Take a spicy adventure from Bangkok to Bali, via Malaysia

Travel from Bangkok to Ubud on a voyage of discovery. Soaking up the regions traditional culture and revel in the exotic flavours of the islands. With golden temples and saffron-robed monks, soft white sand beaches and bright blue skies, tantalising seafood and a host of shopping spots, our journey from Thailand to Indonesia via the Malay Peninsula is sure to delight.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Ubud, Indonesia
Countries
Indonesia,
Malaysia,
Singapore,
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTSIC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
862kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Spend a night in the wilds of Khao Sok
  • Bliss out on delightful Krabi beaches
  • Feast on eye-watering Penang curries
  • Go wild in the shops of Kuala Lumpur
  • Hit the historic streets of Melaka on a trishaw
  • Try a Singapore Sling in Singapore
  • Explore culture rich Yogyakarta
  • Discover an organic farm in Seloliman Nature Reserve
  • Be spoilt by staggering sunrise views atop Mt Bromo
  • Kick back on the coast of Bali
  • Uncover a leafy paradise in Ubud

Itinerary

Before the adventure begins, why not tuck into a pad thai at a local street stall or relax with a traditional Thai massage.
Escape the city heat with a cruise along Chao Phraya River and a visit to the impressive reclining Buddha.
After an overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, travel into the verdant Khao Sok National Park.
Explore this dense and mysterious jungle and cruise the Cheow Lan Lake
Sit back and enjoy a local bus ride to Krabi province. Upon arriving at a village homestay, take a walk through the surrounding area and enjoy fine local food and hospitality. This is a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the daily rituals of Thai culture.
Sun-seekers will fall in love with Krabi's unspoilt beaches; the spectacular limestone cliffs will tempt avid rock climbers, while scuba fans can embark on a Krabi diving adventure.
Take a half day kayaking trip through the lush mangrove forest at Ao Thalane. Let the waterways become your pathways, as you paddle between the mangroves and cliffs. Perhaps spot the Kingfishers, Herons and Crab-eating Macaques that call this ecosystem home. If you do see a monkey, make sure you secure your belongings and any food!
A long travel day by private minibus (approx 9 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 orientation walk around the picturesque Georgetown area, with it's old shophouses and street art. Visit a clan jetty, Thai and Burmese Temples and Kek Lok Si Temple. Enjoy a free afternoon.
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 (National Palace), Batu Caves and Royal Selangor Pewter.
Transfer by local bus to the old port town of Melaka (approx 3 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, Chinese Buddhist Temples and a traditional Muslim house-museum.
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.
Kick off this Indonesian adventure in the buzzing capital of Jakarta, a city full of contrasts – from cobblestone colonial streets to towering skyscrapers, twisting covered markets and modern shopping nirvanas.
Familiarise yourself with the city on a morning walking tour with a local guide. Take in Sunda Kelapa port, where the Dutch first landed, temple-filled Chinatown and the old town of Batavia. Visit a Chinese Mansion “Chandra Naya” and gain an insight into the Peranakan architecture. Wander Fatahillah Square, then explore the religious side of the city at Cathedral Church and Istiqlal Mosque, the largest in South East Asia. Meander Jalan Surabaya, the antique market street.
Travel southeast through small towns and villages by bus and train, heading towards the lush Indonesian coast and the small fishing village of Pangandaran, a remote seaside escape.
Discover the local cottage industries with a visit to a local market and find out about palm sugar, tempeh and rice cracker production, as well as the famous Javanese 'Wayan Golek' (traditional wooden puppets). Glide between the impressive caves and massive teak trees of the Green Canyon and take a dip in the turquoise water.
Travel inland to Java’s cultural heart Yogyakarta, a fascinating place that still embodies many practices of traditional Indonesian culture, despite becoming increasingly modernised.
Explore Borobodur - the largest Buddhist structure on earth and a UNESCO Heritage site. 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.

Enjoy a free afternoon. You might like to visit one of Yogya's other great temples - this time of the Hindu variety. Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu complex in Java.
Pedal out of the city on a cycling tour through the rice fields and countryside surrounding Yogyakarta. See the locals in this area making building bricks, as well as tofu and tempe. The cycling tour is on relatively flat ground, approximately 15-20 km.
Get back to nature in Seloliman Reserve, on the slopes of Penanggungan volcano. Feast on fresh organic fare at the Seloliman Environmental Education Centre, learn about the inspiring work being done by volunteers here and sit back and enjoy the surrounding mountain scenery.
Discover secrets of traditional Javanese medicine on a morning hike. Meet friendly locals and perk up with a pot of freshly brewed coffee. Hit the road bound for the cultivated landscapes of the Tengger Valley.
Rise before dawn to begin the trek up Mt Bromo. The sight of this steaming volcanic landscape bathed in morning light is about as good as it gets. Take a bus transfer to Probolinggo, and travel by train to Kalibaru. Stop for lunch on the way then arrive in time to relax by the pool or get a local massage.
Walk the scenic plantations of Kalibaru with a local guide and tour the coffee, rubber and cocoa fields while getting a glimpse of daily life in the highlands. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and snack on fried banana before making tracks to the beautiful coast of Bali. Spend some time getting close to turtles and learning about the important work of the Conservation Centre in Segara Urip, then enjoy a sunset on Balian Beach.
Find your centre with a relaxing yoga class and then explore the area at your own pace. Visit the surrounding monkey-filled temples, go swimming or simply sit back, relax and watch the fishermen in this quiet slice of beachside life.
Arrive in the quaint, leafy paradise of Ubud. With a vibrant local arts scene, bustling marketplace, cheeky monkey forest and lush rice paddies dotted among villages, Ubud is the ideal place to wrap up this Indonesian adventure.
Your South East Asia exploration comes to an end after breakfast.
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Inclusions

Meals
19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Mini coach, Minibus, Minivan, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Private minibus, Public bus, Taxi, Train, Van
Accommodation
Guesthouse (4 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (16 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Resort (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Bali - Turtle Conservation Centre
  • Balian Beach - Yoga Class
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
  • Green Canyon and local industries tour
  • Guided jungle, village and rice terrace walk
  • Homestay - Thai cooking demonstration
  • Homestay - Village walk
  • Jakarta - City Tour
  • Kalibaru - Coffee, cocoa and rubber plantation tour
  • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake tour
  • Krabi - Sea kayaking
  • Kuala Lumpur - City tour
  • Melaka - Guided Orientation Walk
  • Melaka - Trishaw Tour
  • Mengwi - Taman Ayu
  • Penang - Half Day Sightseeing
  • Penang - Kek Lok Si
  • Penang - Orientation Walk
  • Sunrise Mt Bromo climb

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Important notes

1. The flight from Singapore to Jakarta on Day 15 is NOT included. See Important Notes for details.
2. In order to book the train tickets on this trip we require your full passport details at time of booking.
3. A single supplement is available on this trip.

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