Visit Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Bangkok as you explore Malaysia and Thailand.

Sample the delights of South-East Asia as we bring you the best of Thailand, and Malaysia. Our journey through Thailand and the Malay Peninsula covers all the must-sees including glittering temples, palace ruins, tribal performances, traditional food, colonial cities, pristine beaches and a large dose of culture. Visit Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bangkok and Chiang Mai as you sit back and enjoy the ride in comfort!

Start
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Countries
Malaysia,
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TMKTC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
541kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Update your wardrobe in the ultra-chic shops of Orchard Road
  • Follow in the footsteps of old-world traders in historic Melaka
  • Soak up the beauty of Kuala Lumpur's modern skyline
  • Relish the serenity of Pulau Langkawi
  • Peer into the past in old Penang
  • Visit Bangkok's temples and palaces
  • Join a cooking school in Chiang Mai
  • Wander around Thailand's ancient ruins
  • Discover Thailand's golden age in sensational Sukhothai
  • Meet baby elephants in Chiang Mai
  • Experience Thailand's H'mong hilltribe culture
  • See the infamous yet beautiful River Kwai
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Itinerary

The cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia is the first stop, with its mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures. Perhaps soak up the view from atop the Menara Kuala Lumpur before being treated to a cultural performance and buffet dinner. Be entertained with traditional dances from around the Malaysian Peninsular and Borneo.
Leave urban life behind and travel into the lush and dramatic Cameron Highlands. This area, a former getaway of the colonial British, is a place of tranquillity and a welcomed escape from the humidity of the jungles. Indulge in a steamboat lunch before heading out to tour the verdant tea plantations. Be sure to sample a few cups of steaming local brew.
Travel to Melaka, a former colonial outpost, which retains a distinctive old-world air. Absorb its character on a trishaw ride through its winding streets and sample flavours of the exciting fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisine in a nonya cooking class.
With miles of white, sandy beaches, lush tropical rainforest and plenty of sleepy traditional Malay villages, Pulau Langkawi is the perfect place to get away from it all. Swim with shoals of colourful fish in the Pulau Payar Marine Park, indulge in a barbecue seafood dinner and take a cable car ride to enjoy spectacular views over this tropical haven. Be sure to spend some time channelling holiday vibes while kicking back on a soft, sandy beach.
From its elaborate Indian temples to its Chinese shop houses and statuesque Islamic mosques, Penang is packed with cross-cultural historic attractions. Take time to tour the magnificent Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, poke around the antique shops of Chulia Street or enjoy a final group dinner to celebrate the end of this Malaysian odyssey.
Travel to Thailand and arrive in Bangkok. Bursting with life and colour, Bangkok is a modern city with an ancient heart. Visit the Emerald Buddha, housed beneath the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace. Take a boat trip through the khlongs to witness the remarkable contrast between city and canal-side life.
Travel in Thailand's lush north to Chiang Mai and learn to whip up local delicacies at a Thai cooking class. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride to the ruined city of Wiang Kum Kam to explore its well-preserved ruins. Chat with friendly monks at the Wat Chedi Luang temple complex and a visit the local market. In the evening, climb up to Doi Suthep, a sacred mountain famous for its wonderful copper-plated chedi and its sweeping views out over Thailand's countryside.
Travel to Thailand's countryside, where the rice fields meet the forest and get acquainted with Thailand's second-largest hilltribe group - the H'mong. Admire the embroidered aprons, colourful sashes and silver jewellery worn by many H'mong females and gain a fascinating insight into local customs during a display of Thailand's traditional song and dance.
Nicknamed the Dawn of Happiness, Sukhothai still recalls Siam's golden age with its superb statues, marvellous monuments and lotus flowers in full bloom. Be bowled over by cute baby elephants at the Elephant Conservation Centre and maybe even take a ride on an adult.
Make a sobering visit to Thailand's Hellfire Pass Memorial. Board a train at Nam Tok station - the main terminal of the Death Railway - and take a ride along the historic tracks, passing over the original wooden viaduct, the Bridge on the River Kwai. Afterwards, stop in to see the Jeath War Museum and the Allied War Cemetery.
Returning to Bangkok, there is ample time for some last-minute shopping before a cruise and farewell dinner on the mighty Chao Phraya River.
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Inclusions

Meals
16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private minibus, Sammlaw (cycle rickshaw), Taxi, Train, Trishaw, Van
Accommodation
Hotel (14 nights), Lodge (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activites
  • Baba Nyonya cooking class
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
  • Cable car
  • Chiang Mai - Baan Thai Cookery School half-day course OR Half-day cycling
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Chiang Mai - Khantohk dinner and cultural show
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Culture show and dinner
  • Death Railway & Bridge on River Kwai
  • H'mong Lodge meal and cultural show
  • Kanchanaburi - Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Kanchanaburi - Jeath War Museum
  • Khlong (canal) tour
  • Langkawi island tour
  • Melaka - Trishaw tour
  • Seafood dinner
  • Sukhothai - Historical park guided cycle tour & home-cooked picnic lunch
  • Tea plantation tour

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Notes

1. The flight between Penang and Bangkok (2012), or between Pulau Langkawi and Bangkok (2013) is NOT included. Please see important notes for details.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
4. Strict luggage limits apply. See under the Important Notes section section of Trip Notes for more information.

TRIP CHANGES 2013

Please note in 2013 this trip will be 19 days, instead of 17 days in 2012. The itinerary will depart on selected Thursdays, rather than selected Saturdays.

The itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 Singapore
Days 2-3 Melaka
Days 4-5 Kuala Lumpur
Day 6 Island Hideaway
Day 7 Penang
Days 8-9 Pulau Langkawi
Days 10-11 Bangkok
Day 13 Chiang Mai
Day 14 H'mong Lodge
Day 15 Sukhothai
Days 16-17 Kanchanaburi/River Kwai
Days 18-19 Bangkok


The exact itinerary and prices will be released on the 1st November 2012

Important notes

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