Southeast Asia on a Shoestring

21 days,Bangkok to Singapore

Explore some of Asia's largest cities, trek on foot and feed and bathe an elephant, visit remote hilltribe villages, go bamboo rafting, enjoy island life in Koh Samui, visit tea stations of the Cameron Highlands.

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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, you’ll enjoy this adventure’s pace, exploring the hilltribes of northern Thailand or mellowing out on the white-sand beaches of the exotic south—it’s your choice. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our expert CEO, you’ll enjoy the freedom of roaming where you want to and choosing your activities—cross into Malaysia to experience mouthwatering laksa while shopping in KL's night market or take high tea at Raffles in Singapore.

What's Included

  • Hilltribe trek. Stay in remote villages. Elephant feeding and bathing. Bamboo rafting. Orientation walk in Penang. Free time on Thailand's beautiful beaches. Two street food crawls. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD425-550 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (13 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), basic hilltribe villages (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts)
  • Local bus, train, walking, river raft, ferry.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
Day 1 Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok at any time.

Day 2 Bangkok (1B)

Enjoy the first of two street food crawls with the group and CEO while here. Optional Wat Po and Grand Palace visit. Overnight train to Chiang Mai (flight and extra night in Bangkok during monsoon season, depending on conditions).

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs or participate in a Thai cooking class.

Day 4-6 Hilltribe Trek (2B,2L,2D)

Guided hilltribe trek and village stays with elephant feeding/bathing and bamboo rafting.

Day 7 Chiang Mai (1B)

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Overnight train to Bangkok (flight and extra night in Chiang Mai during monsoon season, depending on conditions).

Day 8-9 Bangkok (1B)

Free time to explore more of the city. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour. Overnight train the Surat Thani.

Day 10-11 Koh Phangan

Take a short boat ride to the small island of Koh Phangan and spend the next few days exploring the island's waterfalls, swimming in its lagoons or just relaxing.

Day 12-13 Koh Samui (1B)

Take a tour of the island and its main sights or simply relax on the beautiful beaches.

Day 14 Penang (1B)

Cross the border into Malaysia and take a scenic boat trip through a sheltered archipelago to arrive in Penang. Free time to explore.

Day 15-16 Cameron Highlands (1B)

Walk around town, and opt to take a tour of the highlands. Be sure to have an afternoon tea here in this tea plantation-rich area.

Day 17-18 Kuala Lumpur

Explore Malaysia's capital independently or opt for a city tour. Don't miss the Petronas Towers.

Day 19 Melaka

Opt to visit a museum or take a boat tour of Melaka's canals.

Day 20 Singapore

Border crossing Malaysia into Singapore. Free time to take a harbour cruise or try mouth-watering street food.

Day 21 Singapore (1B)

Depart at any time.

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