Take a spicy adventure from Singapore to Thailand, via Malaysia.

From the steamy streets of Singapore to the pulsating tourist mecca of Bangkok, this adventure will see your tastebuds tingle on Singaporean laksa, heart soar while scaling Kuala Lumpur's tallest tower, spirit warmed by a cup of Cameron Highland's tea and body challenged while hiking, climbing and tubing around Khao Sok National Park. From bustling big cities to isolated islands, everything in between Singapore and Bangkok is exciting and exhilarating, combining ancient tradition and new-age impulses into one unforgettable journey.

Start
Singapore, Singapore
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Countries
Malaysia,
Singapore,
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TMRA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
221kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Orientation walks in each city, then plenty of free time to explore and to chose the activities that interest you
  • Escape to the Cameron Highlands
  • Explore the lush forests, and expansive lake of Khao Sok National Park
  • 13 days to try Singaporean, Malaysian and Thai food. Delicious!

Itinerary

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 Intrepid adventure.
Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on 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.
Our accommodation tonight is a centrally located hotel. Please note that some rooms are internal and do not have windows.
A public bus journey (approx. 5.5 hrs) takes us across the border into Malaysia, and 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.
Transfer 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.
Enjoy a free day to explore KL. Perhaps book a ticket to get a view of the city from the from the Petronas Towers or visit the Islamic Arts Museum or National Mosque.
Travel by public bus 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.
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).
Today your leader will take you on a guided orientation walk through the Georgetown area, to check out the shophouses, street art and the Penang Museum. The rest of the day you are free to 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). Or you can take the Funicular Railway up Penang for views across the island. 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.
Today is a long travel day by mini van as we say goodbye to Malaysia and head for Thailand, approximately 8 hours and time to cross the border. We cross the border at Wang Kelian (Malaysian checkpoint) / Wang Prajan (Thai checkpoint) before proceeding up the isthmus through Krabi to our accommodation in Ao Nang.

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.
Famous for stunning limestone karst scenery of the headland, Krabi is perfect for both relaxing on the beach or getting active.

For those actively inclined consider sea kayaking, or some world class rock climbing. Alternatively take a trip out to Phi Phi Island.

In the the evening look out for a beautiful sunset and consider dining on seafood in a beachside restaurant.
Travel about 3 hours to Khao Sok National Park by minvan.
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.
Cruise out along the Cheow Lan Lake, with it's striking limestone cliffs with 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.
We have a change of scenery today, and head up into the hills, where we spend a night in our bunglows set in the jungle.
There is 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.
Today travel to Surat Thani by minivan (approx 2.5 hours). Board an overnight train to Bangkok (approx 13 hrs). Our train is basic but comfortable - air-conditioned, sleeping in bunks with shared facilities.
Arriving early in the morning, our tour concludes upon arrival at Bangkok Railway Station.
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.
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 enquire with your booking agent about booking accommodation after your tour.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Private minibus, Public bus, Taxi, Van
Accommodation
Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Rafthouse (1 night)
Included activities
  • Penang - Penang Museum

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Important notes

1. Please note this trip finishes on day 13 at Bangkok train station. Please do not book your International flight on this day untill after 12pm midday.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.
Please note the single supplement excludes:
Day 10 Raft House
Day 12 Overnight sleeper train

Trip notes

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