Southeast Asia Package
28 Days, Save $500!
Add-on GIVE’s Laos Volunteer Program after your Thailand trip to 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 Laos, you will travel from the elaborate temples and French architecture of Luang Prabang to the rugged mountainous landscape of Sop Chem village to volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary, meditate with monks in a monastery, summit limestone peaks, 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…
See A Different Side of Southeast Asia
The rolling green landscape and colorful hill-tribe communities of Thailand provide the perfect introduction to this beautiful region, but the wild mountainous terrain and saffron-robed monks of Laos will take your experience to the next level.
Travel back in time as you cross the border
Traveling from Thailand to Laos feels like traveling back in time to a bygone era. The mountains are bigger, rivers are wider, paths are less beaten, villages are more remote and culture is equally as fascinating in this one-of-a-kind adventure.
You won’t want to leave the squad
More than half of your fellow volunteers will head to Laos after their Thailand Excursion. Some will even pay to change their flights while in Thailand so they don’t miss out! Save money and extend time with your new GIVE family by joining the SE Asia Package.
Trip Length: 14 Additional Days Cost: $1495 (Save $500!)
Here’s a glimpse into all that awaits you in Laos
Rescue Asiatic black bears from the wildlife trade | Meditate with monks in a monastery | Teach English to local children & work on sustainable agriculture | Explore the rugged mountainous landscape | Immerse yourself in the village of Sop Chem
Trip Commencement: Group arrives in Luang Prabang. After a warm welcome and orientation from your local guides, the evening is free to explore the Night Market and get to know your fellow volunteers!
Wake up early to take part in the world famous Alms Ceremony, a Buddhist tradition of waking up before dawn to provide monks with fresh food for the day. After breakfast, take part in the ultimate cultural orientation by discussing Buddhist culture and practices with local monks! Monks will then teach us about the ancient practice of meditation and lead us in a brief exercise. Later that morning we’ll tour the UXO Museum for a sobering look at the history and lingering effects of the Second Indochina War (Vietnam War) on the people of Laos.
After lunch, we’ll head to the Tat Kuang Sii National Park to behold one of Laos’ greatest natural wonders – a 200-foot cascading waterfall feeding a series of smaller falls and turquoise blue pools. We’ll spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the falls and relaxing in it’s pools.
Spend a full-day learning about wildlife conservation efforts in Laos and working hard to construct new enclosures for the Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary, a 60-acre sanctuary that will ultimately house more than 150 Asiatic Black Bears, along with macaques, leopard cats and other animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Asia.
After breakfast it’s a 3.5 hour van and 1.5 hour long-tail boat cruise to our main destination, Sop Chem – a rustic, riverside village surrounded by limestone cliffs and dense jungle, and our home for the next week! We’ll spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring the village and learning more about our project initiatives here.
Start early each morning with a locally prepared, delicious breakfast. After breakfast, we will begin education and permaculture projects around 9:00 AM. You will work hard until lunchtime, when you will break to have a filling lunch and relax for a couple hours before returning to the project site for the rest of the afternoon. In the late afternoon, we will wrap up volunteer work for the day and then head out on a variety of cultural and adventure activities, like fishing with locals, brewing rice wine, playing sports with local children, taking part in traditional ceremonies, exploring nearby caves and waterfalls, learning to make local handicrafts, or just relaxing and watching village life unfold.
On the final night in Sop Chem, locals will hold a traditional Baci Ceremony for us – wishing us good fortune and safe travels on all future journeys. This is an incredibly meaningful and special tradition to take part in.
After breakfast we’ll begin our long-tail boat journey down the Nam Ou River towards the town of Nongkiaw, where we’ll trek through tropical jungle and bamboo forest on our way to the one of the most stunning viewpoints in Laos! Option 2: Never leave your hammock…
Enjoy a laid back morning of herbal steam baths and Lao massage. After lunch, we’ll drive back to Luang Prabang for one final night of celebration and reflection on an amazing trip!
**This is a sample itinerary which is subject to change.
Volunteer For 2 Weeks in Laos!
- May 8 – May 21, 2020*
- May 17 – May 30, 2020
- May 26 – June 8, 2020
- June 4 – June 17, 2020
- June 13 – June 26, 2020
- June 22 – July 5, 2020
- July 1 – July 14, 2020
- July 10 – July 23, 2020
- July 19 – August 1, 2020
- July 28 – August 10, 2020
- August 6 – August 19, 2020
- Dec. 14 – December 25, 2019
- Dec. 26 – January 6, 2020
- Jan. 7 – January 18, 2020
Thailand + Laos CombinedSoutheast Asia Package
Save $500 by combining trips!
- May 3 – May 30, 2020
- May 12 – June 8, 2020
- May 21 – June 17, 2020
- May 30 – June 26, 2020
- June 8 – July 5, 2020
- June 17 – July 14, 2020
- June 26 – July 23, 2020
- July 5 – August 1, 2020
- July 14 – August 10, 2020
- July 23 – August 19, 2020
- Dec. 15 – January 6, 2020
- Dec. 27 – January 18, 2020
Elephant Conservation Add-On!
- May 21 – May 28, 2020
- May 30 – June 6, 2020
- June 8 – June 15, 2020
- June 17 – June 24, 2020
- June 26 – July 3, 2020
- July 5 – July 12, 2020
- July 14 – July 21, 2020
- July 23 – July 30, 2020
- August 1 – August 8, 2020
- August 10 – August 17, 2020
- Dec. 25 – January 1, 2020
- Jan. 6 – January 13, 2020
- Jan. 18 – January 25, 2020
Vietnam Wildlife ConservationAdd-On
Vietnam Conservation Add-On!
- May 21 – May 30, 2020
- June 8 – June 17, 2020
See below for trip and add-on combinations!
- All accommodations within Laos, which have access to basic amenities and security
- All group transportation within Laos
- All meals throughout your trip (country specific exceptions)
- All of your epic adventure and cultural immersion activities
- Funding for volunteer projects
- Drinking water 24/7
- Flights to and from Laos and all associated air taxes, ticket fees, and any country entry and exit taxes.
- Medical and travelers insurance
- Passport and visa (specific to your citizenship)
- Vaccinations (specific to host country)