Tour description provided by G Adventures

Get off the beaten path and head right into the wonders of Southeast Asia. On this best-of collection of Bangkok, Bali, Sumatra, and more, you'll see some of the most famous tourist areas as well as little-known marvels. With days spent on boat trips and sunny beaches, and evenings full of bonding with new friends as you enjoy the city nightlife, your schedule will be so full that the 41 days will fly by.

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok

The city has so many options for sightseeing, those who arrive early will have plenty to fill the day. The best way to get around Bangkok is by water taxi, as the streets are often crowded with traffic. From the Chao Phraya River, enjoy an excellent view of the vast metropolis. Consider taking a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok—the life that goes on along these canals seems like a different world. Visit Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha and consider getting a traditional Thai massage here at the school in the temple. If not at Wat Pho, be sure to get a massage at one of the many spas near the hotel. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Bangkok/Surat Thani (1B)

Opt to visit Wat Po, home of the giant reclining Buddha, or arrange a longtail boat to explore the canals of Bangkok. Enjoy some free time ahead of boarding the sleeper train to Surat Thani, the gateway to the south. Included Activities: Street Food Crawl Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

Day 3 Surat Thani/Krabi

Transfer to Krabi and enjoy a few days on the beach on the Andaman Sea. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

Day 4 Krabi (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a full-day snorkelling trip to Koh Phi Phi. Included Activities: Phi Phi Island Tour

Day 5 Krabi (1B)

Take advantage of a free day to do everything or nothing at all.

Day 6 Krabi/George Town (1B)

Cross the border into Malaysia and on to George Town, Penang, the "Pearl of the Orient". Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Malaysia) Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s))

Day 7 George Town

Full day in Penang.

Day 8 George Town/Cameron Highlands

Board a private bus and head for the hills! Enjoy the view from the lowlands through to mountainous terrain. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

Day 9 Cameron Highlands

Full day in Cameron Highlands. Take a walk along one of the many well marked trails, visit the tea plantations or just relax and enjoy the cooler temperatures!

Day 10 Cameron Highlands/Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy ample time to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives this city such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 205km)

Day 11 Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy a full day in Kuala Lumpur to explore. Just outside of town, to the north, are the famous Batu Caves and the Orang Asli Museum. The evening is best spent at the night market sampling the different cuisine, some of the best in South East Asia. Bargain hunt among the stalls of Chinatown's night market and don't forget to visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world.

Day 12 Kuala Lumpur/Melaka

Visit the old port town of Melaka, wander the narrow streets and absorb the atmosphere of this historically important town. The streets of Chinatown are lined with Peranakan (Straits Chinese) shophouses offering their traditional cuisine, Nyonya. There are temples, churches and mosques, museums and forts to explore. Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Melaka/Singapore

In the morning cross the Straits of Johore and onto the island of Singapore. Tonight opt to visit the world famous night safari, take in a harbour cruise around Boat Quay or sample some mouth watering local food at one of the many hawker street stands. Wander the streets of Little India and Chinatown for a great way to see the old parts of the city. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Malaysia - Singapore) Transport: Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)

Day 14 Singapore/Medan

Fly to Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. Stroll around the city and try to spot the Dutch influence in some of its old buildings. Additional Notes: Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting in the evening, followed by an optional dinner. Transport: Plane (4.00 hour(s))

Day 15 Medan/Tangkahan (1B)

Enjoy a morning tour of Medan. After, traverse bumpy roads to reach the small jungle community of Tangkahan. Opt to go hiking. Included Activities: Medan City Tour Transport: Minibus (5.00 hour(s), 100km)

Day 16 Tangkahan/Bukit Lawang (1B)

Travel across bumpy roads to Bukit Lawang, located close to Gunung Leuser National Park. Transport: Minibus (6.00 hour(s))

Day 17 Bukit Lawang (1B)

Gunung Leuser National Park, located nearby, is a great place to do some wildlife trekking through the jungle.

Day 18 Bukit Lawang/Berastagi (1B)

Orientation walk upon arrival. Free afternoon with the option to visit the local hot springs. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Minibus (7.00-8.00 hours, 160km)

Day 19 Berastagi (1B)

Opt to hike a volcano or tour traditional villages.

Day 20 Berastagi/Samosir Island (1B)

Travel to the world's largest volcano lake, Lake Toba. Transport: Minibus (8.00 hour(s), 190km)

Day 21 Samosir Island (1B)

Chill out and swim in the warm waters of the lake or opt for some culture by visiting local Batak villages.

Day 22 Samosir Island/Padangsidempuan (1B)

Drive through beautiful scenery on this travel day, stopping at the bustling city of Padang Sidempuan for the night. Transport: Minibus (9.00 hour(s))

Day 23 Padangsidempuan/Bukittinggi (1B)

Embark on another day of travel, including stops along the way for lunch and a spice garden visit. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Minibus (10.00 hour(s))

Day 24 Bukittinggi (1B)

Enjoy a free day to go rafting or kayaking, or check out some sights, like Sianok Canyon or the Japanese Caves built during World War II.

Day 25 Bukittinggi/Padang (1B)

Travel to Padang and settle in at the beach hotel before enjoying some free time to explore. Transport: Minibus (2.00 hour(s), 30km)

Day 26 Padang (1B)

Enjoy a full free day in Padang. Opt for a trip to nearby scenic islands.

Day 27 Padang/Jakarta (1B)

Fly to Jakarta and start exploring the island of Java. Additional Notes: Some travellers may be leaving the tour in Padang and others may be joining the tour in Jakarta. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Transport: Plane

Day 28 Jakarta/Cianjur (1B)

Venture to Cianjur via Bogor, visit the floating villages, and opt to teach English to local children. Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay. Additional Notes: Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay. The homestay is located on the outer ring of Cianjur, and accommodation is multi-share. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 29 Cianjur/Bandung (1B)

Depart the homestay and travel to the sprawling city of Bandung, Indonesia's third largest city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 30 Bandung/Yogyakarta (1B)

Travel from Bandung to Yogyakarta on a scenic train journey. Transport: Train (7.00 hour(s))

Days 31-32 Yogyakarta

Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.

Day 33 Yogyakarta/Tawangmangu (1B)

Begin the day with an easy 2.5 hr drive. On the way, we have the option of stopping at Prambanan to explore the largest Hindu temple complex in Java by foot. This visit allows for approximately 1.5 hrs of exploration, and anyone who chooses not to visit the temple can visit an art market located near the temple. Also opt to visit the Sukuh Temple, known as a fertility temple with erotic carvings. From there, walk approximately 3 hrs through small villages and along agricultural land, finishing up at a waterfall. A walk up a staircase ends in the village of Tawangmanggu, where the evening is free to enjoy as you wish. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

Day 34 Tawangmangu/Malang (1B)

Travel to to the second largest city in East Java. Spend the afternoon checking out the gorgeous parks, bird and flower market, Singosari temple, Jago temple, Kidal temple, or just relaxing with a cup of local tea. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours)

Day 35 Malang/Bromo (1B)

Today's drive takes us through the tropical winding landscape of Eastern Java, climbing ever upwards and further out of the heat towards the grandeur of Mt Bromo. Part of the Tengger Calder, the largest volcanic range in the area, Mt Bromo is a distinct site -- it blew its top off completely and is constantly smouldering with white smoke. Transport: Minibus (5.00 hour(s))

Day 36 Bromo/Red Island (1B)

A pre-dawn trek across the “sea of sand” to watch the sunrise over the crater’s rim is a must, popular with both tourists and the local Buddhist Tenggerese, who can be seen giving offerings of food to receive blessings from the Supreme God Hyang Widi Wasa. Included Activities: Mount Bromo Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))

Day 37 Red Island (1B)

Enjoy a surf lesson in the morning, then use free time to explore the nearby fishing village, do some more surfing or chill out in a hammock. Included Activities: Surfing Lesson

Day 38 Red Island/Pemuteran (1B)

Head to Bali and the beach with time to relax or explore the national park. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Ferry (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

Day 39 Pemuteran (1B)

Chill out in Bali. Opt to take a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.

Day 40 Pemuteran/Kuta (1B, 1L)

Today's drive is a journey, highlighting the spectacular natural diversity and intense cultural wealth that makes Bali such a sought after destination. Our journey takes us across the island of Bali, through the rich tropical jungle, passing by idyllic terraced rice fields, and quaint scenes of local village life. We then arrive at our overnight destination, the energetic beach town of Kuta. Included Activities: Bali Community Training Lunch Program Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours)

Day 41 Kuta (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day