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Real Bangkok To Singapore Tour

From €1180pp tour-only
Depart From
Fly from Cork
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
14 Days
Destination
Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Price
From €1180pp tour-only
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Like Singapore’s chilli crab, this trip is hot enough to keep you on your toes with a dollop of ocean flavours.

Jungle escapades, city expeditions, swimming, swimming and more swimming. Sound good? Duh! From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the jungle of Khao Sok, sleep on a raft, kick back at Krabi and eat your way through Penang and Singapore. If this trip was a dish it would taste like Singapore’s chilli crab. Hot enough to keep you on your toes with a whopping great serve of salt water.

Why you'll love this trip

  • The excitement of cities like Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur can be overwhelming, but with the insider knowledge of your local leader you can cut through the chaos and bee-line it to the hottest spots
  • Khao Sok National Park is like stepping into another world – an essential experience in Thailand, nature-lover or not
  • 14 days of three different cuisines: Singaporean, Malaysian and Thai. Delish!
  • There's plenty of free time to make your own discoveries
  • Your overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani is an adventure for sure. Be prepared for basic conditions though – bunk beds and shared facilities.
  • There's one full day of travelling involved (from Ao Nang across the border into Malaysia, then down to Penang).
  • Some travel is on public buses. This is, of course, a great way to mingle with the locals and experience how they travel. And it keeps your carbon footprint down.
  • There are minimal inclusions, but the resulting free time means flexibility and space for making your own discoveries. This is a great way to travel independently while drawing on the knowledge of local leaders

This trip is for 18 to 29-year-olds

  • Some of our under-30 travellers prefer to get around with people their own age. If that’s you, you’re in the right place!
  • Over 29? We’ve got 100s other great adventures to choose from for solo travellers, friends, families, food lovers, hiking enthusiasts and more. Please ask us for details.

Day 1: Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of Day 1. Check the hotel reception or notice board for the exact time and place of the meeting. If you arrive early, why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road or indulge in a Thai massage.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1904
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465 

Day 2: Bangkok – Overnight Train

Explore some of Bangkok's oldest neighborhoods on a walking tour with your leader. Visit the local Talad Noi Market, Chinese Temple and find hidden street art installations. Pass by Wat Pho and perhaps stop in to see who can spot the most images of Buddha (rumour has it there are up to 1000) Then you'll cruise along the Chao Praya, and the afternoon is free for you to explore the sites of Bangkok as you please. Visiting the Grand Palace is recommended. Tonight, board your overnight train to Surat Thani (approximately 13 hours).

Accommodation

  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Bangkok - walking tour

Optional Activities

  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

The train is basic but comfortable: bunk beds, shared facilities and air conditioning.

Day 3: Khao Sok National Park

Arrive in Surat Thani early in the morning, then transfer by bus to Khao Sok National Park. It's an amazing environment, so colourful and vivid it almost looks like it's been CGI'd. These dense rainforests are abuzz with exotic animals and plants, and some walking trails lead to awesome waterfalls alongside the huge Cheow Lan Lake. Cruise along it and see the limestone cliffs set against the jungle backdrop. Stay in a simple raft house, which is literally ON the lake. Wait till you see the view when you wake up.

Accommodation

  • Raft House (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake boat trip

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Your raft house will be basic and situated above the water, with wooden walkways connecting the huts and the land. There are simple shared bathroom facilities on the land. Be sure to bring your mosquito repellent, and a net if you prefer, and your sense of adventure. 

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. All the walking trails will be muddy and slippery during the rainy season, and harmless leeches are everywhere but the scenery is beautiful and lush and green. Each of the seasons has its own charms and quirks.

Day 4: Ao Nang

This morning you will take a longtail boat back to the pier (approx 50 mins) and then travel by minibus to Ao Nang, Krabi (approx 2.5 hours) Home to sweet white-sand beaches and limestone karsts jutting out of cerulean waters Krabi is a picture perfect paradise. The main street of this lively beachside town has heaps of bars and restaurants to grab a beer or meal at.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5: Ao Nang

That's the trouble with paradise – there's too many ways to enjoy it. Today is free baby, so that means time to kayak or climb the karst rock formations that surround this place. If you take an optional kayaking activity you can head to Ao Thalane and paddle through mangrove forests, coves and narrow karst-walled canyons, keeping an eye out for kingfishers, herons and crab-eating macaque monkeys.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Ao Nang - Sea kayaking - THB1800 

Day 6: Ao Nang

Today is yours. You're free as a bird. An island-hopping day trip is a great way to get a real sense of just how amazing this part of Thailand is. You can take a longtail boat out to stunning islands like Phi Phi, where the swimming is great and the views are even better. Like exotic, far-out film locations. You'll never tire of looking up at those karsts towering above the turquoise. The real adventure-types might opt to go rock-climbing. Either way you approach it, paradise is paradise.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Ao Nang - Scuba Diving (3 dives) - THB4000
  • Ao Nang - Rock Climbing - THB1800
  • Ao Nang - Phi Phi Island Day Tour - THB1600
  • Ao Nang - Thai Cooking Class - THB1300 

Day 7: Penang

Today is a long travel day by minivan. Sit back, relax and Thailand disappear in the rearview mirror. Next stop: Malaysia! Cross the border Wang Prajan (the Thai checkpoint) and Wang Kelian (the Malaysian checkpoint). Penang is Malaysia's prized island. You may have heard that people from Penang are serious about their food, and it is delicious, but there is so much more to this place, such as a gorgeous coastline and a colonial heritage which thrives amid the skyscrapers over Georgetown. The Georgetown area is a cool (and World Heritage-listed) blend of religious sites of worship.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night) 

Day 8: 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. Once you've become old friends with this place, the rest of the day is yours. Check out Kek Lok Sii (the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia), Khoo Kongsi (amazingly ornate and one of the oldest clan houses in Malaysia) or Cheong Fat Tze Museum (fascinating if you have an interest in Feng Shui), then go looking for delicious food.

This place is famous for its cuisine, thanks to many cultures that have lived side-by-side here for ages. 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 (steamed rice accompanied by curries, fried chicken, seafood or vegetables). See if you can find the hawker stall on Kimberley St where Lean Joo Sean has been selling char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles) since 1954. You can’t miss his white chef’s hat and the queue of hungry punters.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Penang - Kek Lok Si - MYR8
  • Penang - Khoo Kongsi - MYR10
  • Penang - Funicular Railway - MYR55
  • Penang - Teluk Bahang National Park - MYR9
  • Penang - Trishaw Ride - MYR50 

Day 9: Kuala Lumpur

You will have a free morning before setting off for Malaysia’s capital today. A short taxi ride will take you to the ferry terminal and then you will take the ferry to Butterworth (20 minutes), and then take the train to Kuala Lumpur (approximately 4 hours). The train will have you arrive into Kuala Lumpur in the evening. If you’re still awake, head out to a bar with a view and take in the city’s lights over a cocktail.

Accommodation

  • Guesthouse (1 night) 

Day 10: Kuala Lumpur

Tried a durian yet? They stink, but they taste pretty good. Make sure you get a map and venture out on some walking adventures. You can hit Bukit Bintang, the Golden Triangle (for shopping), or Menara Tower (entry fee applies). If you're up for a day trip, the shrine-filled limestone caves of Batu Caves are an awesome sight and accessible by train from Kuala Lumpur.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night) 

Day 11: Kuala Lumpur

Today is another free day to explore KL. Get up early and grab your tickets to see two of the world's tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers (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. 

Accommodation

  • Hotel (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 - Batik Day Course - MYR30
  • Kuala Lumpur - KL Tower - MYR52 

Day 12: Melaka

An intriguing blend of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese cultures, Melaka has a wealth of interesting architecture, distinctive food and proud cultural heritage. Take a public bus there (approximately 3 hours in total) and enjoy a free afternoon. Once the most important trading port of Malaysia, Melaka attracted Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Portuguese and British traders, and this diversity is reflected in its overall vibe. Check out Harmony Street where these communities have their places of worship, with a church, mosque, and a couple of different temples all on the one street. Peace out! 

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

  • Melaka - Museum Of Enduring Beauty - MYR1
  • Melaka - Baba Nonya Heritage Museum - MYR16
  • Melaka - River Tour - MYR17
  • Melaka - Eco Bike Tour - MYR100
  • Melaka - Trishaw sightseeing tour - MYR50 

Day 13: Singapore

A public bus journey (approximately 5 hours) takes you to Singapore. Your leader will take you on a walk to give you an introduction to this ever-evolving city. There will be time to take in the retail hot spots and the 'booming cross-cultural culinary scene' before enjoying a final evening with your fellow travellers. It'll be a time to reflect. Who ate the most chilli? Who at the most durians? Who even ate one durian? When can we all pack up and move to Asia forever? Etcetera.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night) 

Special Information

Some rooms tonight are internal and do not have windows. Also due to a limited number of double rooms, sometimes couples will be in twin rooms. But your hotel is nice and central, so fret not.

Day 14: Singapore

Farewell your newfound friends as your trip comes to an end today.

Optional Activities

  • Singapore - Chinatown Food Urban Adventure - SGD86
  • Singapore - Locals On Tap Singapore Urban Adventure - SGD42
  • Singapore - Bike About Singapore Urban Adventure - SGD101

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Transport: Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Raft House (1 night)
  • Included activities:
    • Bangkok - walking tour
    • Khao Sok - Cheow Lan Lake boat trip

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights- we'll find the best fare for your chosen travel date and departure airport
  • Travel insurance
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