Sample the delights of South-East Asia as we bring you the best of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. 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
Singapore, Singapore
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Countries
Malaysia,
Singapore,
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TMKTC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip

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


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
  • Discover Thailand's golden age in sensational Sukhothai
  • Meet elephants in Lampang
  • Experience Thailand's H'mong hilltribe culture
  • See the infamous yet beautiful River Kwai

Itinerary

Discover sultry Singapore, a city that merges towering megamalls and skyscrapers with emerald green parks and vibrant colonial history. Arrive early to take in the fragrant spices of little India, get a whiff of incense in Chinatown or escape the heat by ducking into an air-condtioned oasis for a shopping extravaganza on Orchard Rd.
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.
Explore the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, a 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.
Be treated to a memorable homestay on a small island located in the centre of a picturesque lake. Enjoy traditional delicacies, don a sarong and get into the swing of things - Malay style.
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 or poke around the antique shops of Chulia Street.
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.
Arrive in Thailand and jump straight into the fray in Bangkok - a modern city with an ancient heart. Visit the Emerald Buddha housed beneath the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace and cruise the canals to see the contrast between city and canal-side life.
Venture north to Chiang Mai and learn to whip up local delicacies in a hands-on cooking lesson. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride to Wiang Kum Kam to explore its well-preserved ruins. Chat with friendly monks at the Wat Chedi Luang temple complex and climb up to Doi Suthep, a sacred mountain famous for its copper-plated chedi and sweeping views. At night, enjoy local specialties and a cultural performance.
Head into the Thai countryside where rice fields meet the forest. Get acquainted with Thailand's second-largest hilltribe group - the H'mong. Admire the embroidered aprons, sashes and silver jewellery worn by many H'mong females and gain an insight into local customs during a cultural performance.
Travel on to the pleasant town of Lampang and drop into the Friends of the Asian Elephant Centre to learn about the important work this organisation is doing in promoting elephant welfare. After spending some time in the company of these magnificent creatures, continue to Sukhothai and wander among the statues and monuments that stand as a reminder of Siam's golden age.
Make a sobering visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Board a train at Nam Tok station - the main terminal of the Death Railway - and ride along these historic tracks, passing over the original wooden viaduct, the bridge on the River Kwai.
Return to Bangkok, where there’s 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
Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Public bus, Sammlaw (cycle rickshaw), Train, Trishaw, Van
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Resort (4 nights)
Included activites
  • Baba Nyonya cooking class
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Chiang Mai - Baan Thai Cookery School half-day course OR Half-day cycling
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Kanchanaburi - Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Kanchanaburi - War Cemetery (POW Cemetery)
  • Kuala Kangsar Royal Town Tour
  • Kuala Lumpur - City tour
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Langkawi - Cable Car
  • Langkawi - Island Tour
  • Malay Homestay - Village Walk
  • Penang - Fort Cornwallis
  • Penang - Half Day Sightseeing
  • Penang - Kek Lok Si
  • Sukhothai - Historical park guided cycle tour & home-cooked picnic lunch

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Notes

1. The flight between Pulau Langkawi and Bangkok is NOT included. Please see important notes for details.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. An arrival transfer in Singapore is available please advise your flight details at time of booking. We also provide an arrival airport transfer in Bangkok on Day 10 of this trip. Please also advise us of your flight details at time of booking.
4. Please note we do not include a departure transfer in Langawki from your hotel to the airport. Your hotel will be able to organise transport for you to the airport. The airport is only 15 minutes drive away.

Important notes

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