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Southeast Asia on a Shoestring
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Feast on a Nyonya delicacy in Melaka or delicious street food in Singapore as you hit the highlights of Southeast Asia. With other travellers your own age, youll enjoy this adventures pace, exploring the hilltribes of northern Thailand before mellowing out on the white-sand beaches of the exotic south. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEO, youll enjoy the freedom of roaming where you want to and choosing your activities cross into Malaysia to experience mouth-watering laksa while shopping in KL's night market or take high tea at Raffles and try the Singapore Sling.


Duration: 21 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126279
Starts: Bangkok, Thailand Finishes: Singapore, Singapore
You will visit
  • Bangkok
  • Singapore

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Enjoy free time to relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.

After your meeting, head out for an optional dinner to get to know your CEO and fellow group members better.

Additional Notes:
Please arrive at our start point hotel before 18:00 for an important group meeting where you will meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Please look for a sign on the hotel's notice board for the time and location of your group meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai (1B)

Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai (potential for alternative transport during monsoon season, depending on conditions).


Additional Notes:
Note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Chiang Mai

Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.

Included Activities:
Street Food Crawl

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Day 4: Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok (1B, 1L, 1D)

We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek.

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

Additional Notes:
The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 1

Transport:
Pickup truck (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam (1B, 1L, 1D)

You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft.

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 2

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Day 6: Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

Included Activities:
Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village
Lahu Village Visit
Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village

Transport:
Pickup truck (1.50-2.00 hours)

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Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok (potential for alternative transport during monsoon season, depending on conditions).

Additional Notes:
Note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

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Day 8: Bangkok

Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.

Additional Notes:
As this longer tour is comprised of two shorter tours, there is the possibility that you will need to change hotels on this day. Check in with your CEO about this while on tour. The two hotels we generally use are within walking distance.

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Day 9: 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

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

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Day 10: 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.

Transport:
Ferry (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: Ko Samui Island (1B, 1L)

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

Included Activities:
Ang Thong Marine Park Snorkelling Tour

12

Day 12: Ko Samui Island (1B)

Free day to explore Koh Samui.

13

Day 13: 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)

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

14

Day 14: George Town

Full day in Penang.

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Day 15: 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

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 16: 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!

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Day 17: 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.

Transport:
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 205km)

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Day 18: 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.

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Day 19: 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.

Transport:
Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

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Day 20: 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)

Transport:
Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)

21

Day 21: Singapore (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hilltribe trek
    • Bamboo rafting
    • Orientation walk in Penang
    • Full-day snorkelling excursion (destination depends on season)
    • Free time on Thailand's beautiful beaches
    • Two street food crawls
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (13 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, train, walking, river raft, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore some of Asia's largest cities
  • Trek on foot to visit remote hilltribe villages
  • Go bamboo rafting
  • Enjoy Thai beach life in Koh Samui or Krabi
  • Visit tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands.


Reviews (3)
Jo W Posted on: 

I believe everyone on our tour had an amazing time. We got to meet lots of new people and try lots of new activities that I wouldn't before have been able to try. I've made some amazing new friends on this trip and it has given me the confidence for my solo traveling in Australia tomorrow!

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Stacey P Posted on: 

I enjoyed my tour so much. The people I met along the way were a fantastic group. The jungle trek was tough, but well worth it in the end. Amazing time with amazing people!

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Sara M Posted on: 

This trip had an excellent mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. Trekking in Chang Mai was fantastic, Bangkok was fantastic for the culture and Krabbi came just in time for a chill out, then it was the cities to look forward to in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Fantastic.

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