The island anomaly at the bottom of the Malaysian peninsula has generated its share of stereotypes: they like their rules (yes, chewing gum is banned), or that it is expensive (compared to its neighbours it certainly is). It's also a fascinating melange of cultures that hovers between authoritarian utopia and Asian chaos. A dot with no natural resources to speak of, Singapore grew on trade, leveraging its ideal spot on the final turn between the South East Asian Pacific and India, Africa and Europe. Founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles out of a fishing village, the island's fusion of Chinese, Malay, Indian and British colonial elements combine in an immaculate, orderly, yet vibrant society.
Malaysia and Borneo Adventure (AAMBD)
From the big-city bustle of Kuala Lumpur to the serene tranquility of Borneo’s rainforest, Malaysia is the definition of contrast. Meet the 'old man of the forest'—the orangutan—while exploring the rainforest and get to know the delights of modern-day Kuala Lumpur and Singapore on this 12-day adventure. You’ll explore Melaka’s historic canal-side lanes by bicycle and the lush rainforest along the Kinabatangan River and in the Danum Valley by boat and on foot. Along the way, you’ll come away with a real connection to this enthralling land.
Highlights: Meeting the 'old man of the forest' at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Heading into the rainforest in search of exceptional wildlife, Stepping back into history in Melaka’s colourful and historic lanes, Seeking out delicacies in the neighbourhoods and markets of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Slurp down rice noodles under the streetlights of Bangkok and wander the paddies and temples of Java—this epic adventure covers the best of South East Asia. Party in chaotic Bangkok, bliss out on stunning beaches and gaze out across the ‘sea of sand’ from Mt Bromo’s summit at sunrise. While this tour includes a knowledgeable CEO, accommodation and a variety of local transport, it also leaves plenty of free time for you to do what you want.
Highlights: Exploring bustling cities, taking in the beautiful scenery, watching the sunrise from Mt Bromo, hiking through rice terraces, sampling java from its namesake island, chilling out on stunning beaches, discovering the cultural side of Indonesia