Take in a uniquely scenic side of Southeast Asia with this tour that brings you through the best of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the neighbouring city-state of Singapore. Explore the chaos of Bangkok and Jakarta, relax on picturesque beaches, and set foot in the lush terrain of this stunning part of the world. While there’s plenty of chances to keep the excitement up, you’ll also get lots of free time to sit back and enjoy a different pace of life.
G Adventures for Good: Ngadas Homestay, Desa Ngadas
G Adventures for Good: Ancestor Trail Trek, Desa Ngadas
G Adventures for Good: Village Walk, Desa Ngadas
G Adventures for Good: Bali Community Training Lunch Program, Ubud
Local Living: Chenderoh Lake Homestay, Chenderoh Lake
Hands-On: Surfing Lesson. Ang Thong Marine Park island hopping tour. Orientation walk in Bandung. Entrance to Bromo Tengger Semeru NP. Mt Bromo crater walk. Sunrise hike to Mt Bromo viewpoint. Cooking class (Kubutambahan). Git Git waterfall visit. Monkey Forest visit. Two street food crawls. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Eat your way through a street food crawl in Bangkok, explore Khao Sok National Park, connect with locals during a scenic homestay, time to see Singapore your way, trek along the Ancestor Trail to Mt Bromo, visit Git Git waterfall, chill out in scenic Gili T
Group Size Notes
Max 16, avg 10.
26 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Train, local bus, private vehicle, ferry, songthaew, taxi, boat, walking,
Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (24 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), surf camp dorms (2 nts, multi-share), homestays (2 nts, multi-share), guesthouse (2 nts).
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
• 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)
• 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
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
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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.
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.
Street Food Crawl
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)
Day 3: Surat Thani/Khao Sok (1B)
Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath.
Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
Day 4: Khao Sok/Koh Samui
Lying off of Thailand’s east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a tropical retreat: white-sand beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters.
Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Day 5: Koh Samui (1B, 1L)
Take a day trip to scenic Ang Thong Marine Park. Take in the views and opt to snorkel if the tide is right.
Ang Thong Marine Park Island Hopping Tour
Day 6: Koh Samui/George Town (1B)
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, the “Pearl of the Orient”.
Border Crossing (Thailand – Malaysia)
Ferry (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 7: George Town
Full day in Penang.
Day 8: George Town/Chenderoh Lake (1D)
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.
Chenderoh Lake Homestay
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 9: Chenderoh Lake/Cameron Highlands (1B)
Continue to the 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!
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
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.
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.
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.
Border Crossing (Malaysia – Singapore)
Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 14: Singapore/Jakarta (1B)
There may be some travellers leaving the tour in Singapore and others joining in Jakarta.
Plane (4.00 hour(s))
Day 15: Jakarta/Cianjur (1B)
Venture to Cianjur via Bogor, visit the floating villages, and opt to visit a tea plantation. Experience local life by spending the night at a homestay.
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.
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 16: Cianjur/Bandung (1B)
Depart the homestay and travel to the sprawling city of Bandung, Indonesia’s third largest city.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 17: Bandung/Yogyakarta (1B)
Travel from Bandung to Yogyakarta on a scenic train journey.
Train (7.00 hour(s))
Day 18: Days 18-19 Yogyakarta
Spend free time visiting local sights such as the Buddhist Borobudur temple complex, Javanese temples, or Mt Merapi.
Day 19: Day 20 Yogyakarta/Ngadas (1B, 1D)
Begin the day with the train journey to Malang. On arrival in Malang, transfer to a private vehicle for about an hour to reach Ngadas.
Upon arrival in the village, meet your hosts and settle into the homestay. In the evening, enjoy a dinner of local fare before gathering at the home of one of the community leaders to learn more about the region’s customs and history.
Local train (7.00-8.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 20: Day 21 Desa Ngadas/Bromo (1B, 1L)
After an early breakfast, say good bye to your hosts and explore more of the village on an included walk. Then begin the trek along the Ancestor Trail to Mt Bromo, led by a local guide trained through a G Adventures-supported capacity building program. Opt to hike to the volcano’s crater before continuing to the hotel.
Mount Bromo Crater Walk
Ancestor Trail Trek
Day 21: Day 22 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.
Sunrise Walk to Mount Bromo Viewpoint
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 22: Day 23 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.
Day 23: Day 24 Red Island/Pemuteran (1B)
Head to Bali and the beach with time to relax or explore the national park.
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Ferry (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 24: Day 25 Pemuteran (1B)
Chill out in Bali. Opt to take a snorkelling or diving trip to Menjangan Island.
Day 25: Day 26 Pemuteran/Kuta (1B)
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 – popular Kuta beach.
Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours)
Day 26: Day 27 Kuta (1B)
Spend a free day in Kuta. Opt to take a surf lesson, explore the shops, chill out on the beach, or head to one of the nearby towns.
Day 27: Day 28 Kuta/Kubutambahan (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel to Kubutambahan, enjoying beautiful scenery along the way, and stop for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Bali Community Training Lunch Program en route. Settle in to the charming guesthouse for the evening.
Bali Community Training Lunch Program
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 45km)
Private Vehicle (1.75 hour(s), 58km)
Day 28: Day 29 Kubutambahan (1B, 1D)
Try your hand at Balinese cuisine with an included cooking lesson. Opt to trek around the village, visit a waterfall or swim in a natural spring, or check out a nearby dragon fruit farm.
Cooking Demonstration and Meal
Day 29: Day 30 Kubutambahan/Ubud (1B)
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore or relax. Later, travel to cultural Ubud, visiting the picturesque Gitgit waterfall en route.
Gitgit Waterfall Visit
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 27km)
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 63km)
Day 30: Day 31 Ubud (1B)
Check out the monkey forest before exploring more of Ubud with free time. Opt to take a yoga class, get a massage, or visit the numerous temples, rice paddies, and markets. In the evening, opt to take in a traditional Kecak dance performance.
Monkey Forest Visit
Day 31: Day 32 Ubud/Gili Trawangan (1B)
Transfer to Padang Bai and catch a fast boat to the laid-back island of Gili Trawangan. Beautiful Gili T is home to clear waters and an assortment of beachfront bars, and – best of all – the island doesn’t allow motorized vehicles. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore.
Private Vehicle (1.25 hour(s), 40km)
Boat (2.00 hour(s), 60km)
Day 32: Day 33 Gili Trawangan (1B)
Spend another day in paradise. Chill out at a café, rent a bike and cruise around, or just kick back and relax on the beach. This evening, enjoy a final night out with the group.
Day 33: Day 34 Gili Trawangan (1B)
Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bali? Book the Bali Express post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.
Add the “Bali Express: Gili Trawangan to Kuta” to your adventure and make your way back to Bali with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty post-tour Extra includes a fast boat and land transfer to get you back to Kuta. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.