SE Asia Package

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.

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“GIVE has 100% changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. This summer I went on the Thailand and Laos joint 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 extend my trip to add on the Laos package. BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE HANDS DOWN. I never would have imagined that a trip of only just one month would teach me more than my whole life has taught me up until this day. From all the volunteer work, to the culturally immersive activities, and to just spending time with the village people, this trip has shown me what it truly means to be a global citizen and to enact positive change anywhere in the world. This trip has taught me so many lessons about family, economic status in different countries, social issues, and the world as a whole. I look at life and the world through a brand new set of eyes, eyes that now have shown me where my true priorities lie, eyes that have shown me what my potential is in this world, and eyes that have shown me how much love I have inside of me to give to others. This trip taught me the importance of being yourself, truly striving for what you believe in, and the power of friendship and like-minded ideas. I have not laughed more, cried more, and felt more love and appreciation than I have this past month, in my whole life. 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 Sosa, SE Asia Package 2017

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.

 

 

Traveling 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.

 

Laos Itinerary 

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 Overview | Volunteer Projects | Adventure

Day 1

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!

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Days 5-11

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.

Day 12

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…

Day 13

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!

Day 14

Trip End: All good things must come to an end. Soak up your last few hours in SE Asia before flying home OR add-on GIVE’s Elephant Experience and/or Vietnam Wildlife Add-On to round out your SE Asia adventure!

*This is a sample itinerary which is subject to change.

Trip Dates & Fees

What’s Included

  • 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

What’s Not Included

  • 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)