Itinerary

Itinerary

Southeast Asia comes alive on this trip from the dynamic streets of Singapore to the lush rainforests of Malaysia and Thailand’s stunning temples. Cross the boundary between the city and the wild in Singapore’s Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, and explore echoes of extraordinary history in Melaka and the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya. Savor local flavors at bustling markets overflowing with exotic fruits and during a Thai cooking class.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Singapore
Arrive at any time; your arrival transfer is included.
Day 2: Singapore
Spend a full day exploring Singapore, beginning with a guided tour of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, an important rest stop for thousands of the world’s migratory bird species. Enjoy free time in the afternoon before setting out on a walking tour to sample Singapore’s famed street food. Savor flavorful chicken rice, spicy noodles, and chili crabs in this melting pot of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisine. Explore on your own this evening, opting to catch sunset views from a rooftop patio or wander among the stunning neon-lit sculptures at the iconic Gardens by the Bay.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Singapore/Melaka
This morning, cross into Malaysia en route to the multicultural city of Melaka, ruled over its history by Malay sultans and Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Japanese colonists. Delve into layers of history on a walking tour of the city’s most prominent landmarks, from busy Jonker Street to the 17th-century Cheng Hoon Teng temple. In the evening, opt to gain an alternative perspective on the city as you explore by boat or bicycle rickshaw.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 4: Melaka/Kuala Lumpur
Today, head to the buzzing metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital. Enjoy free time to explore on your own, getting a taste of the city’s vibrant mix of ancient and modern influences. Choose to visit the Petronas Twin Towers, soaring 1,483 feet above the busy streets below; delve into Malaysia’s Muslim heritage at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia; or stroll among tranquil pools in the lush Lake Gardens park. Tonight, opt to enter the colorful world of Kuala Lumpur’s night market, sampling delicious dishes and browsing stalls offering an endless variety of goods.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 5: Kuala Lumpur
Spend a full day exploring Kuala Lumpur. Marvel at the brightly colored staircase and temples built among the limestone cliffs of Batu Caves, and visit the modernist National Mosque, with its distinctive bright blue roof. Stroll Merdeka Square, once a private cricket ground, and explore the extensive historical collections of the National Museum.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 6: Kuala Lumpur/Taman Negara
Travel by road and boat to our forest lodge in Taman Negara National Park, home to one of the world’s oldest areas of deciduous rainforest and several rare tropical species, including the Asian elephant and the Malayan peacock-pheasant. After dinner, set out on a nighttime jungle walk with a naturalist guide, looking for the tracks of the elusive Malayan tiger and listening to the calls of birds and frogs.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Taman Negara
Venture into the lush, green heart of the rainforest on a trek to the top of Teresek Hill. Traverse an elevated canopy walkway, enjoying stunning aerial views of the park and keeping an eye out for a multitude of colorful bird species. After a picnic lunch, cruise up the Tahan River to Lata Berkoh, a series of waterfalls cascading into deep pools.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Taman Negara/Cameron Highlands
Leave the rainforest behind and drive into the green hills of the Cameron Highlands, named for a British explorer who first mapped the area for the colonial government. Visit the BOH tea plantation, one of many plantations spread over rolling hills, and one of the primary suppliers of black tea in Malaysia. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, opting to hike along one of many trails winding past hillside terraces, visit another tea plantation, or relax in the cool mountain breeze.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 9: Cameron Highlands/George Town
Descend from the highlands and travel west toward the coast. Stop en route to visit the Ubidiah Mosque and enjoy lunch at Suka Suka Homestay, offering a glimpse into traditional Malay kampung, or village, life. Continue to Penang, an island off the western coast. Spend the afternoon exploring George Town, Malaysia’s second largest city and a historic center of exchange between Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: George Town
Enjoy a morning walk along the bustling streets of George Town, passing colorful colonial mansions and vibrant street art, and opt to grab a bite at food stalls. Spend the afternoon exploring Penang on your own. Choose to set out on a bicycle rickshaw tour or ride a funicular to the top of Penang Hill, taking in sweeping views of George Town spreading towards the sapphire sea. Delve into cultural heritage at several historic temples, or wander among the stalls of the lively night market while sampling local delicacies.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 11: George Town/Ko Yao Yai
Transfer to the airport and fly to Phuket, Thailand. Settle aboard a speedboat for the exhilarating journey to Ko Yao Yai, a secluded island in Thailand’s stunning Phang Nga Bay. Ko Yao Yai, and its sister island Ko Yao Noi, remain some of the least developed islands in the region, offering a truly authentic tropical getaway among dense forests, golden beaches, and sparkling seas.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 12: Ko Yao Yai
Today, set out to explore Ko Yao Yai on your own. Stroll down sweeping crescents of sand and enjoy the view of soaring limestone karst islets just offshore. Opt to rent a kayak and paddle along the island’s untouched coast, or slip on a snorkel and fins to discover vivid underwater worlds. Visit a local village and stop for a chat with friendly residents, or simply choose to relax by the pool.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 13: Ko Yao Yai
Hop aboard a boat to explore Ko Hong and other nearby islands. Marvel at vine-draped, limestone cliffs towering above turquoise bays, and white-sand beaches shaded by swaying palms. Anchor in secluded inlets where you’ll have the opportunity to swim in warm waters, snorkel with colorful tropical fish, or relax on the sand surrounded rhythmic waves.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Day 14: Ko Yao Yai/Bangkok
This morning, travel to Phuket, where we’ll catch a flight to Bangkok. Enjoy free time to explore the city. Opt to explore Thailand’s dynamic capital by boat, cruising aboard a khlong water taxi up the Saen Saep Canal; or choose to visit the spectacular Wat Pho temple to experience Bangkok’s Buddhist heritage. Enjoy a free evening to stroll bustling streets and get a taste of Thai cuisine in the vibrant night markets.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit (or similar)
Day 15: Bangkok
Enjoy the day in bustling Bangkok. Option to visit temples, museums, a spa, or go shopping.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit (or similar)
Day 16: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi
Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the "Bridge on the River Kwai." Take a train journey over the bridge and marvel in a piece of World War II history. Visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Royal River Kwai Resort (or similar)
Day 17: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Enjoy a morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Kameo Classic Ayutthaya Hotel (or similar)
Day 18: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, which served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Later, return to Bangkok and catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Travel to the nearby countryside and enjoy a khantok-style dinner — a must-do when you reach northern Thailand.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)
Day 19: Chiang Mai
Visit the local markets with a chef to collect ingredients to use in our Thai cooking class, the results of which we'll enjoy for lunch. Later, we'll visit a historic temple and sit down with one of the young monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism. Listen to monks chanting at Doi Suthep Temple, one of the most stunning golden Temples in Thailand.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)
Day 20: Chiang Mai
Enjoy the day to explore or participate in some optional activities.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)
Day 21: Chiang Mai/Bangkok
Fly back to Bangkok for a klong riverboat ride through the city's canals and a visit to Wat Po, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit (or similar)
Day 22: Bangkok
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast