Southeast Asia in Depth
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Get off the beaten path and head right into the wonders of Southeast Asia. On this best-of collection of Bangkok, Bali, Sumatra, and more, you'll see some of the most famous tourist areas as well as little-known marvels. With days spent on boat trips and sunny beaches, and evenings full of bonding with new friends as you enjoy the city nightlife, your schedule will be so full that the 41 days will fly by.

Duration: 41 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Average
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Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 141827
Starts: Bangkok, Thailand Finishes: Denpasar, Indonesia
You will visit
  • Bangkok
  • Sanur



Day 1: Bangkok

The city has so many options for sightseeing, those who arrive early will have plenty to fill the day. The best way to get around Bangkok is by water taxi, as the streets are often crowded with traffic. From the Chao Phraya River, enjoy an excellent view of the vast metropolis.

Consider taking a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok—the life that goes on along these canals seems like a different world. Visit Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha and consider getting a traditional Thai massage here at the school in the temple. If not at Wat Pho, be sure to get a massage at one of the many spas near the hotel.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Bangkok/Surat Thani (1B)

Opt to visit Wat Po, home of the giant reclining Buddha, or arrange a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok. Enjoy some free time ahead of boarding the sleeper train to Surat Thani, the gateway to the south.

Included Activities:
Street Food Crawl

Overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)


Day 3: Surat Thani/Ko Samui Island

Lying off of Thailand's east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a tropical retreat: white-sand beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters.

Ferry (3.00 hour(s))


Day 4: Ko Samui Island (1B, 1L)

Take a day trip to snorkel in Ang Thong Marine Park.

Included Activities:
Ang Thong Marine Park Snorkelling Tour


Day 5: Ko Samui Island (1B)

Free day to explore Koh Samui.


Day 6: Ko Samui Island/George Town (1B)

Cross the border into Malaysia and on to George Town, Penang, the "Pearl of the Orient".

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Thailand - Malaysia)

Ferry (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))


Day 7: George Town

Full day in Penang.


Day 8: George Town/Cameron Highlands

Board a private bus and head for the hills! Enjoy the view from the lowlands through to mountainous terrain.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))


Day 9: Cameron Highlands

Full day in Cameron Highlands. Take a walk along one of the many well marked trails, visit the tea plantations or just relax and enjoy the cooler temperatures!


Day 10: Cameron Highlands/Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy ample time to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives this city such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel.

Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 205km)


Day 11: Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy a full day in Kuala Lumpur to explore. Just outside of town, to the north, are the famous Batu Caves and the Orang Asli Museum. The evening is best spent at the night market sampling the different cuisine, some of the best in South East Asia. Bargain hunt among the stalls of Chinatown's night market and don't forget to visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world.


Day 12: Kuala Lumpur/Melaka

Visit the old port town of Melaka, wander the narrow streets and absorb the atmosphere of this historically important town. The streets of Chinatown are lined with Peranakan (Straits Chinese) shophouses offering their traditional cuisine, Nyonya. There are temples, churches and mosques, museums and forts to explore.

Local bus (3.00 hour(s))


Day 13: Melaka/Singapore

In the morning cross the Straits of Johore and onto the island of Singapore. Tonight opt to visit the world famous night safari, take in a harbour cruise around Boat Quay or sample some mouth watering local food at one of the many hawker street stands.

Wander the streets of Little India and Chinatown for a great way to see the old parts of the city.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Malaysia - Singapore)

Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)


Day 14: Singapore/Medan

Fly to Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. Stroll around the city and try to spot the Dutch influence in some of its old buildings.

Additional Notes:
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting in the evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Plane (4.00 hour(s))


Day 15: Medan/Tangkahan (1B)

Enjoy a morning tour of Medan. After, traverse bumpy roads to reach the small jungle community of Tangkahan. Opt to go hiking.

Included Activities:
Medan City Tour

Minibus (5.00 hour(s), 100km)


Day 16: Tangkahan/Bukit Lawang (1B)

Travel across bumpy roads to Bukit Lawang, located close to Gunung Leuser National Park.

Minibus (6.00 hour(s))


Day 17: Bukit Lawang (1B)

An orangutan rehabilitation centre was set up in 1973 to help orangutans released from captivity to learn the skills they will need in the wild. Once they are released into the wild, they are monitored and still provided with some supplementary food until they're 100% ready to fend for themselves. We visit a platform when they are being fed.

Gunung Leuser National Park is located nearby and a great place to do some wildlife trekking in this large jungle park.

Included Activities:
Orangutan Feeding Platform Visit

Walking (2.00 hour(s))


Day 18: Bukit Lawang/Berastagi (1B)

Orientation walk upon arrival. Free afternoon with the option to visit the local hot springs.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Minibus (7.00-8.00 hours, 160km)


Day 19: Berastagi (1B)

Opt to hike a volcano or tour traditional villages.


Day 20: Berastagi/Samosir Island (1B)

Travel to the world's largest volcano lake, Lake Toba.

Minibus (8.00 hour(s), 190km)


Day 21: Samosir Island (1B)

Chill out and swim in the warm waters of the lake or opt for some culture by visiting local Batak villages.


Day 22: Samosir Island/Sibolga (1B)

Drive through beautiful scenery on this travel day, finishing at a town on the Indian Ocean on Sumatra's western coast.

Minibus (8.00 hour(s))


Day 23: Sibolga/Panyabungan (1B)

Take in the landscape on another travel day. Break up the journey with an overnight stop in Panyabungan.

Minibus (8.00 hour(s))


Day 24: Panyabungan/Bukittinggi (1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk upon arrival after a half-day of travel, including a few interesting stops along the way.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Minibus (5.00 hour(s))


Day 25: Bukittinggi (1B)

Enjoy a free day to go rafting or kayaking, or check out some sights, like Sianok Canyon or the Japanese Caves built during World War II.


Day 26: Bukittinggi/Padang (1B)

Spend the final evening on Sumatra with the group at a beach hotel in Padang.

Minibus (2.00 hour(s), 30km)


Day 27: Padang/Jakarta (1B)

Fly to Jakarta and start exploring the island of Java.

Additional Notes:
Some travellers may be leaving the tour in Padang and others may be joining the tour in Jakarta. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.



Day 28: Jakarta/Cianjur (1B)

Venture to Cianjur via Bogor, visit the floating villages, and opt to teach English to local children. Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay.

Additional Notes:
Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay. The homestay is located on the outer ring of Cianjur, and accommodation is multi-share.

Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))


Day 29: Cianjur/Bandung (1B)

Depart the homestay and travel to the sprawling city of Bandung, Indonesia's third largest city.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 30: Bandung/Yogyakarta (1B)

Travel from Bandung to Yogyakarta on a scenic train journey.

Train (7.00 hour(s))


Day 31: Yogyakarta

Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.


Day 33: Yogyakarta/Tawangmangu (1B)

Begin the day with an easy 2.5 hr drive. On the way, we have the option of stopping at Prambanan to explore the largest Hindu temple complex in Java by foot. This visit allows for approximately 1.5 hrs of exploration, and anyone who chooses not to visit the temple can visit an art market located near the temple.

Also opt to visit the Sukuh Temple, known as a fertility temple with erotic carvings. From there, walk approximately 3 hrs through small villages and along agricultural land, finishing up at a waterfall. A walk up a staircase ends in the village of Tawangmanggu, where the evening is free to enjoy as you wish.

Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))


Day 34: Tawangmangu/Malang (1B)

Travel to to the second largest city in East Java.

Spend the afternoon checking out the gorgeous parks, bird and flower market, Singosari temple, Jago temple, Kidal temple, or just relaxing with a cup of local tea.

Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours)


Day 35: Malang/Bromo (1B)

Today's drive takes us through the tropical winding landscape of Eastern Java, climbing ever upwards and further out of the heat towards the grandeur of Mt Bromo. Part of the Tengger Calder, the largest volcanic range in the area, Mt Bromo is a distinct site -- it blew its top off completely and is constantly smouldering with white smoke.

Minibus (5.00 hour(s))


Day 36: Bromo/Red Island (1B)

A pre-dawn trek across the “sea of sand” to watch the sunrise over the crater's rim is a must, popular with both tourists and the local Buddhist Tenggerese, who can be seen giving offerings of food to receive blessings from the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa.

Included Activities:
Mount Bromo Visit

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))


Day 37: Red Island (1B)

Enjoy a surf lesson in the morning, then use free time to explore the nearby fishing village, do some more surfing or chill out in a hammock.

Included Activities:
Surfing Lesson


Day 38: Red Island/Pemuteran (1B)

Head to Bali and the beach with time to relax or explore the national park.

Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Ferry (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


Day 39: Pemuteran (1B)

Chill out in Bali. Opt to take a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.


Day 40: Pemuteran/Sanur (1B)

Today's drive is a journey, highlighting the spectacular natural diversity and intense cultural wealth that makes Bali such a sought after destination.

Our journey takes us across the entire island of Bali, through the rich tropical jungle, passing by idyllic terraced rice fields, quaint scenes of local village life, and eventually passing through the thriving metropolis of Denpasar. We then arrive at our overnight destination on the magnificent beaches of Sanur.

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))


Day 41: Sanur (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Full-day snorkelling excursion (destination depends on season)
    • City tour of Medan
    • Visit to orangutan feeding platform
    • Orientation of the Cameron Highlands
    • Orientation walks of Bandung, Berastagi, Sipirok and Bukittinggi
    • Entrance to Bromo Tengger Semeru NP
    • Mt Bromo sunrise climb
    • Surf lesson (Red Island)
    • Two street food crawls
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple hotels (34 nts), bungalows (2 nts), surf camp dorms (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), local homestay (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 31 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    • Train, local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi, flight
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Watch the sunrise from Mt Bromo
  • Hike down to a beautiful crater lake
  • Sample java from its namesake island
  • Chill out on stunning beaches
  • Encounter orangutans up close and personal in Sumatra
  • Hang ten in Java.