Southeast Asia Explorer

Classic, Singapore to Chiang Mai

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Taking in all the wonder of Southeast Asia shouldn’t be a hassle. We’ve made it easy for you to see all the main highlights plus this region's smaller hidden gems by putting together this handy trip from Singapore to Chiang Mai, south to north. You’ll get a taste of history in the Cameron Highlands, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya and experience modernity in Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Along the way, there’ll be plenty of chances to lounge on white-sand beaches and indulge in diverse and flavourful cuisine. Cross Southeast Asia off your travel destination list with this all-encompassing journey.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Koh Klang Homestay, Ko Klang Local Living: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion, Kanchanaburi
  • Trishaw ride in Melaka
  • Kuala Lumpur city tour (half-day)
  • Rainforest expedition in Cameron Highlands
  • Butterfly farm visit
  • Local homestay in Krabi
  • Free time on spectacular beaches
  • Klong boat tour (Bangkok)
  • Wat Po visit
  • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
  • Rafthouse stay
  • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
  • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
  • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore modern singapore
  • Relax at the cool tea stations of the cameron highlands
  • Experience multi-cultural penang
  • Sleep in a floating rafthouse
  • Learn about the history of kanchanaburi.

Itinerary

Day 1 Singapore After the group meeting, head out to enjoy some Singaporean cuisine with your group. Although Singapore has a few areas untouched by modernization, wandering the streets of Little India and Chinatown is a great way to see the old parts of the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Singapore/Melaka (1B) After a short bus journey, arrive at the old port town of Melaka. Experience a taste of old Asia with a trishaw ride around the streets of Melaka. With free time, walk the streets and absorb the atmosphere and heritage of this historically important maritime town. There are temples, churches, mosques, museums, and forts to explore during free time. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Singapore - Malaysia) Trishaw Ride Transport: Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours, 260km)
Day 3 Melaka/Kuala Lumpur (1B) Arrive in Kuala Lumpur at lunchtime by public bus. Use the afternoon to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives Kuala Lumpur such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. Included Activities: Kuala Lumpur City Tour Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 148km)
Day 4 Kuala Lumpur (1B) Use some free time to explore Kuala Lumpur. The evening is best spent at the night market, sampling different cuisine and bargain hunting among the stalls. Don't forget a visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world.
Day 5 Kuala Lumpur/Cameron Highlands (1B) Head to higher ground and enjoy the cooler air in the Cameron Highlands. Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 205km)
Day 6 Cameron Highlands Take a full-day excursion, exploring the rainforest of the Cameron Highlands and visiting a butterfly farm. Included Activities: Rainforest Expedition Butterfly Farm Visit
Day 7 Cameron Highlands/George Town Travel to the west coast island of Penang. With free time, opt to take a bicycle rickshaw tour, meander through the streets of George Town, take a funicular to the top of Penang Hill, see the colourful bazaars of the night markets, or visit some Chinese temples. Penang boasts an impressive variety of food, from Chinese to Malay and Indian. Enjoy! Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 222km)
Day 8 George Town Enjoy a free day to explore Penang. Opt to visit the Pinang Peranakan Museum, Khoo Kongsi (a restored heritage site), the famous Indian quarter, Penang Hill, and the Clan Jetties to see the traditional Chinese settlement.
Day 9 George Town/Ko Klang (1D) Cross into Thailand and enjoy a homestay in this tropical paradise. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Malaysia - Thailand) Koh Klang Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 497km) Ferry (0.25 hour(s))
Day 10 Koh Klang/Ao Nang (1B) Discover why Thailand is so famous for unspoiled beaches. The guesthouse in Ao Nang is close to the beach and is a perfect spot to chill out and relax. Weather permitting, take a longtail boat out to some of the beautiful islands and snorkel the reefs that have made southern Thailand so famous. Transport: Boat (0.25 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Ao Nang (1B) Free time to explore or just relax on the beach.
Day 12 Ao Nang/Bangkok (1B) Enjoy a last day in paradise at Ao Nang before boarding an overnight train to Bangkok. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)
Day 13 Bangkok Enjoy a longtail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po. The local guide will talk about Thai Buddhist culture and the famous reclining Buddha. There's still time for some afternoon shopping, a visit to the Grand Palace, or a stroll through the backpacker area. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Guided Tour
Day 14 Bangkok Head out and explore all you can in this sprawling city.
Day 15 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B, 1D) Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Pho. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Visit Overnight Rafthouse Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)
Day 16 Kanchanaburi (1B) Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the area's history. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Transport: Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction) Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 17 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B) Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum. Included Activities: Temple Ruins Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 18 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B) Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
Day 19 Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, it's a feat to fit it all in. Included Activities: Doi Suthep Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 20 Chiang Mai (1B) With a little extra time in the area, hilltribe treks are easily accessible, as is the Golden Triangle.
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