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Southeast Asia on a Shoestring
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Feast on a Nyonya delicacy in Melaka or delicious street food in Singapore as you hit the highlights of Southeast Asia. With other travellers your own age, youll enjoy this adventures pace, exploring the hilltribes of northern Thailand before mellowing out on the white-sand beaches of the exotic south. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEO, youll enjoy the freedom of roaming where you want to and choosing your activities cross into Malaysia to experience mouth-watering laksa while shopping in KL's night market or take high tea at Raffles and try the Singapore Sling.

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Trekking, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATRA.C/201445
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Singapore, Singapore
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Ban Mae Jok
  • Pa Khao Lam
  • Surat Thani
  • Khao Sok
  • Ko Samui Island
  • George Town
  • Chenderoh Lake
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Melaka
  • Singapore

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok at any time.
Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Enjoy free time to relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.

After your meeting, head out for an optional dinner to get to know your CEO and fellow group members better.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

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Day 3: Chiang Mai

Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.

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Day 4: Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok

Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.
We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek.

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

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Day 5: Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam

Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.
You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft.

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Day 6: Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

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Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.

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Day 8: Bangkok

Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.

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Day 9: Bangkok/Surat Thani

Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour. Option to visit Wat Po, the Grand Palace and Bangkok's many markets. Overnight train to Surat Thani.
Opt to visit Wat Po, home of the giant reclining Buddha, or arrange a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok. Enjoy some free time ahead of boarding the sleeper train to Surat Thani, the gateway to the south.

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Day 10: Surat Thani/Khao Sok

Travel to lush Khao Sok. Opt to go hiking or swimming in Khao Sok National Park.
Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath.

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Day 11: Khao Sok/Koh Samui

Take a ferry to Koh Samui and explore the island's beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife.
Lying off of Thailand's east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a tropical retreat: white-sand beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters.

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Day 12: Koh Samui

Take a day trip to scenic Ang Thong Marine Park. Take in the views and opt to snorkel if the tide is right.

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Day 13: Koh Samui/George Town

Gear up for a long day of travel. Ferry back to the mainland and continue by private vehicle to cross the border into Malaysia and on to George Town, Penang, the "Pearl of the Orient".

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Day 14: George Town

Full day in Penang.

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Day 15: George Town/Chenderoh Lake

Travel to a local island homestay in the middle of a scenic lake. Spend the evening connecting with the locals and taking in the scenery.

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Day 16: Chenderoh Lake/Cameron Highlands

Continue to the Cameron Highlands. Take a walk along one of the many well marked trails, visit the tea plantations or just relax and enjoy the cooler temperatures!

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Day 17: Cameron Highlands/Kuala Lumpur

Opt to take a city tour, visit the famous Petronas Towers or check out the Islamic Arts Museum.
Enjoy ample time to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives this city such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel.

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Day 18: Kuala Lumpur

Full day in Kuala Lumpur. Explore the city, head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the Orang Asli Museum. Opt to visit the Petronas Towers.
Enjoy a full day in Kuala Lumpur to explore. Just outside of town, to the north, are the famous Batu Caves and the Orang Asli Museum. The evening is best spent at the night market sampling the different cuisine, some of the best in South East Asia. Bargain hunt among the stalls of Chinatown's night market and don't forget to visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world.

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Day 19: Kuala Lumpur/Melaka

Opt to tour the canals of Melaka by boat.
Visit the old port town of Melaka, wander the narrow streets and absorb the atmosphere of this historically important town. The streets of Chinatown are lined with Peranakan (Straits Chinese) shophouses offering their traditional cuisine, Nyonya. There are temples, churches and mosques, museums and forts to explore.

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Day 20: Melaka/Singapore

Border crossing from Malaysia into Singapore. Free time to take a harbour cruise or try mouth-watering street food.
In the morning cross the Straits of Johore and onto the island of Singapore. Tonight opt to visit the world famous night safari, take in a harbour cruise around Boat Quay or sample some mouth watering local food at one of the many hawker street stands.

Wander the streets of Little India and Chinatown for a great way to see the old parts of the city.

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Day 21: Singapore

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Chenderoh Lake Homestay, Chenderoh Lake
    • Hilltribe trek
    • Bamboo rafting
    • Ang Thong Marine Park island hopping tour
    • Two street food crawls
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (13 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, minibus, train, walking, river raft, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore some of Asia's largest cities
  • Travel by traditional bamboo raft
  • Trek on foot to visit remote hilltribe villages
  • Enjoy Thai beach life in Koh Samui
  • Visit tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands
  • Sample Singapore's street food
  • Hike or relax in Khao Sok National Park


Reviews (3)
Jo W Posted on: 

I believe everyone on our tour had an amazing time. We got to meet lots of new people and try lots of new activities that I wouldn't before have been able to try. I've made some amazing new friends on this trip and it has given me the confidence for my solo travelling in Australia tomorrow!

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Stacey P Posted on: 

I enjoyed my tour so much. The people I met along the way were a fantastic group. The jungle trek was tough, but well worth it in the end. Amazing time with amazing people!

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Sara M Posted on: 

This trip had an excellent mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. Trekking in Chang Mai was fantastic, Bangkok was fantastic for the culture and Krabbi came just in time for a chill out, then it was the cities to look forward to in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Fantastic.

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