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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
GTTSC
Physical rating
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

  • Dumbo isn't the only elephant that needs saving. Travel by private mini van (not in the trunk) to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital and witness the awesome work these guys do on a daily basis.

  • Bike? Check. Shades? Check. Wind in your hair? Check. Sukhothai's Historical Park is the kind of dreamscape you don't have to wake up from. Unless the park closes that is.

  • 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • This trip involves some long journeys on the road, lots of public transport (songthaews, public buses) and 2 overnight train journeys, which can be tiresome. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a true Geckos experience and the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at your destinations.

  • On the overnight trains occasionally passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and/or you'll be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups. For your own security, take a lock for your luggage.

  • 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

Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand. There’s a welcome meeting at around 6 pm tonight. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early perhaps take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, or head to the magnificent Grand Palace. As one of the world’s largest marketplaces, Chatuchak Market is also a great place to visit. In the evening, maybe indulge yourself with a Thai massage.

Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1904
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning, take a six-hour local bus to the small city of Sukhothai (which translates to 'Rising of Happiness'). Arrive in the afternoon and head out on a guided cycle tour of Sukhothai’s Historical Park and World Heritage-listed ancient city. Roll your bike around the temples and other archaeological relics within the area. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you please.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Start the day early with a five-hour drive in a private minivan to Chiang Mai. On the way, stop off at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Lampang. This is a non-government organisation that aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants both domesticated and wild. Arrive in Chiang Mai late in the afternoon. You'll have the evening free to explore. Perhaps check out the night market for souvenirs and some spicy street food. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day to explore. Discover the northern city of Chiang Mai, which features over 120 temples in the centre alone. Take an optional excursion to the temple at the top of Doi Suthep, which offers fantastic views over the city. Perhaps spoil yourself with a traditional Thai massage or try your hand at a local cooking class. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventures, such as the 'Mind and Soul' or 'Mae Ping River Experience' day tours. To really get the blood pumping, head to the Flight of the Gibbon and negotiate the zipline and canopy course within the treetops.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Flight of the Gibbon zipline - THB3999
  • Chiang Mai - Bicycle tour - THB950
  • Chaing Mai - Baan Thai Cookery School Half Day Course - THB800
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple - THB50
  • Chiang Mai - Thai massage - THB200
  • Chiang Mai - Urban Adventures - Mind & Soul - THB2300
  • Chiang Mai - Urban Adventures - Mae Ping River Experience - THB2460
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today travel by public bus and mini van to Doi Mae Salong via Mae Chan (approximately five hours in total). The atmosphere in the charming town of Doi Mae Salong is reminiscent of a small southern Chinese village. It's the perfect place to relax and kick back for the day. The region is famous for its Chinese tea traders, so make sure  you enjoy a cup of tea in a traditional Chinese teahouse overlooking the mountains. Check out the interesting market, which is full of produce and crafts made by hill tribe people. For something a little more adventurous, why not climb up the 719 steps to see the town’s Buddhist temple?
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning take a three-hour ride in a minivan to the Golden Triangle, which is where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. Pay a visit to the House of Opium Museum for a deeper insight into this area's problematic past. Continue your travels for around two hours to Chiang Rai, where you’ll stay the night. Perhaps head to Chiang Rai's night market, which is a great place to pick up some hill tribe handicrafts. 
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chaing Rai - Opium Museum - THB50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning visit the impressive Wat Rong Khun (commonly known as the White Temple). Although it can be crowded with tourists, this temple is a modern wonder. Art is continually being added to it. In the afternoon, take a three-and-a-half-hour public bus back to Chiang Mai and board an overnight train for Bangkok (approximately 13 hours). Soft sleeper class trains are used for the overnight journey. The compartments are multi-share with air-conditioning and bunk beds that come with sheets and a pillow. Baggage travels in the carriage with you, and there's a food and drink service available on-board.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Rai - Wat Rong Kun (White Temple)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your train is scheduled to arrive into Bangkok early this morning. Transfer back to the hotel where the trip started. As there are no more activities planned for today, you’re free to depart at any time. If you’re booking flights or any other form of transport out of Bangkok today, please keep in mind that train delays are frequent.

Enjoy a free day in Bangkok. Check out the areas you missed the first time around, and a chance to eat some more delicious Bangkok street food!

The composition of your group might change today. Meet your new leader and group at the meeting at approx. 6pm tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
There are shared day rooms available for use until midday today. Normal check in for your room will usually be after 2pm.
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

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Public bus, Songthaew, Taxi

Accommodation

Guesthouse (7 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights), Raft House (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Chiang Rai - Wat Rong Kun (White Temple)
  • Bangkok - walking tour
  • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake boat trip
  • Penang - Penang Museum

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 7, 9 (Overnight Train) and 10 (Raft House) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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