Colourful capitals, traditional culture, and tropical natural wonders – this 12-day taste of some of Malaysia and Thailand's spicy highlights takes you off the typical tourist trail. Begin in bustling Kuala Lumpur, cool off at the tea fields of the Cameron Highlands, or hike through a peaceful rainforest. With accommodation like a unique Malay homestay, transport, and a number of included activities arranged by our expert CEOs, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to explore on your own.
Bargain hunt in bustling Kuala Lumpur, relax at the cool tea stations of the Cameron Highlands, experience multi-cultural Penang, lounge on white-sand beaches, go local with a Malaysian homestay
Days : 12
Price : From AED 6,101*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 2 - Light
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
After a city tour, spend some free time exploring on your own. 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. Included Activities: Kuala Lumpur City Tour
Head to higher ground and enjoy the cooler air in the Cameron Highlands. Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 205km)
Enjoy a rainforest expedition. In the afternoon, travel to a local island homestay in the middle of a scenic lake. Spend the evening connecting with the locals and taking in the scenery. Included Activities: Rainforest Expedition Chenderoh Lake Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Spend the day exploring the area. Learn about the local culture, environment, and life in the village. Head out for a walk and explore by kayak. Included Activities: Chenderoh Lake Homestay
Travel to the west coast island of Penang. With free time, opt to take a bicycle rickshaw tour, meander through the streets of Georgetown, 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 (2.00-3.00 hours)
Discover more of Penang with a city tour before free time to explore on your own. Included Activities: Penang City Tour
Cross into Thailand and settle into the beachy vibe of Ao Nang. Opt to shop, eat or hang around the stunning beach. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Malaysia - Thailand) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Spend a full day exploring the area. Opt to visit idyllic Railay Beach, try the world-class rock climbing, go snorkelling or relax on the local beach.
Enjoy a last morning in paradise before boarding an overnight train to Bangkok. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) Basic overnight train (beds) (9.00-10.00 hours)
This afternoon, there's time for some shopping, a visit to the Grand Palace, or a stroll through the backpacker area. Included Activities: Bangkok City Tour
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
You will be on the move a good deal, so pack as lightly as possible (try to stay under 10 kg /22lb). It is in your own interest as you are expected to carry your own luggage, though distances are never great. Most travellers carry their luggage in a pack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures travellers! Travellers will need a day pack to carry water and a camera for day walks and excursions/
When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate (suitable clothing can be purchased cheaply in Bangkok). Shorts should be knee-length. Singlets and tank tops (vest tops) are not suitable in many areas. Most of the areas visited on this trip are predominantly Muslim and therefore modest dress is suitable. Topless and nude bathing or sunbathing is not appropriate and is in fact illegal. In some places you should use a sarong or shorts and T-shirt for swimming rather than a swimsuit.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
THAILAND As the popularity of train travel in Thailand continues to grow domestically, some of the routes used on this tour do not have sufficient space during local public holidays, including New Year’s, Songkran, etc. During these times of the year, alternative transport may be arranged for one or more of the train journeys within Thailand on this tour.
Conservative Dress: • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders) • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Light Hiking: • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) Sleep Sheet and Pillow: • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet • Travel pillow Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: During the colder months (Oct-Apr) the mountains can be very cold, so please make sure you pack warm clothes.
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights