Southeast Asia Package
27 Days, save $500
Add-on give’s Laos Excursion after thailand 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, zip-line through the forest canopy, 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 (aka Thailand 2.0) 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.
here’s a glimpse of all that awaits you in laos
Soar through the jungle canopy on a zipline adventure | Rescue black bears from the illegal wildlife trade | Meditate with monks in a monastery | Teach English and build eco-friendly infrastructure | Chase waterfalls, climb mountains and explore caves | Become fully immersed in the community 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 a variety of primates, mammals and birds 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 construction 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, learning to make local handicrafts, tubing downstream, 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 take flight on the most epic zipline in all of SE Asia! Soar through the jungle canopy, overlooking tropical forests, limestone waterfalls and scenic mountain ranges on a multi-tiered adventure complete with ziplining, monkey bridges and cargo net crossings.
Wake up early to trek through dense jungle and bamboo forest on your way to one of the most stunning viewpoints in Laos! Option 2: Never leave your hammock. After lunch we’ll drive back to Luang Prabang for one final night of celebration and reflection on an amazing trip!
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 Thailand Excursion to round out your SE Asia adventure!