Travel to Thailand and Malaysia and visit Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur
Visit South-East Asia’s buzzing cities and pristine islands on a highlight packed journey through Thailand and Malaysia. Explore these distinct cultures, from the laidback beachside bliss of Krabi to modern Kuala Lumpur. Travel to Northern Thailand and experience the incredible hospitality of the Thai people on a rural homestay. Discover Chiang Mai, a treasure trove of glittering temples and mouth-watering cuisine, before heading south to the beach haven of Penang. Contrast the sights and sounds of South-East Asia by ending the trip in ultra-modern Singapore, a glimpse of the future and a great place to explore.
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Work up an appetite with a leisurely cycle through the ancient Buddhas and ruined temples of Heritage-listed Sukothai Park, then feast on a home-cooked picnic lunch
Experience daily rural life firsthand in the north and the south of Thailand when staying with long-time Intrepid friends at 2 homestays
Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the Hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant
Dive into the nature lover’s paradise of Khao Sok National Park, exploring, hiking, relaxing, and cruising by longtail boat on a limestone cliff-circled lake
Discover a true slice of paradise on an included sea kayaking trip through the stunning inlets, caves and hidden lagoons of the Ao Thalane mangrove forests
Encounter the fusion of cultures that gives Penang a unique atmosphere; walk down the backstreets where colonial buildings, tumble-down shops and hawker-filled alleyways meld with cool street art. Get up-close and personal with Malaysian food as you eat where the locals do on a Hawker food experience
Discover a different side of KL through the backstreets, and learn about the diversity of culture along with one of the main parts, the food on your half day tour.
Explore the streets of Melaka from a cycle rickshaw
This trip includes 2 nights on overnight sleeper trains. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.
This trip covers quite a bit of ground, and so there are some longer travelling days on public and private buses, as well as overnight trains. Many of these journeys offer a great chance to interact with the locals, soak up the scenery, and even catch up on a book, but make sure you are prepared for the journeys.
There are 2 nights at different homestays on this trip, a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Thai life. Facilities are basic and multishare, with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. The rewards of such an authentic local experience are immeasurable.
This trip involves a fair amount of activity including hiking, cycling and kayaking. A moderate level of fitness will help you to get the most out of this trip.
This itinerary travels through multiple countries, each with their respective customs and National Holidays. Please see the 'Climate and Seasonal Information' section for more details.
1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 4 & 12 (homestay), and 7 & 9 (overnight sleeper train), where you will be in shared accommodation.
Our Best of Thailand & Malaysia trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
I had the absolute best time on this long whirlwind adventure! Both tour leaders I had were phenomenal. So many incredible life highlights - definitely recommend the optional trip to the elephant sanctuary!
Review submitted 16 Dec 2017
Best of Thailand & Malaysia is a good three week trip seeing some natural areas and the best big cities along this 1,500 mile journey.
Review submitted 02 Aug 2017