Hey, Hey Malay
Hunt down the best dumpling in Singapore, hang in pretty-cat Malacca, get your laksa on in Kuala Lumpur and trek through the Cameron Highlands, then swing over to Thailand and kick back in Ao Nang, stay on a raft house in Khao Sok National Park and finish up in Bangkok.
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.
Day 1 - Singapore
Loosen your belt buckle and head to our pick for Singapore’s best dumpling, Paradise Dynasty on Level 4 of Ion Orchard. If you find better, let us know. We'll take any excuse to head back to Singapore.
Arrive in Singapore
Attend a pre-tour briefing at 6pm
Head out to explore this modern city Visit Chinatown, Boat Quay, as well as the Merlion statue - the half-fish, half-lion icon that became the symbol of Singapore
Day 2 - Malacca
Over the years, Malacca has been ruled by a sultan, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British and the Japanese. We’re not sure who was responsible for introducing the colourful trishaws with their lights, decorations and musical horns - but we salute you.
- Head north to 15th-Century port town of Malacca (Melaka)
- Stay in the heart of the old town, in an old Baba home
- Take a walking tour through the ancient streets
- Visit a variety of temples such as Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque and Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple
- Stop by the Baba Nonya Museum, which showcases the history of the Straits Chinese immigrants
- Perhaps hire a rickshaw and explore the intriguing Chinese side streets in free time
Day 3-4 - Kuala Lumpur
We’re staying in the heart of Chinatown so follow your nose to the best dumplings, laksa and chilli pan mee in town.
- Take a two-hour bus journey to Kuala Lumpur (which means ‘Muddy Confluence’)
- Enjoy time to experience the diversity of old and new Malaysia
- Stroll through the renowned markets and perhaps grab something to eat from a hawker stall
- Perhaps take a ride up the elevators of the 421 metre tall Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower)
Day 5 - Cameron Highlands
Time for a quick round of Name That Roadkill on a bus through the highlands. Once you’ve arrived, you can take a trek, explore a green tea plantation or just tuck into some scones at Ye Olde Smokehouse.
- Continue to the Cameron Highlands
- Travel through a wide variety of scenery from the flat lowlands up through mountainous terrain
- Arrive at the scenic hill town of Tanah Rata
- Choose from many optional activities such as a trekking, visiting the green tea plantations that have made this region famous or just relaxing in ‘Ye Olde Smokehouse’
Day 6-7 - Penang
Today’s challenge – see if you can find the hawker stall on Kimberley St where Lean Joo Sean has been selling char koay teow (stir-fried rice noodles) since 1954. You can’t miss his white chef’s hat and queues of hungry punters.
- Head into Malaysia and towards Penang
- Arrive in Georgetown, the largest town on the island, in the evening
- Enjoy a walking tour of Georgetown, following the Heritage Trail
- Visit Fort Cornwallis and the Penang Museum, a small eclectic collection showcasing the various cultures
- Enjoy free time to discover the colourful markets, old temples and historic Chinese clan houses of Georgetown
- Perhaps catch the bus to Batu Ferringhi Beach
- Be sure to hunt down a street stall in Little India and buy cheap snacks such as samosas or pakoras
- Take an optional evening rickshaw ride to Gurney Drive and dine at one of the many hawker food stalls – local specialities include char kway teow, Penang prawn mee (noodles) and laksa
Day 8-9 - Ao Nang
We cross the border at Wang Kelian (Malaysian checkpoint) / Wang Prajan (Thai checkpoint) before proceeding up the isthmus.
Time to get active. Take a day visiting the amazing islands in the south of Thailand or if you’ve slipped into extreme holiday mode, we’ll also accept “turning the pages of a book”.
- Spend two days in Ao Nang appreciating the peace and tranquillity
- Kick back, relax and swim in the warm waters of this hidden tropical paradise
- Spend a full day exploring some of Thailand's famous local islands
Day 10-12 - Khao Sok National Park - Raft House
The floating rafthouses on Cheo Lan Lake are literally on the water. So when we say “lake views” we’re not mucking around. Also, that’s not an alarm clock; it’s just a friendly gibbon reminding you to wake up for our jungle walk.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
- Travel on board a longtail boat through Cheo Lan lake through the limestone cliffs and lush jungle
- Enjoy a night where you are literally floating on the lake, if you need to cool off just in the lake from your raft
- Your wake up call will just be the friendly gibbon, unfortunately no snooze button.
- It’s an overnight train ride from Surat Thani to Bangkok, so dig out that deck of cards you threw into your backpack at the last minute. Just paid for itself.
Day 13 - Bangkok
The tour ends on arrival in Bangkok.
What to Know
All tours are led by an experienced local tour guide, all transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Trip Dates and Prices
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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Hey, Hey Malay
Martin - Switzerland, 16 Jan, 2014
I didn't prepare or read much about the places we went to on this trip because I was super-busy at work before it, so I was very happy to be surprised again and again by all the wonderful places we went to, be it nature or monuments. Plus, people were all friendly and we had a really good group dynamic too! :)
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Ashley - Australia, 3 Sep, 2012
The trip was fantastic to the jungles of Thailand to the urban jungle of Singapore
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