Southeast Asia: Hilltribes & Street Food

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Bangkok to Singapore

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Now's the time to explore Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Feast on mouth-watering laksa at the night market in Kuala Lumpur, explore the hilltribes of northern Thailand by foot, and mellow out on the white-sand beaches of the sunny south. Get the freedom of roaming where you want, between highlights and must-sees, and experience this side of Southeast Asia like never before.

What’s included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Bangkok Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Local Living Moment: Chenderoh Lake Homestay, Chenderoh Lake
  • Hilltribe trek
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Ang Thong Marine Park island hopping tour
  • Two street food crawls
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore some of asia's largest cities
  • Travel by traditional bamboo raft
  • Trek on foot to visit remote hilltribe villages
  • Enjoy thai beach life in ko samui
  • Visit tea plantations of the cameron highlands
  • Sample singapore's street food
  • Hike or relax in khao sok national park

Itinerary

Bangkok Arrive at any time. This evening, the famous Khao San Road is on the itinerary for your first night out. Explore this buzzing traveller hub with your CEO and check out the lively bars and dance parties that line the street. Grab a Thai beer or tea and connect with your fellow travellers. Don't forget to sample local delicacies, and try a deep fried scorpion if you dare!
Bangkok/Chiang Mai This tour is off to a colourful start with optional visits to Wat Po and the Grand Palace. Feeling hungry? Bangkok Street Food Crawl? Koh San Road. Tonight, you'll take the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Make sure you've got room for more than three meals today, because you've got one of two night market street food crawls to take with your group and CEO. Otherwise, there's lots to do here — like a visit to Doi Suthep temple, taking it easy with a soak in the Sankampang Hot Springs, or checking out a Thai boxing match.
Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok It's time for a change of pace. Today, drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where you'll set off on a trek through rugged forests to see how diverse this region of hilltribe communities really is. Every village you'll see has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. It's a few hours to the first village of hilltribe thatch bungalows, but every step is worth it as you get to know the lay of the land.
Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam Trek for 2–3 hours before stopping for lunch. Then head to a Karen village to see how traditional blankets and scarves are made. Keep trekking for a few more hours (you've got this!) before stopping in the next village for the night. Along the way, you might get the chance to stop at Mae Tang River to learn to fish using local tools or build a raft using bamboo.
Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft and get a closer look at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai, a foodie's paradise. Use your free time to try the city's most famous dishes like khao soi (noodles in curry broth) and sai usa (northern Thai sausage).
Chiang Mai/Bangkok Make the most of Chiang Mai with more free time, where you can go shopping in the market, get a Thai massage, or explore any of the many temples. Or, hey, you could always go back for another taste of khao soi curry. Tonight, make your way to Bangkok via overnight train.
Bangkok Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.
Bangkok/Surat Thani Get on first-name basis with Thailand's capital city by bike with an optional bike tour. Today, you can check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, go for a street food crawl, relax with a Thai massage, or explore the klongs (canals) by boat before boarding the overnight train.
Surat Thani/Khao Sok Lush Khao Sok National Park awaits. Today, you can set off to Lake Cheow Lan to take in the views while hiking or swimming in the national park. Spend tonight falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle. This area is known for its natural beauty. You know what that means: lots of chances for photos.
Khao Sok/Ko Samui Island Your next stop is just a ferry ride away. Today, explore Ko Samui's beauty by catching the sunset at Chaweng Beach before eating your weight in street food at the Chaweng Night Market.
Ko Samui Island Take a day trip to scenic Ang Thong National Marine Park. The views here are unforgettable — perfect for making friends back home jealous. Try to spot all the different kinds of marine life here. Be forewarned: it might take you all day.
Ko Samui Island/George Town Gear up for a long day of travel. Ferry back to the mainland and continue by private vehicle to cross the border into Malaysia and on to George Town, Penang.
George Town Get a full day in Penang. Explore the busy streets and check out the colourful famous street art. Trust us: they make for a great backdrop!
George Town/Chenderoh Lake Learn about local culture (especially how to properly tie a sarong!) at this island homestay, nestled in the middle of a beautiful lake. Tonight, relax as you take in the scenery and connect with the family that runs this homestay.
Chenderoh Lake/Cameron Highlands Enjoy slightly cooler temperatures in the Cameron Highlands. Here, explore the well-marked trails through the lush tropical forest, visit a tea plantation, or search for the rafflesia: the world's largest flower.
Cameron Highlands/Kuala Lumpur Today is yours to take on. Walk around and explore, but don't skip trying the national dish of Malaysia, nasi lemak — a traditional rice dish made with coconut milk and pandan leaf. Once the sun sets, see another side to the city as you stop by the famous Petronas Towers (which light up at night) before checking out the local nightlife.
Kuala Lumpur You've got the whole day for exploring. Head out of town to visit the famous Batu Caves or the Orang Alsi Museum. Later tonight, head to some rooftop bars for drinks and dancing, or stop by the night market and find some flavours you never knew existed. Built in 1928 as a fresh market for locals, and revamped in the 1980s as an outlet for all Malaysian handicrafts, the night market is a local institution. Make sure you don't miss it.
Kuala Lumpur/Melaka Take to the canals by boat, and see a different side of this old port town. Stop for some famous chicken rice at Kedai Kopi Chung Wah in Chinatown. Locals love it here; they often line up for hours to get a taste. The streets of Chinatown (also known as Jonker Walk) are also lined with Peranakan (Straits Chinese) shophouses offering their traditional cuisine, Nyonya. Explore the many temples, churches, mosques, museums, and forts.
Melaka/Singapore Head to Singapore today, where you can use your free time to see that famous skyline by boat or eat so much street food, you can barely walk. For a peek into the city-state's past life, wander the old streets of Little India and Chinatown.
Singapore Today, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way.
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