach escape take you to Port Stephens one of the most beautiful locations in Australia
  • Sand dune off roading sandboarding
  • National park bush walk
  • Dolphin trip
  • Sydney party bus pub crawl
  • Sydney beaches tour

The Life Savers

  • Just landed info session
  • Online RSA for QLD, NT,WA,SA
  • Bar skills course
  • Job search assistance for 12 months
  • Cv review
  • Mail forwarding for 12 months
  • Australian Bank account
  • Sim Card activated number given on arrival
  • Tax file number arranged
  • Medicare organised
  • Tax refund advice
  • Travellers Discounts
  • Free in Sydney offices
  • 24 hour emergency number
  • Assistance form the locally based Xtreme team
  • Detailed pre departure pack before you leave
  • Several meals

If you find this type of trip like for like cheaper we will beat the price let us know.

 

A Week You Will Never Forget

The itinerary is structured to make sure your first week down under is jam packed with the best activities Sydney has to offer. What´s more, accommodation and many meals are included, along with great company and dedicated expert guides for practical support and, of course, to help you milk the most out of every experience along the way.

Meet Your Mates On Monday

Work Up Australia (46)Straight from the plane, you drop into the Xtreme Gap base in Sydney, where you´ll meet up with all the other arrivals. For many this is the start of long friendships, that last for the duration of Gap time in Oz and beyond, so it´s super exciting to see everyone meet.
You´ll get an introductory session from your guides, who´ll let you know everything about the practicalities of being in Oz and what you can expect from the first week with us in Sydney. It´s low-key and fun, and everyone´s excited to get going, but before we do, you´ll also get all the arrival admin out the way. This is sorted by us before you get here and includes bank cards, mobile SIMs and tax numbers; all the requirements to set you up for your stay in Oz, beyond your Sydney experience.
From here it´s straight into the city, for a full and comprehensive tour of all the major sights. You´ll see all the fantastic architecture of the Sydney Harbour  from the iconic Opera House, to the formidable steel curves of the Harbour Bridge. Then, it´s on to the Royal Botanical Gardens, where the multitude of Australian fauna blooms in the shadow of the city´s looming skyscrapers.
In the night, you can unwind with a meal and a drink on us, getting to know your fellow travellers late into the Australian night.

Explore Sydney On Tuesday

Work Up Australia (33)After an early start, the Xtreme Gap crew give the whole group a comprehensive introduction to all the ins and outs of working and living in Australia. These guys really are in the know, with first-hand experience of Gapping in Oz, so they have all the answers for what´s what when it comes to setting up camp here.
Afterwards, the focus of Tuesday is all about adventure and exploration. We´ll take you on a Harbour cruise to show you the city sights from a whole new perspective and we´ll delve deeper into the New South Wales cityscape by adventuring to Fort Dennison (a prison-cum-lighthouse glowering over the bays downstream from the Sydney harbour), Luna Park and Watson´s Bay in Woollahra (where the sandstone cliff peninsulas jut dramatically into the ocean).
In between seeing the sights you can swim in the warm waters of the coastline that straddles the harbour, take photos, or just chill in the Sydney sun as you please.

Wildlife and Wild Land On Wednesday

Work Up Australia (36)Wednesday sees us get out of the metropolitan centre of Sydney and into the New South Wales wildlife. The Xtreme Gap basecamp is an area of 6 acres, covered in rich rainforest fauna and home to a myriad of very Australian critters. We set off early from town, to let you get the most of this different setting, where you´ll stay for the next three days and two nights.
Relax in the day in the company of Josie the Kangaroo, or go wildlife spotting to try and catch a glimpse of some koalas, echidnas or possums in the forest, or dolphins and whales in the nearby coastline shallows (the sea is just 5 minutes´ walk from the basecamp!).
After an evening swim watching the Aussie sun dip below the horizon, it´s pizza night at the basecamp!

Thrilling Thursday

Xtreme Sydney Connexion (3)We start Thursday with some adrenaline pumping sand boarding in the nearby dunes. We get up in the 4x4s and ride back down again, so there´s no dune here too high to conquer!
After everyone´s had their fill, it´s of for an adventure filled bush walk, guided by the Xtreme Gap crew. There´s loads of wildlife to see, and the walk ends on one of New South Wales´ best lookout spots, where there´s a chance to take photos and go Koala spotting (here, families are observable the entire year round!). Then, as the sunlight fades and night creeps in, we light the BBQ in true Aussie fashion, and chill out around the camp fire into the early hours.

Party Boat Cruise on Frickin Awesome Friday

Friday´s a real high-point. The Xtreme Gap crew launch our very own boat and everyone gets up close and personal with the rich marine life of the New South Wales seas.

Aside from the bucket list beating dolphin spotting (when you´ll also have a chance to sit in the boom net while dolphins glide through the water below you), it´s also possible to spot whales in the water here.
LVY-jnF1ZSj6c3XHXP_ZtdTpSPcdEWtFS3pOnCDDLqoThe bonus here is that you´ll be on board your very own private boat during the party cruise, with just your guides and fellow gappers as company. We´re in full control of where we go, and we can explore the waters as we please; there really is no better way to experience this amazing place.
After the cruise we depart for Sydney and arrive at the highly rated WakeUp hostel. With a central location and a great selection of nightly entertainments, it´s a great way to get back into ´city mode´ and enjoy the Sydney night in style.

Shindig Saturday

While the day time may all be about chilling and getting some hard earned rest, the night time is about donning your dresses and brushing up nice. We meet in the early evening at one of the city´s best bars, where backpackers and locals enjoy the famous Australian beers, and gear themselves up for a night on the town.
From here, we get hedonistic on the Xtreme Gap Sydney Pub Crawl. With entry and drinks at 4 bars and clubs included, you´ll experience all the facets of nightlife that has made this city so famous.

Slow down, Surf’s up Sunday

Where better than to coax away those hangovers and unwind than the soft-sanded white beaches of Sydney? On Sunday we´ll

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transverse some of the most famous coastline in the Area, visiting six along the way. From the wide yellow stretches of Coogee, to the famous surf-swells of Bondi, this is among the most coveted beach territory in the world, and today it´s all yours!

Most people opt to start their Oz travels between October and March, as this is when you´ll get the best weather, and Sydney really is fantastic at this time of year. That said, there´s something to be seen here all year round, and the Xtreme Gap Sydney arrival package is a no-holes-barred, full-frills introduction to Gap Years in Oz, with the added bonus of a great bunch of like-minded travellers and fun-hungry tour guides ready and waiting for you in one of the country´s most endearing of cities.

Accommodation

s1You will be staying in downtown Sydney in the wakeup hostel, voted one of the best hostels in Australia, and consistently hitting the top of trip advisor.

The wakeup hostel is an awesome place to be located as everything is on your doorstep including our team who have their offices based directly in front of where you’ll be staying.

That means you can pop in there at any stage, access their free Internet (kind of handy in Australia is everywhere tends to charge you) but also you’ll be staying in one of the swankiest hostels in Australia.

There are loads of facilities available at the wakeup hostel, good chill out areas, comfy beds and safe and secure rooms. Is also slap bang in the middle of backpacker district, which means it’s really social, and everything is on your doorstep.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

No you don’t, we have thousands of jobs in our database all over Sydney and they are constantly updated. You will remain in touch with the job team and they will be up to assist you in finding work all over the country. Work and travel made easy!
There is no minimum amount of time you need to remain there, it’s very flexible and you can even leave and re-enter the country’s many times as you like. That means if you’re only planning on going for three months you can still book this trip, having an awesome first week and pick up casual work as you go.
Wages very but on average people are between 15 and £18 an hour.
You have to fly in before 10 PM. If you arrive later we still can instruct you how to get to the hostel, but you need to pay locally. However we will refund you, just keep your ticket and give it to us the day after arrival when we all meet up!
No way! Actually most of our customers travel on their own and this program is by far the best and easiest way to make new friends and meet new people soon as you arrive. Everyone is in the same boat new arrivals into Australia and all feeling a little bit bewildered. Do not worry though because on Monday when you meet up with everyone and meet your awesome group leaders will be put right to ease and shown some the most amazing things this cool city has too offer.
If you enter this program there is no reason why cannot get a job very quickly. We have literally thousands of jobs available all throughout the country, and they are all geared towards working holiday Visa holders. It takes a special type of position to be suitable for people on working holiday visas, you are not allowed to work for one employer for more than three months so there are a wide range of jobs available and this is very handy to have a membership of our exclusive job finding service. You can go into the office any time to discuss what kind of job you need, and you can access the online database of jobs from anywhere in the country. You get 12 months membership access.
Not only is our Sydney connection a full-blown intro week we get to meet loads of people, turn on your social life from day one but we also have a fantastic award-winning jobs package as well. We have a dedicated team who actively hunt for backpackers jobs and can apply to these jobs for you. You also get access to travellers at work Australia’s largest online jobs database for backpackers, & the membership lasts one year. Travellers at work have jobs all over Australia not just in Sydney, so you can use this as you are travelling up the East coast or throughout the country. Jobs do tend to be relatively short-term in their nature as they are backpacker jobs, but that just adds to the fun of work and travel. You never know where you’re going to end up or what you will be doing or who you will be meeting.

We are often asked if it is possible to get a job prior to arriving in Australia, and the simple answer to this is no. You need to be on the ground and available for interview and keen to attend to secure those jobs, but it really does help that you have a dedicated team in Sydney backing up hunting for those exclusive jobs for you.

Sydney is by far the best place to start your Australian adventure. It is the economic powerhouse of the country, and it is one of the best places to live in the world. We have plenty of further information about Sydney on our blog so feel free to check it out, the information covers all sorts of things like reviews of the activities, what it’s like to live in Sydney and plenty of other useful information.
Yes it is, in order for you to know exactly where the best places are and do the best things available to you in Sydney, we have a couple of awesome group leaders who will sort you out and make sure you have the best time possible.
You have to be between the ages of 18 and 30 and be a national one of the participating countries in the Australian working holiday visa system. If you’re from the UK then this is absolutely no problem providing you have not already applied for one in the past.
Know the working holiday Visa is not covered in the cost of the trip, you will need to apply for one prior to entering Australia, the cost varies but this usually about hundred and £120.
Most people arrive on the Sunday, there is included airport transfer with this trip, so you make your own way to the hostel but this is prepaid for (you will be issued with a voucher before you arrive allowing you to jump on a bus dropping you straight at your accommodation). The arrival transfer does not take long, and you will check-into the hostel in your own name before meeting the rest of the group on Monday.
Exclusive to Xtreme Gap Year we have a travellers network that enables you to chat to other members of your group before you leave online. You get access to this once you have made your final payment 12 weeks before you go.
That is no problem we can book you in open dated, you just need to confirm with our team in Sydney before you arrive the likely date you’ll be joining.
Yes there are certain dates where this trip does not run, these tend to be during the major events in Sydney like New Year’s Eve, Christmas and a few select other dates contact us if you want to know the dates.
Yes absolutely, it’s quite easy to set up a bank account by mobile phone Sim card and arrange all the essentials yourself, however this does take quite some time to arrange, as you physically have to visit banks and do all the organising yourself. The beauty of this trip is that we take all the hassle out of arranging all staff meaning you can devote your first week in Sydney to just having fun making friends and kick starting your trip in the best way possible. The other majorly cool thing about this is the friends that you make, everyone is in the same boat and often lifelong friendships are formed in this first week, it’s not uncommon for people to end up travelling with other members of the group and the feedback we get from our previous groups shows that this is much more fun than just turning up in Sydney and doing your own thing.
Simply fill in your booking form and put down your hundred pound deposit, then your space is guaranteed, the final balance of the trip is payable 12 weeks before you depart give you plenty of time to save flights and spending money.
Other than giving you an amazing first week and access to jobs on tap.This trip is great for enhancing your CV with work experience. Whilst many people may struggle to explain away travel to future employers, it shows that you have self-reliance and ability to be responsible for yourself as you travel. It shows motivation and actual practical work experience as well. It takes some guts to up sticks and move to another country, but with the help of this program you can demonstrate you are more than capable of taking on the challenge.
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Is this trip right for you?

If you're serious about going to Australia on a working holiday Visa we believe this trip is essential for you.

We will find you a backpacking job quickly and take the hassle out of looking for one. In fact it will sort you out for the entire year in Australia.

There are lots of amazing activities included and as the trip is guided with a fun group you will meet people and have a great time.

It represents excellent value for money, and it's a great way to be able to afford to travel throughout this massive exciting country.

It's hasslefree, as everything is taken care of for you, from accommodation, bank accounts, tax file numbers tax rebates, job support, free hospitality training programs and an incredible itinerary as well.
With dolphin cruises, sand boarding, beach tours, Harbour cruises in an exclusive catamaran, and included nights out with some meals and all accommodation.

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Jobs In Australia & Support Finding Work

Taking the stress out of finding a paid job in Australia!

RSA1After an amazing first week in Sydney we will help you get a job.  Great so you have made loads of mates and now you’re going to make loads of dough!

After the first week is up you can arrange appointments with our job support team at our offices in Sydney. They are constantly recruiting for work and travel positions all over Australia. So when you are ready to commit to finding work abroad in Australia It is really easy for you.

The job assistance team is available in the office Monday to Friday and can help you out by reviewing your CV, giving you advice and running through the latest backpacker jobs.  The service is not just limited to Sydney, they find jobs all over Australia and you can communicate with them on the move via e-mail and phone.

There are thousands of amazing jobs on offer for backpackers in Australia. You are pretty much only limited by your imagination, you can find work in the cities, in surfer towns, the mountains or outback. It really takes the pressure off knowing that there is a team dedicated to help you apply and setup job interviews.

Even though you may not be looking to find paid work in Australia for the entire year, the job support service lasts an 12 months. That’s great because you never know way Australia adventure will take you.  A large percentage of people on a working holiday Visa, do extend to a second year.

It’s not actually just the physical assistance that is beneficial in helping you with your job search.  You can use the free Wi-Fi access in the office if you have your own laptop or smart phone which helps you access the jobs database.  You can also use their printer for printing out your CV.  Now if this sounds petty, believe us it’s not.  Wi-Fi access in Australia is quite expensive so it’s the little things that really make your job search less hassle.

One of the great things about this program is that the Australia job support service is totally flexible around you.  That means you can go after the jobs that inspire you, after all your Australia trip is more about fun but working. That worklife balance is completely in your control. With plenty of access to loads of Australian jobs, it can really make your trip amazing. Work for a couple of weeks in one location, and then move onto another having more money saved up then you started with!

 

What you get with the job support programme:

  • An entire year’s access to an exclusive online jobs database and job finding service.
  • A CV review service.  You will be amazed how a few changes can mean more job offers.  Our team are experts in reviewing Australia work travel Cvs
  • The best advice about living working in travelling around Australia from expert mentors.
  • Your own Australian bank account set up online for you to enable you to manage your finances easily.
  • We will set you up with an Australian telephone (mobile) number.  You will pick up your Sim card in Sydney but your mobile phone number will be e-mailed to you before you leave.  That means before you even enter Australia you can get contacted by employers offering interviews!
  • A Tax File Number – To receive an income in Australia you need to have a Tax File Number And without it you would get taxed heavily. The moment you arrive we will sort this out for you.
  • Help getting your refund tax back.  On average we get people nearly $3000 ( Australian) or £1500 of tax back prior to coming home. Now that’s enough to kill those travel blues.
  • Medicare Arranged.  This means you could get health cover on an Australian national health service equivalent.  This is a reciprocal agreement between the UK and Australian authorities but it needs to be set up on arrival.
  • You can use Wi-Fi at our offices.  You can use our printers as well.
  • Expecting snail mail?  No worries we will hold your  Post for you for up to 12 months.  It’s pretty handy to have a fixed postal address in Australia when you are moving around.
  • We will give you all the help and advice you need about finding long-term accommodation the duration of your stay.
  • We also arrange discounts which can save you loads of money on hostels, tours and travel products all over Australia.
  • If you are looking to work in hospitality: we will set you up with an inclusive bar skills course.
  • You will also get an online responsible service of alcohol course valid in Queenland, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.  Please note the New South Wales And Victoria one is different you can have access to that as wellPaying a small local payment supplement.
  • The Australia job finding service is pretty amazing.  It helps sort you out on arrival, and covers pretty much everything you need.  It genuinely can help you get a job in Australia from the very start.  Please note it is just a job finding service, your employment contract is between you and your end employers.  We are not responsible for what happens during your employment.

More on the types of jobs available to you jobs

While let’s just say it’s pretty comprehensive.  Up to 2000 jobs available in a wide spectrum of industries:

Accounts Banking / Legal /Au-Pair / Nanny / Childcare / Bar / Hospitality / Chef/ Credit / Collections Jobs / Farm / Harvest / Ranch

Hairdressing / Beauty Jobs / IT / Web / Design / Media / Mechanical / Engineering / Mining Industry Jobs / Nursing / Health Care Jobs
Office / Admin Jobs / Retail / Customer Service / Sales / Marketing / Fundraising /Teaching / Coaching Jobs / Telemarketing / Call Centre Trades / Labour Jobs /Travel / Tourism Jobs.

How much can I expect to earn?

Wages vary depending on where you are and what you are doing obviously.  On average people earn up to £15 per hour.  Now this is a huge improvement on the UK minimum wage, but the Australian dollar is strong and wages are good.

Will you help me out with tax?

We will sort out your tax file number, and your employers will be dealing with your tax as you earn.  It works on a very similar systems the UK.  Whilst tax is a necessary evil, it’s nice to know you can claim much of it back when you leave Australia, with some refunds being up to $3000 on average!  That’s a great way to head home knowingly have plenty of money still in your bank account.

When should I book and when can I start looking for jobs?

Almost immediately. Although the best jobs get taken very quickly, so it’s better to sign up sooner rather than later before heading to Australia.  We do have limited availability on this program, so make sure you book early.  We will need a least two weeks to get everything together and usually the working holiday Visa comes through in two days. On average people book six months ahead because it gives them peace of mind that their places secured on this unrivalled job finding service.

Where can I go in Australia?

Anywhere you want!  Although after your first week in Sydney you may want to hang around for a bit as it is an amazing city you don’t have to do.  Are so many places to visit in Australia, and loads of jobs all over the place.  Where takes your fancy you can head there knowing that you have the full backup and support of our jobs team to help find you a job at a moments notice.

How long do I have to stay in Australia?

The working holiday Visa is valid for one year from the point of entry.  You do not have to stay for one year however.  In fact there is no minimum amount of time.  There are some restrictions, you are not allowed to work for one employer for more than three months.  If you want to stay for two years you can do that but you need to do agricultural work for a minimum of three months.

 

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Dates

Start Dates 2017
January
Thu 5th
Mon 9th
Thu 12th
Mon 16th
Thu 19th
Mon 23rd
Mon 30th

February
Thu 2nd
Mon 6th
Mon 13th
Mon 20th
Mon 27th

March
Mon 6th
Mon 13th
Mon 20th
Mon 27th

April
Mon 3rd
Mon 10th
Mon 17th
Mon 24th

May
Mon 1st
Mon 8th
Mon 15
Mon 22nd
Mon 29th

June
Mon 5th
Mon 12th
Mon 26th

July
Mon 10th
Mon 24th
Mon 31 st

August
Mon 7th
Mon 14
Mon 21st
Mon 28th

September
Mon 4th
Thur 7th
Mon 11th
Thur 14th
Mon 18th
Mon 21st
Thur 25th
Mon 28th

October
Mon 2nd
Mon 9th
Mon16th
Mon 23rd
Mon 30th

November
Mon 6th
Mon 13th
Mon 20th
Mon 27th

December 2017
Mon 4th
Mon 11th

2018
January
Thu 4th
Mon 8th
Thu 11th
Mon 15th
Thu 18th
Mon 22nd
Mon 29th

February
Thu 1st
Mon 5th
Mon 12th
Mon 19th
Mon 26th

March
Mon 5th
Mon 12th
Mon 19th
Mon 26th

April
Mon 2nd
Mon 9th
Mon 16th
Mon 23rd

May
Mon 7th
Mon 14th
Mon 28th

June
Mon 11th
Mon 25th

July
Mon 9th
Mon 23rd

August
Mon 6th
Mon 13th
Mon 20th
Mon 27th

September
Mon 3rd
Thu 6th
Mon 10th
Thu 13th
Mon 17th
Thu 20th
Mon 24th
Thu 27th

Later dates on request

Due to the popularity of this programme we have advise to book in time!

For the Thursdays start dates the itinerary will be the following:

  • Thursday: City Walk and Welcome Dinner
  • Friday: Group Info Session and Harbour Cruise
  • Saturday: Beach Walk and Party Night
  • Sunday to Tuesday: Basecamp
  • Wednesday: time for laundry, individual Q&A, apply for jobs, relax

 

Included

  • Airport transfer (When arriving before midnight)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Guided Sydney city tour
  • Harbour cruise day trip
  • 2-night beach escape
  • Sand dune off-roading
  • Sandboarding
  • National park bush walk
  • Dolphin trip
  • Sydney party bus pub crawl
  • Sydney beaches tour
  • Just landed info session
  • Online RSA for QLD, NT,WA,SA
  • Bar skills course
  • Job search assistance for 12 months
  • Cv review
  • Mail forwarding for 12 months
  • Bank account set up
  • Sim Card activated number given on arrival
  • Tax file number arranged
  • Medicare organised
  • Tax refund advice
  • Travellers Discounts
  • Free in Sydney offices
  • 24-hour emergency number
  • Assistance from the locally based team
  • Detailed pre departure pack before you leave
  • Some meals
    • Welcome Dinner and Drink
    • BBQ on the Sydney Harbour Cruise
    • Basecamp: 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    • Party Night: 1 drink in each bar (at least 3).

 

 

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