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
Welcome to Singapore!
With flourishing retail hot spots, a booming, cross-cultural culinary scene and one of the world's best airports, it's not hard to see why Singapore acts as a launching (and finishing) point for many of our Asian odysseys.
From the traditions and heritage of Chinatown to the aromatic delights of Little India and the modernity of glitzy hotels, a few days in sizzling Singapore is the perfect bookend to any Geckos adventure.
Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting in the evening of Day 1.
You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards.
If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, 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).
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.Hangout Hotel or similar
Day 2 - Malacca
Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia.
A public bus journey (approx. 5.5 hrs) takes us to the World Heritage-listed port town of Melaka.
An intriguing blend of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese cultures, Melaka has a wealth of interesting architecture, distinctive food and cultural heritage.
Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, all seeking wealth or an opportunity to control the Straits of Malacca, a vital trading route between the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Today, Melaka's wealth of historical sites remind visitors of times gone by and its multicultural past is revealed in its distinctive cuisine.Optional Activities
Hash House Hotel or similarBreakfast
- Eco Bike Tour, Melaka - MYR100
- River Tour, Melaka - MYR15
- Melaka - Trishaw Tour - MYR50
- Taming Sari Tower, Melaka - MYR20
- Stadhuys, Melaka - MYR2
- Baba Nonya Heritage Museum - MYR8
- Portuguese ship Replica, Melaka - MYR3
- Cheng Ho Museum - MYR20
- Museum Of Enduring Beauty, Melaka - MYR1
Day 3-4 - Kuala LumpurTransfer by local bus to Kuala Lumpur (approx 2.5 hrs).Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, is affectionately known as KL and you'll almost always hear locals refer to it by its acronym. Communities of Indian, Chinese and ethnic Malay people mingle peacefully, allowing travellers to get the best of all three worlds.Our hotel is right amongst the night markets and hawker stalls of the famous Petaling Street in Chinatown and is a great place to explore this ever changing city.While here make sure to grab a map and explore the many walkable areas in KL. Bukit Bintang, the Golden Triangle with the latest shopping and just a short stroll to Menara Tower (entry fee applies).You might like to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the head over to the Lakes Gardens to visit the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Mosque before the fascinating Orang Asli Museum.Get up early to get your tickets to the second-tallest buildings in the world? 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 Chinatown Night Markets.Optional Activities
Chinatown 2 Hotel or similar
- Batik Day Course, Kuala Lumpur - MYR30
- Cultural Show - Kuala Lumpur - MYR5
- Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower - MYR47
- Nibong Trebal, FireFlies & Krian River Tour - MYR90
- Museum - MYR12
- Sunway Lagoon (Water Park) - MYR60
- Islamic Arts Museum - MYR12
- Petronas Towers - Skybridge & Observation Deck - MYR80
- National Mosque - Free
Day 5 - Cameron Highlands
Travel by minivan to the dramatic and beautiful Cameron Highlands (approx 4 hrs).
The Cameron Highlands were a favourite getaway of the colonial British - a place of tranquillity and beauty to escape the humidity of the jungles.
Half Day Tour - Gunung Brinchang - MYR40
Half Day Tour - Boh Palas Tea Plantation & Factory - MYR50
Rain Forest Jungle Trekking - MYR45Hillview Inn or similar
Day 6-7 - Penang
Today we leave our beautiful countryside and travel onto Penang.
Penang - Malaysia's prized island - has a beautiful coastline, wonderful cuisine and its colonial heritage is still present in amongst the modern skyscrapers that tower over Georgetown.
Penang Island was the first destination of the colonial British in 1786. They invited Chinese, as well as others from all over Asia, to live on this island in the tropics.
Today, this exotic blend of cultures still exists and the World Heritage site of Georgetown contains a fascinating blend of religious places of worship. Our accommodation is located in the heart of historical Georgetown.
Twin share with private facilities and whilst our hotel is basic it is a great base for exploring the temples, mosques and museums of Penang.
Some sights worth mentioning are: at night, don't miss the local food stalls that set up along many of Penang's streets.
This island is famous for its food, thanks to the many cultures that have lived side-by-side here for centuries. 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 (a dish of steamed rice accompanied by curries, fried chicken, seafood or vegetables).
Check out Kek Lok Sii Temple (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).
If you want more of the beach or want a unique Penang experience, grab a Taxi over to Batu Ferringhi or take the unspoilt trails of Malaysia's smallest National Park at Teluk Bahang.Optional Activities
Hong Ping Hotel or similar
- Spice Garden, Penang - MYR14
- Penang Funicular Railway - MYR55
- Penang - Half Day Sightseeing - MYR200
- Khoo Kongsi - MYR10
- Penang - Kek Lok Si - MYR7
- Teluk Bahang National Park - MYR9
- Trishaw Ride - Penang - MYR50
- Chong Fat Tze Museum - MYR12
Day 8-9 - Krabi
Today is a long travel day by mini van as we say goodbye to Malaysia and head for Thailand, going via Krabi and on to Ao Nang.
We cross the border at Wang Kelian (Malaysian checkpoint) / Wang Prajan (Thai checkpoint) before proceeding up the isthmus.
With powdery white-sand beaches, limestone karsts jutting out of cerulean waters and jaw-dropping scenery both in and out of the water, Krabi is a slice of paradise.
A lively beachside town in Krabi Province, Ao Nang has a main street with restaurants, shops and bars, and is close to many idyllic islands.
Krabi - Rock climbing - THB1800
Scuba Diving Ao Nang 3 dives, Krabi - THB4000
Krabi - Phi Phi Island day trip - THB1000J Mansion or similar
Day 10-12 - Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is simply breathtaking.
Dense rainforests hide a myriad of exotic animals and plants, whilst some of the many walking trails lead to awesome waterfalls and alongside the expansive lake.
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. Be aware that all the walking trails will be muddy and slippery during the rainy season and harmless leeches are abundant, however the scenery is beautifully lush and green. Each of the seasons has its charms and its difficulties.
There are plenty of options to consider such as, tackling one of the park walking trails looking out for local wildlife hiding amongst the forest or taking a tour to the stunning nearby lake Cheow Lan.
We travel to and from Khao Sok National Park by songthaew. Then we cruise out along the Cheow Lan lake, with it's striking limestone cliffs set amongst a vibrant jungle backdrop. On our first night here we stay in a simple raft house literally on the lake, where you wake up to stunning water views.
On our second night here we have a change of scenery, and head up into the hills, where we spend a night in our bunglows set amongst the jungle (Morning Mist Resort, or similar).
On Day 12, board an overnight train to Bangkok (approx 13 hrs). Our train is basic but comfortable - air-conditioned, sleeping in bunks with shared facilities.Plern Prai Raft House or similarBreakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 13 - Bangkok
Arriving early in the morning, we make our way to our hotel in Banglamphu.
Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore - why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage?
Please note this trip finishes at approximately midday. Please do not book International flights until the afternoon if you are planning to leave Bangkok on this day.Optional Activities
- Bangkok - Thai massage - THB250
- Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok by Bike - THB1500
- Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok Chinatown Food Discovery - THB1870
- Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Temple & River of Kings - THB2200
- Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Tuk Tuk city tour - THB1400
- Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
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.
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
We have become aware of passengers being approached outside of our starting point hotels by 'helpful' locals who want to show you where to go or claiming to be Intrepid employees selling Urban Adventures or Intrepid trips. These people are not employees of Intrepid nor registered guides and will try and get as much money from you as they can. A friendly 'no thank you' should suffice. If this does happen to you, please advise your leader or the reception of your hotel immediately so that the person can be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 19 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2015 Available US $1,405 Sale: US $1,194 Book Now 06 Sep 2015 - 18 Sep 2015 Available US $1,405 Sale: US $1,194 Book Now 08 Nov 2015 - 20 Nov 2015 Available US $1,465 Sale: US $1,245 Book Now 06 Dec 2015 - 18 Dec 2015 Available US $1,520 Sale: US $1,292 Book Now 20 Dec 2015 - 01 Jan 2016 Available US $1,520 Sale: US $1,292 Book Now 03 Jan 2016 - 15 Jan 2016 Available US $1,565 Book Now 31 Jan 2016 - 12 Feb 2016 Available US $1,565 Book Now 21 Feb 2016 - 04 Mar 2016 Available US $1,505 Book Now 06 Mar 2016 - 18 Mar 2016 Available US $1,505 Book Now 03 Apr 2016 - 15 Apr 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 17 Apr 2016 - 29 Apr 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 01 May 2016 - 13 May 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 22 May 2016 - 03 Jun 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 19 Jun 2016 - 01 Jul 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 10 Jul 2016 - 22 Jul 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 31 Jul 2016 - 12 Aug 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 04 Sep 2016 - 16 Sep 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 09 Oct 2016 - 21 Oct 2016 Available US $1,505 Book Now 06 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016 Available US $1,505 Book Now 04 Dec 2016 - 16 Dec 2016 Available US $1,565 Book Now 18 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016 Available US $1,565 Book Now
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! :)
Hey, Hey Malay
Ashley - Australia, 3 Sep, 2012
The trip was fantastic to the jungles of Thailand to the urban jungle of Singapore
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