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Jungle escapades, city expeditions, swimming, swimming and more swimming. Sound good? Obvs! From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the jungly jungle of Khao Sok, sleep on a raft, hike through the Cameron Highlands, kick back at Krabi and eat your way through Penang and Singapore.

If this trip was a dish it would taste like Singapore’s chilli crab. Hot enough to keep you on your toes with a whopping great serve of beachy vibe on the side.


Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Singapore, Singapore
Countries
Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Code
GTBD
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
9 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • The excitement of cities like Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur can be overwhelming, but with the insider knowledge of your local leader you can cut through the chaos and bee-line it to the hottest spots

  • Khao Sok National Park is like stepping into another world – an essential experience in Thailand, nature-lover or not

  • A getaway to the Cameron Highlands offers not only amazing views but a refreshing and well-earned reprieve from the sticky heat

  • 14 days of three different cuisines: Singaporean, Malaysian and Thai. Delish!

  • There's plenty of free time to make your own discoveries

Is this trip right for you?

  • Your overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani is an adventure for sure. Be prepared for basic conditions though – bunk beds and shared facilities.

  • There's one full day of travelling involved (from Ao Nang across the border into Malaysia, then down to Penang).

  • Most travel is on public buses. This is, of course, a great way to mingle with the locals and experience how they travel. And it keeps your carbon footprint down.

  • There are minimal inclusions, but the resulting free time means flexibility and space for making your own discoveries. This is a great way to travel independently while drawing on the knowledge of local leaders

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Welcome to Bangkok! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of Day 1. Check the hotel reception or notice board for the exact time and place of the meeting. If you arrive early, why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, or wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage? The list goes on.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Visit the local Bangrak Market to see the rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables (depending on market day). Then you'll cruise along the Chao Praya and watch life along the river en route to Wat Pho. This temple is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok. Who can spot the most images of Buddha? Rumour has it there are up to 1,000. The afternoon is free for you to explore the sites of Bangkok as you please. Visiting the Grand Palace is recommended. Tonight, board your overnight train to Surat Thani (approximately 13 hours).

Notes: The train is basic but comfortable: bunk beds, shared facilities and air-conditioning.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1904
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Arrive in Surat Thani early in the morning, then transfer by bus to Khao Sok National Park. It's an amazing environment, so colourful and vivid it almost looks like it's been CGI'd. These dense rainforests are abuzz with exotic animals and plants, and some walking trails lead to awesome waterfalls alongside the huge Cheow Lan Lake. Cruise along it and see the limestone cliffs set against the jungle backdrop. On your first night here you'll stay in a simple raft house, which is literally ON the lake. Wait till you see the view when you wake up.

Notes: There are two seasons in Khao Sok National Park, the 'dry' season and the 'rainy' season. The dry season is from November until April, and the rainy season from May to October when most of the rain falls. All the walking trails will be muddy and slippery during the rainy season, and harmless leeches are everywhere but the scenery is beautiful and lush and green. Each of the seasons has its own charms and quirks.
Included Activities
  • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake boat trip
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Time for a change of scenery. Head for the hills and spend the night in a jungle bungalow. There are plenty of optional things to do (other than the obvious option of chilling out and taking in the soothingly exotic sights and sounds of Mother Nature). You can tackle one of the walking trails and go on a wildlife-spotting odyssey, or venture to Lake Cheow Lan which is not too far away.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel by minibus to Ao Nang, Krabi, home to sweet white-sand beaches and limestone karsts jutting out of cerulean waters. The main street of this lively beachside town has heaps of bars and restaurants to grab a beer or meal at.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is yours. You are free as a bird. An island-hopping day trip is a great way to get a real sense of just how amazing this part of Thailand is. You can take a long-tail boat out to stunning islands like Phi Phi, where the swimming is great and the views are even better. Like exotic, far-out film locations. You'll never tire of looking up at those karsts towering above the turquoise. The real adventure-types might opt to go rock-climbing. Either way you approach it, paradise is paradise.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ao Nang - Scuba Diving (3 dives) - THB4000
  • Ao Nang - Rock Climbing - THB1800
  • Ao Nang - Sea kayaking - THB1800
  • Ao Nang - Phi Phi Island Day Tour - THB1600
  • Ao Nang - Thai Cooking Class - THB1300
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a long travel day by minivan. Sit back, relax and Thailand disappear in the rearview mirror. Next stop: Malaysia! Cross the border Wang Prajan (the Thai checkpoint) and Wang Kelian (the Malaysian checkpoint). Penang is Malaysia's prized island. You may have had the Penang Curry on your Thai travels. But there is so much more to this place than delicious food, such as a gorgeous coastline and a colonial heritage which thrives amid the skyscrapers over Georgetown. The Georgetown area is a cool (and World Heritage-listed) blend of religious sites of worship.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today your leader will take you on a guided orientation walk through the Georgetown area to check out the shophouses, Penang Museum, street art and clan jetties. When you have become old friends with this place, the rest of the day is yours. Time to go looking for delicious food. This place is famous for its cuisine, thanks to many cultures that have lived side-by-side here for ages. Be sure to try a refreshing ice kacang (a dessert made with crushed ice, syrup and a mixture of jellies, nuts and sweet beans), or a hearty nasi kandar (steamed rice accompanied by curries, fried chicken, seafood or vegetables). Check out Kek Lok Sii (the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia), Khoo Kongsi (amazingly ornate and one of the oldest clan houses in Malaysia), Cheong Fat Tze Museum (fascinating if you have an interest in Feng Shui). Or take to the unspoilt trails of Malaysia's smallest National Park at Teluk Bahang.
Today’s challenge: see if you can find the hawker stall on Kimberley St where Lean Joo Sean has been selling char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles) since 1954. You can’t miss his white chef’s hat and the queue of hungry punters.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Penang - Penang Museum
Optional Activities
  • Penang - Kek Lok Si - MYR8
  • Penang - Khoo Kongsi - MYR10
  • Penang - Funicular Railway - MYR55
  • Penang - Teluk Bahang National Park - MYR9
  • Penang - Trishaw Ride - MYR50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by minivan to the seriously beautiful Cameron Highlands. This area was a favourite getaway of the colonial British for good reason. It's a great escape from the hot and sticky jungle. And what goes hand-in-hand with British leisure? Tea. Tour the plantations if you like. Those less genteel and more adventure-seeking might take a rainforest jungle trek, or a half-day trip to the second-highest mountain the highlands.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Cameron Highlands - Rain Forest Jungle Trekking - MYR45
  • Cameron Highlands - Half Day Tour to Gunung Brinchang - MYR40
  • Cameron Highlands - Half Day Tea Plantation Tour - MYR50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Keep an extra layer handy while you're here, as it might get a little chilly, would you believe.
Travel by public bus to vibrant Kuala Lumpur (approximately 5 hours). This is the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia (call it KL if you want to sound more worldly). Your leader will take you for a walk around the communities of Indian, Chinese and ethnic Malay people. You'll be staying right in the midst of the buzzing Chinatown night markets, the ideal spot. Tried a durian yet? They stink, but they taste pretty good. Make sure you get a map and venture out on some walking adventures. You can hit Bukit Bintang, the Golden Triangle (for shopping), or Menara Tower (entry fee applies). You might also like to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves, or go to the Lake Gardens to visit the Islamic Arts Museum and National Mosque.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day to explore KL. Get up early to get your tickets to see two of the world's very tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers. Ask your leader how the system works! The evening is best spent at the night market sampling the different cuisines on offer and bargain-hunting among the stalls of the famous Petaling Street. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kuala Lumpur - Petronas Towers Skybridge & Observation Deck - MYR86
  • Kuala Lumpur - Islamic Arts Museum - MYR12
  • Kuala Lumpur - National Mosque - Free
  • Kuala Lumpur - Batik Day Course - MYR30
  • Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower - MYR49
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
An intriguing blend of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese cultures, Melaka has a wealth of interesting architecture, distinctive food and proud cultural heritage. Take a public bus there (approximately 3 hours in total) and enjoy a free afternoon. Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, and this diversity is reflected in its overall vibe. Check out Harmony Street where these communities have their places of worship, with a church, mosque, and a couple of different temples all on the one street. Peace out!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Melaka - Museum Of Enduring Beauty - MYR1
  • Melaka - Baba Nonya Heritage Museum - MYR8
  • Melaka - River Tour - MYR17
  • Melaka - Eco Bike Tour - MYR100
  • Melaka - Trishaw Tour - MYR50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
A public bus journey (approximately 5 hours) takes you to Singapore. Your leader will take you on a walk to give you an introduction to this ever-evolving city. There will be time to take in the retail hot spots and the 'booming cross-cultural culinary scene' before enjoying a final evening with your fellow travellers. It'll be a time to reflect. Who ate the most chilli? Who at the most durians? Who even ate one durian? When can we all pack up and move to Asia forever? Etcetera.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Some rooms tonight are internal and do not have windows. Also due to a limited number of double rooms, sometimes couples will be in twin rooms. But your hotel is nice and central, so fret not.
Farewell your newfound friends as your trip comes to an end today.
Optional Activities
  • Singapore - Chinatown Food Urban Adventure - USD60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private bus, Public bus, Taxi, Van

Accommodation

Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (7 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Rafthouse (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Bangkok - walking tour
  • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake boat trip
  • Penang - Penang Museum

Reviews

Our Discover Bangkok to Singapore trips score an average of 4.78 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.

Discover Bangkok to Singapore, September 2016

Rangiuru Clarke

Discover Bangkok to Singapore, September 2016

Stephen Kent-Brown

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 2 (overnight sleeper train) , and 3 (raft house) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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