A 21-day tour from the bustling streets of Bangkok to the jungle of Khao Sok.

This 21-day epic takes you from the bustling streets of Bangkok to the hectic jungle of Khao Sok and ends in ultra-modern Singapore. Sleep on a raft, kick back at Krabi and eat your way through Penang and Singapore. If this trip was a dish it would taste like Singapore’s chilli crab. Hot enough to keep you on your toes with a whopping great serve of salty ocean on the side.

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Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Singapore, Singapore
Destinations
Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
TTYSC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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Why you'll love this trip

  • The excitement of cities like Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur can be overwhelming, but with the insider knowledge of your local leader you can cut through the chaos and bee-line it to the hottest spots

  • Dumbo isn't the only elephant that needs saving. Travel by private minivan to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital and witness the awesome work these guys do on a daily basis

  • Bike? Check. Shades? Check. Wind in your hair? Check. Sukhothai's Historical Park is the kind of dreamscape you don't have to wake up from. Unless the park closes that is

  • Khao Sok National Park is like stepping into another world – an essential experience in Thailand, nature-lover or not

Is this trip right for you?

  • You will visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • This trip involves some long journeys on the road, lots of public transport (songthaews, public buses) and 2 overnight train journeys, which can be tiresome. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a true local experience and the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at your destinations.

  • On the overnight trains occasionally passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and/or you'll be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups. For your own security, take a lock for your luggage.

  • This trip is designed with a lot of free time, rather than set included activities to give you the flexibility and space for making your own discoveries. This is a great way to travel independently while drawing on the knowledge of local leaders.

Itinerary

Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand. Once you’ve hit Khao San Road, you’re officially on holiday. There’s a welcome meeting at around 6 pm tonight. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. 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. 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 arrive early perhaps take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, or head to the magnificent Grand Palace. Our pick for cocktails is Bed Supper Club or Vertigo. Ask your guide for directions or grab your new travel mates and attempt to navigate the Skytrain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1904
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a six-hour local bus to Sukhothai, AKA the ‘dawn of happiness’. That sounds like a pretty swell place to spend a day, right? Pick yourself up a pushy, and head out on a guided cycle tour of Sukhothai’s Historical Park and World Heritage-listed ancient city. Roll your bike around the temples and other archaeological relics within the area. Apparently riding a bike helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus – the bit of your brain responsible for memory. This is great, cos now you won’t forget all the gorgeous temples you cycle past today.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park bike tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rise and shine for a five-hour private minivan drive to hillside Chiang Mai. Stop in at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Lampang to meet some big-footed friends being nursed back to good health. Arrive in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon. With over 120 temples in the city centre alone, you can easily while away a few hours doing a temple run. On the other hand, if you’re all templed out, perhaps hit up the Night Bazaar and get haggling.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you're free as a bird, maybe get flying on the Flight of the Gibbon and negotiate the zipline and canopy course within the treetops. Or take an optional excursion to the temple at the top of Doi Suthep, which offers fantastic views over the city. Perhaps spoil yourself with a traditional Thai massage or try your hand at a local cooking class. It's totally up to you.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Flight of the Gibbon zipline - THB3999
  • Chiang Mai - Bicycle tour - THB950
  • Chaing Mai - Baan Thai Cookery School Half Day Course - THB800
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple - THB50
  • Chiang Mai - Thai massage - THB200
  • Chiang Mai - Urban Adventures - Mind & Soul - THB2317
  • Chiang Mai - Urban Adventures - Mae Ping River Experience - THB2534
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Doi Mae Salong is a seriously good-looking tea plantation way up in the hills of the Golden Triangle. Not only are the views incredible, you’ll also get to meet some seriously lovely hill-tribe villagers as you wander. Today travel by public bus and minivan to Doi Mae Salong via Mae Chan (approximately five hours in total). It's the perfect place to relax and kick back for the day. Make sure you enjoy a cup of tea in a traditional Chinese teahouse overlooking the mountains. Check out the interesting market, which is full of produce and crafts made by hill tribe people. For something a little more adventurous, why not climb up the 719 steps to see the town’s Buddhist temple?
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
While the Golden Triangle may have gained a little unwanted notoriety in the 1920s for its opium trade, today it remains a lush, mountainous, traditional intersection of Northern Thailand, Laos and Burma. In the morning take a three-hour ride in a minivan to this famous border. Pay a visit to the House of Opium Museum for a deeper insight into this area's problematic past. Continue your travels for around two hours to Chiang Rai, where you’ll stay the night. Perhaps head to Chiang Rai's night market, which is a great place to pick up some hill tribe handicrafts. 
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chaing Rai - Opium Museum - THB50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Like your temples creepy and kooky and quirky and weird? Good thing we’re stopping in at the White Temple this morning. Although it can be crowded with tourists, this temple is a modern wonder. In the afternoon, take a three-and-a-half-hour public bus back to Chiang Mai and board an overnight train for Bangkok (approximately 13 hours). Soft sleeper class trains are used for the overnight journey. The compartments are multi-share with air-conditioning and bunk beds that come with sheets and a pillow. Baggage travels in the carriage with you, and there's a food and drink service available on-board.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Rai - Wat Rong Kun (White Temple)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your train is scheduled to arrive into Bangkok early this morning. Transfer back to the hotel where the trip started. As there are no more activities planned for today, Enjoy a free day in Bangkok. Check out the areas you missed the first time around, and a chance to eat some more delicious Bangkok street food!

The composition of your group might change today. Meet your new leader and group at the meeting at approx. 6 pm tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Explore some of Bangkok's oldest neighborhoods on a walking tour with your leader. Visit the local Talad Noi Market, Chinese Temple and find hidden street art installations. Pass by Wat Pho and perhaps stop in to see who can spot the most images of Buddha. Rumour has it there are up to 1000. Then you'll cruise along the Chao Praya, and the afternoon is free for you to explore the sites of Bangkok as you please. Visiting the Grand Palace is recommended. Tonight, board your overnight train to Surat Thani (approximately 13 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The train is basic but comfortable: bunk beds, shared facilities and air conditioning.
Arrive in Surat Thani early in the morning, then transfer by bus to Khao Sok National Park. It's an amazing environment, so colourful and vivid it almost looks like it's been CGI'd. These dense rainforests are abuzz with exotic animals and plants, and some walking trails lead to awesome waterfalls alongside the huge Cheow Lan Lake. Cruise along it and see the limestone cliffs set against the jungle backdrop. Stay in a simple raft house, which is literally ON the lake. Wait till you see the view when you wake up.
Accommodation
  • Raft House (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake boat trip
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Your raft house will be basic and situated above the water, with wooden walkways connecting the huts and the land. There are simple shared bathroom facilities on the land. Be sure to bring your mosquito repellent, and a net if you prefer, and your sense of adventure.

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 when most of the rain falls. All the walking trails will be muddy and slippery during the rainy season, and harmless leeches are everywhere but the scenery is beautiful and lush and green. Each of the seasons has its own charms and quirks.
This morning you will take a longtail boat back to the pier (approx 50 mins) and then travel by minibus to Ao Nang, Krabi (approx 2.5 hours) Home to sweet white-sand beaches and limestone karsts jutting out of cerulean waters Krabi is a picture perfect paradise. The main street of this lively beachside town has heaps of bars and restaurants to grab a beer or meal at.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
That's the trouble with paradise – there's too many ways to enjoy it. Today's a free day, so that means time to kayak or climb the karst rock formations that surround this place. If you take an optional kayaking activity you can head to Ao Thalane and paddle through mangrove forests, coves and narrow karst-walled canyons, keeping an eye out for kingfishers, herons and crab-eating macaque monkeys.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ao Nang - Sea kayaking - THB1800
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is yours. You are free as a bird. An island-hopping day trip is a great way to get a real sense of just how amazing this part of Thailand is. You can take a longtail boat out to stunning islands like Phi Phi, where the swimming is great and the views are even better. Like exotic, far-out film locations. You'll never tire of looking up at those karsts towering above the turquoise. The real adventure-types might opt to go rock-climbing. Either way you approach it, paradise is paradise.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ao Nang - Scuba Diving (3 dives) - THB4000
  • Ao Nang - Rock Climbing - THB1800
  • Ao Nang - Phi Phi Island Day Tour - THB1600
  • Ao Nang - Thai Cooking Class - THB1300
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a long travel day by minivan. Sit back, relax and Thailand disappear in the rearview mirror. Next stop: Malaysia! Cross the border Wang Prajan (the Thai checkpoint) and Wang Kelian (the Malaysian checkpoint). Penang is Malaysia's prized island. You may have heard that people from Penang are serious about their food, and it is delicious, but there is so much more to this place, such as a gorgeous coastline and a colonial heritage which thrives amid the skyscrapers over Georgetown. The Georgetown area is a cool (and World Heritage-listed) blend of religious sites of worship.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today your leader will take you on a guided orientation walk through the Georgetown area to check out the shophouses, Penang Museum, street art and clan jetties. When you have become old friends with this place, the rest of the day is yours. Check out Kek Lok Sii (the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia), Khoo Kongsi (amazingly ornate and one of the oldest clan houses in Malaysia), Cheong Fat Tze Museum (fascinating if you have an interest in Feng Shui). Then, perhaps go looking for delicious food. This place is famous for its cuisine, thanks to many cultures that have lived side-by-side here for ages. Be sure to 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 (steamed rice accompanied by curries, fried chicken, seafood or vegetables). Or take to the unspoilt trails of Malaysia's smallest National Park at Teluk Bahang. What'll really help? Choosing to join an optional food experience at the local night market. Penang prides its self on its food, and local life centres around eating, so when in Rome (or Penang)!
Today’s challenge: see if you can find the hawker stall on Kimberley St where Lean Joo Sean has been selling char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles) since 1954. You can’t miss his white chef’s hat and the queue of hungry punters.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Penang - Kek Lok Si - MYR8
  • Penang - Khoo Kongsi - MYR10
  • Penang - Funicular Railway - MYR55
  • Penang - Teluk Bahang National Park - MYR9
  • Penang - Trishaw Ride - MYR50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You will have a free morning before setting off for Malaysia’s capital today. A short taxi ride will take you to the ferry terminal and then you will take the ferry to Butterworth (20 minutes), and then take the train to Kuala Lumpur (approximately 4 hours). The train will have you arrive into Kuala Lumpur in the evening. If you’re still awake, head out to a bar with a view and take in the city’s lights over a cocktail.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Tried a durian yet? They stink, but they taste pretty good. Make sure you get a map and venture out on some walking adventures. You can hit Bukit Bintang, the Golden Triangle (for shopping), or Menara Tower (entry fee applies). If you're up for a day trip, the shrine-filled limestone caves of Batu Caves are an awesome sight and accessible by train from Kuala Lumpur.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is another free day to explore KL. Get up early to get your tickets to see two of the world's very tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers. Ask your leader how the system works! The evening is best spent at the night market sampling the different cuisines on offer and bargain-hunting among the stalls of the famous Petaling Street. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kuala Lumpur - Petronas Towers Skybridge & Observation Deck - MYR86
  • Kuala Lumpur - Islamic Arts Museum - MYR12
  • Kuala Lumpur - National Mosque - Free
  • Kuala Lumpur - Batik Day Course - MYR30
  • Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower - MYR52
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
An intriguing blend of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese cultures, Melaka has a wealth of interesting architecture, distinctive food and proud cultural heritage. Take a public bus there (approximately 3 hours in total) and enjoy a free afternoon. Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, and this diversity is reflected in its overall vibe. Check out Harmony Street where these communities have their places of worship, with a church, mosque, and a couple of different temples all on the one street. Peace out!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Melaka - Museum Of Enduring Beauty - MYR1
  • Melaka - Baba Nonya Heritage Museum - MYR16
  • Melaka - River Tour - MYR17
  • Melaka - Eco Bike Tour - MYR100
  • Melaka - Trishaw sightseeing tour - MYR50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
A public bus journey (approximately 5 hours) takes you to Singapore. Your leader will take you on a walk to give you an introduction to this ever-evolving city. There will be time to take in the retail hot spots and the 'booming cross-cultural culinary scene' before enjoying a final evening with your fellow travellers. It'll be a time to reflect. Who ate the most chilli? Who at the most durians? Who even ate one durian? When can we all pack up and move to Asia forever? Etcetera.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Some rooms tonight are internal and do not have windows. Also due to a limited number of double rooms, sometimes couples will be in twin rooms. But your hotel is nice and central, so fret not.
Farewell your newfound friends as your trip comes to an end today.
Optional Activities
  • Singapore - Chinatown Food Urban Adventure - SGD86
  • Singapore - Locals On Tap Singapore Urban Adventure - SGD42
  • Singapore - Bike About Singapore Urban Adventure - SGD101
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Public bus, Songthaew, Taxi

Accommodation

Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (13 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights), Raft House (1 night)

Included activities

  • Sukhothai - Historical Park bike tour
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Chiang Rai - Wat Rong Kun (White Temple)
  • Bangkok - walking tour
  • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake boat trip

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and excludes Days 7 & 9 (Overnight Train) and Day 10 (Raft House) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2. Please provide your full name as per passport and passport number 45 days prior to departure in order to secure the train ticket in Malaysia. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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