Bangkok to Bali Trip Notes

Take an adventure from Thailand to Bali, via Malaysia. This tour of South East Asia captures some of the region's best places: Bangkok, Krabi, Penang, KL and more!

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Last Modified: 25 Jul 2013
Bangkok to Bali
Trip code: TTSIC
Validity: 01 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2012
This fantastic journey from Bangkok to Bali takes in some of the incredible diversity of the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian archipelago. Chill on sandy white beaches, explore lush landscapes, seek out ancient temples, witness sunrise in a sea of volcanoes and experience all the colour of the traditional cultures in this fascinating region. A wonderful blend of adventure and relaxation all awaits, on this trip that simply can't be missed.
Table of Contents
StyleSingle travellersEmergency contact
ThemesAccommodationEmergency funds
MapMeals introductionVisas
ItineraryMealsIssues on your trip
Itinerary disclaimerTransportWhat to take
Culture shock rating Group leaderHealth
Physical ratingJoining point Safety
Included activitiesJoining point descriptionTravel insurance
Optional activitiesJoining point instructionsResponsible Travel
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsA couple of rules
Spending moneyContinuing point The Intrepid Foundation
TippingContinuing point descriptionResponsible Travel projects
Departure taxContinuing point instructionsCarbon offset
Important notesFinish point Feedback
Group sizeFinish point description
Your fellow travellersFinish point instructions
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Themes
Explorer
Map
Bangkok to Bali
Itinerary
Days 1-2 Bangkok
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, 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.
Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food.
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?
Travel by longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous 'khlongs' (canals) of Bangkok (approx 1 hr). Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital.
Pay a visit to Wat Pho, home to the country's largest reclining Buddha and keeper of the magic behind Thai massage.
No trip to Thailand is complete without a overnight train journey - in the evening we head south bound for Surat Thani, accommodated in air conditioned sleeping berths (approx. 12hrs). Multi share compartments have bunk beds; sheets and pillow provided. Our baggage travels in the carriage with us. There is a food and drink service available on board.
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho temple
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
Days 3-4 Khao Sok National Park
Arrive into Surat Thani and catch a songthaew to Khao Sok (approx 1.5 hrs).
Set amid hectares of thick jungle, waterfalls, limestone cliffs and topped off with an island-studded lake, Khao Sok is a nature lover's paradise.
Travel through pristine jungle, rubber and oil plantations before boarding a long tail boat for a ride across stunning Rajjaprapa Lake to its island set amongst limestone karst hills surrounding its beautiful green lake. Trek to the islands cave and its eerie stalactites. Lunch in a local raft-house before free time to relax, swim or kayak. The water is clear and keep an eye out for hornbills, langurs, macaques or gibbons
In free time explore superb walking trails, rivers and waterfalls. In the rainy season there's an option to take to the water in inner tubes and float down the river through the rainforest.
Included Activities
  • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake tour
Accommodation
Resort (2 nts)
Day 5 Homestay
Transfer by private minibus to our village homestay (approx. 2 hours).
Enjoy a walk with our homestay host around the village, try out rubber tapping and enjoy the great food and hospitality of the region. There is also an opportunity to assist with the preparation of tonight's meal and learn some of the secrets of southern Thai cooking.
Please be aware that this is a Muslim region so conservative dress standards are appreciated.
Our homestay is located in a small friendly village, in basic multishare rooms with mattresses and mosquito nets provided. Bathroom facilities are shared.
Included Activities
  • Homestay - Village walk
  • Homestay - Thai cooking demonstration
Accommodation
Homestay (1 nt)
Days 6-7 Krabi
Make the short journey by private minibus to the stunning environs of Krabi and our base at Ao Nang (approx. 30mins)
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.
Come the evening look out for a beautiful sunset and consider dining on seafood in a beachside restaurant, followed by a drink in one of the many clubs and bars along on the beach.
Take a day trip by boat to explore Phi Phi Island. Famous both for its spectacular limestone cliffs and beaches, spend the day relaxing on the beach and try some snorkelling.
Included Activities
  • Krabi - Phi Phi Island day trip
Accommodation
Guesthouse (2 nts)
Days 8-9 Penang
A long travel day by private minibus (approx 10 hrs), sees us saying goodbye to Thailand and hello to the cultural melting pot of Malaysia.
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.
Take a half day guided city tour of Georgetown visiting sites such as; Fort Cornwallis, Clan Jetty, Thai and Burmese Temples and Kek Lok Si Temple.
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 10-11 Kuala Lumpur
Take a local bus to Kuala Lumpur (approx 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.
Take a half-day tour and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives it such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. Visit some of the city's most impressive architecture such as the National Monument, National Mosque, Istana Negara (Royal Palace), Batu Caves and Royal Selangor Pewter.
Included Activities
  • Kuala Lumpur - Half-day sightseeing tour
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 12-13 Melaka
Transfer by local bus to the old port town of Melaka (approx 2.5 hrs).
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.
Take a quaint trishaw tour along the narrow winding streets to get a taste of old Melaka and learn about the ancient spice trade. Take in sites such as; Harmony street, a mosque visit, Chinese Buddhist Temples and a Muslim house museum.
Included Activities
  • Melaka - Trishaw tour
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 14 Singapore
Travel by local bus to Singapore (approx 5 hrs).
Singapore has few areas untouched by modernisation, but wandering the streets of Little India and Chinatown is a great way to see the old parts of the city. To explore further, check out the renowned shopping precinct of Orchard Road, or stop by Raffles to experience the old world charm of a Singapore Sling. An evening in Singapore is not complete without an evening stroll along Clarke Quay or take a river cruise to learn more about the fascinating history of this city.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 15 Jakarta
Fly to Jakarta for the second half of your trip. You must arrange your own flight from Singapore to Jakarta. This flight is NOT included in the cost of the trip. Please refer to the Important Notes section for further details.
Indonesia's capital and its largest city, the name Jakarta is derived from an old Javanese word which translates as 'victory'.
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 16 Bandung
Embark on a train journey across the hills and stunning classic Java landscape of deep gorges and lush rice terraces bound for Bandung (approx 4 hrs).
Once known as the 'Paris of Java' Bandung still retains relics of its previous Dutch colonial past with some fine examples of architecture from the time. The higher altitude and cooler climate also makes Bandung a pleasant relief from the low-lands.
Take a city tour around Bandung to uncover some culture and history of this historic town. Begin by 'Jalan Asia Afrika' - the street where the best buildings left from the Dutch colonial era still stand, then on to the oldest coffee factory built int he same period and still in operation today. After this we head to an area known as the Gedung Sate - where the central government controls west Java, before finishing up at the Ujo Angklung to see a traditional bamboo music performance!!
Included Activities
  • Bandung city tour & Angklung music performance
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 17-18 Pangandaran
Travel by private minibus to Pangandaran (approx 7 hrs).
Pangandaran is a small fishing village popular with visitors looking for a coastal escape. The Penanjung Nature Reserve on the adjoining peninsula boasts some impressive flora and fauna.
Set off on a tour of the local surrounds, villages, cottage industries and the impressive green canyon. Our day trip begins with a stop at a local market to check out the produce and home industries such as palm sugar, tempe, and rice cracker production, as well as the famous Javanese 'Wayan Golek' (traditional wooden puppets), before continuing on to the Green Canyon. We hop aboard boats and travel up river (approx 30 mins) through superb jungle scenery, before a swim up into the canyon itself. The water here is green hence its name and is a popular hangout for locals so a great opportunity for some local interaction. Our day concludes at a nearby beach where we can break for lunch and swim in the afternoon before heading back.
Included Activities
  • Green Canyon and local industries tour
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 19-21 Yogyakarta
Head inland by private minibus to Yogyakarta - one of our favourite towns in Asia (approx 9 hrs).
Java's cultural heart has a great atmosphere and is an Intrepid favourite. From batik workshops to the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples, 'Yogya' is one of South-East Asia's gems.
Explore Borobodur - the world’s largest Buddhist Stupa. Completed in the 9th century, with a local guide we uncover this true highlight of Asia at sunrise, when the temperature is at its most pleasant, the crowds at their lowest, and the light picture perfect.
Visit Yogya's other great site - this time of the Hindu variety. Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu complex in Java, and one of the world's greatest. Also built in the 9th century we enjoy the mastery of this site in the late afternoon.
Included Activities
  • Borobudur temple complex
  • Prambanan temple complex
Accommodation
Hotel (3 nts)
Day 22 Seloliman Nature Reserve
Take a public bus for the journey to Seloliman Nature Reserve (approx 7-8 hrs).
The peaceful Seloliman Nature Reserve is situated on the slopes of the sacred Penanggungan volcano.
Meet volunteers working at the Seloliman Environmental Education Centre and eat delicious locally grown organic produce cooked by their staff. The centre's accommodation is atmospheric, with open-air bathrooms built in harmony with the surrounding forest, so take this opportunity to relax. This is also a beautiful spot to appreciate nature - be sure to sit outside at night under the stars to take in the peacefulness of the surrounding mountain scenery.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 23 Mt Bromo
Join reserve staff on a walk around the reserve, learning about the local environment and the Javanese tradition of herbal medicine (approx 2.5 hrs). The walk includes discussion on local faun and flora, traditional farming methods & rice production, a mini hydro electricity plant, local village coffee shop and concludes with a traditional Jamu demonstration and tasting 'Javanese medicine'
Journey on to Mt Bromo - the timeless homeland of the Tenggerese (approx 4 hrs).
Active Mount Bromo (2,329) is the most well known volcano of the Tengger massif. Known locally as 'Gunung Bromo' the name is actuallyis derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god. This region is also the homeland of the Tenggerese and the steeply cultivated hills give rise to the amazing Tengger Valley.
Marvel at steeply cultivated hills giving rise to the amazing Tengger Valley. If there is time take a walk around the village in the afternoon but we head to bed early in preparation for an early start tomorrow.
Included Activities
  • Guided jungle, village and rice terrace walk
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 24 Ijen
An early rise (3.30am) is necessary to ensure enough time to climb a nearby hill, for fantastic views over Mt Bromo. The climb is not too difficult (approx 45 mins), but it can be very cold so don't forget to bring extra layers of clothing. Sunrise over this eerie sea of volcanoes is an unforgettable experience.
Ijen Plateau was at one time a huge volcanic crater, and is now - like much of the Javan landscape - punctuated by multiple nearby volcanic cones. Coffee and tea plantations are the primary crop in this less populated area of Java.
We head out early this morning to enjoy a tour of surrounding coffee, cocoa and rubber plantations. We'll see how rubber is processed, how coffee is dried, and the fermentation of cocoa if time allows. Before we set off we'll enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea, and snack on fried banana.
Included Activities
  • Sunrise Mt Bromo climb
  • Coffee, cocoa and rubber plantation tour
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 25-26 Tanah Lot
Travel by minibus to the far eastern end of Java (approx 3 hrs) before boarding a ferry across the Java Strait (approx 1 hr), before boarding another minibus for a journey across southern Bali to Tanah Lot (approx 3.5 hrs).
Tanah Lot is home to one of Bali's most famous and venerated temples, best viewed at sunset it is a stunning site.
Wind down the pace here and enjoy some time relaxing poolside and don't forget to catch the sunset over the famous Tanah Lot temple.
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 27-28 Ubud
Complete the short journey to Ubud (approx 2 hrs).
Ubud is Bali's main arts and cultural centre, recently made famous by the Hollywood movie, Eat Pray Love. It's a wonderful place to experience the magic that has made Bali such a popular travel destination.
In the evening there may be an option to view a traditional kecak dance where performers are whipped up into a trance-like frenzy, concluding with fire walking - a highlight for many.
For those with extra time in Ubud there are plenty of things to see and do. Bicycles can be hired to explore surrounding rice paddies and small villages or get to the lush Botanic Gardens just outside of town. There are numerous art galleries and interesting museums that can take up your day, and If shopping is more your thing, there are plenty of woodwork, silverware and other handicraft shops to browse through.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
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  • TTSIC Single supplement (TTSIC)
  • Java & Bali Explorer (TISJC)
Itinerary disclaimer
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
Culture shock rating

Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
Physical rating

Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
Included activities
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
Optional activities
A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Intrepid nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Intrepid. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.
The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops or services is ingrained in the culture of the tourism industry. Rather than turning a blind eye to this unavoidable issue in some areas, Intrepid has established a centralised fund whereby contributions from recommended suppliers are collected and distributed back into the business. Intrepid aim to provide the best value trips in the market, and this fund assists in keeping operating costs and trip prices low to you.
A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of our traveller - you - is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback form completed after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.
Money Exchange
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Malaysia is the Ringgit (MYR).
The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar (SGD).
The official currency of Indonesia is the Rupiah (IDR).
US$ notes older than 2000 series can't be changed in Indonesia.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques can be difficult to change.
Spending money
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Tipping
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$2-3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-2 per day for drivers.
Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
At your group meeting on day 1 your tour guide will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your group leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
Departure tax
International departure tax from Denpasar (Bali) is IDR150,000.
Important notes
FLIGHT SINGAPORE TO JAKARTA NOT INCLUDED:
The flight between Singapore and Jakarta on day 15 is NOT included on this trip and must be booked by the traveller prior to the commencement of this trip. Please book this flight to arrive to Jakarta in time so that you can join the mid trip group meeting at 6PM. The following airlines have frequent departures:
www.singaporeair.com
www.airasia.com
RAMADAN:
The month-long Ramadan Festival will be in progress from the 9th July 2013. This is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan business hours are shortened, including opening hours at all popular tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you definitely need to expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month of Ramadan is a fantastic month to travel in Muslim countries as it offers a chance to witness this fascinating Islamic event and the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken.
CHINESE NEW YEAR:
An important 15-day festival for the Malaysian Chinese, based on the lunar calendar in January or February. In 2012, the Year of the Dragon is scheduled to be held from 23 January. This can be a busy time and some transport delays, shop closures and reduced opening hours at some sites may be expected, but there are also many fabulous festivals and rituals to observe during this time, so it's a great time to travel. Although we make all reasonable efforts to avoid disruption a flexible approach from the traveller is appreciated.
NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY:
National Independence Day for Indonesia takes place on 17 August. Around this time you may experience some delays to transport, or alternative accommodation may be need to be sourced.
BALINESE NEW YEAR:
Known as Nyepi and based on the lunar calendar (new moon), it takes place in March or April each year. Local custom requires that all people in Bali observe a day of silence and do not leave their homes. Flights to/from Denpasar airport will be suspended for this day. We endeavour to schedule our trip departures so as to avoid this day, but please note that the exact date is announced quite late, so can be difficult to avoid.
Group size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit:
www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
Single travellers
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
A Single Supplement is available on this trip with the exclusion of the following:
- Day 2 Overnight train
- Day 5 Homestay
- Days 15-28 Jakarta to Ubud
PLEASE NOTE we cannot offer a single supplement in Indonesia. Contact your agent for details.
Accommodation
Hotel (20 nts), Resort (2 nts), Guesthouse (2 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt)
OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.
CHECK-IN TIME
Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
Meals introduction
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
Meals
6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
USD 550.00
Strict vegetarians should be aware that a lot of Indonesian cooking contains fermented shrimp paste (terasi) as a basic ingredient. Although there are many vegetarian options available, please be specific when ordering food, as often a little chicken is included with most dishes.
Transport
Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Bus, Taxi, Train, Private minibus, Ferry
LONG TRAVEL DAYS
There are some long travel days and some of the transport can be quite cramped and without air-conditioning.
OVERNIGHT TRAINS
Overnight sleeper trains in Thailand are air-conditioned with sleeping berths down both sides of the carriage. The carriage is multishare, and there are curtains that close over the beds. A sleeping sheet and a pillow are provided, and our luggage travels in the carriage with us. There is a western and Asian-style toilet located at the end of the carriage, with carriage lights staying on during the night.
Group leader
All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Joining point
Viengtai Hotel
42 Rambuttri Road
Banglumphu
Bangkok
10200
THAILAND
Phone: +66 22805434
Fax: +66 22818153
Joining point description
Centrally located just off famous Khao San road, the Viengtai is within walking distance of many of the area's main attractions such as: Grand Palace, National Museum, National Library and Wat Po. Local area maps are available from reception.
Rooms are equipped with private en-suite, AC, TV, phone & mini-fridge. The hotel has 24hr reception, restaurant and swimming pool.
www.viengtai.co.th/en
Joining point instructions
Metered taxi ranks are easily located, on exiting the customs hall walk outside the airport and look for the sign saying 'metered taxis'. The cost is the metered fare plus a THB50 surcharge. If the taxi uses the toll way it is up to an extra THB70. The total fare should be about THB400 (US$13). Non-metered taxis are also available, where you will be given a docket to pay the driver a set price of THB700 (US$20). It will take about 1 hour drive to the hotel.
Alternatively Intrepid offer a pre-arranged transfer service option. Enquire with your agent and advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip departure. If you have purchased an arrival transfer you will be met after exiting customs outside. Look for exit door 6 and our representative holding a sign with your name on it.
If you have any problems locating our representative please go to the ATTA Counter (Association of Thai Travel Agents) near exit door 6 and ask to call our transfer company on one of the following 24 hour numbers:
081 658 2727 or
081 566 9324
If you flight is delayed or cancelled please call the above numbers.
Normal check in time at the hotel is after 14:00.
Arrival complications
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.
If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, following the Joining Instructions in these Trip Notes. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return.
No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
Continuing point
Paragon Hotel
Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim 29 (Menteng)
Central Jakarta
Jakarta
Java
10340
INDONESIA
Phone: +62 0213917070
Fax: +62 0213160715
Continuing point description
Centrally located with 80 rooms equipped with private en suite, TV, phone & mini-bar. The hotel also offers 24hr reception, cafe, and laundry service.
www.paragon.co.id
Continuing point instructions
Taxis are cheap, safe and reliable. As you emerge from immigration you will pass a indoor counter for official public taxis - please go to this counter to get a taxi. Taxis will put on the meter (make sure they do!); you pay the metered amount plus road tolls and airport fees. The system is straightforward; there is no bargaining. Expect to pay about IDR200,000. The trip takes approx. one hour, though it can take longer during peak hours.
We currently do not offer a airport transfer service.
Finish point
Artini 2 Cottages
2 Jalan Hanoman
Padang Tegal
Ubud
Bali
85071
INDONESIA
Phone: +62 361975689
Fax: +62 361 813956
Finish point description
Located close to the centre of Ubud. Please be aware that there are three Artini hotels in Ubud. Our hotel is Artini 2 or 'Artini dua' in Indonesian. The complex is surrounded by lovely gardens and a great swimming pool. All rooms have private facilities and are fan cooled. The staff are friendly and helpful as well.
Finish point instructions
The hotel can help you book a taxi to the airport. Expect to pay about IDR250,000 for the approx 1.5 hour journey to the airport. Departure transfers are available for pre-booking - please enquire at the time of booking.
Normal checkout time is 11am. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.
Emergency contact
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Thailand Office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722 (Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Burma & Phillipines) and Tel: +855 92 555 969 (Cambodia). For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week (excluding Sunday). For further contact details please refer to:
Emergency funds
Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
Visas
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
THAILAND:
Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
If entering by air you will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival. If entering by a land border, you will be granted a 15 day stay only. A visa extension can be obtained in Thailand at an immigration office for approx. 2000THB. Alternatively you can apply for a Thailand visa in advance from your embassy or consulate that will allow a 30 day stay when entering at an overland border.
MALAYSIA:
Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
The above nationalities do not need visas to visit Malaysia as a tourist for up to three months. Other nationalities should check with their Malaysian embassy or consulate.
SINGAPORE:
Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
Tourists not requiring a visa will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival. Other nationalities should check with their Singapore embassy or consulate.
INDONESIA:
Australia:Yes - on arrival
Belgium: Yes - on arrival
Canada: Yes - on arrival
Germany Yes - on arrival
Ireland: Yes - on arrival
Netherlands: Yes - on arrival
New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
South Africa: Yes - on arrival
Switzerland: Yes - on arrival
United Kingdom: Yes - on arrival
USA: Yes - on arrival
Visas on arrival are valid for 30 days, cost US$25 and are available upon arrival by air in Bali, Jakarta, Medan and a few other international airports, or by ship at a limited number of Indonesian sea ports.
No extension of these visas can be made, they will be issued to arriving passengers at a counter set up prior to immigration processing. Payment for the visa can be made in all major currencies or by VISA/Mastercard.
Entering Indonesia without any visa is now possible for nationals of the following countries and territories: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Citizens of these countries will be issued a stay permit on arrival for 30 days free of charge, upon presentation of a passport which is valid for at least 6 months. This stay permit cannot be extended or converted into another type of visa.
Citizens of all other countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required. Citizens of countries who aren't on the visa on arrival or visa free lists are required to apply for a visa overseas before travelling to Indonesia.
Nationals of all countries planning to stay for more than 30 days in Indonesia have to apply for the appropriate visa at an overseas Indonesian consulate or embassy before their departure.
Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
What to take
What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
TRAVELLING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT:
It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary to store your luggage separately (and unattended) from the group. The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers, for when it comes to travelling on local buses and trains it's often only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas. If your bag does not fit in these areas then often the only place to put it is on your bed or seat. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.
Where Intrepid covers the cost of luggage storage for included day trips, we allow for one bag/backpack only, so it's advisable that you travel lightly and keep luggage to a limit of one item (plus your day pack). Extra luggage storage will be at your own expense.
OLD CLOTHING:
You might like to consider taking over some clothes you no longer require to be distributed to local people in need of clothing. Your leader can take the clothes when you arrive, so that you do not have to carry them during the trip, or at the end of the trip. Children's clothing and warm clothing are most in demand.
WATER BOTTLE:
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day
Health
All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
RABIES:
Health authorities in Bali have reported of an increase in the number of local people being hospitalised with rabies.
To avoid the risk of contracting rabies:
- Do not pat or touch any wild or domestic animals during travel
- Do not attempt to pick up an unusually tame, unfamiliar animal
- Do not attract stray animals by being careless with litter
Pre-exposure vaccine is available but receiving rabies vaccine prior to travel does not preclude the need for post-exposure medical evaluation and additional doses of rabies vaccine. There is a shortage of rabies vaccine in Indonesia and if you are bitten by an animal you should consider travelling to Singapore or your country of origin for treatment.
Treatment
* Immediately wash the wound with soap and running water for 5 minutes.
* If possible apply an iodine solution or 40-50% alcohol (whiskey or other spirit can be used)
* Seek medical advice about the need for rabies vaccination and possible antibiotics for a bite wound infection as soon as possible. Tetanus vaccine may also be required.
All travellers who have possibly been exposed to the rabies virus, whether by bites, scratches or other exposure, should seek medical advice without delay. Medical advice should be sought without delay even if pre-exposure vaccine was received.
DENGUE FEVER:
Rare instances of dengue fever have been reported in this region. This virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against it, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn.
Safety
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
WATER SAFETY:
Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.
LIFE JACKETS:
While life jackets are generally available on water craft, there may be occasions where they are not provided and child size life jackets are not always readily available. If travelling with children and this safety issue concerns you we will be able to advise alternative methods of transport (where available) for you to travel to the next destination. You can choose to travel independently for this leg of the journey. This would be at your own expense.
HORSE RIDING:
Horse riding is an option available to groups on this trip. Please note however that horse riding is usually not covered by your travel insurance and helmets are not always available. If riding without a helmet is a concern then you should bring our own.
HELMETS:
If you choose to ride a motorbike, please be aware of your skills and your travel insurance cover. Please note that helmets are not provided for the sightseeing on bicycles. If riding without a helmet is a concern, then you should bring our own.
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.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
SEAT BELTS:
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.
FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
BALCONIES:
Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
Responsible Travel
We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
LOCAL DRESS:
Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in areas of predominantly hot climate. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
The Intrepid Foundation
Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
Responsible Travel projects
Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Thailand include:
* Friends of the Asian Elephant aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants - both domesticated and wild. FAE's elephant hospital provides free medical care and transportation, and is in the process of establishing a nursery in an effort to reduce the high infant mortality rate of domesticated working elephants.
* Baan Unrak (House of Happiness) is an orphanage and community relief centre for children and destitute women. Providing shelter, food, clothing, education, employment, love and support for those in need, Baan Unrak currently houses more than 60 children and continues to grow.
Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Indonesia include:
* Bumi Sehat's mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality, as well as to support the health and development of communities. In addition to providing education and training for midwives and community health nurses, their Bali clinic assists approximately 1,000 people each month and their Aceh clinic around 1,500 people each month.
Carbon offset
Carbon Offset C02-e 890.00 kgs per pax.
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