Singapore to Bangkok Adventure Trip Notes

Singapore to Bangkok Adventure

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016
Singapore to Bangkok Adventure
Trip code: TMRA
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
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. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2016: Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej a 1 year mourning period has been declared in Thailand. In the first 30 days all government offices will fly the Thai flag at half-mast and there will likely be restrictions on the opening hours or selling of alcohol at entertainment venues including pubs and clubs. If your trip is before mid-January 2017 and includes a visit to the Grand Palace, this activity will be replaced with an alternative as the Palace will be closed to tourists while people from all over Thailand pay their respects to the King. Your leader will discuss this and any other changes with you at the Group Meeting on Day 1. As this is an emotional time for Thailand and its people we ask that our travellers wear dark coloured clothing over the next 30 days as a mark of respect to the much loved King.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationFinishing point instructions
ThemesMeals introductionEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?MealsVisas
Why we love itTransportWhat to take
MapMoney mattersClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryGroup leaderHealth
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyTravel insurance
Physical ratingJoining pointA couple of rules
Included activitiesJoining point descriptionResponsible Travel
Important notesJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeFinish pointFeedback
Your fellow travellersFinish point description
Is this trip right for you?
- There is a lot of distance to cover across these three countries, so there are some long journeys, by both private and public bus. While it can be tiring, it's a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. There will be many chances to stop and stretch your legs and take photos.
- Your overnight sleeper train to Bangkok is comfortable but with basic facilities. This mode of travel is a favourite for many travellers to South East Asia – well worth the bumps!
- This trip is perfect for independent travellers who appreciate a bit of room to make their own choices. There's free time in each location so you can pick and choose the activities that suit you best.
Why we love it
- Enjoy the best of both worlds – expert local guidance balanced with flexibility and freedom. Get your bearings with orientation walks in each city, then free time to make your own discoveries
- Escape to the fresh air and verdant rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands. This is where the British found reprieve from the balmy confines of the jungle during colonial times
- The rainforests of Khao Sok National Park are positively brimming with colour and ambience – an experience with wildlife you won't forget
- With 13 days to feast on Singaporean, Malaysian and Thai food, you'll be in a world of flavour. Hit the night markets – always the best for finding the freshest and most delicious local cuisine
- Its famous curry is delicious, but there's more to Penang than sugar and spice. Your adventure through the cultural mecca of Georgetown includes entry to the excellent Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

Day 1 Singapore
Welcome to Singapore, home to a thriving cross-cultural food scene, not to mention one of the world's best airports. Your hotel tonight is in a central part of town. Please note that some rooms are internal and do not have windows. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Just ask the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the notice boards. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the meeting. 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 these to provide to your leader.
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 2 Melaka
Travel to Melaka today by public bus (approximately 5.5 hours). A former colonial outpost, this town retains a distinctive old-world charm that makes it a delight to visit. Travelling in local style by trishaw, you will take a tour of the town, cruising through the narrow, winding streets to get a taste of old Melaka and learn about the ancient local spice trade. Along the way you will pay a visit to Harmony Street, an aptly named strip of mosques and temples that exudes a tranquil air. You will also check out a mosque, a variety of Chinese Buddhist temples and a traditional Muslim house-museum.
Optional Activities
  • Melaka - Eco Bike Tour - MYR100
  • Melaka - River Tour - MYR17
  • Melaka - Trishaw Tour - MYR50
  • Melaka - Taming Sari Tower - MYR22
  • Melaka - Stadhuys - MYR10
  • Melaka - Baba Nonya Heritage Museum - MYR8
  • Portuguese ship Replica, Melaka - MYR7
  • Melaka - Cheng Ho Museum - MYR20
  • Melaka - Museum Of Enduring Beauty - MYR1
    Hotel (1 nt)
    1 breakfast
    Day 3 Kuala Lumpur
    Transfer by local bus to Kuala Lumpur (approximately 2.5 hours). In Malaysia's cosmopolitan capital (affectionately known as 'KL'), you will be staying right amongst the night markets and hawker stalls of the famous Petaling Street in Chinatown. This is where you will find, among other things, all kinds of excellent local cuisine, from spicy Kin Kin with noodles to the popular Chinese-style soup Bak Kut Teh. Your evening is best spent here, shopping for bargains and perhaps enjoying a dinner of delicious street food. While you're in KL, be sure to grab a map and explore the many walkable areas in town.
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Day 4 Kuala Lumpur
    Enjoy a free day to explore the pulsing melting pot that is KL. Keen shoppers can visit Bukit Bintang, the main commercial district. The Kuala Lumpur Tower, aka Menara Tower, is also well worth a visit – keep in mind that an entry fee applies. You might like to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves, a series of grottoes nestled in a limestone hill by the Batu River. A great activity is to visit the vast but centrally located Lake Gardens, a lush and relaxing area covering some 227 acres. This is where you'll find the Botanical Garden, Orchard Park, a bird sanctuary and the Islamic Arts Museum. To learn about Malaysia's indigenous history, head up to the Orang Asli Museum.
    Optional Activities
    • Kuala Lumpur - Batik Day Course - MYR30
    • Kuala Lumpur - Cultural Show - MYR5
    • Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower - MYR49
    • Kuala Lumpur - Planetarium - MYR12
    • Kuala Lumpur - Islamic Arts Museum - MYR12
    • Kuala Lumpur - Petronas Towers Skybridge & Observation Deck - MYR86
    • Kuala Lumpur - National Mosque - Free
      Hotel (1 nt)
      Day 5 Cameron Highlands
      Travel by public bus to the dramatic and beautiful Cameron Highlands (approximately 4 hours). These verdant green hills, comprising the Tringkap, Brinchang, Tanah Rata and Ringlet areas, were a favourite getaway of the colonial British. It's a place of tranquillity, fresh air and natural beauty, the ultimate escape from the city (or, in the case of the British back in the day, the jungle). Enjoy some free time here. Stroll around, find a quiet spot to relax, or perhaps sample some of the tea the area is known for.
      Optional Activities
      • Cameron Highlands - Half Day Tour to Gunung Brinchang - MYR40
      • Cameron Highlands - Half Day Tea Plantation Tour - MYR50
      • Cameron Highlands - Rain Forest Jungle Trekking - MYR45
        Guesthouse (1 nt)
        Day 6 Penang
        Continue to Penang, Malaysia's prized island. Discover its exotic blend of cultures; a great place to start is with the excellent, diverse local cuisine. This island is famous for its food, thanks to the many cultures that have lived side-by-side here for centuries. Don't miss the food stalls that are set up along many of Penang's streets. 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). Your accommodation is located in the heart of historic Georgetown. Rooms are twin-share with private facilities. While the hotel is basic, it is a great base for exploring the temples, mosques and museums.
        Hotel (1 nt)
        Day 7 Penang
        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. For 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) or perhaps Cheong Fat Tze Museum (fascinating if you have an interest in Feng Shui). Alternatively you can take a ride on the Funicular Railway for lovely views across the island. If you feel like more of the beach, or want a unique Penang experience, take a taxi over to Batu Ferringhi or delve into the unspoilt trails of Malaysia's smallest National Park at Teluk Bahang.
        Included Activities
        • Penang - Penang Museum
          Optional Activities
          • Penang - Funicular Railway - MYR55
          • Penang - Khoo Kongsi - MYR10
          • Penang - Kek Lok Si - MYR8
          • Penang - Teluk Bahang National Park - MYR9
          • Penang - Trishaw Ride - MYR50
          • Penang - Chong Fat Tze Museum - MYR12
          • Penang - Tastes & Traditions of Penang Urban Adventure - USD52
            Hotel (1 nt)
            Day 8 Krabi
            Say goodbye to Malaysia as you cross into Thailand. Today is a long travel day to Ao Nang by mini van (approximately 8 hours, not including the border crossing). You will be crossing the border at Wang Kelian (the Malaysian checkpoint) and Wang Prajan (the Thai checkpoint) before proceeding up the isthmus through Krabi to your accommodation in Ao Nang. With beautiful white beaches, limestone karsts, cool blue waters and jaw-dropping scenery (both in and out of the water), Krabi is a top-notch coastal destination. Its nightlife is lively, so take the opportunity to hit the town while you are here. Ask your leader to recommend a good bar or restaurant.
            Guesthouse (1 nt)
            Day 9 Krabi
            If you are looking for something active, a great option is to go sea kayaking. The rock-climbing is also excellent here, accommoding all skills levels. Alternatively, take a boat trip out to the very photogenic Phi Phi Island. This island has been in several well-known films for good reason – it is perhaps one of the most gorgeous places to swim in South East Asia. In the evening, look out for a beautiful sunset, and consider dining on seafood in one of Ao Nang's beachside eateries.
            Optional Activities
            • Ao Nang - Rock Climbing - THB1800
            • Ao Nang - Scuba Diving (3 dives) - THB4000
            • Ao Nang - Sea kayaking - THB1800
            • Ao Nang - Phi Phi Island Day Tour - THB1600
              Guesthouse (1 nt)
              Day 10 Khao Sok National Park
              Travel to Khao Sok National Park by minvan (approximately 3 hours). This lush rainforest is a spectacular place to see wildlife. There are many great walking trails to explore, some of which lead to awesome waterfalls or along 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. Keep in mind that all the walking trails will be muddy and slippery during the rainy season and harmless leeches are abundant; however, the scenery is particularly vibrant and green. Each of the seasons has its charms. Cruise out along the Cheow Lan Lake and glimpse the great limestone cliffs. On your first night here you will stay in a simple raft house situated on the lake itself. You'll wake up to stunning views of the water.
              Raft House (1 nt)
              1 lunch, 1 dinner
              Day 11 Khao Sok National Park
              Watch the scenery change as you head up into the hills. You will spend the night in a jungle bungalow in a different but equally beautiful region of the park. While you're here, there will be plenty of optional activities to choose from. Perhaps tackle one of the park's excellent walking trails. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife hiding in the forest as you hike. Alternatively, you might like to take a tour of the stunning Cheow Lan, which is not too far away.
              Guesthouse (1 nt)
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch
              Day 12 Khao Sok National Park - Overnight train
              Bid farewell to your jungle surrounds and continue to Surat Thani by minivan (approximately 2.5 hours). From here you will travel to Bangkok in true local style – by overnight train (approximately 13 hours). This is a great way to experience the countryside, and waking up to the scenery of a new destination is sure to give you a thrill. Your train will be basic but comfortable, with bunk beds, air-conditioning and shared facilities.
              Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
              Day 13 Bangkok
              Arrive in Bangkok early in the morning. From here your trip comes to an end, and you are free to explore Bangkok. Perhaps take a riverboat to Chinatown, visit the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage.

              Notes: Please enquire with your booking agent about accommodation for after your tour. If you're travelling on today, it's best to book departures for the afternoon or later.
              Optional Activities
              • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
              • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1904
              • Bangkok - Chinatown Food Discovery Urban Adventure - THB2149
              • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
              • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
              • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
                Itinerary disclaimer
                ITINERARY CHANGES 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. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! 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. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                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 approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
                Physical rating

                Included activities
                Penang - Penang Museum
                Important notes
                1. Please note this trip finishes on day 13 at the Bangkok train station. Please book your International flight after 12 midday to allow sufficient time in the event of train delays.
                2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 10 (raft house) and 12 (overnight train) where you will be in shared accommodation.

                Group size
                Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
                Your fellow travellers
                GROUP TRAVEL
                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.
                Guesthouse (4nt), Hotel (6nt), Overnight sleeper train (1nt), Rafthouse (1nt)
                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.
                2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
                Private minibus, Public bus, Taxi, Van

                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.

                LONG TRAVEL DAYS
                There are some long travel days and some of the transport can be quite cramped and without air-conditioning.
                Money matters
                The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar (SGD).

                The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now readily available and visa cash advances are available in most banks. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, clean bills in small denominations are most useful.

                The official currency of Malaysia is the Ringgit (MYR).

                The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATM's are now readily available and visa cash advances are available in major banks. 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.

                The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
                The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat. ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. 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. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels.

                SPENDING MONEY:
                When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                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.

                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 tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$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-US$2 per day for drivers.

                Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-US$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-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

                Optional Tipping Kitty:
                At your group meeting on Day 1 your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour 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. Participation in this kitty at your own discretion.

                Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult

                All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

                EMERGENCY FUNDS:
                We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.
                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.
                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.

                SEAT BELTS:
                Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.

                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 or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

                Be particularly aware of motorbike bag snatching, especially in the bigger cities.
                Joining point
                Hangout Hotel
                10A Upper Wilkie Road
                Little India
                Phone: +65 (06)4385588
                Fax: +65 (06)3396008
                Joining point description
                Set in a quiet location on the outskirts of Little India and just a short 5 to 10 minute walk from the Little India MRT, the Hangout Hotel has 24 hour free internet and free wireless in all rooms. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. Please note some rooms are internal and do not have windows. Requests for double rooms cannot be guaranteed due to a limited number of rooms, and twin rooms will be provided in this case. Other features include rooftop terrace and lounge area with movies and pool table. Other facilities include safety deposit boxes, baggage storage room, 24 hour international calling, token operated laundry and drying machines available 24 hours and basic cooking facilities.
                Joining point instructions
                Taxis are easy, safe and cheap. As you emerge from Immigration, you will see the signs to the public taxi. A taxi will take 30 - 45 minutes to the hotel depending on the time of day at a cost of around SGD$20. Surcharges apply early morning and late evenings on standard rates (up to about SGD$32).
                Finish point
                Bangkok Railway Station
                Finish point description
                Bangkok Railway Station is also unofficially also known as Hua Lamphong. This is the main railway station in Bangkok, located in the center of the city in the Pathum Wan District. The station is connected by an underground passage to the MRT (Metropolitan Rapid Transit) subway system's Hua Lamphong Station.
                Finishing point instructions
                A taxi from the railway station to the airport will cost around THB400 (US$12) and take about 45 minutes.

                If you have booked additional post tour accommodation through Intrepid and would like to organise a departure transfer from your hotel, please contact your sales agent at least 14 days prior to your trip departure to organise this.

                If you have a transfer to the Bangkok Airport your transfer driver will collect you from your hotel 3 hours before your flight time. If your transfer has not arrived within 15minutes of the scheduled pickup time please call the Thailand 24hr emergency number +66 89 810 3722
                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 & Phillipines) and Tel: +855 92 555 969 (Cambodia). Intrepid's Vietnam Office can be reached on Tel: +84 903 117 770.

                For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist. For further contact details please use the following page:

                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.

                Intrepid's Thailand Office: +66 898 103 722
                As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
                Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit Singapore. Tourists not requiring a visa will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival. Other nationalities should check with their Singapore embassy or consulate.

                Most nationalities do not need visas to visit Malaysia as a tourist for up to three months. Please check with your relevant Malaysian embassy or consulate.

                If entering by air most nationalities will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival.

                If entering by a land border, you will be granted a 15 day stay only (some exceptions are citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan who are eligible for 30 day visa at land borders). A visa extension can be obtained in Thailand at an immigration office for approx. 2000THB or 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.
                If planning to enter Thailand via a land border multiple times during your travels, we recommend you pre-obtain a 60 day multiple entry visa from you embassy or consulate before you travel rather than attempting to obtain a visa at the border on multiple occasions which may result in being denied re-entry into the country.

                BORDER CROSSINGS:
                Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. The following are the international/administrative border crossings for this trip:
                On Day 2 we cross the border from Singapore to Malaysia
                - The Singapore border is Singapore
                - The Malaysia border is Johor Bahru
                On Day 8 we cross the border from Malaysia to Thailand
                - The Malaysia border is Wang Kelian
                - The Thailand border is Wang Pra Jan
                To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the following website useful -
                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, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

                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.

                Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

                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.

                LOCAL DRESS:
                When packing be aware that 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 the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia 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.

                There are some and included city walks, and optional nature walks on this tour. Please ensure you pack comfortable shoes (preferably not brand new, as this can lead to blisters) that are fully enclosed and are comfortable, sneakers or runners are generally suitable. In the Cameron Highlands and Khao Sok trails are often wet and muddy, so shoes with good grip that can get wet are best.
                Climate and seasonal information
                The month-long Ramadan Festival will start on the 27th of May 2017. 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, from 25th June 2017.

                CHINESE NEW YEAR:
                An important 15-day festival for the Malaysian Chinese, based on the lunar calendar in January or February. In 2016, the Year of the Monkey is scheduled to be held from 8th February. 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.
                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 Travel 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.

                Zika Virus
                Areas of Thailand are experiencing ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, and limited transmission in Malaysia and Singapore. We advise all travellers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, or talk to their doctor about possible implications.

                Please see further information about the Zika virus (and our current cancellation/change policy) on our safety page of the Intrepid website at

                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.

                AIR POLLUTION
                From June to October, Malaysia can experience air pollution from forest fires in Indonesia. Current recorded pollution readings in a number of states are higher than usual for this time of year. The persistent hot and dry weather conditions also causes dust to remain suspended in the air and accumulate, causing haze. Please be aware of this if you suffer from any medical conditions exasperated by air pollution.

                BOX JELLY FISH
                Box jelly fish have been reported in Thailand waters throughout the year. Please be aware when swimming alone and follow any warnings from local authorities as stings require immediate medical treatment and fatalities have been known to occur.
                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 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.
                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.

                Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                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.


                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$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

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