Southeast Asia Package
27 Days, save $500
travel to thailand before your laos Excursion & experience two countries on one unforgettable journey!
Experience Thailand, the gateway to SE Asia, before crossing over the border into Laos, the best-kept secret in SE Asia. In Thailand, you will travel from the ancient temples and buzzing markets of Chiang Mai to the rolling green hills of Muang Khong to trek with Asian elephants, bamboo raft through the jungle, bungee jump 160-feet, and empower rural communities every step of the way! Join GIVE’s SE Asia Package to expand your positive impact and experience everything this beautiful and fascinating region of the world has to offer.
“GIVE has 100% changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. This summer I went on the Thailand and Laos package with original plans of only staying in Thailand. After a week, I was influenced so much by everything I had been learning and experiencing that I could not help myself but to add on the Laos package. BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE HANDS DOWN. I never would have imagined that a trip of just one month would teach me more than my whole life has taught me up until this day…. I highly recommend to everyone who reads this, please go on this adventure of a lifetime. You will thank yourself for it, your family will thank you for it, and this world will one day truly feel your passions that this trip will ignite.”Rob
Why Combine GIVE’s Thailand & Laos Excursions?
Aside from saving $500 and experiencing two unique countries in one incredible journey…
you have to see the elephants
No trip to Southeast Asia is complete without seeing the region’s most symbolic and iconic species, the Asian Elephant. Spend 2 full days interacting with these incredible creatures in their natural habitat, while supporting critical elephant conservation initatives.
Thailand is the gateway to southeast asia
These trips were designed to be experienced together. Thailand provides the perfect introduction to the culture, history, landscape and environment of this fascinating region of the world, while Laos (aka Thailand 2.0) elevates your experience to new heights.
don’t miss the first half of the adventure
Nearly all of your fellow volunteers will arrive in Laos after spending two life-changing weeks together in Thailand. Don’t miss out on their inside jokes and epic stories from the Land of Smiles, spend the full 4 weeks with your GIVE family in Thailand and Laos.
here’s A GLIMPSE of ALL THat awaits you in thailand
Track elephants in the jungle | Take the ultimate leap of faith on a 160-foot bungee jump | Embark on a multi-day bamboo rafting journey | Teach English to local children | Plant the seeds of change on our permaculture project | Immerse yourself in unique hill-tribe cultures
Trip Commencement: Group arrives in Chiang Mai. After a warm welcome and orientation from your GIVE guides, the evening is free to explore the city, try out some amazing Thai cuisine and get to know your fellow volunteers!
Catch a tuk-tuk taxi to the ancient temple ruins of Wat Chedi Luang to learn about the history of Chiang Mai, Thai culture and the basic principles of Buddhism. From there we’ll head north into the jungles of Chiang Dao National Park towards our home for the next week – the hill-tribe villages of Muang Khong!
Volunteering in Muang Khong: After breakfast, we’ll begin work on our English education, sustainable agriculture and reforestation projects. Volunteer until lunchtime and then break for a couple hours before returning to the project site for the rest of the afternoon. In the late afternoon, we’ll head out on a variety of adventure and cultural immersion activities before dinner: Thai cooking and language lessons, hiking to panoramic viewpoints, learning to make local handicrafts, trekking through limestone caves, helping farmers prepare their rice paddies, playing sports with locals and exploring nearby villages!
Strap in for a 4x4 adventure through the jungle on our way to the Karen hill-tribe village of Ba Kao Lam, home to our Elephant Reintroduction Program. That afternoon we’ll learn how to build bamboo rafts with our local guides!
Spend 2 days directly interacting with the most revered creatures in SE Asia – Asian elephants. Support this incredible species in Thailand by working alongside their mahouts (elephant whisperers) to track elephants through the jungle, perform basic health checks, bathe elephants in the river, prepare healthy snacks to feed the elephants, and join nightly discussions about elephant conservation in Asia. On day 12, we’ll embark on a bamboo-rafting journey down the Mae Tang River towards the Lahu Village of Pong Ngan. There we’ll celebrate one final night in the jungle, sharing a barbecue dinner with locals and learning traditional dances around the bonfire!
Our bamboo-rafting journey culminates with the fastest rapids and best views yet. Strap in and enjoy the ride or grab a pole and help steer us towards our final adventure in Thailand… A 160-foot BUNGEE JUMP! (Or drift karts and zorbing if heights aren’t your thing.) After that it’s back to Chiang Mai for one final night of reflection and celebration.
Trip End: All good things must come to an end. Soak up your last few hours in Thailand before heading home, OR join GIVE’s Laos Excursion to round out your SE Asia experience!