Discover Bangkok to Singapore

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Discover Bangkok to Singapore

from £820
Duration: 14 days
Countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the jungly jungle of Khao Sok, sleep on a raft, hike through the Cameron Highlands, kick back at Krabi and eat your way through Penang and Singapore.
Summary

Discover Bangkok to Singapore

DAY 1: BANGKOK
Welcome to Bankok!

Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore - why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage?

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting in the evening of Day 1.

You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards.

If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, 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'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.
Accommodation

Astera Sathorn or similiar (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 2: OVERNIGHT TRAIN
Visit the local Bangrak Market to see the rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables (depending on market day). Then we cruise along the Chao Praya River and watch life along the river as we make our way to Wat Pho. Wat Pho temple is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok. Who can spot the most images of Buddha, reportedly up to 1000.

The afternoon is a free day to explore the sites of Bangkok. Perhaps visit the Grand Palace, or hit up some more markets.

Tonight, board an overnight train to Surat Thani (approx 13 hrs). Our train is basic but comfortable - air-conditioned, sleeping in bunks with shared facilities.
Optional Activities

Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok by Bike - THB1904
Bangkok - Chinatown Food Discovery Urban Adventure - THB2149
Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
Bangkok - Thai massage - THB250
Included Activities

Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
Meals Included

Breakfast


DAY 3: KHAO SOK
We arrive from our overnight train into Surat Thani early in the morning, and then transfer by bus to Khao Sok National Park.

Khao Sok National Park is simply breathtaking.

Dense rainforests hide a myriad of exotic animals and plants, whilst some of the many walking trails lead to awesome waterfalls and alongside the expansive lake.

Cruise out along the Cheow Lan lake, with it's striking limestone cliffs set amongst a vibrant jungle backdrop. On our first night here we stay in a simple raft house literally on the lake, where you wake up to stunning water views.

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. Be aware that all the walking trails will be muddy and slippery during the rainy season and harmless leeches are abundant, however the scenery is beautifully lush and green. Each of the seasons has its charms and its difficulties.
Included Activities

Khao Sok NP - Cheow Lan Lake tour and park entrance
Meals Included

Lunch
Dinner


DAY 4: KHAO SOK
On our second night here we have a change of scenery, and head up into the hills, where we spend a night in our bunglows set amongst the jungle.

There are plenty of options to consider such as, tackling one of the park walking trails looking out for local wildlife hiding amongst the forest or taking a tour to further explore nearby Lake Cheow Lan.
Accommodation

Morning Mist Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Meals Included

Breakfast
Lunch


DAY 5: AO NANG
Travel by minibus to Ao Nang, Krabi.

With powdery white-sand beaches, limestone karsts jutting out of cerulean waters and jaw-dropping scenery both in and out of the water, Krabi is a slice of paradise.

A lively beachside town in Krabi Province, Ao Nang has a main street with restaurants, shops and bars, and is close to many idyllic islands.
Accommodation

J Mansion or similar (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 6: AO NANG
Enjoy a free day. Opt to take a day trip out to Phi Phi Island, or try some rock climbing.
Accommodation

J Mansion or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities

Krabi - Scuba Diving Ao Nang (3 dives) - THB4000
Krabi - Rock climbing - THB1800
Krabi - Sea kayaking - THB1800
Krabi - Phi Phi Island Day Tour - THB1600
Krabi - Cooking Class - THB1300
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 7: PULAU PENANG
Today is a long travel day by mini van as we say goodbye to Thailand and head for Malaysia.

We cross the border at  Wang Prajan (Thai checkpoint) / Wang Kelian (Malaysian checkpoint).

Penang - Malaysia's prized island - has a beautiful coastline, wonderful cuisine and its colonial heritage is still present in amongst the modern skyscrapers that tower over Georgetown.
Penang Island was the first destination of the colonial British in 1786. They invited Chinese, as well as others from all over Asia, to live on this island in the tropics.
Today, this exotic blend of cultures still exists and the World Heritage site of Georgetown contains a fascinating blend of religious places of worship. Our accommodation is located in the heart of historical Georgetown. Twin share with private facilities and whilst our hotel is basic it is a great base for exploring the temples, mosques and museums of Penang.
Accommodation

Hong Ping Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 8: PULAU PENANG
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. After you are acquainted, the day rest of the day is yours with Penang.
This island is famous for its food, thanks to the many cultures that have lived side-by-side here for centuries. 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 (a dish of steamed rice accompanied by curries, fried chicken, seafood or vegetables). At night, don't miss the local food stalls that set up along many of Penang's streets.
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), Cheong Fat Tze Museum (fascinating if you have an interest in Feng Shui).
If you want more of the beach or want a unique Penang experience, grab a Taxi over to Batu Ferringhi or take the unspoilt trails of Malaysia's smallest National Park at Teluk Bahang.
Accommodation

Hong Ping Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities

Penang - Spice Garden - MYR14
Penang - Kek Lok Si - MYR8
Penang - Khoo Kongsi - MYR10
Penang - Funicular Railway - MYR55
Penang - Half Day Sightseeing - MYR200
Penang - Teluk Bahang National Park - MYR9
Penang - Trishaw Ride - MYR50
Penang - Chong Fat Tze Museum - MYR12
Penang - Fort Cornwallis - MYR20
Included Activities

Penang - Penang Museum
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 9: CAMERON HIGHLANDS
Travel by minivan to the dramatic and beautiful Cameron Highlands.
The Cameron Highlands were a favourite getaway of the colonial British - a place of tranquillity and beauty to escape the humidity of the jungles.
Accommodation

Hillview Inn or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities

Cameron Highlands - Rain Forest Jungle Trekking - MYR45
Half Day Tour - Gunung Brinchang - MYR40
Cameron Highlands - Half Day Tea Plantation Tour - MYR50
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 10: KUALA LUMPUR
Travel by public bus to vibrant Kuala Lumpur (approx 5 hrs). Kuala Lumpur, the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia, is affectionately known as KL and you'll almost always hear locals refer to it by its acronym. Your leader will take you for a walk around the communities of Indian, Chinese and ethnic Malay people mingle peacefully, allowing travellers to get the best of all three worlds. Our hotel is right amongst the night markets and hawker stalls of the famous Petaling Street in Chinatown and is a great place to explore this ever changing city.

While here make sure to grab a map and explore the many walkable areas in KL. Bukit Bintang, the Golden Triangle with the latest shopping and just a short stroll to Menara Tower (entry fee applies). You might like to head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the head over to the Lakes Gardens to visit the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Mosque before the fascinating Orang Asli Museum.
Accommodation

Chinatown 2 Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 11: KUALA LUMPUR
Today is a free day to explore KL. Get up early to get your tickets to the second-tallest buildings in the world. 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 Chinatown Night Markets.
Accommodation

Chinatown 2 Hotel or similar (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 - Cultural Show - MYR5
Kuala Lumpur - Batik Day Course - MYR30
Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower - MYR49
Kuala Lumpur - Planetarium - MYR12
Nibong Trebal, FireFlies & Krian River Tour - MYR220
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 12: MELAKA
An intriguing blend of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese cultures, Melaka has a wealth of interesting architecture, distinctive food and cultural heritage. Take a public bus to Melaka (approx. 3 hours total) and have a free afteroon.
Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, all seeking wealth or an opportunity to control the Straits of Malacca, a vital trading route between the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Today, Melaka's wealth of historical sites remind visitors of times gone by and its multicultural past is revealed in its distinctive cuisine. Check out Harmony street where these communities have their places of worship, with a church, mosque, and couple of different temples all on the one street. Peace out!
Accommodation

Hash House Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities

Melaka - Museum Of Enduring Beauty - MYR1
Melaka - Baba Nonya Heritage Museum - MYR8
Melaka - River Tour - MYR17
Melaka - Eco Bike Tour - MYR100
Melaka - Cheng Ho Museum - MYR20
Melaka - Trishaw Tour - MYR50
Melaka - Taming Sari Tower - MYR22
Portuguese ship Replica, Melaka - MYR7
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 13: SINGAPORE
A public bus journey (approx. 5 hrs) takes us to Singapore.

Your leader will take you on a walk to give you an introduction to this ever evolving city. There is some time to take in the lourishing retail hot spots, and booming, cross-cultural culinary scene, before enjoying the final evening with your fellow travellers.

Our accommodation tonight is a centrally located hotel. Please note that some rooms are internal and do not have windows.
Accommodation

Hangout Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


DAY 14: SINGAPORE
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Alternatively why not stay longer? We can arrange your post-tour accommodation at our Geckos Singapore hotel when booking your trip.

From the traditions and heritage of Chinatown to the aromatic delights of Little India and the modernity of glitzy hotels, a few days in sizzling Singapore is the perfect bookend to any Geckos adventure.
Meals Included

Breakfast


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Why we love this trip

Included orientation walks in each city, then plenty of free time to explore and to chose the activities that interest you
Explore the lush forests, and expansive lake of Khao Sok National Park
Escape to the Cameron Highlands
14 days to try Singaporean, Malaysian and Thai food. Delicious!

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

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

Accommodation

Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (7 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Rafthouse (1 night)

Included activities

Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
Khao Sok NP - Cheow Lan Lake tour and park entrance
Penang - Penang Museum

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