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.
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.
Border Crossing (Singapore - Malaysia)
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.
Kuala Lumpur City Tour
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.
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.
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!
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.
Border Crossing (Malaysia - Thailand)
Koh Klang Homestay
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.
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.
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.
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.
Klong Riverboat Tour
Wat Po Visit
Overnight Rafthouse Excursion
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.
Erawan Waterfalls Visit
Bridge on the River Kwai Visit
Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit
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.
Temple Ruins Tour
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.
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.
Doi Suthep Temple Visit
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 20 Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Chok (1B, 1L, 1D) Stop en route at a local market to stock up before the trek. Visit a nearby waterfall, enjoy a local lunch, then trek for 2 hrs to a Karen village. Opt to explore the village before dinner.
Hilltribe Trek Day 1
Drive to Mok Fah village for a swim in a waterfall before continuing to Baan Pang for lunch. Continue another 30 mins to Huay Nam Dung National Park to start the trek.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 21 Ban Mae Chok/Pa Khao Lam (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a full day of trekking through the gorgeous scenery of Northern Thailand. Meet Karen villagers and learn about their unique customs and way of life.
Hilltribe Trek Day 2
Day 22 Pa Khao Lam/Ban Muang Kut (1B, 1L, 1D) Board a traditional bamboo raft for some leisurely floating downriver. The first stretch of a couple hours will end at Lahu hill tribe village for a short visit with the locals. Hop aboard the raft for a cruise to Shan village for lunch. Then, continue by truck before a short trek to a waterfall and another village for the evening.
Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village
Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village
Hilltribe Trek Day 3 (Shan Village - Ban Muang Kut)
Day 23 Ban Muang Kut/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L) After breakfast, leave the hilltribe villages behind and head back to Chiang Mai with free time in the afternoon to explore.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 24 Chiang Mai (1B) Depart at any time.